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Assessment of learning outcomes can be performed by in-class assignments (quizzes, examinations, etc.) and out-of-class assignments
(presentations, group discussions, role playing, etc.). Specific details of the assessment scheme for each course are provided in the
course’s syllabus.

Scheduling of Examinations:

The course timetable is posted on the notice boards and the college website. If required exams are also scheduled on the weekends.
Under normal circumstances, the assessment schedule will not be changed after the schedule is released to students.

Protocols for Examinations: The protocol for conducting examinations is as follows:

· Students must follow the instructions of the proctors, including assigned seating and timings of the start and finish of the exam.
· Examinees must sign a printed attendance sheet and must show their OMC ID card.
· No personal belongings are allowed in the examination room, including reference materials, electronic devices of any kind, books,
bags, calculators (when not permitted), tissues, or food. Prohibited items will be confiscated and handed over to the Dean.
· Students must not talk or communicate with each other in any way while in the examination room.
· No student may start an examination more than 10 minutes late. Late comers will not be given extra time. Students who arrive more
than 10 minutes late will receive a grade of zero for the examination.
· Students are not permitted to leave the examination room during the first 10 minutes of the examination.
· Examination papers and materials cannot be removed from an examination room.
· Students are required to complete paper examinations in ink, felt tip, or ballpoint pens. The use of pencils, except for completion of
computer answer sheets and drawings, is not permitted.
· Students are not allowed to ask questions to proctors during the examination. However, if an error is spotted in the examination
paper, this error can be brought to the attention of the proctor.

Students Who Miss an Examination Due to Illness or Injury:

Students who become severely ill before a scheduled examination must notify the instructor and Academic Affairs Office. The illness
must be supported by written documentation. Except when the student is completely incapable of notification, the notification must be
made by the student and not by a relative or friend.

Minor medical conditions are not acceptable excuses for missing an examination. Students without permission to miss the examination in
advance or without a verified medical excuse will receive a grade of zero on the examination and are not permitted to makeup the
examination. Pretending to be ill in order to miss a scheduled examination is academic dishonesty.

It is solely the student’s responsibility to judge whether he/she is well enough to write an examination. Each student who attends an
examination is considered to be well enough to sit the examination. A student who is sick before an examination but who chooses to
attend the examination will not be granted a makeup examination at a later date, even if the student has documented evidence of illness.

Illness during an Examination:

A student who becomes ill (or experiences medical problems) during an examination may request a short break under supervision. The
nature of the illness and the break will be noted by the proctor and a written report submitted to the Academic Affairs Office. The
student can continue the examination in the examination room after he/she has recovered sufficiently. If the student chooses not to
continue the examination, credit is awarded only for those answers that have already been recorded. The general rule is that once a
student starts an examination, the student must finish it.

Examination and Assessment Makeup Policy:

Students who miss an assessment or examination with an excused absence take a makeup examination at an alternate time.  The
specific policy for each course is described in the course syllabus.

Makeup examinations are held as soon as conveniently possible for the course instructors after the student returns to class. Students
who miss a makeup examination for any reason (excused or unexcused absences) normally receive a grade of zero for the examination.
Makeup examinations are not given for unexcused absences. In such cases, the student receives a grade of zero on the examination.

Final Examinations:

All students with satisfactory attendance are allowed to sit the final examination. As described under the Attendance Policy (see section
2.1.1 Attendance), students who have been recorded as absent on more than 20% are not permitted to sit the final course examination
and they receive a grade of F in the course.


Marking of Examination Papers:

Credit is only given for student answers recorded in the appropriate places. No credit is given for answers scribbled in the margins or
on the backs of examination papers. No additional time will be allowed for students to recopy work once the proctor has announced
the end of the examination or assessment period.

Review of Examination Papers and Graded Assessments:

  Whenever possible, instructors review the content of examination questions and other graded work with the class, in order to give
students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes.

Students have the right to review individually their examination papers and graded work, but must have a justifiable reason to do so.
Students are only allowed to review graded work for up to two weeks after it is first made available.  After that, all grades are
considered final. Students must submit their requests to review graded work in writing to the Academic Affairs Office, clearly stating the
reason for the request. Students are not allowed to copy questions or make notes about the examination questions during such reviews.
Grades:
Course grades are assigned by the instructor and reviewed by the committee, to judge students against academic and professional
requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.  When a student fails to meet the academic or professional requirements of a course, the
instructor assigns the student an unsatisfactory course grade. At the very least, students who receive an unsatisfactory grade in a course
will have to repeat the course at a later time.

