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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3151B: Research Paper

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
Learning logApproximately 200 words per week1-2, 4, 6-9You may discuss with your supervisor and/or peer facilitator specific issues arising in your research that are noted in your learning log.
Draft section(s) of your research paper1,500 words1-9Individual oral and written feedback from your supervisor.

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
Research paper1004,500 words1-9Individual written feedback; oral feedback upon request


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).

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research paperResearch paper (4,500 words)1-9August/September re-assessment period

It is expected that students who fail their research paper will re-submit it on the same topic to reflect on and learn from the feedback they will have received on the research paper originally submitted. Any derogation from this will have to be discussed with and approved by the module convenor.