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Oxford University Gazette, 16 July 2009: Examinations and Boards

Changes in Regulations

The following changes in regulations made by the Education Committee, the Personnel Committee, and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee of Council, and with the approval, where appropriate, of the Education Committee, and, where applicable, of divisional boards, the following changes in regulations made by the Education Committee, the Personnel Committee, the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, and divisional and faculty boards will come into effect on 31 July.

1 Education Committee

Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations

With effect from 1 October 2009

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 39, delete ll. 13–20, and insert:

'(1) Unless any regulation provides otherwise, the use of dictionaries of any kind shall not be permitted in any University Examination.

(2) This regulation shall not apply to candidates whose course of study commenced prior to Michaelmas Term 2009. Such a candidate whose native language is not English and who wishes to take into any examination a bilingual dictionary (covering English and the candidate's native language) must at the time of entering for the examination obtain permission from the Proctors through the Senior Tutor. Permission shall not be given where regulations or examiners' instructions have previously forbidden the use of dictionaries.'

2 Ibid., p. 46, after l. 18, insert new clause (6) and renumber existing clause (6) as (7):

'(6) Where provided for by regulation, submissions must be accompanied by a declaration of authorship and originality. The examiners are under no obligation to mark any submission not so accompanied. This declaration should be in a sealed envelope (which may be included inside the envelope used to hand in the written work). In the event that the Declaration of Authorship is submitted late, the Proctors may recommend that the examiners apply an academic penalty.'

3 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 20, l. 3, after 'University Examination' insert 'for the Second Public Examination'.


2 Education Committee, Personnel Committee, and Planning and Resource Allocation Committee

Regulations on Financial Matters

With effect from 1 October 2009

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 1074, delete ll. 23–41.

Explanatory Note

This change abolishes the provision in the University's fee regulations whereby university employees are able to undertake degree courses while paying fees at a reduced rate; the abolition was proposed because a new policy has been established enabling employees to receive grants towards the cost of any fee-bearing course run by the University or by other bodies. The new policy makes the fee remission regulation redundant.

Some 117 university employees are enjoying the fee concession arrangements. The vast majority of those benefiting from the fee concessionary arrangements are undertaking D.Phils in the department/discipline in which they are employed (all but three of the 117 'student-employees' are in this category, and the rest are undertaking Master's programmes).

The present arrangements distinguish between employees in 'established' posts and others, even though this distinction is now arguably outdated; and the arrangements are restricted to those in full- time posts, which may now be unlawful under sex discrimination law and regulations to prevent discrimination against part-time workers.

Changes are needed both in order to meet the requirements of employment legislation affecting part-time staff and staff on fixed-term contracts, and because of financial difficulties for some of the departments providing courses that are popular among university staff.

Following consultation and approval by the Personnel and Education Committees and the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee, the proposed change abolishes the fee remission regulation and replaces it with a broader personnel policy allowing for staff to receive grants towards the cost of any fee-bearing course run by the University or by other bodies. All 117 staff currently enjoying the fee remission provision will have the equivalent of the remission funded under the new grant arrangements. The policy may be viewed at www.learning.ox.ac.uk/oli.php?page =81.


3 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board

(a) Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, delete from p. 119 l. 22–p. 120, l. 23, and substitute:

'A

1. The subject of the Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences shall be Earth Sciences, including supporting practical techniques and physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.

2. The number of papers and other general requirements of the Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences shall be prescribed by regulation from time to time by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board.

B

1. The Preliminary Examination in Earth Sciences shall consist of 5 compulsory papers taken at one examination, subject to the conditions of cl. 5 below:

(a) Paper 1: Planet Earth

(b) Paper 2: Fundamental of Geology (Theory)

(c) Paper 3: Fundamental of Geology (Practical)

(d) Paper 4: Chemistry, Physics and Biology for Earth Sciences

(e) Paper 5: an approved paper in Mathematics

The syllabus for these papers shall be published annually in the course handbook, not later than the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term for examination three terms thence.

2. In addition to the above five papers a candidate in Earth Sciences shall be required to submit to the examiners such evidence as they require of the successful completion of field work normally pursued during the three terms preceding the examination. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in this regard will be required to sit a further paper, which may only be taken once.

3. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they have:

(a) satisfied the Examiners in the five papers in clause 1 either at a single examination or at two examinations in accordance with clause 5, and provided further that the same number of papers as were failed at the first sitting have been passed at the same attempt at a subsequent examination, and

(b) satisfied the additional requirements in clause 2.

4. The Examiners may award a distinction to candidates of special merit who have satisfied them in all five papers in clause 1 in one examination and in the requirements of clause 2.

