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Oxford University Gazette, 22 March 2007: Examinations and Boards

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 the Medical Sciences Board and boards of faculties will come into effect on 6 April.

1 Medical Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Medical Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

In Examination Regulations, 2006 p. 361, l. 21, following 'list.', insert:

'Candidates awarded a pass in a Supplementary Subject examination may not retake the same Supplementary Subject examination.'


(b) Honour School of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 418, after l. 29 insert on new line:

'(e) Candidates awarded a pass in a Supplementary Subject examination may not retake the same Supplementary Subject examination.'


(c) Honour School of Physiological Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 507, l. 27, following 'Sciences.', insert:

'Candidates awarded a pass in a Supplementary Subject examination may not retake the same Supplementary Subject examination.'


(d) Second Examination for the degree of BM

With immediate effect (for first examination in 2007)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 980, after l. 25 insert on a new line: '20. The examiners may award merits in each of the examined subjects in years 1, 2 and 3.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing paragraphs 20–21 as 21–22.


(e) M.Sc. in Clinical Embryology

With effect from 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 739, after l. 20 insert:

`Clinical Embryology          Medical Sciences'.

2 Ibid., p.754, after l.39 insert:

'Clinical Embryology

The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences shall appoint for the supervision of the course an organising committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

The organising committee shall appoint for each candidate an academic adviser.

Each candidate shall follow a course of study in Clinical Embryology for at least three terms and for a substantial part of the three subsequent vacations, as determined by the course timetable, and will, when entering for the examination, be required to produce a certificate from their academic adviser to this effect.

Candidates shall be examined in all of the following ways:

(i) Each candidate must submit to the Course Director by Monday of Week 8 of Michaelmas Term a skills checklist, initialled by the practical skills tutor, to verify that they have acquired the practical skills associated with the course. This checklist will be made available to the examiners. A candidate who submits an incomplete checklist will be required to undertake remedial training, and to resubmit the checklist by a specified date.

(ii) Each candidate must pass a qualifying examination at the end of Michaelmas Term. The examination shall consist of a two-hour computer-based assessment on the topics covered in modules I–V, as set out in the Schedule. Candidates who fail the qualifying examination shall be permitted to take it on one further occasion in Week 0 of Hilary Term. The organising committee shall submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed the qualifying examination not later than the end of the Hilary Term preceding the examination.

(iii) Each candidate must submit a typewritten or printed essay of between 3,000 and 4,000 words on a topic approved by the organising committee. The arrangements for approval will be notified to candidates not later than the start of Michaelmas term of the academic year in which the examination is taken. The essay must be submitted by noon, Thursday of Week 9 of Hilary Term. In the event that they are deemed not to have achieved the required standard in this element of the examination, candidates will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit their essay by noon, Friday of Week 3 of Trinity Term. In addition candidates shall be required to make a public presentation on their essay to the examiners at a time to be notified by the examiners, but this shall not contribute to the overall result for this assessment component.

(iv) Each candidate must pass a written examination in Week 0 of Trinity Term. The examination shall consist of a three-hour written paper on the topics covered in modules VI–X, as set out in the Schedule. Candidates who fail the examination shall be permitted to take it on one further occasion, no sooner than three weeks after the first occasion. Candidates must pass this examination in order to proceed with their research project.

(v) Each candidate must submit a typewritten or printed dissertation of not more than 10 000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) on the research project as set out in the Schedule below. The research project and the subject of the dissertation must have been approved by the organising committee. The arrangements for approval will be notified to candidates not later than the start of Michaelmas term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

Candidates shall be examined viva voce on their dissertation, or on any other element of the examination, and shall also give a poster presentation on their research project. The viva voce examination will normally be conducted in September of the year in which the candidate is examined on dates to be determined by the examiners.

Two copies of each of the required written submissions must be sent to the Chairman of Examiners, M.Sc. in Clinical Embryology, c/o Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford on the following dates:

(a) The dissertation on the research project must be submitted by dates to be specified by the organising committee and published in the University Gazette not later than the start of Michaelmas term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

(b) The essay must be submitted by noon on Thursday of Week 9 of Hilary Term.

Each submission must be accompanied by a certificate indicating that it is the candidate's own work.

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

The examiners shall retain one copy of each dissertation of each successful candidate for deposit in the Radcliffe Science library.

Schedule

(a) Modules

I Essential Cellular and Molecular Biology

II Laboratory Methods and Practical Skills

III The Mammalian Reproductive System

IV Fertilisation and Early Embryogenesis

V Embryonic Development and Pregnancy

VI Infertility

VII Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

VIII Assisted Conception: Skills and Techniques

IX Micromanipulation in ART

X Infertility and ART: Developments and Current Issues

(b) Research project

A research project under the supervision of a research supervisor. Students will undertake reading and research in relation to their research project during Trinity Term and the Long Vacation. The subject of each student's dissertation and the supervision arrangements for each student must be approved by the organising committee.'

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2 Boards of the Faculties of Classics and Medieval and Modern Languages

Honour School of Classics and Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 202, delete ll. 7–11, and substitute '(vii) A Special Thesis on a topic in Classics (to be examined under the regulations for the Honour School of Literae Humaniores).'

