Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3204: Politics through the Life Course

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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
Individual presentation to the class on research report10 minutes1-7Global and oral feedback
In-class participation in discussion and exercises20 x 2 hours1-7Oral feedback - assessed on contribution to class discussion, feedback on student presentation and familiarity with assigned reading.

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 report503,000 words & 8-10 charts, figures and/or data tables.1-7Written feedback
Critical review251,500 words1-7Written feedback
Data analysis exercise on research report theme including in-class presentation2510 minute presentation, 5 PowerPoint slides, 1 page explaining exercise & instructional data set1-7Oral and written 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
Research reportResearch report1-7Aug/Sept assessment period
Critical reviewCritical review1-7Aug/Sept assessment period
Data analysis exercise on course themeWrite up of the presentation (1500 words)1-7Aug/Sept assessment period