I have exams and assessments to complete soon. What about those?
Students should continue to work on coursework assessments that have already been set unless otherwise instructed by their module leader and academic staff. In light of advice to avoid large group gatherings, we are reviewing the exam schedule and are making plans to move our exams online. The university is liaising with relevant professional bodies on these matters. Module leaders and academic staff will contact students regarding any alternative assessments for the May examination period. Please regularly check your emails and university communications.
In addition to guidance provided by your module leader in the Blackboard shell, additional exams guidance has been developed here.
How will I complete assessments online?
In addition to guidance provided by your module leader in the Blackboard shell, additional exams guidance has been developed here. Please ensure you read this carefully before you take each online exam. This guidance applies only to those exams and tests being taken online. You will have had information about this from your module leaders and module tutors, but if you are in any doubt, please consult them again.
How will online assessments work if I am in a different time zone?
Where an online assessment is necessary, they will take place over a 24-hour period. This will enable you to complete the assessment at a time that is suitable for you, no matter which time zone you live in. Please note that these exams will not take longer to complete than the exams which would have otherwise taken place. In addition to guidance provided by your module leader in the Blackboard shell, additional exams guidance has been developed here.
How can I complete an online assessment if I do not have access to suitable study space?
The university recognises that students are likely to be studying in a variety of circumstances and in different time zones. These are exceptional circumstances and therefore consideration will be given to these issues. If you have a concern about this then please contact your module leader. In addition to guidance provided by your module leader in the Blackboard shell, additional exams guidance has been developed here.
How can I complete online assessments if I do not have reliable internet access?
In some cases, students may not have reliable internet access. Please contact your module leader in the first instance if you face such a situation and they will be able to discuss alternative arrangements. In addition to guidance provided by your module leader in the Blackboard shell, additional exams guidance has been developed here.
Why should I continue studying if there are no face-to-face exams?
University education is about the exploration of learning and the development and acquisition of skills to successfully complete your studies and provide a firm foundation for your future. It is therefore critical that you continue to engage with your learning so that you are able to develop your knowledge and skills. This is, in many ways, more important at this current time than ever, as we all learn to work in different ways.
I normally perform better in exams. How will you take this into consideration?
All students learn in a variety of ways and will prefer different types of assessments based on their learning styles. Your degree programme will have a range of assessments that take into consideration these issues. Assessments will always be aligned to standards, such as those of professional bodies.
I am unsure about the changes that are taking place in my module and degree programme. Who should I contact?
In the first instance you should consult Blackboard. If anything is unclear, contact your module leader for clarification on questions relating to the module that you are studying. Concerns relating to your programme should be directed to your programme leader.
What is this no detriment policy you have introduced and how does it affect me?
Since we moved to online learning, it has been clear that running exams and assessments in a way which is both fair, accessible and in line with national guidance on staying at home is a complex challenge. So, we have decided to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy. This is a method that recognises the value of marks you have already achieved for assessed work. More information can be found in the 'no detriment' FAQ section below.
Which file types should I use to submit documents like assignments etc.?
DMU uses Office 365 and so we ask students to use either Office 365 file types (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and so on) or PDFs. Other file types (such as those used by Apple, like Pages, Keynote or Numbers) are not compatible.
How do I request an extension during this period?
From now until 31 May, any deadline that is not related to a timed exam has already been extended by two weeks. If your upcoming deadline is soon and you are ready to submit your work, don’t worry—you can do so at any time up until the new extension date.
Where you had already been notified of some alterations to deadlines, the two-week extension operates from the original due date and not the new one.
Please check Blackboard from for the exact submission dates.
If you are still unable to submit coursework by the extended deadline because of extenuating circumstances, you should contact the relevant module leader before the deadline date to request an extension.
If your circumstances are such that an extension of 14 days would not be sufficient, or if you feel that, despite being granted an extension of up to 14 days, your performance in a piece of coursework has been seriously impaired, you may apply formally to your faculty panel for a deferral of assessment of coursework. You will have to fill in the deferral request form and submit to your faculty office via email only. Students who have followed this protocol will not be required to provide evidence to support their deferral request. We strongly recommend that all students consult their Student Advice Centre to discuss their circumstances before submitting a deferral request.
How do I request a coursework or exam deferral during this period?
Revised assessment arrangements and deadlines are now being published on Blackboard.
Students who have faced extenuating circumstances are required to complete a deferral request form. Deferrals will be considered for students who have notified the university and submitted a deferral request to their Faculty Student Advice Centre by email:
Students requesting deferrals for this assessment period will not be required to provide third-party evidence. The university recognises that many services have been impacted by COVID-19 and it would be unreasonable to expect detailed evidence at this time. We strongly recommend that all students consult their Student Advice Centre to discuss their circumstances before submitting a deferral request.
All students granted deferrals will be required to take their assessments at the next available opportunity. These are currently planned for August 2020 for standard undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, but please consult your faculty.
Why is the university progressing with assessments and alternative arrangements for exams at this time when students cannot access physical resources?
The university needs to be able to assess your performance to be able to make a judgement with regard to the knowledge and skills that you have acquired. Exams are only one way of undertaking this task. Programme teams are therefore evaluating the appropriate range of assessments that are necessary to judge your performance levels.
Please remember that the assessments that take place in the summer are only one of a range of assessments over the duration of your studies. The alternative assessments that are being put in place will take into consideration access issues.
I disagree with the way my exams are being run – what can I do?
We completely understand that students are feeling anxiety and uncertainty about how their studies will conclude this year, given the restrictions we are all now observing. The main message we want to convey is that no student will be penalised for not having access to equipment, practical work environments or any other circumstance beyond which they have no control.
We are working hard as a team to ensure that exams and assessments are remodelled and rethought to work in an entirely different education environment and we understand that it is frustrating for students to either not have enough information or to not feel satisfied with changes to their course.
The responsibility of the university, though, is to make sure you complete your studies to the best of your ability. In the circumstances we are now in, our solutions are simply the best possible way we can achieve that. As such, we are extending assignment deadlines, switching to online assessments, and at all times, informing students about any changes as soon as possible through Blackboard.
If you do feel you want further clarification, and if Blackboard does not have enough information, you should contact your personal tutor.
I’m in my final year. If the university is closed, will I still get my degree this year?
As things stand, this will not prevent you from receiving your results, the date of which will be confirmed imminently, after which we plan to issue your Higher Education Achievement Report as soon as possible to provide proof of your award outcome.
Will I be able to graduate in the summer?
DMU has decided to postpone its July graduation ceremonies in recognition of the current situation. The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our priority and the university is closely monitoring the advice issued by the government. We can assure our graduating students from this summer’s ceremonies that there will be an opportunity to attend your graduation ceremony, be it later in the year or at a future graduation schedule. As soon as we can confirm the dates for the rescheduled ceremonies we will do so and begin to issue invitations to you. This site will be updated with new dates once these are confirmed.
Will the degree I gain this year be worth less than those gained in other years?
We want to ensure that a DMU degree, achieved in the current climate, carries the same weight as at any other point and represents a student's achievement fairly. For this reason, DMU students are still required to complete and pass their assessments and exams to enable us to assess their capabilities. The adjustments we are making to exams, submission, and marking, including extensions and our ‘no detriment’ approach, are in this spirit.
How is DMU going to deal with disabled students who are entitled to extra time in phase tests and exams?
Module leaders have access to information about adjustments that disabled students need, and therefore should be able to ensure that adjustments are put in place as required.