Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM015M: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration

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
Take home exercises to consolidate knowledge of key concepts from the course (assessed by peers/ module convenor during class)3 x 150 word answers defining key concepts2Oral within seminar
Take home summary sheets (x3) to distil key findings from research articles which will form part of seminar discussion2 hours preparation per summary sheet during reading week (including reading time)1,4,6Oral within seminar

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
Essay502,000 words1,2,3,4,5,6 Written
Policy Briefing aimed at your own country’s government using chosen policy area (written)502,000 words1,2,4,6,7,8Written


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
EssayEssay1,2,3,4,5,6August/September reassessment period
Policy BriefingPolicy Briefing1,2,4,6,7,8August/September reassessment period