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					University of Brighton
Brighton Business School




           Brighton Business School


    BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance


 ACCA Full-time/BA (Hons) Accountancy
             Studies Year 1

                  Course Handbook




                                September 2010
                                          PREFACE

The purpose of this course handbook is to provide you with key information about your course,
including administrative and academic procedures, to give you some practical advice on how to make
the most of your studies and to explain what to do if you experience any difficulties. Please read the
handbook very carefully and keep it at hand for future reference.

Other key documents that you should be familiar with are:

       the University of Brighton Student Handbook;

       the University of Brighton Plagiarism Awareness Pack;

       the Brighton Business School Referencing Handbook;

       the Brighton Business School Undergraduate Modular Programme Framework Document
        (known as “the Pink Pages”);

       the University of Brighton General Examination and Assessment Regulations (GEAR).

Copies of all these documents are accessible in electronic format on the University‟s student intranet,
Studentcentral (see 7.6 below), via your Course Area. You will also be provided with paper copies of
the University Student Handbook and the University Plagiarism Awareness Pack.

Because of increasing incidents of cases of plagiarism both in this university and others, you are
strongly urged to carefully read the Plagiarism Awareness Pack. Penalties for plagiarism can be very
harsh and ignorance is no defence! The University has access to special software which can detect
plagiarism and we will be using this at random throughout the year at all levels, so you have been
warned.

If you would like to see any other items included in your course handbook please contact your Course
Leader and, whilst we cannot promise to change things straight away, we will do our best to improve
the handbook in future years.




                                         IMPORTANT

Please note that the provisional dates for 2010/11 resit examinations are 22 August to
2 September 2011. Any referred student unable to attend examinations between these
dates will be required to resit in 2011/12 academic year and will be unable to proceed
with the course meanwhile.


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       CONTENTS



1.     COURSE LEADER INTRODUCTION

2.     ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL – BRIGHTON BUSINESS SCHOOL

3.     ABOUT YOUR COURSE - MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
3.1    Course management team, course board and examination board
3.2    Communications between staff and students
3.3    Where to turn for advice and guidance
3.4    Student representation and feedback
3.5    Annual academic health process

4.     ABOUT YOUR COURSE - STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

4.1    Course aims and learning outcomes
4.2    Course structure and content
4.3    Exit Awards
4.4    Level 6 (final year) specialist electives
4.5    Dissertations and research electives
4.6    Work placement opportunities
4.7    Academic year calendar
4.8    Career planning agreement
4.9    Exemptions from professional institutions
4.10   Academic prizes and scholarships


5.     ABOUT YOUR COURSE - ASSESSMENT
5.1    Nature and types of assessment
5.2    Coursework marking guidelines
5.3    Coursework presentation
5.4    Referencing your work
5.5    Coursework word limit and word ranges
5.6    In-class assessments
5.7    Coursework submission
5.8    Late coursework
5.9    Coursework extensions
5.10   Return of coursework
5.11   Examination timetables
5.12   Examination past papers
5.13   Use of dictionaries in examinations
5.14   Examination results
5.15   Mitigating circumstances
5.16   Plagiarism, collusion and cheating in examinations
5.17   Appealing the decision of an examination board
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6.    YOUR COURSE-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS
6.1   Undergraduate modular programme
6.2   Minimum pass mark
6.3   Deferrals
6.4   Progression to next level
6.5   What happens if I fail a Level 6 module?
6.6   Calculation of the final mark for the degree classification
6.7   Awarding honours
6.8   Border zone decisions

7.     LIBRARY, COMPUTING AND MEDIA SERVICES
7.1   The library service
7.2   Library services to part-time students
7.3   The Online Library
7.4   Computing services for students based at Moulsecoomb
7.5   Media Centres
7.6   Studentcentral
7.7   ASK Study Guide
7.8   Useful web addresses


8.     STUDENT SERVICES

8.1 Student Services department
8.2 Accommodation service
8.3 University of Brighton Students’ Union


9.     STUDENT ENTITLEMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
9.1 General
9.2 Entitlements
9.3 Responsibilities




APPENDIX
Submitting Assignments through studentcentral




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   1.      COURSE LEADER INTRODUCTION


This handbook covers the administration and academic procedures for the BA (Hons) Accounting
and Finance degree (BAAF). This handbook also covers the first year of the Association of
Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) full-time course (Fundamentals Level - Knowledge) and the
first year BA (Hons) Accountancy Studies. The first year of the BAAF degree course is identical to
the first stage of the ACCA/first year BA (Hons) Accountancy Studies course.

An essential ingredient of the approach adopted on your course is that we assume that you will take
responsibility for your own learning. This does not mean that staff are indifferent or insensitive to your
needs; it means that you must organise your own learning process using the resources which the
institution has to offer. The consequence of this is that there will be a good deal of private study
required in addition to the formal contact hours that are timetabled, and to the assessment tasks that
are set.

Your responsibilities therefore are to prepare for each class, to take an active part in class discussions,
and to consolidate your learning on a weekly basis, in addition to reading beyond the recommended
texts and to completing the assessed and non-assessed tasks that are set. Our responsibility to you is
to prepare you for the assessments by providing a framework for your learning, by introducing you to
the syllabus topics, directing you to important and relevant subject areas, and recommending extra
work. That is the nature of our learning contract with you.

Many of you will be interested in exemptions from the professional accountancy bodies' examinations.
Over the past few years ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIPFA have undergone the process of
introducing new examination schemes. No exemptions can be guaranteed but we endeavour to keep
abreast of developments and have, where possible, adapt the options we offer in order to gain
maximum exemptions.

We always welcome constructive criticism and any suggestions about the course can be made at any
time, although course evaluation will be carried out during the year. Matters which affect the whole
course should be taken up by the student representatives who will be elected at the start of the year. I
will meet with them regularly to resolve any issues and the course board will meet at least twice a year.

Should you ever have questions regarding features of the course or our expectations of you, please do
not hesitate to ask any member of staff. If you have comments (positive as well as negative are
appreciated!) please pass them to your student year representative, personal tutor or any lecturer on
the team. We shall make the course as challenging and useful as possible and our major requirement
is that you rise to this challenge, working hard and consistently over the session ahead.




Jenny Robertson
Course Leader


September 2010




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2.     ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL – BRIGHTON BUSINESS SCHOOL
Your School/Faculty is Brighton Business School. The Head of Brighton Business School and Acting
Dean is Professor Aidan Berry and the Assistant Head of School responsible for Undergraduates
Programmes is Dr Steve Hogan. More information about the work of the School may be found on the
school web site at: www.brighton.ac.uk/bbs. The Vice Chancellor of the University is Professor Julian
Crampton.

The Business School‟s contact details are:

Brighton Business School
University of Brighton
Mithras House
Lewes Road
BRIGHTON
BN2 4AT

Tel:   (01273) 600900 (Switchboard)
Fax:   (01273) 643597 or 642153



Academic Dates


The Academic year dates for the School are:


AUTUMN TERM

27 September 2010 – 10 December 2010
w/c 8 November 2009 (student reading week)

SPRING TERM

4 January 2011 – 1 April 2011
w/c 31 January 2011 (student reading week)

SUMMER TERM

26 April 2011 – 10 June 2011
w/c 16 May 2011 to w/c 6 June 2011 (examinations for year-through modules)



SEMESTER DATES

Semester One         27 September 2010 – 4 February 2011

Semester Two         7 February 2011 – 10 June 2011




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3.        ABOUT YOUR COURSE - MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
3.1       Course management team, course board and examination board
3.2       Communications between staff and students
3.3       Where to turn for advice and guidance
3.4       Student representation and feedback
3.5       Annual academic health process

_______________________________________________________________________


3.1       Course management team, course board and examination board

3.1.1     Course management team

Responsibility for the day-to-day running of your course lies with the course management team,
comprising your course leader, your course administrator, the course‟s year tutor, and the members of
staff teaching on the course. The key members of the course management team are:

    Responsibility     Staff                Room no.        Tel no.        E-mail address
                                                            (01273)
    Course Leader      Jenny Robertson      M108            642584         J.Robertson@brighton.ac.uk
    Course
    Administrator      Debbie Disley        M160            642146         D.T.Disley@brighton.ac.uk
    Year 1 Personal    Tracey Taylor        M137            642130         T.Taylor@brighton.ac.uk
    Tutors             Jela Webb            M137            642130         Jw126@brighton.ac.uk
    Year 2 Tutor       Sue Endean           M147            642587         S.M.Endean@brighton.ac.uk
    Final Year Tutor   Paul Grant           M114            642575         P.D.Grant@brighton.ac.uk
    Programme
    Leader             Jenny Robertson      M108            642584         J.Robertson@brighton.ac.uk
    Industrial
    Placements
    Officer            Virginia Goodwill    M104            642167         V.Goodwill@brighton.ac.uk

3.1.2     Course board

Each course within the School has a course board. The responsibilities of course boards include:

•        ensuring the smooth operation of the course;
•        reviewing syllabus content, teaching methods, assessment and resources and generally
         monitoring the course in operation;
•        supervising the administration of the assessment procedures in accordance with the assessment
         regulations and the aims of the course;
•        liaising with the Examination Board and advising when necessary;
•        maintaining effective feedback arrangements between the lecturers and the course members;
•        planning and recommending policy with regard to the operation of the course;
•        exercising such other functions as may be requested by the School Board.

The membership of undergraduate course boards is as follows:

Course Leader
Student Representative(s)
Course Administrator(s)
Personal/Year Tutors
Module Leaders
Information Adviser (or nominee)
Programme Leader

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Assistant Head (Undergraduate)

Each course board will normally meet two or three times a year to hear reports on the progress of each
year of the relevant course. The board will discuss both students' and tutors‟ reports and take action
where appropriate. If an issue arises which is clearly beyond the scope of the course board and
requires further consideration, then it will be referred to the School Board. Copies of the minutes of
course boards will normally be published on the school area on studentcentral within three weeks of
each board on the “My School: Brighton Business School” area.

3.1.3   Examination boards

Each course within the School is allocated to an examination board, which considers each student‟s
overall performance and makes decisions on awards and progression. Details of the constitution and
membership of examination boards are to be found in the Pink Pages. The membership of
examination boards vary between courses, but will include a Chair (normally the Head of School or
Assistant Head – Undergraduate Programmes), the Dean (or representative), the Course Leader,
external examiners (from other universities) and a representative cross section of module tutors.


3.2     Communications between staff and students

Effective communication between staff and students is very important, and the School facilitates this in
a range of ways.

3.2.1   We contact you

            Through the student notice boards
            Through the plasma screen in the student lounge
            Through the undergraduate student mailboxes
            Through Studentcentral
            By e-mail – using your University e-mail address (see 3.2.6 below)
            By mobile phone

The notice-boards, plasma screen and student mailboxes are all in Mithras House, close to the
Undergraduate Office in M160. Through them you will be told about changes in timetables,
cancellations and re-locations, the membership of groups, notes about examinations and essays,
internal and external mail. Changes are frequent at the start of the academic year so please check
them daily. It is your own responsibility to keep up with any announced changes.

You must complete the personal information form sent out with your induction material and return it to
the Undergraduate Office by the end of Teaching Week No 1 (see 4.4. below) . Please ensure that
we have two passport size photographs of yourself (and you will probably need further photographs
e.g. for your student union card). If you change your personal details (address, name etc) you must
notify the Undergraduate Office immediately in writing (by letter or e-mail) and change your personal
details on-line on Studentcentral.

3.2.2   You contact us

            By knocking on the doors of academic and administrative staff
            By slipping messages under our doors when we are not there
            By calling us by phone
            By e-mail. E-mail addresses of all staff are readily available.
            Important messages and official documents can be handed in to the Undergraduate
             Office (M160)



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3.2.3   Undergraduate Office

The Undergraduate Office is located in Room M160 and is staffed by Donna Clark and her team of
course administrators. They have responsibility for all initial enquiries as well as for admissions: for
most queries you what to do, where to go, requests for freely available handouts, information sheets,
etc).

Opening times during term time

Mithras House:

             07.00 – 21.00 (Monday- Thursday)
             07.00 – 19.00 (Friday)

Undergraduate Office (M160):

             08.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 -17.00 (Monday to Thursday)
             08.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 -16.30 (Friday)


3.2.4   How to locate an office or lecture room

Most University room numbers are in two parts, each of which convey information. For example, to find
room M160, you need to go to Mithras House, then the first floor (the first digit is a “1”) and then look
for room M160. Similarly the computer pools will have numbers such as MA201, signifying Mithras
Annexe, on the second floor and W321, somewhere on the third floor of the Watts Building. Outside
the School Office (M140) you will find on the wall a list of all the staff with their telephone numbers, e-
mail addresses and office numbers. Next to the list is a display of all the staff photographs.

3.2.5   University telephone numbers

The standard University telephone exchange number is 01273 600 900. To directly reach a member of
staff, once you know their four digit internal extension number you need to add 64 before the internal
extension number (e.g. 01273 64xxxx).

3.2.6   Your email address

Every member of the university has a central email address usually in the form
A.N.Other@brighton.ac.uk. This is the address that we will use to contact you and it is your
responsibility to ensure that the Undergraduate Office is kept fully informed of any changes.

You may already have your own e-mail account, for example, on Hotmail or Yahoo. If you prefer to
continue to use only your private email account, then you MUST configure your email accounts to
redirect mail automatically from your Brighton Account - see 7.4 below

3.2.7 Proof of enrolment

If you need a letter confirming your enrolment on a University course (e.g. for the purposes of a
career development loan from your bank) you must request this from the University Student Office
(Registry), Mezzanine Floor, Cockcroft Building. Please note that your School staff are not permitted
to produce these letters




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3.3      Where to turn for advice and guidance

Although every effort is made by staff to ensure that your course runs without problems we recognise
that these do occasionally arise. The following notes provide guidance on the procedures to be
followed in the event of problems arising during the course or with assessment. At each stage it is
expected that the staff involved will try to find a solution to the difficulty. However, you should bear in
mind that in some cases it is not within their power to solve them and, as such, it may need to be
referred on to another body. It is permissible to miss out a stage in these procedures when a problem
is urgent and the appropriate lecturer/tutor is unavailable, or where for other reasons it may be
appropriate.

3.3.1    Administrative problems

In the first instance, you should contact your course administrator about problems of an administrative
nature. If the problem still remains unresolved then you should contact your personal tutor (or year
tutor), or your course leader.

3.3.2    Personal problems

In the first instance, you should contact your personal tutor (or year tutor). If the problem still remains
unresolved then you should contact your course leader.

