Examinations

Student performance in all courses at Nord University is evaluated using approved forms of assessment. Each individual course coordinator determines which type of assessment is used in a particular course. All studies should utilize a range of assessment forms. Information about approved forms of assessment is provided below under "Examinations Rules and Regulations".


​Deadlines - Autumn
​September 15th

Semester registration

  • ​October 1st
  • Application deadline for:
  • - special exam  arrangements
  • - registration for rescheduled exam
  • - exam at alternative location
      • - exemption based on prior knowledge ​
​Deadlines - Spring
  • ​February 15th
  • Semester registration
  • ​March 1st
  • Application deadline for:
  • - special exam  arrangements
  • - registration for -rescheduled exam
  • - exam at alternative location
  • - exemption based on prior knowledge ​
​Forms

 

enrolment and withdrawal

Students must maintain a study plan in StudentWeb.  Students are enrolled automatically for their exams according to this plan. Students should ensure that they familiarise themselves with important dates for enrolment and withdrawal. Withdrawal from an examination can occur not later than 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the examination. If the course has several forms of assessment, withdrawal must occur 14 days prior to the first instance of assessment. If you are unable to register for an examination for a course in your study plan, contact service@uin.no as soon as possible.

WRITTEN SCHOOL EXAMINATION

Arriving for the examination
Students must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time given in StudentWeb for written school examinations.

 
Failure to enrol
If you are not registered for/enrolled in the examination you may be refused access to the examination room. Always check your examination enrolments in Studweb prior to the registration deadline.

 
Identification
Remember to bring current  photo identification (your student card) to the examination room.  
 
Approved examination aids
Approved examination aids are always described in the course description. Such aids will also be described on the examination paper. Examination candidates must ensure that all aids are available for checks during examinations. Course coordinators, administrative staff and exam monitors may check candidates' aids prior to, during and after an examination. Candidates using or with access to aids not approved in the course description and examination paper may be reported for cheating.

 
During the course of the examination, candidate's may not have access to any aids that are not approved in the course description and examination paper. Access to non-approved aids may be regarded as cheating or an attempt to cheat, regardless of whether the candidate actually uses the non-approved aids. Candidates should carefully consider which items they bring into the examination room. Remember to turn off your mobile phone, and ensure that it is not accessible from where you are sitting. Access to a mobile phone is considered an attempt to cheat.
 
Candidates should bring writing implements, food and approved aids to their assigned places. The candidate is responsible for obtaining their own approved aids. Borrowing of aids during an examination is prohibited. Candidates may not communicate with fellow candidates or other persons during the examination, including during toilet visits and breaks.

Take-home examination

Take-home examinations are not supervised. A take-home exam has precise start and end times.  The option to submit closes at the end of the examination time. Candidates who have not submitted within the given timeframe are registered as "absent". Submission occurs in Fronter, where students also find detailed instructions and the coversheet.

 
The task sheet, or other information about the requirements for the particular submission, should specify whether the task is an individual or group one.

 
Some forms of collaborative work are permitted for individual take-home examinations. Types of permitted collaboration include discussion of the question/problem, interpretation of the task/assignment, and exchange of ideas relating to the literature. However, the examination response must be independently composed by the individual candidate. Copying/duplication is prohibited.
Two or more responses that display significant similarities in relation to content, language, critical perspective, referencing, or any misunderstanding or error, can give an appearance of non-permitted collaboration, which may be considered cheating or an attempt to cheat. As such, it is extremely important that students familiarise themselves with the boundaries for acceptable cooperation for the particular task.

plagiarism and cheating

Strict rules apply for management of plagiarism and cheating. Students are obligated to familiarise themselves with the rules and regulations that govern referencing and examination aids. Failure to comply with the rules may be considered as cheating, or as an attempt to cheat. Lack of knowledge about applicable rules does not release students from responsibility.

 
You may be suspected of cheating if you:
  • Provide incorrect information about the sources you have used (applicable for all sources: written, oral, published/unpublished, digital etc.).
  • Give the impression, either actively or by omission, that a submitted work is independent to a greater degree than is the actual case (tasks and responses shall constitute the student's own, independent work. There should be clear and identifiable distinctions between the student's own work and work/ideas borrowed from others).
  • Use aids that are not expressly permitted.
  • Collaborate on a individual examination, to a degree beyond that which is expressly permitted in the task outline/examination paper.
  • Fail to comply with any of the rules for examinations at University of Nordland.
Cheating and attempts to cheat constitute serious infringements on institutional and national regulations. University of Nordland will act upon any attempt to cheat or plagiarise in accordance with applicable laws.  Serious infringements can lead to expulsion from the institution and exclusion from higher education in Norway.

grading

Norwegian grading scale
The Norwegian grading scale, which is used by all Norwegian higher education institutions, follows the ECTS letter grade scale (A-F), but is applied in accordance with nationally established grading criteria. There is a qualitative description for each of the different grades and the scale is used absolutely (criterion-referenced assessment) rather than relatively (norm-referenced assessment). The use of the grading scale is monitored by a national group appointed by the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions and the distribution of grades is evaluated in accordance with the ECTS grading scale.
 
