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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2126: Forensic Science, Conflict and Justice

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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
1000 words essay on open topic related to the course materials.Two weeks to answer an open question related to one of the topics covered in the course.1-6Written feedback for the whole class addressing strengths and deficiencies + Verbal individual feedback
Oral presentation of preliminary ideas/outline for the final written assessment 1 presentation of 10-15 minutes1-4Written feedback + Group Discussion
Participation in seminars and reflexive journal of readingsActive participation based on readings 3-6Verbal+ written feedback

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 702,500 words1-6Individual written Feedback
Participation in tutorials, group discussions and formative assessments.30Reflective journal and PPP product of the work done throughout the course uploaded to BART.1-6Group and personal oral and written feedback: i) the preliminary presentation of the essay topic and argument; and ii) the reflective journal discussing the tutorial readings and the discussion topics covered in class.


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.