LSE Vocabulary

Sometimes you will come across jargon, acronyms and titles with which you are not familiar, or which have been used differently in your previous institution.  Read our brief guide to some of the jargon, acronyms and special LSE terms that you will come across in our website and publications.

Auditing

If you choose to audit a course, this means that you sit in on the lectures, but do not undertake any assessment for that course.
Courses that you have audited will not appear on your results transcript, and will not count towards your degree.

Calendar

The Calendar is a web-first resource containing definitive regulations relating to students and their study, which can be found at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar/|.

Class 

The smaller groups into which students on a particular course are divided for more interactive study.  Graduate seminars are sometimes referred to as classes particularly by the Timetables Office. Each course is normally taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

Convenor

Head of academic department or institute.  From 2006/07 re-named "Head of Department"

Course

Sometimes referred to as 'module', meaning the different components of a programme of study, e.g. MC400/MC408, the core course for all media MSc programmes.

Course Convenor

A member of the academic staff in a department who has overall responsibility for the academic direction and assessment of a particular course.

Course guide

A brief description of each course offered at LSE, published in the School Calendar|.

Course outline

Detailed document describing course content, readings and details of assessment, distributed in hard copy and/or available on Moodle.

Dissertation

You may know this as a 'thesis' or 'research report', the dissertation is a compulsory one-unit course taken by all students in the department and comprises an independent quantitative or qualitative investigation of an issue in the field of media and communications.  The submission date will be the last Friday in August.

Grade

Used interchangeably with 'mark'. but note that some departments issue provisional marks in the form of letter grades.  

Graduate Teaching Assistant [GTA]

Usually a PhD student in the final stages of their programme, providing seminar teaching to accompany a lecture series.

Head of Department

Head of academic department or institute.  Previously known as "Convenor".

Lecture

A teaching format used in most LSE courses, attended by all students taking that particular course, normally one hour long, normally held weekly.

Lecturer

Usually a member of the academic staff of LSE but sometimes a visiting or associated academic.

LSE For You (LFY)

LSE's web-based self-service administration system

LT

Lent Term, the second term in the academic year, running from January - March.

Mark

Sometimes referred to as 'grade'.  Provisional marks are released for coursework submitted throughout the year, which contributes to the overall final module marks released after completion of a programme of study.

Module

Another word for 'course', meaning the different components of a programme of study, e.g. MC408, the core course for all media MSc programmes.

Moodle

A web-based location for core LSE course materials which provides additional forms of student-to-teacher and student-to-student communication, all in one virtual space.

MT

Michelmas Term, the first term in the academic year, running from October - December.

Programme

The schedule of study leading to the award of, e.g. the MSc in Media and Communications, made up of several 'courses' or 'modules'.

Seminar

The smaller groups into which students on a particular course are divided for more interactive study.  Graduate seminars are sometimes referred to as classes particularly by the Timetables Office.  Each course is normally taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

ST

Summer Term, the third and final term in the academic year, running from April - July.

Supervisor

In the Department of Media and Communications, each student is allocated to a Dissertation Supervisor early in the Lent Term.

Academic Adviser 

At the beginning of the year each student is allocated an 'Academic Adviser' who is responsible for their academic and pastoral welfare.  Elsewhere at LSE 'Academic Advisers' are often called 'supervisors'.

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