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Oxford University Gazette, 1 May 2008: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, of the Educational Policy and Standards Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by divisional boards will come into effect on 16 May.

1 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc in Software and Systems Security and M.Sc in Software Engineering

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 709, after l. 20 insert

`Software and Systems Security          Mathematical, Physical and Life 
                                         Sciences/Continuing Education'.

2 Ibid., delete from p. 800, l. 33, to p. 804, l. 12, and substitute:

'Software and Systems Security

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board, in consultation with the Faculty of Computer Science, and the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and classes in the theory and practice of Software and Systems Security. The course may be taken over a period of not less than two years, and not more than four years subject to the Continuing Education Board being able to approve an extension of time of not more than three terms.

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

(a) attendance at twelve modules chosen from those in the Schedules for the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security, of which no fewer than seven should come from Schedule A, and including both from Schedule C, together comprising a programme of study approved by the Standing Committee;

(b) submission of ten written assignments based on the modules chosen from Schedules A and B in cl. 3 (a) above;

(c) submission of written reports following attendance at the modules from Schedule C, and a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words (including appendices and footnotes but excluding bibliography), all on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor; and

(d) a viva voce examination, unless individually dispensed by the examiners. The assignments under 3 (b) and two typewritten or printed copies of the dissertation shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify to candidates, supervisors and tutors. The assignments and the dissertation must be accompanied by a statement that it is the candidate's work except where otherwise indicated. In preparation for the dissertation, candidates will be required to submit a project report or proposal following attendance at each of the two modules from Section C.

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

5. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any assignments submitted as part of the course for the Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Software and Systems Security or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Software and Systems Security to be submitted for the examination for the M.Sc, so long as the choice of assignments normally complies with the requirements of cll. 3 (a) and (b) above. No more than one calendar year of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Certificate and/or the Postgraduate Diploma may be counted towards the minimum period of study for the M.Sc; the entire period of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Certificate and/or the Postgraduate Diploma shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the M.Sc.

6. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Software and Systems Security, or the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, and for that examination has incorporated the assignments submitted for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma into the M.Sc, then the subsequent award will subsume his or her previous award.

7. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from submitting up to two of the total of ten 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.

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners may re-enter the examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure. No written assignment shall be submitted to the examiners on more than one occasion.

Schedule (a)

1. People and Security

2. Safety Critical Systems

3. Security Principles

4. Security Risk Analysis and Management

5. Design for Security

6. Secure and Robust Programming

7. Network Security

8. Trusted Computing Infrastructure

9. Any other module as defined by the course director and approved by the Standing Committee

Schedule (b)

1. Any module drawn from Schedule (a) of the Software Engineering Programme.

Schedule (c)

1. Project and Dissertation I

2. Project and Dissertation II

In June and December each year a list of modules will be published in the University Gazette. Each such list, which will have been approved by the standing committee and which will be a selection from the full set above, will contain those modules which will be available during the following twelve months.


Software Engineering

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, in consultation with the Faculty of Computer Science, and the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and classes in the theory and practice of Software Engineering. The course may be taken over a period of not less than two years, and not more than four years subject to the Continuing Education Board being able to approve an extension of time of not more than three terms.

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

(a) attendance at twelve modules chosen from those in the Schedules for the M.Sc in Software Engineering, including both from Schedule C, comprising a programme of study approved by the Standing Committee;

(b) submission of ten written assignments based on the modules chosen from Schedules A and B in cl. 3 (a) above;

(c)submission of written reports following attendance at the modules from Schedule C, and a dissertation of not more than 20,000 words (including appendices and footnotes but excluding bibliography), all on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor; and

(d) a viva voce examination, unless individually dispensed by the examiners. The assignments under 3(b) and two typewritten or printed copies of the dissertation shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify to candidates, supervisors and tutors. The assignments and the dissertation must be accompanied by a statement that it is the candidate's work except where otherwise indicated.

In preparation for the dissertation, candidates will be required to submit a project report or proposal following attendance at each of the two modules from Section C.