5. Candidates who fail in one or two papers listed in clause 1 may offer that number of papers at a subsequent examination. Candidates who fail more than two papers must resit all five papers at a subsequent examination.

6. In the case of candidates who offer all five papers of clause 1, the Examiners shall publish the names only of those who have satisfied them in three or more papers. Candidates whose names do not appear on the pass list must offer five papers at a subsequent examination. In the case of candidates who, in accordance with clause 5, offer one or two papers, the Examiners shall publish the names of only those who have satisfied them in each of the papers offered.

7. The examination conventions of each examination paper listed in clause 1 will be published annually in the course handbook.'


(b) Honour School of Geology/Earth Sciences

With effect from 1 October 2010 (for first Part A1 examination in 2011, first Part A2 examination in 2012, and first Part B examination in 2013)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 261, l. 1, before 'SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR THE HONOUR SCHOOL OF GEOLOGY/EARTH SCIENCES' insert '[Until 2012:'.

2 Ibid, after l. 2, insert:

'For candidates embarking on the Honour School in or before October 2009, taking Part A in or before 2011, and Part B in or before 2012'.

3 Ibid, p. 263, l. 48, after 'discretion.' insert: ']'.

4 Ibid, after p. 263, insert: 'Honour School of Geology/Earth Sciences (new regulations)

SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR THE HONOUR SCHOOL OF GEOLOGY/EARTH SCIENCES

For candidates embarking on the Honour School in or after October 2010, taking Part A1 in or after 2011, Part A2 in or after 2012, and first Part B examination in or after 2013

A

1. The subject of the Honour School of Geology/Earth Sciences shall be the study of the natural science of the Earth in space and time.

2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

3. The examination in this school shall be under the supervision of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, which shall prescribe the necessary regulations. Details of the conventions used by the examiners can be found in the Undergraduate Course Handbook (see B1 below).

4. The examination shall consist of one part of the three-year course in Geology (Part A) and two parts for the four-year course in Earth Sciences (A, B). Part A shall be subdivided into Part A1 (examinations taking place three terms after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination) and Part A2 (examinations taking place six terms after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination).

5. No candidate may present him or herself for examination in Part B unless he or she has been adjudged worthy of at least second class honours by the examiners in Part A.

6. The name of a candidate in either the three-year course or the four-year course shall not be published in a class list until he or she has completed all parts of the respective examination; and in the case of the four-year course, has been adjudged worthy of honours by the examiners in Part A and Part B of the examination. The Examiners shall give due consideration to the performance in all parts of the respective examinations.

7. Part A1 may only be taken once, but no candidate shall be deemed to have failed. The second year mapping project should be submitted at the beginning of the fifth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination, and may not subsequently be modified. A candidate who obtains only a pass, or fails to satisfy the examiners in Part A, may enter again for Part A2 of the examination on one, but no more than one, subsequent occasion. Where a candidate retakes the whole year, the candidate will submit a new third-year essay on a subject approved by the Chairman of the Faculty of Earth Sciences or deputy as set out in section B, Geology (three year course), (ii), below. Where a candidate resits only the examinations, the third-year essay may be resubmitted by the deadline given in the Undergraduate Course Handbook. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in Part A who subsequently enters a second time may not proceed to the fourth year. The fourth-year project should be submitted in the ninth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination, and may not subsequently be modified. The rules for handling the fourth-year project are to be found in the departmental Undergraduate Course Handbook. A candidate who obtains only a pass, or fails to satisfy the examiners in Part B, may not enter again for Part B.

8. A candidate adjudged worthy of Honours in the Second Public Examination for the four-year course may supplicate for the Degree of Master of Earth Sciences, provided that the candidate has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University.

9. A candidate in the final year of the four-year course, adjudged worthy of Honours in Part A, but who does not enter Part B, or who fails to obtain Honours in Part B, is permitted to supplicate for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts in Geology with the classification obtained in Part A; provided that no such candidate may later enter or re-enter the Part B year or supplicate for the degree of Master of Earth Sciences; and provided in each case that the candidate has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University.

10. Candidates will be expected to show skills and knowledge based upon practical work. The examiners will assess practical skills and knowledge by means of practical examinations, and by assessment of practical work done by candidates during their course of study.

B

1. In the following, 'the Course Handbook' refers to the Geology/Earth Sciences Undergraduate Course Handbook, published annually at the start of Michaelmas Term by the Faculty of Earth Sciences and also posted on the Web site at www.earth.ox.ac.uk/undergraduate_ course.

2. The examiners will permit the use of any hand-held calculator, subject to the conditions set out under the heading 'Use of calculators in examinations' in the Regulations for the Conduct of University Examinations and further elaborated in the Course Handbook.

