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Examinations

General

Student Academic Administration publish all examination schedules and make all the necessary provisions for Autumn, Spring and Annual Repeat examinations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Examination Timetables

End of semester examinations take place mainly in Weeks 14 and 15. However, examinations for particular cohorts undertaking either school placement or professional placement can take place in Weeks 10, 12 or 13 also. Annual repeat examinations take place in August each year (check the Academic Calendar for exact dates).

All examinations are scheduled in SAA examination centres, computer labs or in special accommodation venues.

Student Guidelines for Examinations

  • Arrive on time for your examination, ideally 15 minutes before the examination commences.
  • Be familiar with the correct location of your examination.
  • You must bring your valid student ID card with you to all examinations.
  • You are not permitted to bring personal belongings e.g. mobile phones, smart watches or any electronic communication device into an examination room/venue (if in doubt leave it at home).
  • The end of semester examinations will be run in compliance with the UL Assessment Regulations which can be found in the Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures.

See below and Student Handbook for further details. 

Examination Timetables

MIC Limerick

  • The provisional timetable is published and available on the web at www.timetable.ul.ie in Week 8/9. In the event of a module being missing from the timetable or that you are scheduled to do three examinations in the same day, you should contact Student Academic Administration immediately. Appropriate changes may then be made or other action taken.The deadline for notifying SAA of any such issues is 3pm on Thursday of Week 10.
  • The final timetable is published and available on the website during Week 10.
  • The annual repeat examination timetable is published and available on the website in the second week of August.

MIC Thurles

  • Timetables for students on the Thurles campus are made available ahead of examinations.
  • For any queries regarding examination timetables, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, on +353 504 20535 or Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.

Seating Arrangements

MIC Limerick

Seating arrangements for each module during the examinations period are available from the LAN in the SAA section. Please note that seating arrangements change for each examination slot.

MIC Thurles

Seating arrangements for examinations on the Thurles campus are made available ahead of examinations. For any queries regarding these arrangements, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, on +353 504 20535 or Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.

Examination Timetables

Spring Semester 21.22 Exam Timetables

Week 12 Spring Semester Exam Timetable (Final)                      Assessment Regulations

Week 14.15 Spring Semester Exam Timetable (Final)                 Assessment Regulations

 

MIC Thurles Spring Examination Timetable                                  Assessment Regulations

Annual Repeat Exam Timetable

Please note that Annual Repeat Examinations for formal sit down exams will provisionally take place between Saturday 20 August and Saturday 27 August, 2022.

The exam timetable will be available mid July – approximately.

Results, Rechecks & Appeals

Spring semester results will be available from 10.00am on Monday 20th June, 2022

Accessing Results

 

Students on the Student Administration Portal UNIT-e

First Year and Second Year Undergraduate full-time students, First Year PME students and LINC students, registered on the UNIT-e system, can access their results by logging into https://register.mic.ul.ie, using their Username (MIC Email address) and Network Logon Password, and clicking on the "Results" tab on the Homepage screen.

Results can also be accessed at the following site: https://examresults.mic.ul.ie.

 

Students on the Student Administration Portal SI

Students registered on the SI system can access their results via the MIC Results server https://examresults.mic.ul.ie.

 

  • In order to access your results on-line, it is essential that you know your Network Logon Password (i.e. the password you use to access Student E-mail, Moodle etc.). If you have forgotten your Network Logon Password, you can reset it via  https://passwordreset.microsoftonline.com.
    If your password has expired you can reset it via https://adconnect.mic.ul.ie. For any other issues please email icthelpdesk@mic.ul.ie.
  • We strongly urge you to check that your network logon password is working correctly in advance of release of results to avoid undue delay in accessing your results.
  • If you do not see your current results when you log in, it may be because you have an outstanding fees balance. Please log into www.si.ul.ie or https://register.mic.ul.ie (whichever is applicable to you) to view your balance and make any outstanding payments. Once your account is at a 0 (zero) balance your results will be released for the next business day on the Student Administration Portal (www.si.ul.ie) or https://register.mic.ul.ie (whichever is applicable to you) as the results will not be updated on the MIC Results Server.
  • Final year students can access their module results on the morning of Monday 20th June on the MIC Results Server. However, in the late afternoon/early evening of Monday 20th June, all students will be able to access their updated MIC Student Transcript on the MIC Student Portal at the following Link, www.si.ul.ie.
  • Each graduating Final Year student will have the degree that they have been awarded printed on their updated transcript. We would advise students to wait and view the award listed on their transcript until the late afternoon/early evening on 20th June.

