Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2012: Year Abroad

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
Assessment is conducted by host institutions. This may include homework and coursework assignments. Host institutions may differ on methods of assessment.This will vary depending on the host institution 1-9Oral and written feedback

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
End of term examinations30Set by host institution1-9Written feedback
Final examination70Set by host institution1-9Written 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
Examinations (end of term and final)One 3 hour examination (100% of credit)1-3,5,9August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

If required a student will be offered a referred or deferred examination at the IAIS in August/September. The paper for the referred/deferred examination will be set by IAIS or by the host institution and marked by IAIS. In cases of failure, students may be asked to withdraw from the MArabic, repeat the year abroad at their own expense, or potentially transfer to a three year degree programme.