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December 2, 2020

To : All MSc, MSc(Env Man), MSTAT and MDASC students

 

1st Semester Examination 2020-2021

With the end of semester examinations approaching, I wish to draw your attention to the following issues:
 

(A) Online Examinations

Online examinations will be conducted via the HKU Online Examination System (OLEX) and Exam Moodle. Students should check the examination timetable (http://www.exam.hku.hk/faclist.htm), take note of the online examination platform and read the instructions carefully before taking the online examination (http://www.exam.hku.hk/pdf/onlinetimetables2019S2.pdf).

 

Students are also strongly advised to access the Drill Platform at https://drill-olex.hku.hk/exam/login.html or https://124.71.11.233:8073/exam/login.html (for students in Mainland China who have problems in accessing the drill platform via Internet). A Step-by-Step user guide for students using OLEX and Exam Moodle can be found on the ITS website at https://www.its.hku.hk/olex/user-guide. Demonstration videos can also be found at http://hku.to/Student-Before-Exam and http://hku.to/Student-During-Exam.

 

(B) In-person Examinations

In view of the COVID-19 epidemic situation, a number of infection control measures will be taken at the examination venue. Students should read the “Guidelines on Infection Control Measures for In-person Examinations” (http://www.exam.hku.hk/getProtected.php?tname=protected/pdf/guidelines.on.infection.control.pdf) before taking any in-hall examinations, and should strictly follow the instructions set out in the document.

 

Students with the following conditions should NOT attend any examination and should consult a doctor immediately:

1. Fever (tympanic temperature of 37.5ºC or above); or

2. Any respiratory symptoms in the past 7 days, such as cough, fatigue, shortness of breath; or

3. Sudden loss of taste or smell.

 

(C) Illness during the examination period

 1. A candidate who is unable because of illness to be present for any paper in the examination or who believes that the state of his/her health either immediately before or during the examination has significantly affected his/her performance should

 

(a) write to the Examinations Secretary immediately setting out the case; and

(b) arrange to submit a Form of Medical Certificate. The candidate should complete Part I and then give or send the form to the attending doctor with a request that it be completed within 2 days from the date of the examination concerned and sent by the attending doctor direct to the Director, University Health Service. The completed Form must reach the Director of the University Health Service not later than 14 days after the date of examination. The Form of Medical Certificate could be downloaded from http://www.hku.hk/exam/

 

2. The Board of Examiners (the Board) only considers the University’s Form of Medical Certificate with Parts I, II & III duly completed. Students must ensure that the Form, with Parts I & II completed, be sent to the Director of the University Health Service not later than 14 days after the date of the examination of the course concerned. Late submissions will not be considered.

 

3. Only those students who are permitted by the Board to take a supplementary examination will be individually informed of such an outcome. The Programme Team will arrange the supplementary examination as early as practicable, in consultation with the student concerned. Other students who are absent from examinations and are not permitted to take the supplementary examinations will result in an automatic failure in the examination component.

 

(D) Appeal of Examination Results

All examination papers are carefully marked by examiners and the results are duly approved by the Board of Examiners. The University’s position is that student appeals against examination results which are academic judgments are disallowed. However if students who wish to apply for checking of procedural irregularity or technical error of the assessment result should fill in an application form and send it to the Faculty Office within 14 days after the examination results are announced. Applications received after that date will not be considered. The application fee is HK$200 for each assessment result to be checked. Students have to submit one application form for each of the course to be checked together with the receipt of fee payment by email to scitpg@hku.hk. For details, please refer to the website: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/tpg/general

 

(E) Unsatisfactory Performance

Please note that students who do not perform satisfactorily may be required to discontinue from their studies in accordance with the following regulations and General Regulation G11.  
 

MSc and MSc(Env Man) Students

Sc32           A candidate who

  1. has failed to satisfy the examiners in more than half the number of credits of courses during any of the academic years or in any course at a repeated attempt, or
  2. is not permitted or fails to submit a new or revised dissertation or project report, or
  3. has failed to satisfy the examiners in their dissertation or project report at a second attempt, may be recommended for discontinuation of studies. 
     
MStat Students

MS 9.         A candidate who

  1. during any academic year has failed in half or more than half the number of credits of all the courses to be examined in that academic year; or
  2. has failed at a repeated attempt in any course; or
  3. has exceeded the maximum period of registration may be required to discontinue his/her studies. 

 

MDASC Students

MD 10.       A candidate may be required to discontinue his/her studies if he/she

  1. during any academic year has failed in half or more than half the number of credits of all the courses to be examined in that academic year; or
  2. has failed at a repeated attempt in any course; or
  3. has exceeded the maximum period of registration.

 

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