Exams

Online Examinations

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Online Exams - Frequently Asked Questions

As we move to host our traditional exams online due to the Covid-19 situation, we have set out the following guidance regarding what to expect.

The following Guides will be available on your Moodle page regarding online exams, but these are available here to review in advance of any exam sittings:

Guide to Uploading Your Exam Answers to Moodle

Online Exams Instructions


FAQs for Online Exams
Online Exams FAQ Part 2

 

Word Count in Online Exams

Guidance of approximate word count for Online Exams at 1000 words per hour, quality is to be prioritised over quantity.

Online Forms for Students who Cannot Sit an Exam 

Personal Mitigating Circumstances Form (Ticketing System)
If circumstances have impacted a student's ability to undertake an assessment (such as an exam or an in-class test), requiring them to defer the opportunity, a PMC form must be submitted with supporting documentation to request this. Deferrals cannot be processed without this documentation, and are still subject to approval before these can be processed.

PMC forms must be submitted by no later than 7 days following the original assessment opportunity.
Deferred sittings will be hosted at the next available sitting of an exam - additional exams will not be hosted outside of their scheduled sittings for learners who were unable to sit the main scheduled sittings.


 

Proctoring in Online Exams

Guidance on Proctoring in Online exams - still open book environment but students should avoid over reliance on lecture notes or external sources, and copy and paste is still largely not allowed unless specifically allowed for by lecturer

 

Proctoring Platform Intro & Guidance Video

 

 

 

Academic Integrity in Online Exams

Academic Integrity is an important element of any assessment.

Please refer to the Guide on Academic Integrity in Online Exams under the Quality Assurance section of the website HERE.

Referencing in an Online Exam, where external sources or material is used, is still expected, although it does not need to be as formally formatted as referencing in an assignment would be. It should provide enough detail to indicate the material was not your own originally, and where it derived from:

  • In-text - direct quote (or replicated image) - (NAME, year, page)
  • In-text - paraphrased - (NAME, year, [page if available])
  • Reference List - NAME, year, Title or URL

 

This applies to:

  • Lecture notes;
  • External online sources (journal articles, news articles, books, websites, reports);
  • Any material that you have taken from another source.

 

Although referencing and the open book environment means notes can be referred to, students must be careful TO NOT OVER-RELY on external sources (from lecture notes, external sources, etc.) as this will not be 'answering the question' - your examiner is generally looking for YOUR understanding, not a replica of their lecture slides or external sources.
Students should also not expect to pre-prepare answers to transfer into an exam - take some key notes as pointers to remember, but any copy-and-paste or direct transcription should generally be avoided.