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Posted 03-09-2011 at 02:08 AM by Wil
Final (Third) Year: Take 2

(Fifth Year at University)

Autumn Semester

APS330 Project: 58
My highest result, a high 2:2. This project involved designing, carrying out and analysing an experiment, which this year was checking out how well different grass species could emerge having had their seeds planted at various depths. We were looking for correlations between burial depth and emergence (only half the species had this) and between seed size and depth-success (there wasnít any). My submitted report was on time but incomplete.

APS346 Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems: 50
A borderline 2:2 from what I was expecting to be a terrible exam. In reality I found myself with quite a bit to say on the question I answered (ďSoils provide the foundations to most ecosystem services upon which humans depend, but are amongst the most abused and undervalued components of agro-ecosystemsĒ. Explain and discuss.), and my final mark reflects this well.

GEO368 Planetary Geoscience: 41
Only just a pass. I thought the exam would be the easiest, but it turned out to be very shit. Then again, my essay (1/3 of the grade) scored just 25, so I must have earnt a surprising 49 in the exam, a very high 3rd.

APS304 Community Ecology: NA (Not Assessed)
I went to one lecture, submitted no essay and didnít attend the exam. The only surprise is that I wasnít awarded a zero, so I donít to manually appeal for NA status (which is the only way you can resit a module in final year). Whether I want to resit this, I don't know, since it turns out I can graduate without passing all modules.

So overall Iím quite pleased. It certainly wouldnít have shocked me to have failed all four. My overall grade has gone down ever so slightly. Planetary Geoscience is the biggest letdown, but then again even if Iíd scored 70, Iíd still have an overall low 2:2 going.

EDIT: Thinking about it, I donít know if a Not Assessed counts as a zero for the overall grade. If it does, then Iíve dropped down to a 3rd. Iíll find out when I speak to my personal tutor tomorrow.
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Nate's Avatar
Holy crap your university must be lenient if that's a 2:2. I have a 2:2.

And, sure, that's from my Engineering degree, which I did fairly craply, but still better than that.
Posted 03-09-2011 at 03:53 AM by Nate Nate is offline

Bullet Magnet's Avatar
In my experience, 40% is the minimum pass and 70~% is the highest anyone can get without completely revolutionising the field with original discoveries made in your coursework.
Posted 03-09-2011 at 05:00 AM by Bullet Magnet Bullet Magnet is offline

Wil's Avatar
Originally Posted by Nate
Holy crap your university must be lenient if that's a 2:2. I have a 2:2.
Might be nation-scale differences involved here, although I canít speak for other UK institutions. 70%+ is a 1st, and as BM indicates is pretty hard to achieve.
Posted 03-09-2011 at 06:36 AM by Wil Wil is offline

Nate's Avatar
At my uni, 85+ is an High Distinction for subjects
75-85 is a Distinction.
65-75 is a Credit.
50-65 is a Pass.

I'm not entirely sure how it works for overall course Honours.

When I was in the US, 90+ was an A and it was much easier to acheive than an HD is here.
Posted 03-09-2011 at 04:28 PM by Nate Nate is offline


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