GEOLOGY (THREE-YEAR COURSE)

A candidate shall be required to offer:

(i) Five papers (Part A1), including practical elements, to be taken in week 8 of Trinity Term, in the third term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination; and

(ii) a report on an individual mapping or practical project, the report to be submitted by Monday of week 1 of Hilary Term in the fifth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination; and

(iii) an extended essay, the work to be undertaken in Hilary Term in the fifth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination, and the essay to be submitted by the Monday of week 1 of Trinity Term in the sixth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination. The subject of the essay must have been approved by the Chairman of the Faculty of Earth Sciences or deputy no later than the end of Michaelmas Full Term in the fourth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination; and

(iv) seven papers (Part A2), including practical elements, to be taken in week 5 of Trinity Term in the sixth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination.

The list of subjects and syllabuses available will be published in the Course Handbook.

The Head of Department of Earth Sciences or deputy shall provide the examiners with information showing the extent to which each candidate has satisfactorily completed the practicals and field courses. In addition, practical notebooks containing records of both field and laboratory courses must also be made available to the examiners.

Examiners may take into account these records of practical and fieldwork, in particular with regard to the attendance record of the candidates, and to any marks awarded for assignments, when awarding classes. Material handed in from practical classes will be taken as evidence of attendance.

For candidates whose attendance record is deemed unsatisfactory, the examiners have the discretion to reduce the final degree class of the candidate. Examiners may also take into account evidence of excellent performance in field or practical work when drawing up class boundaries.

Candidates may be examined viva voce at the examiners' discretion.

EARTH SCIENCES (FOUR-YEAR COURSE)

1. The examination shall be in two parts.

2. Part A of the examination shall be the same as the requirements for the three-year course in Geology, and the same conditions, arrangements and examination timings shall apply.

3. Part B of the examination shall be taken at a time not less than three terms after Part A. In Part B a candidate shall be required to offer:

(i) written papers on four subjects, chosen from a list published by the Faculty of Earth Sciences as set out in (4) below, for examination in Trinity Term in the ninth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination, and (ii) either an extended essay, or a report on an advanced practical project or other advanced work, the work to be undertaken in Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity Terms in the seventh, eighth and ninth terms respectively after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination, and the essay or report to be submitted by Friday of week 4 of Trinity Term in the ninth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination. The proposed nature and duration of the practical or other advanced work shall be submitted for approval, by no later than the end of Trinity Full Term in the sixth term after the candidate has passed the First Public Examination, to the Chairman of the Faculty of Earth Sciences or deputy with the agreement of the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences or deputy.

4. The list of subjects and syllabuses for the written papers in 3(i) will be published in the Course Handbook for the academic year in which they are examined. The subjects and syllabuses shall be approved by the Faculty of Earth Sciences with the agreement of the Head of the Department of Earth Sciences or deputy.

5. Candidates may be examined viva voce at the examiners' discretion.'


(c) M.Sc by Coursework in Biology (Integrative Bioscience)

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 691, l. 25, after 'Molecular Biology' insert 'and Bioinformatics'.

2 Ibid., p. 692, l. 26, after 'Molecular Biology' insert 'and Bioinformatics'.

3 Ibid., l. 29, after 'biology' insert 'and bioinformatics'.

4 Ibid., delete from p. 692, l. 45 to p. 693, l. 7, and substitute:

'(i) Presentation skills, verbal and written;

(ii) Career planning, assessing personal skills and values, curricula vitae and interview techniques;

(iii) Exploitation of science: getting ideas to the marketplace, patents, intellectual property rights; the relationship between academic and industrial research; government science policy and research funding;

(iv) Ethical and social issues in science.

Creativity and teamwork are integral components of the learning undertaken during the two research projects. Time management and learning skills are developed as part of the structured timetable of coursework submission deadlines throughout the year.'


4 Social Sciences Board

(a) M.Sc in Drylands, Science and Management

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008, delete from p. 708, l. 15 to p. 709, l. 20.


(b) M.Sc in Public Policy in Latin America

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

In Examination Regulations, p. 761, ll. 26–27, delete 'Friday of the seventh week of the following Trinity Term' and substitute 'the fifth Monday of Trinity Full Term in the calendar year in which the examination is taken'.


5 Board of the Faculty of History

(a) Preliminary Examination in History

With effect from 1 October 2009

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 129, after l. 25 insert '12. The Romance of the People: The Folk Revival from 1760 to 1914.'

