Exam forms

There are four general exam forms to choose from at ITU.

A. Written exam on premises
B. Oral exam
C. Submission exam
D. Submission with following oral exam

In addition to the general exam forms, there are two special exam forms:

E. Thesis exam - submission with following oral exam
This form covers MSc theses in the MSc programmes.
X. Experimental exam
If your students need to submit non-digital items that cannot be submitted in learnIT (i.e. prototypes, artwork etc.) you’ll have to apply for a X-form.
Please note that this can only be done by agreement with the Head of Studies and Student Affairs and Programmes.

For a schematic overview of the four general exam forms, click here.

Variations of exam forms

All the exam forms have a number of variations, relating specific circumstances to each form. As course manager it is your task to:
  • choose the right exam form variation for your course in accordance with the course description, intended learning outcomes etc.
  • describe the exam process
  • specify certain aspects such as length or preparation time

In the following, the exam forms and their variations will be described. Likewise you will find the information you need to state in the course base in each case.

Variations on A – written exam on premises

The A exam form is intended to cover shorter exams where the students are asked to work on (a set of) questions for a few hours, typically 4 or 6. As a rule the exam is digital, i.e. the student will work on his/her own laptop and upload the answer in learnIT at the end of the exam. Be aware, though, that students are allowed to use pen and paper instead of their own laptop.

Please be aware that it is a necessity for the course manager to be available during the exam, either personally or by telephone.

There are two variations of the A exam form:
A11
Written exam on premises. Open book exam.
The student is allowed to use all aids: books, notes, software, on-line resources
A22
Written exam on premises with restrictions.
This is the exam form to choose, if you wish to impose restrictions on the software and the books that may be used at the exam.
Please note that it is the course manager's responsibility to ensure that the restrictions are practically possible to enforce and that they are maintained during the exam. We recommend this done by "walking the aisles" on exam day - this can be done by the course manager or by the teaching assistants.

The course base should specify:

  • Length of exam
  • Restrictions that will be enforced (A22 )

Variations on B – oral exam

The B exam form is intended to cover exams where the student is called in for an oral exam. The length of an oral exam is typically 20, 30 or 40 minutes, including time for deliberation and feedback. Typically, the topic of the exam is decided either by a draw of question(s) or given beforehand.

Please make sure to inform the exam office if you need invigilators for the preparation.

There are six variations of the B exam form:
B1I
Oral exam with time for preparation. In-house.
The preparation will take place at ITU. Typically the preparation time is the same as the examination time.
B1H
Oral exam with time for preparation. Home.
The preparation will take place outside ITU. Typically the preparation time is 24 - 48 hours, but could be a week or more.
B1GI
Oral exam in group with time for preparation. In-house.
The preparation will take place at ITU. Typically the preparation time is the same as the examination time.
B1GH
Oral exam in group with time for preparation. Home.
The preparation will take place outside ITU. Typically the preparation time is 24 - 48 hours, but could be a week or more.
B22
Oral exam with no time for preparation.

B2G
Oral exam in group with no time for preparation.

The course base should specify:

  • A system for drawing questions (if applied)
  • Length of the oral exam (typically 20, 30 or 40 minutes)
  • Time for preparation (if applied)
  • If the oral exam is a group exam, it should appear how the oral group exam will be held: mixed exam 1, 2, 4 or group exam. Read more about the 4 possible ways to conduct oral group exams.

Oral group exams allow multiple students to be present at the oral exam at the same time. The examiner must ensure that all students get sufficient opportunity to say enough to provide a solid foundation for individual grading of each examinee.


Please note that there must always be an external examiner present for this exam form.



Variation on C - Submission without oral exam

The C exam form is primarily used for two kinds of exams:
  • Take-home exams where the student is given a few days (typically between 24, 28, 48 or 72 hours) to answer an exam question.
  • Exams where the question to be solved is basically given at the beginning of the semester in a broad formulation.

Please inform the exam office if you wish to make use of random fraud control. Learn more about random fraud control in the description Course Manager´s responsibilities - Submission exam.

