Examinations And lectio Coram


There will be the Final Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations for diploma and degree in the fourth and sixth semesters respectively. They comprise the whole academic programme. It consists of the following three independent modalities of examination.

FEX02 Written Thesis/Dissertation - 5 ECTS Lectio Coram Academic Panel
OFS14 Final Examination of Systematic Philosophy (Oral Comprehensive) – 5 ECTS 3 Questions
Lectio Coram
Academic Panel
OFS15 Final Examination of the History of Philosophy (Oral Comprehensive) - 4 ECTS 3 Questions
Lectio Coram
Academic Panel


The processing of a scientific written philosophical thesis of a B.Ph. should initiate with a synthetic/comprehensive vision focusing on the basic areas of philosophical thought on Man, World and God. It should not be directed to a monograph-analysis of a particular theme/research.

  1. The student must strictly follow instructions given in the faculty guide in preparation of the final thesis and research:
  2. Jose M. Prellezo – Jesus M. Garcia, Invito alla Ricerca. LAS, Roma 2007.

    Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations. 8th Ed., The University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London 2010.

  3. The student is free to choose his guide from the teaching faculty of DBCIPH at the beginning of the second year and present his project proposal-elaboration. The Principal will also appoint two other guides for scientific methodology (GSM) and Faculty Standardization (GFS). They will instruct the student in all matters concerning academic obligations and scientific methodology. If any one of the three guides is incapacitated due to any reason, then, the Principal will appoint a substitute.
  4. The project proposal should be presented to the guides elaborating the proposed theme/problem, relevance (status questionis), structure, methodology, competency and possible remedies with a consulted bibliography. The project proposal must adhere to all research criteria and methodology established by the faculty.
  5. Once the project proposal is developed and authorized by the three guides (at the end of the fourth semester/second semester of the second year), the student will present 3 copies of the same to the principal enclosed with the application form signed by the guides.
  6. At the end of the second year the Academic Panel will approve/disapprove the project proposals.
  7. During the final comprehensive examination (FEX02 - Written Thesis – 5 ECTS) the written thesis will be discussed and defended by the student before an Academic Panel comprised of three professors in Lectio Coram:
    • The student will elaborate orally the theme, questions and his own findings pertaining to the theme (in 5 minutes).

      The guide will pose 3 questions to the candidate and the candidate will respond to each.

      The co-reader 01 will present the mistakes/errors and inconsistency found on the written text pertaining to argument, analysis, synthesis and scientific methodology. He will also will make observations for further improvement of the text. Then he will pose 3 questions and the candidate will respond to each.

      The co-reader 02 is the third member of the panel and he will pose 2 questions with specific observations.

      The panel will take into account the results obtained from the FCE B2 examination at Cambridge. The student must obtain FCE B2 in English in order to be eligible for the honours of degree.

      The final evaluation will be pronounced by the academic panel of the Lecio Coram.

      NB: A student is eligible for the Final Comprehensive Examination only after the following obligations are fulfilled: Passed in all the Obligatory Fundamental Subjects; Passed in all the Obligatory Complementary Subjects; Passed in all the Optional Subjects; Submitted Final Written Thesis (Dissertation).


1 Preliminary project proposal of the thesis at the beginning of the work.
2 Collection of the documentation and the critical organization of the material.
3 Scientific Methodology tacitly assumed in the argumentation and analysis.
4 Preliminary bibliographical research level of the theme.
5 Receptiveness to the corrections and observations given during the work.
6 General impression of a team work between student and guides.
7 Actuality and quality of the proposed working time frame of the student.
8 Quality of the introduction, chapters, foot notes, conclusion & bibliography.
9 Quality on seriousness, dedication and commitment carried out by the student.
10 Quality of the printing and graphical presentation.

1 Originality of the theme.
2 Choice of the theme in the purview of the inter-disciplinary nature of the BA Curriculum.
3 Relevance of the theme to contemporary social issues.

