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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by divisional and faculty boards, and the Committee on Continuing Education, will come into effect on 1 March.

1 Life and Environmental Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc. in Epidemiology, Evolution, and the Control of Infectious Disease

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, delete from l. 6 on p. 726 to l. 8 on p. 728.

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(b) M.Sc. in Nature, Science, and Environmental Policy

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

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 690, l. 5, delete `Human Geography' and substitute `Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy'.

2 Ibid., p. 737, l. 10, delete `Human Geography' and substitute `Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy.'

3 Ibid., l. 18, delete `a written examination of two three-hour papers, as described in the schedule' and substitute `a written examination of two three-hour papers, one based on Research Skills and the other based on a choice between Nature and Society, and Global Transitions, as described in the schedule'.

4 Ibid., delete ll. 20–1 and substitute:

`(iii) either a dissertation on a subject selected in consultation with the supervisor and Course Director and approved by the Standing Committee;

(iv) or two additional assessed essays drawn from option courses due no later than the Friday of ninth week of Trinity Term.'

5 Ibid., l. 22, delete `Candidates must submit to the Course Director' and substitute `Candidates who select (iii) must submit to the Course Director'.

6 Ibid., l. 35, delete `Human Geography' and substitute `Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy'.

7 Ibid., p. 738, delete ll. 2–7 and substitute:

`(i) Research Skills. Candidates will be expected to have a knowledge of research methods in human, environmental, and geographical research. These will include qualitative and quantitative methods relevant to contemporary research themes.

(ii) Nature and Society. Candidates will be expected to have a knowledge of relevant debates and issues related to human interaction with, and construction of, nature as well as the appropriate environmental policy responses.

(iii) Global Transitions. Candidates will be expected to have a knowledge of relevant debates and issues concerning globalisation, the changing economic geography of the landscape as well as the appropriate environmental policy responses.'

8 Ibid., p. 994, l. 40, delete `Human Geography' and substitute `Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy'.

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2 Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Social Sciences Boards

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

(i) With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, delete from l. 8 on p. 182 to l. 2 on p. 183, and renumber section (iii) as (ii).

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

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 185, l. 3, after `an industrial firm' insert `, or an industrially related internal university project,'.

2 Ibid., l. 5, delete `attachment' and substitute `project'.

3 Ibid., l. 8, delete `of attachment'.

4 Ibid., delete `a project' and substitute `the project'.

5 Ibid., l. 13, after `The industrial attachment', delete `and' and substitute `, or industrially related,'.

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

(i) With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 270, delete ll. 9–12, and renumber section (iii) as (ii).

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

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 271, l. 17, delete `period of industrial attachment' and substitute `a twenty-four-week period of attachment to an industrial firm, or an industrially related internal university project'.

2 Ibid., l. 33, after `firm' insert `, or an internal university project,'.

3 Ibid., l. 35, delete `attachment' and substitute `project'.

4 Ibid., l. 38, delete `of attachment'.

5 Ibid., l. 40, after `The industrial' insert `or industrially related'.

6 Ibid., p. 272, l. 6, delete `industrial'.

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3 Social Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Economics and Management

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, delete from l. 24, p. 163, to l. 18, p. 164.

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(b) M.Phil. in Comparative Social Policy

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

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 510, l. 12, after `World Archaeology' insert `and M.Phil. in Comparative Social Policy'.

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(c) M.Phil. in Development Studies

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, in relation to the Final Examination, delete from p. 525, l. 48, to p. 526, l. 2, and substitute:

`(b) The successful completion of three essays assessed by the examiners appointed to examine for the M.Phil. in Development Studies. Candidates are required to submit these essays at specified intervals over the two years of the course. The topics to be covered in these essays must fall within the three themes (one per essay) included in the core course in development studies: social theory and development; major interdisciplinary issues; and the international dimension of development. Candidates must pass all three essays. In the event of a candidate's failing either or both essays submitted in the first year of the course, either or both must be rewritten, resubmitted and a pass mark awarded before the candidate may proceed to the second year of the course.'

2 Ibid., p. 526, ll. 21–2, delete `Successful candidates will be required to deposit a copy of their thesis in the Bodleian Library' and substitute:

`At the discretion of the examiners, successful candidates may be required to deposit one copy of the thesis in the Development Studies Library.'

3 Ibid., p. 527, delete ll. 21–7 and substitute:

`(d) This paper will cover the main trends in the evolution of the Latin American economies in the twentieth century. Themes will include export economies, import substituting industrialisation, the impact of external shocks, integration movements, the role of international agencies, trends in poverty and income distribution.'

4 Ibid., p. 872, after l. 48 insert:

`Additional regulations for Development Studies

Probationer Research Students in Development Studies who have been admitted to this status but who have not received appropriate postgraduate training in a relevant aspect of development studies or of research techniques for the social sciences may, at the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee of Area and Development Studies, be required to attend and pass successfully any course listed for the M.Phil. in Development Studies. This condition shall be conveyed to the student when the offer of a place is made and in such cases transfer to D.Phil. status shall not normally be permitted until this condition has been fulfilled.'

