SAES Awarding of Qualifications

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SAES19

G23 applies.

19.1 Conferment of a Qualification:

19.1.1 No person shall receive a qualification unless s/he has fulfilled all the requirements prescribed by the Rules for the qualification.

19.2 Awarding of a qualification “with distinction” ( cum laude ) for Bachelor's degrees are subject to the following requirements:

19.2.1 The qualification must have been completed within the minimum prescribed period.

19.2.2 An average distinction mark is required over the duration of the study.

B. RULES FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY

ADMISSION

SAES20

G28 applies. Refer section C to H in this calendar for specific postgraduate program admission rules within the SAES.

EQUIVALENT STATUS

SAES21

G29 applies

REGISTRATION

SAES22

G32 applies

SUPERVISION

SAES23

The selection and appointment criteria for supervisors include the followings:-

• The supervisor must have a qualification in relevant field of study higher than or at least at the same level as, the exit level of the postgraduate study program s/he is supervising.

• The supervisor must have an appropriate research track record as well as experience, expertise and peer recognition in the field of study.

• In case of inexperienced or new supervisors there shall be joint supervision.

• The supervisor in consultation with the student must develop a periodic contact plan which is subject to approval by the School Management Committee.

ASSESSMENT

SAES24

24.1 Continuous assessment for course based postgraduate Programmes

24.1.1 All registered students in a particular module will be provided with a complete module outline on the first contact week.

24.1.2 Assessment must be based on the assessment criteria as prescribed in the modular description and module outline.

24.1.3 A minimum of two tests must be written in a module subject to 24.1.2.

24.1.4 A student has the right to receive timeous feedback on all forms of assessments subject to 24.1.2.

24.2 Admission to summative assessment (final examination)

G13 applies

24.2.1 To be admitted to the summative assessment, a student must have obtained a formative

assessment mark of at least 40% in each module.

24.2.2 Summative assessments will be written in all prescribed modules.

24.2.3 When calculating the final mark following a summative assessment, the differential contribution of the formative and the summative assessment marks are 60% and 40%, respectively.

• Irrespective of the final mark achieved, a student must obtain at least a sub-minimum of 40% in

the summative assessment.

• Scripts shall be forwarded to the examination centre not later than one week after submitting the marks.

24.3 Expected behaviour in written assessments

24.3.1 Students shall take their seats at least twenty (20) minutes before the commencement of the test/examination.

24.3.2 Students will not be allowed into the examination hall in instances where such students are more than thirty (30) minutes late.

24.3.3 Students shall produce their student cards as they enter the examination hall and shall keep such cards on display on the desk next to their seat number.

24.3.4 Students shall complete the attendance register at the beginning of each session, before writing the examination otherwise they will be marked as having been absent from the examination of that session.

24.3.5 Students shall be required to fill in the required particulars on the answer book in full and shall number such books correctly in instances where more than one book is used for the examination in each session.

24.3.6 Students shall not be allowed to leave the examination hall within an hour after the commencement of the examination during each session.

24.3.7 Students who leave the examination hall during an examination session and return with the express intention of continuing with the examination in progress, will not be permitted to do so.

24.3.8 Students shall be permitted to leave only with the express purpose of responding to the call of nature, and to return to the examination hall during a session and then only if under escort and supervision of an invigilator.

24.3.9 Students shall bring to the examination hall a student card, pens, pencils, ruler, eraser ink and calculator only. No borrowing of material is permitted among students.

24.3.10 Only material that is required by the School to assist the students in the examination shall be indicated on the particular examination question paper.

24.3.11 Students shall not communicate with each other during the examination. The only communication that is permitted in an examination hall is between the student and the invigilator.

24.3.12 No smoking is allowed in the examination hall nor shall students be allowed any smoking break during an examination session.

24.3.13 No cell phone or any other unauthorized communication device is allowed to be operative inside an examination hall or during the examination period without the express permission of the invigilator.

24.3.14 Failure to observe the rules of examination may lead to the application of SAES28.

24.4 Assessment of research papers for Honours study

Programmes

Assessment of research papers shall be completed, for full-time students, before the end of March in the year following enrolment for the degree and for part-time students, two years following enrolment.

SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENT

SAES25

25. No supplementary assessment for postgraduate study programmes.

SPECIAL SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

SAES26

G15 applies

26.1 A special summative assessment may be granted to a student who has been prevented from taking the assessment:

26.1.1 By illness, on the day of the assessment or during or immediately before that assessment; provided that a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner or registered traditional healer is submitted to the satisfaction of the School; or

26.1.2 As a result of domestic circumstances such as serious illness, or death of a spouse, legal partner, parent, guardian, child, sibling; provided the student can produce satisfactory proof of such special circumstances.