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3 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

M.St in English

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 678, delete ll. 22–27, and substitute:

'Candidates offering the course in bibliography, palaeography and theories of text in the period up to 1550 under B will be required to pass a test in transcription and dating at the end of Hilary Term. Those who do not achieve a satisfactory mark in the test will be required to retake it at the start of Trinity Term. Any candidate not achieving a satisfactory mark at that stage will be deemed to have failed the whole examination. The test will not contribute to the final marks awarded by the examiners'.

2 Ibid., l. 35, delete 'sixth' and substitute 'eighth'.

3 Ibid., l. 36, delete 'about 10,000' and substitute '10,000–11,000'.

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4 Board of the Faculty of History

Honour School of History

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 371, l. 33, delete '(no more than 500 words)' and substitute '(no more than 250 words)'.

2 Ibid., l. 37, delete 'Friday of Eighth Week' and substitute 'Friday of Sixth Week'.

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5 Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

M.St in Film Aesthetics

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 662, l. 2, insert:

`Film Aesthetics              Modern Languages'. 

2 Ibid., p. 681, after l.38 insert:

'Film Aesthetics

1. In order to be considered for admission to the course, applicants must have completed a Bachelors degree, normally in a discipline from the Humanities, Fine Art or the Social Sciences.

2. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Film Aesthetics at Oxford for a period of three terms, unless the Modern Languages Board in exceptional circumstances shall permit an extension of time, and shall when entering for the examination be required to produce from their society a certificate stating that they are following the course of instruction for the period prescribed.

3. The course shall comprise:

(a) A specified film workshop during the week preceding Week 0 of Michaelmas Term.

(b) Three classes during Michaelmas Term: 'The Language of Film', 'Production and Reception', and 'Philosophical Aesthetics'.

(c) Four classes during Hilary Term on different, specialised areas of film studies.

(d) Certified attendance at a specified programme of films, to be screened publicly during Weeks 1–8 of Michaelmas and Hilary Terms.

(e) Three seminars in Trinity Term.

4. Assessment shall comprise two 6,000-word essays, a 10,000-word dissertation, and a three-hour written examination, together with a certificate of attendance under 3(d) above.

5. Each essay topic should bear a clear and identifiable relation to a specified part of the course and there should not be substantial overlap between the two essay topics.

6. The topic for the first essay shall be drawn from one or more of the three classes specified for Michaelmas Term (section 3 (b) above refers). Each candidate shall submit their essay topic, with a supporting letter from a subject tutor, to the chairman of examiners, Modern Languages Faculty Office, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford, for approval by noon on the Friday of Week 7 in Michaelmas Term. Written approval of essay topics will be given to candidates by noon on the Friday of Week 8 in Michaelmas Term. Essays shall be delivered to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on Friday of Week 1 of Hilary Term. Essays will be marked by subject tutors and returned to candidates with comments by Friday of Week 3 of Hilary Term. Candidates may amend their essays in the light of these comments and shall resubmit their essays within the portfolio of all written work by 5 p.m. on the Friday of Week 9 in Trinity Term.

7. The topic for the second essay shall be drawn from one or more of the four classes specified for Hilary Term (section 3 (c) above refers). Each candidate shall submit their essay topic, with a supporting letter from a subject tutor, to the chairman of examiners, Modern Languages Faculty Office, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford for approval by noon on the Friday of Week 7 in Hilary Term. Written approval of essay topics will be given to candidates by noon on the Friday of Week 8 in Hilary Term. Essays shall be delivered to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on Friday of week 1 of Trinity Term. Essays will be marked by subject tutors and returned to candidates with comments by Friday of Week 3 of Trinity Term. Candidates may amend their essays in the light of these comments and shall resubmit their essays within the portfolio of all written work by 5 p.m. on the Friday of Week 9 in Trinity Term.

8. Each candidate shall submit their dissertation topic, with the prior approval of the course coordinator, to the chairman of examiners, Modern Languages Faculty Office, 41 Wellington Square, Oxford, for approval by noon on the Friday of Week 4 in Hilary Term. Written approval of dissertation topics will be given to candidates by noon on the Friday of Week 5 in Hilary Term. Dissertations shall be delivered to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on the Friday of Week 6 in Trinity Term.

9. Candidates shall sit a three-hour written examination on the Friday of Week 9 in Trinity Term.

10. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination. 11. Candidates must present themselves for an oral examination if required to do so by the examiners.'

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6 Board of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.

Honour School of Modern Languages

With effect from 1 October 2007 (for first examination in 2008)

In Examination Regulations, 2006, p.395. l.14, delete 'XI' and substitute 'XIA'.

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7 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Classics

Honour School of Classics and Modern Languages

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 6 above).

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

Honour Scchool of European and Middle Eastern Languages

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 6 above).

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9 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and English Language and Literature

Honour School of English and Modern Languages

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 6 above).

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10 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and History

Honour School of Modern History and Modern Languages

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 6 above).

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11 Boards of the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Philosophy

Honour School of Philosophy and Modern Languages

As for the Honour School of Modern Languages (see 6 above).

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12 Board of the Faculty of Oriental Studies

(a) Preliminary Examinations in Oriental Studies

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 62, l. 16, delete 'Arabic with Turkish,'.

(b) Honour School of Oriental Studies

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2006, p. 431, l. 40, delete 'Subjects' and substitute 'Subjects,'.

2 Ibid., ll. 40–41, delete '(including optional Further Subjects and Theses)'.

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