Honours Thesis Assessment Policy
1.1 The deadline for submission of thesis will be 4pm on the last day of undergraduate teaching of the semester in which the thesis is due to be completed. Extensions may be granted only on medical or compassionate grounds when documentation is provided. Any extension may result in graduation being delayed.
2. Marking Procedures.
2.1 Each Honours thesis will be marked by two examiners according to the approved criteria. One of these examiners will normally be an internal examiner, the second may be an internal or an external examiner (an external examiner being external to the School or to the University). Theses should be submitted to the Honours coordinator via the School office.
2.2 The marking process is confidential. The names of examiners will not be divulged to students, although examiners may stipulate that their name can be released to students along with their final report once the examination process has been completed.
2.3 Once the two examiners’ reports have been received with their corresponding grades and weighted percentage scores, the Honours coordinator will instigate the process required to arrive at the final mark.
2.3.1 If the two examiners award the thesis the same grade, the program coordinator in consultation with colleagues (and where possible the examiner(s) and advisor(s)) will approve this grade as the final grade and an average of the two weighted percentage scores given will be calculated.
2.3.2 If the two examiners award the thesis two different grades one mark apart from each other (e.g. a 6 and a 7), the program coordinator in consultation with colleagues (and where possible the examiner(s) and advisor(s)) will decide which grade to award to the thesis. In general, it would be normal for the grade given to correspond to the grade arrived at by the calculation of the average of the weighted percentage marks given (e.g. one examiner gives a score of 88 and a grade of 7, the other a grade of 79 and a grade of 6, so the average percentage is 83.5 and therefore the final grade a 7). HOWEVER, it will be possible for the thesis to be awarded either the higher or lower of the two grades even if this does not accord with the above method if, after a meeting of the program coordinator, the two examiners and the advisor and during which all reports are carefully considered, it is decided that there are valid reasons why this grade is more appropriate (in which case a new percentage will need to be provided also).
2.3.3 If the two examiners award the thesis two different grades two marks apart from each other (e.g. a 5 and a 7), the program coordinator in consultation with colleagues (and where possible the examiner(s) and advisor(s)) will decide the final grade to be awarded to the thesis. In general, it would be normal for the final grade given to be the grade in between the two grades suggested by the examiners (e.g. a 5 and a 7 would give a final grade of 6) but a different final grade may be arrived at if the average of the weighted percentage scores indicates a different result to this OR if, after a meeting of the program coordinator, the two examiners and the advisor and during which all reports are carefully considered, it is decided to award the thesis with the higher or lower of the two grades (in which case a new percentage will need to be provided also).
2.3.4 If the two examiners award the thesis with two different grades three marks apart from each other (e.g. a 4 and a 7), the thesis will be marked by a third examiner. Once this third mark has been received, the three reports and corresponding grades and weighted percentages will be circulated to all three examiners and the advisor by the Honours coordinator. The Honours coordinator will then schedule a meeting to take place between the three examiners (if an examiner from outside the University has been used, he or she should be represented by a proxy – who could be the Honours coordinator), the Honours coordinator, the program coordinator and other members of the program as deemed appropriate by the program coordinator in order to arrive at the final mark to be awarded. In general, it would be expected that the third examiner’s grade would be closer to one of the original two grades than the other; this third grade, then, will then often prove crucial for the decision regarding the final grade and weighted percentage. However, this final decision is the sole decision of the three examiners and must be arrived at after the careful consideration of all of the reports. Comments from the advisor and others present at the meeting should only be taken into consideration for the award of the final mark if they contribute new material information not taken into account by the examiners in their deliberations.
2.4 Once a final grade and weighted percentage have been awarded, the Honours coordinator will submit the final grade and percentage via Si-net.