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Oxford University Gazette, 13 March 2008: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, 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 28 March.

1 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc in Computer Science

From 1 October 2008 (for first examination in 2009)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 727, ll. 31–2, delete 'by not later than the Friday of eighth week of the Trinity Term in the academic year preceding the examination' and substitute 'by the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination'.

2 Ibid., l. 43, delete 'first Friday in October' and substitute 'Friday of week minus 1 of Michaelmas Term of the following academic year'.

3 Ibid., p. 728, l. 4, delete 'the first Friday in September' and substitute 'Friday of week minus 5 of Michaelmas Term of the following academic year'.

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(b) M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 724, ll. 31–2, delete 'and one copy of supporting material'.

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(c) Honour School of Engineering Science

(i) With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 220, l. 36 delete 'Process scheduling, processor performance, interfacing' and substitute 'Processor performance, interfacing'.


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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 218, l. 46, delete 'and supporting material '.

2 Ibid., l. 49, delete 'and one copy of supporting material'.

3 Ibid., p. 219, l. 3, delete '6,000 words plus twenty-five pages of diagrams, photographs etc.' and substitute 'thirty pages (including all diagrams, photographs, references and appendices). All pages should be numbered, have margins of not less than 20mm all round, and typeface not less than eleven- point with line spacing of no less than 8mm.'


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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 219, l. 48, delete 'Part II Design Project' and substitute 'Part II Project'.

2 In Examination Regulations 2007, p. 219, delete from l. 54, 'The report must' to p. 220, l. 1, 'photographs, etc.' and substitute 'The report must not exceed fifty pages (including all diagrams, photographs, references and appendices). All pages should be numbered, have margins of not less than 20mm all round, and type face not less than eleven-point with line spacing of no less than 8mm.'

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2 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board and Continuing Education Board

(a) M.Sc in Bioinformatics

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007 (as amended by Regulation 6, Gazette, 26 July 2007, pp. 1434–5), delete from p. 717, l. 43, to p. 721, l.35, and substitute:

'M.Sc In Bioinformatics

For those candidates who enrolled on the M.Sc in October 2007 and subsequently

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, jointly 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 must have satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics.

3. Following the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, every candidate must follow for at least three and at most six terms a part- time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Bioinformatics. The number of terms in excess of three taken to complete the study of the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics will count towards the maximum number of terms permitted to complete the study of the M.Sc.

4. The period of study for the M.Sc shall normally be no longer than three years, so long as the total period of study on the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and M.Sc in Bioinformatics, shall be no longer than as follows: a. for candidates who completed both the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics, six years from the commencement of the Postgraduate Certificate; or b. for candidates who were dispensed from the Postgraduate Certificate, four years from the commencement of the Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics.

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

(a) attendance at

(i) two of the Specialised Modules listed in the Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc in Bioinformatics (set out in the regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma, below);

(The two modules must not have been completed previously as part of the Postgraduate Diploma);

(ii) two Project and Dissertation modules: Project and Dissertation I, and Project and Dissertation II. These two modules are formative in preparation for the dissertation set out in (5) (c) below, and are not separately assessed by means of a submission.

Together, the modules attended for the Postgraduate Diploma and the M.Sc should comprise a programme of study approved by the Standing Committee;

(b) two written assignments, one on each of the modules chosen in 5 (a) (i) above;

(c) a dissertation of not more than fifty sides 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 cl. 5 (b) above shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for 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 dissertation set out in cl. 5 (c) shall be forwarded to the Examiners for the M.Sc in Bioinformatics, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and of which they shall notify candidates.

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

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

8. The M.Sc in Bioinformatics, if successfully completed, will subsume a candidate's previously completed Postgraduate Diploma.

9. 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.

10. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from one or both of the written assignments required under 5 (b) above, provided that

a. the candidate has not been dispensed from the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, and

b. the Standing Committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or has appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard, and

c. no candidate may be exempted from more than two of the total of ten written assignments required to be taken for the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and the M.Sc in Bioinformatics from the Foundation Modules of the Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics and the Specialised Modules in the Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc in Bioinformatics.'

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(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1033 (as amended by Regulation 6, Gazette, 26 July 2007, pp. 1434–5), delete ll. 5–42 and substitute:

'Bioinformatics

For candidates who enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma in October 2007 and subsequently

1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, jointly 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. Candidates will normally be expected to have satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics. Applications for dispensation from this requirement will be considered, in exceptional circumstances only, by the Standing Committee. To be dispensed from this requirement, candidates must demonstrate that they have undertaken equivalent study, or have appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard.

3. Candidates must follow for at least three and at most six terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Bioinformatics. For candidates who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, the number of terms in excess of three taken to complete the study of the Postgraduate Certificate will count towards the maximum number of terms permitted to complete the study of the Postgraduate Diploma.

