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Handbook Contents

1 General Information
2 Course Regulations and Progression
3 Module Selection and Course Transfers
4 Teaching, Learning and Study
5 Examinations and Assessment
6 Pastoral Care and Support
7 Student Voice
8 Careers and Personal Development
9 University Information

5.1 Examinations

The Examinations Section of the Academic Office is responsible for organising university examinations. Their webpages contain comprehensive information about examinations.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they attend the correct examinations and comply with the examination regulations 

There are three main periods during which examinations may be held which usually fall in the week ranges shown below;

  • January - Week 1 Term 2
  • Spring - Weeks 1-3 Term 3
  • Summer - Weeks 4-9 Term 3

Some modules have examinations outside these main periods, notably ST116 which takes place in December.

All our exams, including solutions and marking scheme, are moderated and checked by an internal member of staff and all examinations taken after your first year are also checked by an external examiner.

Moreover, the Department of Statistics holds scaling meetings at which all STxxx modules are considered in order to take into account any systematic impact that might have affected any of its modules.

Past papers are held in the university database

Covid-19 Advice

Online Examinations / Online Class Tests

  • submissions via AEP will not be accepted more than 2 hours after the expected submitted time.
  • submissions via AEP or Moodle will not be accepted after the end of the 24 hour window, regardless of the start time.
  • penalty for late submission = 0 grade
  • all late submissions and mitigation claims must go through Tabula, profile, personal circumstances.
  • it is the student’s responsibility to check the timings and to submit for mitigation if the submission is late.

Calculators in Examinations

• Calculators must not be passed from candidate to candidate during the examination; • Responsibility for the calculator’s proper functioning and acceptability is entirely that of the student; • Students taking examinations other than those of the Department of Statistics must ascertain the regulations governing the use of calculators from the Department concerned.

In particular, calculators are not allowed in ST115 or examinations organised by the Mathematics Department (these are all MAxxx module exams). In general, the same rule applies to tests for credit in MAxxx modules, unless students are otherwise informed by the lecturer running the test.

For examinations where calculators are permitted the Department of Statistics follows the University rule which states that, except for the display of error or function messages, calculators with non-numeric displays are not allowed. In other words prohibited calculators are those which can accept alphabetical data. Note that this includes most graphical calculators of the type acceptable in GCSE and A-level examinations. It is your responsibility to ensure that your calculator fulfils the University’s criterion and that your calculator is not of the prohibited type. Otherwise you may find yourself denied the use of your calculator and be involved in disciplinary proceedings.

Suggested suitable calculators for incoming students which are in line with recommendations from the Computer Science Department are Casio fx82, fx83 or fx85. All of these are available from SU and from well-known retailers. They are also reasonably priced.