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BOARD OF THE FACULTY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Final Honour School of English Language and Literature

The four syndicated Special Topics for Course I, Paper 8 (h) and the four syndicated Special Topics for Course II, Paper B7 ( h) for examination in 2001 are the same and in each case will be:

(i) Dissident writing, c.1381-- c.1414.

(ii) Approaches to Biography.

(iii) Language and the Media.

(iv) Anglo-American Film.

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the General Board, the following changes in regulations made by boards of faculties and the Committee on Continuing Education will come into effect on 19 May.

1 Board of the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Preliminary Examination in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

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

In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 98, in ll. 14 and 15 delete `Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences' and substitute `schedule of subjects for the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics'.

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2 Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

Second Examination for the Degree of BM

With effect from 1 October 2002 (for first examination in 2003)

In Examination Decrees, 1999, delete from p. 936, l. 8, to p. 939, l. 10, and substitute:

`3. *Second examination for the Degree of BM

1. Syllabus and Examination

The Second Examination shall be divided as follows:

Year 1

In year one, students are required to satisfy the examiners in:

(a) The Foundation Course (being an introduction to clinical methods, history taking, and physical examination);

(b) The Laboratory Medicine Course (concerning the application to human disease of the principles of Laboratory Medicine, including Histopathology, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, and Haematology);

(c) Surgery;

(d) Medicine;

(e) Special Study approved by the Medical Sciences Board.

Each candidate will be assessed according to the methods of assessment approved by the Medical Sciences Board and notified to candidates before the commencement of each course of instruction.

Candidates must satisfy the relevant head of department or his/her deputy, or in the case of (d) to (g) the Director of Clinical Studies, that they have attended a course of instruction, and attained the necessary skills and knowledge in:

(a) Clinical Pharmacology;

(b) Primary Health Care;

(c) Radiology;

(d) Medicine and surgery at a district general hospital;

(e) Communication skills;

(f) Evidence-based medicine and Informatics;

(g) Medical ethics and law.

No candidate shall commence year 2 until he or she has satisfactorily completed year 1, unless the Director of Clinical Studies at his or her discretion should, in exceptional circumstances, decide that the candidate may proceed to year 2 on condition that he or she should undertake remedial work and if necessary be reassessed at a later date.

Year 2

In year two, students are required to satisfy the examiners in:

(a) Trauma and Orthopaedics, Accident and Emergency, and Muscular Skeletal Medicine;

(b) Neurology (including neurosurgery);

(c) Obstetrics and Gynaecology (including Genito-urinary medicine);

(d) Paediatrics;

(e) Primary Health Care;

(f) Psychiatry;

(g) Public Health Medicine.

Each candidate will be assessed according to the methods of assessment approved by the Medical Sciences Board and notified to candidates before the commencement of each course of instruction.

Candidates must satisfy the relevant head of department or his/her deputy, that they have attended a course of instruction in, and attained the necessary skills and knowledge in:

(a) Clinical Geratology;

(b) Ophthalmology;

(c) Otolaryngology;

(d) Palliative Care.

No candidate shall commence year 3 until he or she has satisfactorily completed year 2, unless the Director of Clinical Studies at his or her discretion should, in exceptional circumstances, decide that the candidate may proceed to year 3 on condition that he or she should undertake remedial work and if necessary be reassessed at a later date.

Year 3

In year three students are required to satisfy the examiners in:

(a) Medicine (including clinical pharmacology and radiology); and

(b) Surgery (including radiology).

Candidates must satisfy the relevant head of department or his/her deputy, or in the case of (b) and (d) the Director of Clinical Studies, that they have attended a course of instruction in, and attained the necessary skills and knowledge in:

(a) An attachment to a District General Hospital including shadowing of a Pre-registration House Officer;

(b) An elective attachment;

(c) Dermatology; and

(d) Special study and clinical options approved by the Medical Sciences Board.

Candidates must satisfy the Director of Clinical Studies that they have attained the necessary skills and knowledge in Evidence-based medicine.