4. The period of study for the Postgraduate Diploma shall normally be no longer than three years, so long as, for candidates who completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, the total period of study on the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics, shall be no longer than four years from the commencement of the Postgraduate Certificate.

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

(a) attendance at four of the modules listed in the Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc in Bioinformatics (below);

(b) four written assignments, one on each of the modules chosen in 5 (a) above.

Together, the modules attended should comprise a programme of study approved by the Standing Committee.

The assessed work set out in cl. 5 (b) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for 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.

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

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

8. The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics, if successfully completed, will subsume a candidate's previously completed Postgraduate Certificate.

9. 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.

10. The Standing Committee shall have the discretion to permit any candidate to be exempted from up to two of the written assignments required under 5 (b) above, provided that

a. the candidate has not been dispensed from the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, and

b. the Standing Committee is satisfied that such a candidate has undertaken equivalent study, or has appropriate work experience to an equivalent standard, and

c. no candidate may be exempted from more than two of the total of eight written assignments required to be taken for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Bioinformatics from the Foundation Modules of the Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics and the Specialised Modules in the Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc in Bioinformatics.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma and M.Sc in Bioinformatics

Specialised Modules

1. Algorithm design and complexity

2. High Throughput Experimental techniques

3. Database Management Systems

4. Microarray Bioinformatics

5. Molecular Evolution

6. Statistical and Population genetics

7. Statistical data mining

8. Statistical genetics

9. Structural Bioinformatics

10. Advanced Functional Genomics

11. Systems Biology

12. Molecular evolution and comparative genomics

13. Proteomics

14. Stochastic Models for Systems Biology

15. Ethics for Biosciences

16. The experimental–Bioinformatics interface—current challenges and emerging solutions

17. Object Orientation

18. Software Testing

19. Extensible Markup Language

20. Any other module as defined by the Programme director and approved by the standing committee

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.'

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(c) Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1023, delete ll. 30–4, and substitute:

'(a) attendance at the four modules in the Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics;

(b) four written assignments, one on each of one on each of the modules in 4 (a) above;'.

2 Ibid., p. 1024, after l. 2 insert:

'Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

Foundation Modules

1. Biology, principles: basic molecular biology

2. Perl Programming for Bioinformatics

3. Statistics for Biosciences

4. The power of Bioinformatics in modern research'.

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3 Continuing Education Board

(a) M.Sc by Coursework

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 708, after l. 2 insert:

 `Experimental               Medical Sciences/
Therapeutics                  Continuing Education'.

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(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1039, l. 4–5, delete 'from a candidate's... with patients/clients;' and substitute 'of hours completed from the candidate's personal therapist;'.

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(c) Postgraduate Certificate in Nanotechnology

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1027, l. 45, delete ' The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, in consultation with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect' and substitute 'The Continuing Education Board shall elect'.

2 Ibid., delete 'standing' and substitute 'steering'.

3 Ibid., p. 1028, ll. 21 and 23, in each place delete 'standing' and substitute 'steering'.

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4 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

M.St in English

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 650, l. 24, delete 'a provisional essay title and'.

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5 Board of the Faculty of History

(a) M.Phil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1117, l. 21, after 'Archaeology' insert ', or, if they already have the required linguistic competence, Byzantine Literature'.

2 Ibid., l. 27, after 'Archaeology' insert ', or Byzantine Literature'.

3 Ibid., p. 1118, l. 13, after 'examination papers', insert ', taken at the end of the candidate's first year'.

4 Ibid., l. 24, after 'three-hour paper', insert ', except for papyrology which is assessed by two 5,000-word essays on distinct aspects of the subject'.

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(b) M.St in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 638, l. 46, after 'Archaeology' insert ', or, if they already have the required linguistic competence, Byzantine Literature'.

2 Ibid., p. 639, l. 3, after 'Archaeology' insert ', or Byzantine Literature'.

3 Ibid., after l. 31, after 'three-hour paper', insert ', except for papyrology which is assessed by two 5,000-word essays on distinct aspects of the subject'.

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(c) M.St in History

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 664, l. 5, after 'Modern European History.', insert 'Candidates are advised that for this paper they are expected to comply with the Regulations for the Master of Philosophy in Modern European History.'

2 Ibid., l. 9, delete 'South'.

3 Ibid., l. 10, delete '(iii)' and substitute '(iv)'.

4 Ibid., after l. 14 insert:

'East Asian History

(iv) History and historiography of modern China'.

5 Ibid., after l. 32 insert:

'East Asian History

Research methods (East Asia)'.

