Department of Computer Science

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Regulations

Disclaimer:
This document is meant to be a helpful guide, but does not has the force of a regulation.
It is in your interest to read the Departmental regulations and the University regulations that apply to you.

Q. As an undergraduate, do I have to obtain minimum performance in all my modules?

A. You must achieve 20% minimum performance in every examination. If you fail to do this, then you must resit or retake each module where you achieved less than 20% .

Q. Can I resit/retake any failed module?

A. If you need to resit some modules, you have to choose to resit them all in SAP or all in the next academic year. As a general guide the department would not recommend taking more than two modules in SAP. This is because revising properly for modules on your own, away from the University (and possibly trying to do a job as well to earn money) is much harder than you might think. In any case, we do not allow you to resit more than 40 credits worth of modules in SAP.

Q. Can I resit or retake a module over the next academic year while also taking the next year of my course?

A. No. You cannot progress to the next year of your course until you have passed your current year.

Q. What is the difference between Resit & Retake?

A. To Retake a failed module you pay a tuition fee (1/12th of tuition fee for the year, per module) and you attend the lectures, etc. for the module the next time it runs. To Resit a module you pay a much smaller fee and just re-do the assessment (coursework/exam/mixture) either in SAP or the next time the module runs.

Q. Should I resit in SAP or the next academic year?

A. If you are going to resit some modules, you have to choose to resit them all in SAP or all in the next academic year. As a general guide the department would not recommend taking more than two modules in SAP. This is because revising properly for modules on your own, away from the University (and possibly trying to do a job as well to earn money) is much harder than you might think.

Q. Can I appeal?

A. There are only three grounds for appeal. You should read the rules listed at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/current/14/index.htm

Q. What is an 'Honours' degree?

A. The meaning of the term 'Honours' degree was more obvious when the university awarded 'Pass' degrees. 'Pass' degrees have been quietly dropped. Under current rules, if you fail to get an 'Honours' degree the next best award is a 'Diploma of Higher Education' (see for comparison para 29-32 of http://www.lboro.ac.uk/admin/ar/calendar/regulations/current/20/index.htm)

Q. What is SAP?

A. SAP is the Special Assessment Period in August/Spetember


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