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Evaluation of Student Achievement- Academic Concessions
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- Second Bachelor's Degrees
An important purpose of evaluation and grading is to further effective teaching and learning. Any practices that assign a predetermined percentage of students a specific gradethat is, a certain percentage get A, another percentage get B and so onwithout regard to individual achievement are prohibited.
Each department will formally adopt the techniques for evaluating student performance which it considers appropriate for its courses and which allow instructors within the department some options.
Assessment techniques include: assignments; essays; oral or written tests, including midterms; participation in class discussions; seminar presentations; artistic performances; professional practica; laboratory examinations; "open book" or "take home" examinations; and examinations administered by the instructor or Undergraduate Records during formal examination periods. Students may be asked to reflect critically on their own work or the work of other students; however, in all courses, instructors are responsible for the determination of grades. Instructors may not assign this responsibility, in whole or in part, to students, other than students appointed as teaching assistants or laboratory assistants under the terms of their appointments.
Instructors will normally return all student work submitted that will count toward the final grade, except final examinations.
Instructors are expected to give corrective comments on all assigned work submitted and, if requested to do so by the student, on final examinations.
Where appropriate and practical, instructors should attempt to mark students work without first determining the students identity.
Instructors are responsible for providing the departmental Chair and the students in the course with a written course outline at the beginning of the course. The outline must state the course content and/or objectives and the following information:
Instructors who use electronic media to publish their course outline should ensure that students who do not have access to the electronic outline are provided with a printed version. They must file printed versions of their outlines with their department or school.
Instructors who plan to use a plagiarism detection software program to detect plagiarism in essays, term papers and other assignments should include a statement to that effect in the course outline provided to students.
A student may submit the same essay or assignment for two courses when both instructors have been informed and have given their written permission to the student.
If a student submits an essay or assignment essentially the same in content for more than one course without prior written permission of the instructors, an instructor may withhold partial or total credit for the course work.
Term essays and examination papers in any course will be refused a passing grade if they are deficient in English. When an instructor has reasonable grounds for believing a student lacks the necessary skills in written English, the instructor, in consultation with the English departments Director of Writing, can require the student to write an English Deficiency Examination, administered by the English department, the results of which will be binding, regardless of any credit the student has accumulated at UVic or elsewhere.
In any science course which includes laboratory work, students will be required to achieve satisfactory standing in both parts of the course. Results for laboratory work will be announced by the department prior to the final examinations. Students who have not obtained a grade of at least D will not be permitted to write the examination and will not receive any credit for the course. If a student obtains satisfactory standing in the laboratory work only and repeats the course, the student may be exempted from the laboratory work with the consent of the department. The same rules may, at the discretion of the department concerned, apply to non-science courses with laboratory work.
In some courses students may be assigned a final grade of N or debarred from writing final examinations if the required term work has not been completed to the satisfaction of the department concerned. Instructors in such courses must advise students of the standard required in term assignments and the circumstances under which they will be assigned a final grade of N or debarred from examinations.
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