Amoud University regards examination, in its broadest sense and in its various types and forms, one of its pillars to realizing its vision and fulfilling its mission. Amoud relies on examination for a structured interpretation and giving of meaning to predicted or actual impacts of its proposals or results. The university relies on examinations to determine the quality of its programs; and as tools for providing information for improving the teaching-learning process, and for placement and grading and of the final degrees of students, as well as for monitoring purposes. Without effective examinations, all these important university functions would be null and void. In this realization, it has become necessary to explicitly prescribe policies that guide examinations in the university.
Definition of University Examination
In the context of Amoud University, and for the purpose of clarity, university examination refers to a systematic, rigorous, and meticulous application of scientific methods to assess the design, implementation, improvement, or outcomes of students learning. Examinations at Amoud University shall be concerned not just with the results obtained by a student, but also by what means such results were obtained. In this context, it shall include submission and
assessment of a thesis, dissertation, essay, Transfer of Status materials, Confirmation of Status materials, or other coursework which is not undertaken in formal examination conditions but is a requirement for, counts towards or constitutes the work for a degree or other academic award; and
Further Definition of Terms
In this Examinations Policy document, unless the context otherwise requires:
- ‘Academic division’ means a teaching academic unit in Amoud University, or any other institution designated by Amoud University and which is permitted to present candidates for matriculation;
- ‘Examiners’ includes all persons approved to examine candidates for University Examinations to which these regulations
apply. Where in this policy document examiners are distinguished as junior and senior, seniority shall, unless the context requires otherwise, be determined in accordance with regulations made by Senate.
- ‘Examination’ includes the submission and assessment of a thesis, dissertation, essay, practical work, or other coursework and any other exercise which is not undertaken in formal examination conditions but which counts towards or constitutes the work for a degree or other academic award of Amoud University;
- ‘University Examination’ means a group or number of examinations which a candidate must pass to obtain a degree or other award or to qualify as a candidate for a degree or other award of Amoud University;
- ‘Examination room’ means any place designated by Amoud University's Registrar or his or her deputy or approved by Senate as a place for one or more candidates to take an examination.
- ‘Supervisory unit’ means a Board of the unit or Faculty or other university unit which has supervision over a University Examination;
- ‘Board of Examiners’ means the body of examiners who are appointed to conduct a University Examination.
- ‘Head of Department’ means the Head of Department or other proper officer of a candidate's academic division.
In this document, ‘Words and expressions in the singular include the plural and those in the plural include the singular. These regulations shall, unless otherwise stated in any statute or in these or any other regulations, apply to all Amoud University Examinations, including all certificates and diplomas awarded by Amoud University, and to any Examination described as a qualifying examination.
Principles of Examinations at Amoud University
In the development, administration, processing and utilization of examinations results, Amoud University shall be guided by the following principles (without order of priority);
- Systematic: the university shall conduct systematic, data-based examinations that produce credible (demonstrably evidence-based, reliable and valid) results obtained through methodologies that are consistent with the aims of the examination.
- Competence: examiners shall display appropriate combination of competencies, such that varied and appropriate expertise shall be available for the examination process. Examiners must work within their scope of capability.
- Integrity and Honesty: examiners shall ensure the honesty and integrity of the entire examination process. A key element of this principle is freedom from bias in examination as underscored by three principles of (i) impartiality, (ii) independence, and (iii) transparency.
- Independence: there shall be independence of judgment such that examination results are not influenced or pressured by any party, and avoidance of conflict of interest, such that the examiner does not have a stake in a particular result.
- Impartiality: examinations findings shall be a fair and thorough assessment of strengths and weaknesses of a candidate.
- Transparency: the students shall be made aware of the reason for the examination, the criteria by which examination occurs and the purposes to which the findings will be applied.
- Respect for Candidates: Examiners shall respect the security, dignity and self-worth the candidates, and other stakeholders with whom they interact.