3.3.3    Academic problems (unrelated to coursework and examinations)

        Stage 1     Discuss with lecturer
                    concerned



                                 Not Resolved               Resolved      No further action needed

        Stage 2     Discuss with personal
                    tutor or year tutor



                                 Not Resolved               Resolved      No further action needed

        Stage 3     Bring to attention of
                    course leader or deputy
                    course leader



                                 Not Resolved               Resolved      No further action needed


        Stage 4     Bring to attention of
                    the Course Board
                    through your year
                    course representative


                                 Not Resolved               Resolved      No further action needed


        Stage 5     Bring to the attention of the Head of School or Assistant Head – Undergraduate.

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The Head of School or Assistant Head will take appropriate action directly or if necessary refer the
problem on to the School Board, Examination Board or other appropriate body.


3.3.4       Problems associated with completing coursework and/or sitting examinations

For problems completing coursework you should follow the pattern below:

                          Stage 1        Discuss with lecturer concerned



                          Stage 2        If necessary complete an Assignment Extension
                                         Form, getting the approval of your Course Leader (or
                                         Personal Tutor/Year Tutor if you are an UG Business student)
                                         and/ or Mitigating Circumstances Form and notify
                                         your personal tutor and/or year tutor in writing of the
                                         nature of the problem and its potential effect



                          Stage 3        Lodge copies of the document outlined in Stage 2 with
                                         the Undergraduate Office marked for the attention of the
                                         lecturer concerned and the Chair of the Examination Board.
                                         Please make sure that you obtain a
                                         receipt from the Office staff when submitting these forms


For problems relating to sitting examinations the normal pattern should be as follows:

                          Stage 1        Bring the problem to the attention
                                         of the invigilator



                          Stage 2        Bring the problem to the attention of your personal/year tutor
                                         or course leader. This should be in writing with, wherever
                                         possible, an assessment of the effect the problem had
                                         on performance



                          Stage 3        Lodge a copy of a mitigating circumstances form
                                         with the Undergraduate Office marked for the attention
                                         of the Chair of the Examination Board. Again, please make
                                         sure that you obtain a receipt from the Office staff when
                          `              submitting this form


For further information about obtaining coursework extensions see 5.9 (below), and for further
information about submitting a mitigating circumstances form see 5.15 (below) below.




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3.4     Student representation and feedback

3.4.1   Student representation

Each year student representatives are elected for each course, at each level, and they are an
important formal channel of communication between students and staff. The names and contact
details of student representatives are published on studentcentral from early November each year.

All students are urged to consider standing for election as a student representative. It can be a very
rewarding role, is an excellent personal development opportunity, looks great on your CV and it can be
mentioned on any external references the School provides for you. All newly elected student
representatives are offered training for the role by the School, in conjunction with the University of
Brighton Students Union, and support is available during the year as required. For further information
about standing as a student representative, please contact your Course Leader. In both the autumn
and spring term we also need the help of students at open day events for prospective students,
providing tours of the campus and sometimes giving presentations. If you want to find out more about
these roles, again talk to your Course Leader.

3.4.2   Student feedback

The School recognises the importance of formally obtaining and responding to the views of students in
a systematic, consistent and transparent manner, taking action where necessary, and “closing the
loop” by giving students feedback on resultant action, and the outcomes of student participation in
decision making.

Feedback is formally obtained from students via an annual course and module survey (usually
conducted during the spring term), the student representative system (see 3.4.1 above), and operation
of the School‟s policy for resolving academic problems (see 3.3. above)). Formal mechanisms for
obtaining student feedback are inevitably, and often usefully, supplemented by informal channels and
contacts with students. The School also analyses the feedback from the annual National Student
Survey (see www.thenationalsurvey.com) and all final year students are strongly urged to participate in
this and give their views.

Feedback from students is formally considered and responded to, at course boards and at the School
Board, and as part of the annual academic health process (see 3.5 below). Copies of the minutes of
course boards will normally be published on the school area on Studentcentral within three weeks of
each board.

3.5     Annual academic health process

The basic building block of the University’s quality assurance system is the Annual Academic Health
process, which ensures that all courses and their constituent modules are reviewed annually, drawing
upon a range of data as appropriate. Reports are produced from module through to course level, and
are synthesized into school reports which consider the range of courses within their portfolio. Schools’
reports are considered at faculty and university level. External examiner reports and student feedback
are a vital part of this process.

Within Brighton Business School, all course academic health reports are considered and approved at
the School’s Annual Academic Health Afternoon in October, to which student representatives are
invited to attend and participate. Copies of all approved academic health reports and the School
Academic Health Report will normally be published on the school area by mid-November.




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4.        ABOUT YOUR COURSE - STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

4.1  Course aims and learning outcomes
4.2  Course structure and content
4.3  Exit awards
4.4  Academic year calendar
4.5  Placement year
4.6  Languages
4.7  Careers planning agreement
4.8  Exemptions from professional institutions
4.9  Academic prizes and scholarships
_____________________________________________________________________


4.1       Course aims and learning outcomes

          This course has an underlying vocational focus and is designed for students intending to
          pursue a career as an accountant, financial manager or in any other area where financial
          information and decision-making are a central element. The objective is for a broad-based
          education which will provide a good starting point for the students' later professional work and
          studies, an academic base to which problems arising in later professional work can be referred,
          and a way of thinking which will help students to meet the challenges of new ideas and
          problems.


          The course aims to provide the students with the following subject-specific knowledge
          and skills:


      1. An understanding of the contexts in which accounting and finance can be seen to be operating,
         in particular, the legal environment, the business entity, the ethical and social environment and
         the capital markets.

      2. Knowledge and understanding of the main current technical language and practices of
         accounting, in particular, recognition, measurement and disclosure in financial statements,
         managerial accounting, taxation and in a socio-economic domain specified in 1) above.

      3. Knowledge and understanding of some of the alternative technical languages and practices of
         accounting, for example, alternative recognition rules and valuation bases and alternative
         managerial accounting approaches to control and decision-making.

      4   Skills in recording and summarising transactions and other economic events; preparation of
          financial statements; analysis and the operations of business, in particular, decision analysis,
          performance measurement and management control; financial analysis and projections, in
          particular, analysis of financial ratios, discounted cash flow analysis, budgeting and financial
          risks.

      5. Knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories and empirical evidence concerning
         accounting and finance in the contexts of accounting and capital markets and accounting and
         the firm; and the ability to critically evaluate such theories and evidence.

      6. Knowledge and understanding of the problems associated with investment decisions, the
         raising of finance and the management of financial resources and risk.

      7. On completion of the degree, students will have knowledge and understanding of theories and
         empirical evidence concerning financial management, risk and the operation of capital markets.
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       In addition, it is also the aim of the course to enable students to acquire the following
       abilities and skills:

  1. To become critical and analytical in their thinking and to recognise where the particular skills or
     ideas learned on the course may be relevant to solving a new problem.

  2. To be able to analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structured and, to a more
     limited extent, unstructured problems from a given set of data which must be acquired by the
     student.

  3. To locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, including the acknowledgement and
     referencing of sources.

  4. To develop the capacity for independent and self-managed learning.

  5. Numeracy skills, including the ability to manipulate financial and other numerical data and to
     appreciate the statistical concepts at an appropriate level.

  6.    Skills in the use of communications and information technology, in particular, the use of
       spreadsheets, word processing software and on-line databases.

  7. Communication skills, including the ability to present quantitative and qualitative information,
     together with analysis and commentary

  8. Normally an ability to work in groups, and other inter-personal skills, including oral as well as
     written presentation skills.




4.2    The relationship between the Accounting & Finance degree and professional studies

       The degree is designed to meet the aims and objectives above and has been designed to gain
       exemption from the professional accounting bodies examinations. In other words, where the
       professional bodies‟ aims are close to those of the degree then the opportunity has been taken
       to get the degree recognised by the accountancy bodies in order to enable students to gain
       appropriate exemptions.

       Year 1 studies for this course have been designed both to provide an appropriate first year of
       the degree course in Accounting and Finance, and to enable students to meet the requirements
       of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Fundamentals Level- Knowledge
       examinations. Students who successfully complete the first year have the opportunity, if in
       relatively unusual circumstances they wish to do so, of leaving the course at the end of the first
       year, and commencing training and studying for the ACCA professional qualifications with no
       loss of time or study, as they will have satisfied the foundation requirements of the ACCA. They
       may continue their studies at the University of Brighton by applying for the ACCA course,
       which, for ACCA Fundamentals Level - Skills, is internally assessed and offered on a part-time
       or full-time basis.

       The degree course is recognised by the accountancy profession as a relevant degree and all
       graduates may gain exemption from the ACCA, the Chartered Institute of Management
       Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
       and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) foundation stage
       examinations. All graduates also gain partial exemption from later stages of the ACCA, CIMA,
       ICAEW and CIPFA professional examinations. In designing the course, where possible, options
       have been included to enable students to make choices, which may lead to further exemptions.


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The most advanced studies the degree students undertake are also the subject of the
accountancy bodies' final stage examinations, to which they do not give exemptions. Figures
from the ACCA show that relevant graduates do better in these examinations compared to non-
relevant graduates.

The professional bodies regularly review and revise their requirements and the position
regarding exemptions is constantly changing. We continue to monitor such developments and
are constantly reviewing our course content in line with changes where appropriate.


Overview of the Course

Year 1

The first year provides the introduction to Financial Accounting, Management Accounting,
Managing Organisations and People, Economics and Quantitative Methods which are deemed
to be fundamental and provide the basis for subsequent development as the degree
progresses.

In addition, all students also must pass an academic skills module. The main objective of this
module is to facilitate the development of core (study, research and interpersonal) skills,
confidence and self-awareness required for effective performance throughout the degree
programme.

Whilst the first year is intended to provide an introduction to the relevant disciplines, it does not
mean that they are taught in isolation from each other. The links between the disciplines will be
stressed throughout the course and the first year is not an exception to this.


Year 2

By the start of the second year, students will have sufficient understanding of the fundamental
disciplines to enable them to undertake a specific programme of integrating studies, based on
case study analysis and discussion. The fundamental aim of the Case Study Analysis
programme is to develop the student's ability to analyse a financial or other business problem,
and to identify and apply the various elements relevant to its solution, from whichever subject
disciplines these elements may be drawn.

During year 2 students study Corporate and Business Law, Business Ethics and Corporate
Governance and develop their understanding of Financial Accounting. Management Accounting
together with information technology is further developed in Management Accounting Systems.
Financial management is introduced in the Financial Management module.

Industrial Placement Year (optional)

Students may opt to undertake training in appropriate employment approved by the University
after the completion of their year 2 studies. This optional sandwich year can offer a variety of
opportunities for students to enhance their personal and vocational experience, to extend their
understanding of aspects of the degree studies and improve their employment prospects.

Final Year

By the final year students will have a sufficient grasp of the subjects underlying and supporting
the primary disciplines of accounting and finance to be able to concentrate their formal studies
in these primary subjects, and to make a choice, for specialist study and potential career
development from the fields of accounting or finance. The integrative case study analysis
programme continues in the final year and includes a major individual piece of work.

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4.2   Course structure and content


                       STRUCTURE DIAGRAM of BA (Hons)
                             Accounting & Finance
      Progression:         automatic    120 CATS points        automatic         120 CATS points
      120 CATS points                  YEARS 1 & 2

                       FA161                                     FA283
                      Financial                           Financial Accounting
                     Accounting                              and Reporting
                         (20)                                     (20)




                  HR171                                         FA265
           Managing Organisations                    Business Ethics and Corporate
                 & People                                    Governance
                    (20)                                         (20)




                   MA161                                        MA283
                 Management                                   Management
                  Accounting                               Accounting Systems
                     (20)                                         (20)




                  QN161                                          FN281
          Quantitative Approaches                         Financial Management
                 in Finance                                         (20)
                     (20)




                       EC161                                    LW270
                     Economics                               Corporate and
                        (20)                                 Business Law
                                                                 (20)




                      ML110                                     CA272
                     Academic                             Case Study Analysis
                       Skills                                     (20)
                       (20)



       Exit points                      Cert. H.E.                                    DipHe


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STRUCTURE DIAGRAM of BA(Hons) Accounting &
                 Finance
               FINAL YEAR
                   automatic     automatic




                                     FA360
                               Financial Reporting:
                               Theory and Practice
                                       (20)




                                     FN368
                                Finance and Risk
                                  Management
                                      (20)
OPTIONAL

 Industrial

Placement
                                    MA360
  Period                         Management
                                Control Systems
(48 Weeks)                            (20)




                                 CA362
                           Advanced Case Study
                                  (20)




                             Double option (20)
                                     or
                           Two single (10) options




                             Double option (20)
                                     or
                           Two single (10) options




                                                  BA(Hons)
                                             Accounting & Finance



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Final Year Options

   Code         Module                                       CATS
                                                             Points
   CA380        Entrepreneurship: New Business Planning       10
                (can be taken in either semester)
   CA381        Small Business and Entrepreneurship           20

   CA382        Social Enterprise: New Business Planning      20

   DB317        Business Project                              20
                (Sandwich placement students only)
   DB361        Dissertation                                  20

   EC363        Emerging Financial Markets                    10
                (semester 2)
   EC364        Game Theory in Economics, Finance and         20
                Business
   EC383        Business Ethics and Corporate Social          20
                Responsibility (research based)
   EC384        Labour Market Analysis                        10
                (semester 1)
   EC389        Behavioural Economics                         10
                (semester 1)
   EC390        Environmental Economics                       10
                (semester 2)
   FA361        Corporate Governance                          10
                (semester 2)
                (cannot be taken if FA265 has been passed)
   FA362        Taxation                                     20

   FA363        Auditing                                     20
                (cannot be taken if FA263 has been passed)
   FA382        Ethics and Accountability                     10
                (semester 1)
                (cannot be taken if FA265 has been passed)
   FN369        Investment Management                         20

   FN380        International Finance                         20

   HR313        Employee Relations: Practice                  10
                (semester 2)
   HR314        Understanding Employee Relations              10
                (semester 1)
   HR315        Employee Selection & Development              10
                (semester 2)
   HR371        Investigating Human Resource Development      20
                (research based)
   HR372        Exploring the Employment Relationship         20
                (research based)
   HR382        International Human Resource Management       10
                (semester 2)
   HR388        Human Resource Management                     20
                and Organisational Change
   IT311        Electronic Commerce                           10
                (can be taken in either semester)

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           IT381         Current Issues in Information Systems                20
                         (research based)
           LW314         Export Law                                           10
                         (semester 1)
           LW352         Consumer Law and Practice                            10
                         (semester 2)
           LW369         Employment Law                                       20

           LW370         Essentials of Employment Law                         10
                         (semester 2) cannot be taken with LW369
           LW373         International Law and Institutions                   10
                         (semester 1)
           LW381         Families, Business and the Law                       20

           LW393         United Nations: Law and Practice                     10
                         (semester 2)
           ML310         Managing Knowledge                                   20
                         (research based)
           ST363         Corporate Strategy                                  20



 May lead to exemptions from professional examinations (see section 4.8)

All students must do either the Placement Project or the Advanced Case Study module and may do
one further research based (including Dissertation) module. Students who successfully complete the
Placement Project may do the Advanced Case Study module as their second research based module.