 

  • Under no circumstances can results be given over the phone or email as the College is obliged to protect the confidentiality of results under the Data Protection Acts. 

Feedback on Assessments:

Students will be able to access their assignments and view feedback, where it exists, from Monday 20th June 2022 onwards, when results become available.

Students are asked to follow the steps below to view their script(s):
1. Log into Moodle.
2. Click on the module you wish to view the script for.
3. Click on the link to which you uploaded your assignment.
4. Click on your assignment to view comments/feedback.

Alternative Viewing of Assignments requesting Further Feedback

Online application period for viewing (additional feedback): Monday 20th June – Thursday 23rd June, 2022.

If feedback has already been provided to you on Moodle or directly by your lecturer(s), there is no need to submit an application.

Students of the Faculty of Arts:  If feedback has not been provided, students should complete and SUBMIT the relevant survey for Alternative Viewing of Assignments requesting Further Feedback available here.

Students of the Faculty of Education: In the first instance, students should consult the individual Module Assessment Feedback Document for feedback arrangements (if any) for the module. Please follow the instructions provided by the lecturer(s).

Please note for B.Ed students, the majority of core modules are not providing individualised feedback. Instead, students are advised to self-assess using the detailed grading rubric they were provided with. 

Education students who wish to seek feedback from modules that are providing individualised feedback should complete and SUBMIT the relevant survey for Alternative Viewing of Assignments requesting Further Feedback available here.  

Requested feedback will be available to students on the following dates: 

Online: Tuesday 28th June – Wednesday 29th June, 2022         

Relevant lecturers will make feedback available to students.

 

Script Viewing of Formal Sit-Down Examinations 

Online application period: Monday 20th June – Thursday 23rd June, 2022

To view feedback for formal sit down examinations students should complete and SUBMIT the relevant survey for Alternative Viewing of Assignments requesting Further Feedback available here.

Script viewing will be available to students on the following date: 

Script Viewing in person: Wednesday 29th June, 2022

 

 

Should you believe that your grade in a module is incorrect, you can have the grade rechecked.

Online recheck applications for Spring semester 2021/22 are open from Monday 20th June – Friday 1st July, 2022 via https://www.mic.ul.ie/rechecks-appeals-fees

Recheck fee: €25 per module, which is refundable only if the grade is changed as a result of the recheck. Remember grades can be lowered by a recheck, so be sure you really believe the grade awarded is incorrect before applying. Note: Dissertation modules spanning the academic year, e.g. Undergraduate Dissertation 1 in Autumn and Undergraduate Dissertation 2 in Spring equates to two modules and a recheck fee of €50.

School Placement: liaise with schoolplacement@mic.ul.ie

You will be notified via your College student email once the grade recheck decision has been finalised by the relevant faculty member.

Should the student not be satisfied with the outcome of the grade recheck, he/she may appeal the matter to the Head of Department (HoD) responsible for the module. The appeal must be made within two weeks of the publication of the grade recheck result. 

The HoD decision is final.

Should the student not be satisfied with the outcome of the grade recheck, s/he may appeal the matter. The Appeal application must be completed and submitted within two weeks of the publication of the grade recheck result together with the appropriate fee of €50 per module (FYP = 2 modules). The application will be forwarded to the department head responsible for the module. 

