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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

M.Sc. in Biology (Integrative Bioscience), 1998–9: dates for written submissions

The regulations for the above course provide that the written submissions required of candidates must be submitted by dates to be specified by the Organising Committee and published in the University Gazette not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

For 1998–9 the Organising Committee has approved the following submission dates:

Two copies of the essay relating to the Techniques in Molecular Biology course and the practical notebooks relating to the Techniques in Molecular Biology course and the first of the Research in the Biosciences courses must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, 8 January 1999.

Two copies of the second essay and the practical notebooks relating to the second and third of the Research in the Biosciences courses must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, 26 March 1999.

Two copies of the dissertation on the first research project must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, 16 April 1999.

The practical notebooks relating to the fourth and fifth of the Research in the Biosciences courses must be submitted by 12 Friday, 18 June 1999.

Two copies each of the third and fourth essays must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, 6 August 1999.

Two copies of the dissertation on the second research project must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, 27 August 1999.

Each submission must be accompanied by a certificate signed by the candidate indicating that it is the candidate's own work, except where specifically acknowledged.

The submissions must be sent to the Chairman of Examiners, M.Sc. in Biology, c/o the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG.

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

The following change in regulations made by the Curators of the Taylor Institution, and, with the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by boards of faculties and committees will come into effect on 31 July.

1 Curators of the Taylor Institution

Zaharoff Travelling Scholarships

With effect from 31 July 1998

In Ch. IX, Sect. i (Statutes, 1997, p. 752), delete § 383.

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2 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

Honour School of English Language and Literature

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 203, l. 14, delete `tenth' and substitute `Ninth'.

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3 Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and Literae Humaniores

Honour School of Classics and English

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

As for the Honour School of English Language and Literature (see 2 above).

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4 Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and Medieval and Modern Languages

Honour School of English and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

As for the Honour School of English Language and Literature (see 2 above).

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5 Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and Modern History

Honour School of Modern History and English

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

As for the Honour School of English Language and Literature (see 2 above).

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6 Boards of the Faculties of Literae Humaniores and Medieval and Modern Languages

Honour School of Philosophy and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 475, delete ll. 1–3 and insert:

`In the assignment of honours, in the case of a candidate who offers four Philosophy subjects, Philosophy shall count for the same as the Modern Language and, in the case of a candidate who offers three or five Philosophy subjects, it shall count for correspondingly less or more, provided in each case that the highest honours can be obtained by marked excellence in either Philosophy or the Modern Language subject to an adequate standard being shown in the other branch.'

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7 Boards of the Faculties of Literae Humaniores, Physiological Sciences, and Psychological Studies

Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology

With effect from 1 October 2000 (for first examination in 2001)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 502, in l. 13 after `papers' insert:

`listed in Groups A, B, and C'.

2 Ibid., delete existing footnote and substitute:

`Candidates should consult the handbook for their course, available from the Department of Experimental Psychology, to obtain details of the papers they are required to offer in order to obtain the Graduate Basis of Registration of the British Psychological Society.'

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8 Board of the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences

M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 777, in ll. 13, 15, 32–3, and 43, delete `Numerical Analysis' and substitute `Scientific Computing'.

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9 Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

M.St. in Yiddish Studies

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 729, after l. 33 insert:

`Yiddish Studies

1. All candidates shall be required at the time of admission to satisfy the board (if necessary, by written and oral tests) that they possess the appropriate qualifications for the proposed course, including suitable proficiency in written and spoken Yiddish. Normally the course will be restricted to candidates who have taken a first degree in a relevant subject area.

2.All candidates must follow a course of instruction in Yiddish Studies at Oxford for a period of three terms, unless the Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages in exceptional circumstances shall permit an extension of time and they shall, when they enter their names for the examination, be required to produce from their society a certificate stating that they are following the course of instruction for the period prescribed.

3. Candidates shall be required:

(a) to offer themselves for written examination as defined below;

(b) to offer themselves for viva voce examination if required to do so by the examiners.

4. Syllabus

Candidates must offer both components of A Below, one option from B, and a dissertation (c).

A.

(i) Modern Yiddish Literature (1864–1939).

(ii) History of the Yiddish Language.

