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Continuous assessment course (PI)

Courses with con­tinu­ous assess­ment of stu­dent per­form­ance (PI) are courses in which at­tend­ance is man­dat­ory and stu­dent per­form­ance is not or not ex­clus­ively assessed by means of a single fi­nal ex­am­in­a­tion at the end of the course but based on a set of at least three per­form­ance com­pon­ents which the stu­dents have to com­plete for the course.

To at­tend a con­tinu­ous assess­ment course, stu­dents have to sign up for the course via the LPIS sys­tem dur­ing the re­gis­tra­tion period. By sign­ing up to a con­tinu­ous assess­ment course, stu­dents are also auto­mat­ic­ally re­gistered for all the per­form­ance com­pon­ents re­quired for the course and do not have to sign up for each in­di­vidual per­form­ance com­pon­ent sep­ar­ately.

At­tend­ance and Ab­sences

Sim­ple at­tend­ance is a basic re­quire­ment for con­tinu­ous assess­ment courses and does not con­sti­tute a per­form­ance com­pon­ent. Pur­su­ant to the gen­eral guidelines is­sued by the Vice-Rector for Aca­demic Pro­grams and Stu­dent Af­fairs, the at­tend­ance re­quire­ment is met if a stu­dent is present at least 80% of the time. Stu­dents who fail to meet the at­tend­ance re­quire­ment have to be de-re­gistered from the con­tinu­ous assess­ment course as quickly as possible (with a “fail” grade or un­graded). Ab­sences must not be con­sidered in the cal­cu­la­tion of stu­dents’ grades, as long as they ful­fill the basic at­tend­ance re­quire­ment. However, ab­sences may have in­dir­ect ef­fects on the grades achieved.

Grad­ing

Stu­dent per­form­ance is assessed on the basis of at least three per­form­ance com­pon­ents to be com­pleted by the stu­dents as part of the course. A per­form­ance com­pon­ent is a spe­cific piece of work to be com­pleted by the stu­dents that can be graded in­di­vidu­ally. The per­form­ance com­pon­ents rel­ev­ant for the fi­nal grade must be spe­cified in ad­vance and com­mu­nic­ated to the stu­dents (in the course syl­labus lis­ted in the course cata­log). Typ­ical examples of per­form­ance com­pon­ents in­clude for in­stance home­work assign­ments, writ­ten pro­pos­als, pro­ject re­ports, sem­inar pa­pers, present­a­tions, midterm or fi­nal exams, and act­ive par­ti­cip­a­tion in class.

If a per­form­ance com­pon­ent is es­sen­tial for suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the course and must be com­pleted at a spe­cific time (e.g. an exam weighted at more than 50%), stu­dents are en­titled to re­peat the per­form­ance com­pon­ent if they miss it for an im­port­ant reason (e.g. ill­ness or ac­ci­dent, con­firmed by a doc­tor’s note).

Assess­ment of Stu­dent Per­form­ance

The over­all assess­ment of stu­dent per­form­ance in a con­tinu­ous assess­ment course is based on the com­bined total of the weighted assess­ments of the in­di­vidual per­form­ance com­pon­ents. Stu­dents have to be graded if they have com­pleted at least one per­form­ance com­pon­ent. Stu­dents who do not com­plete any of the re­quired per­form­ance com­pon­ents are dropped from the course be­cause per­form­ance assess­ment is not possible in such cases.

Re­peat­ing a Pos­it­ively Graded Exam

A pos­it­ively graded exam may be re­peated once within a period of 12 months from the exam date. The last exam taken be­fore com­plet­ing a de­gree pro­gram may not be re­peated. With the new at­tempt, the pre­vi­ously earned pos­it­ive grade be­comes void. This means that the re­peat ex­am­in­a­tion may also res­ult in a lower grade. Ap­plic­a­tions to re­peat an ex­am­in­a­tion have to be sub­mit­ted by email to the Ex­am­in­a­tions Of­fice.

View­ing Exam Res­ults

You can view your exam res­ults within six months of an­nounce­ment of the grades. You can make pho­to­cop­ies of the exam pa­pers when view­ing your res­ults, but you are not al­lowed to take the ori­ginal doc­u­ments home with you.

Your Legal Rights with Regard to Ex­am­in­a­tions

In prin­ciple, it is not possible to file an ap­peal against grades re­ceived for com­pleted ex­am­in­a­tions. If any sub­stan­tial short­com­ings oc­cur dur­ing an ex­am­in­a­tion, however (e.g. a fire alarm or a sim­ilar in­cid­ent), stu­dents with a fail­ing grade may sub­mit an ap­plic­a­tion for an­nul­ment of the ex­am­in­a­tion within two weeks of an­nounce­ment of the grades. This ap­plic­a­tion must be sub­mit­ted to the Study Reg­u­la­tions & Credit Trans­fer of­fice (Study Ser­vice Center, LC build­ing, level 2, coun­ter 3) within two weeks of an­nounce­ment of the grades. The ap­plic­a­tion must clearly state and ex­plain the short­com­ings that oc­curred dur­ing the ex­am­in­a­tion. Ex­am­in­a­tions that are de­clared void will not be coun­ted as an ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempt. Click here for more in­form­a­tion on your legal rights with regard to ex­am­in­a­tions. Study Law

Cheat­ing

If a stu­dent is found to be cheat­ing or to have cheated dur­ing an exam (e.g. us­ing a crib sheet or other un­au­thor­ized aids), in­val­id­a­tion pro­ceed­ings for the exam will be ini­ti­ated. Exams de­clared void be­cause of cheat­ing will count as a lost ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempt. In­val­id­a­tion pro­ceed­ings are ini­ti­ated by Study Reg­u­la­tions & Credit Trans­fer and im­ple­men­ted in co­oper­a­tion with the Study Sup­port of­fice. If a stu­dent at­tempts to take an exam on be­half of an­other stu­dent, he or she will – without ex­cep­tion – be re­por­ted to the pub­lic pro­sec­utor’s of­fice on for­gery charges, which may res­ult in a crim­inal re­cord.

In­form­a­tion on Con­tinu­ous Assess­ment Courses for Proc­tors

Please make sure to fa­mil­i­ar­ize your­self with cur­rent reg­u­la­tions on courses with con­tinu­ous assess­ment of stu­dent per­form­ance. For de­tailed in­form­a­tion, please see the rel­ev­ant guidelines is­sued by the Vice-Rector for Aca­demic Pro­grams and Stu­dent Af­fairs and the WU Ex­am­in­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions.

Rates

The ap­plic­able rates for con­duct­ing exams and assess­ing stu­dent per­form­ance are spe­cified in an op­er­a­tional agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated between WU, in its ca­pa­city as em­ployer, and the Aca­demic Staff Coun­cil.

In­form­a­tion & Con­tact

If you have any ques­tions please con­tact the Study Ser­vice Center team (karin.giese@wu.ac.at )or the Pro­gram Man­age­ment and Teach­ing & Learn­ing Sup­port team (oliver.vet­tor­i@wu.ac.at).