Copies of all module descriptors are accessible, by module code, via the school area on
Studentcentral. Please note that the options offered within the Business programme may be subject
to change.

Students may choose to study any other suitable module available within the Business School with
the approval of the course leader. Some modules can only be taken where students have studied
and passed a prerequisite module. Students should ensure that they have complied with this
requirement, where applicable, prior to making their option choices.

The options offered in any year are subject to viable student numbers.




4.3    Exit awards

The following Exit Awards may be offered to students who withdraw before completing the course:

          Certificate of Higher Education in Accounting and Finance.
           This is available to students who withdraw after successfully completing all modules in year
           1.

          Diploma of Higher Education in Accounting and Finance.
            This is available to students who withdraw after successfully completing all modules in
           years 1 and 2.


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4.4    Academic calendar - 2010/11

                               YEAR-THROUGH MODULES
                                   YEARS ONE & TWO
      Sem   Time    Teaching    Week      Lectures &   Seminar                 Notes
            table   Week No     Beg       Workshops
            week               Monday
                                                                   st
                                                                  1 year – See induction
                                                                                 st
                                                                  timetable for 1 week.
                                                                     nd
                                                                  *2 year lectures only begin
                                                                  on Thursday. See induction
                                                                                 st
       1      9        1       27.09.10    No/Yes*       No       timetable for 1 week.
                                                                      st
       1     10        2       04.10.10      Yes       No/Yes**   **1 year – Lectures + skills
                                                                  workshops only.
                                                                      nd
                                                                  **2 year – All seminars run,
                                                                  unless advised otherwise
       1     11        3       11.10.10      Yes         Yes
       1     12        4       18.10.10      Yes         Yes
       1     13        5       25.10.10      Yes         Yes
       1     14        6       01.11.10      Yes         Yes
       1     15        7       08.11.10      No          No                Reading Week
       1     16        8       15.11.10      Yes         Yes
       1     17        9       22.11.10      Yes         Yes
       1     18       10       29.11.10      Yes         Yes
       1     19       11       06.12.10      Yes         Yes        Term Ends Fri 10.12.10
             20                13.12.10
             21                20.12.10
             22                27.12.10
       1     23       12       03.01.11      Yes         Yes      Term starts Tue 04.01.11
       1     24       13       10.01.11      Yes         Yes
       1     25       14       17.01.11      Yes         Yes
       1     26       15       24.01.11      Yes         Yes
       1     27       16       31.01.11      No          No       Reading/ Assessment Week
                                                                         Sem 2 starts Mon
       2     28       17       07.02.11      Yes         Yes                07.02.11
       2     29       18       14.02.11      Yes         Yes
       2     30       19       21.02.11      Yes         Yes
       2     31       20       28.02.11      Yes         Yes
       2     32       21       07.03.11      Yes         Yes
       2     33       22       14.03.11      Yes         Yes
       2     34       23       21.03.11      Yes         Yes
             35       24       28.03.11    Revision      Yes        Term ends Fri 01.04.11
             36                04.04.11
             37                11.04.11
       2     38                18.04.11
       2     39       25       25.04.11      No          No       Term starts Tue 26.04.11
       2     40       26       02.05.11      No          No             Bank Holiday 02.05.11
       2     41       27       09.05.11      No          No
       2     42       28       16.05.11       Examinations
       2     43       29       23.05.11       Examinations
       2     44       30       30.05.11       Examinations              Bank Holiday 30.05.11
       2     45       31       06.06.11       Examinations          Term ends Fri 10.06.11
             46                13.06.11
             47                20.06.11
             48                27.06.11
             49                04.07.11
             50                11.07.11
             51                18.07.11
             52                25.07.11

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                         YEAR-THROUGH MODULES
                                    FINAL YEAR
Sem   Time    Teaching    Week       Lectures &   Seminar             Notes
      table   Week No     Beg        Workshops
      week               Monday

                                                            See induction timetables for
                                                                       st
                                                                      1 week -
 1      9        1       27.09.10       Yes*        No        *Lectures begin Thursday
 1     10        2       04.10.10       Yes        Yes**      **All seminars run, unless
                                                                  advised otherwise
 1     11        3       11.10.10       Yes        Yes
 1     12        4       18.10.10       Yes        Yes
 1     13        5       25.10.10       Yes        Yes
 1     14        6       01.11.10       Yes        Yes
 1     15        7       08.11.10       No         No             Reading Week
 1     16        8       15.11.10       Yes        Yes
 1     17        9       22.11.10       Yes        Yes
 1     18       10       29.11.10       Yes        Yes
 1     19       11       06.12.10       Yes        Yes       Term Ends Fri 10.12.10
       20                13.12.10
       21                20.12.10
       22                27.12.10
 1     23       12       03.01.11       Yes        Yes      Term starts Tue 04.01.11
 1     24       13       10.01.11       Yes        Yes
 1     25       14       17.01.11       Yes        Yes
 1     26       15       24.01.11       No         No       Reading/ Assessment Week
 1     27       16       31.01.11       No         No       Reading/ Assessment Week
                                                                Sem 2 starts Mon
 2     28       17       07.02.11       Yes        Yes             07.02.11
 2     29       18       14.02.11       Yes        Yes
 2     30       19       21.02.11       Yes        Yes
 2     31       20       28.02.11       Yes        Yes
 2     32       21       07.03.11       Yes        Yes
 2     33       22       14.03.11       Yes        Yes
 2     34       23       21.03.11       Yes        Yes
       35       24       28.03.11       Yes        Yes       Term ends Fri 01.04.11
       36                04.04.11
       37                11.04.11
 2     38                18.04.11
 2     39       25       25.04.11     Revision      Yes     Term starts Tue 26.04.11
 2     40       26       02.05.11       No          No         Bank Holiday 02.05.11
 2     41       27       09.05.11       No          No
 2     42       28       16.05.11        Examinations
 2     43       29       23.05.11        Examinations
 2     44       30       30.05.11        Examinations          Bank Holiday 30.05.11
 2     45       31       06.06.11        Examinations        Term ends Fri 10.06.11
       46                13.06.11
       47                20.06.11
       48                27.06.11
       49                04.07.11
       50                11.07.11
       51                18.07.11
       52                25.07.11




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                     SEMESTER BASED MODULES
                                FINAL YEAR
Sem   Time    Teaching    Week      Lectures &   Seminar              Notes
      table   Week No     Beg       Workshops
      week               Monday

                                                            *Induction timetables for
                                                                        st
                                                                      1 week -
 1      9        1       27.09.10      Yes*        No       *Lectures begin Thursday
 1     10        2       04.10.10      Yes        Yes**      **Seminars will only run if
                                                             first lecture already held,
                                                            unless advised otherwise.
 1     11        3       11.10.10      Yes        Yes
 1     12        4       18.10.10      Yes        Yes
 1     13        5       25.10.10      Yes        Yes
 1     14        6       01.11.10      Yes        Yes
 1     15        7       08.11.10      No         No              Reading week
 1     16        8       15.11.10      Yes        Yes
 1     17        9       22.11.10      Yes        Yes
 1     18       10       29.11.10      Yes        Yes
 1     19       11       06.12.10      Yes        Yes      Term Ends Fri 10.12.10
       20                13.12.10
       21                20.12.10
       22                27.12.10
 1     23       12       05.01.11      Yes        Yes      Term starts Tue 04.01.11
 1     24       13       10.01.11    Revision     Yes
 1     25       14       17.01.11       No        No
 1     26       15       24.01.11   Assessment
 1     27       16       31.01.11   Assessment
                                                               Sem 2 starts Mon
 2     28       17       07.02.11      Yes        No              07.02.11
 2     29       18       14.02.11      Yes        Yes
 2     30       19       21.02.11      Yes        Yes
 2     31       20       28.02.11      Yes        Yes
 2     32       21       07.03.11      Yes        Yes
 2     33       22       14.03.11      Yes        Yes
 2     34       23       21.03.11      Yes        Yes
       35       24       28.03.11      Yes        Yes      Term ends Fri 01.04.11
       36                04.04.11
       37                11.04.11
 2     38                18.04.11
 2     39       25       25.04.11      Yes         Yes     Term starts Tue 26.04.11
 2     40       26       02.05.11      Yes         Yes       Bank Holiday 02.05.11
 2     41       27       09.05.11    Revision      Yes
 2     42       28       16.05.11       No          No
 2     43       29       23.05.11       Examinations
 2     44       30       30.05.11       Examinations         Bank Holiday 30.05.11
 2     45       31       06.06.11       Examinations       Term ends Fri 10.06.11
       46                13.06.11
       47                20.06.11
       48                27.06.11
       49                04.07.11
       50                11.07.11
       51                18.07.11
       52                25.07.11




                                      Page 22
4.5     Placement year

The degree course is primarily designed as a 3 year full-time degree. However, in order to give the
course greater flexibility, a sandwich year is offered. It is seen as desirable on educational grounds to
give students reasonable opportunity within the degree structure to determine a 'course package'
which is relevant to their own needs, interests, potential and aspirations.

There are several reasons why students may wish to take a sandwich option. These include:

(i)     to increase the opportunity to discover personal aptitudes and interests and so help the
        student to identify a choice of subsequent career

(ii)    to further develop technical and social skills which will be attractive to prospective
        employers upon completion of the degree

(iii)   to gain early work experience which may qualify as part of a required professional
        training programme

(iv)    to give opportunity to observe the application of degree concepts in a practical work
        environment

(v)     to improve foreign language skills if sandwich year taken abroad

Sandwich course students undertake one practical training placement in Year 3, for a minimum period
of 48 weeks. The training placement is intended to advance the students' personal and vocational
experience in the general field of finance, accounting and associated disciplines.

Practical training placements will normally be selected by the student with the assistance and guidance
of the Industrial Placements Unit. The Industrial Placements Unit will be responsible for the
organisation and supervision of the practical training placements.

Training programmes will be agreed with the organisations concerned. Employers will be requested to
keep a record of the student's performance and to provide a written report at the end of the training
programme. The student will be required to maintain a detailed record of his/her training and at the
end of the training programme provide a report describing the organisation and evaluating the
placement period. Students have the option, at the beginning of their placement, to make their
placement the basis for a more detailed Placement Project. These projects are assessed and the
marks count towards the student's final year marks. Students who complete a Placement Project do
not have to take either the Advanced Case Study module or a double option module in their final year.
Training Officers will be made aware of University requirements through frequent contact with the
Industrial Placements Unit. The programme may also be linked with that of a professional
accountancy body in which case a log book or appropriate record will be maintained, in the manner
prescribed by that body.

It is important that the training programme should strike a balance between limiting the variety of tasks
so that the students may acquire a real understanding of their work, and extending the students'
experience over a sufficient range to develop a broad perspective of the organisation and its activities.

Students will be visited by a member of academic staff during the practical training placement. Visits
will be the subject of a formal report by the visiting lecturer.

Students who are seriously contemplating a sandwich year placement should give a preliminary
indication to the Course Leader by the end of the first year of the degree. Students who opt to take the
third year in a training placement must satisfactorily complete the year to qualify for a sandwich
degree.



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4.6      Languages

The following language courses are available to all students:

•     One year beginners course in French, German, Spanish or Italian.
•     University Certificate course in French, German, Spanish or Italian.
      This has a prerequisite of GCSE grade C or beginners course or equivalent.
•     University Diploma course in French, German or Spanish.
      This has a prerequisite of GCE „A‟ level in the language studied.

The Certificate and Diploma courses each run for two years and lead to a qualification which the
student receives in addition to their registered course. For international students, an English Language
Support Programme and further English Language courses are available. The timetabled hours for the
language courses are the same as for a single module (2 hours per week).

4.7      Careers planning agreement

A Career Planning Agreement (CPA) for your course has been developed. Having a CPA means that
your Course Leader and careers counsellors have identified career-relevant work happening within
your course and that your lecturers will make this content explicit to you during your time at Brighton.
The Careers Centre is involved as part of the agreement and you can book an appointment for a
careers interview.

The purpose of the CPA is to help you assess your skills, think about and choose what you want to do
on graduation, how to get there, and how to develop the career management skills needed for the rest
of your life.

The CPA covers four learning outcomes as follows:
- competencies in self-assessment and personal review
- competencies in researching job ideas and occupational information
- competencies in decision making, goal setting and action planning
- competencies in the transition to work, self employment, further study and training.

Further details of your CPA is available on the School Area of Studentcentral.


4.8      Exemptions from professional institutions

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree has been assessed by the UK professional
accountancy bodies and graduates are offered exemptions from many of the professional
examinations. Those offered by the major accountancy bodies are detailed below. (Note, professional
examinations and exemptions are constantly under review and the following lists should be seen as
indicative, not certain.)


4.8.1    Exemptions from Professional Examinations of CIMA


The CIMA examination scheme applies from 2010. Students are expected to obtain exemption from
the foundation level (Certificate in Business Accounting) as follows:

Paper C01     Fundamentals of Management Accounting                All students
Paper C02     Fundamentals of Financial Accounting                 All students
Paper C03     Fundamentals of Business Mathematics                 All students
Paper C04     Fundamentals of Business Economics                   All students
Paper C05     Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate                    All students
              Governance and Business Law
                                                Page 24
For the Operational and Management Level, the exemptions expected are as follows:

Paper P1       Performance Operations              All students
Paper P2       Performance Management              All students
Paper F1       Financial Operations                All students
Paper F2       Financial Management                All students

Exemptions may not be available for the remaining Operational and Management Level papers:

Paper E1       Enterprise Operations
Paper E2       Enterprise Management

Strategic (final) Level   CIMA does not grant exemptions from this level.

Paper P3       Performance Strategy
Paper E3       Enterprise Strategy
Paper F3       Financial Strategy
Paper T4       Test of Professional Competence in Management Accounting


Website: www.cimaglobal.com



4.8.2   Exemptions from Professional Examinations of ACCA

The ACCA examination scheme has applied since 2007. Students will obtain exemptions from
Fundamentals Level – Knowledge (papers F1 to F3). For Fundamentals Level - Skills, the exemptions
granted are as follows:

Paper F4     Corporate & Business Law         All students
Paper F5     Performance Management           All students
Paper F6     Taxation                         Exemption if FA362 Taxation is passed
Paper F7     Financial Reporting              All students
Paper F8     Audit & Assurance                Exemption if FA363 Auditing is passed
Paper F9     Financial Management             All students

ACCA does not grant exemptions from Part 3 (Professional):

Paper P1   Professional Accountant
Paper P2   Corporate Reporting
Paper P3   Business Analysis
Paper P4   Advanced Financial Management
Paper P5   Advanced Performance Management
Paper P6   Advanced Taxation
Paper P7   Advanced Audit & Assurance

Note: papers P1 to P3 are essential/core papers and papers P4 to P7 are option papers. Candidates
must sit the three core papers and two option papers.

