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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3121: Policy Analysis in Criminology

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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
Rehearse poster presentation in a small group (4 – 5 people) during seminars5 minutes3, 5 - 7Feedback will be given by peers, supported by the tutor. This will also give students the opportunity to informally practice / develop skills around giving and receiving feedback. Additional support will be provided by the tutor during office hours.
Participation in seminars3, 5 - 7Verbal feedback by 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
A poster presentation (comprising 1 poster / power-point slide and 1 x 5 minute presentation to be delivered during seminar slots) 301 x 5 minute presentation to seminar class. 1 x power-point slide (or other media, as agreed)3, 5 - 7Written
4000 word policy briefing, which will include an Executive Summary of 500 words704000 words1 -5, 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
Poster presentation to seminar groupPoster accompanied by 5 minute oral recording of the presentation3, 5 - 7August/September reassessment period
Policy briefingPolicy briefing (4000 words)1 -5, 8August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Assessment for this module comprises a 5 minute poster presentation to the seminar group and a 4000 word briefing.  As re-assessment usually occurs over the summer it will not be possible for candidates to present to their seminar group.  Therefore, they will be asked to record themselves giving their presentation and submit this to the module convenor for assessment.