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Oxford University Gazette, 26 June 2008: Examinations and Boards

M.Sc in Neuroscience 2008–9

Qualifying Examination: Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Oral presentation of Project 1: Friday, 3 April 2009

Submission of Dissertation 1: Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Poster presentation of project 2: Friday, 7 August 2009

Submission of dissertation 2: Friday, 21 August 2009

Viva voce examinations: Wednesday, 9 September, and Thursday, 10 September 2009

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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 and faculty boards will come into effect on 11 July.

1 Humanities Board and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

(a) Special Regulations for the Honour School of Mathematics and Philosophy

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 351, l. 23, after 'of at most 5,000 words.' insert 'No essay shall exceed this word limit, which includes all notes and appendices, but not the bibliography. The word count should be indicated on the front of the essay. There shall be a select bibliography or a list of sources. All essays must be typed in double spacing on one side of quarto or A4 paper, with footnotes rather than endnotes.'

(b) Special Regulations for the Honour School of Physics and Philosophy

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 464, l. 9, after 'of at most 5,000 words.' insert 'No essay shall exceed this word limit, which includes all notes and appendices, but not the bibliography. The word count should be indicated on the front of the essay. There shall be a select bibliography or a list of sources. All essays must be typed in double spacing on one side of quarto or A4 paper, with footnotes rather than endnotes.'


2 Social Sciences Board

(a) M.Phil in Economics

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 542, l. 16, delete 'Advanced Economic Theory' and substitute 'Advanced Microeconomics'.

(b) M.Phil in Migration Studies

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, delete from p. 576, l. 46, to p. 577, l. 5, and substitute:

'Assessment of this paper shall take place in the form of coursework. Candidates shall submit a portfolio consisting of copies of all coursework to the Examination Schools no later than 12 noon on Tuesday of the fifth week of the Trinity Term of the course, accompanied by a statement that the coursework is the candidate's own work except where otherwise indicated.'

2 Ibid., p. 577, l. 37, delete 'fifth' and substitute 'second'.

3 Ibid., p. 578, l. 12, delete 'essays take' and substitute 'essay takes'.

4 Ibid., line 18, delete 'inc.' and substitute 'including'.

5 Ibid., l. 20, delete 'Hilary' and substitute 'Michaelmas'.

6 Ibid., l. 34, delete 'notes,'.

(c) M.Sc in Contemporary India

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 707, after l. 24 insert:

 `Contemporary India           Social Sciences'.

2 Ibid., p. 729, after l. 6 insert:

'Contemporary India

1. Each candidate will be required to follow a course of instruction in Contemporary India for three terms.

2. Candidates will be required to present themselves for examination in two compulsory papers in Themes in Contemporary India at the end of Trinity Term of the year of registration

3. In addition, all candidates will be required to undertake the following assessment:

(i) Research Methods for Asian Studies: candidates will submit three short exercises by Friday of eighth Week of Michaelmas Term and one research proposal of 2,500 words by Monday of Eighth Week of Hilary Term.

(ii) Critical theory/epistemology essay: one 5,000 word essay on a topic in comparative theory, epistemology or historiography to be submitted no later than 12 noon on the Friday of the third week of Trinity Term in the year in which the examination is taken.

(iii) One 10,000 word dissertation: the title of the dissertation must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies not later than 12 noon on Friday of Eighth Week of Michaelmas Full Term. The dissertation must be submitted not later than 12 noon on Friday of Sixth Week of Trinity Full Term in the year in which the examination is taken. The dissertation must be accompanied by a statement that the dissertation is the candidate's own work except where otherwise indicated.

Two typewritten or word processed copies of each of the items of written work detailed in 3 (i)–(iii) above must be delivered to the Head of Examinations and Assessments, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Sc in Contemporary India, c/o the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford at the times and days specified.

4. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion within six terms of his or her initial registration. The Candidate will be permitted to resubmit the same item of items of written work that reached a satisfactory standard.

5. Candidates may be required to attend an oral examination on any part of the examination.

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

Schedule

The structure of the course is as follows:

(a) Core course in Themes in Contemporary India

i. Politics, international relations and political economy

ii. Society and culture, human development and environment

(b) Core course in Research Methods for Asian Studies'.

(d) M.Sc in Major Programme Management

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 708, after l. 18 insert:

 `Major Programme Management            Social Sciences'.

2 Ibid., p. 766, after l. 44 insert:

'Major Programme Management

1. Candidates will follow for six terms (part time), a programme of instruction in Major Programme Management and will, when entering for the examination, be required to produce a certificate to this effect from a supervisor of the M.Sc in Major Programme Management appointed for the purpose.

