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Postgraduate Module Descriptor


SOCM021: Food Systems, Alternative Food Networks, and Ethical Consumption

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
Weekly reading response papers10 x 250 word weekly reading response papers, prepared before seminar and used to guide participation1-6Oral feedback in seminar, as well as during office hours upon request

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
10000

...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
Portfolio of weekly reading response papers252500 words1-6Weekly papers, revised in light of discussion and submitted at end of term; aggregate mark and written feedback on papers and contributions to seminar given at end of term
Essay252500 word essay on a relevant topic of student’s choice approved by convener1-6Mark with written feedback
Extended essay504000 word essay on a relevant topic of student’s choice approved by convener1-6Mark with written feedback

Re-assessment

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
Portfolio of weekly reading response papersPortfolio of weekly reading response papers (2,500 words)1-61 September deadline for resubmission
EssayEssay (2500 words)1-61 September deadline for resubmission
Extended essayExtended essay (4000 words)1-61 September deadline for resubmission