Written Coursework

For History 213 you will be asked to write two essays, one in Michaelmas Term due at 3.00pm on Friday 12 December 2008, and one in Lent Term due at 3.00pm on Friday 20 March 2009. Remember that these coincide with the Departmental Deadlines and that you will lose marks if these pieces of work are submitted late unless you have been granted a formal extension. Indeed, the Senate has ruled that work not completed by the stated deadline and without an agreed extension will lose 10% if it is between one and seven days late. Work more than seven days late will be awarded 0%. No extensions can be granted, furthermore, beyond the Senate Deadline of week three in Summer Term. Any work submitted after this date will receive 0%.

Essays must be submitted in accordance with the instructions given in the departmental Student Handbook. Please do not post them under my door or attempt to give them to me directly! Please also note that if you have to post an essay to me, be sure to retain proof of postage and to keep a copy of the essay. Without proof of postage, the Department is unable to accept a claim that work has been submitted through the post. The two essays have equal weighting: that is, each is worth half of your total course work mark.

Oral Assessment

As is the practice in the department, your combined coursework mark be moderated in accordance with your contributions to seminar discussions by up to two marks in either direction:

Level of Contribution
Always well prepared; outstanding verbal contributions.
Generally well prepared; good verbal contributions.
Few verbal contributions unless prompted.
Little evidence of preparation; few verbal contributions.
No contribution to discussion; persistent non-attendance at seminars.

This may look like a small moderation, but bear in mind that most essay and exam marks will fall between 40 and 70%, and that once these marks have been combined, many of you will be close to the 2.1/2.2 borderline of 59/60%. An alteration of 1 or 2 per cent may, therefore, have a significant effect on your final result. There is, therefore, much to gained by making an active contribution to the seminars! You should not worry about saying anything wrong: the important thing is to show that you have engaged with the material and generated your own views about the issues it raises.

The Examination

A three-hour unseen written examination will be held in Summer Term. You will be asked to answer three questions of equal value from a choice of some fourteen which have been grouped into three sections (A, B and C). You must answer one question from each section. Section A will comprise at least five topic-focused questions on the sections of the course which were covered in Michaelmas Term. Section B will comprise at-least five topic-focused questions on the sections of the course which were covered in Lent Term. Section C will comprise at least three general questions: that is, three questions that are concerned the issues of change and continuity raised by the course as a whole. Your scripts will be marked twice, by myself and another colleague, and the final results will be evaluated by the External Examiner.

Your Final Mark

As soon the essay marking is complete, the department will give you a transcript of your marks. It is important that you should check this carefully to ensure that no discrepancies have crept into your results. Please report any errors to the part II secretary, bringing with you copies of your essays with the original marks. It is important, therefore, that you should hang onto your work once it has been returned. They will, of course, be useful to you for revision purposes, and they will be called in after the end of the examinations so that can be consulted by the External Examiner should this prove necessary. Your final mark will be reckoned by combining your exam mark (weighted at sixty per cent) and your coursework mark (weighted at forty per cent and moderated in accordance with your oral assessment score).

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