Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM158: Digital Politics and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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
Participation in class exercises based on seminars and discussion.Weekly attendance and participation in discussion and class exercises. Class exercises will take part in the second half of the seminar.1-11Feedback will be provided in a one to one meeting in the module leader’s office in Week 6.

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
Essay605,000 words1-11Written feedback
Individual in class presentation (on the same topic as the written seminar paper)2040 minutes1-11Written feedback
Written seminar paper202,000 words1-11Written 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
EssayEssay (5,000 words)1-11August/September reassessment period
Individual In-Class PresentationPresentation (on the same topic as the written seminar paper) on a one to one basis in front of the module convenor.1-11August/September reassessment period
Written Seminar PaperLiterature Review (2,000 words)1-11August/September reassessment period