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Oxford University Gazette, 27 September 2007: Examinations and Boards

M.Sc in Computer Science 2008

The following changes to courses have been approved for examination in 2007–8.

This notice amends the notice published in the Gazette of 12 July (Vol. 137, p. 1363).

Schedule C

'Domain Theory' will no longer be available.

'Randomised Algorithms' will now be available.

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M.Sc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science

The following changes to courses have been approved for examination in 2007–8.

This notice amends the notices published in the Gazettes of 14 June and 12 July (Vol. 137, pp. 1285 and 1364).

Section A

Schedule II 'Domain Theory' will no longer be available.

Section B

Schedule II 'Randomised Algorithms' will now be available.

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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 and faculty boards will come into effect on 19 October.

1 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

Special Regulations for the Preliminary Examination in Chemistry

Correction to Examination Regulations, 2007

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 111, l. 28, a two and a half hour paper will be set for each of subjects (1), (3) and (4) for candidates in the Preliminary Examination in Chemistry (not two hours, as erroneously stated).

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2 Medical Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Experimental Psychology

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 265, l. 6, delete from 'Failure to satisfy' to l. 9 'concerning Examinations).' and substitute:

'Candidates in category (a) will be deemed to have failed Paper IV. Candidates in category (b) will be deemed to have failed the entire Part I examination.'

2 Ibid., l. 17, delete 'Use of calculators' to l. 18 'concerning Examinations.' and substitute:

'Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations, Part 13.'

3 Ibid., after l. 36 insert as new line:

'Phonetics and phonology'.

4 Ibid., p. 266, l. 40, delete from 'Failure to satisfy' to l. 44 'concerning Examinations).' and substitute:

'Failure to satisfy the requirement to undertake practical work will result in the candidate's final degree classification being lowered by one class. Candidates who fail to submit a portfolio will be deemed to have failed the entire Part II examination.'


(b) Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 472, l. 15, delete 'four' and substitute 'five'.

2 Ibid., p. 473, l. 14, delete from 'All candidates' to the end of the paragraph and substitute:

'All candidates are required to offer Paper IV (one and a half hours), and Paper V (one hour and forty minutes) in the same areas as the five components offered in Papers I–III.'

3 Ibid., delete from l. 37, 'Use of calculators' to l. 38, 'concerning Examinations.' and substitute:

'Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations, Part 13.'

4 Ibid., p. 474, l. 9, delete from 'Failure to satisfy' to l. 12 '14).' and substitute:

'Candidates in category (a) will be deemed to have failed Paper IV. Candidates in category (b) will be deemed to have failed the entire Part I examination.'

5 Ibid., after l. 26 insert as new line:

'Phonetics and phonology'.

6 Ibid., p. 475, l. 12, delete from 'Failure' to l. 15, 'part 14', and substitute:

'Failure to satisfy the requirement to undertake practical work will result in the candidate's final degree classification being lowered by one class. Candidates who fail to submit a portfolio will be deemed to have failed the entire Part II examination.'


(c) M.Sc in Pharmacology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 785, l. 5, delete from 'Details' to end of paragraph.

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3 Continuing Education Board

(a) M.St in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy

With effect from 1 October 2008

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 680, insert:

'Master of Studies in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

1. Course

(a) The course consists of twelve intensive teaching blocks, combining academic teaching, practical skills acquisition, and experiential learning. It is designed to develop knowledge of the theoretical basis of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and of related research and clinical principle, and to develop the competencies required in order to become an effective MBCT practitioner. The course may be taken over a period of not less than two years and not more than four years, subject to the Board of Studies being able to approve an extension of time of not more than three terms.

(b) The course places equal emphasis on critical understanding of theory, on critical appreciation of research, and on candidates' capacity to demonstrate these through evidence of knowledge, understanding and the ability to apply these in practice (including personal experience of insight meditation as well as instructing others in MBCT). Candidates are expected to engage in independent study, to practise what they have learned between teaching sessions, and to receive feedback on what they have done.

