Academic Regulations

The following Academic Regulations will take effect in academic year 2014/2015
N.o 01R/CG/2014

Article 1
(Scope)

These Regulations apply to Macao Polytechnic Institute’s (hereinafter referred to as “the Institute”) degree programmes (hereinafter referred to as “programmes”).

Article 2
(Programme Arrangement)

The length of study for each programme offered by the Institute is determined by the type of certificate awarded and mode of class attendance (whether day class or evening class). Courses, in accordance with their respective teaching requirements, are classified as year courses and semester courses.

Article 3
(Curriculum Framework)

  1. The curriculum of the programme may include theory lessons, practicum classes, seminars, internships / teaching practice and other teaching activities.
  2. The purpose of theory lessons is to provide students with the opportunity to learn principles, concepts and theories.
  3. The purpose of practicum classes is to enhance students' practical use of the materials, methods and the capacity to use relevant techniques.
  4. The purpose of seminars is to provide knowledge of research findings in some supplementary subjects besides the main teaching content, or to deliver a concise version of some teaching content to expand the student's field of knowledge.
  5. The purpose of internship / teaching practice is to combine learning and practical work in order to ensure that, under professional supervision, students better understand the relationship between programme curriculum and workplace practice.
  6. Other teaching activities include graduation reports, visits, performances, talks and exhibitions. These activities are designed to enable students to directly observe and have some contact with the actual situation or the culture of their intended occupation.

Article 4
(Admission Requirements)

  1. Applicants, who apply for the programmes of the Institute, should abide by the relevant laws of Macao Special Administrative Region.
  2. Secondary school graduates with a qualification not lower than Grade 12 (grade 6 of high school), or those with equivalent qualifications are eligible to apply for the Institute admission.
  3. Those who are 25 years of age or above on September 1, with special ability conditions, need not comply with the above Clause 2 and are eligible to participate in the entrance examination. Upon successful completion of the entrance examination, the applicant will be eligible to further his/her studies in a programme offered by MPI.
  4. Passed medical check-up.

Article 5
(Statute of Time to Completion)

  1. The total number of academic years during which the student is continuously or intermittently registered with the Institute should not exceed the normal number of academic years for completion of the programme plus 50 per cent. A period of duration of less than one academic year shall be counted as one academic year. For working student the total number of academic years during which the student is continuously or intermittently registered with the Institute should not exceed the normal number of academic years for completion of the programme plus 100 per cent.
  2. If at the end of any academic year a student is identified as not being able to complete the course under the conditions specified in the preceding statute the student shall lose his/her student status.
  3. Students who lose their student status according to the statute of time limitations cannot apply for or enroll upon any programmes offered by the Institute for three academic years starting from the academic year during which they lose their student status.
  4. In exceptional circumstances which reasonable justifications are proposed by relevant department(s) of the Institute, the authorized entity may approve to exempt the implementation of the preceding provisions.

Article 6
(Enrollment System)

Students status are determined according to the number of courses students enrolled in each semester and it is categorized as follows:
  1. Full-time students: students who enroll in four or more courses, or in cases where individual schools have special stipulations for some courses, are considered as full-time students.
  2. Part-time students: students who enroll up to three courses are classified as part-time students. Full-time students may apply to change their status to part-time in accordance with related regulations of the Institute. (This is not applicable to internship courses offered by the School of Health Sciences / the Design programme of the School of Arts).
  3. Special students: students who enroll for a number of independent courses, upon their applications being approved by the Institute, are considered as special students. The Institute issues certificates of attendance to special students.
  4. Students settle their tuition fees according to their respective students’ status.

Article 7
(Progression System)

Students who have completed all courses of each academic year in the study plan, or who obtained 80 per cent of the total credits of that academic year according to the study plan are progressed into the next year of study. This stipulation is only applicable for the purpose of issuing certificates by the Institute or for statistical purposes.

