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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3110C: Legal Research Paper 1

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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
Discussion of research and analysis development through individual supervision meetings and in the context of group workshops.At least three meetings1,2, 4, 6-9Individual oral and/or written feedback from supervisor during supervision meetings as set out in the module handbook

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
Report20Report (1000 words)1, 2, 4, 7, 8August / September re-assessment period
Legal Research Paper805000 words1-9Written feedback and (if needed), individual meeting with supervisor


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
ReportReport (1000 words)1,2,4,7,8August / September re-assessment period
Legal Research PaperLegal Research Paper (5000 words)1-9August / September re-assessment period

Students who fail the dissertation module will be required to submit a reworked paper on the same topic to reflect on and learn from the feedback they will have received on the dissertation as submitted at first instance.