B.

(i) Old Yiddish Literature (survey).

(ii) Old Yiddish Literature: Secular and Religious Trends.

(iii) Old Yiddish: Between Foklore and Literature.

(iv) Nineteenth-Century Yiddish Literature.

(v) Modern Yiddish Poetry.

(vi) Yiddish Drama and Theatre.

(vii) Twentieth-Century Centres of Yiddish Literature and Culture.

(viii) Sociology of Yiddish.

(ix) History of Yiddish Studies.

(x) Yiddish Stylistics.

(xi) Yiddish Bibliography and Booklore.

(xii) Any other option approved by the board.

Candidates shall seek approval (by application to the Modern Languages Graduates Office, 37 Wellington Square, Oxford) of their propsoed option by the end of the fourth week of their first term.

Teaching for some options listed under B may not be available in every year. Applicants for admission will be advised of this.

C.

A dissertation of approximately 8,000 words and not more than 10,000 words on a subject proposed by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages. Candidates shall seek approval (by aplication to the Modern Languages Graduate Office, 37 Wellington Square, Oxford) for the proposed topic of their dissertation by the end of the fourth week of their second term.

The dissertation must be presented in proper scholarly form. Two copies, typed in double-spacing on one side only of A4 paper, each bound or held firmly in a stiff cover bearing on the front the candidate's examination number but neither his or her name nor the name of his or her college, must be delivered in a parcel bearing the words `Dissertation submitted for the M.St. In Yiddish Studies' to the Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford, not later than noon of the Friday of the seventh week of Trinity Term. Candidates must themselves retain one copy of the dissertation.

Supervisors or others are permitted to give bibliographical help during the preparation of the dissertation and to discuss drafts.

5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.'

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10 Boards of the Faculties of Modern History and Social Studies

Preliminary Examination in Modern History and Politics

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 85, after the decree providing for the Preliminary Examination in Modern History and Politics, insert:

`Regulations

Each candidate shall offer three papers specified for Honour Moderations in Modern History and Politics, namely paper 1., paper 4., and either paper 2. or paper 3.'

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11 Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences

(a) Honour School of Materials, Economics, and Management

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first Part I examination in 2000 and first Part II examination in 2001)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 282, delete ll. 27 and 28 and substitute:

`In the case of written papers in Metallurgy and the Science of Materials, candidates are restricted to models of hand-held calculators approved by the Sub-faculty of Materials, with this exception the examiners will permit the use of any hand-held calculator subject to the conditions set out on p. 1084.'

(b) Honour School of Natural Science (Metallurgy and Science of Materials)

(i) With effect from 1 October 1998 (for essays due to be submitted under the new regulations in Hilary Term 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 419, l. 40, delete `first' and substitute `second'.

2 Ibid., l. 41, delete `second' and substitute `third'.

3 Ibid., ll. 45–6, delete `Friday of the eighth week of the Michaelmas' and substitute `Monday of the first week of the Hilary'.

(ii) With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first Part I examination in 2000 and first Part II examination in 2001)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 411, l. 31, delete `Metallurgy and Science of Materials;'.

2 Ibid., after l. 35 insert new paragraph:

`For Metallurgy and Science of Materials candidates are restricted to models of calculator approved by the Sub- Faculty of Materials.'

(c) Honour School of Natural Science (Chemistry)

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first Part I examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 416, l. 25, delete `of laboratory work' and substitute `in laboratory work and information technology'.

(d) Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 99, l. 17, after `p. 1084.' insert `Candidates taking subjects 10, 11, or 12 are restricted to models approved by the Sub-faulty of Materials.'

2 Ibid., p. 100, ll. 23 and 24, delete `Introduction to the chemistry of the first-row transition elements.'

3 Ibid., delete ll. 36 and 37.

4 Ibid., ll. 45–6, delete `factors . . . liquids' and substitute `Factors influencing rates and collision theory for gases.'

5 Ibid., p. 101, delete ll. 1 and 2.

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12 Board of the Faculty of Psychological Studies

Honour School of Experimental Psychology

With effect from 1 October 2000 (for first examination in 2001)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 219, delete footnote and substitute:

`Candidates should consult the handbook for their course, available from the Department of Experimental Psychology, to obtain details of the papers they are required to offer in order to obtain the Graduate Basis of Registration of the British Psychological Society.'

