Breakdown of papers by average mark.
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From: Jamie Parkinson-Wisely
Dear University of Otago,
I would like to request under the Official Information Act some information in regards to student grades with specific reference to all papers across all subject and their associated average mark for the last three years. For example in 2014 the average mark of PHIL 105 was 86%.
If the related course only uses a pass/fail mechanism the results are not of interest to me and can therefore be removed from any response given.
While not required under the Act, it has been brought to my attention that the purpose of a request is often useful in determining how to respond to that particular request. This request is to gain an understanding of how the marking is done in certain subjects and papers. It has often been rumored that some papers have less value than others due to them being graded less strictly. This information will provide conclusive information.
I understand that this is a large amount of information to provide and therefore am perfectly happy to reduce the paper sample to just those related to a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws as I am more involved with this area of the university.
J R B Parkinson-Wisely
From: Chris Stoddart
University of Otago
Dear J R B Parkinson-Wisely
Please find attached the University of Otago response to your Official
Information Act request, received by email on 11 January, 2016.
Chris Stoddart • Manager, Policy and Compliance • Academic Services • Te
Kaiwhakahaere Matua o Te Ratoka Mātauraka • University of Otago • Tel +64
3 479 8993