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Regulations governing the conduct of examinations

Regulations governing examinations can be found in the local regulations for the conduct of examinations at Halmstad University.

Written examinations

Registration for written examinations should be made at the latest one week before the stated date of the examination. Registration should be made for all separate examinations. Students who do not register within the period allowed may still sit the examination if there sufficient places available in the examination room.

Registration for the examination should be made in the Student portal. Identification (passport, driving licence etc) should be taken by the student to the examination room. The invigilators are responsible for confirming student identity.

Students should be there in good time before the exam starts. Late arrival can involve disruption for the other examinees and should therefore be avoided. The invigilators are responsible for noting late arrivals. Students arriving later than thirty (30) minutes after the appointed time may not participate in the examination.

The rules for the conduct of written examinations constitute part of the local rules for examination conduct.

Oral examinations

The format of the examination should be stated in the syllabus. If an oral examination is stated, the student should at least one (1) week before the oral examination notify the teacher concerned of their intentions to take the oral examination. In the case of oral examinations, a second lecturer ought to be present and make notes together with providing their assessment of the applicant´s performance.

Teaching practice periods (Swedish Verksamhetsförlagd utbildning, VFU) and clinical studies.

The criteria or basis for assessment which are in use to judge the student's performance during the teacher practice placements in schools (VFU) as well as clinical studies should be made clear not only to the student concerned but also the VFU teacher / mentor. In the VFU teacher's / mentor's feedback it should be clearly stated the extent to which the student lives up to these assessment criteria.

Failing the VFU teaching practice placement
If the student's performance during the VFU teaching practice period has been judged as being the equivalent of a fail, the student has the right to one (1) further VFU period. A fail result should always be accompanied by a grade assessment conference in which the student, VFU teacher and the lecturer responsible for the course should participate. The presence of other professionals concerned in order to collectively plan the student's new VFU period is also desirable.

Failure in clinical studies
If a student's performance during clinical studies is assessed as a fail, the student has the right to one (1) new clinical study period. Clinical studies (where assessment is carried out) should always be completed with an assessment review session in which the student, their mentor and the lecturer responsible for the course participate. In the case of a fail result, the additional clinical practice period should be planned together.

Examinations for students with handicaps

Provided that the registration takes place in accordance with the regulations of Halmstad University, students with handicaps / disabilities can be provided with suitable compensatory arrangements  eg extended examination time, alternative examination formats and / or technical aids such as computers. Students can also be provided with the opportunities to complete written examinations in separate rooms. The assistance which the individual student needs should normally be clearly stated in the plan for pedagogical support which has been agreed upon by the student in conjunction with the contact person for students with functional handicaps and disabilities. The student is responsible for submitting the plan to the director of studies / programme in addition to the lecturer / examiner concerned. Decisions relating to questions of  suitable forms of assistance in the case of examinations should always be taken in consultation with the examiner and contact person for students with handicaps / disabilities and be based on the plan for pedagogical support. The examination format ie the applications of or discrepancies from what is stated in the syllabus, should be approved by the examiner.

For the student to obtain the support which they are entitled to in the plan, a specially designed application form for this specific purpose should be submitted at the latest two (2) weeks prior to the examination date. The form should be submitted to examinaton service.

Essay, opposition and defence

In the case of the writing up of degree examination projects and term papers at the C and D-levels, the student has the right to supervision by specially appointed supervisors. The student and supervisor should collectively come to an agreement on a suitable time plan for the essay/dissertation project within the guidelines stated in the syllabus. The supervision of the essay is provided for a maximum of one year after the completion of teaching. Within this time period, supervision is provided to an extent which has been decided upon by each respective school. Following the end of this period, the student will be awarded a grade on the essay / degree dissertation project regardless of whether the work has been finished or not.

The examiner and supervisor should collectively state which criteria are in force for the writing and assessment of the essay together with informing students about the regulations in force.

Each essay at the C- and D-levels should be regarded as constituting a final seminar. At each seminar the essay should be scrutinized by the appointed opponent(s), together with the examiner. In order for the essay to be scrutinized and assessed, the student should submit their finished essays to the examiner and within the stated time framework.

Students who have not submitted their essay work within the time framework can have their work evaluated at a special seminar for late essays or at the next regular seminar as part of the sub-component course.

Students should have the right to change supervisor if so desired. Decisions on such changes should be made in consultation between the student concerned, the supervisor and the examiner and a decision about this change made by the head of school for the school concerned. The student has the right to arrange a meeting involving the head of school, supervisor, examiner and head of subject in the case of discrepancies / lack of transparency in the assessment of the essay.

Central regulations

Higher Education Ordinancexternal linke

 

Updated 2016-10-03