Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3024: Public International Law

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
Oral presentation20 minutes1-9Students will be given oral feedback from both students and the course instructor.

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
Essay252,000 words1-9Written feedback and a numerical grade
Examination752 hours and 15 minutes1-9Written feedback and a numerical grade


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 (2,000 words)1-9August/September assessment period
ExaminationExamination (2 hours and 15 minutes)1-9August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

If the module is failed and cannot be condoned the student will:


i) If the exam was failed: resit the exam and be capped at the pass mark (40%)

ii) If the essay was failed: resubmit an essay by the end of the August / September exam period. The mark will be capped at the pass mark (40%)

iii) If both the exam and the essay were failed, the student will retake a 3 hour exam which will be capped at the pass mark of 40%