Teaching Committee (TC) policy for examining Informatics courses in the December and April/May Examination Diets.
First and second year courses (Non-honours) are examined at the end of the semester in which they are taught. Third and fourth year courses (Honours) are examined at the end of semester 2. The majority of taught Masters courses are examined at the end of semester 2, although some semester 1 course lecturers may elect to examine at the end of semester 1. For semester 1 only Visiting Students, a special exam sitting of semester 1 courses normally taken in year 3, 4 or 5 is provided in December for this cohort only.
Current policy was discussed extensively at Teaching Committee in December 2013 with a clear majority of members in favour of the current policy, rather than changing to December examination for semester 1 courses.
Semester 1 in total is 14 weeks long including the exam diet which is the final 2 weeks; Semester 2 in total is 20 weeks long including Easter and the exam diet which is the final 4 weeks.
The following three main points were raised against the proposal.
Year 3 students have at most 9 exams and year 4 at most 8 exams. The School believes that the number of exams at Year 3 and 4 could be reduced for many students by introducing more 20 point courses and more coursework only courses.