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Oxford University Gazette, 27 November 2008: Examinations and Boards

Reappointments

Social Sciences Division

UNIVERSITY LECTURER

R.N.E. BARTON, BA Birm, D.PHIL Oxf, DEA Bordeaux, Fellow of Hertford College. In Palaeolithic Archaeology. From 1 October 2008 until the retiring age.
Conferment of title. On behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, the Vice-Chancellor has conferred the title of Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology on Dr Barton.


UNIVERSITY LECTURER (CUF)

G. CAPOCCIA, BA MA Rome, PH.D Florence, Fellow of Corpus Christi College. In Comparative Government. From 1 October 2008 until the retiring age.
Conferment of title. On behalf of the Recognition of Distinction Committee, the Vice-Chancellor has conferred the title of Professor of Comparative Government on Dr Capoccia.

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Changes in Regulations

With the approval, where applicable, of the Education Committee of Council, the following changes in regulations made by divisional boards and the Continuing Education Board will come into effect on 12 December.

1 Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board and Continuing Education Board

(a) M.Sc in Mathematical Finance

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008, delete from p. 742, l. 42, to p. 744, l. 6, and substitute:

'1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Every candidate must follow for at least seven and at most twelve terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Mathematical Finance.

3. Every candidate must normally:

(a) attend four modules from Section A, and three from Section B, of the Schedule below. Candidates may, in exceptional circumstances, and with the permission of the Standing Committee, be exempt from attendance at part of module 1;

(b) submit four assignments, one on each of the modules in Section A of the Schedule. These assignments will be assessed formatively and will not contribute towards the final award.

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

(a) a three-hour written examination, covering material relevant to modules 1 to 4 in Section A of the Schedule;

(b) three assignments chosen from the advanced modules in Section B of the Schedule. Assignments should be of no more than ten sides of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes and bibliography);

(c) a dissertation of not more than fifty sides of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes and bibliography), on a subject selected by the candidate in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the Standing Committee.

The assignments under clause 4(b) above shall usually be submitted electronically, in accordance with details given in the handbook for the M.Sc, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates. The dissertation under (c) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates. Any candidate who is unable, for some reason, to submit work electronically must apply to the Standing Committee for permission to submit the work in paper form to the examiners c/o the above. Such applications must reach the Standing Committee two weeks before the deadline for submitting the work.

5. For candidates who have previously registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance, the requirements set out in 4(a) and (b) above shall be satisfied in part or in total by:

(a) the written examination taken under 5(a) of the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma;

(b) the assignments submitted under 5(b) of the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma;

(c) any assignments submitted under 5(d) of the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma; provided that normally no more than eighteen months may elapse between the latest deadline for submission of any assignment under this provision and the first day of the first term of admission to M.Sc status.

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

7. The examiners may award a distinction to candidates for the M.Sc.

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examination under 4(a), the assignments under 4(b) or the dissertation under 4(c) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed. In the case of the written examination, this shall normally be on the occasion of the written examination next following; in the case of assignments or the dissertation, the work shall normally be resubmitted within one year of the decision of the examiners.

9. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the M.Sc in Mathematical Finance has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma, then the subsequent award will subsume his or her previous award.

Schedule

Section A: Core Modules

Modules 1 to 4 shall be offered each year.

Module 1: Mathematical and Technical Prerequisites

Module 2: Black Scholes Theory

Module 3: Extensions of the Black-Scholes Framework

Module 4: Exotic Options and Advanced Modelling Techniques

Section B: Advanced Modules

The Standing Committee shall approve the content of at least three advanced modules to be given each year which shall be made known to students by the end of Week Eight of the Trinity Term in the calendar year in which the written examination is taken.'


(b) Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008, delete from p. 1014, l. 20 to p. 1015, l. 10, and substitute:

'1. The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board, jointly with the Continuing Education Board, shall elect for the supervision of the course a Standing Committee which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. Every candidate must follow for at least five and at most eight terms a part-time course of instruction in the theory and practice of Mathematical Finance.

3. The subjects of the course will consist of all four modules listed in Section A of the Schedule for the M.Sc in Mathematical Finance and one module chosen from Section B of the Schedule.

4. Every candidate must normally:

(a) attend four modules from Section A of the Schedule and one from Section B. Candidates may, in exceptional circumstances, and with the permission of the Standing Committee, be exempt from attendance at part of module 1;

(b) submit four assignments, one on each of the modules in Section A of the Schedule. These assignments will be assessed formatively and will not contribute towards the final award;

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

(a) a three-hour written examination, covering material relevant to modules 1 to 4 in Section A of the Schedule;

(b) one assignment chosen from the advanced modules in Section B of the Schedule. The assignment should be of no more than ten sides of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes and bibliography);

(c) a project report of no more than twenty-five sides of A4 in length (excluding tables, appendices, footnotes and bibliography), on a topic approved by the Standing Committee.

(d) With the permission of the Standing Committee, a candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma may attend one or two additional advanced modules from Section B of the Schedule and may submit the associated assignment(s), to be counted towards the requirements for the M.Sc in Mathematical Finance if the candidate is later accepted onto the M.Sc, subject to the provisions of the regulations for the M.Sc.

The assignments under clauses (b) and (d) shall usually be submitted electronically, in accordance with details given in the handbook for the Postgraduate Diploma, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates. The project report under (c) shall be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, for consideration by such date as the examiners shall determine and shall notify candidates. Any candidate who is unable, for some reason, to submit work electronically must apply to the Standing Committee for permission to submit the work in paper form to the examiners c/o the above. Such applications must reach the Standing Committee two weeks before the deadline for submitting the work.

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

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

8. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the written examination under 5(a), the assignment under 5(b), or the project report under 5(c) may be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed. In the case of the written examination, this shall normally be on the occasion of the written examination next following; in the case of assignments or the project report, the work shall normally be resubmitted within one year of the decision of the examiners.'

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2 Social Sciences Board

M.Sc in Medical Anthropology

With immediate effect

In Examination Regulations, 2008, p.747, delete ll. 9–42 and substitute:

'1. Concepts of disease, illness, health and medicine in global perspective The scope of this paper includes discussion of cross-cultural concepts of health, disease, sickness, pain, illness causation, diagnosis and treatment, from conjoined sociocultural perspectives and human ecology. It explores metaphor and narrative at the interface of biological and cultural processes, the distribution of disease patterns in the light of environmental change, social inequality, global mobility and marginality, and the coexistence of conventional, alternative and traditional health systems.

2. Theory and practice of bio-medicine and of other medical systems The scope of this paper includes issues of public health and policy on a comparative and global basis. It draws on ethnographies of particular societies to illustrate and test theoretical claims in medical anthropology. It discusses infectious diseases, specific health campaigns, evolutionary trends and life histories, alongside culturally defined concepts of risk, vulnerability, fate, evil, pollution, divination, religion and shamanism.

3. Critical medical anthropology The scope of this paper comprises ecological and socio-cultural perspectives, and explores links to other fields and disciplines, including the place of material culture in medicine. It includes a critique of basic assumptions and methods in medical anthropology and consideration of the concept of well-being as being broader than conventional concepts of health. Themes for discussion include the phenomenology of the body, growth and personhood, gender, ageing and dying, notions of resistance and resilience, relationships between biodiversity and adaptability, reproduction and fertility, and nutrition.

4. Option paper Candidates must select one option paper from those taught each year for the M.Sc in Social Anthropology. Titles of options will be made at the beginning of each academic year, and candidates may select their option from any of Lists A, B or C.'

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