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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1022C: Legal Foundations

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

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
Interviewing exercise2 hours1, 6Immediate oral peer feedback
Mock tribunal/court hearings3.5 hours1, 3-5, 8Immediate oral judge-given feedback
Negotiation exercise2 hours2, 3-5, 10Immediate oral peer feedback
Oral contributions to seminars17 x 2-hour seminars1-10Immediate oral feedback from peers and tutor
Peer assessment of contribution to teamworkConducted once in autumn and spring terms by ‘law firm’ peers9, 10Moderated written peer 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
Portfolio of autumn term work402,250 words1, 3, 4, 5-7Individual written feedback. Supplementary oral feedback available
Portfolio of spring term work402,250 words1-5, 8Individual written feedback. Supplementary oral feedback available
Teamwork self-assessment202,000 words9, 10Individual written feedback. Supplementary oral feedback available


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 autumn term workResubmission of portfolio (2,250 words)1, 3, 4, 5-7August/September reassessment period
Portfolio of spring term workResubmission of portfolio (2,250 words)1-5, 8August/September reassessment period
Teamwork self-assessmentResubmission of teamwork self-assessment (2,000 words)9, 10August/September reassessment period