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Oxford University Gazette, 20 January 2005:
Examinations and Boards


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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 boards, faculty boards, and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 4 February.

1 Social Sciences Board

M.Sc. in Financial Economics

With effect from 1 October 2005 (for first examination in 2006)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2004, p.753, after l.39 insert:

`Financial Economics                            Social Sciences'. 

2 Ibid., p.789, after l.37 insert:

`Financial Economics

1. Candidates must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Financial Economics. Candidates must complete:

(a) all courses from Schedule A, and satisfy the examiners in the assignment and/or examination associated with each course;

(b) five electives, and satisfy the examiners in the assignment and/or examination associated with each course, the list of electives to be published annually by the MFE Standing Committee before the first Monday of Hilary Term;

(c) a written report on the individual project of not more than 10,000 words. Such projects must be approved by the MFE Standing Committee;

(d) candidates may be required to attend an oral examination on any of the above.

2. Assignments and written reports on projects must be presented not later than the time and date stipulated for each exercise; these will be published by the MFE Standing Committee before the first Monday of each term in which the assignment or project must be undertaken. The required number of copies must be delivered to the Examination Schools, and addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the M.Sc. in Financial Economics, c/o Clerk of the Schools, High Street, Oxford, except in the case of practical work, which should be submitted to the Saïd Business School, Park End Street, Oxford in the format advised by the MFE Standing Committee.

3. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination to candidates for the Degree.

4. In exceptional circumstances, a candidate wishing to take an examination later than the one to which he or she has been admitted may do so by application to the Chairman of Examiners, via his or her College Senior Tutor or Tutor for Graduates.

5. Candidates are permitted on only one occasion to re-submit or retake failed assessment items on any course on which they have failed to achieve the required standard.

Schedule A

The following courses are required to be taken during Michaelmas and Hilary Terms. Details can be found in the course handbook:

(a) Corporate Finance

(b) Microeconomics

(c) Asset Pricing

(d) Financial econometrics'.

3 Ibid., p. 1100, l. 2, after `Administration (part-time)' insert `, or the Degree of M.Sc. in Financial Economics'.

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2 Divisional Boards and the Continuing Education Board

(a) B.Phil. and M.Phil.

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 573, ll. 1–3, delete `The thesis must be printed or typed on one side of the paper only, with a margin of 3 to 3.5 cms on the left-hand edge of each page' and substitute: `The thesis must be printed or typed with a margin of 3 to 3.5 cms on the left-hand edge of each page (or on the inner edge, whether left-hand or right-hand, in the case of a thesis which is printed on both sides of the paper)'.

(b) M.Sc., M. Litt., and D.Phil.

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 894, ll. 4–5, delete `The thesis must be typed or printed on one side of the paper only, with a margin of 1.25 to 1.5 inches (32 to 38 mm) on the left-hand side of each page.' and substitute: `The thesis must be printed or typed with a margin of 3 to 3.5 cms on the left-hand edge of each page (or on the inner edge, whether left-hand or right-hand, in the case of a thesis which is printed on both sides of the paper).'

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3 Continuing Education Board

(a) M.St. in Creative Writing

With effect from October 2005 (for first examination in 2007)

In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 692, after l. 26 insert:

`Creative Writing

Every candidate must follow for at least six terms a part-time course of instruction in Creative Writing. The course will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorials, and a placement. The examination will consist of the following parts:

(a) two assignments selected from two of the genres listed in the schedule below. Assignments submitted for 1 or 2 in the schedule should be no more than 2,500 words of prose. Assignments submitted for 3 in the schedule should be no more than 130 lines of poetry. Assignments submitted for 2 in the schedule should be: no more than 15 minutes (or c. 2500 words) of Radio Drama; between 12 and 15 minutes stage play (no more than 2,500 words); approximately 15 minutes or no more than 2,500 words of screen play.

(b) Two critical appraisal assignments of no more than 2,500 words, selected from two of the genres listed in the schedule below.

(c) A portfolio of Creative Writing which may be no more than either approximately 7,000 words of prose or approximately 350 lines of poetry; or no more than 40 minutes (or c.7,000 words) of radio drama; or a stage play of between 35 and 40 minutes (no more than 7,500 words); or approximately 40 minutes or no more than 7,000 words of screenplay.

