Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3176: Researching Public International Law

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
Draft sections of the article1,000 words1-6Written and oral
Each week you will be allocated a research task such as: i) a report on an area of law of less than 1,000 words, ii) a 5-10 minute presentation on a journal article, iii) a 1-page bibliography of resources on a specific area of research inquiry.1-6Oral

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
Group Project40Article-length e.g. 12,000 words1-6Written
Individual writing contributions402,000 words1-6Written and oral
Class contribution – your level of participation in research discussions will be recorded by the convenor.201-6Written and oral


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.

Re-assessment notes

Reassessment will take the form of an individual research paper, on a research question to be agreed with the convenor. In the event that 100% is reassessed, this research paper will take the form of a 6,000 word paper. In the event that students complete the class contribution element of summative assessment (20%), reassessment of the remainder will take the form of a 5,000 word assessment (80%).