for two days, Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 and Thursday July 2nd, 2020 at the New Building, Borama Town Campus, Amoud University. The Comprehensive Examinations are held at the final academic year just before a student graduates and is one of the requirements of the faculty that a student must fulfill in order to graduate with a Bachelor's degree. The Comprehensive Examination is held through a "viva voce" format where a student defends his undergraduate thesis before a panel of experts. Originality of project ideas and ownership of the document is tested during the comprehensive examination session. The thesis comes from a documentation which is commonly referred to as "Research Project". The main aim of Comprehensive Examinations is to determine a student's suitability for graduation, mastery of all concepts and main ideas of the field of specialization for the degree being undertaken from first year to final year and also to gauge a student's preparedness for either self employment or formal employment in the competitive world out there for the few available job opportunities.
A Policy for Examinations and Related Academic Matters (December 2018), states that ‘Research Project’ means an academic undertaking involving development of a proposal, collection and analysis of data, and compiling a formal scholarly report in partial or full fulfillment of an academic award. This may include research project, thesis or dissertation. A Project is a descriptive study in design and analysis, usually uni-variate, that is submitted for undergraduate degree programmes, and diploma programmes. A Thesis involves a student’s own original research through a new hypothesis. In a thesis, a student maintains a certain preposition, and adds to the existing literature (knowledge) through a new finding. In a Dissertation, a student looks into something in detail and sets down what (s)he has synthesized (or found) and perhaps includes personal thoughts on it. The student may not have a hypothesis, but rely on good knowledge of recent discoveries and develops a conclusion based on wide reading and reflection. A dissertation examines (synthesizes) existing literature (knowledge) and comes up with a new concept. The term “Research Project” is used here to refer to a research project, thesis and dissertation.
Submission and Examination of Research Projects
A research project shall comprise of two phases: phase I is the proposal and phase II is the report. At the proposal phase, the student writes the introduction, reviews literature and presents the proposed methodology for solving the identified research problem. At the report phase, the student; first Rewrites the chapters of the proposal into a report language, and then Presents the results and findings; and discussion, conclusion and recommendations. Both phases shall be examined. In both phases of the project, the student shall follow the Amoud University Research Manual and other university research guidelines. Undergraduate students shall work on group research projects. A group shall have no more than five (5) members. The research report shall be presented for examination in form of a research project. The grading of a research project shall be guided by the general rules and regulations of examinations at Amoud University. Candidates shall be required to submit Research Projects for examination at least Four (4) weeks before the End-of-Semester in which they are to be examined. The research project shall conform to the structure of Amoud University Research Guidelines in all form and content; and shall be prepared only according to the guidelines of Amoud University.
Examination of Research Projects
Once a proposal/report is complete and duly authorized, the student shall submit the relevant copies to the Dean/HOD. The HOD/Dean shall forward all the submitted copies to the Academic Registrar for vetting. The Academic Affairs Committee shall vet each submitted proposal/report to ensure that: It conforms to the official format of the University research proposal/report writing, meets the minimum standards of good professional and scholarly practice in the University and in the respective discipline, Not more than 25% of the work has been lifted from another source without due procedural recognition, and lastly, meets, satisfies, and conforms to the minimum requirements set by the University for general university examinations.
The Academic Affairs Committee shall have the right to reject a proposal/report that in their view, does not meet Amoud University standards as prescribed. If the Academic Affairs Committee rejects a proposal/report, it shall make a formal report to the candidate. Only proposals/reports that are passed by the academic Affairs Committee shall be subjected to examination for grading. A research project shall be examined by at least two (2) internal examiners and an external examiner. The pass mark for the research project shall be 50%. A candidate who fails in a research project may, on recommendation of the FEC and approval by Senate, be allowed to re-submit the project for examination, up to two (2) times within the stipulated period. A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark in the research project examination at the second re-submission shall, on recommendation of FEC and approval by Senate, be discontinued.
Late Submission of a Research Project
There shall be no submission after the last designated date of submission. Any proposal submitted after the official designated date shall be registered for examination in the subsequent proposal examinations.
To be eligible for a degree or a diploma of Amoud University, a student must: Accumulate the minimum number of credit hours specified for the program, Attain a CGPA of at least 2.00 by the final year of study, Attain a CGPA of least 2.50 in the core subject area, Pass the comprehensive examination (ACE) in the major area. A comprehensive exam grade (distinction, credit or pass) shall be shown in the transcript.