Political Science Department

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Political Science Department
Coursework Brief, Semester 2, 2017 – 2018
Re-sit
Module Name: The Politics of the Gulf: Oil, Ideology and Foreign Intervention
Module Code: 17POLS03I
Module Leader: Dr. Gamal Selim
Assessment Title: Re-sit Research Paper (50 % of final grade)
Task Description:
• Please answer the research question provided below
• Your paper should show that you have researched the topic and have used predominantly
academic sources
• Your paper should be analytical and not just descriptive or editorial
• You are expected to obtain research materials from the library and from our on-line research sites
• Please ensure that your work meets the required standards for your degree year by checking the
Assessment Criteria available on the module’s e-learning page
• You are urged to begin your research and to organise your time as soon as possible
The essay will assess your ability to research the literature on your chosen topic, form a thesis, analyse the
available material and then present a coherent and compelling argument in the form of a well written
academic essay.
Question:
1. Critically assess BOTH the role of an international actor AND the role of a regional actor in the
Iran-Iraq war.
Instructions and Guidelines:
Due Date: 5th of August, 2018
Word Limits:
• Maximum 2,000 words, see word limit policy below
• You must observe the word limit of the paper. If you exceed the word limit by more than fifteen
percent you will receive a mark of zero
• Number of words (see word limit policy below) must be stated on the submission forms
Layout and Format:
• Your paper needs to be double-spaced
• Use font Arial size 12
• Printed on A4 paper
• Page numbers centred on the bottom of each page in the format – Page 1 of —
• Have a cover page (include: Your Name, ID, Date, and title of your paper)
• Use the essay format (i.e. presentation of ideas in bullet points is unacceptable)
• Papers must be typed; handwritten papers will not be accepted
Sources:
• Students are expected to discuss secondary sources pertaining to the topic (i.e. academic articles
and books) as well as to consult and refer to primary sources
• Wikipedia and non-academic websites are not acceptable sources
• Student should also make sure that relevant information in the lecture notes, the textbook and the
literature indicated in the syllabus are given due consideration
Referencing:
• You must specify the sources you use in your paper; otherwise you might be charged with
plagiarism, and you will be heavily penalised
• You must use the BUE style sheet (available on the e-learning page)
Penalties:
• No late submission
• You must observe the word limit of the paper. If you exceed the word limit by more than fifteen
percent you will receive a mark of zero
• Any student suspected of plagiarism, or collusion, will be subject to procedures set out in the
GAR
Submission Instructions:
1. You need to submit your soft copy to your teaching team (both TA(s) and ML) no later than 12:00 p.m.
on the due date;
2. Your teaching team will contact you (via email or e-learning) to provide you with your Turn-It-In
report. You will then need to print your paper and Turn-ItIn report;
3. You need to submit TWO hard copies of your paper and Turn-It-In report to your TA(s) as will be
advised via email or e-learning;
4. You must submit a fully completed and signed Coursework Submission and Academic Honesty Form
with each hard copy;
5. The number of words (excluding referencing and bibliography) must be stated on the submission
forms;
6. A Coursework Feedback Form should be attached to each hard copy;
7. The forms are available on the module’s e-learning page.
Feedback:
• Generic written feedback on presentations and papers will appear on module e-learning page after
marking them
• Students may request appointments with Module Leaders and Teaching Assistants by email in order
to obtain individual oral and written feedback on presentations, papers and exams
• General discussion of assessed tasks may take place in lecture and tutorial sessions
• Feedback will be given to students within 20 working days of the submission date
Word Limit Policy
(Coursework)
• The word count should be expressed as an absolute range or an absolute value (no circa!) in the
CWBs
• Students must include the word count on the cover sheet of the submission and in the submission
form
• The word count of the submission should exclude: the cover sheet, the table of contents, footnotes,
in-text citations, notes from interviews, numerical tables, abstract, diagrams, graphs, formulas and
bibliography. Additional exclusions must be approved by the Departmental Council
• If the word count is exceeded by more than 15%, the piece of assessment is awarded a mark of zero
• There should be detailed advice to the students on how to exclude certain parts from the submission
using Turn-it-in
• Coursework briefs of the computer modules in the Business Department should also include a limit
in terms of number of pages. A penalty of zero mark should be applied, if this limit is exceeded by
more than 5%. (The equivalent of the 5% should be clearly identified as a number of pages in the
coursework of these modules)
• This policy should be published on the e-learning of the Faculty of BAEPS
• This policy should be included in all the coursework briefs of the Faculty in semester 2 of 2016-17
to ensure consistency and accuracy of its implementation by all staff members and students

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