Oxf. Univ. Gazette, 14 October 2004: Examinations and Boards

Examinations and Boards

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BY-ELECTION TO DIVISIONAL BOARD 11 November 2004

Notice is given of the following impending vacancy:

Medical Sciences Board

(from among the members of the Faculty of Physiological Sciences and the Sub-faculty of Psychology)

Resigning member: Professor A.J. Parker

Period of office: three years from Michaelmas Term 2004

Nominations in writing, by two members (other than the candidate) of the electorate for the above vacancy, which is the same as the persons from among whom the vacancy will be filled (as specified above), will be received by the Head of Student Administration at the University Offices, Wellington Square, up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 18 October, and similar nominations by six members of the electorate (other than the candidate) up to 4 p.m. on Monday, 25 October.

Council has decided that nominations should show for each signature the name and faculty, sub-faculty, or department (indicative of the relevant electorate) in block capitals. Any names which are not so shown may not be published. At least one nomination in respect of each candidate must be made on an official nomination form. Copies of the form are obtainable from the Web site. In the event of a contested election, a brief biographical notice of each candidate will be published in the Gazette dated 4 November, and voters may wish to wait until they have read these notes before returning their ballot papers (which will be sent to members of the electorate as soon as possible after the closing date for nominations, and which, after completion, must be received by the Head of Student Administration not later than 4 p.m. on 11 November.

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ELECTIONS TO DIVISIONAL BOARDS 3 June

There having been no nominations, the following vacancies lapsed to the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors.

The following have been nominated by the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors to hold office from the first day of Michaelmas Term 2004 for the periods stated:

Humanities

(from among the members of the Faculty of Modern History)

For two years

J.C. ROBERTSON, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Hugh's

For four years

B.R. WARD-PERKINS, MA, Fellow of Trinity

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Social Sciences

(member elected by the Chairmen of Inter-faculty Committees and the Directors of Area Studies Centres for certain subjects)

For four years

R.J. GOODMAN, MA, D.PHIL., Fellow of St Antony's

Note: the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors will in due course make nominations for the following vacancies: Humanities Board (one member); Environmental Sciences Board (two members); Social Sciences Board (one member).

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ELECTIONS TO FACULTY BOARDS 3 June

There having been no nominations, the following vacancies lapsed to the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors.

The following have been nominated by the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors to hold office from the first day of Michaelmas Term 2004 for a period of two years:

Management

From among the members of the Faculty of Management

1. K. BLACKMON, BA (B.SC. Clemson, MBA, PH.D. North Carolina), Fellow of Merton

2. P. QUATTRONE (PH.D. Catalania), Student of Christ Church

From among the members of the Business Advisory Forum

1. P. FOY, MA, Honorary Fellow of St Anne's and of St Peter's

2. SIR BRUCE MCPHAIL, MA, Fellow of Templeton

3. SIR MICHAEL PERRY

From among the members of the Academic Committee of Templeton College

M.J. EARL, MA, Fellow of Templeton

Note: the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors will in due course make nominations for the following vacancies: Classics Board (one member); English Language and Literature Board (one official member); Studies Board (four official members and six ordinary members).

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CHANGES IN REGULATIONS

With the approval of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 29 October.

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board and Continuing Education Board

(a) M.Sc. in Bioinformatics

(i) With effect from 1 October 2005

In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 764, after l. 2 insert:

`Bioinformatics

For those embarking on the M.Sc. in or after 2005

1. The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Divisional Board, in consultation with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee that shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Applicants will normally be expected to have satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics. Applications for exemption from this requirement will be considered, in exceptional circumstances only, by the Standing Committee. To be exempt from this requirement, applicants must demonstrate that they have undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

3. Every candidate must follow for at least nine and at most twelve terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Bioinformatics, which shall normally take place over a period of no longer than six years.

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

(a) attendance at nine modules chosen from those in the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, comprising a programme of study approved by the Programme Director;

(b) nine written assignments, one on each of the modules specified in the Schedule below;

(c) a dissertation of not more than fifty pages of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes and bibliography), on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the Chairman of the Standing Committee. The assessed work set out in clause 4 (b) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department of Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates. The assessed work set out in clause 4(c) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX14BG for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

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

6. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the M.Sc.

