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O: Examination Methods

1. Permitted lengths of examinations are 1 hour, 1 hour 30 minutes, 2 hours and 3 hours; this limit shall also apply to individual sections of an examination where students are required or permitted to register for them separately (Senate 61a(i)/79-80). 

2. Proposals for open book examinations, reading time, seen question papers and multiple choice questions, shall be referred to the Board of Undergraduate Studies (Senate 136a(iii)/72-73).

3. Open Book Examinations
(a) Books from the University Library may not be brought into any examination.
(b) Departments are required to specify on the rubric of the examination paper what restrictions there are on the books which candidates may bring into the examination. (Examinations Committee 12d(ii)/85-86)

 4. Reading Time
(a) Reading time shall only be granted in the case of those examinations where a substantial time is needed for a student to make a carefully considered choice between questions of  a lengthy, detailed or intricate nature (Senate 151e(ii.1.B) /76-77).
(b) There shall be a standard reading time of fifteen minutes (Senate 151e(ii.1.A)/76-77).
(c) During the period of reading time candidates may make notes on the question paper only, but may not start their answers (Senate 92a/73-74).
(d) Departments are required to include a specimen paper with submissions to the Board of Undergraduate Studies for reading time (Senate 148b/80-81).

 5. Seen Question Papers
(a) A seen examination paper is an examination paper issued in whole or in part to students in advance of the written examination. The date of issue shall be a specified number of days (normally 21) before the day on which the relevant examination is scheduled (Senate 151e(i.4.A)/76-77).
(b) The specified period, and any subsequent proposal to change it, shall be a matter for the Board of Undergraduate Studies (Senate 151e(i.4.C)/76-77).
(c) The attention of the External Examiners shall be drawn to the use of seen papers in the light of possible collusion between students. (Senate 31c/83-84).

  6. Individual Classroom Performance and Group Work
(a) Individual classroom performance and group work may be included in the assessment of modules in the MBA and the MSc in Management Science and Operational Research programmes, at the discretion of the course instructor. Classroom performance may not account for more than 20% of the module mark and group work may not account for more than 40%. If both methods are used, together they may not account for more than 40% of the total mark.
(b) All modules carrying such forms of assessment must be clearly marked in the Course Regulations handbook.
(c) Provision should be made for the holding of a viva voce in the event of a low mark being awarded for individual classroom performance which contributed to a candidate receiving a borderline mark in that particular module (Senate 129b/87-88).