Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3040: Dissertation

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
Initial dissertation plan and reading list1,500 words1,4,6Written feedback
Presentation of work-in-progress Term 15 minutes 1,2,3,4,6Verbal feedback
Presentation of work-in-progress Term 25 minutes 1,2,3,4,6Verbal feedback
First draft of dissertationVariable with the aim to submit as complete a draft as possible1,2,3,4,5,6Written 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
Final dissertation (integrating the dissertation plan, first draft, and bibliography)1009,000 words1-6Written 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
DissertationDissertation (9,000 words)1-6August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Where you have been referred/deferred for your written assignment, you will have the opportunity to submit new assignment in the August/September reassessment period.