The appeal must be on stated grounds and should include a full and complete statement on why you believe the grade awarded is incorrect i.e. stating that you deserve a better grade is not sufficient grounds.  Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information.

Online appeal applications can be submitted via https://www.mic.ul.ie/rechecks-appeals-fees from Monday 4th July, 2022.

The HOD decision is final. 

A cumulative QCA of 2.00 with no deficient grades (i.e. 'F', 'NG', 'I') is the minimum standard for progression to the next year of your course.

All grades taken in the annual repeats will be capped at C3. The higher of the original or the repeat grade will be awarded in all cases. In cases where students received an I-Grade during semester examinations, these I-Grade modules are not capped at the annual repeats.

Students who do not attain the minimum QCA at the end of the year will on the recommendation of the relevant examination board:

  1. Repeat the year, or;
  2. Repeat a full semester, or;
  3. Repeat a maximum of two modules in any one semester on a link-in basis. In such an instance, grades are uncapped, or;
  4. Enrolment is terminated.

I-Grades

Students will be notified of the outcome of their I-Grade application when Spring semester results are published on Monday 20th June, 2022.

If a student is awarded an I- Grade, the student must liaise directly with the lecturer in charge of the module to find out what is required to clear their I-Grade. I-Grades must be cleared by the end of the Annual Repeat Examination Period of the Academic Year in which they are granted.

Final Year Prospective Graduate Students who were granted an I-Grade in the Autumn Semester, and did not avail of the opportunity to clear it in May, must clear this I-Grade by August 2022 in order to be eligible to graduate in October.

I-Grades are uncapped and there is no repeat fee for clearing an I-Graded module.

It is important that you register online for I-Graded modules during the annual repeat registration period even though you may have cleared the module at this point, otherwise it will not be possible to grade your module(s). 

For further information on how to register for I-Graded modules please see the Annual Repeats section on this page.

 

The I-Grade process will continue to operate as outlined in section 4.2.3 of the University of Limerick Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures.  

 

What is an I Grade?

An I-Grade is of benefit when you are not able to complete all the requirements for a module during the normal semester timelines and have submitted certifiable evidence of medical and/or psychological illness or immediate family crisis where the presence of the student is indispensable. I-Grades shall not be assigned in response to a plea made in respect of pressure of work. Students must submit satisfactory evidence to support the request for an I-Grade and such certification is valid only when it comes via the Student Medical Centre, Counselling or Chaplaincy services. An I-Grade provides you with the opportunity to undertake the assessment(s) again over the summer with no academic penalty.  The specific requirements to clear an I-Grade are set at module level and as such will be available from your module coordinator.

 

COVID-19 - Changes to the I Grade Application Process

The I-Grade process is designed to support students who find themselves in an immediate crisis and, where relevant, takes actions to avert recurrence. Our normal Academic Regulations require that a student has either engaged with, and has the support from, our professional services (Counselling, Medical, or Chaplaincy) or has submitted adequate certifiable third-party evidence to those professional services for consideration.

However, to support those of you who find yourselves in an immediate crisis due to COVID-19 and, where relevant, have taken reasonable action, the institution has created an I-Grade which covers all non-health, non-counselling, and non-chaplaincy issues related specifically to COVID-19.  

It is important to note that you should not apply for an I-grade unless you are certain that you will not be able to complete all assessments in time.  In the first instance you should contact your module coordinator to ascertain if there is a possibility to extend the submission date.

 

Applications for Spring Semester I-Grades

I-Grade application forms are available on the student portal. Please click here.

All applications must be submitted by way of email to Lisa.Leahy@mic.ul.ie.                

All applicants must complete all sections of the application process regardless of which category of I-Grade you are selecting. 

The four categories available are:

(1) Student Health Centre/External Health Centre

(2) Counselling Department

(3) Chaplaincy Department

(4) COVID-19 Exceptional I-Grade

When submitting an application for consideration under any of the categories you will be required to provide some basic information – this includes your current year of study, the current semester, and more importantly the modules your application will cover. 

