University guidelines for upcoming final examinations

University guidelines for upcoming final examinations

            The Teaching Methodical Centre of SDU has prepared this guideline for the upcoming final examinations taking into account the current emergency circumstances and the challenges that the students and teachers encounter. However, it is essentially important to preserve the quality of assessment approaches which will provide the objectivity and fairness of the given marks.

General rules

  1. Only students who are registered in the discipline and did not leave after registration, as well as students who do not have financial and academic debts (students approved by the Financial Council) are allowed to the exam.
  2. Examinations are conducted in accordance with the approved schedule (on the specific day / at the specific time). Exams are allowed on weekends / holidays.
  3. General Subjects are held on the appointed days by the university.
  4. Only one exam per day is allowed. (Excluding students with retake or difference disciplines) These students may apply a request to the Course Instructor. These students can submit a request to the Faculty.
  5. Examination platform (Moodle / Classroom / Webex, etc.), examination format (oral / written / case / project, etc.), examination sheet template, time, number of questions / volume are in the competence of the faculty / university administration. Social media (whatsapp, messenger, etc.,) is not allowed, only licensed educational platforms are allowed to use.

* The university administration allows a remote offline form due to the fact that some students do not have access to the Internet

  1. During the exam, the student must comply with the rules of academic honesty.
  2. A student who was unable to write / complete the exam due to technical problems can apply for a repeat exam within 1 day by informing the Course Instructor. These students can submit a request to the Faculty.
  3. The faculty / university is responsible for organizing the examination process for students without an access to the Internet, as determined by the faculty / university.

“Incomplete” mark can be set. The student writes a request – the faculty considers and makes a decision (in case of a positive decision, the teacher of the subject puts a rating of “Incomplete” on the portal). After passing the exam, on the basis of the decision of the faculty, Students Service Center puts a corresponding mark on the portal.

  1. The subject teacher must determine the requirements for the exam and inform students in advance.
  2. Appeals are written to the Faculty.

*The Faculties were encouraged to discuss and decide the forms of examinations of each course in the Faculty in order to respond holistically to the current pedagogic and technical challenges the teachers and students face. The Faculties are welcome to refer to the table below where the forms of examination are listed. The instructors will be provided with the online proctoring platform on their demand and the turn-it-in system must be used for the written forms of examination such as reports, projects and so on to see the similarity rates.

 The recommended forms of examination


The type of examination




Multiple choice exams

These are used to present a large number of questions/statements, each usually being of the same value. For each question/statement one is required to select the most appropriate response or responses from a list of choices. These exams require one to demonstrate knowledge and command of content.

MOODLE, Google forms, etc.


Short answer

This type of exam includes a lot of questions requiring answers of up to a paragraph long. The questions may vary in what they test (e.g. testing memory, testing knowledge about concepts).

MOODLE, Google forms, etc.


Essay exams

This type of exam presents a range of questions divided into topic sections covered in the course. One may be expected to give an essay response on more than one topic and show how theories have contributed to the knowledge areas.

MOODLE, Google forms, etc.


Open Book exams

Students are allowed to bring and use notes, books or other reference materials. The focus of this type of exam is to test what the students have learned as well as their use of knowledge.

MOODLE, Google forms, etc.


Take Home exams

This type of exam has a similar format and expectations to essay exams except that it is done at home. The exam is usually provided online to students shortly before the submission date (e.g., 24 – 48 hours before).

MOODLE, Google forms, etc.


Research/Term papers, projects, reports

Students can be assigned to do a term research, project and submit the written reports. A course instructor is strongly encouraged to provide clear instructions (structure) of the written report and the criteria of assessment in advance.

MOODLE, Google forms, E-mail, etc.


The transfer of credits


Students are allowed and encouraged to take the courses on Coursera for campus catalogue at the course instructor’s recommendation. The successful ones can submit the copy of their certificates and the instructors in turn can check (track) on the website of Coursera for campus.

Coursera for campus


Oral exams

(not recommended)

Oral exams, sometimes called Vivas, can test one’s ability to verbally communicate key concepts, theories and ideas covered in the course.

Webex, etc


Other types


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