EXAMS

THE ACADEMIC YEAR


The Academic Year consists of two terms with an average of hundred lecture days per term. Classes are held from Monday to Friday on a regular basis. The Sri Lankan government calendar for holidays is not followed by the DBCIPH. Holidays are planned for significant religious and cultural celebrations associated with the nature and mission of DBCIPH. Two major holidays are planned in December and June. The minimum class attendance per semester is 80%.

All the students of DBCIPH are offered the possibility of obtaining a triennial BA Philosophy. The biennial Diploma in Philosophy is granted by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome. However, it is possible that some students may not succeed in obtaining a BA degree/diploma. If after the supplementary exams they are still unsuccessful, they can be awarded a Diploma in Philosophy if they clear all the semester exams and the comprehensive exams of the 3-year curriculum.

Further, those students who may be required by their Provincials/Superiors to do a 2-year course of philosophy only, can terminate their studies after having passed in the semester exams, comprehensive exams and successfully defended a thesis at the end of the second year obtaining a Diploma in Philosophy from DBCIPH, and proceed to any other university for a graduation in another institute/college. Their curriculum will be arranged accordingly. Passing in the biennium of philosophy with a Diploma is the requirement to proceed to theological studies in view of preparation for priestly ordination as required by Church laws.

ORGANIZATION OF THE DIDACTIC ACTIVITY


  1. The institution offers a three year academic programme leading to a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy with a special orientation to education and Salesian pedagogy.
  2. The academic programme is comprised of six semesters.
  3. Each class day has five frontal class periods. Each period is comprised of 45 minutes.
  4. One credit is equivalent to twelve hours. It includes the number of hours allotted for research in the Library, study leave and examinations.
  5. The ECTS grading scale is the system adopted by the institute joining under the common umbrella for the organization of the didactic activity followed by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) in Rome.
  6. The courses are articulated according to a dual modality comprised of Basic Module (BM) and Advance Module (AM). All the courses are within a triple subdivision comprising specific Credits/ECTS:
    • Obligatory Fundamental Subjects comprising Credits.
    • Obligatory Complementary Subjects comprising Credits.
    • Optional Subjects comprising Credits.

DIRECTIVES FOR THE FINAL EXAMINATIONS


The ECTS grading scale is a grading system defined in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) framework by the European Commission. Since many grading systems co-exist in Europe and considering that interpretation of grades varies considerably from one country to another, if not from one institution to another, the ECTS grading scale has been developed to provide a common measure and facilitate the transfer of students and their grades between European higher education institutions, by allowing national and local grading systems to be interchangeable. Grades are reported on a carefully calibrated and uniform A to F scale combined with keywords and short qualitative definitions. Each institution makes its own decision on how to apply the ECTS grading scale to its systems. The ECTS is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study. Its aim is to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken by mobile students through the transfer of credits.

LECTIO CORAM


There will be the Final Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations in the sixth semester comprising the whole academic programme. It consists of the following four independent modalities of examination:

CODE EXAMINATION MODE EXAMINER
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
FEX01 Final Examination of Systematic Philosophy (Written) 5 ECTS Semester
Examinations
Faculty

THE PROCESSING OF A WRITTEN THESIS FOR BA (PH)


  1. The processing of a scientific written philosophical thesis should initiate with a synthetic vision focusing on the basic areas of philosophical thought on Man, World and God. It should not be directed to a monographic analysis of a particular theme.
  2. The students must strictly follow instructions given in the faculty guide in the preparation of the final thesis and research: Invitation to research by the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS).
  3. The student is free to choose his thesis guide from the teaching faculty of DBCIPH at the beginning of the forth semester and start preparing his project proposal in a written elaboration. The Principal will also appoint the following guides to accompany the final thesis:
    • Guide for Scientific Methodology (GSM): who will instruct the students in all matters concerning scientific methodology approved by UPS, research models and practical tips facilitating the final thesis.
    • Guide for Faculty Standardization Policy (GFSP). who will instruct the students in all matters concerning academic obligations established by the UPS and final examinations.
  4. In case a thesis guide is incapacitated due to any reason the Academic Council will appoint a substitute guide
  5. The project proposal should be presented to the thesis guide elaborating the proposed theme, competency, actuality, problem and possible remedies with due bibliography already consulted. The project proposal must adhere to research criteria and methodology.
  6. Once the project proposal is approved by the thesis Guide, GSM and GFSP at the end of the fourth semester (prior to the study leave), the student will present 3 copies of the proposal to the principal enclosed with the application duly signed.
  7. The principal will present the project proposal to the academic council and will inform the student the council’s decision after the fourth semester examinations.
  8. The final draft must be approved by the thesis Guide, GSM and GFSP prior to printing. On the date prescribed by the academic calendar the student will present 4 copies of the thesis to the principal. The copies will be handed over to the Guide and to the co-readers appointed by the principal.
  9. During the final comprehensive examination (OFS14 - Final Examination of Systematic Philosophy (Oral Comprehensive) – 5 ECTS) three questions will be asked by the Academic Panel mentioned above. The questions are based on the major philosophical treatises in an inter-disciplinary manner involving human behaviour, religion, science, problematic situations of society and natural ambient. The candidate will respond to each adhering to the philosophical method of analysis and synthesis.
    1. The Student will be asked by the panel to elaborate orally the theme, questions and his own findings pertaining to the theme discussed in the paper (in 5 minutes).
    2. The Guide can pose two questions to the candidate and the candidate will respond to each (10 minutes).
    3. The Co-Reader 01 will present the mistakes/errors and inconsistency found on the written text pertaining to the argument, analysis, synthesis and scientific methodology. He will also spot out important observations for further improvement of the text. Then he will pose two questions and the candidate will respond to each (10 minutes).
    4. The Co-Reader 02 is the third member of the panel and he will pose one question with specific observations (10 minutes).
    5. e) The final-definite evaluation will be given by the Guide and the Co-readers.
  10. During the final comprehensive examination (OFS14 - Final Examination of Systematic Philosophy (Oral Comprehensive) – 5 ECTS) three questions will be asked by the Academic Panel mentioned above. The questions are based on the major philosophical treatises in an inter-disciplinary manner involving human behaviour, religion, science, problematic situations of society and natural ambient. The candidate will respond to each adhering to the philosophical method of analysis and synthesis.
  11. During the final comprehensive examination (OFS15 - Final Examination of the History of Philosophy (Oral Comprehensive) - 4 ECTS) three questions will be asked by the panel. The questions are based on the ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary periods of history. The questions are geared to philosophical historiography. The candidate will respond to each highlighting his findings and bibliographical references.

MARKS SCHEME OF THE FINAL EXAMS


QUALIFICATION MARKS
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:

  1. Passed in all the Obligatory Fundamental Subjects [OFS]
  2. Passed in all the Obligatory Complementary Subjects [OCS]
  3. Passed in all the Optional Subjects [OS]
  4. 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