(d) Two extended critical essays, one of no more than 4,000 words and one of no more than 5,000 words, the latter related to the genre in which the final project is written, and both to be approved by the candidate's supervisor.

(e) A report on the candidate's Placement of no more than 2,500 words.

(f) A Final Project on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with his or her supervisor and approved by the examiners. The final project may take the format of one of the following:

(i) A piece of prose fiction of approximately 25,000 words;

(ii) one 60-minute and one 30-minute radio drama (approximately 12,000 and 6,000 words);

(iii) a 110-minute stage play (23,000–25,000 words);

(iv) a screenplay of up to two hours in length (entire); approximately 110–120 pages (12pt courier)—25,000 words;

(v) a ninety-minute TV play (approximately 18,000 words);

(vi) collection of poetry of 56–60 pages, approximately 1,500 lines.

Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination.

The second Extended Essay under 3 (d) and the Final Project under 3 (f) must be delivered not later than noon on the third Friday in September of the final year of the course to the Chairman of Examiners for the Degree of M.St. in Creative Writing, c/o Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

All other elements of assessed work shall be forwarded to the examiners, c/o Registry, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify the candidates and tutors at the start of each academic year.

All assessed work (3 (a) to 3 (f))) must be accompanied by a statement that it is the candidate's own work.

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

A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in 3 may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on one further occasion, not later than one year after the initial attempt.

Schedule

1. Prose fiction

2. Drama

3. Poetry

4. Critical reading and analysis

5. Any other option approved by the Board of Study.

The schedule of assessment for any one year will be circulated to candidates and supervisors by the second week of Michaelmas Term.'

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(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice

With effect from October 2005 (for first examination in 2007)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2004, p. 1049, l. 49, delete `25' and substitute `24'.

2 Ibid., delete `200' and substitute `175'.

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(c) Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Computing

With effect from October 2005 (for first examination in 2006)

In Examination Regulations, 2004, delete from p. 1069, l. 32 to p. 1070, l. 9 and substitute:

`1. Course

The course will comprise four taught units (selected from the list below) and a group project.

The course is available on a part-time basis and will normally be taken over a period of one year, and may not be taken over a period of more than two years. The course may either be taken in a distance learning mode or a face-to-face mode.

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

(a) active participation in all parts of the course to the satisfaction of the Course Director;

(b) active participation in group discussions under the guidance, and to the satisfaction, of the student's tutor;

(c) four assignments of 4,000 words each (or equivalent), based on the units 1–4 below;

(d) a group project report of 4,000 words (or equivalent).

Assignments under 2 (c) and 2 (d) above will be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates.

Candidates will be required to achieve an overall pass for the four assignments under 2 (c) above and the report under 2 (d) above. All assignments under 2 (c) and the project report under 2 (d) carry equal weight.

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

The examiners may award a Distinction to candidates for the Advanced Diploma.

Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the requirements under 2 (c)–2 (d) and 3 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 examiners' decision to permit the candidate the opportunity to resubmit the work.

Schedule

Unit 1: The System Development Life-cycle and Management

Unit 2: Systems Analysis and Design—Data Driven and Procedural Techniques

Unit 3: Systems Analysis and Design—Data Organisation

Unit 4: Systems Analysis and Design—Objects and Architectures

Unit 5: Group Project

Any other unit (or units), defined by the Course Director and approved by the Board of Studies, may be substituted in place of one of Units 2, 3, or 4 above.'

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4 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

M.Phil. in English

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2005, p. 599, after l. 10 insert:

`20. Old and Early Middle Irish Language and Literature

The following texts are prescribed: Stories from the Táin, ed. J. Stachan and O. Bergin (1944), Scéla Mucce Meic Dathó, ed. R. Thurneysen (1951), Longes mac nUislenn, ed. V. Hull (1949), Early Irish Lyrics, ed. G. Murphy (1956), nos 1–3,5. Candidates who have taken Paper 23 of Course II in the English Final Honour School may not take this paper.'

2 Ibid., l. 28, after `16' insert `and 20'.

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