Teaching, learning and assessment strategiesFor the degrees, the Diplomas for Graduates and the Access route, study materials are provided for students to study independently.
A student who wishes to register for the Diploma in Economics and the Diploma in Social Sciences must first enrol at an institution which has been permitted to teach the respective Diploma by the LSE. For these students, the study materials provided are supplemented by tuition offered by the local institution.
For all registered students, subject guides are provided for each course studied. The subject guides include tools to assist a student in the development of the skills of information search, comprehension and analysis and the generation of original and thoughtful assignments. Subject guides offer advice on how to use the recommended textbooks which form the focus of the student's studies. A student is required to buy these textbooks themselves.
Advice and practical information such as study techniques, planning, preparation for assessment is available in the specially prepared guide Strategies for success.
The University of London does not provide tuition. However, it is possible to contact the Director, University of London International Programmes at LSE with questions of an academic nature but the Director cannot engage in active or regular contact or tuition.
A student may communicate with others on a free web-based Virtual Learning Environment. Students will have access to course materials, and be able to engage in dialogue and develop and negotiate conclusions with others - key components in the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and transferable skills.
It is University of London International Programmes policy that there should be a preponderance of unseen written examinations in the assessment of programmes. This is to ensure security and reduce the possibility of plagiarism. In these programmes, students will be assessed mainly by unseen written examinations. Questions are structured to allow a student to demonstrate that they have acquired appropriate knowledge and understanding.
The way that a student manages data, solves problems, and evaluates ideas and the organisational skills they use to structure answers allows the standard of intellectual and transferable skills to be assessed. Assessment criteria for the programme will indicate the level at which these skills have been achieved.