Examination- first and second cycle education
This page covers information about regulations for grading. That means examination and grading of student performance by the examiner, based on the assessment criteria stated in the syllabus.
The Swedish version of information and regulations prevails over this translation which is written for informative purposes.
New rules and instructions
The new regulations and instructions for examination have a different structure compared with existing regulations and the text has been partially reformulated, but changes in the content are not major. Note that there are 3 regulations that apply - regulations for examination, regulations for digital written examination and regulations for digital oral examination. The main document is the one that applies from 31 August and the others are a complement to it.
- New rules and instructions for examination were adopted by the Education Committee on 17 June 2020. They will take effect from 31 August 2020.
Exceptions during Autumn 2020: The institutions responsible for the course that have a high workload during the autumn term 2020 may make exceptions from the requirement for anonymisation for all functions in Quiz in the canvas system. The exception applies to ordinary examinations and re-examinations that belong to course opportunities during the autumn semester 2020.
- New rules and instructions for oral digital examination at a distance, valid from 6 April 2020.
- New rules and instructions for written digital examination at a distance, valid from 26 March 2020.
- New instructions for discontinuation of on-site training, valid from May 2020.
Examination regulations until 30, August 2020
As an examiner, it is important to have knowledge about the underlying regulations in administrative law, so that decisions can be taken in a legally secure manner.
Fair examination, published by the Swedish Higher Education Authority with interpretations and clarifications on how to apply rules (summary in English) (an update will be published during spring 2020)
KI rules and instructions, until 30, August 2020 (for the new documents under headline Documents)
Examination rules and instructions (complement 2019)
Urkund is a system for detecting plagiarism. According to a decision taken by the Board of Higher Education at KI, it should be used to control all degree projects.
The examiner is the teacher/lecturer who sets the grade on a finished course, in other words decides on whether a student has passed or failed (Chapter 6 Section 18 of the Higher Education Ordinance, SFS 1993:100). A decision regarding grades is exercise of authority towards an individual and is a decision that can be neither appealed nor revised, but it can be reviewed.
The examiner shall be an employed teacher at KI and can be the course coordinator or another suitable teacher. The examiner bears responsibility not only for creating the examination according to syllabus, but also for grading to be consistent. Each course should have only one examiner. Degree project courses, however, are exceptions and within these courses an examiner may be appointed for each individual degree project.
Additional teachers on a course can, by delegation, be responsible for formulating or marking examination assignments or for assessing students in oral or written examination, either partially or on the whole course. The assessing teachers are liable to hand over the documentation of assessment to the examiner who is responsible for setting the grade.
Appointing an examiner
The Board of Higher Education at KI has delegated to the Head of department to appoint examiners. Examiners are appointed for a fixed time, for example an academic year. Further delegation of the decision can be made to the Departmental director of education at the institution. Only one examiner is appointed per course, except for degree project courses where each degree project can have a separate examiner. A student who has failed a course twice is entitled to change examiner. In that case a new decision of appointment of examiner has to be made for the particular student.
All potential examiners have to be employed by KI. An employed teacher at another Swedish higher education institution may be appointed examiner at KI, but has to have an employment at the other institution. Affiliates who are appointed examiners must be employed at KI during the course time, i.e. the time they are appointed for. To be an examiner, employment is thus mandatory and it is not enough to be affiliate. An employed teacher at another Swedish higher education institution may be appointed examiner at KI, but has to have an employment at the other institution. Regarding the various forms of employment for teachers/lecturers; check with the Head of administration of the institution.
Decisions by the examiner
Explicit types of examiner decisions:
- Grades: According to Chapter 6 Section 18 of the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) the examiner grades a student.
- Decisions about credit transfers: The Board of Higher Education at KI has delegated to the examiner to decide about credit transfers against the course syllabus, i.e. whether a whole or part of a course can be credited. The examiner can in turn delegate to one or more teachers to prepare cases of credit transfers for parts of courses.
- Decisions according to syllabus: for example termination of placements.