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Oxford University Gazette, 2 February 2006: Examinations and Boards

By-election to Divisional Board 16 February

Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

The following nomination has been duly received:

PROFESSOR G. HANCOCK, MA (MA Dublin, PH.D. Cambridge), Fellow of Trinity

Nominated by:

Professor W.G. Richards, Brasenose
J.G. Deller, Department of Chemistry

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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 divisional boards and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 17 February.

1 Life and Environmental Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc. in Environmental Geomorphology

With effect from 1 October 2006 (for first examination in 2007)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2005, p. 761, insert new l. 28:

 
'Drylands, Science and Management        Life and Environmental Sciences'. 

2 Ibid., delete ll. 36–7.

3 Ibid., p. 787, l. 1, before 'Economics for Development', insert

'Drylands, Science and Management

1. The Life and Environmental Sciences Board shall elect for the supervision of the course a standing committee. The Course Director and Deputy Director will be responsible to the standing committee.

2. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Drylands, Science and Management for at least three terms, and will, when entering for the examination, be required to produce a certificate from the Course Director to this effect.

3. The examination will consist of:

(i) a written examination of two three-hour papers as described in the schedule;

(ii) two assessed essays based on the Option-courses as described in the schedule;

(iii) one practical notebook;

(iv) a dissertation on a subject selected in consultation with the supervisor and Course Director and approved by the standing committee.

4. Candidates must submit to the Course Director by the end of eighth week of Hilary Term in the year in which they enter the examination, the title and a brief statement of the form and scope of their dissertation, together with the name of a person who has agreed to act as their supervisor during preparation of the dissertation.

5. The dissertation shall be of a maximum length of 15,000 words excluding appendices and references.

6. Two double-spaced, bound typewritten or printed copies of the dissertation must be sent, not later than noon on the First Friday in September in the year in which the written examination is taken, to the M.Sc. examiners (Drylands, Science and Management), c/o the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. The examiners may retain one copy of the dissertation of each candidate who passes the examination for deposit in an appropriate library. Both copies must bear the candidate's examination number but not his/her name.

7. One copy of the practical notebook must be sent, not later than 12 noon on Friday of the fourth week of Trinity Term in the year in which the written examination is taken, to the M.Sc. examiners (Drylands, Science and Management) c/o the Clerk of the Schools, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. The notebook must bear the candidate's examination number but not the candidate's name, which must be concealed.

8. In the written examination the examiners will permit the use of hand-held pocket calculators subject to the conditions set out under the heading 'Use of pocket calculators in examinations' in the Special Regulations concerning Examinations.

9. The examiners may also examine any candidate viva voce on the candidate's written papers, practical notebook, dissertation, or all three.

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

SCHEDULE

(a) Core courses

The core courses will be examined under the following heads:

(i) Dryland science. Candidates will be expected to have knowledge and critical understanding of the nature and drivers of environmental processes within dryland areas.

(ii) Dryland environmental management. Candidates will be expected to have a practical knowledge of, and be able to critically appraise, methods for environmental management.

(b) Option courses

Candidates will be expected to show advanced knowledge of two of the option courses on offer in any one year.'

4 Ibid., delete from p. 796, l.28 to p.797, l.29.

5 Ibid., p. 1132 (index), first column, after 'Theology, 973' insert on new line 'Dryland Science and Management, [page]'.

6 Ibid., p. 1133 (index), first column, delete 'Environmental Geomophology M.Sc. in, p. 796'.

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2 Continuing Education Board

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Globalisation Studies

With effect from 1 October 2006 (for first examination in 2007)

In Examination Regulations, 2005, p. 1085, after l. 49, insert

'Advanced Diploma in Globalisation Studies

1. (a) The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, and classes in Globalisation Studies with accompanying study in English language. Every candidate must take the course under the supervision of the Continuing Education Board for at least one year. Such study shall be pursued at Oxford.

(b) The course will consist of four core subjects as follows:

(i) Pre-sessional course

(ii) English language

(iii) Globalisation studies

(iv) Extended essay

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

(a) Attendance at the taught courses;

(b) A pre-sessional examination at the end of the pre-sessional course. The candidate must normally pass this before being permitted to proceed to the remainder of the course.

(c) A written portfolio of exercises based on the contents of the English language course, which will be of no more than 10,000 words in total;

(d) Six assignments based on the theoretical courses in Globalisation Studies, each of a maximum of 2,000 words;

(e) An extended essay normally of between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length (the limit to include notes) on a topic related to one of the core subjects of study.

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

3. Candidates may also be called for viva voce examination.

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

5. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in 2(c)- 2(e) above 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 initial failure.'

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3 Continuing Education Board and Mathematical and Physical Sciences Board

Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology

With effect from 1 October 2006 (for first examination in 2007)

In Examination Regulations, 2005, p. 1059, after l. 11 insert:

'Nanotechnology

1. The Mathematical and Physical Sciences 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 terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Nanotechnology normally over a period of one year and no more than three years.

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

(a) active participation, to the satisfaction of the course director, in all parts of the three modules in the Schedule;

(b) one written assignment of not more than 2,500 words in length and two written assignments of not more than 6,000 words on length, one on each of the modules in the Schedule. 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 three written assignments required under 3(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

1. Introduction to Nanotechnology

2. Fundamental science

3. Fundamental characterisation'.

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