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

5. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any assignments submitted as part of the course for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Software and Systems Security, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, to be submitted for the examination for the M.Sc, so long as the choice of assignments normally complies with the requirements of cll. 3 (a) and (b) above. No more than one calendar year of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Certificate and/or the Postgraduate Diploma may be counted towards the minimum period of study for the M.Sc; the entire period of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Certificate and/or the Postgraduate Diploma shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the M.Sc.

6. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the M.Sc in Software Engineering has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma, or Certificate in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Diploma, or Certificate, in Software and Systems Security, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, and for that examination has incorporated the assignments submitted for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma into the M.Sc, then the subsequent award will subsume his or her previous award.

7. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from submitting up to two of the total of ten 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.

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners may re-enter the examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure. No written assignment shall be submitted to the examiners on more than one occasion.

Schedule (a)

1. Advanced Concurrency Tools

2. Concurrency and Distributed Systems

3. Database Design

4. Design Patterns

5. Distributed Objects

6. Extensible Markup Language

7. Functional Programming

8. Machine-Assisted Software Engineering

9. Management of Risk and Quality 10.Object Orientation 11. Object-Oriented Design 12. Object-Oriented Programming 13. Performance Modelling 14. Process Quality and Improvement 15. Requirements Engineering 16. Software Development Management 17. Software Engineering Mathematics 18. Software Testing 19. Specification and Design 20. Web Services 21. Any other module as defined by the course director and approved by the Standing Committee

Schedule (b)

1. Any module from Schedule (a) of the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security

Schedule (c)

1. Project and Dissertation I

2. Project and Dissertation II

In June and December each year a list of modules will be published in the University Gazette. Each such list, which will have been approved by the standing committee and which will be a selection from the full set above, will contain those modules which will be available during the following twelve months.'


(b) Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Security

With effect from 1 October 2009

In Examination Regulations, 2007, delete from p. 1025, l.29 to p. 1026, l. 21.


(c) Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1028, delete ll. 38–45 and substitute:

'For candidates enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (including the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security and the M.Sc in Software Engineering, and the postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) from October 2008 and subsequently, and available to those who enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (and postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) prior to October 2008 and who have not already been awarded the relevant qualification.

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

(a) attendance at a minimum of four modules, at least three of which chosen from the Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, with the remainder chosen from Schedules (a) or (b) of the M.Sc in Software Engineering, together comprising a programme of study approved by the Programme Director;

(b) submission of at least four written assignments, corresponding to those modules attended.

The assignments under (b) shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates and tutors.'


(d) Postgraduate Certificate in Software and Systems Security

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1031, after l.6, insert:

'Software and Systems Security

For candidates enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (including the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security and the M.Sc in Software Engineering, and the postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) from October 2008 and subsequently, and available to those who enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (and postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) prior to October 2008 and who have not already been awarded the relevant qualification.

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, in consultation with the Faculty of Computer Science, and the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and classes in the theory and practice of Software and Systems Security. The course may be taken over a period of not less than one year, and not more than two years.

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

(a) attendance at a minimum of four modules, at least three of which chosen from Schedule (a) for the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security, with the fourth chosen from Schedules (a) or (b), together comprising a programme of study approved by the Programme Director;

(b) submission of at least four written assignments, corresponding to those modules attended.

The assignments under (b) shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates and tutors.

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

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

6. The standing committee for the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from attending at, and submitting the written assignment for up to one of the total of four modules required under 3 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.

7. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the assignments under 3 (b) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of 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. No written assignment shall be submitted to the examiners on more than one occasion.'


(e) Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1031, delete ll. 16–21 and substitute:

'For candidates enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (including the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security and the M.Sc in Software Engineering, and the postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) from October 2008 and subsequently, and available to those who enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (and postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) prior to October 2008 and who have not already been awarded the relevant qualification.

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

(a) attendance at a minimum of four modules, chosen from Schedules (a) or (b) of the M.Sc in Software Engineering together comprising a programme of study approved by the Programme Director;

(b) submission of at least four written assignments, corresponding to those modules attended. These shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify to candidates and tutors;

(c) a viva voce examination, unless individually dispensed by the examiners.'


