Undergraduate Course

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford


Chemistry Part IA, 2017

Information for Candidates

1. Timetable: 

Date              

 2.30 - 5.10 pm

 Thursday, 15 June

 Organic Chemistry IA

 Friday, 16 June

 Inorganic Chemistry IA

 Saturday, 17 June

 Physical Chemistry lA

Please note that the Part IA papers begin with 10 minutes ‘reading time’ at 2.30 pm. 

This is the best estimate of the dates at the moment.  Please check the Student Gateway in the university’s website at the following link: http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/exams/timetables/ for the only official timetable.

2. Seating arrangements: You will be seated in the Examination Schools for the duration of the Part IA examinations; the room(s) to be used will be clearly advertised in marquee where you assemble.

3. Start of the Examination: You will be allowed into the examination room a few minutes early so that you may find your place before the paper is due to begin. Please arrive at the Examination Schools in good time. You should not touch the question paper on your desk until an invigilator announces the start of the examination. The invigilator will announce the start and end of the reading time. You may not write, even to annotate the paper during this time.

4. Invigilation: There will be at least one Examiner present throughout each written examination, to whom questions concerning the question paper may be addressed while the examination is being sat.

5. Anonymity of scripts: Candidates are reminded to take their University cards to the examination. Please make sure you put your 'candidate number' on each of your examination booklets, and do not add your name or College. Should you have any doubts about your number at the beginning of the examination put up your hand when asked and the invigilators will find it for you. Your identity will not normally be known to the Examiners when they mark your scripts. For practical reasons anonymity may not be complete for all candidates because circumstances, e.g. searching for a candidate who is late, may make it necessary to identify a candidate. The Chairman will have a key to the numbers used but, apart from the need to use this occasionally in special circumstances, it will not be referred to until the marking is complete. The other Examiners will not have the key when they mark the papers.

6. Further matters regarding the written examinations:
(a) Calculators: You are advised to bring a calculator, with a spare battery if that is appropriate, to all papers. The rules governing the use of calculators in examinations are laid down in the Undergraduate Course Handbook (2016-17: Page 18, Appendix B) and are appended.
(b) Character tables: A set will be placed on each desk. These include character tables, direct product tables and descent of symmetry tables, but do not include any of the formulas or examples in the online version.
(c) Mark allocations: Numbers in brackets at the right hand side of the printed question papers indicate the marks that Examiners expect to assign to each part of a question.
(d) On leaving the examination room, no candidate may remove any paper except the question paper. This includes any rough work or jottings (which should be clearly marked as such).

7. Medical problems and other emergencies: If illness or other circumstances interfere with your preparation for the examination, hinder you during the examination, or prevent you from attending any part of the examination, you should make the circumstances known to the Examination and Assessment Section, through your college (normally the Senior Tutor will deal with such matters), with medical certificates or other appropriate documents.
A sub-set of the examiners will meet to discuss and band all such applications on a scale of 1–3. The Exam Board will take the recommendation of this group into account at the Examination Board in subsequent years.
If you are prevented from attending any paper, inform your College immediately. Should you fail to attend any of the written papers you are entered for, and cannot satisfy the Proctors that you had good cause for your absence, you will be deemed to have withdrawn from the whole of Part IA. There is only one sitting of Part IA a year.

8. Communication with Examiners: Direct communication between candidates and Examiners is strictly forbidden. You should not approach any Examiner for any reason connected with the examination (except to query details of a paper while it is being sat in the Examination Schools); you should instead make any representations to the Proctors through your College.

Dr. Nick Green
Chairman of Examiners,
Chemistry Part IA.
March 2017

APPENDIX B
[Taken from the Undergraduate Course Handbook (2016-2017: Page 18)]

Calculators for Written Examinations in Chemistry
A candidate may bring a pocket calculator into any Examination, except the Prelims Mathematics for Chemistry paper, provided the calculator meets the conditions set out as follows:
• The calculator must not require connection to any external power supply
• It must not be capable of communicating with any other device
• It must not make a noise that could irritate or distract other candidates
• It must not be capable of displaying functions graphically
• It must not be capable of storing and displaying text, other than the names of standard functions such as 'sin' or 'cosh'
• It must not be able to store programs or user-defined formulae
• It must not be able to perform symbolic algebra, symbolic integration or differentiation
• Within the above, the calculator may be capable of evaluating elementary mathematical functions such as sin(x), log(x), exp(x), xy and it may contain constants such as π.

Notes
These guidelines follow the regulations but, supersede on detail, the 'Use of calculators in Examinations' in the University Examination Regulations.
The intention of the rules is to prevent the possibility of a candidate obtaining an advantage by having a powerful calculating aid (or of reading stored information as a substitute for knowing it). It is appreciated that candidates may already own calculators that are excluded by these rules. In such case the candidate is responsible for obtaining a more basic calculator that is within the rules, and for becoming familiar with it in advance of the Examination.