Guidance on your coursework
In marking the essays, the points which will be credited include:
To distinguish between the degree classifications, the following guidelines might help you to understand the criteria we are applying as we mark your work.
A answer is one that demonstrates evidence of in-depth study, including the consultation of a range of references relating to the question under scrutiny. The answer should demonstrate knowledge of the area (contained in the question) and key debates of relevance; it should go beyond descriptive content and be analytical in its approach. Evidence of clear understanding, evaluation and interpretation is necessary to achieve this grade and this is often demonstrated through original contribution. The answer will be clearly focused upon the question and will also include relevant diagrams which will be labelled and used to explain the key points in the argument. A first class answer will be well written, clearly referenced and will cite evidence in support of the arguments.
Please note the following extract from the student programme handbook. It warns about plagiarism:
Assignments are part of your assessment. They are designed to take some of the stress away from examinations by giving you opportunities to demonstrate your abilities in other ways. They must, therefore, be your own work. They must not be copied, either from books, articles, etc., or from other students. If you wish to incorporate short passages from books, articles, etc. in your assignment, you should put them in quotes and properly attribute them to their author and work.
Plagiarism is taking and using another person’s writings, thoughts, calculations, ideas, conclusions, etc. as one’s own. In its most extreme form, plagiarism consists of copying, verbatim, the work of others. However, equally unacceptable is the practice of ‘borrowing’ the product of another person’s thought without attempting to address the problem oneself, for example, by using another student’s detailed essay plan.
It is worth pointing out, however, one of the most common traps. Some students take detailed notes from books or articles, and then use these notes to write their assignments. If your assignment is based very closely on such detailed notes, you may in fact be plagiarising, and, even though it is not deliberate, you will be penalised. Make sure, therefore, that you put things in your own words and also that you do not make exactly the same points in the same ways as the books/articles that you have noted. This does not mean that your essay has to be full of original ideas. It does not, but it must be your own work.
One piece of advice here: don’t copy chunks from a book into your notes. That way you can easily end up copying them back into your assignment! When making notes, therefore, try to summarise points in your own words.
Please note that the submission deadlines are absolute and based on UWE server time, therefore you are strongly advised to submit work well ahead of the deadline dates to avoid situations where penalties could be incurred. Penalties are imposed if a submission is made up to 24 hours after the deadline, and the highest mark you can receive will be the minimum pass mark (if the assessment is passed). After the 24 hours have passed, the work will not be accepted for marking.
The assessment for this module includes a 2000 word essay and an online exam. The exam will be held in the assessment period in January / February 2021. The exam and the coursework for this module are equally weighted.
The essay for this module is an electronic submission and the deadline is 2:00 on Thursday the 21st of January 2021. Please do not exceed the word limit of 2000 words for this essay.
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