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Oxford University Gazette, 5 February 2009: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, of the Education Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by the Social Sciences Board will come into effect on 20 February.

Social Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc in Educational Research Methodology

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 712, delete ll. 42–4 and substitute:

'3. The examination shall be in three parts as follows:

Part 1A Paper 1A, which will be examined by a coursework assignment (Foundations of Educational Research Assignment 1), as prescribed in cl. 4 below;

Part 1B (i) Paper 1B, which will be examined by a coursework assignment (Foundations of Educational Research Assignment 2), as prescribed in cl.4 below;'.

2 Ibid., p. 713, delete ll. 43–7 and substitute:

'10. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have satisfied the examiners in Part IA, Part IB and Part II provided that candidates must pass Part IA and Part IB before submitting a dissertation for Part II. Students failing an essay submitted for Part IA or for Part 1B will have the opportunity to resubmit one failed assignment, under the following conditions: only one assignment may be resubmitted during the year by any one student. The maximum mark allowable for a resubmitted assignment shall be limited to 65 per cent. Late submissions cannot be resubmitted. At the close of the examination in Part IA, and at the close of the examination in Part 1B, the examiners shall publish a list of candidates who have satisfied them in that part of the examination.'


(b) M.Sc in Education

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, delete from p. 714, l. 40, to p. 715, l. 7 and substitute:

'2. The examination shall be in three parts as follows:

Part 1A Candidates in the subjects Comparative and International Education, Higher Education, and e-Learning will be required to complete the coursework assessment for Foundations of Educational Research (Assignment 1) (as specified for the M.Sc in Educational Research Methodology (paper (i)). Candidates in the subject e-Learning will also be required to offer paper (vi) as set out in the Schedule below.

Part 1B Candidates in the subjects Comparative and International Education and Higher Education will undertake a combination of written assignments and examination. Candidates in the subject e-Learning will be examined by written assignments only.

Candidates in the subject Comparative and International Education will be required to complete the coursework assessment for Foundations of Educational Research (Assignment 2) (as specified for the M.Sc in Educational Research Methodology (paper (i)) and to offer papers (ii) and (iii) as set out in the Schedule below. Candidates in the subject Higher Education will be required to complete the coursework assessment for Foundations of Educational Research (Assignment 2) (as specified for the M.Sc in Educational Research Methodology (paper (i)) and to offer papers (iv) and (v) as set out in the Schedule below. Candidates in the subject e-Learning will be required to complete the coursework assessment for Foundations of Educational Research (Assignment 2) (as specified for the M.Sc in Educational Research Methodology (paper (i)) and to offer paper (vii) as set out in the Schedule below.'

2 Ibid., l. 34, delete 'Part I' and substitute 'Part 1A or Part 1B'.

3 Ibid., delete ll. 45–9 and substitute:

'5. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have satisfied the examiners in Part IA, Part IB and Part II provided that candidates must pass Part IA and Part IB before submitting a dissertation for Part II. Students failing an essay submitted for Part IA or for Part 1B will have the opportunity to resubmit one failed assignment, under the following conditions: only one assignment may be resubmitted during the year by any one student. The maximum mark allowable for a resubmitted assignment shall be limited to 65 per cent. Late submissions cannot be resubmitted. At the close of the examination in Part IA, and at the close of the examination in Part 1B, the examiners shall publish a list of candidates who have satisfied them in that part of the examination.'

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