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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

PHLM006: Contemporary Ethics

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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
1 individual presentation of a course reading to the class 15 minutes1,2,3,6,7Oral

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
Essay705000 words1,2,3,4,5,8Written
1 Reading summary - essay101000 words1,2,3,4,8Oral and written
1 Review essay202000 words1,2,3,4,8Written


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
EssayEssay1,2,3,4,5,8August/September reassessment period
1 Reading summary - essay 1 x review reading summary - essay1, 2, 3, 4,8August/September reassessment period
1 Review essay1x Review essay1, 2, 3, 4,8August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

The grade percentage per re-assessment is the same as for assessments

Essay 5000 words is 70%

Reading summary essay 1000 words is 10%

Review essay 2000 words is 20%