For any queries regarding I-Grades at MIC Thurles, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, at Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.

 

The COVID-19 Exceptional I-Grade

To support those of you who may find yourselves in an immediate crisis due to COVID-19 and, where relevant, have taken reasonable action, the institution has created an I-Grade which covers all non-health, non-counselling, and non-chaplaincy issues related specifically to COVID-19.  This category may cover, for example, students required to restrict your movements so you cannot attend an exam, a change in your home care arrangements, an inability to engage in remote assessment due to a change in personal circumstances, etc. (it should be noted that this list is indicative only).  For the avoidance of doubt this category does not include any health-related issues pertaining to COVID-19.  In the case of health-related issues pertaining to COVID-19, please tick the Student Health Centre/External Health Centre option on the application form.

Before making your application, you will also be asked to certify that your application has been made in good faith and is a truthful and accurate representation of the facts at this time.

When making an application under the COVID-19 category you will be requested to enter the reason why you are submitting this application for consideration, this must include the full details of the COVID-19 related issue and reference any third-party certification that supports the application.  There is no need to submit copies of any third-party certification to MIC at this stage but you should retain copies for future use if required.  Where no third-party certification is available, it is vitally important to state that you are self-certifying.

 

Changes to the Student Health Centre I-Grade Application

Due to a continued call on our front-line healthcare workers, MIC is keen to minimise the impact of our internal processes on the country’s health system and services.  As such, where you are submitting an application for a Student Health Centre I-Grade for consideration and you do not already have third-party certification that supports the application, there is no requirement to seek such certification.  The application must include the full details of the medical related issue and, where available, reference any third-party certification that supports the application.  There is no need to submit copies of any third-party certification to MIC at this stage but you should retain copies for future use if required.  Where no third-party certification is available, it is vitally important to state that you are self-certifying.

For the avoidance of doubt this category includes all health related issues inclusive of COVID-19 health related issues. Please tick the Student Health Centre/External Health Centre option on the application form.

 

The Chaplaincy and Counselling I-Grade

There have been no changes to either the Counselling or Chaplaincy I-Grades.  Both services continue to operate. If you are applying for a Counselling or Chaplaincy I-grade, these services will need to support this request.

The regulations pertaining to the I-Grade process are covered within section 4.2.3 of the University of Limerick Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures which is available here.

 

Student Status

Student Status

Applications for requests for Leave of Absence, Return from Leave of Absence, Internal Transfer, External Transfer, Readmission, Exemptions, etc. should be emailed to the following:

MIC Limerick students

All applications to be considered by the Student Status Committee should be emailed to Carrie.Ryan@mic.ul.ie.

MIC Thurles students

All applications to be considered by the Student Status Committee should be emailed to Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.

 

Annual Repeats

Generally, if a student fails an exam(s)/assessment(s) in the Autumn or Spring Semester they can avail of the annual repeats in the Summer Semester.                                                 

Students who have deficient grades in the Autumn or Spring Semester of 2021/2 will receive an Action Report Letter which will provide them with the options available to them to enable them to clear their deficient grades.                                                                                                             

Students who can avail of the annual repeat process will be able to register for annual repeat modules from Wednesday 22nd June to Wednesday 29th June 2022 inclusive.

If you have failed an examination/assessment in the Spring Semester and wish to seek further advice specific to your particular situation, please contact:

  1. SAA (saa@mic.ul.ie) – if you are an Arts Faculty Student
  2. Education Office (EducationOffice@mic.ul.ie) – if you are an Education Faculty Student

 

Annual Repeat Registration

Annual Repeat Registration Dates:  Wednesday 22nd June to Wednesday 29th June 2022 inclusive.