Website: www.accaglobal.com


Brighton Business School offers full and part-time courses for the Fundamentals Level - Skills and the
Professional Level ACCA papers, with the Fundamentals Level - Skills papers being internally
examined.


                                                Page 25
4.8.3   Exemptions from Professional Examinations of ICAEW

The ICAEW examination scheme has applied since 2007. For the Professional Stage papers the
exemptions granted are as follows:

Accounting                            All students
Assurance                             Exemption if FA363 Auditing is passed
Management Information                All students
Law                                   All students
Principles of Taxation                Exemption if FA362 Taxation is passed
Financial Management                  All students
Business and Finance                  All students
Business Strategy                     Exemption if ST363 Corporate Strategy is passed

To apply for exemption students will need to have achieved a minimum mark of 50% in all modules
needed for exemption with at least 40% in all the assessed elements. However if a student achieves at
least a 2.1 degree classification then exemption for Business and Finance will be awarded on
application to the ICAEW.

Website: www.icaew.com


4.8.4   Exemptions from Professional Examinations of CIPFA

The CIPFA examination scheme has applied since 2004. Students will obtain exemptions from the
Certificate Level (Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Reporting and Financial
Management, Systems and Techniques). For the Diploma Level, students will gain an exemption as
follows:

Leadership and Management


Website: www.cipfa.org.uk


4.8.5   Exemptions from Chartered Insurance Institute

We expect to receive the following:

Financial Services qualifications framework:
30 non unit specific credits at Advanced Diploma Level plus unit JO3 The Tax and Legal Aspects of
Business

Insurance qualifications framework
25 non unit specific credits at Diploma Level plus unit 530 Business and Economics

Website: www.insurancecareers.cii.co.uk

The Chartered Insurance Institute offer insurance and financial services qualification frameworks which
provide clear paths for those looking to develop their careers either in the insurance market or in the
financial services industry. The diploma levels recognise technical development. To achieve this level
a candidates must pass a total of 110 credits. The advanced diploma levels are the professional stage
and require candidates to pass a 290 credit threshold.




                                               Page 26
4.9    Academic prizes and scholarships

It is hoped that sponsors will in 2010/11 continue to support existing prizes which for 2009/10 were as
follows:

  Best Second Year student                                       £200     KPMG
  Best Business Ethics and Corporate Governance student          £200     Baker Tilly

Prizes in the final year are currently as follows:

  Best Final Year student                                        £150     The Dean‟s Prize
  Best Financial Reporting student                               £200     Mazars
  Best contribution in Advanced Case Study                       £200     Grant Thornton




                                                     Page 27
5.     ABOUT YOUR COURSE - ASSESSMENT

5.1    Nature and types of assessment
5.2    Coursework marking guidelines
5.3    Coursework presentation
5.4    Referencing your work
5.5    Coursework word limit and word ranges
5.6    Coursework submission
5.7    Late coursework
5.8    Coursework extensions
5.9    Return of coursework
5.10   Examination timetables
5.11   Examination past papers
5.12   Use of dictionaries in examinations
5.13   Examination results
5.14   Mitigating circumstances
5.15   Plagiarism, collusion and cheating in examinations
5.16   Appealing the decision of an examination board

_________________________________________________________________________

5.1    Nature and types of assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules that you study, which are designed to enable you to
demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes for the module.

The nature of assessment will vary from module to module, and may comprise one or more
components. The two principal forms of assessment are examinations and coursework.
Examinations may be open book, or closed book (i.e. you may or may not be permitted to take notes
and/or materials into the examination with you), seen or unseen (i.e. you may or may not be given
advance notice of the examination paper). Some examinations may be multiple choice. Coursework
may take many different forms e.g. an essay, a report, a dissertation, a reflective statement.
Sometimes you will be assessed on your seminar contributions, or be required to give a
presentation. Sometimes you will be required to produce groupwork. The tables on the following
pages show the different assessment methods that will be used for each of the compulsory modules
and where the course learning outcomes will principally be assessed

The learning outcomes and assessment regime for every module may be found in the relevant
module descriptors. Copies of all module descriptors are accessible, by module code, via the “My
School: Brighton Business School” area on Studentcentral.

Your coursework assessment tasks will be distributed to you by your module tutors, usually at the
commencement of the academic year, along with details of the submission date(s).


5.2     Coursework grading criteria

The following grading criteria, based on the University‟s undergraduate marking/ grading scale,
indicate the marks and classifications to be awarded for various standards of written work. Your work
will be marked in percentages, with the exception of those few modules that just need Pass/fail As
each subject has its own emphases and as assignments may vary in their approach (e.g. essays,
reports, projects etc.) so descriptions offered here are inevitably generalised and will need to be
interpreted and adapted to the specifics of each assignment. Sometimes you will be issued with
supplementary grading criteria which are specific to the particular task you have been set.



                                              Page 28
UNDERGRADUATE COURSEWORK GRADING CRITERIA

FIRST (1)
Exceptional (90-100%)
A faultless or near faultless response to the task: all learning outcomes have been achieved to an
exceptionally high level. The work demonstrates all of the following characteristics and most of the
work is beyond that which is normally expected for work at the given level of study
     Originality in the way in which the work has been approached and executed
     In-depth understanding, insight and/or research
     Evidence of very high quality analysis, synthesis, evaluation and/or critical appraisal
All specifications for the assessment task have been strictly adhered to. The organisation of the work
and the standard of presentation and referencing are exemplary throughout.

Outstanding (80-89%)
An outstanding response to the task: all learning outcomes have been achieved to an
exceptionally high level. The work demonstrates most of the following characteristics and much of it
is beyond that which is normally expected for work at the given level of study
     Originality in the way in which the work has been approached and executed
     In-depth understanding, insight and/or research
     Evidence of very high quality analysis, synthesis, evaluation and/or critical appraisal
All specifications for the assessment task have been strictly adhered to. The organisation of the work
and the standard of presentation and referencing are exemplary throughout.

Excellent (70%-79%)
An extremely good response to the task: all learning outcomes have been achieved to a high
standard and most at an exceptionally high level. The work demonstrates some of the following
characteristics.
     Originality in the way in which the work has been approached and executed
     In-depth understanding, insight and/or research
     Evidence of high quality analysis, synthesis, evaluation and/or critical appraisal
All specifications for the assessment task have been adhered to. The organisation of the work and the
standard of presentation and referencing are excellent throughout.

UPPER SECOND (2.1)
Very good/Commendable (60-69%)
A very good response to the task: all learning outcomes have been met fully and many have been
achieved at a good or very good standard. The work demonstrates all or most of the following
characteristics in relation to those expected at the given level of study:
     A standard and comprehensive approach and execution of the work
     Very good understanding, some insight and/or thorough research
     No significant inaccuracies or misunderstandings
     Some high quality analysis, synthesis, evaluation and/or critical appraisal
The specifications for the assessment task have been adhered to. The work is well organised and the
standard of presentation and referencing is very good throughout.

LOWER SECOND (2.2)
Good/competent (50-59%)
A sound response to the task: all learning outcomes have been met and some may have been
achieved at a good standard. The work demonstrates some of the following characteristics in
relation to that expected at the given level of study:
     A standard and comprehensive approach to and execution of the work
     Some good understanding, some insight and/or appropriate research
     No significant inaccuracies and/or misunderstandings
     Sound analysis, synthesis, evaluation and/or critical appraisal


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There are no significant deviations from the specifications for the assessment task. The work is
suitably organised and the standard of presentation and referencing is at least of a good standard.

THIRD (3)
Satisfactory (40-49%)
An adequate, but weak, response to the task: all learning outcomes have been met but at least
some barely exceed the minimum standard to pass the module. The work may display some
strengths (such as those indicated in the characteristics of higher grades) but the grade is brought
down by some weak features, such as:
     Very basic and/or poorly thought out approach to and execution of the work
     Adequate but limited understanding of major ideas with very little insight and/or minimal
       research
     Some minor inaccuracies and/or misunderstandings
     The work is too descriptive and insufficiently analytical in relation to the expectations for the
       given level of study.
     Some minor deviations from the specifications for the assessment task.
     Poor standard of presentation and referencing

FAIL
Marginal fail (35-39%)
An unsatisfactory response to the task because one or more of the learning outcomes just fail to
reach the minimum standard to pass the module. The work may display some strengths but these
are marginally outweighed by one or more weak features, such as:
     Poorly thought out approach to and execution of the work
     Limited understanding of major ideas with very little insight and/or minimal research
     Some significant inaccuracies and/or misunderstandings
     The work is too descriptive and insufficiently analytical in relation to the expectations for the
       given level of study
     Some deviations to the specifications for the assessment task
     Poor standard of presentation and referencing

NOTE: Where the assessment for a module comprises a number of tasks (e.g. a piece of coursework
and an examination), and a student receives a mark between 35% and 39% for one of the tasks, they
may still pass the module, providing that they pass the other task, and achieve an overall average
mark of at least 40%.

Weak fail (30-34%)
An unsatisfactory response to the task because one or more of the learning outcomes clearly fail
to reach the minimum standard to pass the module. The work may display some strengths but
these are outweighed by weak features, such as:
     Poorly thought out approach to and execution of the work
     Limited understanding of major ideas with very little insight and/or minimal research
     Some significant inaccuracies and/or misunderstandings
     The work is too descriptive and insufficiently analytical in relation to the expectations for the
       given level of study
     Some significant deviations from the specifications for the assessment task
     Poor standard of presentation and referencing.

NOTE: Where the assessment for a module comprises a number of tasks (e.g. a piece of coursework
and an examination), and a student receives a mark below 35% for one of the tasks, they will not pass
the module, regardless of how well they perform in the other tasks.




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Very weak fail (0-29%)
An unsatisfactory response to the task because most of the learning outcomes clearly fail to reach
the minimum standard to pass the module. The work displays few, if any, strengths and these are
more than outweighed by weak features, such as:
    Very poorly thought out approach to and execution of the work
    Very limited understanding of major ideas with little or no insight and/or minimal research
    Significant inaccuracies and/or misunderstandings
    The work is purely descriptive with no evidence of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and/or critical
       appraisal in relation to that expected at the given level of study
    Deviations to the specifications for the assessment task.
    Very poor standard of presentation and referencing

5.3       Coursework presentation

These guidelines are based on our requirements for placement projects and dissertations, but should
be valid for most written work produced during your course. Please note, however, that special
conventions apply to the presentation and referencing of legal scholarship. Therefore, if you are
submitting a piece of law coursework please refer to the detailed guidance in the Studying Law at
Brighton Business School Handbook. An electronic copy of the Handbook is available on the School
area of Studentcentral.

Your paper copy should normally be word-processed and bound, but you are requested not to enclose
each page in a plastic envelope, since this usually makes marking extremely difficult.

The report should be on A4 paper with one-and-a-half spacing between the lines, usually single sided.
Appendices may be single-spaced. Each page in the main report should be numbered with page
numbers at the foot of the page.

There should be a margin of at least 1.5 inches (4 cm) on the left side of the page, both for the text
and for any diagrams. Top, right and bottom margins should be at least 1.25 inches (3 cm). The right
margin should be unjustified (i.e. left 'ragged') to aid readability.

The main text should be in a single 12-point font, e.g. Times New Roman or similar. An alternative font
such as Arial in a smaller point size may be more appropriate in diagrams and tables. Use bolding for
emphasis within the text and for section headings.

Any material copied directly from another author must be enclosed in quotation marks, followed
immediately by a reference to the source. Individual quotations should not normally exceed one
paragraph, and quotations should not exceed 5% of the length of the report.

Colour printing may be used for charts, screen-shots etc. Clarity is more important than fancy graphics.
Avoid clip-art except where required for drawing diagrams.

You are responsible for the accuracy of the finished work so after it has been completed you should
use the spell-checker to catch any typographical and spelling errors. You should also proof read it
yourself several times (and/or have it read by someone else), as the spell-checker is not likely to catch
every error.

5.4       Referencing your work

It is important in academic writing to reference all the important ideas and facts in your work. It is also
the best way to avoid any risk of plagiarism (see 5.16 below). You should do this:

         When you quote directly using others‟ words in quotation marks

         When you paraphrase the arguments or theories of others in your own words

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      When you use evidence from the work of others to support your own arguments

      When you rework published data or use it as the basis of your own calculations.

To ensure that you reference properly, you should carefully read and follow the guidance contained
within the Brighton Business School Referencing Handbook, which is based on the Harvard
referencing system. All first year undergraduate students will be provided with a paper copy of the
Handbook as part of their academic skills module. An electronic copy of the Handbook is also available
on the School Area and all Course Areas on Studentcentral. Please note, however, that special
conventions apply to the presentation and referencing of legal scholarship. Therefore, if you are
submitting a piece of law coursework please refer to the detailed guidance in the Studying Law at
Brighton Business School Handbook. An electronic copy of the Handbook is available on the School
area of studentcentral.

Therefore, no student has any excuse for not referencing properly, and poor referencing may have a
negative impact on the mark that you receive for your work. Non-referencing will constitute
plagiarism, which is considered a very serious form of academic misconduct (see 5.16 below).

5.5 Coursework word limits and word ranges

Every piece of coursework you are set will either have a word limit or a word range, which you should
make sure you observe. Normally, if your coursework has a word limit e.g. 2,000 words, then the
marker will stop reading the work once you have exceed the word limit by 10%. If you write less than
the word limit you risk not maximising your potential mark. For the purpose of calculating the word
count, footnotes are included (apart from law coursework where they are excluded), whereas contents
pages, executive summaries, tables, appendices and reference lists/bibliographies are not usually
included. If in doubt, check with one of your module lecturers.

You are required to declare a word count for every piece of work you submit.

5.6 In-class assessments

In-class assessments may be used on certain modules as the assessed coursework component (or
part of the assessed coursework component). In-class assessments may take the form of pieces of
work, or the grading of performance/contribution to seminars.

Where students are to be graded in every seminar, and the marks averaged over the number of
seminars possible, any absence will therefore be penalised. However, where the absence is due to a
good reason (i.e. a reason which would be sufficient for the purpose of granting an extension or
mitigating circumstances (see 5.9 and 5.15 below)), the number of possible seminars will be reduced
to avoid penalties.

Where in-class assessments are used on the basis of marks awarded for the best X out of Y pieces of
work or best X out of Y seminar contributions (for example, the best 3 out of 4 or the best 5 out of 6), if
a student fails to do the minimum i.e. X, the final mark will normally be based upon the assessments
that have actually been completed.

