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PROSPECTUS OF HONOURS COURSES

2000/2001

This document contains information on all Honours courses on offer next year together with important information about admission to Honours and assessment in Honours courses. Please retain it for reference throughout the session.


Douglas Brodie,
Associate Dean.




ADMISSION AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE 2

LIST OF COURSES ON OFFER AND NOT ON OFFER IN 2000/2001 4
COURSE ENTRIES

A) COURSES ON OFFER 2000/2001 5 - 23
B) COURSES NOT ON OFFER 2000/2001 25 - 28

HONOURS TIMETABLE 24

INFORMATION FOR HONOURS STUDENTS 29 - 35

The Common Marking Scheme
Ill Honours Students
Oral Examinations
Appeals Against Marks or Classification of Degrees
Statement about late presentation of Essays
Quotations
Notification of Honours Results
Appendix - Specimen Illness Self-Certification Form

N.B. ALL HONOURS STUDENTS MUST BE IN RESIDENCE AND AVAILABLE TO SEE THEIR DIRECTOR OF STUDIES BY THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2000.


PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism is the appropriation without attribution of another personís thoughts or words. As a denial of that independence of thought which it is the aim of higher education to inculcate it is naturally a grave offence against University discipline. At best, the work in which it features is unlikely to contribute any marks to assessment; at worst it could merit expulsion from the University. See the fuller statement on the inside back page.


RULES GOVERNING ADMISSION TO HONOURS
AND TO INDIVIDUAL COURSES


1. With effect from session 1998-99 Faculty has altered the rules governing admission to Honours. The new rule is that all students who apply for admission to Honours will be admitted if they:

(a) have completed two years of study towards graduation, or, in the case of graduates, have completed one year of study within the Faculty; and

(b) by the end of the September diet of examination they have failed to pass not more than one of the courses (whether a half or a whole course) prescribed for their study in their years or, as the case may be, year in the Faculty.

2. Students who are not admitted to Honours may appeal if there has been a procedural irregularity. Students who wish to appeal should discuss the matter as soon as possible with their Director of Studies and give notice of appeal to the Faculty Officer no later than five days before commencement of the Autumn Term.

3. Application for admission to Honours is made on a form available in the Faculty Office. Applications should be made by the end of July in the year of study in which admission is sought. On the same form students are asked to choose the Honours courses they wish to take. This choice may only be altered by notification to the Faculty Office in writing.

4. In August those who are refused entry to Honours will be advised of the fact. Their cases will automatically be reconsidered following the resit diet of examinations. If they are admitted, only then will their application for entry to particular courses be considered.

5. Candidates entering the final year of Honours may apply for admission to Honours courses on forms available in the Faculty Office from the beginning of May. These applications must be submitted by Friday, 28th July and the choice then made can only be altered by notifying the Faculty Office in writing.

6. Where applications for a course exceed its quota, selection will be made on the grounds of general academic merit with any special criteria noted in the individual course entry.

7. Points are awarded for each degree course passed, whether by examination or exemption. No points are awarded for a pass obtained other than in a first diet of examination (Summer diet) unless the applicant had good reason to sit an examination in the Autumn diet. Previous failure in the course or disinclination to take an examination will not be considered good reason, but illness or extenuating circumstances will be so considered. If you are thinking of adopting this course talk to your Director of Studies in advance. Resitting exams to improve the grade is not permitted. Each pass is awarded points on the following scale:

A grade 4 points

B grade 3 points

C grade 2 points

D grade 1 point

A half course is awarded half the number of points stated above. (An A grade pass in a half course would therefore attract 2 points, for example).

Information on grades is available from Directors of Studies.




APPLICATION FOR AND ALLOCATION OF PLACES IN PARTICULAR COURSES

Once all forms have been received indicating course choice, the Faculty Office