Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1033: Elementary Arabic Language

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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
Preparation and revision for Arabic classes. This includes grammar drills, short pieces of writing and translation.100-300 words per week1-10Written and oral feedback in the classroom and outside

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
Examination502 hours1, 4, 5, 7, 9Written and verbal feedback
Continuous assessment. Assessed homework assignments and in-class tests contribute to continuous assessment mark. An average mark will be taken of all the marks of both the assessed homework assignments and in-class tests30One 30 minute class test at the end of the third week of the first term. - One 20 minute class test at the end of each unit (usually one a week1-10Written and verbal feedback
Oral test1010 minutes2, 5, 9Verbal feedback
Listening test1020 minutes3, 9Written and verbal 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
Examination 3 hoursExamination 3 hours (70%)1, 4, 5, 7, 9August/September assessment period
Oral test 10 minutesOral test 10 minutes (10%)2, 5, 9August/September assessment period
Listening test 20 minutesListening test 20 minutes (10%)3, 9August/September assessment period
Continuous AssessmentAssignment (300 words in Arabic) (10%)1, 4, 5-7, 9-10August/September assessment period