Office of the Registrar
University Regulations (2015/2016)
6.7 Evaluation
6.7.1 Method of Evaluation
  1. The method of evaluation in any course shall be determined by the academic unit subject to all University regulations.

6.7.2 Informing Students of the Method of Evaluation
  1. The method of evaluation and required prerequisites or co-requisites shall be made known to students before the end of the first week of lectures in any semester or session.

  2. This information shall be in typewritten or computer-generated format and shall be provided in paper form to the students present in each class during the first week of lectures. In the case of online courses, this information may be provided electronically.

  3. The following shall be included in the explanation of the method of evaluation:

    • the allocation of marks for all parts of the evaluation, e.g., assignments, laboratory projects, presentations, tests, mid-term examinations, final examinations;

    • the approximate dates of all parts of the method of evaluation that will take place in class, e.g., tests, mid-term examinations, presentations, and assignments;

    • the dates on which all parts of the evaluation to be completed out of class are due; and

    • whether deferred tests or mid-term examinations or extensions of deadlines for out-of-class work are permitted.

  4. A student who is prevented from writing a test or mid-term examination or completing assigned work by the deadline, by illness or bereavement or other acceptable cause, duly authenticated in writing, may apply, in writing and with supporting documents, for an alternate evaluation. Normally, this application must be made within one week of the original date of the examination or deadline to the course instructor.

  5. Methods used for notification of grades earned in all parts of the method of evaluation and for the return of graded evaluative instruments will be in keeping with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

  6. When it is determined that there will be a common final examination for day and evening sections of a course, students must be so informed in the explanation of the method of evaluation for the course and prior to the end of the registration period.

6.7.3 Changing the Method of Evaluation
  1. The explanation of the method of evaluation, as made available to the class in the first week of lectures, shall be changed only if:

    • exceptional circumstances warrant the change; and

    • the head of the academic unit approves the proposed change; and

    • accommodation is made for students who demonstrate to the faculty member that they are disadvantaged by the change.

6.7.4 Good Writing Skills
  1. Regardless of the method of evaluation, good writing skills are required for effective communication. Students are, therefore, expected to demonstrate proficiency in logical organization, clarity of expression and grammatical correctness in their writing. For further information refer to Grading - Good Writing.

6.7.5 Completing a Course
  1. When it is prescribed that students, once registered, must complete a particular course, it is understood that they shall, when required, attend lectures given in the course, perform laboratory projects, and exercises that may be assigned and any other written or oral exercises prescribed, write or otherwise answer tests and examinations given in the course throughout the semester or session, including any final examinations, and shall obtain an overall passing grade in the course in accordance with the prescribed evaluation procedures.

6.7.6 Correction and Return of Student Work
  1. Provided that students submit work by the due date outlined in the method of evaluation, instructors shall mark and return work that is worth a total of 20% of the final grade before the last day to drop courses without academic prejudice. This excludes practicums, placements, internships, theses, and courses where a single piece of work is used to determine the entire mark for the course.

  2. In courses where evaluation includes a final examination, provided that students submit work by the due date outlined in the method of evaluation, instructors shall make all reasonable efforts to mark and return all work before the beginning of the examination period.