Article 8
(Course Equivalence)

  1. The Institute may grant equivalence of qualification for courses offered.
  2. Students may apply for course equivalence at the Registry. Students must state clearly the courses intended to apply for course equivalence and the names of the equivalent courses. The number of equivalent courses applied for cannot exceed half of the total courses in the study plan of the programme.
  3. Applications should be submitted along with suppporting documents, such as course grades, course outline, total number of lecture hours.
  4. Applicants who do not submit required documents within the prescribed period, applications will not be considered.
  5. The resolution of results shall be registered and used for the preparation of statistical data and the issuing of relevant certificates.
  6. In the case of any documents submitted in foreign language, the Institute reserves the right to request for a translated copy in Macao’s official languages at the same time.

Article 9 *
(Course Enrollment)

  1. Registered students must first enroll for courses in order to be qualified to attend classes.
  2. Full-time students may take up to two extra courses apart from the compulsory and elective courses of the programme enrolled upon in each semester.
  3. Students are required to study compulsory courses which have not been completed and the necessary elective courses according to their study plans, while fulfilling the requirements of prerequisite courses as specified in Article 10.
  4. Students are not allowed to retake courses already passed, or those for which course equivalence has been applied for.
  5. When programmes have been updated, students are required to follow the new study plan upon resuming of studies.
  6. With special approvals of the relevant School Directors, students may audit courses outside their study plans, but no credits or grade points will be earned for such courses.
  7. Students may not take courses for which examination time conflicts.
  8. When students retake courses they have previously failed, in cases where there is only an overlapping of class times and no overlapping examination times, they may apply to the Registry for exemption from class attendance for such courses retaken, provided that the attendance requirements specified in Article 13 (Clauses 2 and 3) has been previously complied with.
  9. In the case of courses with approval of exemption from class attendance, students are required to submit all assignments and to attend all continuous assessments during the term as well as the final examination. They are responsible for enquiring about any particular requirements and for making appropriate arrangements with the course instructors concerned.
  10. Students must take courses in accordance with the study plans of related programmes of the Institute.

Article 10
(Prerequisite Courses)

  1. In case of having pre-requisite courses requirement in a programme, students must enroll the pre-requisite course(s) first.
  2. Students may only enroll in the preceding courses after passing the pre-requisite course(s).

Article 11
(Assessment System)

  1. The assessment methods of the various courses of the Institute can be divided into:
    a. continuous assessments;
    b. final examinations;
    c. continuous assessments and final examinations;
    d. thesis / graduation report.
  2. The assessment method for each course is determined by the provisions adopted by the Pedagogical and Scientific Committee of the respective School.

Article 12
(Final Marks of Programmes)

  1. In order to calculate the final grade, the marks of all courses should be calculated as percentage scores, except for those grades only comprising “Pass” and “Fail”.
  2. The final mark achieved, together with the marking scheme/grading system should be shown clearly in the certificate of qualification.
  3. A final mark may be obtained by using the semestral grade point average calculation, or the accumulated grade point average calculation.

Article 13
(Class Attendance)

  1. Class attendance is obligatory. Students are required to attend all classes of the courses for which they enrolled upon, provided that the implementation of the following stipulations are not affected.
  2. For each enrolled course in the programmes, a minimum attendance of 70% is required for students to be eligible to participate in final examination (90% for practicum courses; 100% for practicum courses of the Social Work programme). Otherwise they will not be allowed to take the final examinations, and a failing grade will be given to courses where there are no final examinations.
  3. The class attendance rate is calculated according to the course instructor’s record. Instructors may register class attendance as soon as the class commence.
  4. Only the following situations are considered as reasonable absences: (The maximum hours of reasonable absences must not exceed 20 per cent of the total lecture hours)
    a. Representing the Macao Special Administrative Region to participate in any competitions / events or carrying out official duties, with valid proof documents.
    b. Representing Sports Associations of Macao in participating sports competition, with valid proof documents issued by the Sports Associations.
    c. Representing Macao Polytechnic Institute in participating competitions / events, with valid proof documents issued by academic / administrative units / student unions of MPI.
    d. Not being able to attend classes for medical reasons, with valid proof documents issued by Health Centres of the Macao Health Bureau, the Hospital Conde S. Januário, the Hospital King Wu or the University Hospital of Macau University of Science and Technology.
    e. Situations or events caused by force majeure, with valid proof documents.
  5. Students unable to attend classes due to any of the above reasons should report to the Registry with valid proof documents within five working days after the resumption of classes. Otherwise the absence will be classified as ‘unreasonable absences’.
  6. In cases of appeals regarding the class attendance records, students should provide valid proof documents to the Registry at least 10 working days before the final examinations end. For courses without final examinations, it should be reported at least 10 working days before the term ends. The final decisions of such appeals are made by the instructors concerned, after consideration of all the evidence presented; the Registry makes corrections to the attendance record according to the decision.

