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Examinations

Final Examination marks constitute 60% of the final semester mark, while Midterm Examinations and assignments (when applicable) constitute the 35% and participation, attendance the 5%.

The pass mark is set at 50%.

The Midterm examinations are based on material covered during a given period and are set towards the end of November in the case of Fall semesters, the end of March in the case of Spring semesters, and the end of July in the case of summer sessions.

These take place during lesson time and take no more than two study periods to complete.

Final examinations are based on material covered throughout the semester. The dates for these are set down on the academic calendar. The Final Examinations have duration of three hours for Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees and Master Degrees.

Lecturers have the academic freedom if they wish to give additional assignments as part of the assessment. The percentage of the assignments is maximum 10% out of the total of 35%.

Final examination marks are combined with the marks from the Midterm examinations, participation and assignments (when applicable) to produce the final mark for the semester.

The final evaluation for a graduate student may include a period of internship and a final project. Towards the end of each semester, the Academic Committee gathers all the above data and decides on whether a student is entitled to graduate from his/her programme of study.

EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

 Students: 

  •  Must arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the examination. 
  •  Should bring students ID cards, pens, pencils, other stationery and equipment they need for their  examinations.
  •  Must use  non-programmable calculators
  •  Are not allowed to leave the examination room during the first 45 minutes after commencement of the  examination
  •  Are not allowed to leave the examination room anyway without approval.  If they have to leave due to a result  of illness or other serious problem, they can only do so under prober escort.
  •  Are not accepted in the examination room 30 minutes after the commencement of the examination
  •  Are not allowed to bring food, drinks into the examination room.  Only water is allowed.
  •  Are not allowed to use mobile phones in the examination room

 Eligibility to take the exams is dependent on:

  • Attendance of at least 70% throughout the semester
  • Full payment of tuition fees. 
  • Return of all library books.

An adequate number of invigilators will supervise the examinations. They have the authority to remove a student from the examination room for misbehaviour.

No candidate is allowed to enter or leave the examination room without the permission of the invigilator. The following should be adhered to:

(e) After the examination results have been officially announced, Students may:

i)  Request an Administrative check of his/her assessment.

ii)  Request the Academic Committee to review their decision.

 

Conduct in Examinations

(a)  It is an academic offence to bring into the examination room and/or possess course work material, notes or any information related to the course for examination, unless such examinations are officially designated as "open book" exams.

(b)  It is an academic offence for a Student to communicate or try to communicate with another student in the form of oral, written, computed or other means of communication.

(c) It is an academic offence for a Student to present or try to present somebody else's work as his/her own.

(d)  It is an academic offence for a Student to offer his/her knowledge, or work for somebody else's benefit or attempt to impersonate somebody else.

(e) It is an academic offence to cover a Student who has committed an academic offence.

 

Penalties for Misconduct in Examinations

(a) A formal warning by the invigilator for a minor offence as long as the validity of the examination is not jeopardized.

(b) Removal of the student from the examination room for a major offence. The Academic Department and Lecturer concerned should be advised immediately, and the matter be brought before the Disciplinary Committee. An “I” grade will be given for the course if it is the student’s first examination offence.

(c) Similar to (b) but an “F” grade will be given for the course if the student had ONE previous similar offence in any year.

The decisions of the Disciplinary Committee are final.

 

Absence from Examinations

Students are expected to attend all their examinations.

Only in the exceptional circumstances of serious illness or other force majeure, will the College excuse a Student for not attending an examination. In the event of illness, the Student should inform the lecturer concerned and present a medical certificate which will describe the nature of the illness and the period of absence.

In the event that the student becomes ill during the examination and is unable to continue, he/she should advise the invigilator of his/her condition and ask for permission to leave. The student should also advise the Lecturer and the Academic Dean and present a satisfactory medical certificate as soon as possible.

A Student who has missed an examination as a result of serious illness or by force majeure may be given a second opportunity by sitting a make-up examination,

provided that:

  • The Student has followed the prescribed procedure.
  • The documentation presented has been accepted as legitimate.
  • The Student has filed with the Academic Department a written application for a make-up within 5 working days.
  • The Academic Department and the Lecturer have given their consent.

The date for a written examination will be arranged within 2 weeks from the examination missed, on a date and time that does not clash with the smooth running of the College.

 

Referred Examination:

(a) A student who scores below 50% but not below 40% in not more than two subjects in the : Preparatory, First,    Second and Third years, and one subject in the Final Year, may be given the opportunity for an oral examination before an Examining Committee to defend his/her understanding of the paper.

(b) A Student who scores below 50% but not below 40% in the Final Year Project may, at the discretion of the examiners, be given the opportunity to:

  • Defend his/her project in an oral examination before an examining Committee, or
  • Present a Revised Project for consideration within a prescribed period of time.

In all the above cases the final examination mark will be the average of the written and oral examinations.

 

Make-up Examination

Students who wish to remove an F or improve a Final Result in any subject may apply in writing for a make-up examination within two days from the announcement of the results of the specific subject.

Students are entitled to take a make-up examination:

  1. If they have failed the subject, scored 30% and above in the final exam or fulfilled all course requirements with a score of at least 30%.
  2. If they want to improve their grade. In this case the make-up examination mark is the one that counts towards   the final grade even if it is lower than the first grade scored in the final exam.