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Examinations

General

Spring semester results will be released on Monday 6 July, 2020.

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

    Annual Repeat Timetables 2020

    Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, there will be no formal sit down examinations at Annual Repeat time. MIC will offer alternative assessments for annual repeats in August. These will be made available on Moodle and/or distributed to students via e-mail from Module Leaders, by Friday 17th July, 2020. The final deadline for the submission of alternative assessments is Friday 28th August, 2020. Module Leaders may set interim deadlines for submission for individual assessments before Friday 28th August. 

    Timed examinations: Please note that in the case of French, Gaeilge and Mathematics, there will be timed examinations.

    Results, Rechecks & Appeals

    Please note the following information in relation to accessing Examination Results for the Spring Semester, Academic Year 2019/20. 

    • Spring semester results will be available from 9.00am on Monday, July 6th via the MIC Results server:  https://results.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 to avoid undue delay in accessing your results.
    • 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. 
    • Should you owe fees, you will not be able to access your results.

      Results will only be made available once the payments have been fully processed on the student accounts.

    Update in Relation to Feedback on Assessments/ Script Viewing:

    Online application period:  Monday 6 July – Wednesday 8 July, 2020.

    As all assignments will be submitted on Turnitin this year, the traditional script-viewing process has been modified.

    Students will be able to access their assignments and view feedback, where it exists, from 6 July 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.

    Students will be able to request additional summative feedback, which they would have traditionally received as part of the script-viewing process, between 6 July and 8 July through an online application. Students should complete and SUBMIT the relevant survey for Alternative Viewing of Assignments requesting Further Feedback available here.

    Access to the link will be available as soon as results are released.

    Further feedback is available to students on the following dates:                                    

    Tuesday 14 July, 2020             

    Wednesday 15 July, 2020

    Relevant Faculty Administration Offices will make feedback available to students.

     

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

    Recheck applications for Spring Semester 2020 are open from Monday 6 July - Friday 17 July 2020 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 to Student Academic Administration for forwarding to the department head responsible for the module. 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. Appeal applications for Spring Semester 2020 are open from Monday 20 July 2020 via https://www.mic.ul.ie/rechecks-appeals-fees.

    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.

    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

    The deadline for Spring semester I-Grade applications has now passed. Students who have a query regarding I-Grades should email lisa.leahy@mic.ul.ie.
    The I-Grade Committee will meet to review all I-Grade applications on Monday 8 June, 2020. You will be notified of the outcome of your I-Grade application when your Spring semester results are published.

    If you have been granted an I-Grade(s) please contact the relevant lecturer(s) regarding clearing the grade(s).
    It is essential 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). There is no Repeat Fee in respect of “I” graded Modules. To register for your modules please go to http://www.mic.ul.ie/repeat-fees between Tuesday 7th July – Sunday 12th July 2020.

    Grade ‘I’ shall be awarded only in cases where the student has not completed all of the requirements for a module and has 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. A copy of the I-Grade application form can be obtained from Student Academic Administration.

    For any queries regarding I-Grades at MIC Thurles, please contact Paula Hourigan, Senior Academic Administrator, on +353 504 20535 or Paula.Hourigan@mic.ul.ie.

    ***** COVID-19 - Changes to the I Grade Application Process *****

    We will continue to operate the I-Grade process. Please note changes below to this process.

    An I-Grade is of benefit when you are not able to complete all the assessments for a module during the normal semester timelines.  An I-Grade provides you with the opportunity to undertake the assessment(s) again over the summer with no academic penalty.  The requirements to clear an I-Grade are set at module level and as such will be available from your module coordinator.

    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 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.  

    Applications for all 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.  

    The I-Grade Committee will meet on Monday, 8 June 2020.  It is essential that you have submitted your application by 12.00 noon on Friday, 5 June 2020.  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. 

