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.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

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.

Summary (abstract)

The Bachelor’s project, Master’s thesis, advanced studies project and professional Master’s project must always include a summary in a foreign language.

Other Assignements: 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 problem statement and conclusion must be possible. It must therefore be clearly indicated which group member wrote which section(s) of the assignment.

It is important, that a group is registered in due time and correct:


Please also be aware ...

Anonymisation of exam Papers

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.

Groups

When you hand in a written assignment as part of or in a group, the assessors must be able to assess and evaluate your contribution. It must therefore be clearly stated in the assignment which part(s) of the assignment you are responsible for. This is done by making sure that you and your fellow students indicate your exam number in the section you have written. Neither your name nor student registration number may be stated in the assignment.

All group members' exam numbers and the course name must be stated in the header on all pages of your exam assignment.

Cheating at exams and screening of assignments

What is allowed and what is cheating at exams?get yourself acquainted with the rules for your exam and read about cheating at exams here:

Your assignment can be screened

The head of Department on your degree programme and/or the Board of Studies decides which exams will be screened for cheating at exams in Au'S plagiarism control system. The plagiarism control is an integrated part of the Digital Exam System and can also be used in connection with assignments submitted via Black Board. The system compares the individual assignment with materials from publishing houses, previous assignments that have been screened in the plagiarism control system (URKUND), including tasks from the same term, as well as material from the Internet. You cannot see in the Digital Exam System or on Brightspace (formerly Black Board) whether your assignment will be screened for cheating at exams.

References

Find information about reference managing at the AU Library pages for students

Confidentiality, data protection and GDPR

If you collaborate with a company in relation to an assignment, an exam or an internship, a confidentiality agreement may be needed.

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).