“Final Comprehensive Exam”
Department of Political Science and International Relations, Epoka University
1. What is Final Comprehensive Exam?
Final Comprehensive Exam was introduced in the academic year 2016-2017 as part of the requirements of the national Law on Higher Education.
2. It applies to whom?
a. It applies to graduating – 3rd year - bachelor students.
b. Students having GPA lower than 3.00 will have to take the Final Comprehensive exam.
c. Students having GPA 3.00 or higher will have an option either to take the Final Comprehensive Exam or to do a Graduation project.
d. GPA for this purpose will be calculated based on the achievements of the students inclusive of the 5th semester, i.e. Fall semester of the 3rd academic year.
e. The students will be graded in this exam as in other courses. So, passing grade is minimum of DD.
f. The grade taken in the exam will affect GPA of the students.
g. The students who will not be able to pass in the first attempt, they will have opportunity to sit for Resit or Additional Exam.
3. When it is to be held?
The exam is to be held in the final exam period of the 6th or the final semester, i.e. in June.
4. Content of the Final Comprehensive Exam for the PIR Department.
a. The questions will come from the following 9 courses (3 courses from each year):
PIR 133, Political and Diplomatic history.
PIR 131, Introduction to International Relations.
PIR 111, Introduction to Political Science.
PIR 203, Politics and Institutions in the EU.
PIR 205, Introduction to Comparative Politics.
PIR 206, Parties, elections and policy making.
PIR 311, Democracy and Democratization.
PIR 361, Public policy making and analysis.
PIR 331, Theories of International Relations.
b. Pool of 180 questions will be prepared.
c. Lecturers of each selected course will have to deliver 20 questions for each course (in total 180 pool questions) accompanied by respective answer keys to the department by 1 March.
d. The format of the questions will be the following: multiple choice, binary (Yes and No) and essay questions.
e. The exam is to be made of 20-50 questions, to be selected from the pool of 180 questions.
f. Pool of questions will be shared with the relevant students at the beginning of the Spring semester.
g. The Scientific Committee of the Department will decide on the exam questions based on the advise received by the person in charge for the final comprehensive exam.
h. The exam questions will be revised in each academic year.
5. Person in charge.
a. The person in charge for the comprehensive exam is the 3rd year students’ advisor.
b. The person in charge will distribute to relevant students the Final Comprehensive Exam booklet with 180 questions.
c. The person in charge will advise to the Scientific Committee of the Department the questions to be used in the exam.
d. The person in charge will read and evaluate the exam and enter the final grades in the system.
6. Manner of the conduct of the exam.
The exam will be paper based. It can also be computer-based in case there is a possibility for it.