    The New 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, MIC 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 with a change in any home care arrangement, an inability to engage in remote assessment due to a change in personal circumstances, inability to access LENS related learning supports remotely, or students who lack access to a digital infrastructure with no alternative assessment mode (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 an unprecedented 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 remotely. 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 2019/20

    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.

    The Student Status Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday 15th July, 2020.  All applications should be emailed before 5.00pm on Monday 13th July, 2020.

    Repeat Examinations

    Information for Students regarding Annual Repeat Assessments 2020

    • ​​​​​Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, there will be no formal sit down examinations at Annual Repeat time. Students should check Moodle for instructions on Repeat Alternative Assessment which students can complete remotely.
    • To maximise the opportunity for students to complete alternative assessments, these will be made available on Moodle and/or distributed to students via e-mail from Module Leaders, by Friday 17th July, 2020.
    • The final deadline for the submission of alternative assessments is Friday 28th August, 2020. This will provide a six-week window (17th July to 28th August) in which to complete all required assessments. 
    • Module Leaders may set interim deadlines for submission for individual assessments before Friday 28th August. However, where a student’s ability to meet the interim deadline has been affected by COVID-19, submission will be allowed up to 28th August without penalty. To avail of an extension to interim deadlines, please contact your Module Leader in advance of the given interim deadline.
    • Timed examinations: Please note that in the case of French, Gaeilge and Mathematics, there will be timed examinations.
    • Our Moodle 2019-20 site will not be available for the week of July 27th. This is to allow for preparation of our new Moodle site for the 2020-21 academic year. Following the upgrade, students completing repeat assessments should access Moodle 2019-20 using the URL https://2019-20.moodle.mic.ul.ie/. There will also be a link to the Moodle 2019-20 site on the new Moodle 2020-21 log-on page.
    • The usual URL https://moodle.mic.ul.ie will bring students to the new Moodle site for 2020-21. This site should not be used by students until the start of the 2020-21 academic year.
    • I-Grades: 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.  If you seek and are granted an I-grade an annual repeat time, please note that you will not proceed to the next year of your programme. Please contact saa@mic.ul.ie for any further information.

     

    Annual Repeat Registration

     

    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. You are liable for payment in respect of each module.

     

    Registering and Payment for Annual Repeat Examinations

    Repeat Registration Dates:  Tuesday 7th July – Sunday 12th July 2020

    • 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.
    • Heretofore if a student did not register within the given timeframe, a late registration fee of €30 was incurred by the student.  Given the Covid-19 restrictions and as a gesture of goodwill, the College will not charge the late fee registration this year.  However, you are encouraged to complete your repeat registration within the given deadline of Sunday 12th July, 2020. Please note that the repeat fee is €172 per standard module.
    • If you apply for a Grade Recheck and the outcome is successful and as a  result you do not have to repeat a module(s), the Repeat Fee together with Recheck 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 which is the 12th July 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 bear in mind that the repeat fee of €172 per module 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.  

     

    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. 

     

    Annual Repeat Timeline

    Online Registration for Annual Repeat Examinations - Tuesday 7th July - Sunday 12th July, 2020

    Annual Repeat Alternative Assessments made available via Moodle or distributed by email from Module Leader - Friday 17th July, 2020

    Final deadline for Submission of Alternative Assessments - Friday 28th August, 2020 (without penalty). This provides a six week window for completion of assessments (17th July - 28th August) Interim deadlines will be set by individual lecturers prior to 28th August.

    Release of Annual Repeat Results - Monday 14th September, 2020

    Application period:  Alternative Viewing of Assignments requesting Further Feedback - Monday 14th September - Tuesday 15th September, 2020.

    Script Viewing Day(s) - Thursday 17th September, 2020

    Grade Recheck Application Period - Monday 14th September - Friday 18th September, 2020

    Commencement of Autumn Semester 2020/21 - Monday 28th September, 2020

      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.
      • 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

      • General
      • Examination Timetables
      • Results, Rechecks & Appeals
      • I-Grades
      • Student Status
      • Repeat Examinations
      • Classification of Awards