Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2078: Governing the Public Sector: Bureaucratic Power and Politics

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
Essay Plans300-400 words1-5, 7Verbal
Discussions and debates in seminarsDuring weekly course sessions1-7Verbal

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
Short Essay301,500 words1-5,7Written
Long Essay502,500 words1-5,7Written
Group Presentation1015 minutes1-7Written
Seminar contribution10Assessed across the modules1-7Written


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
Short Essay Short Essay 1-5, 7 August/September assessment period.
Long EssayLong Essay1-5,7August/September assessment period
Group PresentationWritten Individual contribution of 500 words1-7August/September assessment period
Seminar contributionShort overview of 5 module topics (5 x 150 words)1-7August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Where you have been referred/deferred for the group presentation, you will complete a 500 word written summary of your presentation for submission by the end of the August/September assessment period. This will constitute 10% of the module.