Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM217: Sufism, Islamic Mysticism and Devotional Life

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-class discussion questions based on weekly readings.30 minutes each week1-3, 6Verbal feedback from peers and tutor.

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
One book review252,000 words, due week 83,4,5Written feedback and in-class discussion
Four reaction papers25Each paper (= 1 A4 sheet) is prepared during one week’s time2,3,5Written feedback
Essay on course topic505,000 words due in week 101,2,4,5, 6Written feedback


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
One book review2,000 words3,4,5August/September reassessment period
Four reaction papers4 x 1 A4 sheets2,3,5August/September reassessment period
Essay on course topic6,000 words1, 2,4,5,6August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Regarding composing reaction papers on the required readings, since during reassessment the readings and questions thereon will be slightly different from those used in class, students should ask the teacher to supply her or him with the list of the required readings and questions to address.