No candidate shall be examined in year 3 until he or she has satisfactorily completed years 1, 2, and 3. The examination in Year 3 shall consist of:

(i) a three-hour paper in Medicine and Surgery containing short-answer questions. Candidates must answer at least one question relating to the specialties studied but not formally examined in years 2 and 3 (namely clinical Geratology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, and Palliative Care);

(ii) an essay of not more than 3,000 words on a subject approved by the Director of Clinical Studies. Such approval must be sought by 1 December in the academic year in the year which candidate takes the examination (or not later than four weeks before the set date of the written paper in a subsequent examination in the case of any candidate who fails the year 3 examination in Trinity Term and is required to submit a further essay when the examination is retaken). Essays shall be submitted to the Board of Examiners, c/o Medical School Office, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, no later than the date set each year by the Director of Clinical Studies; this will normally be the last Friday before the second elective period. A candidate who fails to submit an essay by the due date will fail the whole examination in year 3. A certificate, signed by the candidate in respect of each essay, indicating that it is the candidate's own work and that it has not been submitted for any degree, diploma, or prize, or for publication, prior to the commencement of the candidate's third year of clinical studies, must be submitted separately in a sealed envelope addressed to the chairman of the examiners. A candidate who fails the year 3 examination shall not be required to submit a further essay when the examination is retaken provided that a satisfactory standard has been reached in the essay on the occasion of the first attempt at the examination;

(iii) a clinical examination in both medicine and surgery.

Candidates may be required, at the discretion of the examiners, to undergo an oral examination which may include a further clinical examination.

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2. Assessment

Years 1 and 2

Proposals for the assessment of candidates in years 1 and 2 of the examination shall be drawn up by each specialty group and submitted for approval to the Medical Sciences Board, at such times as the Board shall determine. The form or forms of assessment are chosen from among the following:

1. clinical examination;

2. competency check sheets or logbooks;

3. examination and comment (written or viva voce) on specimens;

4. objective structured clinical examinations;

5. poster presentations;

6. short written tests which may consist in whole or in part of multiple choice questions;

7. submission of case histories and commentaries;

8. viva voce examination; and

9. other tests individually approved by the board.

In clinical subjects, all assessments shall include a separate test of clinical competence. In addition, reports on candidates' attendance and general aptitude shown during the course of instruction shall be made by those responsible for the courses and taken into consideration in association with the performance of candidates in the assessment. A candidate shall be warned (in writing with a copy to the Director of Clinical Studies) by those responsible for the course in question at a reasonable time before the assessment takes place, if his or her attendance and general aptitude are such as seem likely to jeopardise his or her chances of passing the assessment.

The first assessment of candidates shall be carried out during or at the conclusion of each section of the course by the staff, as appointed by the head of the relevant department. A candidate who fails to reach a satisfactory standard in any part of the assessment may offer himself or herself for reassessment on one further occasion. If a candidate fails to reach a satisfactory standard at the second attempt in any part of the assessment, then the candidate shall be deemed to have failed the complete assessment, and the head of department concerned shall require the candidate to be reassessed in the relevant parts of the assessment after completing the necessary coursework; this assessment shall be carried out and adjudged by the staff appointed by the relevant head of department and in the presence of an external examiner. In the event that a candidate's performance is judged to be unsatisfactory at this attempt then his or her name shall be removed from the Register of Clinical Students subject to appeal to the Medical Sciences Board.

It shall be the responsibility of the staff concerned, under the supervision of the divisional board, to give the candidates and the relevant examiners reasonable notice of the dates on which the assessment will be made, to decide on the outcome of each assessment, and to keep department records of each assessment. A candidate should not normally be assessed exclusively by staff members who have been responsible for his or her instruction.

Year 3

The methods of assessment in year 3 shall be approved by the Medical Sciences Board. A candidate who is unsuccessful in year 3 may be permitted to offer himself or herself in that examination on not more than one further occasion. Failure to satisfy the examiners at the second attempt shall lead, subject to appeal to the Medical Sciences Board, to the removal of that student's name from the register of clinical students.

3. The duties of the examiners

Years 1 and 2

In the first assessment of candidates in year 1 each relevant pair of examiners shall be required to attend, and if they so wish participate, on at least one occasion each year.