7. Any candidate who has successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics may on admission to the M.Sc. be exempted from the requirement to submit, for the examination for this degree, four written assignments under 4(b) above. Any such candidate may be allowed to count not more than three terms completed in the study of the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics towards the minimum period of study for the M.Sc., but the actual number of terms, if greater than three, completed in the study of the Postgraduate Certificate shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the M.Sc.. The M.Sc. in Bioinformatics if successfully completed, will subsume a candidate's previously completed Postgraduate Certificate.

8. Any candidate who has successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics may on admission to the M.Sc. be exempted from the requirement to submit, for the examination for this degree, seven written assignments under 4(b) above. Any such candidate may be allowed to count not more than six terms completed in the study of the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics towards the minimum period of study for the M.Sc., but the actual number of terms, if greater than six, completed in the study of the Postgraduate Diploma shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the M.Sc.. The M.Sc. in Bioinformatics if successfully completed, will subsume a candidate's previously completed Postgraduate Diploma.

9. Any candidates who has been exempt, under clause 2 above, from completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, must follow for at least six at most twelve terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Bioinformatics. Such candidates may on admission be exempted from the requirement to submit, for the examination for this degree, four written assignments under 4 (b) above.

10. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any part of the examination 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.

11. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from submitting up to one of the total of nine written assignments required under 4 (b) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

Schedule

Section A: Foundation Modules

Students must take four modules from the following list:

1. Biology, principles: basic molecular biology

2. Biology, experimental techniques in

3. Bioinformatics applications of computing, an introduction to techniques

4. Algorithm design and complexity

5. Qualitative techniques for Bioinformatics

6. The power of Bioinformatics in modern research

Section B: Specialised Modules

Students must take five modules from the following list:

7. Molecular Evolution

8. Structural Bioinformatics

9. Databases

10. Microarrays

11. Symbolic machine learning

12. Statistical data mining

13. Statistical genetics

14. Population genetics

15. The experimental-Bioinformatics interface—current challenges and emerging solutions

The Standing Committee shall approve the content of at least three modules to be given each year, the titles of which shall be circulated to candidates and their supervisors by the noughth week of Michaelmas Term.

For those embarking on the M.Sc. in or before 2004'.

(ii) With effect from 1 October 2006

In Examination Regulations, 2004, delete from p. 764, l. 3 to p. 765, l. 14.

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(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 1045 , after l. 46 insert:

`Bioinformatics

1. The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Divisional Board, in consultation with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee that shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Every candidate must follow for at least six and at most nine terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Bioinformatics, which shall normally take place over a period of no longer than four years.

3. Candidates must take four modules as set out in section A of the schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and three modules as set out in section B of the schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics.

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

(a) attendance at seven modules chosen from those in the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, comprising a programme of study approved by the Programme Director;

(b) seven written assignments, one on each of the modules chosen from the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics;

The assessed work set out in clause 4 (b) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department of Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

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

6. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Diploma.

7. Any candidate who has successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics may on admission to the Postgraduate Diploma be exempted from the requirement to submit, for the examination for the postgraduate diploma, four of the written assignments under 4 (b) above. The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics, if successfully completed, will subsume a candidate's previously completed certificate.

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any part of the examination 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.

9. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from submitting up to two of the total of seven written assignments required under 4 (b) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.'

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(c) Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 1039, after l. 34 insert:

`Bioinformatics

1. The Mathematical and Physical Sciences Divisional Board, in consultation with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee that shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Every candidate must follow for at least three and at most five terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Bioinformatics which shall normally take place over a period of no longer than two years.

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

(a) attendance at four modules chosen from those in section A of the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, comprising a programme of study approved by the Programme Director;

(b) four written assignments, one on each of the modules chosen from section A of the Schedule for the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics; The assessed work set out in clause 3 (b) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department of Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

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

5. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the Certificate.

6. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any part of the examination 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.

7. The standing committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from submitting up to one of the total of four written assignments required under 3 (b) above, provided that the standing committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, of an appropriate standard, normally at another institution of higher education.'

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