COURSE EVALUATIONS:

1. Each lecturer is asked to conduct an evaluation of the course and the lecturer’s part in it in dialogue with the students at the end of each semester. The precise form that this evaluation takes is left to the lecturer’s discretion. There are sample forms available on request from the Academic Dean.

CLASS TESTS, SEMESTER PAPERS AND PROJECTS:

1. Class tests are a useful way of gauging progress, and may be asked of the students at any time. Lecturers are asked, however, to give students adequate notice of such tests in the first week of the semester. All class work should be considered and the marks to be included in the final mark for the semester.

2. All courses should involve set reading, whether for the semester assignment or as part of the preparation for lectures; but lecturers are asked to make sure that students read and reflect so that the fruits of their reading are shared and discussed insightfully in class. Short class tests on specific sections of such books can be a useful way of checking or evaluating prescribed reading.

3. Some form of writing (not assignments) should accompany prescribed and recommended reading: either as a teaching tool or in preparation for class seminars or class discussions. If marks are allocated this can be included as part of the term mark. Oral presentations, based on the recommended reading, can be presented in class in the form of shared teaching or debates.

The above guidelines make provision for on-going formative assessment and on-going informal formative assessments.

EXAMINATIONS:

1. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in June and November respectively, for the work covered during that semester.

2. An examination can be either in oral or written form.

2.1. The normal duration of an oral examination is fifteen (15) minutes.

2.2. The normal duration of a written examination is three (3) hours.

2.3. Questions related to oral examinations are to be submitted with the examination marks. Any request to the contrary should be made to the Academic Dean.

3. Examination questions are not to be given out ahead of the examination. Lecturers are free to use whatever means they choose to suggest to students important areas from which examination questions are likely to be set. This should be done in such a way, however, that the students would still study the whole course and get an overview of the whole as a unit.

4. In those skills-training courses in which a project replaces an examination, some means should be found of getting the students to do a review of the whole course, so that they grasp its unity and see how the various subsections fit into the whole.

The above regulations make provision for formal summative assessment.

5. Where feasible, lecturers should provide for examination evaluations with the whole class at the beginning of the next semester. In all cases, lecturers, where possible, should make themselves available to discuss their papers with individual students who have failed.

6. Examination scripts are not ordinarily returned to the students. These are kept and stored in the archives.

MARKING:

1. The Seminary follows a system of marking similar to that of many South African tertiary educational institutions. Lecturers are expected to adopt this system in assigning marks.

2. In the following table a comparison is given with the marking system used by ecclesiastical universities in Rome. This is of particular use for those who are more familiar with the Roman system:

 

 South Africa  Rome  Roman Category  SA Category
 50-54  60-64.9  Aegre Probatus  Lower Third Class Pass (E)
 55-59  65-69.9  Probatus  Third Class Pass (D)
 60-67  70-79.9  Bene Probatus  Lower Second Class Pass (C)
 68-74  80-89.9  Cum Laude Probatus  Higher Second Class Pass (B)
 75-84  90-96.6  Magna Cum Laude  First Class Pass / Distinction (A / A+)
 85-100  96.7-100  Summa Cum Laude

 

FOURTH YEAR THEOLOGY PROGRAMME:

1. All students sit for the seminary examination based on the synthetic or comprehensive revision of the whole theology course of four years in Scripture, Dogma and Moral with reference to the prescribed ecclesiastical theses.

1.1. A student qualifies for the BTh examination when he / she obtains an average of 60% in the major areas of Dogma (Systematic Theology and Sacramentology), Ecclesiastical Sciences, Moral Theology and Scripture.

2. The format of the examination will comply to traditional ecclesiastical regulations in the sense that each area of learning is examined in both written and oral form.

3. By obtaining 50% in both written and oral examinations the student passes the synthetic or comprehensive examination and receives the Degree Bachelor in Theology (BTh).

4. Students who are not successful in this synthetic comprehensive BTh examination will, where possible, be granted opportunity to do the supplementary examinations the following year, in the areas or modules they were unsuccessful, in both the written and oral aspects of the comprehensive examinations. They will be notified in writing of this by the President of the Institution.

NORMS CONCERNING FAILED COURSES FOR FIRST TO THIRD YEAR OF THEOLOGY:

1. To pass a course the student has to obtain a mark of 50%:

1.1. This mark is constituted by an examination, oral or written or both, the semester work which may include a research paper, mid-term tests, regular class test and class participation of the student.

2. A student will have failed the course if he obtained less than 50%.

3. A student qualifies for the supplementary examination if he / she obtained between 40% – 49% inclusive.

3.1. A student who fails the supplementary examination has to repeat the course the next year.

3.2. A student who passes the supplementary examination will receive a mark that does not exceed 50%.

4. A student who failed a course with 39% or below has to repeat the course the next year.

5. A student who repeats a course does not necessarily attend lectures, but where possible, it is advisable.

5.1. A student who repeats the course should do the assignment, class tests and examination at the end of the semester.

6. A student who fails three or more courses in any one semester has to repeat the particular semester. 6.1. A student who repeats a semester repeats all courses.

NORMS CONCERNING FAILED COURSES FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH YEAR OF THEOLOGY:

1. A student in the fourth year of study at the Seminary who fails three or more courses in the first semester will proceed to the second semester.

1.1. Instead of preparing for the BTh examination the following year, the student will repeat the semester in which he failed the courses.

1.2. A student who failed three or more courses in the second semester will repeat the entire year, and proceed with the preparation of the final examination once he has completed all the courses required by Canon Law.

COURSE SUMMARIES AND MARKS:

1. Each lecturer hands in to the office of the Academic Dean at the end of each semester a written account of the work covered in class, including an indication of class projects and tests given during the semester and the type and length of the examination.

2. These summaries will be filed as a permanent record of the material worked through with the students.

3. All mark schedules of formative and summative evaluations are to be handed in to the office of the Academic Dean at the scheduled time towards the end of the semester.