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Bioscience Past Papers Request

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Dear Cardiff University,

Please could you provide past papers in the years 2016-2018 for all the examinations sat by Biosciences undergraduates in the following modules
- BI1002 Structure and Function of Living Organisms
- BI1003 Organisms and Environment
- BI1004 The Dynamic Cell
- BI1014 Biological Chemistry
- BI1051 Genetics and Evolution
- BI2231 Cell Biology
- BI2232 Biochemistry
- BI2233 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
- BI2332 Concepts of Disease

Where possible, please could you also provide the examiners reports.

Yours faithfully,

L Vine

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Louis,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your email received by this office on 20/12/19 in
which you requested information regarding bioscience past papers. 

 

Your request will now be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and has been allocated reference FOI19-507 which should be quoted in
all correspondence. We will respond to your request within 20 working days
starting the next working day after receipt, therefore you can expect to
receive a response no later than 23/01/20.

 

Where we consider that we will not be able to meet this deadline or if
further time is required to consider the public interest test we will
contact you as soon as possible and give you a revised date for response.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and, if that is the case, we
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

Yours sincerely

 

 

John Groves   John Groves
Project Officer   Swyddog Prosiect
Strategic Planning & Governance     Adran Cynllunio Strategol a
Cardiff University Llywodraethu
2nd Floor, Friary House
Greyfriars Road Prifysgol Caerdydd
CF10 3AE
LLawr 2, Friary House

Heol y Brodyr Llwydion
CF10 3AE
Tel: 02920 879870   Ffon: 02920 879870
E-mail: [1][email address] E-bost:
[2][email address]
 
 
The University welcomes
correspondence in Welsh or English. Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu
gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n
Saesneg.

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

InfoRequest, Cardiff University

Dear Louis,

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request dated
20^th December 2019.

 

For ease of reference, I have reproduced your question below and set out
our corresponding response.

 

Please could you provide past papers in the years 2016-2018 for all the
examinations sat by Biosciences undergraduates in the following modules

- BI1002 Structure and Function of Living Organisms

- BI1003 Organisms and Environment

- BI1004 The Dynamic Cell

- BI1014 Biological Chemistry

- BI1051 Genetics and Evolution

- BI2231 Cell Biology

- BI2232 Biochemistry

- BI2233 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

- BI2332 Concepts of Disease

 

This information is held by the University however after due consideration
it is considered that the information is exempt from disclosure by virtue
of Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act entitled Commercial
Interests.

 

Section 43 Commercial Interest states:

 

“(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person
(including the public authority) holding it”.

 

The University recognises that it may be in the public interest to aid
public understanding that academic and professional standards are
maintained and how students are assessed within a programme such as
Biosciences.  However it is not in the public interest to release
information that risks undermining the assessment and examination system
and compromises academic  standards and diminish the University’s ability
to attract students in a highly competitive sector.

 

Developing exam papers has involved the construction of a bank of
questions that have taken considerable expertise, time and care to
develop.  The bank has followed a quality assurance cycle of peer review,
standard setting and external scrutiny by our External Examiner.
 Questions are re-used where appropriate within School. From an
educational perspective, the School does not want to encourage students to
use past exam papers to focus on learning their subject for the exam and
question spotting, but to develop a broad knowledge and understanding they
can draw on to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in
assessments.

 

If the questions were to be released into public domain it would be likely
to prejudice our ability to ensure that our students are ready to progress
in terms of knowledge , skills and understanding within this programme and
ultimately our ability to be confident of maintaining undergraduate
educational standards. There are a finite number of questions which can be
asked to cover a particular subject area, especially if students are being
asked questions which encourage them to demonstrate their understanding
across a broad topic area.

 

Releasing the questions therefore limit our ability to assess our students
and indeed be confident that they are meeting the standards required to
progress to the next level of the programme.

 

Finally the release of the questions would result in greatly increased
costs in terms of both time and resources and place a significant
additional and unnecessary burden on the examining system.

 

We therefore consider that the public interest favours non-disclosure into
the public domain for the information requested.

 

Where possible, please could you also provide the examiners reports.

 

There are no External Examiner reports directly pertaining to individual
modules exam papers identified above. However all External Examiner
reports are public record and published on the University's website:
[1]https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/public-informa...

 

I trust this information satisfies your enquiry.  The University has a
Freedom of Information Complaints Procedure should you feel dissatisfied
with this response or the way in which your request was handled.
Complaints must be made in writing and must set out why you believe the
University has not met its obligations under the Freedom of Information
Act.  You may email your complaint to [2][email address] where
it will be forwarded to the Director of Strategic Planning and Governance
who will be responsible for overseeing the review.

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint, you
have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for
consideration.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at the
following address: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Cardiff University. If you require further assistance please feel free to
contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Ian Johnson   Ian Johnson
Assurance Officer   Swyddog Sicrwydd
Strategic Planning & Governance     Adran Cynllunio Strategol a
Cardiff University Llywodraethu
2nd Floor, Friary House
Greyfriars Road Prifysgol Caerdydd
CF10 3AE
LLawr 2, Friary House

Heol y Brodyr Llwydion
CF10 3AE
Tel: 029 208 79633   Ffon: 029 208 79633
E-mail: [3][email address] E-bost:
[4][email address]
 
 
The University welcomes
correspondence in Welsh or English. Mae'r Brifysgol yn croesawu
gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg neu'n
Saesneg.

 

 

 

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywLouis Vine mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.