Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3103: Advanced Arabic Language

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
Writing, reading, translation, oral presentations, literatureWeekly assignments on one or more of the components.1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7Written and verbal

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
Continuous assessment30-1 written in class test per term (80%) 2 hours - 1Listening test per term (10%) 30 minutes - 1 Speaking test per term: oral presentations (10%) 15 minutes1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7Written and verbal feedback
Oral examination1020 minutes 4 and 8 Verbal feedback
Listening examination1030 minutes 4 and 8Written and verbal feedback
Written examination503 hours1, 2, 3, 8Written 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
Written examinationWritten examination (3 hours)1, 2, 3, 8August/September reassessment period
Oral examination Oral (20 minutes)4, 8August/September reassessment period.
Listening examination Listening examination (30 minutes)4, 8August/September reassessment period.
Continuous assessmentWritten examination (2 hours)1, 2, 3, 5August/September reassessment period.

Re-assessment notes

Referral/ deferral:  Written examination 1 x 3 hour written paper (50%); Listening examination (10%); and Oral examination (10%); Written examination (30%) if student fails the continuous assessment.