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Oxford University Gazette, 22 January 2009: Examinations and Boards

Medical Sciences Board

Final Honour School of Medical Sciences

Students on this course are asked to note that three dates given in the 2008 edition of the Examination Regulations are incorrect.

Page 339, l.1, ll. 20–21: in both instances the reference should be to Trinity rather than Hilary Term.

Page 341, l. 11: the reference should be to Week 5 of Hilary Term rather than Week 1.

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Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, of the Education Committee of Council, and, where applicable, of the Humanities Board, the following changes in regulations made by divisional boards and boards of faculties will come into effect on 6 February.

1 Medical Sciences Board

(a) Honour School of Experimental Psychology

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

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 252, delete ll. 8–13 and renumber cl. 5 as 4.

(b) M.Sc in Radiation Biology

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

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 681, after l. 4 insert:

    `Radiation Biology            Medical Sciences'.
    

2 Ibid., p. 763, after l. 31 insert:

'Radiation Biology

1. The Medical Sciences Board shall elect for the supervision of the course an organising committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The organising committee shall appoint an academic adviser for each candidate.

3. Each candidate shall follow a course of study in Radiation Biology for at least three terms and for a substantial part of the three subsequent vacations, as determined by the course timetable, and produce a certificate from their academic adviser to this effect when they submit their dissertations.

4. Candidates shall be examined in all of the following ways:

(i) Each candidate must pass a qualifying examination at the end of Michaelmas Term. The examination shall be on modules 1–6 in the Schedule. Candidates who fail the qualifying examination once, shall be permitted to take it again in Week 0 of Hilary Term.

(ii) Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners two copies of a typewritten or printed assignment of 3,000 words by noon, Friday of Week 8 of Hilary Term. A choice of assignment titles will be provided to students by Week 8 of Michaelmas Term and will have been approved by the organising committee. The assignment will account for 15 per cent of the final marks.

(iii) Each candidate must pass a three-hour written examination at the end of Hilary Term (normally in week 9). The examination shall be on the modules set out in the Schedule. Candidates who fail the examination once, will be permitted to take it again in Week 0 of Trinity Term. The examination will account for 25 per cent of the final marks.

(iv) Each candidate shall undertake an original laboratory research project of approximately six months. Candidates will be examined on their project in three ways:

a. Each candidate will be required to submit to the examiners three copies of a typewritten or printed research dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) based on the research project. The dissertation must be submitted by a date to be specified by the organising committee and which will be published in the student handbook not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

b. Each candidate will be expected to give a presentation to the examiners and assessors on his or her research project prior to submission of the dissertation.

c. Each candidate will be examined viva voce by the examiners on their dissertation. The dissertation, presentation and viva voce will be given a single grade and account for 60 per cent of the final marks.

5. Candidates must pass the written examination in Hilary Term in order to pass the examination overall. In addition candidates must achieve an overall pass mark on the written assignment and dissertation combined.

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

7. The required written submissions must be sent to the Chairman of Examiners, M.Sc in Radiation Biology, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

8. The examiners shall retain one copy of each dissertation of each successful candidate for deposit in the Radcliffe Science Library.

Schedule

The modules for study will be:

1. Physics and Chemistry of Radiation Action

2. Molecular Radiation Biology

3. Cellular Radiation Biology

4. Whole Body Exposure and Carcinogenesis

5. Radiation Epidemiology

6. Radiation Protection

7. Tumour and Normal Tissue Radiation Biology

8. Tumour microenvironment

9. Principles of Clinical Radiation Biology

10. Applications of Radiation Therapy

11. Translational Radiation Biology

12. Clinical Radiation Biology

13. Imaging Technologies'.

(c) Degrees in Medicine and Surgery

With immediate effect

1 In Examination Regulations, 2008, p. 959, l. 5, delete '(d) to (g)' and substitute '(d) to (f)'.

2 Ibid., delete from l. 10, '(d) Medicine and surgery', to l. 13, 'ethics and law.' and substitute '(d) Communication skills; (e) Evidence-based medicine and Informatics; (f) Medical ethics and law.'

3 Ibid., p. 960, delete from l. 8, 'relevant head of Department', to l. 14, 'Medical Sciences Board.' and substitute 'Director of Clinical Studies that they have attended a course of instruction in Special Study and Clinical Options approved by the Medical Sciences Board.'

4 Ibid., delete from l. 40, 'YEARS 1, 2 AND 3' to p. 961, l. 40, 'his or her instruction.' and substitute:

'YEARS 1, 2, AND 3

Proposals for the assessment of candidates in years 1, 2, and 3 of the examination shall be drawn up by each specialty group, or in the case of year 3 by the Board's Clinical Education Committee and submitted for approval to the Medical Sciences Board, at such times as the Board shall determine. The form or forms of assessment are chosen from among the following: (a) clinical examination including long and short cases; (b) competency check sheets, logbooks, or portfolios; (c) examination and comment (written or viva voce) on specimens; (d) objective structured clinical examinations; (e) poster presentations; (f) case presentations; (g) written tests, which may consist in whole or in part of for example multiple choice questions, short-answer questions, extended matching questions or essays; ( h) case histories and commentaries; (i) prepared essays; (j) viva voce examination; and (k) other tests individually approved by the Board.

