Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2103: Senses and Society

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
Class Presentation – primarily oral although power point, other media and handouts may be used 15-20 minutes1-8Oral

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
Research Essay803,500 words1-8Written
Session presentation of readings and leading session discussion20Each Session, including group work, 20-30 minutes, moderation of each session, and handing in discussion notes where required, after presentation (on ELE); including in class presentation of essay topic and related literature, 5-10 minutes 1-8Oral and written


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
Seminar presentation of readings and leading seminar discussion1,500 word essay1-8August/September assessment period
Research Essay3,500 word essay1-8August/September assessment period