 

Students on the Student Administration Portal UNIT-e

If you are a First Year or Second Year Undergraduate full-time student, a First Year PME student or a LINC student, please follow the following steps to register and pay for your annual repeat(s):

  • To register and pay for your annual repeats, open your internet browser and go to https://register.mic.ul.ie/ and log in with your student email and network logon password.
  • On the home page select the button labelled Resits.
  • From the resits page, your mandatory resits will be preselected. You can choose any voluntary resits you wish to take by selecting the check box next to each module.
    • Note that you can only repeat a maximum of four modules per year or two modules if you have completed only one semester. This limit excludes I grades. There is no maximum limit for repeating I grades.
  • Once you have completed your choice press the Process button to complete your registration.
  • You can view your registration by selecting the resits button from the home page.

Students on the Student Administration Portal SI

If you are a Third Year or Fourth Year Undergraduate student or postgraduate student, please follow the following steps to register and pay for your annual repeat(s):

  • To access the Annual Repeat Registration form, open your internet browser and go to http://www.mic.ul.ie/repeat-fees.
  • Please read the Important Information section before completing the registration form.
  • Please ensure you complete all required fields, otherwise you will receive an error indicating ‘Please fill out this field’.
  • When entering your module details, please note that in the ‘Initial Grade’ drop-down menu you must select the result you have obtained in the module, e.g. D1, D2, F, N, NG, I. If you are an Education student who has to repeat a component of a module, select ‘QPV’ as the initial grade.
  • Once you have completed the registration form and payment process, you will receive an e-mail to your MIC Student E-mail address confirming payment for the modules you registered for.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail please notify Student Academic Administration via e-mail to annualrepeats@mic.ul.ie
  • If you receive any error messages during the registration process please e-mail annualrepeats@mic.ul.ie.

 

  • Please note that the repeat fee is €172 per standard module for EU students. Repeat fees for placement modules can vary.

 

  • It is essential that you complete your repeat registration within the given deadline of Wednesday 29th June 2022 or you may be liable for a late registration fee of €30.
  • It is important that you register for “I” graded modules even though you may have cleared the module at this point otherwise it will not be possible to grade your module(s).  
  • If you apply for a Grade Recheck and the outcome is successful, and as a result you are not required to repeat a module(s), the fee will be refunded to you.
  • If you are in this situation, you could delay registering for repeat modules until the closing date for repeat registration and you may have received the outcome of a recheck at that point.
  • Should you apply to repeat a module(s) and later decide to withdraw, please ensure that you email annualrepeats@mic.ul.ie in order to be deregistered from this module. Please bear in mind that the repeat fee is non-refundable.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked your Residual QCA and that you have made the correct choices to enable you to progress or graduate.  

 

Undergraduate Dissertation

If you are required to repeat your Undergraduate Dissertation please note that this equates to two modules. Please ensure that you register for both modules. 

 

Should you need any further clarification please direct queries to annualrepeats@mic.ul.ie. Please use your MIC student e-mail account in all correspondence regarding annual repeat examinations. 

 

In addition to the requirement regarding your residual QCA, certain other criteria apply to repeat examinations.

  • A maximum of four modules can be repeated provided you have completed two academic semesters in the year.
  • Students who complete only one academic semester in a year may only repeat two modules from that semester.
  • All modules other than those carrying ‘I’ grades are capped at a grade C3. I-Grades are uncapped.
  • I-Grades will not be counted in the maximum permissible number of modules which a student is allowed to repeat.
  • There is a fee payable on registration for repeating all modules except I-Grades, there is no repeat fee in respect of clearing an I-Grade.
  • Only grades lower than C3 may be repeated (i.e. D1, D2, F, NG, ‘I’).
  • Minimum standard for progression to the next year of the programme after the repeat is a QCA of 2.00 with no deficient grades.
  • Students on the BA in Liberal Arts programme who have been granted permission to split their studies across two years will only be eligible to clear deficient grades at the end of the period when both halves of the split year have been completed.

