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EBEES 2nd Year Exam Changes

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We, second year students of the Economics and Business with East European Studies course, want to bring to the attention of the Director of SSEES - Dr Robin Aizlewood and Teaching Administration, the hardships we face with the following modules: SESS2010: Applied Econometrics, SESS2001: Emerging Market Economies in Russia and Eastern Europe and SESS2005: Topics in Microeconomics.

We have already highlighted the unsatisfactory teaching standards of Dr. Márton Csillag and Filip Tarlea to the Teaching Administration. Although reading materials are important, lecturers have an irreplaceable and invaluable part in the learning process enabling students to fully comprehend their chosen subjects.

Furthermore, considering the fact that the exams for both of these modules are set on consecutive days and being surrounded by other core modules which account to 100% of the final mark, it is even harder for us to score a satisfactory mark of at least 40%.

It should be remarked that our future depends on the marks we get as they affect job placements and future studies, such as Masters Programme and other similar degrees.

Given that teaching has finished and an adjustment of the examination timetable is not possible at this stage, we would like to request the following alternative solutions as we believe to be in the SSEES Department’s power and authority to do so:

- provide us with model answers to past papers for the aforementioned modules to be made available via moodle;

- set a date for revision lecture with discussion of the exam topics for the aforementioned modules;

- make Applied Econometrics an open-book exam.


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