Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3151A: Research Paper

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
Learning logYou are expected to write about 200 words per week in your log.1-2, 4, 6-9You may discuss with your supervisor specific issues arising in your research and noted in your log; peer feedback available through the research discussion meetings.
1,500 words may be submitted to your supervisor for feedback as set out in the module handbook.1-9Individual oral and/or written feedback from supervisor during supervision meetings as set out in the module handbook

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 Paper1006,000 words1-9Feedback sheet and (if needed) individual meeting with supervisor


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 PaperResearch Paper (6,000 words)1-9August/September re-assessment period

Re-assessment notes

It is expected that students who fail their research paper will re-submit it on the same topic to reflect on and learn from the feedback they will have received on the research paper originally submitted. Any derogation from this will have to be discussed with and approved by the module convenor.