Students’ progress and attainment are continuously assessed and feedback and marks from each module or component are provided throughout the year. There are no formal written examinations. The course is highly participatory and class participation and teamwork in the research, preparation and delivery of presentations are important aspects of the assessment process. Additionally, each module will include assessment by one or several of the following assessment methods: briefing paper; critical appraisal; executive summary; timed paper; group workshop report. Other heavily-weighted assignments include essays on the exploitation of science and technology, a comprehensive business plan and a dissertation of 10,000 words based on research conducted during a company internship.
In line with the programme’s professional practice ethos, students are expected to attend all class activities and to participate in each of the course components, regardless of their previous knowledge of a topic or sector.