The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essays, oral presentations, portfolios, textual analysis, literature reviews, reports, commentaries, reflections, diaries, journals, project reports and blog contributions.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
Year 1: Mandatory modules include two textual analysis (1500 words, 2000 words), Commentary (1500 words and portfolio 2500 words). The year long mandatory modules have two assignments.
Year 1: Optional modules include Essays (1000 words, 1250 words), textual analysis (1000 words), Literature Review (1000 words), Portfolio (500 words, 2500 words, 2500 words), Oral Presentation (15 minutes, 500 words), Report on Task (1000 words). Commentary (1500 words). The optional modules have two assignments.
Year 2: Mandatory modules include Essays (2000 words), Comprehension Test (2000 words), Identity Analysis (2000 words) and Research Project Proposal (2000 words). The year long mandatory modules have two assignments.
Year 2: Optional modules include Essay plans (500 words), Essay (1750 words, 2000 words, 1500 words), Oral presentation (500 words & 5-10 minute), Diary Synopsis (750 words), Project Report (1250 words), Context analysis (1000 words), Participation in Social Media (1500 words), in Class test (500 words), Research Proposal (1500 words), Audience responses (1500 words). The optional modules have two assignments.
Year 3: Mandatory module include Research Project/Essay (6000-7000 words).
Year 3: Optional modules include Critical reflection (750 words,1500 words), Essay (2000 words, 1750 words, 1500-2000 words, 2500 words, 3000 words), plan (750 words), Analysis of Television (2000 words), Presentation (10 minutes, and interview with body worker also 10 minutes), Case Study (2500 words), Diary Synopsis/CV (750 words plus 2 page CV), Portfolio (500-700 words, 1500), Radio Script and Evaluation (8 minutes and 1500 words), Literature Review (1500 words). The optional modules have two assignments.