(f) Postgraduate Diploma in Software and Systems Security, and Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, delete from p. 1039, l. 29,, to p. 1041, l. 20, and substitute:

'Postgraduate Diploma in Software and Systems Security

For candidates enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (including the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security and the M.Sc in Software Engineering, and the postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) from October 2008 and subsequently, and available to those who enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (and postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) prior to October 2008 and who have not already been awarded the relevant qualification.

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, in consultation with the Faculty of Computer Science, and the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and classes in the theory and practice of Software and Systems Security. The course may be taken over a period of not less than one year, and not more than three years.

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

(a) attendance at eight modules chosen from those in Schedules A and B for the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security, of which at least six should come from Schedule A, comprising a programme of study approved by the Standing Committee;

(b) submission of eight written assignments based on the modules chosen in 3 (a) above. These shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify to candidates and tutors;

(c) a viva voce examination, unless individually dispensed by the examiners.

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

5. The Standing Committee for the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security shall have the discretion to permit any candidate for the postgraduate diploma to be exempted from submitting up to two of the total of eight 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.

6. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any assignments submitted as part of the course for the Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Software and Systems Security, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, to be submitted for the examination for the Diploma, so long as the choice of assignments complies with the requirements of cll. 3 (a) and (b) above. The corresponding period of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Certificate shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the Diploma.

7. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the Postgraduate Diploma in Software and Systems Security has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Sofware and Systems Security, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, and for that examination has incorporated the assignments submitted for the Postgraduate Certificate into the Postgraduate Diploma, then the Postgraduate Diploma will subsume his or her Certificate.

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners may re-enter the examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure. No written assignment shall be submitted to the examiners on more than one occasion.

Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering

For candidates enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (including the M.Sc in Software and Systems Security and the M.Sc in Software Engineering, and the postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) from October 2008 and subsequently, and available to those who enrolled on the Software Engineering M.Sc Programme (and postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates) prior to October 2008 and who have not already been awarded the relevant qualification.

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, in consultation with the Faculty of Computer Science, and the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The course will consist of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and classes in the theory and practice of Software Engineering. The course may be taken over a period of not less than one year, and not more than three years.

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

(a) attendance at eight modules chosen from those in Schedules (a) and (b) for the M.Sc in Software Engineering, comprising a programme of study approved by the Standing Committee;

(b) submission of eight written assignments based on the modules chosen in 3 (a) above. These shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by such dates as the examiners shall determine and shall notify to candidates and tutors;

(c) viva voce examination, unless individually dispensed by the examiners.

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

5. The Standing Committee for the M.Sc in Software Engineering shall have the discretion to permit any candidate for the postgraduate diploma to be exempted from submitting up to two of the total of eight 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.

6. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any assignments submitted as part of the course for the Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Software and Systems Security, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, to be submitted for the examination for the Diploma. The corresponding period of study undertaken for the Postgraduate Certificate shall be counted towards the maximum period of study for the Diploma.

7. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the Postgraduate Diploma in Software Engineering has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Software Engineering, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Software and Systems Security or the Postgraduate Certificate in Object Technology, and for that examination has incorporated the assignments submitted for the Postgraduate Certificate into the Postgraduate Diploma, then the Postgraduate Diploma will subsume his or her Certificate.

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners may re-enter the examination on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the initial failure. No written assignment shall be submitted to the examiners on more than one occasion.'

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2 Medical Sciences Board

(a) Master of Science in Pharmacology

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

In Examinations Regulations, 2007, p. 785, delete ll. 4–6 and substitute:

'This will consist of the following five taught courses consisting of lectures, seminars, practical classes and tutorials: Cardiovascular, Cell Signalling, Neuropharmacology, Autonomic Pharmacology, Molecular and Pharmacogenetics.'


(b) Degree of Doctor of Medicine

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 972 after l. 39 insert:

'2. Students admitted to the Degree of Doctor of Medicine prior to April 2002 will be given the option of examination under the regulations introduced in April 2002.'

2 Ibid., renumber existing cll. 2–15 as 3–16.

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