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  • REGULATIONS AND CODE OF PRACTICE FOR TAUGHT PROGRAMMES

    Rules for Assessment, Progression and the Award of a Qualification

    2013-14

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    REGULATIONS AND CODE OF PRACTICE FOR TAUGHT PROGRAMMES

    Rules for Assessment, Progression and the Award of a Qualification

    2013-14

    CONTENTS

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    A. Preamble

    1. Introduction

    2. Significant changes to the Code for 2013-14

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    B. Programme structure and design

    3. All taught programmes

    4. Undergraduate modular programmes

    5. Undergraduate modular programmes with study abroad

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    C. Admission and study

    6. Undergraduate programmes

    7. Taught postgraduate programmes

    8. Student support in undergraduate programmes

    9. Student absence due to illness or other cause in all taught programmes

    10. Suspension of study in all taught programmes

    11. Extension of study in taught postgraduate programmes

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    D. Forms and conduct of assessment

    12. Types of assessment

    13. Conduct of assessment

    - Formal unseen written examinations

    - Coursework

    - Online assessment

    - Oral Examinations

    14. Assessment and student circumstances

    - Disability

    - Discrimination by association

    - Religious observances

    - Pregnancy / Maternity and paternity

    15. Feedback to students

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    E. Marking of assessments and the processing of marks

    16. Marking criteria and scales

    17. Treatment of marks

    18. Processing and recording marks

    19. Anonymity

    20. Penalties

    - Academic misconduct

    - Late submission of summative coursework

    - Exceeding the size limit in summative coursework

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    F. Arrangements and processes for determining progress and awards

    21. Bodies and roles responsible for determining progression and awards

    - Faculty Education Directors

    - Programme Directors

    - Internal Examiners

    - School Examination Officers

    - External Examiners

    - Programme (or school) Examination Boards

    - Faculty Examination Boards

    22. Pass mark

    23. Extenuating circumstances

    24. Treatment and publication of results

    25. Appeals against decisions of the boards of examiners

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    G. Regulation and policies for determining progress and awards

    26. Student progression and completion in undergraduate modular programmes

    27. Student progression and completion in taught postgraduate modular programmes

    28. Student progression and completion in non-modular programmes

    29. Awards: for undergraduate modular programmes

    30. Awards: for taught postgraduate modular programmes

    31. Awards: for non-modular programmes

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    Annexes

    1. Glossary

    2. Dates for implementing new university policy

    3. Regulations for specific programmes

    4. Principles for designing and providing distance learning

    5. Credit requirements for students first registered on their current programme of study before 2010 -11

    6. Guidelines on the accreditation of prior learning for all taught programmes

    7. University examination regulations

    8. Policy for student transfer between undergraduate programmes and units of the University of Bristol

    9. Guidance on establishing the grounds for granting a suspension of studies and subsequent return to study for undergraduate students

    10. Guidance on suspension or extension of study for taught postgraduate students

    11. Guidelines for programme directors

    12. Guidance on disability equality and assessment

    13. University code of practice for the external examining of taught programmes

    14. Guidance for faculties on classifying extenuating circumstances

    15. Applying Ordinance 18 with respect to final year undergraduate students who have not completed all required assessment for academic award due to extenuating circumstances

    16. Guidance on the options available for boards of examiners where extenuating circumstances are present

    17. Regulations for progression, the award of credit and re-assessment for undergraduate programmes - for students initially registered prior to 2011-12

    18. Flow diagram for student progression in taught modular programmes for newly registered students from 2011/12

    19. Guidance for faculties on implementing the supplementary year

    20. Calculating the unit mark, year mark, taught component mark and final programme mark and degree classification in taught programmes

    21. Agreed weightings, by faculty, to be applied for the purposes of calculating the final programme mark and degree classification in undergraduate programmes

    22. Applying accredited prior learning to the calculation of the final programme mark and/or the degree classification in modular undergraduate programmes

    23. Dissertation guidelines for taught postgraduate programmes

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    REGULATIONS AND CODE OF PRACTICE FOR TAUGHT PROGRAMMES -

    Rules for Assessment, Progression and the Award of a Qualification

    2013-14

    A. PREAMBLE

    1. Introduction

    1.1. These Regulations and Code of Practice (the Code) summarise the Universitys expectations for the conduct of assessment, progression and the award of a qualification in undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. For information on research students please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes: www.bris.ac.uk/esu/pg/cop-research-degrees.html.

    1.2. The Code applies to all taught students, including those who study on a part time basis. For this purpose, where reference is made to years of study the policy must be applied on a pro rata basis and equivalent to the volume of credit that a full-time student would normally undertake in an academic year.

    1.3. For the purpose of this Code a regulation is defined as: a rule set by the University which must be followed; and a policy as a: statement established by common consensus that will be followed, unless there is good and validated reason otherwise.

    1.4. Regulations within the Code may not be varied. They are indicated by boxed text. The rest of the Code should also be followed. Any requests to depart from the Code must be approved by the relevant faculty undergraduate or graduate Education Director and must be in accordance with faculty policy. If deemed appropriate, the University Undergraduate or, Graduate, Studies Committee and/or the relevant faculty committees may be consulted by the Education Director. University and faculty committees will ensure consistency of practice university-wide, and will make decisions that take account of the spirit of the Code.

    1.5. Following the introduction of major changes within the Code that apply to new registrations from the years 2010-11 and 2011-12, different arrangements apply to different cohorts within the university and until 2016.

    Students who registered before the implementation date for new regulations (or rules) for progression and calculating the final programme mark / degree classification are subject to the regulations in place in the academic year prior to the implementation date for the new regulation, for the duration of their programme of study.

    Those students who initially registered for their programme before the implementation date but, through suspension or the requirement to repeat a year or undertake a supplementary year, on returning to study join a cohort of students that are governed by the new regulations, will also become subject to the new regulations.

    Timelines for the implementation of these regulations are provided in annex 2.

    http://www.bris.ac.uk/esu/pg/cop-research-degrees.html

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    2. Significant Changes to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes for 2013-14

    Change Principally, that the calculated mark (rather, as previously, than a mark rounded to one decimal point) is used when averaging a set of marks to calculate a higher mark, for example the year or final programme mark (revision of sections 18, 26, 27, 29 and 30)

    Rationale So that the method of calculation when averaging and/or rounding from a set of marks is accurate.

    Change Clarification of the common generic marking criteria and the use of marking scales (section 16)

    Rationale Given reported difficulties in applying the previous marking criteria, the changes will permit schools and faculties to utilise one of the sanctioned marking scales, as appropriate, and utilise a simplified version of the University-level generic marking criteria, so to help ensure that marking is at similar levels across the university and allow the university to articulate what its awards mean and what a student has achieved.

    Change i. Clarify the application of a compensated pass (i.e. the award of credit despite a failed mark) in undergradu