5.7 Coursework submission

Your lecturer will specify the date by which your assessed coursework has to be handed in. You must
keep to this deadline unless you have been granted an extension by the course leader (see later
sections). Unless otherwise specified, the hand-in time for all undergraduate assignments is
10am on the due date. If you are likely to face any difficulties submitting at that time of day, submit
your work the day before.

You are required to submit two copies of each assignment – a paper copy and a digital copy. The
only exception is in the case of the placement project/ extended project/research elective
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report/dissertation where we require two paper copies and one digital copy to be handed in. We shall
only accept coursework for marking if we have both the printed AND the digital versions and
reserve the right to scan either version for plagiarised material.

5.7.1 Submission of paper copy

The paper copy should be posted in the box outside the Undergraduate Office (Room M160) by the
date specified, accompanied by one Assignment Report Form (available from the Undergraduate
Office). It should NOT be handed in to the Office or to your tutor. The office staff will empty the post
box and date stamp the work submitted.

Please ensure that you complete an Assignment Report Form showing:

                     Your Name (or student number if the lecturer requests that)
                                         Your Seminar Group
                                       Module Lecturer‟s Name
                                   Module Name and Module Code
                                           Assignment Title
                                                Course
                                            Level (1, 2 or 3)
                                              Date Due in

The front page of your assignment should also contain this information in case the cover sheet
becomes separated.

Your paper copy should normally be word-processed and stapled or bound, but you are requested not
to enclose each page in a plastic envelope, since this usually makes marking extremely difficult.

5.7.2 Submission of digital copy

Details on how to submit the digital copy, which must be done via the Assignments box facility on
Studentcentral, can be found in the Appendix. When submitting your work via the Studentcentral
module Assignments box please make sure that your work is named in the following manner for
ease of identification:
                                      EC180_coursework.docx

                                        Or, if in multiple parts

                                      IT282_Presentation.pptx
                                         IT282_Report.docx

We would encourage you to try and submit your coursework as one digital file. Only when the file gets
too large, because of the extensive use of graphics, should you then consider submitting it in multiple
parts. Please make sure that you label the component parts clearly so that the main part of the
assignment can be easily identified. In cases where there is group work to be submitted, the first
student named on the group assignment should do the submitting and should make sure that a full list
of the students contributing to that assignment is mentioned on the front of the assignment. Please
note that submission by e-mail or fax is not permitted.

Be very careful. The software allows you to SAVE various versions and parts of your assignment but it
normally only allows you to SUBMIT your work ONCE. So do make sure that you have that entire
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If you submit the wrong work then you should contact your course administrator and ask them to
remove it. You can then submit the correct work.

Although you do not receive confirmation of receipt from Studentcentral, you do get a
“Submission History” page displayed when submitting assignments which you can use to
check that documents have successfully been submitted.

5.8 Late coursework

Submission deadlines are sacrosanct. Students who fail to submit their work on time will be penalised
by having a mark of ZERO awarded for this work. Individual members of staff cannot waive these
penalties as it is University policy. However, in exceptional circumstances students may apply for an
extension to the submission date (see 5.9 below).

5.9       Coursework extensions

An extension is granted in order that an assignment can be submitted as if on time i.e. the deadline for
students with extensions is effectively put back to a later date.

5.9.1 Grounds

It is not possible to give a full list of reasons for which extensions may be granted. The typical case is
where you have been ill during the time when an assignment was due to be written. However, any
unforeseen circumstances which disrupt your study may represent an appropriate reason.

If the standard of your work has been affected by the circumstances which caused you to apply for an
extension, you should also submit mitigating circumstances at the end of the semester (see 5.15
below) and explain, in your supporting documentation, both the nature of the circumstances and the
reason that the extension was not sufficient for you to produce your best work.

In considering whether or not an extension to a deadline should be granted, the designated signatory
will be mindful of the following points:

         When applying for an extension you are normally required to submit documentary/written
          evidence of the reason for the application.

         The nature of coursework is such that minor illnesses during the time when you would be
          expected to be working on the assignment will not constitute good grounds for granting an
          extension, even if these occur within the final few days before the deadline. Serious illness or
          injury, where supported by documentary evidence, will normally be appropriate reason for an
          extension to be approved.

         Computer failure, or the loss of data from a computer disk, will not normally be deemed
          a satisfactory reason for late submission.

         Paid employment commitments do not constitute grounds for an extension, or mitigating
          circumstances, for full-time students. Part-time students who are in full-time employment are
          expected to prioritise University deadlines. Exceptionally, such as where work commitments
          change at short notice through circumstances beyond your control, an application will be
          appropriate. In such cases , and especially where the course is undertaken as professional
          development, it is anticipated that the designated signatory will consider applications
          sympathetically where they are supported by evidence in the form of, for example, a letter from
          your line manager.




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      In considering an application for an extension, the designated signatory will have regard to the
       other students on the programme who have not requested an extension, and will ensure that
       these students would not be unfairly disadvantaged by the granting of the extension.

5.9.2 Procedure

Students should complete an Assignment Extension Form, obtainable from the Undergraduate
Office, attaching any medical certificate or other written evidence, and return it to the Course
Administrator. Students must normally apply as soon as possible but no later than two days before
the submission date. All such applications will be dealt with by the Course Leader (or Personal
Tutor/Year Tutor in the case of UG Business students) who will reply in writing, setting a new
submission date where appropriate.

5.10   Return of coursework

Your module tutors will indicate when you should receive feedback on your coursework, which will
normally be available within four weeks of the submission date if the work has been submitted on
time (although may be longer if the marking period falls within a vacation period, e.g. the Christmas or
Easter break). Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances (such as staff illness), there can be
other delays in returning your coursework, and where that happens your module tutor will let you know
and provide you with a revised date for return of the work.

However, please note that all coursework marks returned prior to the relevant examination board
are provisional, and are subject to approval of the examination board.

Examination scripts are not returned to students nor is any feedback usually provided about
individual examination performance.

5.11   Examination timetables

5.11.1 Main examinations

Examination timetables will be published at least three weeks in advance of the relevant examination
period on the “My School: Brighton Business School” area of Studentcentral. It is your responsibility
to obtain the details of your examinations, and make sure that you attend at the right location,
on the correct day and at the correct time. If you arrive late for an examination, you will not
necessarily be given extra time, and if you arrive more than 30 minutes after the start of the
examination you will not be permitted to enter the examination room. If you are unable to attend an
examination you should submit a Mitigating Circumstances (see 5.15 below).

5.11.2 Resit examinations

Where a student is required to take a resit examination, it is the responsibility of the student to
ascertain the date of the examination and make themselves available on that date. Note: failure to
attend a resit examination on the specified date may preclude a student from proceeding with
their course the next academic year.

5.12   Examination past papers

Copies of the past two years examination papers for all modules are available on the “My School:
Brighton Business School” area on Studentcentral. However, answer guidelines are not normally
available on the site. Where a new module is offered, your lecturers will advise you of the format of the
exam and an indication of the type/style of question you may be asked.



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5.13    Use of dictionaries in examinations

Students (for whom English is a second language) may take a translation dictionary into examinations
(apart from language examinations unless specified otherwise). The dictionary should be in paper
format, not electronic. It must not be subject specific e.g. an Economics or Business & Management
dictionary, and there must be no handwritten annotations or notes on the dictionary. Any translation
dictionary taken into an examination will be examined by the invigilator to check that it meets
the requirements above, and if it does not, it will be immediately confiscated and disciplinary
action may follow.

5.14    Examination results

Usually, a pass list will be posted on your course notice board within two working days of the
Examination Board and a letter will be sent to you detailing your results within 2 weeks of the Board.
Results will also be made available on studentcentral. Due to current data protection legislation,
examination pass lists identify students by their University student number rather than their name.
Therefore if you attend the University to consult the pass lists it is important to bring along your student
number. Administrative staff will be very busy at this time preparing results letters and will not be able
to look up student numbers.

Please do not ask the tutors, course leader or course administrator for your results. They are under a
lot of pressure to get the results out to you as speedily and as accurately as possible and any such
requests just slow them down. Under no circumstances will results be given by telephone or e-mail.

5.15    Mitigating circumstances

Where you consider that your performance in an assessment has been adversely affected by
circumstances beyond your control and you wish the Examination Board to take this into account you
should complete a Mitigating Circumstances form. If you are unable to attend an examination, you
should also submit a Mitigating Circumstances form. Full details on mitigating circumstances can be
found in GEAR. However, the following should be noted:

5.15.1 Grounds

In considering claims for mitigating circumstances, your Course Examination Board (or other
appropriate body) will consider:

       the severity of the mitigating circumstances, and the reasonableness of a claim that such
        circumstances might have affected performance;

       the documentary evidence provided by the student;;

       the time period affected, and the likelihood that performance may have been affected;

       whether it is reasonable to suppose that the circumstances should have been foreseen by the
        student, or were avoidable.

The following are indicative of the kinds of circumstances which will normally be considered valid,
where the evidence and timing are available to support the claim:

       personal illness;
       illness of a family member;
       death of a family member or close friend;
       personal/psychological problems.


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The following are indicative of the kinds of circumstances which will NOT normally be considered valid,
even when they can be supported by independent documentary evidence:

      paid employment;
      other University deadlines;
      car breakdown;
      lateness of lift to the University;
      missing a bus or train;
      oversleeping;
      misunderstanding timetable, or not knowing about times;
      computer problems (including corrupted disks or printing problems);
      job interview;
      any ongoing situation known to the student;
      other circumstances which it is reasonable to suppose might have been foreseen.

Note: Your mitigating circumstances are unlikely to be considered unless some documentary
evidence is provided. Your personal tutor, year tutor or course leader may be able to advise you of
the sort of evidence required, if it is not obvious (Also see 5.15.2 below).

5.15.2 Procedure

If you believe that your mitigating circumstances should be considered you must complete and
submit a Mitigating Circumstances form, via the Undergraduate Office, to the Chair of the Course
Examination Board explaining:

              (i)       Which assessments were affected

              (ii)      How the circumstances affected your performance.

You need to ask the Undergraduate Office staff if you do not know who the Chair of the Course
Examination Board is. The form and any supporting letter must be accompanied by third party
documentary evidence, e.g. medical certificates. Self-certification of Illness notes will NOT be
accepted- you must produce a doctor’s certificate.

The form and any supporting letter together with supporting evidence must be handed into the Course
Administrator as soon as possible and certainly no later than 5 working days after the
assignment/ examination to which they relate. Students should try and consult their Personal or
Year Tutor before submitting their forms and supporting evidence so that the Tutor can speak on their
behalf when mitigating circumstances are considered.

Any Mitigating Circumstances not submitted in this way will not normally be considered by a
Course Examination Board. See also the section on appealing against an Examination Board
decision where it warns that late submission of mitigating circumstances is not normally
allowable.

5.16   Plagiarism, collusion and cheating in assessment

If you attempt to gain a grade by fraudulent means you can be severely punished by the Course
Examination Board – see GEAR.

5.16.1 Plagiarism

Plagiarism is essentially presenting (directly or indirectly) another person's thoughts, writing, etc. as
your own. Quoting directly without quotation marks and attribution is plagiarism. Copying material from
a textbook, lecture material, article, digital file or another student, even if you paraphrase, may be
considered plagiarism.
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It is your responsibility to be fully aware what constitutes plagiarism and what does not. As a starting
point, you should read the University‟s Plagiarism Awareness Pack – you will be provided a paper
copy of this pack when you start your course, and electronic copies are available on the “MY School:
Brighton Business School” area and all Course Areas on studentcentral. Also, a short PowerPoint
presentation showing the sort of copying our plagiarism software can detect can be found on the
School Area and all Course Areas Studentcentral. By properly referencing all your work, you can avoid
a plagiarism allegation, so you should also be fully conversant with the Brighton Business School
Referencing Handbook.

Plagiarism is an issue facing all universities across the world and strikes at the heart of academic
standards. We shall be insisting that wherever possible all assessed coursework is submitted to us in
printed form AND also in digital form. Most of your lecturers will ask you to submit your digital copy via
the Studentcentral module assignment box, others will ask for a copy on disk. We shall only accept
coursework from you for marking if we have both the printed AND the digital versions. Be warned that
we shall be sampling this work with highly effective software designed to detect copying!

5.16.2 Collusion

Copying the work of a fellow student is also treated very seriously as it is unlikely to happen
inadvertently. Don‟t lend your notes, computer disks or assignments to other people, particularly if you
suspect they may copy them. You may find it difficult to prove that you were the originator of the work if
it is copied.

It should be noted that in cases of copying between students these penalties may also have to be
applied to the original author as well as the author who copied the original piece of work if it cannot be
established which was the copy and which was the original.

If the assignment is an individual piece of work make sure that it is your own work and not that of a
group. Presenting a piece of work as yours when it is, in fact, the work of a group is collusion and is a
form of fraud.

5.16.3 Cheating

Cheating in examinations by whatever means, including copying from unauthorised material or from
another student‟s script, consulting information or individuals while absent from the examination room,
or attempting to gain a higher grade by fraudulent means, is also strictly forbidden.

Recently a small number of students were caught bringing into the examination hall illegal material that
could have been of benefit to them when answering questions. In all cases the students were heavily
penalised. The default for most modules is that you are not allowed to take any material into the
examination room apart from pens, pencils and possibly non programmable calculators- and , of
course, yourself!. If you are allowed to take material into the examination room (for example in an open
book exam) please make absolutely certain that you have checked with your lecturer exactly what you
are, and are not, allowed to take in long before the date of your examination. As each module is likely
to have different forms of assessment you will need to check with the lecturer for each module.
Ignorance of the rules is not a defence that we will listen to.



5.16.4 Penalties

Penalties for plagiarism, collusion and any other forms of cheating include being marked as
zero for the assignment, zero for the module or even harsher penalties. A similar penalty is
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5.17       Appealing the decision of an examination board

Examination Boards are conducted under the University of Brighton‟s General Examination and
Assessment Regulations (GEAR), a copy of which is available on the “My School: Brighton Business
School” area on studentcentral.

Before formally entering an appeal you are required to discuss the matter informally with the
chair of the examination board and give notice in writing of your attention to appeal to the
Secretary to the Academic Board within 15 working days (within three weeks of the pass list
being posted on the student notice board). If this informal discussion fails to resolve the matter,
you must lodge your appeal in writing with the secretary to the Academic Board within thirty working
days of the date of publication of the pass list notifying you of the decision. Normally, appeals
submitted outside the specified time scale will be ruled invalid. You must state the decision
against which you are appealing and the grounds for your appeal; you must also submit written
evidence supporting your claim.

