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Assessment & Contact Hours

Methods of Assessment

First year Warwick students (Visiting Students, please note that your assessment modes might be different):

10-minute group presentation (20% weighting)

2,000 word essay (30% weighting), and

3,000 word essay on different topic (50% weighting).

PLEASE NOTE: you should submit an electronic version of all your work, since it will be put through the department's anti-plagiarism software.
A meaningful filename would contain your student number, the module code, assignment name and an indication that it is the final version, for example:
1234567 - HI127 - Essay Title - FINAL.pdf

Full details about assessments can be found on the department Assessment webpages

Deadlines and Extensions

Most questions about assessment including deadlines are answered on this webpage:

Note that this is a Year One OPTION module, and deadlines are set accordingly.


You will receive feedback on your short essays online. You can then schedule an in-person meeting with your seminar tutor (who will inform you of the times during which they will be available to see each of you) to discuss your work. We strongly encourage you to make use of this opportunity to received tailored comments and advice on how to strengthen your work and hone your skills.

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this first-year option module will be comprised as follows:

Lectures: Seventeen 1-hour lectures
Seminars: Seventeen 1-hour seminars
Tutorials and Workshops: Two 2-hour workshops, two feedback sessions, and one long essay preparation session
Total: Forty-one hours

So what does all this mean to you?
First -- of course! -- you must attend all lectures, workshops and seminars. As required by the University, seminar attendance will be monitored weekly. If you miss more than two seminars in a single term without presenting valid reason for your absences, your seminar tutor will refer you to the Module Convenor for further action.

Second, as well as our formal meetings, the module convenor and lecturers are available every week in their office hours (posted on our office doors or bulletin boards). Feel free to come talk to us about the lectures, your essay topics and essays, the module in general, and any questions you might have. The Module Convenor, Max Hodgson (, should be your first port of call if you have concerns about your progress, module teaching, module resources, or ANY other questions that transcend the contents of individual lectures. In addition, he will arrange additional meeting times to discuss your long essays in terms 2 and 3: do come and talk about your ideas, research plans and questions. He will provide individual feedback on all of your short essays, tailored to helping you improve your writing and analysis over the course of the year. He will also be available to discuss the final feedback on your long essays (which you will access initially via Tabula).