There are two variations of the C exam form:
C
Submission exam

CG
Submission exam for groups
As with all exams, a solid foundation for individual grading must be established. For group submissions with no oral presentation, special consideration must therefore be given to how such a foundation can be provided.

The course base should specify:

  • When the exam question will be stated (what time of day does the exam begin and end).
  • Generel information about the exam assignment.

Variations on D – Submission with oral exam

The D exam form is used for exams where the student submits an exam assignment followed by an oral exam. The length of an oral exam is typically 20, 30 or 40 minutes, including time for deliberation and feedback.

There are two main kind of exams:
  • Exams where the student is examined in the submission only
  • Exams where the student is examined in the submission, as well as a course syllabus

Including the possibility for group exams, there are four variations of the D exam form:
D11
Submission with following oral exam based on the submission
The oral exam will be based on the submission only (the submission is the syllabus, so to speak).
The exam form is particularly intended for exams with no syllabus (i.e. theses and project base projects with no relation to a course), but may also be employed at courses, where the exam will only revolve around the submission, and not the course syllabus.
D1G
Submission for groups with following oral exam based on the submission
The oral exam will be based on the submission only (the submissionis the syllabus, so to speak)The exam form is particularly intended for exams with no syllabus (i.e. theses and project base projects with no relation to a course), but may also be employed at courses, where the exam will only revolve around the submission, and not the course syllabus.
The group has a shared responsibility for the content of the exam assignment.
D22
Submission with following oral exam supplemented by the submission
The submission supplements a fixed syllabus in the course base.
The exam form is suited for courses, where learning activities are lecture based and supplemented by an exam assignment.
D2G
Submission for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the submission
The submission supplements a fixed syllabus in the course base.
The exam form is suited for courses, where learning activities are lecture based and supplemented by an exam assignment.
The group has a shared responsibility for the content of the exam assignment.
Both forms have two parts (submission and oral), but a single individual grade is given based on the combined, overall performance of each student.

Shared vs. individual responsibility in groups

When an exam assignment is supplemented by an oral exam, it is possible to let a group of students take shared responsibility for the exam assignment. In most situations, it is recommended to use the shared responsibility option.
However, there might be situations where students from different programmes work together on exam assignments, or situations where it is necessary to allow students to focus on different learning outcomes.
In such cases, each group member holds an individual responsibility for specified parts of the exam assignments and a shared responsibility for the non-specified parts - typically the introduction, the methods/theory chapters and the conclusion.
If a group wants to make use of this option, it has to be agreed upon with the teacher and must ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍be stated on the front of the exam assignments.
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For course exams, the course base should specify:


Variations on E - Thesis submission

The E exam form is only used for master's theses on the MSc programmes. The variations are similar to the D11 and the D1G exam form variations. The students submit an exam assignment followed by an oral exam.

The length of an oral exam for a thesis is 50 minutes including time for deliberation and feedback.

Please note that there must always be an external examiner present for this exam form.

Variations on X – Experimental form

If your students need to submit non-digital items that cannot be submitted in learnIT (i.e. prototypes, artwork etc.) you’ll have to apply for a X-form.
This can only be done by agreement with the Head of Study and Student Affairs and Programmes.
Please note that if you wish to make use of the X exam form, you are to apply for this every semester. This means that the X exam form does not automatically follow the course.

You will receive an e-mail from Student Affairs and Programmes regarding the deadline.

The process is as follows:
  • The Course Manager and the Head of Programme agree on the need for an experimental exam form.
  • The Course Manager writes a thorough description of the exam form and send the application to SAP@itu.dk. We strongly recommend that you discus the application with your Programme Coordinator and/or Learning Unit.
  • Student Affairs and Programmes along with Learning Unit will assess the application and send their recommendations to Education Group
  • Student Affairs and Programmes will contact the Course Manager should they find that the application is inadequate.
  • Education Group will either approve or reject the application.

The following aspects must be made explicit in the application:
  • Transparent foundation for grading
  • Procedures for re-exam