Courses with continuous Assessment (PI)
Courses with continuous assessment of student performance (PI) are courses in which student performance is not or not exclusively assessed in 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.
PI Sign-Up / Attendance and AbsencesTo attend a PI, students have to sign up for the course via LPIS during the registration period. It is also possible to drop PIs during this period. Please see the course catalog for information on the registration periods for each course.
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 (and not be graded with a “fail” grade or be left ungraded”). Absences must not be considered in the calculation of students’ grades, as long as they fulfill the basic attendance requirement. However, absences may of course have indirect effects on the grades achieved.
GradingThe overall assessment of student performance in a PI is based on the sum of the weighted assessments of the performance components. The evaluation criteria are specified in the syllabus of each PI (available in the course catalog).
Assessment of Student Performance
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 medical certificate).
Students have to be graded if they have completed at least one performance component. Students who do not complete any performance component must be de-registered from the continuous assessment course because performance assessment is not possible in such cases.
Exam InformationIn the following paragraphs, you can find further information on repeating exams, viewing exam results, and other topics.
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 before completion of the 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.
You have to resit courses with continuous assessment of student performance – it is not allowed to transfer completed assessments to another course/another semester.
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 any appeals against grades received for completed examinations. If any substantial shortcomings occurr 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 alleged substantial shortcomings that are claimed to have invalidated the examination. Examinations that are declared void will not be counted as a lost examination attempt. Here can you find more information on the Conduct of Examinations and Dealing with Cheating and Fraud
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), a procedure for invalidating the exam in question will be initiated. Exams declared void because of cheating will count as a lost examination attempt. Invalidation procedures 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 for charges of forgery, which may result in a criminal record.