In clinical subjects, all assessments shall include a test of clinical competence. In addition, reports on candidates' attendance and general aptitude shown during the course of instruction shall be made by those responsible for the courses and taken into consideration in association with the performance of candidates in the assessment.

A candidate shall be warned (in writing with a copy to the Director of Clinical Studies) by those responsible for the course in question before the assessment takes place, if his or her attendance and general aptitude are such as seems likely to jeopardise his or her chances of passing the assessment.

The first assessment of candidates shall be carried out during or at the conclusion of each component of the course by the staff, as appointed by the head of the relevant department, or, in the case of year 3, by the examiners and/or assessors. Examiners may request extension or additional tests to decide whether a candidate shall be deemed to have passed. Candidates in Years 1, 2 and 3 shall be permitted a maximum of three attempts to pass an assessment.

It shall be the responsibility of the staff concerned, under the supervision of the divisional board, to give the candidates and the relevant examiners reasonable notice of the dates on which the assessment will be made, to decide on the outcome of each assessment, and to keep departmental records of each assessment. A candidate should not normally be assessed exclusively by staff members who have been responsible for his or her instruction.

YEARS 1 AND 2

A candidate in years 1 and 2 who fails to reach a satisfactory standard in any part of the assessment at the first attempt may offer himself or herself for reassessment on one further occasion and will only be required to be reassessed in those parts of the assessment they have failed. If a candidate fails to reach a satisfactory standard at the second attempt in any part of the assessment, the head of department concerned, or his/her deputy, shall require the candidate to be reassessed in the part of the assessment previously failed after completing the necessary coursework; this assessment shall be carried out and adjudged by the staff appointed by the relevant head of department and in the presence of an external examiner. In the event that a candidate's performance is judged to be unsatisfactory at this third attempt then his or her name shall be removed from the Register of Clinical Students subject to appeal by the Medical Sciences Board.

YEAR 3

A candidate in year 3 who fails to reach a satisfactory standard in the first attempt in any part of the assessment in medicine and surgery will be deemed, normally, to have failed the complete assessment and may offer himself or herself for reassessment on one further occasion. This reassessment will be in the presence of an external examiner. A candidate in this position will usually be required to offer himself or herself for reassessment in all parts of the assessment, unless the examiners specifically direct that there be reassessment only in the part or parts in which the candidate has failed to achieve a satisfactory standard. If a candidate fails to reach a satisfactory standard at the second attempt in any part of the assessment, then the candidate shall be deemed to have failed the complete assessment. The examiners shall require the candidate to be reassessed after completing the necessary coursework; this assessment shall be carried out and adjudged by the examiners, which shall include an external examiner. In the event that a candidate's performance is judged to be unsatisfactory at this third attempt then his or her name shall be removed from the Register of Clinical Students subject to appeal by the Medical Sciences Board.'

5 Ibid., p. 961, l. 51, delete 'assessment of the year 1 special study attachment.' and substitute 'assessments in year 1.'


2 Boards of the Faculties of Theology and Oriental Studies

Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies

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

1. In Examination Regulations, 2007, after p. 492, insert:

'SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR THE HONOUR SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND ORIENTAL STUDIES

A.

1. The subjects of the Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies shall be 1 Theology and 2 Oriental Studies. All candidates must offer both 1 and 2.

2. The Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies shall be under the joint supervision of the Boards of the Faculties of Theology and of Oriental Studies, which shall appoint a standing joint committee to make, and to submit to the two boards, proposals for regulations concerning the examination.

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

4. The Public Examiners in this School shall be such of the Public Examiners in the Honour Schools of Theology and of Oriental Studies as may be required, together with any additional examiners who may be required who shall be nominated by the committee for the nomination of Public Examiners in one or both of those Honour Schools as appropriate.

B.

1. In the Honour School, candidates will take eight papers, of which at least three and not more than five must be taken in Theology, and at least three and not more than five must be taken in Oriental Studies. One paper will be examined in the form of a dissertation. Completion of an application form will be required for the approval of the subject of the dissertation, indicating the paper for which it is substituting. In all cases the regulations that apply to the dissertation will be the Theology regulations, except for the date for submission of the title for approval, which will be sixth week in Hilary Term of Year 2.

Candidates should in general aim at a length of 10,000 words, but must not exceed 15,000 words (both figures inclusive of notes and appendices, but excluding bibliography). Prior approval of the subject of the dissertation must be obtained from the relevant Faculty Board, which must be sought not later than Friday in the fourth week of Trinity Full Term in the year preceding the examination. The request for approval should be addressed to the relevant Faculty Board Secretary using the application form available from the relevant Faculty Office. The application should include, in about 100 words, an explanation as to how the topic will be treated, and a brief bibliography. The candidate is advised to have an initial discussion with his or her supervisor regarding the proposed field of study, the sources available, and the method of presentation. He or she should have further discussions with his or her supervisor during the preparation of the dissertation. His or her supervisor may read and comment on drafts of the dissertation.

