Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2173: Living and Communicating in the Arab World

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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
Daily homework assignments and preparation for classes. These include grammar drills, short pieces of writing and translation.Throughout taught period of the module in term 31-10Written 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
Planning and Risk Assessment Report101500 words7,8,10Written and verbal feedback
Class Presentation2515 minutes7,8,10Written and verbal feedback
Oral test3510 minutes1,2,4,5,9,10Verbal feedback
Listening test3030 minutes1,2,3,4,5,9Written 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
Planning and Risk Assessment ReportEssay (1,500 words)7,8,10August assessment period
Class PresentationPresentation to two members of staff (15 minutes)7,8,10August assessment period
Oral testOral test(10 minutes)1,2,4,5,9,10August assessment period
Listening testListening test (up to 30 minutes)1,2,3,4,5,9August assessment period