Important Information for Students Commencing Undergraduate Programmes of Study from the 2008/09 Academic Year.
From 2008/09 the University is introducing a new academic framework of assessment regulations which will govern most undergraduate degree programmes. This framework - called the New Framework for Assessment: Assessment Regulations (NFAAR) - describes the rules for progression from one stage of a degree programme to the next (including supplementary assessment, and the extent of failure that can be condoned), as well as for the award of degrees. Students taking programmes which fall within the NFAAR will be assessed according to these rules.
These changes will not affect students who have started their programmes of study prior to the 2008/09 academic year (unless they are repeating the first year, or transferring into the first year of a new programme). Nor will they affect any postgraduate programmes or undergraduate programmes outside the scope of the NFAAR (such as those leading to Foundation Degrees).
More information about the New Framework for Assessment can be found at http://www.bath.ac.uk/registry/nfa/index.htm.
Within the NFAAR, particular units within a programme may be identified as Designated Essential Units (DEUs): these are units which must be passed in order to qualify to proceed with a programme or to receive its normal award at the end; marginal failure in such units cannot be condoned. This programme and unit catalogue identifies those units available for students commencing their studies in 2008/09 which have been defined as DEUs within specific programmes.
For details of changes to the structure of the 2008/09 undergraduate programme catalogues please see the explanatory helpsheet (pdf).