PROCEDURE FOR ASSESSMENT OF FULL TIME M.Sc DEGREES WITH A MAJOR COMPONENT OF RESEARCH


( Faculty Board Paper 25 January 2001 )

 The full time M.Sc Degrees with a major component of research comprise of a research project and 50~150 hours of  coursework. The coursework component is prescribed by the research Supervisor as indicated in the Student’s application form. According to the By-Law No. 3 of 1999, this could be EITHER attending lecture courses at the University as envisaged in the curriculum for the particular candidate approved by the Faculty and the Senate; OR an assignment which serves as a general training in research methods or updating knowledge in a specific subject area of about one month duration as envisaged in the curriculum of the particular candidate approved by the Faculty and the Senate. 

 This coursework component could consist of any one or combination of the following:

i.  Following and sitting the examination of one or more subjects in an on-going Postgraduate Course, for which the student registers at the SAR (Examinations)
ii.  Auditing of one or more subjects in an on-going Postgraduate course, where the student does not register for the examination but assessment is done by the lecturer
iii.  Assignments, reading courses or customized lecture courses for the student with assignments, which are assessed by the lecturer or supervisor.

In the case of (i), the results of the examination are ratified at the Board of Examiners for the respective Postgraduate course. However, in the case of (ii) and (iii), no such ratification of results would take place, and there would be no records in the SAR (Examination) about these marks.

iv. The thesis will be accepted for assessment only after the student has successfully completed all the coursework requirements 
v. At the time of initial submission of thesis, the supervisor should certify the results of the coursework component with grades where applicable. If the results have been ratified at a Board of Examiners, it would be mentioned.
vi. If the coursework component has any parts that were not ratified at a Board of Examiners, these marks should be produced at the Thesis Examination Board, for ratification. The supervisor should obtain the signed results sheet from the lecturer who marked the assignment, if that lecturer is not a member of the Thesis Examination Committee. The Senate will be delegating the authority to the Chairman of the Board of Examination of the thesis for this too, when appointing the Board of Examination of the thesis.
vii. Thus, when the results of the thesis examination is reported to SAR (Examinations), the results of the coursework component with grades will also be reported officially, by the Head of the Department.

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