Grounds for appeal

A request for a review of an Examination Board decision may only be made on one or more of the
following grounds:

   1. That a student has submitted evidence of mitigating circumstances which were not considered
      by the Examination Board;

   2. That the Examination Board was not aware of mitigating circumstances affecting the student’s
      performance because the candidate had been unable, or for valid reasons unwilling, to
      divulge them before the Examination Board reached its decision; (It is only in exceptional
      circumstances that an appeal will be heard on the basis of evidence submitted after the
      meeting of an Examination Board, and the attention of students is drawn to the
      importance of notifying the Chair of the Examination Board and/or Course Leader, in
      writing, of any circumstances extraneous to the course which might be prejudicial to
      their performance, as soon as possible, preferably before the examination and in any
      event before the examination board meets)

   3. That the examination procedures were not followed in accordance with the regulations,
      resulting in an error in the candidate’s assessment;

   4. That some other material irregularity had led to a breach of the procedures or regulations
      resulting in a decision detrimental to the student.

These are the ONLY grounds for appeal. There is no right of appeal against decisions of an
Examination Board, which are matters of academic judgement. Similarly a student may not lodge an
appeal on the grounds of dissatisfaction with the design, curriculum or delivery (teaching, departmental
support, etc.) of a course.

Note in particular that marks awarded are matters of academic judgement, i.e. you cannot ask for an
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6.     YOUR COURSE-SPECIFIC REGULATIONS
6.1   Undergraduate modular programme
6.2   Minimum pass mark
6.3   Deferrals
6.4   Progression to next level
6.5   What happens if I fail a Level 6 module?
6.6   Calculation of the final mark for the degree classification
6.7   Awarding honours
6.8   Border zone decisions

________________________________________________________________________________

6.1   Undergraduate modular programme

Your course forms part of the Brighton Business School‟s Undergraduate Modular Programme. The
general rules governing the assessment of the programme are to be found in the University‟s General
Examination and Assessment Regulations (GEAR - a copy of which can be found via the “My
School: Brighton Business School” area on studentcentral), and sections 1 to 6 of the Brighton
Business School Undergraduate Modular Framework Regulations – called the Pink Pages
(which are available on Course Areas on Studentcentral). The regulations are necessarily detailed and
complicated. For the sake of simplicity we have extracted some of the most relevant details from the
regulations and attempt to explain them in an easy to understand manner.

6.2 Minimum pass mark

The minimum pass mark for a module is 40%. Where there is a combination of coursework and
examination assessment for a module the rule is that for:

Level 4 and Level 5:              The pass mark for each category of assessment (coursework
          modules                 and examination) and the module as a whole is 40%. However,
                                  a stronger performance in one category of assessment may
                                  be allowed to compensate for a weaker performance in the other
                                  category providing there is a weighted aggregate mark of 40%
                                  for the module as a whole and a minimum of 35% in each element
                                  of assessment. Any component below 35% will normally receive a Refer.
                                  Examples of how this applies to individual students follow:

                                  Module Result with weighting Course work (CW)
                                  20% and Examination (EX) 80% contributing to
                                  an Overall Mark(OM)

                                                  CW      EX     OM     Result
                                  Student A:      50      38     40     Pass
                                  Student B:      32      38     37     Refer CW & EX
                                  Student C:      32      50     46     Refer CW
                                  Student D:      34       33    33     Fail, Repeat Module

                                  The pass mark is 40% BUT marginal fails (35% to 39%)
                                  in one category of assessment can be compensated
                                  IF AND ONLY IF the mark in the other category of assessment
                                  is good enough so that the weighted aggregate for
                                  the module is 40% or above.

      Level 6 modules :           A pass is achieved where there is a weighted aggregate mark of
                                  40%. There are no threshold values of 35% operating at Level 6.
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6.3      Deferrals

It unfortunately happens sometimes that a student has serious mitigating circumstances whilst
undertaking assessment in one or more modules that prevents them from passing those modules. In
such circumstances, where there is verifiable evidence that this is so and the student has submitted a
properly completed Mitigating Circumstances form in advance of the meeting of the Course
Examination Board meeting, the Course Examination Board may allow a student to be DEFERRED in
the affected modules. This is not an automatic right and it is up to the discretion of the Course
Examination Board to allow this.

Where the Course Examination Board has agreed a deferral the student must assume that they will be
asked to submit themselves for assessment at the next available opportunity offered by the Course
Examination Board.

It is hoped that such a student will then pass all of their outstanding modules. Where this does not
happen and a referral or deferral (if mitigating circumstances are ongoing) has to be satisfied, the
Course Examination Board may allow a student to take the assessment at the next available sitting.

For examinations, that would mean at the end of the first semester if an examination paper would
normally be sat at that time, or at the end of the year if that is the first opportunity that the examination
may be sat. If the nature of the outstanding referral is coursework, then it would again depend on when
this was being set.

6.4      Progression to next level

Students normally have to pass all modules at levels 4 and 5 before being allowed to progress
to the next. See section 6.5 above for additional rules about progression.

6.5      What happens if I fail a Level 6 module?

There are NO Referrals at Level 6. If a module mark is less than 40% it will be recorded as a failure.

The effect of failure may, at the discretion of the Course Examination Board, be as follows: -

      One failure (up to 20 credits) may be compensated and allowed;

      Two failures may result in the award of a lower degree classification;

      Three failures may lead to the award of an ordinary degree.

The Course Examination Board will consider each individual case and may take into account the type
of module and the severity of failure in the module in exercising its discretion.

Students are normally recommended to undertake no more than two research based final year options,
including the dissertation and/or project.

Those students opting to do a compulsory research-based module instead of the compulsory
dissertation or research module, in the event that they decide to undertake two research based
modules, must decide at the very beginning of their final year studies which of the modules is to be
substituted for the dissertation. Failure by a student to inform the Undergraduate Office of their
selection at the due time will result in the office staff informing the student which of the modules will be
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6.6    Calculation of the final mark for the degree classification

The final mark to determine your degree classification will normally be calculated from the weighted
average of the Level 6 and Level 5 modules with 75% weighting given to the Level 6 modules and 25%
to the Level 5 modules. Thus, if

       A       = The weighted average of the marks for ALL Level 3 modules

       B       = The weighted average of the marks for ALL Level 2 modules

       Final Mark     =   (0.75 x A) + (0.25 x B)

Modules carrying 20 CATS points will be double weighted for the purposes of the above calculations.


6.7    Awarding honours

Once the final mark has been calculated according to the formula shown above the Course
Examination Board will use the following as guidelines when determining individual degree
classifications:

Classification of Award                Final Mark

First Class Honours                    70 to 100

Second Class Honours (Division I)      60 to 69

Second Class Honours (Division II)     50 to 59

Third Class Honours                    40 to 49

If the Course Examination Board is unable to recommend the award of a classified degree, it may
decide to recommend the award of an Ordinary degree (i.e. non-honours degree) providing the
University‟s General Examination & Assessment Regulations are satisfied for such an award.


6.8     Border zone decisions

In cases where the final mark is within 2% of a classification borderline students may be considered for
the higher class of award. In such cases, using the criteria laid down in GEAR, the Course
Examination Board will consider the student‟s overall profile. Normally students will have to have at
least half their marks from levels 5 and 6 in the higher class and performance in compulsory modules
will also be taken into account.

When we use the 2% rule, we will therefore count how many marks are in the next class at Level 5 and
at Level 6 and expect to see a majority in each if somebody is to be upgraded to the next classification.
A number of people in the past have put in stronger performances in their final year but have been let
down by a much weaker performance in their second year. For example, for a final classification mark
of 58.9% with:

Level 5 marks: Number of modules at 2:1 or above (2 out of 12)

Level 6: Number of modules at 2:1 or above (8 out of 12)

Level 5 + Level 6: Number of modules at 2:1 or above (10 out of 24) - not a MAJORITY



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In this example, the student‟s classification would be likely to remain as a 2:2 as a majority of marks in
the 2:1 category has not been achieved.

The message is clear - that second year counts so don’t wait until the final year to perform
strongly!

It should therefore not be assumed that borderline cases are automatically upgraded and usually only
a small number of students gain the upgrade. The decision rests with the Course Examination Board
who will, when considering results, exercise its academic judgement in determining the degree
classification. Mitigating circumstances deemed to have had a major impact on performance may also
be taken into account when considering results around the borderline zones as may the proximity of
the final mark to the border and significant improvement in performance in the final year.




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7.       LIBRARY, COMPUTING AND MEDIA SERVICES

7.1      The library service
7.2      Library services to part-time students
7.3      The Online Library
7.4      Computing services for students based at Moulsecoomb
7.5      Media Centres
7.6      Studentcentral
7.7      ASK Study Guide
7.8      Useful web addresses

_________________________________________________________________

The Information Services department provides library, computing and media services in support of
learning, teaching, research and administration at the University of Brighton.


7.1      The library service

7.1.1 The University of Brighton libraries

     There are five libraries at the University of Brighton; the Aldrich, Falmer and St Peter‟s House
      libraries in Brighton and the Queenwood and Health Sciences libraries in Eastbourne.
     You will be issued with a student identity / library card when you enrol, which will enable you to
      borrow material from all University of Brighton libraries. Your card will also allow you reference
      access to the University of Sussex library.
     The Aldrich Library is located in the Cockcroft Building on the Moulsecoomb site. It stocks a broad
      range of books and other materials relevant to your studies, covering all aspects of business
      studies, management and law. It also provides access to a wide range of useful online databases
      and other electronic sources which can be accessed outside the library (see section 7.3)

7.1.2 Opening hours

Full, up to date information the about opening hours for all site libraries can be found at
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Libraries > Opening hours.

Opening hours for Aldrich Library (on the Moulsecoomb site):

Term time:            Monday – Thursday            08.30 – 21.00
                      Friday                       08.30 – 19.00
                      Saturday & Sunday            13.00 – 17.00

Vacations:            Monday – Friday              09.00 – 17.30
                      Saturday                     Closed
                      Sunday                       13.00 – 17.00 (except August)

The Ground Floor of the Aldrich Library, which contains a Computer Pool Room and Social Study
Space, remains open until 02.00 every night during term time. After the library closes, entrance to the
Ground Floor is via the entrance in Queensdown School Road and you will need your library card to
gain entrance.

In addition the upper floors of Aldrich Library have extended opening hours during exam revision
periods. For more information about this look out for posters displayed in the library or visit
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7.1.3 Borrowing entitlements

You may borrow up to 12 items at any one time (15 for postgraduate students and final year
undergraduates). The standard loan period is three weeks but items in heavy demand are seven day
loan or for use in the library only (Desk Loan Collection). Desk Loan items can be booked in advance
for use in the library or overnight loan. You will normally be charged a fine if you return a short loan
item late or retain an item which has been reserved by another user and recalled by the library.

7.1.4 Renewing items

It is not always necessary to bring items which you have on loan into the library to renew them.
Provided that it has not been requested by another user, any item may be renewed:
 in the library on production of your enrolment/library card
 by telephoning the library (the Aldrich Library renewals line number is 01273 642770). Outside of
     library opening hours there is an answer phone where you can leave a message requesting a
     renewal.
 online using the My Account tab in the library catalogue (via the Online Library at
     http://library.brighton.ac.uk). You will need to log in using your library card number.

7.1.5 Returning items

   If the library is open, bring your items to the library issue desk so that they can be discharged from
    your record.
   When the library is closed, you can use the secure book-drop bins situated at the site libraries. At
    Aldrich there is one on the ground floor adjacent to the computer pool room and a second one
    outside the main library entrance. These can be used for returning books only when the library is
    closed.
   Items can be returned by post; however, they remain your responsibility until received by the
    library.

7.1.6 The library catalogue

The library catalogue (“OPAC”) is available on dedicated terminals in each library and is also
accessible online via the Online Library (http://library.brighton.ac.uk). The catalogue has information
about the all material held in all of our site libraries. You can use the OPAC to search for books, print
journals and audio-visual items and to access your own borrower record for renewing books and to see
your current loans. You can also use the OPAC to reserve items when all copies are on loan.

7.1.7 Requesting items from other libraries

If you would like an item sent to your local site library from one of our other site libraries you can fill out
a request card at your library enquiry desk. If you are a final year undergraduate or a postgraduate
student, you are entitled to inter-library loans. This means that we can obtain books or articles from
other libraries for you (usually the British Library) when we do not hold them in stock. For more
information about inter-library loans, please see Information Services document 434: An Aldrich guide
to requesting inter-library loans or ask at your library enquiry desk.

7.1.8 Photocopying

All the libraries offer self-service photocopying facilities - you should read the notices about copyright
to ensure you stay within the legal limits of copying from printed materials. For colour photocopying on
the Moulsecoomb site please use the Reprographics Unit on the ground floor of the Cockcroft Building.

7.1.9 Audio-visual material

All the libraries have relevant collections of videotapes, DVDs, CDs and audiotapes which you can use
in the library or borrow for home use. You can use the OPAC to search for audio-visual items.
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7.1.10 Communications

The library uses your university email address for all correspondence (e.g. recalled, loans or
notification of reserved items awaiting collection). It is possible to set your university email to be
forwarded to a personal email account of your choice. This can be done within StudentCentral by
clicking on Personal Settings and full instructions can be found in Information Services document 724:
Forwarding your university email.

7.1.11 Enquiries and further help

An enquiry desk can be found in each of our libraries. You can also contact the Aldrich Library:

By phone:

Aldrich Library enquiries desk:                01273 642760
Aldrich Library renewals line:                 01273 642770

By email:

General enquiries:                         AskAldrich@brighton.ac.uk
Subject support team for Business and Law: AldrichBBS@brighton.ac.uk.

If you have special needs, ask about the services that can be provided to enable you to use the
libraries effectively.

7.2 Library services for part-time students

If you are studying part time and living away from the university, please ask at your University of
Brighton home library about using another university library under the SCONUL Access scheme. Ask
at your home library enquiry desk for more information and you can also visit
http://www.access.sconul.ac.uk/ to check whether the library you want to use is part of the scheme.

Part time students may also be eligible to join the University of Brighton‟s Extended Library Scheme
(ELS), whereby items can be posted to you.                         For more information go to
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/is/els.

7.3 The Online Library

The Online Library (available via           the    Online   Library   tab   in   StudentCentral    or   at
www.library.brighton.ac.uk) contains:

   Library Catalogue: Links to our library catalogue, the catalogues of other local libraries and the
    British Library‟s catalogue.

   Journal Title Search: search facility for finding the electronic and print journals that we subscribe
    to.

   Browse by subject area. This contains collections of links by subject, eg Business or Law, that
    have been selected by the library subject team supporting your course. These links include
    databases, Internet gateways, government websites and professional organisations

   Online databases with descriptions in alphabetical order. Use the databases to search for articles
    and papers relevant to your subject. Many of the databases have a user guide which you can
    access by clicking on the View user guide link. Many of these databases contain the full text of
    the documents and this is indicated by the words Full Text in red next to the description. The non-
    full text databases provide bibliographic detail and often an abstract.