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

(a) attendance at a minimum of 80 per cent of forty-two teaching days, spread across two years, and including two residential training retreats of five and seven days' duration;

(b) Written assignments as follows:

(i) two essays of no more than 4,000 words, demonstrating the capacity critically to appraise theory, research and clinical literature relevant to MBCT (Year I);

(ii) one written reflective analysis of personal meditation practice, relating experience to theory, research and clinical principle in no more than 4,000 words (Year I);

(iii) one written assignment describing the development, delivery and evaluation of a programme of MBCT suitable for the student's client group, along with appropriate copies of instructional materials (handouts, guided meditation CDs). This should be of no more than 4,000 words, excluding tables, figures, references, appendices and instructional materials (Year II);

(c) one videotape of an MBCT class, evaluated for adherence to protocol and competence as an instructor (Year II);

(d) one dissertation of no more than 10,000 words on a topic selected by the student, related to the theory and practice of MBCT and related research, and displaying in depth knowledge and understanding, and capacities for investigation, critical analysis, and independent, creative thought (Year II).

Two printed copies of each written assignment under 2 (b) and 2 (d), and one copy of the videotaped MBCT session and accompanying documentation under 2 (c) shall be forwarded to the examiners for consideration by the examiners by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates before the start of the academic year in which the assignment is due.

3. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study.

4. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any of the assignments, including both written assignments under 2 (b) and 2 (d) and videotaped performance under 2 (c), may be permitted to resubmit work in the part or parts of the examination which they have failed for examination on one further occasion only. That is, no assignment may be resubmitted more than once. In addition, candidates may resubmit only two assignments during the course as a whole. Resubmission shall normally be within three months of the original award of marks in Year I, and within one year of the original award of marks for the more substantial assignments in Year II. Approval for deferral must be obtained from the relevant board of studies.

5. The examiners may award a Distinction for the Master of Studies.'


(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

With effect from 1 October 2008

In Examination Regulations, 2007, p. 1037, insert:

'POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PAEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASES

1. Course

The course will consist of lectures, written assignments and online interactive case studies in the field of paediatric infectious disease. The course may be taken on a part-time basis over a period which shall normally be of two years' duration but shall not exceed three years' duration.

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

(a) Active participation, to the satisfaction of the Course Director, in all parts of the modules listed in the Schedule A.

(b) Active participation, to the satisfaction of the Course Director, in all parts of the modules listed in the Schedule B.

(c) A written assignment consisting of either

(i) an audit of clinical practice in paediatric infectious disease of no more than 4,000 words, or

(ii) a case study and literature review of no more than 4,000 words, and

(iii) a short oral presentation.

(d) A written assignment consisting of either:

(i) a dissertation in an area of special interest of no more than 8,000 words, or

(ii) a project report describing a research study in the field of paediatric infectious diseases undertaken by the candidate of no more than 8,000 words written in the style of a scientific paper with abstract, introduction/background, methods, results and conclusions, and

(iii) a short oral presentation.

(e) An examination consisting of multiple choice questions in paediatric infectious diseases covering the topics outlined in the schedule for training in paediatric infectious disease summarised below. P The assignments under 2 (c) and 2 (e) shall be forwarded to the examiners, c/o the 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 assessed work will, in normal circumstances, be submitted through an electronic submission system.

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

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

5. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the assignments under 2 (c)–2 (d) above may normally be permitted to resubmit the written assignment on one occasion only, normally not later than one year after the initial failure. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the examination under 2e above may be permitted to retake the part of parts of the examination which they have failed, on not more than one occasion which will normally be retaken within one year after the original failure.

Schedule A

(i) Module 1: A residential course held annually in Oxford entitled 'Infection and Immunity in Children'.

(ii) Module 2: A second residential course held annually in Oxford entitled 'Infection and Immunity in Children' (with a different course syllabus each year).

(iii) Module 3: The residential PENTA-ESPID training course in paediatric HIV medicine.

(iv) Module 4: Online PENTA-ESPID training course in paediatric HIV medicine.

Schedule B

  • Module 5: ESPID Online Case Rounds—students will be required to actively participate in seven Case Rounds each year for two years.
  • Module 6: PENTA-ESPID (Tr@inforPedHIV) Online Case Discussions in paediatric HIV medicine—students will be required to actively participate in at least two case sessions per year for two years.
  • Module 7: Online multiple choice sessions—students will be required to actively participate in at least three sessions per year for two years.'
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