Semester 2 2020 exams
The exam period for Semester 2 undergraduate and postgraduate students is 16-27 November.
Changes to Exam Formats
Current physical distancing measures required mean that on-campus, face-to-face exams are unable to take place this Semester. If there is any change to your type of final assessment, you will be informed by your Course Coordinator. Some courses may have a School-based assessment prior to the formal exam period. Check your Blackboard site for each course.
If your exam remains scheduled in the formal exam period, it will take place in one of the following formats:
- Online Timed Exam (Fixed Start) - The exam will be available in the Assessment or Assignment tab in Blackboard at the scheduled date and time on the exam timetable. You will be required to complete the exam within an allocated period of time advised in Blackboard. All students complete the exam at the same time regardless of time zone.
- Online Timed Exam (Flexible Start) - The exam will be available in the Assessment or Assignment tab in Blackboard at the scheduled date and time on the exam timetable. Students must complete the exam within an allocated time but may commence within a 9-hour period.
After your exam, you may be required to take part in a Viva (or oral exam) for quality assurance purposes. A Viva will consist of an interview with one or perhaps two staff conducted via Zoom, and will last approximately 10 minutes.
During this time, you will be asked questions about the answers you have provided in the examination. For instance, you may be asked about the workings of a calculation or the rationale behind the way you structured an essay. This will help us verify your knowledge of a topic, demonstrate its your own work and also provide important feedback to staff to help them make enhancements to future examination papers.
Stay up to date with your assessments in Blackboard
Information about your assessments can be found in the Assessments tab in Blackboard, so we recommend that you continue to check here for updates.
The Semester 2 Exam Timetable is available from 1 October and can be accessed here:
Good luck with your exams.
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