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Examination rules and regulations

A number of rules and regulations must be observed when you submit a written assignment. These are explained here in general terms - for specific information about your degree programme, please consult the academic regulations.

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What is a standard page?

A standard page equals 2,200 characters (no spaces)

What is included in the paper’s total word count?

The following are included in the word count:

  • Footnotes
  • Figures
  • Models

How many characters do tables and figures count?

When counting characters, the text which can be counted by the Word Count function is included. Images, models, figures etc. which are inserted in the written assignment are thus not included. A model or a figure produced by the student is included if it is possible to count the number of characters. As a rule, a model or a figure produced by the student must be inserted as regular text which can be counted. If the only option is to insert a model or a figure as an image, or if this is the best solution e.g. with regard to the presentation, the student may insert a model/figure as an image. However, the student may not insert a model or a figure as an image if it only contains regular text.

What is not included in the paper’s total word count? 

The following are not included in the word count:

  • Compulsory front page
  • Individual front page chosen by the student (the student decides what information to include)
  • Table of contents
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices
  • Abstract
  • Headers and footers as well as page numbers

What happens if the paper exceeds the maximum number of pages?

If your paper exceeds the stated maximum number of standard pages, the paper will be rejected without assessment. You will, however, have used one examination attempt. The scope of the exam assignment is stated in the individual course descriptions found in the AU course catalogue

Do group exam papers need to be individualised?

For group exams, you need to indicate who has written what and who is responsible for specific parts of the submitted paper. The assignment introduction, problem statement, delimitation etc. and the conclusion are considered joint work by the members of the group and are therefore not subject to individualisation. If you forget to indicate who is responsible for specific parts of the paper it will be rejected without assessment.

  • For written assignments with no oral defence and no supervision, individualisation of the students’ contributions must be done by stating the student registration number in the table of contents next to the section which the given student has written. This is to ensure the student’s anonymity.
  • For written assignments with oral defence and/or with supervision, individualisation of the students’ contributions must be done by stating the student’s name in the table of contents next to the section he/she has written

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How many pages?

The maximum number of standard pages for your assignment is stated in the academic regulations. One standard page is 2,400 characters, including spaces.

The stipulated number of pages includes the overall assignment as well as quotations and notes (bibliographical references, captions, further explanations etc.)

The following are not included in the word count:

  • Title page
  • Preface, if any
  • Table of contents
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrations
  • Appendices

Summary

  • is included in the count at the Danish School of Education
  • is not included in the count at the School of Culture and Society
  • is not included in the count at the School of Communication and Culture

Please note: If your academic regulations specify differently, you should always follow your academic regulations.

Is a summary (abstract) required?

Whether the assignment must include a summary is stated in your academic regulations.

If you write in Danish, the summary must be in English - unless otherwise stipulated in the academic regulations for your degree programme.

If you write in English, the summary must be in English - unless otherwise stipulated in the academic regulations for your degree programme.

If you are a student at the Danish School of Education, the summary must be included in the page number count. If you are a student at the School of Culture and Society or School of Communication and Culture the summary should not be included in the page number count, but it is included in the overall assessment.

Group exams - who has written what?

Certain assignments can be submitted in groups - consult the academic regulations for your degree programme to see if group exams are permitted for your course.

If you submit a group assignment, it must be possible to assess the contributions of all individual group members. This means that individual assessment of all parts of the assignment except for the thesis statement and conclusion must be possible. It must therefore be clearly indicated which group member wrote which section(s) of the assignment.

If the academic regulations do not permit group exams, it is possible to apply for exemption.


Anonymised students

In some exams the students are anonymised, which means that the assessors (examiners/co-examiners) cannot see your name or student registration number. In such cases you must not state your name, student registration number or other forms of ID in your exam paper – or in the file name of your exam paper.

Instead, you should just state your exam number. Exam numbers are allocated on a random basis in the Digital Exams system. You will find your exam number under “Exam information” in the Digital Exams system.

If the students are anonymised in a particular exam, this will be stated in the information relating to this exam in the Digital Exams system.

Check your citation practice and avoid plagiarism

Arts screens your written assignments for plagiarism

When you submit an assignment in connection with an exam, your assignment will be screened in AU’s plagiarism control system URKUND. Plagiarism control is an integral part of the Digital Exam system and can also be used in connection with assignments submitted via Blackboard. The system checks assignments against published material and assignments that have previously been screened in URKUND (including assignments from the same exam) as well as material from the internet.

Avoid plagiarism

To help you avoid plagiarism, AU Library has gathered a number of resources which can help you ensure good citation practice and manage references in your academic work and written assignments. On this page, you can find links to tutorials and quizzes as well as links and videos which provide more information about the topic.

Plagiarism is cheating

If you plagiarise at an exam, it is regarded as cheating – whether it is intended or not.

Read more about the possible consequences of cheating at exams and find the leaflet “Avoid pitfalls at exams: A guide for students on how to avoid cheating at exams”, which is useful to read before writing assignments or taking exams.

Data protection

If you work with personal data in connection with an assignment or a Master's thesis, it is your responsibility to comply with the rules in the data protection regulation. If you have any questions - for example, if your Master's thesis must be notified to the data protection agency - please contact Educational Law. (Remember to write from your AU email address (xxxx@post.au.dk).

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