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Cumulative Examination of Short Courses

Cumulative examination may consist of a written examination, long essay, or oral examination, as determined by the course of study.

For standard written exams, a student must select three of not less than ten essay prompts. Questions may include gobbets or photographic evidence with prompts to elicit commentary. Online proctoring techniques are at the discretion of the faculty.

For standard examination by long essay, not more than 50% may be material taken verbatim from weekly tutorial essays. The topic of the essay must be agreed in advance with the tutor. The scope of the essay topic must be aligned with the textual materials already available to the student. Examination essays are expected to be of a higher standard than tutorial essays, and must be well-structured, well-crafted, and contain extensive and appropriate citations to the primary and secondary literature of the course.

For oral examinations, a student must field questions about a long essay or dissertation in order to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. Oral examinations must conducted by a faculty member other than the immediate teacher or supervisor that has overseen the student’s submitted essay. Oral examinations act to shift the established mark of a long essay or dissertation, according to the viva voce examination template in this handbook.

Examination of a dissertation will in all cases be marked both by the tutor and by another faculty member of Woolf. Their marks will be averaged, but any spread greater than five points that cannot be immediately resolved by the two markers will trigger a review by a third faculty member for final decision. Dissertation will in all cases be examined by viva voce, and the examiner will be a faculty member different than the supervisor.