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    A selection of the databases you may find useful are:
    Business Source Premier
    Emerald
    FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)
    GMID (Global Market Information Database)
    Lawtel
    LexisNexis Butterworth
    Newspapers (covers UK broadsheets back to 1996)
    Science Direct
    Westlaw
    Wiley InterScience

   CrossSearch, which allows searching across multiple databases using a single search box.

   Reference Shelf, which contains links to online reference resources. For example, Credo
    Reference has dictionaries, encyclopaedias and thesauri as well as collections of reference
    resources by topic, eg law and business.

   At the foot of the Online Library homepage you will find useful links to Information Services, library
    opening times, library and computing documents, etc.

The majority of these resources are available both on and off campus using your university username
and password. Full instructions for access are available beneath each database description or from
your library enquiry desk.

If you would like more information or assistance with using the Online Library please ask at your library
enquiry desk or email AldrichBBS@brighton.ac.uk.

7.4 Computing services for students based at Moulsecoomb

7.4.1 Locations and opening hours for computer access

Aldrich library computer poolroom*

Term-time          Monday - Friday           08.30 – 02.00
                   Saturday – Sunday         13.00 – 02.00

Vacation           Monday – Friday           09.00 – 17.30
                   Sunday                    13.00 – 17.00 (closed during August)

*When the main library is closed the computer poolroom can be accessed from the Queensdown
School Road entrance. You will need your library card to gain entrance.

Mithras Annexe computer poolrooms*

Term-time          Monday – Friday           08.30 – 02.00
                   Weekends:                 Closed

Vacation           Monday – Friday           08.30 – 19.00

*An access card is required after 17.30 for Mithras Annexe and these can be obtained from the Aldrich
Library Issue Desk.

The Aldrich Library

The Aldrich Library has a number of computers on each floor and the majority of study spaces have
connection points for laptops. The ground floor and designated areas of the Aldrich Library are
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wireless enabled. For the opening hours of Aldrich Library see section 7.1 above or go to
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/aldrich.

NB. LIBRARIES AND COMPUTER POOL ROOMS ARE CLOSED ON ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The information above was correct at time of going to press., However as opening hours can be
subject to change, for latest information please check the Information Services website at
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Computing > Opening hours.


7.4.2 Usernames and passwords

When you have completed your online enrolment / activation, your university username and password
will be generated. This can be used to access all the open access computers in libraries and
poolrooms, StudentCentral and the majority of resources available via the Online Library. If you wish
to change your password to something easier to remember, you can do this in StudentCentral by
clicking on Personal Settings.

7.4.3 Student email

You will be provided with your university email address when you activate your computer account. You
can read your email at http://studentmail.brighton.ac.uk

Email is used as the primary means of communication throughout your course of study. Your lecturers
and other staff and students will send email to your Brighton University address. You may wish to look
at Information Services document 697: A guide to studentmail

If you have another, personal, email account, which you would prefer to use, you can arrange for
emails sent to your university account to be forwarded automatically.    This can be done within
StudentCentral by clicking on Personal Settings and full instructions can be found in Information
Services document 724: Forwarding your university email

7.4.4 Connecting your own computer

You can connect your own computer via the network sockets in libraries and most halls of residence
using an Ethernet cable or via wireless in some areas on each site. Once connected, your computer is
part of the university network and is therefore subject to our conditions of use. Please see Information
Services document 907: Conditions of Use of University of Brighton Computing Facilities including
Networks. One of these conditions is that Sophos anti-virus software be installed and this can be
downloaded from the Information Services website by going to www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students and
choosing Anti-virus software from the Quick Links for students box.

In order to connect your laptop to the network in one of the university libraries you will need to follow
set up instructions. You can ask for these at the library enquiry desk or download them from
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Using your own computer > In libraries.

For more information on connecting your computer in halls of residence and computer clinics go to
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Computing > Using your own computer.

Wireless connection is also available on the Moulsecoomb and other sites in selected areas. We are
expanding the areas in which wireless connectivity is available so please go to
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/wireless for up to date information. Set up instructions for connecting your
laptop to the university‟s wireless network can be obtained from your library enquiry desk or from
www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Using your own computer > Wireless.




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7.4.5 The Computer Store

The Computer Store in the Watts Building at Moulsecoomb sells blank CDs, USB sticks, cables,
software, computers etc. Many items are available at special educational discount rates. The
computer store is open 9am – 4.30pm daily during term-time.

7.4.6 Printing

Information Services provides a variety of high quality networked laser printers throughout the
university. You can use them from computer pool rooms, from libraries and from your laptop on all
main sites of the university.

A printing account is automatically set up for you once you activate your computer account and you
can add credit to your account using the blue Printer Credit Stations which you will find located in the
open access computer pool rooms. For more information on using the networked printers see
Information Services document number 003: Using the networked printers.

To print from your own laptop you will need to be connected to the university network and working
inside the university. You will also need to install the correct printer drivers on your laptop which are
available for download from www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students and then from the Quick links for Students
box choose Printing > Mobile printing service.

7.4.7 Scanners

Scanners are located in all open access computer pool rooms.

7.4.8 Software available in the open access computer poolrooms

   Adobe Reader
   EndNote (bibliographic software)
   InfoZip
   Internet Explorer
   MS Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access 2007)
   MindGenius (mind-mapping software)
   Minitab
   PhotoShop Elements (on machines connected to scanners only)
   Sophos (anti-virus software)
   SoThink (HTML editor)
   SPSS
   TextHelp Read & Write Gold (screen reading and reading/writing tool)

In addition there is specialist software available as relevant in the different poolrooms / libraries. For a
full, up to date list go to www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Computing > Using university computers >
Software for students

7.4.9 Computing help

Online help is available in StudentCentral (see below) and a wide range of guides and help sheets are
available in computer poolrooms. Technician help is also available in the poolrooms at advertised
times. For help with username and password problems you can contact your local library enquiry
desk.      All our guides are also available online from our documents catalogue at
http://www.brighton.ac.uk/isdocs.

See also www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Getting help.


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7.5       Media Centres

Media Centres offer a range of media services at each site for staff and students including lending a
range of equipment such as camcorders, digital audio recorders, digital cameras, overhead projectors
etc. The site media centres also sell a range of IT and a/v consumables. On the Moulsecoomb site,
the Media Centre is located in the Watts Building.

For full details go to www.brighton.ac.uk/is/students > Media Centres.

7.6       Studentcentral




studentcentral is the student intranet for the University of Brighton; it is a one-stop-shop for everything
students need while studying here.

What's in studentcentral?

Your personalised home page gives you access to academic and other resources wherever you
have internet access – at home, at work, abroad or in the university. If you have a special need to
have your home page personalised even further, please contact the studentcentral team.

Content areas for your school, your course and your individual modules, containing:

         Key course information such as your course handbook (see course area) and module
          descriptors (school area).
         Timetables and examination schedules (see school area)
         School, course and module announcements – these appear in the home page too
         Course material – module handbooks, other documents, PowerPoint slides images, audio or
          video in the module areas (see module areas).
         A Learning Resources section with your Reading Lists (see module areas)
         Revision quizzes, test and surveys (see module areas)
         "Assignments" items for submitting the electronic copy of your assignments (see module
          areas).

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      Past 2 years of examination papers (school area).
      Communications tools so you can email everyone in a module, discuss online, communicate in
       real time (video conferencing), share files in small groups, etc.
      Student rep contact details, course board minutes, and annual academic health reports (see
       school area).

On the home page you will also see the ASK Study Guide and Student Life. Please have a look
around these areas plus the school area when you first log in.
Useful links to
    the Online Library (see section 7.3, above)
    student mail (see section 7.4 above and IS document 697: A guide to studentmail )
    Community @ Brighton – see below for more information.

To find out more


Click on the Help icon            for information about studentcentral and community. To get started,
search for "help" or "started".




Social networking and blogging service

Once described as an online school playground, Community @ Brighton is a social networking and
blogging service for students and staff at the University of Brighton. Staff and students are equal
members and everyone can contribute in the same way.


                      Your Blog (weblog) is your online diary – simply click "post an new entry" and fill in
                      the boxes.
                           You can make your blog private, university-only or public.
   Keep a blog             You can add links and pictures.
                           Unless you make posting private, you will become famous for five minutes
                             as the latest blog tops the list!

                      Your Profile is your public face, what you want people to know about you. Add
   Present your
                      keywords / tags for your interests and they become links for you to find out who
   profile
                      else used them. Then you can make like-minded people into your online friends.
   Find online        Add people to "Your Friends" so you can find their blog more easily. Find your
   friends            friends list in the right-hand panel.
                      Keep your files on Community to use in your blogs and share with your friends;
   Store your files
                      you can store up to 10MB.
                      Join an existing community such as Public Transport Users, Gig-Addicts or
   Join               Grumpy Old Gits. Choose whatever matches your interests and use the
   communities        community blogs to discuss things. Communities can be public or closed.

                      Set up your own Community to share a group blog (and wiki) with like-minded
                      people, for
                          a club or society - to announce events meetings or discuss topics of
   … or create               special interest
   your own               a special interest group - to advertise or comment upon related external
                             events or ideas
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                             a school, course, module or project group - to share ideas, arrange
                              meetings
  RSS feeds            Use Community to receive your RSS feeds
  Portfolios and       Draw together information to present your CV, your Portfolio or simply a small web
  CVs                  site. Make it public if you like.



7.7       ASK Study Guide

In addition to course-specific guidance, online resources to help you study effectively are available
through the ASK Study Guide on Studentcentral. You will find the link in the “My tools” menu on the
homepage. The ASK Study Guide offers advice on how to make the most of seminars and lectures,
reading and notemaking, preparing for exams, tackling stress, essay writing, oral presentations, group
work and many other topics. You will also find information about the weekly Study Support workshops
held at all university sites, how to book tutorials or groups and specialist services such as the Maths &
Stats Support Unit and English Language Support Programme.


7.8       Useful web addresses

         Online Library                      http://library.brighton.ac.uk
         student mail                        http://studentmail.brighton.ac.uk
         studentcentral                      http://studentcentral.brighton.ac.uk/
         Information Services web site       http://www.brighton.ac.uk/is/




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8.        STUDENT SERVICES
8.1       Student Services Department

The University‟s Student Services department provide a range of services to support you whilst
studying at the university and to make sure you get the most from the student experience. They can
help will all kinds of academic and non-academic issues. You don‟t need to feel particularly worried
about anything to benefit from their services either - sometimes they can just help optimise an
experience which you are already enjoying. At other times, they provide professional support and
advice on more complex subjects and have the experience and expert knowledge that delivers great
benefits. Below is a quick outline of some of the roles fulfilled by their services – more details can be
obtained on-line by clicking “Student Life” in the “My Tools” section of your Studentcentral
homepage. This list is by no means exhaustive, but should just give you a flavour of what‟s on offer.
Don‟t worry if your particular question or difficulty doesn‟t fit neatly into one of their named functions,
they are happy to help whatever your need.

Service                                                        Address, e-mail and telephone (Moulsecoomb
                                                               Campus)(*) and University website address
Careers Service                                                First Floor, The Manor House
Career planning, workshops, help with job applications         careers@brighton.ac.uk
and CVs.                                                       01273 642855
Volunteering and work opportunities whilst at University.      www.brighton.ac.uk/careers/
Employment and further study choices.
Chaplaincy                                                     Steam House, 8 Pelham Place, Lewes Road
Pastoral care for all faiths and none.                         01273 642955 or 01273 643588
Lectures, social events, worship, discussion, retreats,        www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife/religiouslife
pilgrimages.
Childcare                                                      One World Nursery, Ground Floor,
High quality, affordable, flexible childcare.                  Tithe Barn, Moulsecoomb Place
Information for studying parents.                              01273 64021
                                                               www.brighton.ac.uk/childcare
Counselling                                                    First Floor, The Manor House
A confidential service, which allows a safe space to           counsellingmoulsecoomb@brighton.ac.uk
address issues and problems.                                   01273 642895
                                                               www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife/counselling
Disability and Dyslexia Support                                Ground Floor, The Manor House
Help with disability and dyslexia issues, including funding.   disability@brighton.ac.uk
Liaison with staff to coordinate appropriate learning and      01273 643799
teaching support.                                              www.brighton.ac.uk/disability
Screening for learning difficulties.
Programme of support on Study Skills.
Healthcare                                                     Cockcroft Surgery, Ground Floor, Cockcroft Building.
GP Surgery facilities.                                         Run by Stanford Medical centre, 175 Preston Road,
Sexual Health information, through Unisex.                     Brighton.
Advice on vaccinations and health issues.                      01273 642864
                                                               www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife/health
Student Advice Service                                         First Floor, Tithe Barn
General advice and focus on financial issues including         sswelfare@brighton.ac.uk
fees, grants, bursaries, loans, additional funds and money     01273 642888
management.                                                    www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife/welfare
International students – immigration advice and Home
Office regulations. Pastoral care, culture shock and home.

Get in touch.                                                  Tel: 01273 642895
                                                               E-mail: studentservices@brighton.ac.uk
                                                               Web: www.brighton.ac.uk/studentlife

(*)Details for other campuses may be found in the University Student Handbook and on the relevant
service‟s web site.



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8.2    Accommodation

The Accommodation Office is part of Residential and Catering Services, and exists to help students
find suitable housing and help with any queries relating to accommodation. For more details go to
www.brighton.ac.uk/accommodation/

8.3    Students Union

The University of Brighton Students‟ Union (USBU) provides a wide range of services and facilities
including: entertainment, sports, societies, student advice centre, outlets and administration. You can
obtain a copy of the Students‟ Union handbook upon your arrival. The handbook is available when you
join the Students‟ Union and collect your Students‟ Union card. It is also available, along with further
information about the Students‟ Union, on-line at the Students Union‟ website: www.ubsu.net




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9.      STUDENT ENTITLEMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
9.1 General
9.2 Entitlements
9.3 Responsibilities
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9.1 General

You are entitled to:

       guidance and support throughout your time at the University (see 9.2.1 below), including
        referral to Student Services if and when necessary (see 8 above);

       information about the assessment of your programme of study, including any assessed
        supervised work experience; which or how many elements must be passed to obtain an
        award and what weighting each assessment carries, the deadlines for submission of course
        or other work; and any elements that may in no circumstances be the subject of
        compensation for failure (see 5 and 6 above);

       information about the regulations for progressing through your programme of study and
        achieving the award (see 6 above);

       express your views about your course or other services you receive (see 3.4
        above)(although this must be balanced by your responsibility to do so without being
        defamatory or derogatory to or about individuals whether online, in writing or in person);

       procedure for raising issues and obtaining help and guidance when things go wrong (see
        the University Student Handbook and 3.3. and 3.4 above);

       have the right to confidentiality, and compliance with data protection laws (see University
        Student Handbook) for any personal information, unless you wish it to be communicated
        further (e.g. to a Course Leader, Exam Board etc).

