Assessment of Courses

Scheme of Assessment

Postgraduate diploma/ degree programmes may have compulsory and/ or optional courses. The assessment of student performance in each subject/ course will be based on the following scheme: 40% for tutorials/ term papers/ assignments/ in–class examinations, etc. and 60% for Final Examination. As stipulated in the rules and regulations, marks allocation between continuous assessment and the final examination in some degree programmes may be different from the above.

A student is required to obtain at least 50% of marks allocated for both continuous assessments and final examination to pass the relevant subject, unless otherwise stated in programme regulations. Any student who obtains less than 50% of marks for each component of a course shall be required to repeat the course.

Continuous Assessments

The Lecturer/Course Coordinator may inform students at the beginning of the course about the type of continuous assessments and allocation of marks between different kinds of continuous assessments. Students are required to submit relevant material and perform other requirements on/ before the given deadline. Failure to complete continuous assessments will lead to receive a fail grade for the course.

Final Examination

Final examination of a course will be held at the end of an academic term/ semester. Students are required to have 80% attendance to qualify to sit for the final examination of each course.

Number of Attempts

The maximum number of attempts a student is allowed to sit for an examination in any course is three. If the candidate fails a course in all three attempts, he/she will be considered to have failed the diploma/ degree programme and his/ her candidature will be terminated.

Assessment of Dissertations/ Theses

All research students should complete a dissertation/ thesis based on an independent research, in addition to the completion of the relevant courses of the degree programme, if there is any. The examination of the research component will also be subject to Examination Procedure, Offences and Punishments of the University. The thesis will be evaluated by two thesis examiners.

Viva-voce Examination

A candidate is required to pass an oral examination (viva-voce examination) of his/her thesis, in which the candidate presents his/her work within 20 minutes. At the viva voce examination, the candidate should be able to convince the Board of Examiners the importance of the research, methodology, findings, originality and his/her contribution to the subject knowledge.

A candidate is considered to have failed the thesis if his/ her thesis is rejected by the Board of Examiners or he/she failed to satisfy the Board of Examiners twice. In such a case, the candidature will be terminated and copies of the thesis submitted become the property of the University.

The maximum number of attempts a candidate faces the viva-voce examination is two.

Effective Date of Degrees

The effective date of the award of a postgraduate diploma/ degree shall be the date on which all the requirements of the diploma/ degree programme specified by the regulations relevant to the study programme are completed.