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  • REGULATIONS AND CODE OF PRACTICE FOR TAUGHT PROGRAMMES Rules for Assessment, Progression and the Award of a Qualification

    2012-13

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    REGULATIONS AND CODE OF PRACTICE FOR TAUGHT PROGRAMMES Rules for Assessment, Progression and the Award of a Qualification

    2012-13

    CONTENTS Pg

    A. Preamble

    1. Introduction 2. Significant changes to the Code for 2012-13

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    B. Programme structure and design

    3. All taught programmes 4. Undergraduate modular programmes

    15 22

    C. Admission and study

    5. Undergraduate programmes 6. Taught postgraduate programmes 7. All taught programmes - student absence due to illness or other cause 8. All taught programmes - suspension of study

    24 27 33 34

    D. Forms and conduct of assessment in all taught programmes

    9. Types of assessment 10. Conduct of assessment

    - Formal unseen written examinations - Coursework - E-Assessment - Oral Examinations

    11. Assessment and student circumstances - Disability - Discrimination by association - Religious observances - Pregnancy / Maternity and paternity

    12. Formative feedback

    36 39 39 39 39 41 41 41 42 43 43 44

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    E. Marking of assessments and the processing of marks in all taught programmes

    13. Marking criteria 14. Treatment of marks 15. Processing and recording marks 16. Anonymity 17. 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 in all taught programmes

    18. Bodies and roles responsible for determining progression and awards - Faculty Education Directors - Personal Tutors - Programme Directors - Internal Examiners - Schools Examination Officer - External Examiners - Programme (or school) Examination Board - Faculty Examination Board

    19. Pass mark 20. Extenuating circumstances 21. Treatment and publication of results 22. Appeals against decisions of the boards of examiners

    61 61 61 61 61 62 62 63 64 65 65 68 70

    G. Regulation and policies for determining progress and awards

    23. Student progression and completion in undergraduate modular programmes 24. Student progression and completion in taught postgraduate modular

    programmes 25. Student progression and completion in non-modular programmes 26. Awards: for undergraduate modular programmes 27. Awards: for taught postgraduate modular programmes 28. Awards: for non-modular undergraduate programmes

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    Annexes

    1. Glossary of terms 2. Dates for implementing new university policy 3. Regulations for specific programmes 4. Principles for designing and providing distance learning 5. Guidelines on the accreditation of prior learning for all taught programmes 6. University examination regulations 7. Policy for student transfer between undergraduate programmes and units of the

    University of Bristol 8. Guidance on establishing the grounds for granting a suspension of studies and

    subsequent return to study for undergraduate students 9. Guidance on suspension or extension of study for taught postgraduate students 10. Guidelines for programme directors 11. Guidance on disability equality and assessment 12. University code of practice for the external examining of taught programmes 13. Guidance for faculties on classifying extenuating circumstances 14. Applying Ordinance 18 with respect to final year undergraduate students who

    have not completed all required assessment for academic award due to extenuating circumstances

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

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

    17. Flow diagram of the options available for the progression of students on taught modular programmes for newly registered students from 2011/12

    18. Guidance for faculties on implementing the supplementary year 19. Calculating the unit mark, year mark, taught component mark and final

    programme mark and degree classification in taught programmes 20. Agreed weightings, by faculty, to be applied for the purposes of calculating the

    final programme mark and degree classification in undergraduate programmes 21. Applying accredited prior learning to the calculation of the final programme mark

    and/or the degree classification in modular undergraduate programmes 22. Dissertation guidelines for taught postgraduate programmes

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    INDEX 186

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    REGULATIONS AND CODE OF PRACTICE FOR TAUGHT PROGRAMMES - Rules for Assessment, Progression and the Award of a Qualification

    2012-13

    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. 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. Timelines for the implementation of the new rules/regulations are provided in annex 2. 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.

    1.3. 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.

    1.4. Regulations / rules 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.

    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 2012-13

    Change The content of the Code has been re-structured so that it is presented in a more logical way.

    Rationale The recent amalgamation of a number of documents / policies into the Code had left it fragmented in places.

    Change The presentation of the Code has also undergone a number of aesthetic

    changes, as follows:

    Some annexes have been removed from the printed version and located on the web only;

    Entire sections have been boxed to denote regulatory status; An index has been added.

    Rationale So to help users better reference and navigate the content.

    Change Move a clause from section 28 to front of Code (1.4) so to apply universally:

    Rationale

    This Code applies to all taught students, including those who study on a part time basis. For this purpose, where reference is made to a year of study the rules in this 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.

    How particular policies are applied to part-time students was previously only referenced in the section on degree classification.

    Change Revise (6.8): the normal period of study for Masters programmes to 12

    months

    Rationale

    rather than 50 weeks.

    In response to UKBA requirements.

    Previous Annex 14: Guidance on student absence due to illness

    Change The guidance has been brought into the main content of the Code (as section 7) with some minor revisions to the wording.

    Rationale So to better clarify the process for notification where students are absent from the University in teaching time.

    Change Addition of a new clause (8.5), as follows: A suspension should only be

    backdated for up to one month from the start of the absence period to account for circumstances where the students absence from the University is unavoidable or urgently required

    Rationale

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    So to conform to UKBA requirements.

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    Previous (15) University generic marking criteria and scales to become mandatory from 2012-13.

    Change Revise to: (13) to be fully implemented from 2013-14

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    The requirement to apply this section has been delayed by an academic year for the following reasons: - To review the experiences of those schools that have piloted / tested the

    application of generic marking criteria and the