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13 Board of the Faculty of Social Studies

(a) M.Sc. in Comparative Social Research

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 741, ll. 3, 5, 10, and 12, delete `Comparative Social Research' and substitute `Comparative Social Policy'.

(b) M.Phil. in Comparative Social Research

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 567, l. 45, delete `Comparative Social Research' and substitute `Comparative Social Policy'.

(c) M.Phil. in Politics

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 644, l. 43, insert:

`(u) European Thought

A critical examination of issues in contemporary European social and political thought: politics and power, state and society, the political subject, ideology and language—as specified in the Bibliography issued by the sub-faculty of Politics.'

2 Ibid., p. 642, l. 6 delete `(q)' (subsequently amended in the Gazette of 5 March 1998 to `(t)' and substitute `(u)'.

(d) Special Diplomas in Social Studies and in Social Administration

With effect from 1 October 1999

In Examination Decrees, 1997, delete from p. 961, l. 3 to p. 964, l. 22.

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14 Board of the Faculty of Theology

(a) Honour School of Theology

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 527, after l. 15, insert:

`(33) Backgrounds to early Christianity 30–529 AD

Candidates will be expected to answer questions from two of the following sections, showing detailed knowledge of aspects of life and thought in the Roman Empire which are relevant to the understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity. Passages for comment will be set from the prescribed texts in all five sections. Texts will be read in the Loeb Classical Library edition in English unless otherwise indicated.

1. Exegesis. Jewish, Christian and pagan forms of exegesis. The distinction between literal, tropological and psychagogic approaches. Theories of translation. Formation of canons. Philo of Alexandria: Who is the Heir of Divine Things? Augustine: On Christian Doctrine, Book II, ed. and trans. R.P. Green (Clarendon Press).

2.Philosophy. The doctrines of the major schools. Philosophy and life. Relations between Christians and philosophers. The place of apologetic and polemic in philosophy. Epictetus: The Enchiridion (in vol. 2 of Loeb edition). Plotinus: Enneads I.8.

3. Religion. Personal, ethnic, civic and mystery religions. The place of religion in life. rituals and images. Hierarchy and gender. Attitudes of political authorities to religion.

Apuleius: Metamorphoses (Golden Ass), Book 11.

Aristides of Athens: Apology. Ed. and trans. J. Armitage

Robinson, Texts and Studies 1891, 26–44.

4. Literature. Rhetoric and education. Genre in pagan and Biblical literature. Christian knowledge of Greek and Latin Classics. The production, circulation and readership of ancient books.

Quintilian: sections in D.A. Russell and M. Winterbottom, Ancient Literary Criticism (OUP), 372–422.

Basil of Caesarea: On how a young man ought to read Greek literature (Letters Vol. 4 in Loeb edition).

5. Society. Labour and wealth. Ethnicity and gender. Attitudes to the body and sexuality. Hellenization and Romanitas.

Clement of Alexandria: On the Rich Man's Salvation (in vol. 2 of Loeb edition).

Tertullian: De Spectaculis.'

2 Ibid., p. 527, renumber existing `(33)' as `(34)'.

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(b) Diploma in Theology

With effect from 1 October 1999 (for first examination in 2000)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 948, delete l. 2 and substitute `(3), (4), or (5)'.

2 Ibid., p. 948, delete ll. 19–27, and substitute

`(3) Old Testament: The Pentateuch and the Historical Books. Candidates must show a detailed knowledge of the following texts from which passages for literary, historical, and theological comment will be set: Genesis 1–11 or Exodus 1–15; 2 Samuel 1–12 or 2 Kings 18–25. In addition, candidates must demonstrate in essay questions know- ledge of the broad range of the syllabus and also of the issues of method involved. Candidates may choose to be examined on the texts in Hebrew.

(4) Old Testament: Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Candidates must show a detailed knowledge of the following texts from which passages for literary, historical, and theological comment will be set: Isaiah 1–12 or Zechariah 1–14; Psalms 73–89 or Proverbs 1–12. In addition, candidate must demonstrate in essay questions knowledge of the broad range of the syllabus and also of the issues of method involved. Candidates may choose to be examined on the texts in Hebrew.'