If your QCA is already over 2.00 with no deficient grades but you have some D1 and/or D2 grades, you are entitled to progress to the next year without repeating modules unless otherwise specified in the Programme Specific Regulations for your programme. However, you may opt to clear the D1 or D2 grades (i.e. to upgrade them to a Pass grade–capped at C3) by voluntarily sitting annual repeats subject to the above criteria. If you receive a worse grade in the repeats, the original grade will remain.

See Student Handbook for further details. 

As per section 1.4.16 of Academic Regulations (see below):

Annual repeats will be available in all modules in all years of all academic programmes except where Heads of Departments make a written submission to the Vice President - Academic Affairs not to offer a repeat in a module or part thereof in cases where:

  1. It would not be feasible to offer a repeat assessment;
  2. Specific required skills have not been demonstrated by the student;
  3. The module has been defined as having professional accreditation-related elements and, in accordance with section 3.5.1, repeat opportunities are restricted.

As approved by the Academic Regulations Committee:

  • Modules where the assessment relies substantially on completion of practical work
  • Specialist placement, e.g. Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Teaching Practice; clinical placements
  • Cases where a conventional written examination is not considered a suitable assessment instrument
  • Projects undertaken by means of team-based work/project, where skills development is being assessed either progressively or continually over a semester
  • Where there is a safety implication in a laboratory or workshop
  • Calendar implications

Classification of Awards

Bachelor's Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

The award of a bachelor's degree, diploma (either undergraduate or postgraduate) or certificate (either undergraduate or postgraduate) is made at honours levels. To qualify for the award of a bachelor's degree or diploma or certificate, a candidate must:

  • Satisfy all the assessment and other requirements set for the programme of study;
  • Achieve a minimum final cumulative QCA of 2.00, with full credits in all prescribed modules of the programme of study, and;
  • Satisfy any programme specific regulations as specified for particular programmes.

Awards will be at one of the following classifications:

Award Classification/Cumulative QCA                                                    

  • First Class Honours: 3.40
  • Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2.1): 3.00
  • Second Class Honours Grade 2 (2.2): 2.60
  • Third Class Honours: 2.00

The Academic Council Examination Board may consider a candidate whose final cumulative QCA is not more than 0.10 less than the QCA required for a First Class, 2.1 or 2.2 classification and who satisfies the other requirements for the proposed award.

A student who fails two PARE modules in Years 2, 3 or 4 may be eligible for an Exit Award or for transfer to an appropriate exit programme.

President’s Scholarships to undertake postgraduate study in the College are awarded to students who graduate with First Class Honours from the nine undergraduate programmes. Students who achieve first place on each of the undergraduate programmes are awarded College Gold Medals. The award is made to the student with the highest QCA as calculated on the student's performance over the final six semesters of the programme. Students who have not completed six semesters within these programmmes at MIC are not eligible for consideration for this particular award. A range of other awards and scholarships are presented to students at the Annual Graduation Ceremonies. For further details, please contact the MIC Research & Graduate School.

An aegrotat award may be awarded to a student who has died or is unable to complete their programme of study due to very serious illness or other grave circumstances. An award made on an aegrotat basis is unclassified and does not entitle the student to the benefits of an award of the university, including meeting the entry requirements of a programme of further study, exemptions or recognition by professional bodies or the right to practise in a profession. In the event that a student who has received an aegrotat award makes a significant recovery from an illness, the student may be permitted to re-enter the programme of study.  See Student Handbook for further details.

A Posthumous Award may be awarded to a student who has died without having met the eligibility criteria for an aegrotat award. To be eligible for a posthumous award, the deceased student must have completed at least 30 ECTS credits on a taught programme or successfully passed at least one annual progression review on a research programme

VENUES and SEATING ARRANGEMENTS for WEEK 14 & 15 Examinations 2022

  • General
  • Examination Timetables
  • Results, Rechecks & Appeals
  • I-Grades
  • Student Status
  • Annual Repeats
  • Classification of Awards
  • VENUES and SEATING ARRANGEMENTS for WEEK 14 & 15 Examinations 2022