1 General proficiency of English language.
2 Communicative achievement: formal/informal/just right/bad.
3 Clarity in conceptual expressions and linguistic mastery.
4 The quality and the structure of the paragraphs: smallest units of the paper.
5 The linguistic quality and the structure of the titles and the sub titles: larger units of the paper.
6 Linguistic appropriateness and the achievement of the message that the writer intends to convey to the reader: the scientific language.
7 Part(s) of speech (Lexis is often made up of more than one component. Multi-word verbs, for example, may comprise a verb, a preposition and a particle).
8 Spellings (Note the differences between UK and US spellings).
9 Punctuations.
10 Regularity / irregularity of using past tense verbs?
11 Word order and the structures which follow the transitive verbs, verb plus infinitive or gerund?

Methodology and Structure
1 Quality of the Title Page.
2 Quality of the Table of Contents.
3 Clarity in defining the subject in examination.
4 Level of research mindset, thinking processes and critical questioning.
5 Collection of the documentation/the preliminary bibliographical research level.
6 Quality and standard of the proposed bibliography - general/special.
7 Formatting the papers.
8 Application and evaluation of various themes in discussion.
9 Inductive and deductive reasoning.
10 Quality of footnotes.
11 Level of the comprehensiveness and synthetic vision obliged by a BA Thesis.
12 Effective convergence of major philosophical treatises - Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Anthropology, Religions and History.
13 Competency and knowledge of a sound philosophical reflection.
14 Background of the problem as needed.
15 Main divisions and articulation of the theme discussed.
16 General function of the subdivisions.
17 General organization of the body of the paper.
18 General introductions and transition of the theme continually present.
19 Elements of Salesian, pedagogical and pastoral interests.
20 Quality and suitability of the direct references from various sources.
21 Personalization of the indirect reference from various sources and their application in the work.
22 Quality of the Introduction: claim, relevance (status questionis), structure, methodology, bibliography and limitations.
23 Quality of the Conclusion: claim, reasons, recapitalization, evidence, alternatives, responses and claim re-stated.
24 Quality of the Bibliography: primary sources (specialized), secondary sources and articles.
25 Printing and graphical standard of the work: standard format.

1 Intellectual honesty.
2 Clone: copying word-for-word as if it were one's own, with no reference.
3 The text changes key words and phrases but keeps the essential content, without giving reference.
4 The writer paraphrases and copies from different sources, making it all fit together, and still gives no reference.
5 The paper mixes copied material from several sources without proper citation. Furthermore, the mix shows no skills in paraphrasing, synthesizing, or summarizing.
6 Adherence to the methodological guidelines of the faculty.
7 Risk of potential problems in methodology.

1 Adherence to the philosophical vision to the Catholic faith and tradition - Fides et Ratio.
2 Risk of the proposal to be non Catholic/agnostic/atheist and the balance and critical approach towards modernists, empiricists, rationalists and idealists.
3 Defense of Christian Ethics and Theology.
4 Presence of major classical thinkers: Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.


30 10 100 110 U.S.A.
Probatus 18 6 60 66 D.Pass
19 6.33 63 69.7 (1 grade points)
20 6.66 67 73.3
Bene Probatus 21 7 70 77
22 7.33 73 80.7
23 7.66 77 84.3 C. Good
Cum Laude 24 8 80 88 (2 grade points)
25 8.33 83 91.7
26 8.66 87 95.3
Magna cum Laude 27 9 90 99 B. Very good
28 9.33 93 102.7 (3 grade points)
29 9.66 97 106.3
Summa cum Laude 30 10 100 110 A. Excellent
(4 grade point)

A student is eligible for the Final Comprehensive Examination only after the following obligations are fulfilled:

Passed in all the Obligatory Fundamental Subjects [OFS]

Passed in all the Obligatory Complementary Subjects [OCS]

Passed in all the Optional Subjects [OS]

Submitted Final Written Thesis (Dissertation)

Lectio Coram procedure:

Opening prayer by the candidate

Introduction by the moderator of the Academic Panel

Short presentation of the work by the candidate (5 minutes)

Observations and questions by the co- reader 01 of the Academic Panel (10 minutes)

Observations and questions by the co-reader 02 of the academic Panel (10 minutes)

Final remarks by the moderator

Official photo

Final evaluation by the Academic Panel