The grading procedure for each course is stated in the course syllabus.  Grades are assigned to students using numerical and letter
systems.  The passing grade is 70% in all courses.  Any grade less than 70% is a fail.  Students who receive a failing grade in a
course receive a warning letter from the College.

The Grade Scale:

OMC uses the traditional A, B, C, D, F grading scale, as follows:

· A (Exceptional performance). Student has achieved nearly all of the course requirements and course objectives in a consistently
outstanding manner.
· B (Good performance). Student has met most of the course objectives and requirements in a consistent manner.
· C (Borderline performance) Student has only satisfied some of the course objectives and requirements. The course may have to be
repeated.
· D (Unsatisfactory performance).  The course must be repeated. 
· F (Unacceptable performance). The course must be repeated.

Letter grades are shown with + or - to indicate, respectively, performance that is slightly above or slightly below the above descriptions. 
For example, C+ indicates performance that is slightly above a borderline pass, whereas C- indicates performance that is slightly below
a borderline pass (that is, a failing performance).

Other grade designations that may appear on a grade report or an official transcript are:

· IC - Incomplete:

An incomplete is given when an instructor determines that the work of a student is unavoidably incomplete.  An “IC” becomes an
“F” if the work is not completed within one year.

· W - Withdrawn:

A grade of “W” is assigned when a student withdraws from a course before the midpoint of the course.  After the course’s
midpoint, a grade of “F” is normally assigned. A grade of “W” does not affect a student’s GPA.

· WF - Withdrawn Failing:

A student who withdraws completely from the college receives a grade of “WF” in all courses that the student was failing at the time
of leaving OMC and a grade of “W” in all courses that the student was passing at the time of leaving. Marks of “WF” do not affect
a student’s GPA.

· AP - Advanced Placement:

Students receive advanced placement credit for equivalent coursework taken elsewhere or by passing a subject test administered
by the college. AP credit is included in student’s cumulative credit hours but not in their GPA.

· (R) - Repeated: 

The designation (R) after a course grade indicates that it is a repeated course. Both the original course grade and the repeated
course grade appear on the official transcript. However, only the repeated course grade is used in calculation of the student’s GPA.

· X - Audit:

By special permission of the Dean, students may be allowed to audit courses. The student registers for the audited course and pays
full fees, but is not permitted to take examinations or submit graded assignments. No course credit can be earned for auditing a
course. Attendance is required according to college policy.  When a student audits a course, at least one semester must pass before
he/she can enroll in the course for credit. 

Grade Point Average:

The grade points earned in each completed course are computed from the letter grade as shown in the accompanying Table. A
student’s GPA for the academic year is determined by multiplying the grade points for each completed course by the credit hours for
that course, summing the products, and dividing the sum by the total number of credit hours attempted during the year.  The cumulative
GPA is computed in a similar manner.  The GPA is calculated to three decimal places and rounded up at 0.005.  MD students are
expected to maintain a cumulative GPA ? 2.50.

Posting of Grades:

In-course examination results are posted approximately one week following an examination. Final course grades are posted
approximately two weeks after the final examination. Only course grades posted by the administration are considered as official course
grades.

Re-Sit Examination Rules


1. All Students (including those on academic probation) who receive a grade of D (60-69) in a course in the pre-medical or
pharmacy programs may be allowed to take a re-sit exam in that course.

2. Student may take only one re-sit exam a semester or the summer session.

3. There will be no re-sit exam in remedial/ summer courses. Students who are repeating a course may not take a re-sit exam in
that course.

4. Re-sit exam will be similar to the final examination of a course. The grade received in the re-sit exam will be used to calculate
the final grade in the course.

5. The exam with the higher grade will be used to calculate the grade in a course. (i. e. if the grade on the re-sit exam is lower than
on the regular exam, this score will not be used to calculate the grade in the course.)

6. All re-sit exams will be scheduled in the second week of the following semester.

7. Under special circumstance graduating students will be allowed to take re-sit exams in two subjects.

8. The charge for a re-sit exam is OMR 50 which is non-refundable. 




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