It is your responsibility to:

       make yourself aware of University policies and abide by them (see the University Student
        Handbook);

       make yourself aware of the regulations around plagiarism (see the University Student
        Handbook);

       be regular and punctual in your attendance and if you have missed a session find out what you
        have missed (see the University Student Handbook and 9.3.1 below) ;

       be aware of the safety rules applying to your course or School; read the safety notices and
        know what to do in the event of a fire; familiarise yourself with escape routes; and be aware of
        at least two escape routes from your place of study or any other area you may occupy (see the
        University Student Handbook);

       do not smoke in university buildings, including Halls of residence (see the University Student
        Handbook), and abide by the terms of any Halls of Residence tenancy agreement;

       make your self aware of and abide by intellectual property laws (see the University Student
        Handbook and 9.3.4 below);

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           ensure that you are fully conversant with the rules and regulations governing your course;

           make contact with your Course Leader should the need arise;

           attend any meetings with tutors at the time agreed;

           regularly check the post trays, notice board and your university e-mail;

           notify your Personal Tutor, Year Tutor or Course Leader of any circumstances which may affect
            your performance on the programme in advance of any deadlines;

           inform the Course Administrator of any change of address, workplace or contact number
            including where you will be living in vacation periods (see 3.2.1 above);

           be mindful of our guidance on paid employment (see 9.3.2 below)

           registration for electives as required (see 9.3. 3 below)


9.2         Entitlements

9.2.1       Personal tutoring

The purpose of the personal tutor scheme is to give students the opportunity to discuss their
academic and personal needs with an appropriate member of the academic staff with a view to
enhancing their experience of Higher Education.

Personal tutors are only assigned to full-time first year students as it is recognized that they may
need additional support and guidance as they make the sometimes-difficult transition into higher
education. Year Tutors fulfill this role in respect of second and final year students

Your first year Personal Tutor (or Country Manager in the case of the international business course)
will also be your Personal Academic Skills (PAS)/Academic Skills (AS) tutor. All students should be
aware of the role and responsibility of the Personal Tutor and their entitlements and responsibilities
under the scheme that are set out below.

The role and responsibilities of the first year personal tutor

The personal tutor should be seen as a well-informed generalist who is an important source of advice,
help and support. As such, the personal tutor needs to be available, able to help the student to identify
and express relevant issues appropriately and to deal with the issues raised directly, jointly with the
student or by a suitable referral. Each member of staff will interpret the role in their own way, but for
the personal tutor relationship to work properly we would expect personal tutors to:

        •       Meet their first -year students during the induction programme in the first week of the
                course and subsequently in weekly PAS/AS workshops.

        •       Be accessible at prescribed times (if not adopting an 'open door' policy) to all their tutees

        •       Be properly informed of their students' performance and needs as well as University and
                course resources, regulations etc.

        •       Be prepared to listen

        •       Be respectful of the confidentiality of any personal information they acquire, unless the
                student agrees to its further communication.

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            Additionally the personal tutor will have the following specific responsibilities:

        •       Monitoring each student's academic performance and attendance in the first year, and
                generally advising the student on option choices, and regulations relating to changing,
                special or mitigating circumstances

        •       Attending Mitigating Circumstances Board Meetings when their tutees are involved

        •       Advising, counselling or referring the student as appropriate on a range of academic or
                personal issues

        •       Providing particular support and advice for students who have failed or been referred

        •       Following up non-attending first-year personal tutees

        •       Informing and advising the course administrator, course leader, exam board etc. as
                appropriate on any of the above

        •       Writing references for their personal tutees.

First year students' entitlements and responsibilities

While we expect our students to become increasingly self-motivated, independent and resourceful
as they progress through their course, we recognise that at times they will need information,
guidance and support if they are to benefit fully from their experience of Higher Education. At such
times it is the personal tutor who will normally be the first point of call. Each student is therefore
entitled to:

        •       Be informed of the name of their personal tutor at the beginning of the academic year

        •       Have a personal tutor who is appropriate, accessible and informed

        •       Have further support provided via referral to Student Services if and when necessary

        •       Have the right to confidentiality for any personal information, unless they wish it to be
                communicated further (e.g. to a course leader, Exam Board etc.)

It is the student's responsibility to:

        •       Ensure that they are fully conversant with the rules and regulations governing their
                course

        •       Make contact with their Personal Tutor should the need arise

        •       Inform the personal tutor, at the earliest possible date, of any personal issues or
                problems which could affect their academic performance

        •       Attend any personal tutor session at the time agreed and bring the standard Personal
                Tutorial Form (available outside the Undergraduate Office) with them

        •       Accept full responsibility for their decision, if they choose not to avail themselves of the
                personal tutor system

9.2.2        Disability Statement

The University of Brighton is fully committed to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Act
2001 (SENDA), which extended to educational institutions the provisions of the 1995 Disability
Discrimination Act. The booklet entitled Access and Support for Disabled Students summarises the
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University‟s approach to and provision for students with all types of disability, including long-term
conditions, mental health difficulties, sensory impairments and specific learning difficulties. A copy of
the booklet is available from Student Services, and a reference copy is held in the School Office. Fuller
information about relevant services can be found at: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/disability/

Staff who co-ordinate support for students with disabilities and special needs are based in the Disability
& Dyslexia Team in Student Services located in the Manor House. They can be contacted by

phone          01273 643799
fax            01273 643669
email          disability@brighton.ac.uk

If you have special needs please also raise this with Donna Clark in the Undergraduate Office (M160)
who can make you aware of student support available.

9.3     Responsibilities

9.3.1   Fire evacuation

On hearing the fire alarm
Leave the building by nearest route
Close all doors behind you.
Report to assembly point as shown on nearest fire action notice.

At all times:
Use the nearest available exit.
Do not stop to collect personal belongings.
Do not run or try to pass the person in front.
Do not use the lift.
Do not re-enter the building.
Do not congregate outside the main entrance.

NB These are generic procedures, please refer to any additional specific procedures
associated to individual buildings.

Students with a disability or mobility problems should notify their personal tutor or
course leader or the Special Needs Officer (Donna Clark, Room M160), so that
evacuation arrangements can be set up for them.

For further information on health and safety procedures at the University go to:
http://staffcentral.brighton.ac.uk/safety/

9.3.2   Attendance at classes

We expect students to attend all their scheduled lectures, seminars and workshops and to
properly prepare themselves for their seminars and assessments. On some modules, if there
are no acceptable reasons for a student’s absence, marks may be deducted for non-attendance.
Poor attendance may also impact on the Exam Board’s decision to allow a student to be
referred in a module.

Your lecturers will tell you that experience has taught us that poor attendance at lectures and/ or
seminars is likely to lead to you under-achieving. The scatter plot below shows the performance of
students against their record of attendance in two seminar groups for a module that shall be
nameless, but which, we can assure you, is entirely representative of first year modules in general.




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                                     Poor attendance leads to poor
         Examination Mark
                                       examination performance

                            80
                            60
                            40
                            20
                            0
                                 0        20      40       60       80        100
                                      % Attendance at seminars and lectures


One has to ask why the students represented on the left of the plot bothered to come to university as
the message is clear: You are only likely to perform well if you attend regularly. And, of course,
it is not just about attendance but also about participation in seminars. A closer examination of the
marks shown above reveals that the higher marks have ALL been attained by those students who not
only attended regularly, but also prepared themselves in advance of the seminars and then actively
participated in the seminars.

You have been especially selected for your course because we think you have the right aptitude and
intelligence to succeed - so heed the warning and do not fall into the trap of under achieving and then
being required to withdraw from the course. We want you to succeed, but you need to make it
happen.

9.3.3 Paid employment
Students can obtain assistance in finding paid employment from the Job Workshop based in the Manor
House. However, you are here to study so if you do decide to undertake some paid employment during
your time here, do not take on too much work.

We are expecting that the average student on a full-time course will devote some 35/40 hours per
week to their studies so there will not be too much spare time for paid employment. You should also
note that the University's recommended guideline is no more than twelve hours per week of paid
employment on a full time course so do be careful. It is hoped you can find a suitable balance
between your studies and your responsibilities outside.

9.3.4   Registration for electives

At the beginning of each year, once they have enrolled and arrangements have been put in place for
payment of fees, students are automatically registered on to the appropriate modules/papers for their
courses.

Students intending to study Level 6 Specialist Electives must register their choice of electives with
their Course Administrator by the end of April of the year preceding the commencement of a
particular level of study or by the end of week 2 if studying on the Business Management top-
up route.

Before registering their choices, all students are advised to consult course regulations and to have
discussed with a member of staff any restrictions on modules available to them in the following
semester(s).

Once registered, a student's programme of modules is fixed for that stage.


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The following rules will apply:

        A student must register for a module according to the above rules.

        A student will be considered for assessment purposes not to have taken a module if (s)he
         formally de-registers from that module by the end of Week 2 of the Semester in which it is
         being offered (i.e. by the end of the second week of study). You will not be allowed to make
         any changes after this date except in exceptional circumstances and then only with the
         written permission of the Undergraduate Programme Leader.

        If a student does not formally de-register from a module by the end of Week 2, and does not
         undertake or complete the assessment associated with that module (without mitigating
         circumstances), (s)he will be deemed by the Examination Board to have taken but failed that
         module.


9.3.5    Observing copyright laws

Under UK copyright law, you must not copy someone else‟s copyright material unless (a) you have
their permission or (b) it falls within the limits of what is known as „fair dealing‟. Most works remain in
copyright for 70 years after the death of the author/creator.

„Fair dealing‟ for „private study or research for a non-commercial purpose‟ permits you to make a
 single copy of a „reasonable proportion‟ of a copyright work. „Reasonable‟ is not legally defined but it is
 recommended that you keep within the following limits:
•       one complete chapter or up to 5% of a book;
•       one article from any one issue of a periodical or set of conference
        proceedings;
•       up to 10% (up to a maximum of 20 pages) per short book (without chapters), report,
        standard or pamphlet;
•       one poem or short story (maximum 10 pages) from an anthology;
•       one separate illustration or map up to A4 size;
•      short excerpts only from musical works (not whole works or movements) and no
        copying for performance purposes.
In all cases, you should acknowledge the source of the work.

Multiple photocopies

Should you need to make multiple copies of copyright material for classroom use, please first read the
notice „Copyright – multiple copies‟ which should be on display near each university photocopier and is
also available online at http://www.brighton.ac.uk/is/copyright.

Copyright and the internet

Do not assume that just because something appears on the internet, it must be in the public domain.
All material on the internet is protected by copyright. Look for a copyright statement (often on the
website‟s home page under „copyright‟, „terms and conditions‟, „disclaimer‟ or similar) and unless
copyright has been explicitly waived, seek permission before re-using it in any publicly-accessible
document (web page, poster, etc). Taking a single paper copy of a „reasonable proportion‟ for „private
study or research for a non-commercial purpose‟ (using the fair dealing limits outlined under „single
photocopies‟ above) is OK but cutting and pasting from someone‟s web page to add to your own
website or to send to a group is not. For more guidelines on electronic fair dealing, see
http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/elib/papers/pa/licence/fairnote

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If you are looking for an image to use in your coursework, remember that images retrieved from
Google, Yahoo, etc are often subject to copyright. Start by checking the sources listed on the Online
Library‟s „film, image and sound sources‟ page on the Reference Shelf
http://library.brighton.ac.uk/pages/Film__Image_and_Sound_Sources/index.php
Many of these collections are available for non-commercial use without payment.

Scanning

You may scan a „reasonable proportion‟ of a printed document for „private study or research for a non-
commercial purpose‟ (using the fair dealing limits outlined under „single photocopies‟ above) but it must
remain for your personal use only. Do not put scanned copyright material on a computer network and
do not distribute it by email. If you use any scanned copyright material in your course work, do not alter
it, always put text between quotation marks, and always acknowledge your source. Remember,
unacknowledged use of scanned material in your course work could make you liable to accusations of
copyright theft and plagiarism.

For further information on copyright

The UK Intellectual Property Office website (http://www.ipo.gov.uk/) is a useful starting point for
copyright information but much of the university‟s use of copyright material is determined by individual
licence agreements covering material such as print materials, digitised texts, OS maps, newspapers,
TV and radio programmes, e-journals etc. If you need any further information on this subject, please
check out the documents on copyright at http://www.brighton.ac.uk/is/copyright




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APPENDIX




                                   Submitting Assignments through studentcentral




"Assignment" is the name of a special type of item on studentcentral which allows you to submit
electronic copies of your course assignment documents. Documents will not be available to the
tutors until after you have “submitted” the Assignment. Once submitted, an Assignment cannot
be changed.

Assignments: How to submit an Assignment via studentcentral - a student guide

    1. Go into the appropriate module or course area from your Home Page on studentcentral

    2. Click the menu link where your tutor has told you to submit the assignment (this is usually named
        Assignments or Assessments)

    3. Click the appropriate assignment (there should be instructions under the link so you know you’re
        choosing the right one but if in doubt, check with your tutor)




   4. The screen will be something like the one below. Your tutor may have written some instructions
  for you in the Assignment Information section, so make sure you read them carefully before
  submitting your work. The Due Date should be visible there too.




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5. In the Assignment Materials section write some comments in the Comments box – e.g. your name,
    cohort, date file submitted etc (DO NOT use the Submission box)

6. Click the Browse for Local File button and browse to the file on your computer or USB stick that you
    wish to upload electronically.




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7. Once you are sure that you have selected the correct file click Attach File. Make sure you complete
   this last step or the work will not be send to your tutor….only the comments!




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IMPORTANT : Make sure you click Attach File or your file will not be sent to the tutor



    8. Once you have attached a file the screen should look like this:




    9. If you have another file to submit, click Browse for Local File again and repeat as above. Your filenames
        should indicate the order in which the files should be opened and the number of files in total, for
        example:




      Myfile1of3.doc
      Myfile2of3.doc
      Myfile3of3.doc


    10. Continue until you have added all your files

    11. When you have added all your files and want to send them to your tutor, click Submit at the top or
        bottom of the screen (NOTE : clicking Save as Draft does NOT actually send the file but simply uploads
        it so that you can send it at a later date if you wish)




    12. You’ll see a receipt on the screen showing the time and date the file was submitted. You could print
        this out if you wish


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13. Click OK to exit that screen

14. Note that you only have one attempt, i.e. you can only submit your assignment once

15. When the assignment has been marked by the tutor, which may be some weeks later, you will find
    that clicking that link again will allow you to see their feedback – but until then you will simply see the
    file you sent them

16. If something goes wrong, speak to your tutor as soon as you can




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