POPLHLTH101, 2015

K Roe made this Official Information request to University of Auckland

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From: K Roe

Dear University of Auckland,

This is in regards to the course POPLHLTH101 in 2015.

Please can you inform me:

1) How many students who submitted the first assignment were given (1a) under 50% for that assignment. (1b) under 40% for that assignment.

2) How many students who submitted the second assignment were given (2a) under 50% for that assignment. (2b) under 40% for that assignment.

3) Please can you tell me how many students (who submitted both assignments, who sat the multiple-choice internal component, and who also sat the exam) were failed for the course in that year.

4) Please can you tell me how many of the students in 3 were awarded passes for the core 3 papers for application to MBChB.

Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

A person in NZ,

K Roe

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From: Rebecca Ewert
University of Auckland

Dear Ms Roe,

 

I refer to your email of 30 October 2019. The University's response
follows.

 

1)  How many students who submitted the first assignment were given:
(1a) under 50% for that assignment.
14
(1b) under 40% for that assignment.

6

 

2)  How many students who submitted the second assignment were given:

(2a) under 50% for that assignment.

8

(2b) under 40% for that assignment.
4

 

“3)  Please can you tell me how many students (who submitted both
assignments, who sat the multiple-choice internal component, and who also
sat the exam) were failed for the course in that year.

4)  Please can you tell me how many of the students in 3 were awarded
passes for the core 3 papers for application to MBChB.”

The University does not hold this information in the form requested. Your
request is declined under section 18(e) of the Official Information Act.
You have the right to make a complaint to an Ombudsman about this
response.

 

Yours sincerely

Rebecca Ewert

General Counsel

University of Auckland

 

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From: K Roe

Dear Rebecca Ewert,

If the university does not hold this information in the form requested I have very serious concerns about whether the University is keeping adequate records of student progress / achievement.

In answering question 3 all you have to do is count up the number of rows that sum to a total of less than 50 percent for the course and then count how many of those rows have values other than zero for every column (for the first assignment, second assignment, internal multi-guess, exam). That will tell you the number of students who did everything that was required of them but the University decided to fail them out.

I want to know whether I was the only person to be prevented applying to MBChB (and a good honest effort to irrevokably ruin my GPA thus preventing further application) not because of performance on core papers, but because I refused to attend meeting on demand that seemed more to do with circumventing proper grading process than anything else.

Please can you tell the NZ public what mechanisms of accountability there are on grading `language rich' `arts based' courses that are supposedly for students who are capabe in subjects such as law, arts, and social sciences?

- Is blind grading employed (the grader does not know which student submitted the assignment when they are awarding it a grade)?

- How many times does the grader grade it (e.g., only once or three times to see if they award it a different grade on each pass through)?

- What is the process for checking different graders have employed comparable standards across batches (e.g., the A's are similar between graders, the B's are similar between graders)?

- What is the process for ensuring that you don't fail out students who have previously demonstrated capabillity (e.g., at secondary school, on previous arts and social sciences courses, perhaps on international publications)?

I understand that the POPLHLTH101 people think they are allowed to be very particular in asking students to do very particular things only and otherwise failing them. My understanding of the University of Auckland is that it is a top 100 University, however, and as such, I enroled under the assumption that international standards on assignments and grading would be employed. I understand if students perhaps are not EXPECTED to meet some of the higher demands of international scholarship. It is, after all, a first year paper. It is another thing entirely, however, if students are not ALLOWED to meet some of the higher demands of international scholarship -- including those around freedom of expression of original ideas.

Yours sincerely,

K Roe

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