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Studium Mark Scheme

Studium courses, including STB courses, are no longer marked out of 10 according to the Roman system, but are marked out of 100 according to the scheme specified below. 40 is a bare pass mark (without which the student cannot gain the credits for the course in question).

For those used to the Oxfordor British Higher Education system it may be helpful to consider that summa cum laude in the Roman system would be the equivalent of a good 2:1 and magna cum laude an average 2:1.

All Studium courses, including those for the S.T.B., are marked out of 100 according to the scheme specified below. 40% is the bare pass mark, without which a student cannot gain credits for the course in question.

Credits are awarded according to the study time involved, so that a 1-term lecture course assessed by a viva-voce exam gains 2 credits; a 1-term participatory class or seminar might gain more credits; a course of 8 lectures/classes and 4 tutorials gains 10 credits. The final written exam for the S.T.B. gains 40 credits to reflect academic improvement and the ability to synthesise one’s studies.

The minimum number of credits required for the S.T.B. is 280, but most students gain more, especially if they study languages.

In assigning a mark to a course involving tutorials, the poorest of the essays may be discounted.

Summa cum laude

85-100

Work in this band is marked by thorough knowledge, theological skill, originality of thought, and clarity in argument and expression, such that one could hope the student might go on to make his/her own contribution to scholarship.

70-84

The student has mastered the subject and issues, and has answered with some flair and attractiveness. However, the answer falls short of the highest standard in terms insight & originality.

Magna cum laude

60-69

The student has broadly understood the subject and the major issues raised in connection with it, and can give a clear and solid account of these. Though a real answer to the question asked, it is basically derivative.

Cum laude

51-59

The student has understood, and has given a coherent if basic account of the subject and of the issues raised in con­nection with it. He or she has done more than the minimum reading required, has focused on the task set, and has shown some ability to craft a solid, or critical, or attractive, or person­ally integrated, answer to the question asked. More of these elements, and even some insight and originality, are present higher in this band.

 

Bene

46-50

A basic understanding of the subject, with some degree of ability either to analyse it and the issues it raises, or to explain it attractively, or to argue to an answer to the essay question set with at most minor factual errors.

Probatus (rite)

40-45

A minimal understanding of the subject, with a merely descriptive, account of it, which may show some errors.

Fail

0-39

The answer shows one or more of the following: failure to understand the subject;
major errors of fact; failure to produce what could count as an academic argument; serious academic faults such as plagiarism.

For those used to the Roman system the following table of equivalences may also be of help.

                         Old mark                                                   New mark

Summa cum laude

9.75-10

70-100

Magna cum laude

8.51-9.74

60-69

Cum laude

7.51-8.50

51-59

Bene

6.51-7.50

46-50

Probatus (rite)

6-6.50

40-45

Credits are awarded according to the study time involved, so that a 1-term lecture course assessed by a viva-voce exam gains 2 credits; a 1-term participatory class or seminar might gain more credits; a course of 8 lectures/classes and 4 tutorials gains 10 credits. The final written exam for the S.T.B. gains 40 credits to reflect academic improvement and the ability to synthesise one’s studies.

The minimum number of credits required for the S.T.B. is 280, but most students gain more, especially if they study languages. Language study gains credits towards the S.T.B. and may raise a student’s G.P.A., but cannot lower it.


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