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Assessment, Seminar Work, and Contact Hours

Workload and Assessment

The assessment for this final year module is determined by whether or not the student will be basing a Dissertation on the module:

  • For students who are not basing a Dissertation on this module: a two-hour exam and a 4,500 word essay
  • For students who are basing a Dissertation on this module: a three-hour exam
For details of examination and assessment, please see:

Seminar Work

Students are expected to participate actively in the seminar discussions and to collaborate with each other. Each student will be asked to make an oral presentation limited to 7 minutes. Presentations will be based on an essay title or on a specific military engagement.

Each student will indeed be asked to produce a “battle focus” for the benefit of the entire cohort. It consists of a short narrative of the chosen battle and a brief assessment of its significance in 4-500 words. Each battle focus will include: one map; one source extract (text or image); one short bibliography (3-5 references). These will be shared on the course’s Moodle website for revision purposes.


In 2018-2019, students will be asked to focus on the following battles:

1914 – Battles of the Frontiers, Tannenberg, Marne, Masurian Lakes, First Ypres, Tanga

1915 – Gallipoli, Neuve-Chapelle, Gorlice-Tarnów, Artois, Loos, Champagne

1916 – Verdun, Jutland, Kostiuchnówka, Gorizia, Somme, London air raid

1917 – Baghdad, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Riga, Caporetto, Jerusalem

1918 – Operation Michael, Belleau Wood, Tampere, Amiens, St Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne

Underlined battles will be the object of a class presentation.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will consist of two 2,000-word essays and of one gobbet exercise.

1. The first short essay (2000 words) will be due one week after the student’s first oral presentation in term 1.
2. The second short essay (2000 words) will be due one week after the student’s oral presentation in term 2.
3. A practice gobbet exam question will be provided in week 5. Students will time themselves and submit a response by the start of class in term 2, week 7.


Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this final-year option module will be comprised as follows:
Module duration:
Twelve weeks
Eighteen two-hour seminars + One two-hour exam revision session
Four hours of feedback and long essay preparation
42 hours