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4 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Oriental Studies

Honour School of European and Middle Eastern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2004 (for first examination in 2005)

1 In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 212, after l. 26 insert:

`For those papers in the Middle Eastern language where a selection of unspecified texts is to be examined, the selection of texts will be determined by the Oriental Studies Board in Hilary Term for the examination in the next academic year, and copies of the list of selected texts will be available for candidates no later than Friday of the third week of the same term.'

2 Ibid., delete l. 40 and substitute:

`5. One of the following papers in the European language:'.

3 Ibid., p. 213, delete ll. 5–9 and substitute:

`6. An extended essay on a topic bridging the European and the Middle Easter language.'

4 Ibid., p. 214, after l. 45 insert:

`5. An extended essay on a topic bridging the European and the Middle Easter language.'

5 Ibid., l. 47, to p. 215, l. 4, renumber existing papers 5–9 as 6–10.

6 Ibid., p. 215, delete ll. 5–6.

7 Ibid., ll. 9–16, renumber existing papers 5–9 as 6–10.

8 Ibid., delete ll. 17–18.

9 Ibid., ll. 20–7, renumber existing papers 5–9 as 6–10.

10 Ibid., delete ll. 28–9.

11 Ibid., ll. 32–3, renumber existing papers 5–6 as 6–7.

12 Ibid., after l. 33 insert:

`7, 8. Two of the following papers:'.

13 Ibid., l. 34, delete `7.' and substitute `(a)'.

14 Ibid., after l. 42 insert:

`(b) Turkish and Ottoman literary texts, 1300–1900. The following texts* are prescribed for study:

Selected Turkish/Ottoman poetry, thirteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Selected late Ottoman literary texts (post-1860).'

15 Ibid., l. 43, delete `8.' and substitute `(c)'.

16 Ibid., p. 216, delete ll. 6–22 and substitute:

`9. Twentieth-century Turkish literary texts.*

10. Oral examination (as specified for the Honour School of Oriental Studies). Extended Essay

1. The Extended Essay shall be subject to the following provisions:

(i) The subject of every essay shall, to the satisfaction of the boards of the faculties, fall within the scope of the Honour Schools of Modern Languages and of Oriental Studies.

(ii) Candidates proposing to offer an essay must submit, through their college, to the Chairman of the Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages (on a form obtainable from the Modern Languages Faculty Office, 37 Wellington Square) a statement of their name, college, the academic year in which they intend to take the examination, and the title of the proposed essay together with (a) a statement in about fifty words of how the subject is to be treated, (b) a statement signed by a supervisor or tutor, that he or she considers the subject suitable, and suggesting a person or persons who might be invited to be an examiner or assessor (the boards will not approve the title unless they are satisfied that a suitably qualified examiner or assessor based in Oxford will be available), and (c) a statement by a college tutor that he or she approves the candidate's application, not later than the Wednesday of the second week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination.

(iii) The faculty boards will decide by the end of the third week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination whether the proposed essay title is approved. Approval may be granted on condition that the candidate agrees to amend details of the title to the satisfaction of the boards and submits the required amendments to the Modern Languages Faculty Office by the Friday of sixth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination.

(iv) A candidate may seek approval after Friday of sixth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination for an amendment of detail in an approved title, by application to the Modern Languages Faculty Office. The Chairman of Examiners and the chairmen of the boards, acting together, will decide whether or not a proposed amendment shall be approved.

1. While the topic of the essay may be taught by a series of tutorials, candidates will be solely responsible for the final draft, which will not be read by the supervisor or tutor. Candidates must sign a certificate stating that the essay is their own work and that it has not already been submitted, wholly or substantially, for any honour school or degree of this University or a degree of any other institution. This certificate must be sent at the same time as the essay, but under separate cover, addressed to the chairman of examiners.

2. No essay shall exceed 10,000 words, exclusive of notes, appendices, and bibliographies. The examiners will not take account of such parts of the essay as are beyond this limit. When appropriate, there must be a select bibliography and a list of sources. Essays must be typed in double-spacing on one side only of quarto or A4 paper, and must be firmly held in a stiff cover. Two copies must be submitted to the chairman of examiners, and a third copy should be kept by the candidate.

3. The two copies of the essay must be sent, not later than noon on the second Friday after the Hilary Full Term of the year in which the examination will be held, to the Chairman of Examiners, Honour School of European and Middle Eastern Languages, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.'

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5 Continuing Education Board

(a) Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Care

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 952, l. 20, delete `Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care' and substitute `Planning for Change in Evidence-Based Health Care'.

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(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Health Care

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 957, l. 11, delete `Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care' and substitute `Planning for Change in Evidence-Based Health Care'.

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(c) M.Sc. in Evidence-Based Health Care

With immediate effect

In Examination Decrees, 2001, p. 729, l. 24, delete `Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care' and substitute `Planning for Change in Evidence-Based Health Care'.

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