6 Ibid., l. 48, after 'the presentation.' insert 'Note that submission deadlines may differ for those taking an Optional Subject from the Master of Philosophy in Modern European History.'

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(d) M.St in History of Science: Instruments, Museums, Science, Technology

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 708, delete ll. 10–11.

2 Ibid., delete from p. 758, l. 23, to p. 759, l. 43.

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6 Board of the Faculty of Philosophy

M.St in Ancient Philosophy

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

1 In Examination Regulations 2007, p. 631, before l. 22 insert:

     `Ancient Philosophy           Philosophy'.

2 Ibid, p. 636, after l. 31 insert:

'Ancient Philosophy

1. Every candidate must follow for at least three terms a course of instruction in Ancient Philosophy. Candidates will, when they enter for the examination, be required to produce from their society a certificate that they are following such a course.

2. Every candidate shall be required to offer (i) two subjects in Ancient Philosophy; and (ii) a thesis in Ancient Philosophy of 15,000 words.

3. The choice of subjects must be notified on the entry form for the examination, to be submitted by Friday of Fourth Week of Michaelmas Term.

4. The first subject shall be chosen from the list of undergraduate papers in ancient philosophy 0130–0135, as specified in the special regulations for Philosophy in all Honour Schools including Philosophy. The subject will be assessed by one 4,000 word essay on a topic (relevant to the subject) to be chosen by the candidate and approved by the Chair of Examiners no later than Friday of Eighth Week of Michaelmas Term. Two copies of the essay must be submitted to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, by 10 a.m. on Friday of Ninth Week of Hilary Term in the year in which the examination is taken. Essays must be typed or printed.

5. The second subject shall be a dedicated class taught across the Michaelmas and Hilary terms of the year of examination. The Faculty will offer several such 'subject options' from which students might choose, the details of which shall be published in the University Gazette and on the Faculty Web site in Trinity Term preceding the year of examination. The subject will be assessed by two 4,000 word essays on two topics (relevant to the subject) to be chosen by the candidate and approved by the Chair of Examiners no later than Friday of Eighth Week of Michaelmas Term. Two copies of each essay must be submitted to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, by 10 a.m. on Friday of Ninth Week of Hilary Term in the year in which the examination is taken. Essays must be typed or printed.

6. Candidates may not be permitted to offer certain combinations of subjects. Details will be published alongside the list of available subject options in the University Gazette and on the Faculty Web site in Trinity term of the year preceding the year of examination.

7. The reading lists for all subjects will include texts both in the original language and in translation; candidates' readings will be guided by their supervisor(s) according to their level of Ancient Greek. All reading lists will be posted on the Faculty Web site in Trinity Term preceding the year of examination.

8. Candidates must offer a thesis of no more than 15,000 words, exclusive of bibliographical references, on a subject proposed by the candidate in consultation with his or her supervisor and approved by the Graduate Studies Committee in Philosophy. A subject and thesis title must be submitted to the Committee not later than the fifth week of the Hilary Term of the year in which the examination is to be taken. Requests for permission to make later changes to the thesis title should be submitted, with the support of the candidate's supervisor to the Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy as soon as the candidate has decided to seek permission. Two copies of the thesis must be submitted to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG, by 10 a.m. on Friday of Eighth Week of Trinity Term in the year in which the examination is taken. The thesis shall be accompanied by a brief abstract and statement of the number of words it contains (exclusive of bibliographical references). Successful candidates will be required to deposit one copy of the thesis in the Bodleian Library (candidates will also be required to sign a form stating that they give permission for the thesis to be consulted).

9. Candidates who have not delivered the essays or the thesis as prescribed by the due date shall, unless they show exceptional cause, be deemed to have withdrawn from the examination.

10. Each essay shall be the candidate's own work. The candidate may discuss a draft (but not more than one) of each essay with his or her supervisor. The candidate's supervisor may provide bibliographical advice on essays throughout.

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

12. All candidates shall be expected to reach a certain standard in Ancient Greek. Those unable to provide satisfactory evidence of having attained this standard before the point of entry to the course shall be taught Greek and tested towards the end of Trinity Term of the year of examination. Candidates who do not produce the required evidence before the start of the course and who fail the Greek test shall be ineligible for a distinction. The test will take the form of one three-hour paper consisting of passages of Greek which will test knowledge of Attic grammar and competence in translation from Greek into English and will be of a similar character to the Elementary Greek subject under the regulations for the Degree of Master of Studies in Greek and/or Latin Languages and Literature.'

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7 Board of the Faculty of Theology

Doctor of Divinity

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 998, delete ll. 32–5 and substitute:

'2. A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Divinity shall apply to the board through the Secretary of Faculties and shall submit with his application work dealing with some subject or subjects in the area of Theology or the Study of Religions.'

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