In the first assessment of candidates in year 2 each relevant pair of examiners shall be required to attend, and if they so wish participate, on at least two occasions in each year.

In the reassessment of any candidate who has been deemed to have failed the whole assessment in years 1 and 2, the external examiner shall be present and may participate if he or she wishes.

Year 3 examiners assist with the assessment of the year 1 special study attachment.

Year 3

In the examination of a candidate in year 3, the chairman of the year 3 examiners and the relevant subject examiners shall arrange and conduct the examination (provided that the chairman and one relevant subject examiner in each subject shall conduct the examination when fewer than ten candidates present themselves).

In considering whether a candidate shall have passed year 3, the year 3 examiners may:

(a) have regard to his/her assessments in years 1 and 2 as well as to his/her performance throughout year 3 and;

(b) fail a candidate who does not satisfy them in the clinical part of the examination in year 3 even if he or she has satisfied them in other parts in that stage.'

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3 Boards of the Faculties of Literae Humaniores and Physical Sciences

(a) Moderations in Physics and Philosophy

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

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 72, delete ll. 23–8 and substitute:

`For the papers in Physics and Mathematics the use of calculators will not be permitted in the papers set for subjects (16) and (17) as specified in the schedule of subjects for the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics; in the papers set for subjects (5) or (7) in the same schedule candidates are restricted to models of calculators included in a list provided by the Chairman of the Moderators in the Preliminary Examination in Physics not later than the Wednesday of the fourth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination.'

2 Ibid., delete l. 31 and substitute `specified in the schedule of subjects for the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics'.

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(b) Preliminary Examination in Physics and Philosophy

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

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 114, delete ll. 18–21 and substitute:

`3. For the two papers in Physics candidates are restricted to models of calculators included in a list provided by the Chairman of the Moderators in the Preliminary Examination in Physics not later than the Wednesday of the fourth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination. For the two papers in Mathematics the use of calculators will not be permitted.'

2 Ibid., in ll. 27 and 28, delete `Preliminary Examination in Physical Sciences' and substitute `schedule of subjects for the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics'.

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4 Board of the Faculty of Physical Sciences

(a) Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics

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

In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 103, delete l. 38, and substitute:

`1. The subjects and syllabuses for the Preliminary Examinations in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, and Physics shall be taken from the annexed schedule.'

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

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

In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 429, ll. 23 and 24, delete `not later than Monday of first week' and substitute `by noon on the Friday of the week before the start'.

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5 Board of the Faculty of Theology

Two-Year Certificate in Theology

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

1 In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 995, l. 2, delete `Two-Year'.

2 Ibid., l. 10, delete `in section B of the regulations' and substitute `as outlined'.

3 Ibid., ll. 10–17, delete from `and must include' to `are given in the syllabus', and substitute `In Part 1 candidates must take all four papers. In Part 2 they must take one paper each from sections B, C, and D. The Supervisory Committee may dispense a candidate from individual compulsory papers on the basis of previous academic work, but not from the total number of papers required.'

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6 Committee on Continuing Education

M.St. in International Human Rights Law

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 1999, p. 692, after l. 53 insert:

`International Human Rights Law

1. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in International Human Rights Law. The course will be taken on a part-time basis over a period of thirty months.

2. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

(a) attendance at classes, individual tutorials, group seminars, and other teaching sessions as required;

(b) four written papers, each of three hours' duration, as set out below:

(i) Fundamentals of Human Rights Law

(ii) Human Rights Advocacy I

(iii) Human Rights Advocacy II

(iv) an elective paper, to be chosen from the schedule below;

(c) a pre-course portfolio consisting of six essays, each of 2,000 words in length, covering key concepts and issues of the course;

(d) a written portfolio consisting of three essays or exercises, each of 1,500 words in length, covering the period of supervised private study;

(e) a research skills portfolio of five short exercises, covering skills required in the production of a dissertation, and a statement of 1,000 words in length which identifies the dissertation topic, hypothesis and methodology, and provides an outline of the dissertation and schedule for completion;

(f) submission of a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the tutor and agreed by the Board of Studies, to be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Deaprtment for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for receipt by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors.