2. The programme will consist of seven compulsory courses, as prescribed in the schedule, two elective courses and a dissertation of 10,000 words. Candidates must satisfy the examiners in the assessment (assignment/practical work) associated with each component. Modes of assessment and submission dates will be published by the M.Sc Director and distributed to all candidates in the first week of the Michaelmas Term of the year in which the assessment takes place. The dissertation should demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate, implement and present a project in the area of Major Programme Management. Two typewritten copies of the dissertation, not exceeding 10,000 words in length (including endnotes, appendices, tables, but excluding references), must be submitted to the Examination Schools and addressed to the Chairman of Examiners for the M.Sc in Major Programme Management, c/o the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford, by noon on the first Monday of September in the calendar year in which the examination is taken.

3. Candidates who fail to satisfy the Examiners in the assessment of any one of the components may retake/resubmit the failed assessment only once, by Week 0 of Hilary Term of the year following the original submission. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the dissertation may resubmit it on one, but no more than one, occasion which shall be by Week 10 of the Hilary Term in the following year.

4. The Examiners may choose to examine any candidate or group viva voce.

5. The Examiners may award a distinction for overall excellence in the examination.

Schedule of Core Courses

(i) Designing and Managing Successful Programmes

(ii) Systems Engineering

(iii) Financial Management

(iv) Contract Management

(v) Research Methods

(vi) Managing Performance

(vii) Globalisation and Major Programmes'.

(e) M.Sc in Modern Chinese Studies

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 708, after l. 36 insert:

 `Modern Chinese Studies                Social Sciences'.

2 Ibid., p. 779, after l. 8 insert:

'Modern Chinese Studies

1. Each candidate will be required to follow a course of instruction in Modern Chinese Studies for three terms.

2. Candidates will present themselves for examination in the core course Modern Chinese Politics and Society at the end of Hilary Term. Candidates who satisfy the examiners in this compulsory paper will be permitted to submit a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic.

3. Candidates will either

i. Elect an examination paper offered as part of option courses from the M.Sc in Modern Chinese Studies or from another Master's (M.Phil, M.Sc, or M.St) degree programme in the University. A list of papers approved for this purpose by the Modern Chinese Studies Management Committee will be available from the Course Director. Students are free to elect any one of these papers in consultation with their supervisor, and must do so by filling out the examination entry form. The examiners may, at their discretion, either require candidates to sit the standard examination paper for this elective paper, or set a paper specifically for students on the M.Sc in Modern Chinese Studies.

ii. Or elect the Upper Intermediate Chinese Language paper and the oral examination at the end of Trinity Term. The written language paper will comprise a translation into Chinese, a comprehension exercise and a translation into English. The oral examination will consist of two parts: a comprehension test and an individual test. Full details of the oral examination will be provided in the course handbook.

4. Candidates who have elected the Upper Intermediate Chinese Language option course will be required to submit translation and comprehension course work throughout the academic year. Full details and submission dates will be provided in the course handbook.

5. In addition, all candidates will be required to undertake the following assessment:

(i) Research Methods for Asian Studies: candidates will submit three short exercises by Friday of Eighth Week of Michaelmas Term and one research proposal of 2,500 words by Monday of Eighth Week of Hilary Term.

(ii) One 10,000 word dissertation: the title of the dissertation must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies not later than 12 noon on Friday of the first week of Hilary Term in the academic year in which the examination is taken. The dissertation must be submitted not later than 12 noon on Friday of Eighth Week of Trinity Term in the academic year in which the examination is taken. The dissertation must be accompanied by a statement that the dissertation is the candidate's own work except where otherwise indicated.

Two typewritten or word processed copies of each of the items of written work detailed in 2 (i)–(ii) above must be delivered to the Examination Schools, addressed to the Chair of Examiners for the M.Sc in Modern Chinese Studies, c/o the Head of Examinations and Assessments, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford at the times and days specified.

6. A candidate who fails the examination will be permitted to retake it on one further occasion within six terms of his or her initial registration. The Candidate will be permitted to resubmit the same item or items of written work that reached a satisfactory standard.

7. Candidates may be required to attend an oral examination on any part of the examination.

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

Schedule

The structure of the course is as follows:

(a) Compulsory Core course on Modern Chinese Politics and Society

(b) Compulsory Core course in Research Methods for Asian Studies

(c) Elective paper: Candidates must EITHER choose a paper from a list published annually by the Modern Chinese Studies Management Committee OR, with permission of the student's supervisor, elect the Upper Intermediate Chinese Language option.'


3 Board of the Faculty of English Language and Literature

(a) Honour School of English Language and Literature

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 246, delete ll. 38–41.

2 Ibid., l. 46, after 'Examination in English.' insert 'The papers will be of three hours' duration, unless otherwise specified.'

3 Ibid., p. 251, l. 27, after '(one paper' insert 'of three hours' duration with an additional fifteen minutes' reading time'.


4 Boards of the Faculties of English and Literature and Medieval and Modern Languages

Honour School of English and Modern Languages

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 242, delete l. 19.


5 Boards of the Faculties of English Language and Literature and History

Honour School of History and English

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 296, ll. 43–4, delete 'Any candidate may be examined viva voce.'

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