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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1016C: A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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
Workshops will provide students with opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module8 x 2 hour workshops1-6Peer and lecturer feedback and guidance
A draft of Part 1 of the portfolio500 words1-5, 7-8Written 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
Individual presentation (students will role-play and represent the position of a stakeholder at a public hearing.)205 minute presentation (and 10 minutes of asking and answering questions)1-6Oral and written feedback
Skeleton of own argument in the debate and written counter-argument to the position taken during the debate (which should include an opinion on the stakeholders most likely to disagree with this position and why)401,750 words1-6, 8Written feedback directly linking the content of the work to the marking criteria
A Learning Portfolio covering selected topics from the module. 401,750 words1-3, 7-8Written feedback


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
Presentation and Skeleton Argument and Written Counter-ArgumentWritten argument and counter-argument (2000 words) replicating the ideas considered in the original assessments (60%)1-6, 8August/September reassessment period
PortfolioPortfolio (1,750 words) (40%)1-3, 7-8August/September reassessment period