3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study at the discretion of the examiners.

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

5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examinations under 2(b), the written portfolios under 2(c)–(e), or the dissertation under 2(e) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

Schedule

(i) Rights of Minorities, Groups, and Indigenous Peoples

(ii) International Human Rights and Refugee Law

(iii) International Human Rights of Women

(iv) Human Rights and the International Criminal Process.'

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DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF MEDICINE

The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine has granted leave to C. HARRISON, St Catherine's, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The evidence submitted by the candidate was entitled: `Biological studies of the haemopoietic system in essential thrombocythaemia'.


The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine has granted leave to B.J. KNEALE, Worcester, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The evidence submitted by the candidate was entitled: `The influence of gender on forearm resistance vessel function'.


The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine has granted leave to K. PALMER, Corpus Christi, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The evidence submitted by the candidate was entitled: `Aspects of human health and occupational exposure to vibration'.


The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Medicine has granted leave to A.B. WALKER, St Catherine's, to supplicate for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.

The evidence submitted by the candidate was entitled: `The effect of insulin on resistance artery function in insulin-resistant states'.

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EXAMINATIONS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

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

English Language and Literature

F.A. CHIU, St Hilda's: `"Too much of the terrific": political polemics in Gothic and Radical fiction, 1780–1800'.
Examination Schools, Friday, 12 May, 11 a.m.
Examiners: J.A. Mee, D. Worrall.

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Literae Humaniores

P.S. HAARER, Balliol: `Obeloi and iron in archaic Greece'.
Ashmolean Museum, Thursday, 11 May, 2 p.m.
Examiners: C.J. Howgego, W.G. Cavanagh.

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Modern History

R. CAMPBELL, Linacre: `The decline of Calvinism among British Baptists: a study of three pastors'.
Westminster Institute, Friday, 12 May, 2 p.m.
Examiners: T.S.A. Macquiban, J.H.Y. Briggs.

S.A. SKINNER, Balliol: `Tractarians and the "condition of England": the social and political thought of the Oxford Movement'.
Examination Schools, Friday, 19 May, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: J.D. Walsh, P.D. Nockles.

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Physical Sciences

C. HARFORD-CROSS, Queen's: `The oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by cytochrome P450cam'.
Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Monday, 15 May, 11.15 a.m.
Examiners: C.J. Schofield, E. Raven.

J. JONES, Linacre: `The enzymatic oxidation of polychlorinated organics'.
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Tuesday, 16 May, 11 a.m.
Examiners: J.C. Green, G.K. Robinson.

E. TOMME, Merton: `An investigation of dusty plasmas'.
Department of Engineering Science, Monday, 22 May, 3 p.m.
Examiners: R.N. Franklin, G.E. Morfill.

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Social Studies

M. DOCTOR, St Antony's: `The politics of port reform in Brazil: business lobbying and the legacy of corporatism (1990–8)'.
St Antony's, Wednesday, 10 May, 11 a.m.
Examiners: A.E. Angell, W. Suzigan.

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Theology

A.G. RYRIE, St Cross: `English Evangelical Reformers in the last years of Henry VIII'.
Lincoln, Tuesday, 9 May, 2.30 p.m.
Examiners: S.E. Brigden, R.A. Houlbrooke.

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Committee for Educational Studies

JI-YEON HONG, St Cross: `Educational inequalities in a Confucian society: Korea'.
Examination Schools, Friday, 19 May, 2 p.m.
Examiners: D.G. Phillips, I. Neary.

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EXAMINATION FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF LETTERS

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

Literae Humaniores

A. KAMARA, Wolfson: `Antioch and its territory, from the Tetrarchy to Anastasius: social and political implications of the expansion of Christianity, AD 284–491'.
Lady Margaret Hall, Monday, 22 May, 2 p.m.
Examiners: S.R.F. Price, J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz.

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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:

Physical Sciences

J. BRANDIZZI, Worcester: `Adaptive fuzzy control for cryogenic applications'.
Department of Engineering Science, Monday, 15 May, 2.15 p.m.
Examiners: S.R. Duncan, K. Warwick.

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