Semi-final examination

Semi-final exemination

Semi-final Jan 7, 2014

The grade of the semi-final examination is based on four elements: (i) theoretical written test of biochemistry problem sets and multiple choice type tests (T) (ii) laboratory examination (L) (iii) grades of midterm examinations (M) (iv) 'bonus points' ('lab-bonus' + 'presentation-bonus')   collected in the course of the semester (B) (see 'Grading of the performance of the laboratory work')

Theoretical written test (T) The biochemistry problem sets and multiple choice type test questions are based on the recommended textbook, the lectures and the seminars. The theoretical written test are divided in three blocks (i) block#A set of biochemistry problems (containing questions for may 30 points) (ii) block#B 30 multiple choice type test questions (carbohydrates, metabolic integration) (iii) block#C 30 multiple choice type test questions (lipids, amino acids, nucleotides, porphyrins). Correct answer for a biochemistry problem may result in max 1-3 points.  The correct solution for a multiple choice type question results in 1 point. Futher points are added to the scores of block#B and block#C on the basis of the midterm examinations (M) of the fall semester of the 2013/2014 academic year. Students may pass the semi-final examination with minimal scores of 15, 15, 15 for the blocks#A, block#B and block#C, respectively. 2 minutes is given for the solutions of each multiple choice type test and 30 minutes for the set of biochemistry problems. (Results of midterm examinations od earlier studies (fall  semester of 2012/2013 or 2011/2012) are not accepted).

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Laboratory examination (L) The laboratory examination is an obligatory part of the semi-final examination. Students get one question based on the attached „list of laboratory questions” and answer it in written form (in 15 Min). These tests are graded by 0, 1, 2 points. Students can not pass the semi-final examination with 0 point from the practical exam. Department of Medical Biochemistry gives the students a chance to write their laboratory test on the last week of the semester (14th week; last week laboratory exam). These tests are graded by 1 or 2 points; unsuccessful tests are only marked as 'not accepted'.

Results of the midterm examinations (M) Grades of the 1st midterm examinations as points are added to the scores of second block#B, and the grades of 2nd midterm examination as points are added to block#C (Grade 1 (a failed midterm examination) - results in 0 point).

Bonus points collected in the course of the semester (B) Maximal number of 'bonus points' for the fall semester is 7. These bonus points can be collected in the course of fall semester according to the following scheme:

from the grading of the experimental work (see 'Grading of the performance of the laboratory work')

  • 3 points, if the sum of the collected experimental points is at least 7

  • 2 points, if the sum of the collected experimental points is 5-6

  • 1 point, if the sum of the collected experimental points is  4

from oral presentations on the seminars ('presentation-bonus') accompanied by powerpoint presentations or written summaries in electronic format, which are distributed through the on-line teaching system

 

  • 2 points, if the student understands the content of the presented paper, emphasizes the biochemical interrelations and interprets the presented article at the expected level of knowledge
  • 1 point, if the student understands the content of the presented paper, but the presentation can be followed only with substantial help on behalf of the teacher

 

(Max number of 'presentation-bonus' points is 4 in the fall semester of 2013/2014 academic year)

Grades of the semi-final examination

Total scores from the 4 elements of the semi-final examination = T + L + M + B

T + L + M + B

Grade

if any of block#A, block#B, block#C contains 14 scores or less;

if the laboratory examination is graded by 0;

if the sum of T+L+M+B 55 or less

Fail (1)

56-69

Pass (2)

70-82

Satisfactory (3)

83-95

Good (4)

96-109

Excellent (5)

Students who pass block#A block#B and block#C and the sum of T+LM+M+B is 55 or more, but fail on the practical essay have to retake only the practical essay when they repeat the semifinal exam; students who pass the laboratory examination but fail on the written test have to retake the block#A block#B and block#C. Those who want better grade are entitled to rewrite also the block#A block#B and block#C, however, with the risk of performing worse.

'1 point rule' if any of the blocks contains 14 and the others 15 points or more (T) + the laboratory exam is evaluated by either 1 or 2 points (L), the grade for final-examination is 2 (pass) if the sum of scores and points (T+L+M+B) are 59 points or higher.

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