General Course class grades

Identifying General Course students

General Course students are identifiable by their programme of study ("General Course") recorded in the LSEforYou Class Registers.

A spreadsheet of the relevant students (either half- or full-unit) will also be emailed to you at the relevant time.

How to determine the class grade

As a class teacher, in addition to the LSEfor You class reports, you are required to provide an additional summary Class Grade for all your General Course Students. Your Class Grade should summarise:

•   the student’s record of attendance

•   the student’s general contribution to discussions in your class meetings;

•   the student’s presentations in your classes;

•   your grading of their written work or problem sheets/assignments/problem sets;

Given the variation between courses, particularly between quantitative and qualitative courses, there is no fixed algorithm for weighting these different elements.  You will need to strike a balance between the written work/problem sets and the student’s contribution to the class.

 As a guideline, undergraduate courses at the School have a normal requirement of at least two pieces of written work per term or a series of problem sheets (in the Michaelmas and Lent terms) and it is particularly important that this requirement (or an equivalent) be held to for these our visiting students. 

Students should already be aware of what you will expect of them by way of any outstanding course work requirements.  Students will be permitted to know the class grades which you have determined when they receive their results over the summer.

It is vital that you enter these grades by the below deadlines as they enable us to provide a comprehensive academic transcript for each student at the year's end, showing distinct grades for their course work and their subsequent examination performance.

Further guidance on awarding the class grades can be found in Annex 1| and the established School-wide formula for translating marks into class grades for General Course students can be found in Annex 2|.

Recording the grade

The process for entering these grades on LSEforYou is as follows:

a.Select 'Teacher Class Register', enter your ID number, and click on 'submit':

b.Select the appropriate class register and click on 'continue':

c.Scroll down to the relevant student and click on 'Summary':

d.Scroll down to the 'General Course/Erasmus Student Assessment' section. At the bottom of this section is the sentence: 'I award this General Course/ Erasmus student a class grade of:'. After this sentence there is a drop down menu from which you simply select the appropriate class grade. Click on 'Save Changes'.

NB Once entered on LSEforYou, there is no need to submit the grade to the Exams Office.

Deadlines for grade entry

Your class grades must be entered onto LSEforYou by the following deadlines:

•   Half-Unit Michaelmas Term Courses: by 13 February.

•   Full-Unit and Lent Term Half-Unit Courses: after the last class meeting of the Lent Term and no later than 10 days after end of term.

Further assistance

If you experience technical difficulties with recording class grades/comments on LSEforYou please contact the helpdesk directly on LSEforYou@lse.ac.uk.

Should you have any problem in identifying General Course students, or if you have a query regarding their course choices, please contact Registry@lse.ac.uk| for help and/or guidance. 

If, after reading the information contained here, you have any specific concerns about the actual grading please contact the Associate Dean, General Course at gc.dean@lse.ac.uk|.

Annex 1: Supplementary Notes on Class Grades for General Course students

a.General Guidance for GTAs on Class Grades

    Full-time BA/BSc students at LSE only receive a mark for their examination performance.  As a class teacher you are not normally asked to provide a class grade or provide an indication of the basis on which a class grade will be given.

▪   However, along side their end of year exam grade, General Course (GC) students are given a ‘class grade’.  This is used by their home institutions in conjunction with the exam grade to determine what credit the student will receive towards their degree for the work they have done at LSE. In some cases the marks are also be factored into the student’s GPA.

▪   The nature of class teaching varies considerably across LSE. In some degree programs the emphasis is on weekly discussions in seminar-based courses. In others it is based largely on essays that are handed in throughout the term and graded by class teachers. Yet in others the emphasis is placed on problem sets that are taken up weekly.

▪   It is important that you take into account the nature of the course you are teaching on, the class structure and the expectations regarding what work students will produce for the class in determining the ‘class grade’.

▪    Annex B below provides a chart for converting LSE percentage grades into letter grades.

▪   Each department's class structure is designed to include 'formative' assessment (e.g. essays, problem sets) that typically serves to prepare all students for the final 'summative' assessment in the form of an exam/essay.   Some or all of this 'formative' work should count towards the ‘class grade’.

▪   There is no need to conduct double blind marking of 'formative' work, as the student is generally known to you and the primary purpose is still to provide valuable feedback before exams.

▪   If the class is seminar or discussion based, then any presentations given by the student should count toward the ‘class grade’.

▪   The level of active participation as judged by answering questions and engaging in discussions in class and the record of attendance should also be factored into the ‘class grade’.

▪   The ‘class grade’ needs to be a fair and balanced overall assessment of student’s work for the course.  Do not mark harshly as a way of ‘incentivising’ the student for the exam.  That is not the nature or purpose of the GC ‘class grade’.

▪   An indication of the overall weighting of how a class grade is allocated should be given to a GC student at the start of term time. 

▪   If you as a class teacher are unfamiliar with the special requirements of GC students or are unclear about how to construct a ‘class grade’ for GC students, then please contact the Associate Dean at gc.dean@lse.ac.uk|

Annex 2: Translating Marks into General Course Class Grades

Degree Class Equivalent

Percentage Mark

Letter Grade/GPA

First

75+

A+/4.0

First

70-74

A/4.0

Upper Second

65-69

A-/3.66

Upper Second

60-64

B+/3.3

Lower Second

55-59

B/3.0

Lower Second

50-54

B-/2.66

Third

45-49

C+/2.3

Third

40-44

C/2.0

Fail

39 or lower

F/0.0

  

 

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