Publication of results
The deadline for release of grades is three (3) weeks after the date of the scheduled ordinary examination for the course. The deadline for master theses is six (6) weeks after submission. Grades are published in StudentWeb as soon as they are available. In cases where publication of grades is delayed, students will be notified via StudentWeb. Results are never supplied over the phone or via email.

 

 

explanation of grade and appeal

Students may request an explanation of a result and an examiner at the institution is required to provide an explanation. Students may also lodge an appeal (see below for appropriate form) and request a re-assessment of their response. Note that re-assessment provides a new grade which is final and may not be appealed. Specific rules and deadlines apply in accordance with section 10 of the Regulations for studies and examinations at University of Nordland (below).

new examination (re-sitting an examination)

Access to new examinations is determined by Regulations of studies and examinations at University of Nordland.  These regulations were amended in 2014 and the new rules governing access to new exams come into affect at the start of the autumn semester 2015.  The new regulations are outlines below:
 
Total number of attempts

Usually, students may attempt the examination for one course up to a total of three (3) times. Ordinary and new examinations both count. Students must apply to the institution prior to attempting an examination a fourth time. Some courses may have specific rules about the total number of attempts allowed. Work placement courses allow two attempts. See the course description for more information.

 
Scheduling for new exam

New exams are arranged each semester in courses where candidates had approved absence or failed to pass during the last ordinary examination.

 
Access to new exams

A new exam can be arranged in cases of failed ordinary exam, sick leave, or other approved absence at the time of the last ordinary exam. Students who withdraw during an exam, submit a blank response or a response without academic content can register for a new exam. In such cases, the student must sign a form for "Withdrawn during examination". Withdrawal during an examination is considered as an examination attempt. 

 
Other cases, such as exam candidates wishing to improve their grade, will be referred to the next ordinary exam. Cases of "Withdrawal before examination" or "Absent" do not give access to new exams.

 
Registration for new exams

Registration occurs in StudentWeb once the semester registration fee is paid.  It may take up to 3 days for the semester payment is registered in the University system. An overview of new examinations is published in StudentWeb at the beginning of each semester.

 

special arrangements for exams

Candidates must send an application for special examination arrangements to University of Nordland within the deadline given in the Academic Calendar each semester. An application should clearly state whether the candidate requires special arrangements for a single examination, a single semester or over a longer time period.              

Documentation requirement

The need for special arrangements must be documented by a doctor or other competent person. The documentation must be of recent date (unless chronic illness or functional disability is clearly apparent) and must be in its original form, certified by the practitioner and bearing their signature.

The documentation should make apparent whether the need for special arrangements is temporary or ongoing.

The documentation should address both the condition and how this impacts completion of the examination, including side-effects of medication, or other relevant issues.

The certified documentation may conclude with a recommendation for management of the examination situation. A case manager at UiN will evaluate the possibility of carrying out the recommended measures and whether such measures will afford the student equal conditions during the examination as their fellows.

When the need for special arrangements occurs after the application deadline, the doctor or practitioner must certify that the condition arose after the deadline to notify.

Allergy
Some allergies, with modern medical treatment, will cause less disadvantage during an examination situation than a common cold. In order for documentation of allergy to be recognized, it must contain information about the applicant’s dependence on medications with significant side-effects. The following points should be addressed in the documentation: is the allergy present year round? At which times of the year is the patient most affected? Does the patient use medications with a sedative effect? Can the patient use alternative non-sedative medications? Does the patient require extra time in which to complete the examination?

Dyslexia
Documentation for dyslexia must adhere to special criteria. The degree of reading and/or writing difficulties must be clearly stated. The documentation should also specify the impact of such difficulties on the examination situation.

EXAMINATION AIDS

Permitted aids for written school examinations are specified in the individual course description and/or task outline/examination paper.

 
Approved examination aids are always described in the course description. Such aids will also be described on the examination paper. Examination candidates must ensure that all aids are available for checks during examinations. Course coordinators, administrative staff and exam monitors may check candidates' aids prior to, during and after an examination. Candidates using or with access to aids not approved in the course description and examination paper may be reported for cheating.
 
During the course of the examination, candidate's may not have access to any aids that are not approved in the course description and examination paper. Access to non-approved aids may be regarded as cheating or an attempt to cheat, regardless of whether the candidate actually uses the non-approved aids. Candidates should carefully consider which items they bring into the examination room. Remember to turn off your mobile phone, and ensure that it is not accessible from where you are sitting. Access to a mobile phone is considered an attempt to cheat.
 
Candidates should bring writing implements, food and approved aids to their assigned places. The candidate is responsible for obtaining their own approved aids. Borrowing of aids during an examination is prohibited. Candidates may not communicate with fellow candidates or other persons during the examination, including during toilet visits and breaks.

 
Electronic dictionaries and encyclopedic dictionaries are not allowed unless other stated.