26.2 The school shall determine whether the whole or only part of the assessment in the module concerned shall be done.

26.3 Where a student is permitted to do part of the assessment, the part of the assessment completed before the illness or relevant circumstances shall remain valid.

26.4 A special assessment may be given immediately after the cessation of the circumstances that prevented the student from taking part in an assessment or should be given within 7 days of approval.

26.5 A student who fails to sit for a special summative assessment shall not have a chance to sit for further assessment in the same module and shall re-register such a module .

26.6 Applications for such a special summative assessment must be made on the prescribed form within 7 days of the date on which the assessment was held.

DEVIATION FROM STANDARD ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE

SAES27

G16 applies

ASSESSMENT FRAUD AND PLAGIARISM

SAES28

G17 applies

28.1 The guidelines as stipulated in the Student Code of Conduct will be followed to identify fraud in the assessment venue. A student, who is suspected of having acted in contravention of these, will be charged with assessment fraud and tried through a Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee, as described in the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

28.2 A student charged with assessment fraud shall appear before a Faculty Student Disciplinary committee within four weeks of the occurrence of the act of infringement.

28.3 Marks obtained in assessment events in all modules registered for, will be withheld pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

28.4 Plagiarism, as described in the Student Code of Conduct, is considered an assessment fraud. Any material that is presented for assessment and where plagiarism is suspected will be used as evidence and Rules SAES28.2 and SAES28.3 shall also apply.

28.5 A student, who presents a fraudulent Sick Certificate for assessment, will enter the same process as that described in Rules SAES28.2 and SAES28.3.

28.6 A student, who has been found guilty of assessment fraud by a Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee, will automatically be deregistered from all registered modules and receive a suspension from the University aligned with the outcome of the Disciplinary hearing.

ASSESSORS

SAES29

G18 applies. In addition,

29.1 Students are assessed in all modules by internal and external assessors.

29.2 Internal assessors should have taken part in the training and preparation of the students for the assessment concerned.

29.3 External assessors are nominated from outside the University staff establishment.

29.4 The School Management Committee will evaluate all assessors' reports from both internal and external assessors for quality assurance.

29.5 The Head of Department will ensure implementation of the School Management Committee's recommendations concerning the assessors' report.

MINIMUM PASS AND DISTINCTION IN A MODULE

SAES30

G19 applies. In addition,

30.1 The minimum pass mark in any module is 50%.

30.2 A module is passed with distinction when a mark of 75% or more is obtained.

FAILURE OF A MODULE

SAES31

G20 applies. In addition,

31.1 A student is regarded as having failed a module if,

31.1.1 S/he does not fulfil all the requirements in the module concerned.

31.1.2 S/he does not meet the sub-minimum requirements in certain parts/divisions/papers of the assessment.

31.1.3 Her/his final mark is less than 50% .

VIEWING AND REMARKING OF SCRIPTS

SAES32

G21 applies

32.1 Viewing of scripts:

32.1.1 With the permission of the School Director, a student may view her/his final assessment script together with the marking memorandum, under the supervision of a responsible person appointed by the Director.

32.2 Remarking of assessment scripts:

32.2.1 An application from a student for the remarking of an assessment script should be submitted in writing on the prescribed form to the Director of School within two weeks of the assessment results having been issued to students . Requests via the post service should be by registered mail.

32.2.2 The Office of the Registrar shall make the necessary arrangements with the original external assessor or an alternate assessor for remarking the script.

32.2.3 The prescribed fee per module is to be paid in full by the applicant prior to remarking .

AWARDING OF A QUALIFICATION

SAES33

G35 applies

33.1 Conferment of a qualification:

33.1.1 No person shall receive a qualification unless s/he has fulfilled all the requirements prescribed by the Rules for the qualification.

33.2 Awarding of a qualification “with distinction” ( cum laude ) for postgraduate degrees are subject to the following requirements.

33.2.1 The qualification must have been completed within the minimum prescribed period.

33.2.2 An average distinction mark is required over the duration of the study.

C. RULES FOR HONOURS DEGREE STUDY

ADMISSION TO STUDY FOR AN HONOURS DEGREE

SAES34

G30 applies

34.1 Admission criteria

34.1.1 A relevant bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in terms of NQF level.

34.1.2 At least 60% obtained as an average final mark in the appropriate major learning programme or with special recommendation by the Head of the Department, or

34.1.3 Application of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.


 
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