Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3156: Central Asian 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
Seminar worksheets20 two-page worksheets1-5, 7-9, 11-12Oral
Essay plan1 page of A46, 10Oral

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
Book/Film review151,000 words1, 7, 9-12Written feedback
Group Presentation25In class: 20 minutes plus handout of a maximum of 500 words3-4, 6-8, 10-12Written feedback
Research essay 1302,000 words2, 5-12Written feedback
Research essay 2302,000 words3-4, 5-12Written 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
Book/Film reviewBook/Film review (1,000 words)1, 7, 9-12August/September assessment period
Group Presentation1,500 word essay on the presentation question3-4, 6-8, 10-12August/September assessment period
Research essay 1Essay (2,000 words)2, 5-12August/September assessment period
Research essay 2Essay (2,000 words)3-4, 5-12August/September assessment period