Student information & FAQsFormal Assessment Period

2022 Resit Diet

The University's Formal Assessment Resit Diet runs from 27 July to 9 August 2022 inclusive. Please note that these dates primarily relate to exams for Undergraduate students.  There may be alternative dates for PGT students and it is imperative that you contact your department for further details.

If you have any concerns about participating in a resit, such as personal circumstances you are experiencing or obtaining access to technical equipment or broadband, please contact your Module Leader to discuss your concerns. The University’s Personal Circumstances web page contains information on how to notify the University of any challenges you may be experiencing that impact on your academic studies, and the Myplace Student Support site contains technical guidance on preparing for online assessments to reduce the likelihood of experiencing any technical challenges on the day of your assessment.

The University provides academic integrity resources which may also be helpful in preparation for resits.

Please contact your Module Leader and/or Programme Director if you have any specific concerns regarding the upcoming resit period and any of your assessments.

Your Department/School will ensure that you are clear about the format of each of your assessments. If you are unsure about anything you should ask your Module Leader and/or Programme Director.

The library has individual study spaces, where you may be able to undertake your online assessment. The library’s opening hours are published online. Please speak to your department/school beforehand, if you are relying on use of University facilities to undertake an online assessment.

In preparing you for your online assessment, your Department/School will provide information on whether you can access materials (known as ‘open book’ assessments). Most online assessments will be ‘open book’, which means students will be permitted to access some relevant materials, i.e. notes, textbooks, webpages etc. ‘Open book’ assessments require as much preparation as ‘closedbook’ assessments. Your Department/School may inform you that you are prohibited from discussing your approach to the assessment with other students. Some assessments will be ‘closed-book’, meaning that materials cannot be accessed for the duration of the online assessment, and this will be made clear to students in advance of the assessment taking place. You should ensure you are clear on the scope of the online assessment in relation to accessing materials, and, if necessary, seek clarification from your Module Leader or Programme Director ahead of the assessment taking place.

The University’s Supporting Online Learning page can provide guidance for preparing for online exams and have resources available to help you prepare through their Myplace Study Skills site.

The University provides academic integrity resources which may also be helpful in preparation for resits.

Your Department/School will make it clear what equipment is required in order to undertake the online assessment. If you need additional support to access and/or operate particular equipment or resources, such as software, you should make your Department/School aware of this as early as possible.

Software packages are available to download free from the University.

MyPlace has technical guidance on preparing for online assessments and you should ensure you have taken the outlined steps to prepare for online assessments to reduce the likelihood of experiencing any technical challenges on the day of your assessment. Please read this guidance which will help you prepare for your online assessment. If you require further guidance, please contact your Module Leader or Programme Director.

Your Department/School will clearly set out its expectations for your online assessment, which could involve typed answers, but could also involve submissions which are handwritten or hand-drawn. If you are unsure about your Department/School’s expectations for a particular assessment, you should ask your Module Leader to clarify the assessment requirements.

Your Department/School will make the submission procedure clear to you as they prepare you for the assessment. If you have concerns or questions you should check your MyPlace module and/or programme pages for further guidance and get in touch with your Department/School office if you are still unclear after this.

No, you can complete your online assessment from wherever you are based, as long as you are able to access the appropriate hardware (e.g. a computer) and software (e.g. internet access to Myplace). The Myplace Student Support site has technical guidance on preparing for online assessments and you should ensure you have taken the outlined steps to prepare for online assessments to reduce the likelihood of experiencing any technical challenges on the day of your assessment. If you are in a different time zone please be aware that published submission times referenced in any documents relating to the assessment will be given in UK time.

Departments/Schools may choose to schedule online assessments for specific times or within specific windows of time. Where this has been done, the times will be published well in advance and due consideration will have been given to the possibility that some students could be engaging in the assessment in other time zones. If you have concerns about this, you should speak directly with your Module Leader or Programme Director.

If the University has approved any additional requirements for you in relation to assessments, your Department/School will ensure that these are still provided wherever appropriate. You should discuss any concerns regarding individual arrangements with your Module Leader or Programme Director and seek support from the Disability & Wellbeing Service if required.

Your department/school will provide you with information on who to contact and how to get in touch if you believe there is a problem with your assessment. You will also be told how the department/school will communicate any confirmed issues back to you and any other students undertaking the assessment.

You should communicate these, at the time or as soon as possible, to your Module Leader and contact the IT Helpdesk for technical assistance. You will not be penalised if you are experiencing technical issues outwith your control which cannot be mitigated within the timeframe of your online assessment, but it is essential that you communicate any challenges to your Module Leader.

We expect our students to act with integrity and avoid any practices or activities that might be considered as academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to: plagiarism; copying or colluding with other students; submitting someone else’s work; falsifying information; and duplication or resubmission of previously assessed work.

It is important to note that the University expects the same level of integrity to be demonstrated by students in relation to online assessments, as it does for assessments prior to the pandemic. For example, if students have been set a timed examination to complete on an individual basis, it will be unacceptable for students to collude to produce answers, in the same way that it would have been to do so in the examination hall.

The University has measures in place to ensure that the same quality standards for assessments are maintained for assessments delivered online. If the University has a concern about academic dishonesty in any assessment, it may invoke the Student Discipline Procedure. You can find more information on what constitutes Academic Dishonesty at the University here. The University provides academic integrity resources which may also be helpful in preparation for resits.

 

We understand that not all students will have easy access to quiet and distraction-free study spaces. The Library has individual study spaces, where you may be able to take your online assessment. The Library’s opening hours are published online.  If you anticipate a particular problem with this you should speak directly with your Module Leader or Programme Director to make them aware and to start, as early as possible, any discussions around mitigating this problem.

The University has over a thousand fixed PCs available in the Library and in student labs across the campus. 

If you're feeling isolated and unsupported, it’s important to reach out to others, this may be your peers, friends, or family.

It's advisable for students to inform programme/module leaders. You can also contact the University’s Disability & Wellbeing Service for support in these circumstances.

The University’s Study Skills Service will be able to provide support and guidance on effective study strategies for learning online and online assessments. The Myplace Study Skills site has guidance and support, and appointments can be booked online or by emailing studyskills@strath.ac.uk.

If you are experiencing personal challenges, you should visit the University’s Personal Circumstances web page. If you are concerned about your personal circumstances affecting your studies or assessment, you should discuss your concerns with your Programme Director.