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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Issue 3. 15th March [1976]


Students in Geography 303 took action last week to prevent further confusion of the course's high workload.

At the first lecture of Geography 303 (Latin American geography) students were told that to qualify for terms they would have to complete two seminars, one long essay, three short essays (number of words not stipulated), and have a personal interview with the lecturer.

The long essay would account for 15% of the final mark and total internal assessment would be 30% of the final mark (the other 70% would come from a 3hour examination at the end of the year).

This seemed a peculiar method of assesment and a very heavy workload. With the long essay representing 15% of the final mark and the other five pieces of work must be worth 3% each! Six pieces of work and a final exam is far more than that required by comparable courses in other stage 3, six credit geography courses.