ASSESSMENT PROCESS

  1. Methods of continuous assessments
    Students will be assessed during the program by written examinations, quizzes, assignments, viva voce examination, practical and tutorials as appropriate.
  2. Eligibility requirement for an examination of a course unit
    A student will be eligible to sit the end of semester examination of a course unit if she has maintained a minimum of 60% attendance at lectures/practical of the course unit. Any student who fails to fulfil the eligibility requirement for any course unit will be allowed to sit the examination of the course unit but the maximum grade she can earn for that course unit is restricted to ‘B’ (see the grading system defined in Grading System).
  3. Valid reasons for absence from an examination of a course unit
    The excuse will be granted only for serious ill health or death of an immediate family member or any other cause acceptable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) subsequently approved by the university senate. A candidate absents due to medical reasons shall submit a medical certificate from a registered medical officer within two weeks from the date of the examination. She may sit the examination with the next batch and is considered as a first-time candidate. However, if the course unit is not available in the current M.Sc. program, the candidate must sit the examination of an alternative course unit offered in the respective semester of the current academic year.
  4. Carrying forward continuous assessment marks
    In case of a repeated candidate or an absentee of a course unit, marks obtained for the continuous evaluation of that course unit shall be carried forward for the next examination if the lecturer in charge of the course unit agreed.
  5. Duration of a written/practical examination
    Duration of an end of semester written/practical examination can vary depending on the requirements of each course unit.
  6. Grading system
    The Grade point system for course units and thesis/dissertation are given as in Table 1.table01-gp
  7. Calculating the GPA of course units
    The GPA of course units is calculated as follows:gpa where GPi and Ci are grade point and the number of credits of the ith course unit respectively.
  8. Completion of a course unit
    A candidate needs a minimum of ‘B-‘ grade to pass the examination of a course unit. Those who do not meet the above criterion may repeat the final examination of the course unit and maximum grade in such an attempt will be limited to the grade ‘B.’
  9. M.Sc. thesis
    At the end of the third semester, those candidates who obtain a GPA not less than 2.7 and a ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit are eligible to do a research project and submit an M.Sc. thesis based on the research project. It is student’s responsibility to provide a suitable research topic before the beginning of the fourth semester. Students should discuss with academics in any university or qualified personnel in the industry to choose a research topic and students are encouraged to select a topic from her work environment. The research project will be evaluated on the basis of written M.Sc. thesis and the oral presentation (viva-voce examination). The examination panel consists of supervisor(s) of the research project and two other examiners as recommended by the Board of Study in Physical Sciences and approved by the Senate of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  10. Completion of the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science with a research component
    To award the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science with a research component, a candidate should obtain
    (a) A GPA of not less than 2.7 for 30 credits (that should include 20 credits from the first two semesters and 10 credits from the third semester) at the end of the third semester of the program and
    (b) A ‘B’ or higher grade for the M.Sc. thesis and
    (c) A ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit.
  11. Completion of the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science by course work
    To award the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science by course work, a candidate should obtain
    (a) A GPA of not less than 2.7 for 30 credits (that should include 20 credits from the first two semesters and 10 credits from the third semester) at the end of the third semester of the program and
    (b) A ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit.
  12. Completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science
    To award the postgraduate diploma in Computer Science, a candidate should obtain
    (a) A GPA of not less than 2.7 for 25 credits (that should include 20 credits from the first two semesters and 5 credits from the third semester) at the end of the third semester of the program and
    (b) A ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit.
  13. Completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science
    To award the postgraduate certificate in Computer Science, a candidate should obtain
    (a) A GPA of not less than 2.7 for 20 credits of the first two semesters of the program and
    (b) A ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit.
  14. Exit points
    The following exit points are offered to a candidate of the program:
    (a) A candidate who fulfils the requirement given in (ASSESSMENT PROCESS – 13) has the option of exiting at the postgraduate certificate level and obtaining the Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science.
    (b) A candidate who fulfils the requirement given in (ASSESSMENT PROCESS – 12) has the option of exiting at the postgraduate diploma level and obtaining the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.
    (c) A candidate who fulfils the requirement given in (ASSESSMENT PROCESS – 11) has the option of exiting at the M.Sc. by course work level and obtaining the M.Sc. in Computer Science by course work.
    (d) A candidate who fulfils the requirement given in (ASSESSMENT PROCESS – 10) has the option of exiting at the M.Sc. by research level and obtaining the M.Sc. in Computer Science with a research component.
    Note: However, no candidate is allowed to obtain more than one certificate from the above exit points of the M.Sc. program in Computer Science from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  15. Merit pass
    (a) Merit Pass in M.Sc. in Computer Science with a research component
    Those who obtain a GPA of not less than 3.5 for 30 credits (that should include 20 credits from the first two semesters and 10 credits from the third semester) at the end of the third semester of the program and obtain a ‘B+’ or higher grade for her thesis and obtain a ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit will be awarded a merit pass.
    (b) Merit Pass in M.Sc. in Computer Science by course work
    Those who obtain a GPA of not less than 3.5 for 30 credits (that should include 20 credits from the first two semesters and 10 credits from the third semester) at the end of the third semester of the program and obtain a ‘C’ or higher grade for each foundation course unit will be awarded a merit pass.
  16. Repeating a course unit
    A candidate is allowed to repeat a course unit only two times. A separate repeat examination will not be held under any circumstance. The maximum grade that could be obtained for a repeated course unit is restricted to ‘B’ (see Grading System). If a student obtains a lower grade at a repeat attempt than the grade received in an earlier attempt, the better will be used to compute the GPA. However, if the course unit is not available in the current M.Sc. program, the candidate must sit the examination of an alternative course unit offered in the respective semester of the current M.Sc. program and the maximum grade that could be obtained for this alternative course unit is also restricted to ‘B.’
  17. Release of results of examinations
    The result of each course unit will be reported to each candidate with the grade earned as indicated in the Grading System. The examination results sheet signed by the course coordinator will be issued to each candidate after the release of results of each semester.
  18. Effective dates of certificates
    (a) M.Sc. in Computer Science with a research component
    The date of viva voce examination of the M.Sc. thesis will be considered as the effective date of the M.Sc.
    (b) M.Sc. in Computer Science by course work
    The date of the final end of semester examination of semester 3 will be considered as the effective date of the M.Sc. in Computer Science by course work.
    (c) Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science
    The date of the final end of semester examination of semester 3 will be considered as the effective date of the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.
    (d) Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science
    The date of the final end of semester examination of semester 2 will be considered as the effective date of the Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science.

 

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