Taught Postgraduate Students
Examination & Grade
Information on Grades and GPA
Application for Make-Up Examination
Arrangement of Examinations During Bad Weather
Taught Postgraduate Programme Examination (Except MBA and those not offered on semester basis)
2nd Semester 2016-2017
1st Semester 2017-2018
- Semester Based Programmes (Please login SIS/BUniPort for details.)
- Trimester Based Programmes
- Make-up/Supplementary Examination Schedule
Information on Grade and GPA
Students are not allowed to sit for an examination if they:
have not completed the proper course/section enrolment procedures; or
have not settled any fees due to the University.
Students should read the examination timetable carefully and take note of the date, time and venue of the examinations. Having forgotten or misread the examination timetable is normally not an excuse to apply for make-up examinations.
Students should arrive at the examination venue at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time of the examination. Once they are admitted into the examination venue, they should sit in accordance with the seat number assigned to them.
Students will not be allowed to enter the examination venue after the first 30 minutes of the examination.
Students are not allowed to leave the examination venue after they are admitted into the examination venue (except with the permission of the Chief Invigilator), during the first 30 minutes after the examination has started, and the last 15 minutes of the examination.
Students should bring their Student Card (or HKID Card), which should be displayed at the top right-hand corner of the desk throughout the examination. Students without any such identification may not be allowed to sit for the examination.
Before entering the examination venue, students should make sure that unauthorized articles (e.g. books, manuscripts, notes, paper and all kinds of electronic/communication devices such as mobile phones, iPod, MP3 players, electronic dictionaries, databank watches) are taken out from their pockets and placed inside their bags. Mobile phones/electronic devices must be turned off.
Once they have entered the examination venue, students should place their bags under their seats immediately. Students should, before entering the examination venue, make sure that no unauthorized articles/items are placed in their pockets or on the body. They should also make sure that no unauthorized articles/items are put on the desk unless prior approval is given by the Chief Invigilator.
No pencil case/box should be placed on the desk. Students who bring a pencil case/box must place the stationery on the desk and put the pencil case/box under the seat.
Students must not turn over the pages of the examination question paper and must not start working until they are instructed to do so.
Students should remain absolutely silent once they enter the examination venue. They must not talk to or disturb other students. If they have questions, they should put up their hands and wait patiently for an invigilator.
Students who wish to leave the examination venue temporarily during an examination session should:
a. raise hand and wait for an invigilator;
b. leave only with the approval of the invigilator.
Before leaving the venue, invigilator has the right to check whether the student has placed any unauthorized articles/items in his/her pocket(s).
Students who have completed their examination and wish to leave the venue early during an examination session should:
a. first check the answer book(s) and papers that they bear their names, student numbers, course code and section number (even if no attempt has been made to answer any questions);
b. raise hand and wait for an invigilator;
c. leave only with the approval of the invigilator.
At the end of the examination, students should:
a. promptly stop writing, put their pens down at once, remain seated and wait silently until the invigilator has collected all answer books.
b. leave only when the chief invigilator tells them to do so.
c. not remove anything from the examination venue except personal belongings and the question papers (if allowed).
Students have the sole reponsibility to ensure that the examiniation regulations are observed and complied with. Students who are found to have breached any of the examination regulations will be subject to penalty or disqualification.
A student who has committed any of the following offences is subject to receiving an "F" grade for the course:
a. Copying other students' work or any form of cheating inside or outside the examination venue;
b. Having unauthorized articles on the examination desk, in the pockets or on his/her body during the examination session;
c. Removing articles/items other than personal belongings from the examination venue;
d. Leaving the examination venue without permission;
e. Disobeying instructions of an invigilator.
In addition, such cases of breaching examination regulations will normally be submitted to the Student Affairs Committee for further disciplinary action.
A student who is absent from an examination without an acceptable reason and proper documentation evidence will receive zero mark for that examination.
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is an important indicator of the academic standing of a student. It is obtained by adding all the grade points gained and then dividing the sum by the total number of units attempted.
The term is calculated from all the grade points gained and the number of units attempted in a given term. The cumulative GPA is calculated from the cumulative grade points gained and the cumulative number of units attempted.
Courses with grades D or F must be repeated. All courses repeated or taken for points are recorded in the transcript. The number of repeated courses (excluding courses taken for points) should be limited to two and each course can only be repeated once. If the course to be repeated is an elective course, it may be replaced by another course approved by the Department/Programme.
Student may only repeat courses with Grade C+ or below for improvement of GPA.
The original grades or the repeated grades, whichever are higher, will be included in cumulative GPA calculation.
Explanatory Notes for Transcript of Academic Record
Letter Denotations for the Media of Instruction for Courses Shown on Academic Transcripts
Application for Make-up Examination
A student who, because of extenuating circumstances such as illness, injury or other personal emergencies, is unable to present oneself at a semester / trimester / year examination should normally within five working days after the missed examination, apply in writing to the Graduate School for a make-up examination to be arranged. If the absence is due to illness, the application should include both a sick leave certificate and the Form of Medical Certificate completed by a qualified medical practitioner recommending for sick leave on the date of the missed examination.
When students apply to the Graduate School for make-up examinations, the following situations would normally not be considered:
If the application is approved, the make-up examination will be arranged by Academic Registry/Graduate School within six weeks after the examination period.
Elective surgery scheduled to be held on an examination day;
Public examinations such as TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc., held on an examination day; or
Students having forgotten or misread the examination schedule.
In all cases of make-up examinations, a new examination paper which is different from the regular one should be prepared and the relevant programme/examination board will decide if the grades for the make-up examinations should be downgraded.
A student who is absent from an examination and does not apply for a make-up examination or the application is disapproved, will be awarded a "zero" mark for the missed examination.
Application Form for Make-up Examination
Form of Medical Certificate