3 Ibid., p. 948–9, renumber existing papers `(4), (5), (6), (7) and (8)' as `(5), (6), (7), (8) and (9)'.

(c) Bachelor of Theology

With effect from 1 October 1998 (for first examination in 1999)

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 536, in l. 30, delete `sixth' and substitute `fourth'.

2 Ibid., p. 537, in l. 3, delete `five' and substitute `four'.

3 Ibid., p. 537, in l. 4, delete `six' and substitute `seven'.

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15 Standing Committee for Engineering, Economics, and Management and Related Schools

Honour School of Engineering, Economics, and Management

In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 185, delete l. 11 and substitute:

`the start of Hilary Full term in the year following the year in which the Part I examination is held.'

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16 Committee for the School of Management Studies

Certificate in Management Studies

With effect from 1 October 1998

1 In Examination Decrees, 1997, p. 980, l. 25, delete `at Templeton College'.

2 Ibid., ll. 30–1, delete `at Templeton College'.

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DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF SCIENCE

The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine has granted leave to G.R. TER HAAR, St Hugh's, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Science.

A list of the evidence submitted by the candidate is available at the University Offices.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The examiners appointed by the following faculty boards give notice of oral examination of their candidates as follows:

Anthropology and Geography

S.C. MCFALL, St Cross: `Keeping identity in its place: culture and politics among the Mapuche of Chile'.
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Thursday, 23 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: M.J. Banks, P. Gon.

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English Language and Literature

V.M. NOAKES, Somerville: `The complete poems and fragments of Isaac Rosenberg material in the Imperial War Museum'.
Wadham, Tuesday, 21 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: J.B. O'Donoghue, P. Quinn.

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Mathematical Sciences

ZHU NING, Trinity: `Relational combinatorial optimisation'.
Computing Laboratory, Monday, 3 August, 10 a.m.
Examiners: C.C. Morgan, S.D. Swierstra.

G. SHARP, Queen's: `Recognition algorithms for actions of permutation groups on pairs'.
Mathematical Institute, Tuesday, 4 August, 10 a.m.
Examiners: W.B. Stewart, M.D. Atkinson.

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Medieval and Modern Languages

C.J. BROOK, Lady Margaret Hall: `The expression of the inexpressible in Montale's poetry: metaphor, negation, and silence'.
Balliol, Friday, 24 July , 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: D. Zancani, E. Tandello.

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Modern History

S. CHALLONS-LIPTON, Trinity: `Leon Bonnat and his Scandinavian pupils'.
Department of the History of Art, Tuesday, 18 August, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: P. Crowther, J. Milner.

C.L.G. INSLEY, Worcester: `The Anglo-Saxon charters of Exeter: an edition and commentary'.
Examination Schools, Thursday, 30 July, 11 a.m.
Examiners: N. Brooks, P. Wormald.

YONGWOO LEE, Trinity: `The origins of video art'.
Department of the History of Art, Friday, 14 August, 11 a.m.
Examiners: P. Crowther, K. Brougher.

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Physical Sciences

R. RIPLEY, St Cross: `Neural network models for breast cancer prognosis'.
Department of Engineering Science, Thursday, 6 August, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: M. Lunn, M. Niranjan.

L. SUCHAROV, St Catherine's: `An investigation of new methods of creating three-dimensional multiplanar displays'.
Department of Engineering Science, Tuesday, 28 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: T. Wilson, R.W. Smith.

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Social Studies

R. IGLESIAS, Wolfson: `Prices and price cost margins in the post-1990 Brazilian trade liberalisation'.
Nuffield, Monday, 20 July, 2 p.m.
Examiners: B.H. Hall, P. Sinclair.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

The examiners appointed by the following faculty board give notice of oral examination of their candidate as follows:

Clinical Medicine

R. MAHER, University: `An experimental study of the endo-uterine cavity by magnetic resonance using three- dimensional surface rendered images'.
MRI Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Tuesday, 11 August, 2 p.m.
Examiners: G. Whitehouse, W.L. Ledger.

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