Anthropology and Law 2nd year Exam Marks

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Dear London School of Economics,

I am writing to request information for the profile of marks achieved by second-year students on the BA in Anthropology and Law in the 16/17 academic year ('cohort').

The following request relates only to students in the cohort who have taken 4.0 full units of study. Students who have not completed all 4.0 units of study, for example those who have only completed 3.0 units of study and deferred 1.0 unit to the next academic year, should not be taken into account in the following data.

Please provide, where available, correct to 1 decimal place,

(1) the average marks of each student in the cohort;

In cases where the student has taken 4 x 1.0 units of study, the average marks of the student is determined by dividing the total marks achieved in all the modules by 4. For example, if student A has achieved the following profile of marks: AN200 (1.0 unit): 65 / AN226 (1.0 unit): 65 / LL104 (1.0 unit): 60 / LL108 (1.0 unit): 60, then student A's average marks would be (65+65+60+60) / 4 = 62.5

In cases where the student has taken 3 x 1.0 units of study + 2 x 0.5 units of study, the marks achieved in the two 0.5-unit modules should be averaged to give a single mark. The average marks of the student here is determined by first adding up the single mark and the marks achieved in the three other 1.0-unit modules, and then by diving this number by 4. For example, if student B has achieved the following profile of marks: AN223 (0.5 unit): 62 / AN256 (0.5 unit): 70 / AN226 (1.0 unit): 64 / LL104 (1.0 unit): 71 / LL108 (1.0 unit): 64, then the two 0.5-unit marks should first be averaged (62+70)/2=66, which would then give student B's average marks as (66+64+71+64) / 4 = 66.3

(2) if (1) is not possible, the average marks of the student who has the achieved the highest profile of marks in the cohort by using the formula in (1); and

(3) the average marks of the cohort, diving the total average marks of all students in the cohort by the number of students in the cohort.

The marks here should be those as stated in student's official transcript, including modules that are not assessed by way of an examination.

Please get in touch should you have questions. I appreciate your time in processing this request for information.

Yours faithfully,
A. R. Lieu

GLPD.Info.Rights, London School of Economics

Dear A.R. Lieu,


With reference to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act, I am writing to inform you that your request has been
refused under Section 1(1) as we consider that you are requesting new data
to be created, not making a request for information we actually hold. You
are not asking the School to extract information from a database, but to
use a specific formula to created data that we otherwise would not produce
and have no other reason to produce than your request.


We do have certain reports that calculate aggregate/average results for a
specific year of study which add all marks and then divide by the number
of credits. We would be able to provide this information under the FoI
Act. Please let me know if this information would suit you.


Should you wish to appeal the decision, put your appeal in writing to
Andrew Webb, School Secretary, London School of Economics and Political
Science, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. We will then review the
response to your request and get back to you within 20 working days. You
can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office
[1], though they expect the internal review to be
carried out before receiving a complaint directly


Yours sincerely,

Rachael Maguire

Records Manager

London School of Economics