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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1015: Arabic for Beginners

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 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
Listening/ writing homework10 assignments; 30 minutes per assignment (book unit)1, 4verbal

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
Examination60120 minutes1, 2, 3, 5Written feedback
Oral and listening exam 1030 minutes listening and 5 minutes oral exam1, 2, 4, 5Written and oral feedback
Continuous assessment 30Ten in-class tests of 30 minutes each1, 3, 5, 6Class feedback


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
ExaminationExamination - 90%1, 2, 3, 5August/September assessment period
Oral and listening exam 30 minutes listening and 5 minutes oral exam - 10%1, 2, 3, 4August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Referral/ deferral examination: 1 x 2 hour written paper:  to replace continuous assessment and examination 90%.