Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1041: Data Analysis in Social Science

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
Lab assignments8 statistical software-related activities to be complete during lab sessions1-10Written

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
Problem set402500 words1-11Written
Data analysis essay503500 words1-10Written
Online quizzes103-5 multiple choice questions each week X 101-11Written


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
Problem set (2500 words)A data analysis exercise that reinforces lecture material, from data collection to hypothesis testing (2500 words)1-10August/September re-assessment period
Data analysis (3500 words)A data analysis essay that demonstrates that ability to analyse and effectively communicate empirical information (3500 words)1-10August/September re-assessment period
Online quizzesA quiz on key data analysis techniques that reinforce the material presented in lecture, tutorials, and the reading1-11August/ September re-assessment period