2 Ibid., after l. 26 insert '14. The Rise and Crises of European Socialisms: 1881–1921.'

3 Ibid., ll. 26–31, renumber sequence accordingly from 12 to 18.


(b) Final Honour School of History

(i) With effect from 1 October 2009

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 273, ll. 31–32, delete 'and by his or her College History Tutor'.

(ii) With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2011)

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 272, l. 3, delete 'Any candidate may be examined viva voce.'


(c) Honour School of History and Politics

With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2011)

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 285, after l. 28, insert 'Candidates shall offer either one British History paper and one General History paper as specified under sections 2 and 3, or two British History papers or two General History papers'.

2 Ibid., l. 29, delete 'Each candidate shall offer one paper', and insert 'Each candidate may offer one or two papers'.

3 Ibid., l. 31, delete 'the paper' and insert 'one paper'.

4 Ibid., p. 286, l. 4, delete 'Each candidate shall offer one paper' and insert 'Each candidate may offer one or two papers'.

5 Ibid., l. 6, delete 'the paper' and insert 'one paper'.


6 Board of the Faculty of Theology

(a) Certificate and Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies

With effect from 1 October 2009

In Examination Regulations, 2008, after p. 991 insert:

'CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGICAL AND PASTORAL STUDIES

General Regulations

1. The Board of the Faculty of Theology shall have the power to grant the following awards to candidates who have satisfied the conditions prescribed in this section and any further conditions which the board may prescribe by regulation:

Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies

Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies

2. The examinations for these qualifications shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

3. Candidates who have been admitted under such conditions as the Board of the Faculty of Theology shall prescribe, to courses at Blackfriars, Campion Hall, Harris Manchester College, Mansfield College, Regent's Park College, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, St Benet's Hall, St Stephen's House, and Wycliffe Hall may be admitted by the board to the examinations for the above mentioned qualifications, provided that they have paid to the Curators of the University Chest, through their colleges or other institutions, the fees prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix 1).

4. The supervision of the arrangements for the above mentioned qualifications shall be the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee for the Degree of Bachelor of Theology. The committee shall have such powers and duties in respect of the above mentioned qualifications as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board of the Faculty of Theology.

5. Part-time students for the above mentioned qualifications shall in each case be required to pursue their course of study for twice the number of terms required of an equivalent full-time student.

6. On successful completion of the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies, candidates may offer the remaining papers necessary to complete the Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies.

Special Regulations

Admission Requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to have five GCSE passes at grades A–C, one of which must be in English Language, and two passes at Advanced Level (A2); they will normally be expected to meet University residence requirements. Exemptions from these requirements for mature student candidates or those otherwise qualified may be made at the discretion of the B.Th Supervisory Committee. Candidates must demonstrate aptitude and vocation for ministry or other church work.

Course Requirements

Candidates for the Certificate in Theological and Pastoral Studies will take at least four papers at Level 4* from the syllabus as outlined for the Bachelor of Theology, including A1 or A2.

Candidates who have satisfied the examiners in four papers including A1 or A2 may supplicate for the Certificate or may take at least four further papers at Level 5* from the syllabus as outlined for the Bachelor of Theology, including C1 or C4.

Candidates for the Certificate or Diploma in Theological and Pastoral Studies may not transfer to the C.Th or B.Th courses, or to any other University of Oxford degree programme.

Examinations

Examination will take place by continuous assessment within colleges, supervised and moderated by the B.Th Supervisory Committee and a Faculty Board moderator on behalf of the Faculty Board. Two summative pieces of work will be assessed for each paper. These will take the form of two essays or, alternatively, one essay plus one project. Essays at Level 4 should not exceed 2,500 words, and essays at Level 5 should not exceed 3,000 words. Guidelines for the project will be published in the course handbook issued by the Faculty of Theology. In addition to submitting these two moderated pieces of work for each paper, candidates must complete a form, countersigned by a college officer, stating that they have attended the relevant course of instruction and passed the required formative, internally assessed work for that paper.

* As defined in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008).'


(b) Regulations on Financial Matters

With effect from 1 October 2009

In Examinations Regulations, 2008, p. 1069, after l. 21 insert:

 `Certificate and Diploma in Theological 
           and Pastoral Studies                 £50'.

(c) Corrigenda: Special Regulations for the M.St in Theology, Special Regulations for the M.St in Philosophical Theology, and Special Regulations for the M.St in the Study of Religions

Changes in regulations for (a) the M.St in Theology, (b) the M.St in Philosophical Theology, and (c) the M.St in the Study of Religions were published in the Gazette of 26 June, pp. 1307–8.

In each case the regulations were stated to be 'With effect from 1 October 2009 (for first examination in 2010)'. It has now however been decided that the regulations will come into effect on 1 October 2010, for first examination in 2011.

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