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Assessment and Feedback

Assessment

The course involves the three following methods of assessment:

1.Informal assessments: These may come in the form of essays, presentations or short written tasks which are used to help you develop your critical thinking and embed your knowledge, to aid preparation for formal assessments.

The ‘Course Outline’ sections provide an overview as to which modules will require this type of assessment. While this type of assessment does not contribute towards the final mark in any year, completing these assignments is a mandatory part of this degree course.

2. Examination essays: For these, students will be required to revise the contents of the relevant module, and complete a series of essays under timed conditions, without being able to consult any of their notes or other materials.

The ‘Module Information’ section clearly outlines which modules are assessed through this method, and what the percentage weighting is towards the final mark for that year.

3. Coursework essays: For these, students will be required to research, plan, and write an essay of a pre-set length, and ensure it is submitted on or before a pre-agreed deadline.

The ‘Module Information’ section clearly outlines which modules are assessed through this method, and what the percentage weighting is towards the final mark for that year.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework vs exams:

  • Year 1*  – 42.5 per cent coursework and 57.5 per cent exams
  • Year 2 – 33.3 per cent coursework and 66.6 per cent exams 
  • Year 3 – 50 per cent coursework and 50 per cent exams

Feedback 

All the feedback you receive is directed towards helping you recognise what is good about a particular piece of work, and what needs improvement, with a view to helping you improve your future work on the course as a whole. It is for this reason that you will receive written feedback on your written submissions, whether formally assessed or not, with the exception of the final written submissions for the course. Module tutors may assume that this written feedback is sufficient for your developmental purposes, but you are always encouraged to ask for clarification or amplification if necessary.

Written feedback on examination performance is also supplied for Year Two and the first set of Year Three examinations.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in for informally assessed work, first-draft coursework, and the 2,500 word assessed essays in Year One. For the formal exams and coursework in Year Two, the feedback from the exams sat in June will be available the following October after the Summer break.

Please note that it is not just module tutors who can give you constructive feedback. Personal Tutors, writing advisors, careers advisors and others can offer useful advice when it comes to how you are approaching your work in general, for example: time management and diary organisation.

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