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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA3001: Debates, Issues and Practices

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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
Seminar Presentations5 minute collective presentation on interdisciplinary topics and collaboration process1-7In-seminar feedback on presentations of interdisciplinary topics and collaboration process

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
Essay (Discussion of how a social issue could be approached from perspective of two disciplines; and advantages and disadvantages of interdisciplinary approach)501,800 words1,2, 4, 5Written
Essay (A report outlining a interdisciplinary research proposal, with reflection on process of implementation)501,800 words1-7Written


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
Essay (Multiple disciplinaryEssay (1,800 words)1,2, 4, 5August/September reassessment period
Essay (Interdisciplinary research proposal)Essay (1,800 words)1-7August/September reassessment period