Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2097: Behavioural Public Policy and the Nudge Agenda

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
Group discussions of research protocol & essay plans1 page summary of each brought to class3,4 (essay) 1,2,5,6 (protocol)Oral (peers)
Small group assessment preparation activity, presented to class or small groups in class4-6 hours preparation time (mix of individual & group preparation)1, 4-7Oral (peers & tutor)

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
Essay502000 words1,3,4,6,7Written
Research protocol (i.e. a written description of a design for a research experiment to evaluate the effects of a behavioural change intervention in an area of the student’s own choosing)502000 words1-2, 4-7Written


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
EssayEssay (2000 words)1,3,4,6,7August/September reassessment period
Research protocolIndResearch protocol (2000 words)ividual powerpoint presentation emailed to course convenor with follow up q&a by email1-2, 4-7August/September reassessment period