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Assessment changes

Page last updated 20 July 2016

All taught courses are required to include formative coursework which is unassessed. It is designed to help to prepare students for summative assessment which counts towards the course mark and to the degree award. LSE uses a range of formative assessment, such as essays, problem sets, case studies, reports, quizzes, mock exams and many others. Summative assessment may be conducted during the course or by final examination at the end of the course. Other types of summative assessment may include dissertations, essays, group projects, reports, presentations or take home examinations. An indication of the formative coursework and summative assessment for each course can be found in the relevant course guide:

Undergraduate course guides

Taught Master’s course guides

Research course guides

Changes to the methods of assessment used on a programme are listed in the updated course and programme information pages in the Calendar, below. The Calendar is maintained by the Teaching Quality Assurance and Review Office. Changes to assessment may be made in response to student feedback or to changes to the course content and learning outcomes. It is common practice to vary the assessment as a course evolves over time.

Undergraduate

Updated course and programme information for undergraduate students registered in the current academic session.

Updated course and programme information for prospective undergraduate students entering in the next academic session.

Updated course and programme information for future undergraduate students entering after the next academic session.

Postgraduate:

Updated course and programme information for postgraduate students registered in the current academic session.

Updated course and programme information for prospective postgraduate students entering in the next academic session.

Updated course and programme information for future postgraduate students entering after the next academic session.

Examples of modifications to assessment methods may include the addition or removal of examinations, coursework or practical assessments (the mode of assessment); changes to assessment weighting (how much individual pieces of assessment count towards the final mark); or changes to the scheduling of assessment dates.

If the change affects students who have received an offer for a place on a programme but have not yet started, reasonable efforts will be made to notify students of the changes. The Teaching Quality Assurance and Review Office facilitates the approval process for changes to programmes and courses in coordination with the Admissions office and academic departments. Students will usually be contacted directly by the academic department responsible for their programme of study as soon as possible once the change has been approved.

The Changes to assessment will be reported via the webpages listed above, with prospective students also being informed via an offer-holders’ newsletter from the Admissions office in the summer.

Major changes to assessment methods in courses that students are currently taking must be approved by all students before the change can be put to the sub-committee for approval.  Students will have a reasonable opportunity to respond to the proposed change and if any objections are raised, the amendment will need to be deferred to the following year of entry.

Further information on how assessment method modifications are managed can be found here:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/LSEServices/TQARO/Modifications/Home.aspx

 

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