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This module’s rules of assessment conform to the rules stipulated in the Information Technology year book. The basics are provided below, but you should refer to the above-mentioned chapter for more details.

 The approach followed in this course is that all activities contribute to the semester mark as far as it is feasible to mark them. See below for the allocation for the various learning activities.

Assessment policy and approach

In some modules, specific requirements in respect of certain components of the module mark may be set in order for you to pass the module (e.g. satisfactory performance in and attendance of lectures are required). Thus, even if a pass mark is obtained in the module, a pass is not granted unless these requirements are met.

No student qualifies automatically to sit for the exam. Requirements for exam admission apply: you should have a minimum of 40% for the module mark to gain entrance to the exam. In addition, all other examination admission requirements applicable to the relevant module must have been met (i.e. satisfactory class attendance and performance). It is your responsibility to check the list of module marks in order to see if you have obtained exam admission.

To pass the module, you have to obtain a sub-minimum of 40% in the exam and a final mark of at least 50%. You pass a module with distinction if you get a final mark of at least 75%.

A supplementary exam will be granted if you do not obtain the sub-minimum mark in the exam and/or obtained a final mark of 41-49%. It is solely our decision to grant a supplementary exam, based on the general requirements for the module as stipulated in the study guide.

Assessment opportunities

Criteria for assessment of assignments and presentations 

The specific criteria for assessment of assignments, case studies and presentations will be provided within the guidelines for each individual assignment or presentation. An indication of the weighting of the specific assignment in the calculation of the module mark will also be stipulated. The following can be considered as general criteria that will apply during the assessment of essay-like assignments and presentations:

Content: 40
Insight, interpretation and integration: 20
Structure, organisation and presentation (e.g. contents page, page numbers, sub-headings, lay-out, packaging): 10
Grammar and style: 15
Reference techniques and bibliography: 15

All assignments are marked out of 100.

Preparation for tests and exam

The notes you take during lectures and selected summaries of lecture material form the basis for study for assignments, tests and the exam. You should also consult the reading material listed under sources at the end of each study theme’s slides to expand on the class notes. However, test and examination questions will often be based on case studies, where you have to apply what you have learned to a practical situation. Simply being able to recite what you have learned will not be sufficient.

 Semester Tests 

Note that the times and venue are subject to change. Monitor your course web site to keep up to date.

Test 1: 29 March 17:30-19:30, HSB 4-7, scope given through ClickUP

Any absence from semester tests must be supported by an official and valid statement (e.g. a medical certificate) which must be submitted to the department within three days after the date of the test.) Sick tests are written a week after the semester test and are organized via email between the lecturer and student.

 Module mark and final mark

 The module mark is compiled from formative assessment of learning activities such as assignments, presentation and practicals, as well as from tests. The module mark for PUB 310 is calculated as follows:

  • Module test(s): 20%
  • Theme-based assignments and case studies: 50%
  • Individual project: 20%
  • Attendance and active participation in class: 10%

The final mark is calculated as follows:

  • Module mark: 60%
  • Exam mark: 40%
    • exam: 9 June 2016 08:00-11:00

We reserve the right to make a qualitative judgement regarding your individual attendance and participation. We will attend all the classes ourselves, after all.

 Supplementary examinations

Supplementary exams are held in the week after the primary exam period. Should a student fail to pass his/her exams, a supplementary exam may be granted, based on that student’s performance throughout the module. Each case is considered individually and any decisions to not grant students entrance are final.

In the case of illness or legitimate absence, a student may also be granted a supplementary exam (so long as an official and applicable proof of absence – such as a medical certificate – is provided). For a supplementary exam, the module mark still accounts for 60% and the exam mark for 40% of the final mark. A supplementary exam may be set on either the full scope of the first exam or on certain components. The pass mark required for a supplementary exam is 50%. Students who have been deemed legitimately absent from the primary exam will receive the full mark for their efforts, while students admitted for other reasons can only attain a maximum mark of 50%.


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