Every candidate shall sign a letter declaring the dissertation to be his or her own work and that it has not already been submitted (wholly or substantially) for a final honour school other than one involving Theology or Oriental Studies, or another degree of this University, or a degree of any other institution. This letter, which can be found in the Course Handbook or collected from the relevant Faculty Office, shall be presented together with the dissertation. No dissertation shall, however, be ineligible because it has been or is being submitted for any prize of this University.

The candidate must submit two typed copies of the dissertation (bound or held firmly in a stiff cover), addressed to the Chairman of the Examiners, Honour School of Theology and Oriental Studies, Examination Schools, Oxford not later than noon on the Friday of the eighth week of Hilary Term in the academic year in which he or she is presenting himself or herself for examination. The letter of declaration signed by the candidate must be submitted separately in a sealed envelope addressed to the Chairman of the Examiners at the above address at the same time as the copies are submitted.

2. Candidates who offer some papers in Oriental Studies will be precluded from taking papers in Theology that have a similar content. A list of combinations of papers that are not permitted will be published in the course handbook two years before the examination.

1. Theology

Candidates will be required to offer

either: God and Israel in the Old Testament (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 1)

or The Gospels and Jesus (with special reference to the gospels of Matthew and John) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 2)

and either: The Development of Doctrine in the Early Church to ad 451 (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 4)

or God, Christ and Salvation (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 4)

and may take up to three other papers chosen from the Theology FHS.

2. Oriental Studies

The Oriental Studies papers may be chosen from any one of the following sections: 1 Buddhism, 2 Eastern Christianity, 3 Hinduism, 4 Islam, and 5 Judaism.

Choice and availability of options. It cannot be guaranteed that teaching will be available on all papers in every academic year. Similarly, the choice of subject for the dissertation will necessarily depend upon availability of a suitable supervisor. Candidates should therefore consult with their tutors about the availability of teaching when selecting their optional and dissertation subjects.

Approval of choice of options. Applications for the approval of all options and papers must be submitted to the Undergraduate Studies Committee of the Faculty Board of Oriental Studies by Monday of the sixth week of Hilary Term in the academic year preceding that in which the examination is taken.

1. Buddhism

1. Pali or Tibetan language

either (a) Introduction to a Buddhist canonical language: Pali

or (b) Introduction to a Buddhist canonical language: Tibetan

2. Pali texts or second Tibetan language paper

either (a) Set texts in a Buddhist canonical language: Pali

or (b) Set texts in a Buddhist canonical language: Tibetan

3. Early Buddhist Doctrine and Practice (Buddhism I) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 1)

4. Buddhism in History and Society (Buddhism II) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 19)

5. Further Buddhist texts

either (a) Further Buddhist texts: Pali

or (b) Further Buddhist Texts: Tibetan

Candidates will be required to take paper 1 and up to four other papers.

2. Eastern Christianity

1. Armenian or Syriac language

2. Early Armenian theological and ecclesiastical texts or Early Syriac Christianity (Armenian as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES, Armenian, A. Classical Armenian, Paper 2. Prepared religions texts; Early Syriac Christianity as for FHS Theology Paper 32)

3. Armenian historical texts or Syriac biblical and exegetical texts (Armenian as for FHS Oriental Studies, ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES, Armenian, A. Classical Armenian, Paper 3. Prepared historical and other texts, but excluding essay questions on literature, etc)

4. Armenian or Syriac poetry (Armenian as for FHS Oriental Studies, ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES, Armenian, A. Classical Armenian, Paper 3. Prepared historical and other texts, but excluding essay questions on literature, etc)

5. Armenian Christology and the development of doctrine or Syriac theology and mystical texts Candidates will be required to take paper 1 and up to four other papers.

3. Hinduism

1. Sanskrit language and texts I

2. Sanskrit language and texts II

3. Brahminism (Hinduism I) (as for the Honour School of Theology Paper 20)

4. Texts on the nature of dharma

5. Vedic religion and Brahmanism

6. Shaiva Doctrine and Practice Candidates will be required to take papers 1, 2 and 3, and up to two other papers.

4. Islam

1. Translation from Classical Arabic

2. Islamic Texts (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES, Arabic Paper 3. Additional Arabic: Islamic texts)

3. Hadith (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 7. i)

4. Medieval Sufi thought (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 7. ix)

5. A modern Islamic thinker (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 7. xvi)

6. Topics in Islamic Law (The Honour School of Oriental Studies, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Paper 9 iv)

Candidates will be required to take papers 1 and 2 and may take up to three other papers. Teaching may not be available for all of papers 3–6 in every year.

5. Judaism

1. Classical Jewish Texts and Language

2. Second Temple Judaism (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section II. (e))

3. The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism (as for the Honour School of Theology, The Formation of Rabbinic Judaism (Judaism 1), Paper 14)

4. History of Jewish–Christian Relations (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section IV. (o))

5. History of Jewish–Muslim Relations (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section IV. (q))

6. History of Jewish Bible Interpretation (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section IV. (q))

7. Modern Judaism (as for the Honour School of Oriental Studies, Jewish Studies, b. Section V. (v))

Candidates will be required to take paper 1 and up to four other papers. Lists of set texts will be published in the handbook.'

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