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General Rules of Grading

The following rules shall apply remotely and in traditional mode.

1. The grading period is a semester.

2. To complete a semester all the modules foreseen by the programme curriculum have to be credited and at least 30 ECTS points have to be obtained.

3. A module is credited after verifying that the student has achieved all the learning outcomes for the given module. The dean may decide to credit a module completed by a student before. The dean has the right to consult the person responsible for the module.

4. A module can be credited during a semester after the classes have finished for the given module, subject to the dean’s consent and in accordance with the rules resulting from § 21, paragraph 2.

5. The final grade for a module can be determined on the basis of:

a) the marks obtained for completing specific learning outcomes;

b) an exam verifying all the learning outcomes for a given module;

c) an exam verifying some of the learning outcomes for a given module. In this last (third) case when determining the final mark for a module the grades obtained for learning outcomes not covered by this exam shall be taken into consideration.

6. The final grade for a module may include unsatisfactory grades obtained for credits and exams.

7. A detailed manner of determining the final credit for a given module shall be specified in the syllabus of this module.

8. In the case of part-time studies or internships abroad, annual settlement and completion is allowed with the Dean's consent.

9. In the case of modules which finish with an exam, before taking the exam the student must obtain all the other credits, if they are foreseen for the module, according to the conditions specified therein.

10. If a student fails to obtain any of the credits, he/she is entitled to an additional attempt to obtain the credit.

11. Exams shall take place on two dates: the first date and the second date (re-taking the exam). In the case of obtaining an unsatisfactory mark on the first date or failure to sit the exam on the first date without providing a good reason, the student has the right to re-take the exam.

12. In justified cases, the person verifying the learning outcomes or the dean can determine a new first date for an exam or credit. A request for granting a new first date should be submitted within seven days from the moment when the reason justifying the absence on a given date ceased to exist. Any requests submitted after this period shall not be dealt with.

13. Learning outcome verification shall be conducted in the language in which the module was run. At a student’s request the verification can be conducted in another language if the person conducting it agrees.

14. Dates:

a) Exam dates and the manner of announcing the results shall be decided by the examiner in agreement with the students. Organising two or more exams on the same day for students of the same study programme, specialisation, form, level and study year shall not be allowed. Any disputes in this area shall be resolved by the dean;

b) The first date for an exam shall be assigned during the examination session, no earlier than on third day after classes for a given module have finished. An exam can be re-taken no earlier than after 14 days from the day of announcing the first date exam results. At a student’s request, the time to the date of re-taking an exam can be shortened;

c) A student can take an exam before module classes finish and he/she can re-take an exam before a retaking session begins if the examiner gives their consent;

d) At a student’s request the dean can allow a student to take a first date exam during the retake session. The dean may consult the examiner;

e) The winter semester should be completed no later than by 15 March, and the summer semester should be completed no later than by 25 September. In justified cases the dean may extend these deadlines at a student’s request. A student shall be obliged to participate in classes of the following semester from its beginning regardless of the date of completing the previous semester.

15. A student participating in research or implementation works in which he/she achieved the same learning outcomes as those required for a given module can request for this module or individual learning outcomes within a module to be credited as completed. The dean decides about the credit. For this purpose he can consult the module co-ordinator or a scholar responsible for the given research or implementation works.

16. The student’s participation in science camp works can be the basis for crediting student work placement in full or in part if the programme of the science club corresponds to the learning outcomes provided for in the given placement.

17. Grades:

A) The following grades shall be used for credits, exams and module final marks:

a) very good – 5.0 – A;

b) good plus – 4.5 – B;

c) good – 4.0 – C;

d) satisfactory plus – 3.5 – D;

e) satisfactory – 3.0 – E;

f) unsatisfactory (first date of an exam or credit) – 2.0 – FX;

g) unsatisfactory (exam or credit retake, or extra retake examination) – 2.0 – F.

B) The grades specified above shall not apply to physical education classes, the health and safety training and the library training; they shall be replaced with the following formula:

a) credited;

b) not credited.

C) A student is obliged to submit to the dean the student record book with completed grades within 7 days after the exam retake session has finished, subject to § 24, paragraph 5.

18. The examiner shall be specified in the syllabus of a given module. In justified cases the dean may decide to appoint another examiner.

19. In issues concerning credit granting and exams a student has the right to appeal to the dean within 14 days of announcing the results of learning outcomes verification.

20. Within 14 days of the announcement of exam results, a student has the right to see their written work if it is the basis for crediting a given learning outcome.

21. Using unauthorised forms of assistance during the verification of learning outcomes (including submitting a plagiarised work) results in a negative result of this verification.

22. Committee-based forms of learning outcomes verification:

a) In justified cases at a student’s request the dean may decide on a commission credit or an oral commission exam, which should take place as soon as possible. The request should specify the reasons for its submission and be submitted within 5 working days of the date of announcing the results of a re-taken exam or of the last date of obtaining a credit.

b) Committee-based forms of verification shall be conducted before a committee appointed by the dean. The committee shall consist of: the dean or in exceptional cases an academic teacher with at least a doctor’s degree authorised by the dean acting as the chairman; the person who conducted the previous verification of learning outcomes and another expert on the scope of the learning outcomes being verified;

c) The commission cannot be chaired by the person who conducted the previous verification of learning outcomes;

d) The dean may decide to conduct a commission exam in another form than oral;

e) At a student’s request a representative of the student self-government, the year tutor or class tutor as well as the Student and PhD Student Ombudsperson can be present during the commission credit award or exam.

23. Concerning a student who has not completed a semester the dean shall decide:

a) that the student should retake a module or modules and obtain conditional credit to study on the next semester if a student has not completed up to two modules;

b) that the student should retake the semester;

c) that the student should be expelled from studies.


Source: Rules, Regulations and Policies on the University of Silesia

Attention! On 27 April, 2021, the Senate of the University of Silesia adopted a resolution, pursuant to which, from 1 October, 2021, the new Rules and Regulations of Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice shall apply. The above information is therefore valid until the end of September 2021, when the website will be updated.


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