Article 14
(Supplementary Examination)

  1. A student who is absent from a final examination with justifiable reasons and complies with the stipulations of Article 13 (Clauses 5 and 6) may submit a written request with valid proof documents to the Institute. After the approval obtained from the authorized unit, students may take the supplementary examination.
  2. In compliance with the above Clause 1, the result of the continuous assessment should be retained and the total mark will be considered as the final result.
  3. The schedule of supplementary examinations should be in accordance with the Institute’s provisions. Applications should be made in advance by filling out the designated form and a fee is to be paid.
  4. For special cases, the School Directors will decide on permission for the student to take the supplementary examination, taking into consideration the opinions of members of the Pedagogic and Scientific Committee.

Article 15
(Re-sit Examination)

  1. Re-sit examinations are held once in each semester for courses offered in the same semester.
  2. A student whose final grade is 35 or above and complies with the stipulation of Article 13 (Clause 2) is entitled to take the re-sit examination.
  3. Students are allowed to take a re-sit examination for one annual course or two semester courses each semester.
  4. The highest score achievable for re-sit examinations is 50 and those whose score is below 50 must re-take the course.
  5. The schedule of re-sit examinations should be in accordance with the Institute’s provisions. Applications should be made in advance by completing the designated form and a fee is payable.
  6. For special cases ,the School Directors will decide on permission for the student to take the re-sit examination, taking into consideration the opinions of members of the Pedagogic and Scientific Committee.

Article 16 *
(Resumption of Studies and Transfer of Schools and Programmes)

  1. Students who defer their studies for more than one academic year and intend to resume their studies should re-register for the programmes for which they have already registered.
  2. The period of deferral must not exceed six semesters.
  3. Students may apply to transfer to another programme according to the admission requirements of the Institute. After completion of related procedures, if necessary, they may apply for course equivalence with respect to courses already completed.
  4. With respect to students who apply to transfer from other higher education institutions to Macao Polytechnic Institute, the Institute may grant approval for them to register and enroll upon a programme provided that they studied an equivalent programme recognized by the authorized unit of the Institute during the preceding academic year.
  5. Transfers between Schools may only be made before the commencement of the academic year.
  6. Applications for resumption of studies and transfer between schools or programmes must be made by the students to the President of the Institute. In their applications not only student’s personal particulars but also information such as institutions / programmes registered for and enrolled upon, the academic year of last registration and the institutions / programmes to be transferred to / resumed must be stated clearly.
  7. The application shall be accompanied by the required documents for consideration. In cases of transfer to the Institute, students should request information / documents to be provided by their institutions of last registration.
  8. Students and the institution where the applicant last registered in (if necessary) will be informed in writing after the decision was made by the Institute. Students, upon approval, must complete registration, enrollment or other necessary procedures within a prescribed period.

Article 17
(Academic Calendar)

One academic year consists of two semesters. The academic calendar of the following academic year will be announced before 31 May every year, in which class and examination period, and holidays are specified.

Article 18 *
(Addendum Matters)

Addendum matters shall be settled by resolutions of the Board of Management, after the opinions of the Technical and Scientific Committee have been considered.

Article 19 *
(Effective Date)

  1. These regulations take effect on 10 February 2014, and are applicable to all students, either admitted, current or who resume their studies in the 2014/2015 academic year, as well as all related matters in that academic year.
  2. The Academic Regulations announced in the 2007/2008 academic year continue to be effective and are applicable to all related matters during the 2013/2014 academic year until its end (15 August 2014).
* According to Article 18 of the Academic Regulations (No. 01R/CG/2014), the Board of Mangement approved the following guidelines (Applicable to 2014/2015 Intake and onwards)

 

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