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Format of examination papers


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The guidelines for the formatting of examination papers (excluding those for service modules and D and P modules) are as follows:

  • A single-semester module with a coursework component (excluding any class test) that constitutes less than 20% of the total assessment shall have a 2-hour examination. Candidates will be asked to answer 3 out of 4 questions. It is recommended that the total marks available for each question is 20.
  • A single-semester module with a coursework component (excluding any class test) that constitutes 20% or more of the total assessment shall have a 1.5-hour examination. Candidates will be asked to answer 2 out of 3 questions. It is recommended that the total marks available for each question is 30.

It is emphasised that the above are guidelines and are not prescriptive, there may be sound educational reasons why the formats are not appropriate for a particular module. However, if an examiner wishes to deviate from the above, prior approval must be sought from the Teaching and Learning Committee.

The examination formats of service modules, D and P modules, and two-semester modules will be decided on an individual basis.

The rubric

  • The standard rubric will state that ANY CALCULATOR FROM THE UNIVERSITY'S APPROVED LIST MAY BE USED. Other forms of words related to the use of calculators may be used only with the prior approval of the departmental Teaching and Learning Committee. (The list of approved calculators is available here.)
  • The rubric of a multiple-choice examination must include guidance on the marking scheme to be used.

  • If an examination paper contains a formula sheet, or if students may use any additional material (other than one of the standard formula booklets), this should be explicitly mentioned in the rubric.

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