Syracuse University

Registrar

Course-Specific Exam Block Policy

Course-specific exam blocks are designed to facilitate the administration of examinations in certain types of courses or to reduce work for faculty teaching multiple sections. Course-specific exam blocks are interspersed in the final examination schedule at days and times determined by the Office of the Registrar.

Fall Exam blocks that are designated to specific courses as of 4/24/2012
Course-Specific Exam Blocks Course-Specific Exam Blocks
PERIOD 2: 10:15am-12:15pm
ARB 101, 102, 201, 202;
CHI 101, 102, 201, 202;
FRE 101, 102, 201, 202;
GER 101, 102, 201, 202;
HEB 101, 102, 201, 202;
ITA 101, 102, 201, 202;
JPS 101, 102, 201, 202;
RUS 101, 102, 201, 202;
SPA 101, 102, 201, 202;
ECN 203
PERIOD 9: 8:00am-2:30pm
MATH COURSES numbered 100-399 (except MAT 375) MAT 375 exams are scheduled according to class meeting time.
PERIOD 7: 3:00-5:00pm
AST 101; BIO 121
PERIOD 10: 3:00-5:00pm
CFS 388; PHY 211, 212

Spring Exam blocks that are designated to specific courses as of 9/18/2013
Course-Specific Exam Blocks Course-Specific Exam Blocks
PERIOD 2: 10:15am-12:15pm
ARB 101, 102, 201, 202;
CHI 101, 102, 201, 202;
FRE 101, 102, 201, 202;
GER 101, 102, 201, 202;
HEB 101, 102, 201, 202;
ITA 101, 102, 201, 202;
JPS 101, 102, 201, 202;
RUS 101, 102, 201, 202;
SPA 101, 102, 201, 202;
ECN 203
PERIOD 11: 8:00am-2:30pm
MATH COURSES numbered 100-399 (except MAT 375) MAT 375 exams are scheduled according to class meeting time.
PERIOD 9: 3:00-5:00pm
AST 104; BIO 123
PERIOD 12: 3:00-5:00pm
CFS 388; PHY 211, 212


Criteria

Courses meeting one of the following criteria are eligible for scheduling in a course-specific exam block

  • Courses with multiple sections & combined total enrollment greater than 395; or
  • Multiple sections of a course taught by one instructor with combined total enrollment greater than 395; or
  • Courses with a large number of sections offering a common exam, with enrollment totals at a minimum of 350


Request process

New requests must be submitted via email by the 1st week of February for fall courses and the 3rd week in August for Spring courses.  If the request is a one-time request, i.e., for one semester only, that should be noted on the request.  If a Course Specific Block is to be assigned in fall semesters only, or Spring semesters only, that should be noted as well. 

Once a common exam block has been approved and assigned, the course or sections will automatically be assigned a common time block in future semesters.  Prior to the 1st week of February and the 3rd week of August, the Scheduling Administrator will confirm the assignment for the upcoming fall or spring terms with the department or college contact.  Requests to remove a course or section from the common exam block must be received by the 1st week of February for Fall courses or the 3rd week in August for Spring courses. 



Requirements

Courses approved for course-specific exam blocks must comply with the following requirements.

  1. Final exams in courses assigned to a course-specific exam block must be given during the assigned day and time.  Instructors do not have the option of giving the final examination at the period associated with the meeting pattern of their class in any given semester.
  2. Instructors must make provision for make-up examinations for students, in the event that a student has a conflict with another exam scheduled during the same course-specific exam block.  Students are allowed to decide which examination they will take at the scheduled time.  The room reservation for the make-up exam must be arranged with their department office and announced by the instructor to students no later than mid semester.  Typically, make-up exams are given in the exam period immediately following the final exam; however they may be given at another time that is agreeable to both the students and instructor.

To assist departments in identifying students with conflicts during a course-specific exam block, three query reports are available in the Student Records repository, specific to each exam block. These reports identify students enrolled in more than one class assigned to a course-specific exam block.

Policy effective as of 4/12/2010.