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Academic Regulations


Article 1
(Programme Arrangement)

1. The duration of a programme of study is determined by the mode of study undertaken (daytime or evening) and the type of award it leads to. The courses within a programme can be year-long or semester-long depending upon teaching requirements.
2. Macao Polytechnic Institute offers programmes leading to the award of diplomas, higher diplomas and bachelor’s degrees. It also provides postgraduate programmes, advanced training programmes and continuing education programmes. The aim of all programmes is to produce quality professionals equipped with, as a minimum, satisfactory academic, cultural and professional skills.


Article 2
(Programme Structure)

1. The curriculum of a programme may cover theoretical courses, applied courses, practical training courses, thematic seminars, internship / field practice, and other appropriate teaching activities.
2. Theoretical courses provide students with knowledge relating to theories, concepts and principles.
3. Applied courses build on their knowledge of theories and concepts and enable students to acquire relevant practical skills, techniques and procedures, integrating theories with practice.
4. Practical training courses strengthen students’ operational ability in making use of the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired through practice.
5. Thematic seminars expose students to other relevant topics which are not covered in formal teaching and further corroborate course contents, broadening students’ knowledge base.
6. Internship / field practice monitors and ensures students’ understanding of the relationship between the programme of study and the profession through real-life practices in a work environment.
7. Other academic activities such as visits, performances, exhibitions etc. enable students to have direct observation of and contact with related cultural or occupational concepts.


Article 3
(Academic Calendar)

1. The academic calendar of the forthcoming academic year will be confirmed and publicised before 30 June each year with consideration of the opinions of the Schools. The calendar defines teaching and assessment periods, and breaks and holidays. The teaching period of an academic year shall be no less than 30 weeks.


Article 4
(Admission Requirements)

1. Applicants must abide by relevant laws of Macao SAR.
2. High-school graduates possessing a qualification not lower than the eleventh grade (Form 5) or equivalent are eligible for application.
3. Applicants aged 25 or above and possessing special talents will also be considered for admission after passing the entrance examination irrespective of their failure in fulfilling other qualification requirements.


Article 5
(Course Prerequisites)

1. Students should start with the prerequisite course(s) first should there be such requirements
2. Students should pass the prerequisites in order to proceed to subsequent courses.


Article 6
(Maximum Period of Study)

1. The maximum period of study for full-time students is 150% of the normal period of study (per academic year) and 200% for part-time students. This is calculated by the total number of academic years a student continually or intermittently registers in Macao Polytechnic Institute (including any period of deferment). Period of less than one academic year will be calculated as one academic year.
2. Students who fail to complete the programme within the maximum period of study designated in the above clauses will lose their student status.
3. The requirements prescribed in the above clauses are also applicable to programmes that last for one semester.
4. With respect to students who lose their student status due to the reasons described in Clause 2 of this article, their eligibility for admission and registration will be suspended for three years counting from the year they lose their student status.
5. Under exceptional circumstances, the regulations prescribed in the above clause can be exempted with sufficient reasons provided by the relevant department(s) of Macao Polytechnic Institute and with the approval of the Chief Executive of the Macao SAR Government.


Article 7
(Summative Assessment)

1. Summative assessment activities may include:
a) Coursework
b) Final examination
c) Thesis
2. Course assessments will be carried out in accordance with the regulation(s) approved by the Pedagogical and Scientific Committees.
3. Student achievement in a course will be assessed through assignments and other tests or examinations designed according to the nature of the programme.


Article 8
(Supplementary Examinations)

1. Students absent in the final examinations for the following reasons can take the supplementary examination given that evidence is provided and the approval of the School Director is obtained within the specified period:
a) Participating in competitions / activities or performing official duties on behalf of Macao SAR, as proven by relevant valid testimonials;
b) Participating in competitions as requested by sports federations in Macao, as proven by valid testimonials issued by the federations;
c) Participating in competitions / activities on behalf of Macao Polytechnic Institute, as proven by valid testimonials issued by Macao Polytechnic Institute;
d) Suffering from an illness that prevents the students’ attendance, as proven by valid certificates issued by the Health Bureau, Hospital Conde S. Januário or Kiang Wu Hospital;
e) Other compelling situations, as proven by valid testimonials / certificates.
2. If any of the situations described in the above clause occurs, the final assessment result will be determined by results of the supplementary examination together with the student’s coursework assessment.
3. Under normal circumstances, supplementary examinations are held in July for a) students falling into the situations described in Clause 1 of this article and b) students who have failed the final examination but fulfilled the attendance requirements described in Clause 2 of Article 10. Supplementary examinations for prerequisite courses are held every semester in the period indicated on the Academic Calendar.
4. Students can at maximum take supplementary examinations for a) two year-long courses, b) one year-long and two semester-length courses, or c) three semester-length courses.
5. The highest grade of a supplementary examination is the passing grade (50% of the full mark) except for those falling into the situations described in Clause 1 of this article.
6. Supplementary examinations should be taken within the period designated by the Institute. Before taking the examination(s), students must submit a relevant application form and the fee.


Article 9
(Subject Equivalence)

1. Macao Polytechnic Institute can grant subject equivalence for further education purposes.
2. Students requesting subject equivalence for previous academic study must apply to the Technical and Scientific Committee via the Academic Affairs Department. In the application, the programme undertaken and the subjects concerned should be clearly stated. The number of courses applied for should not exceed half of the total number of courses in the study plan.
3. The application should be submitted with supporting documents showing the course content, course hours and grade attained.
4. If the applicant fails to submit sufficient documents within the designated period the application will not be considered.
5. The final decision will be filed and used for statistical purposes and the issuing of relevant testimonials or documents.
6. If any of the documents submitted are printed in a foreign language, the Institute may request a copy of the translation of the document(s) in one or both of the official languages of Macao SAR.


Article 10

1. Class attendance is obligatory for students having enrolled on MPI’s programmes of study.
2. For each course taken within a degree programme, a minimum attendance of 75% is required for the student to be eligible to attend the final examination; 90% for placement / practicum in the School of Health Sciences; 100% for placement in the Social Work programme (in other words, all instances of absence need to be made up). For courses having no final examination, the minimum attendance is required for the student to pass the course.
3. Non-degree programmes may designate their own minimum attendance requirements. Students who fail to comply with the requirements will not be eligible for any awards or for obtaining testimonials of completion.
4. Class attendance rates are calculated according to the attendance records maintained by the course instructor.
5. Recording attendance:
a) For day-time programmes course instructors will start recording attendance as soon as the class starts;
b) For evening programmes course instructors will start recording attendance after the first 30 minutes of the class that starts at or before 19:00 and after the first 15 minutes of the class that starts after 19:00. For all second or later classes, course instructors will start recording attendance as soon as the class starts.
6. The following are not regarded as instances of being absent:
a) Participating in competitions / activities or performing official duties on behalf of Macao SAR, as proven by relevant valid testimonials;
b) Participating in competitions as requested by the sports federations in Macao, as proven by valid testimonials issued by the federations;
c) Participating in competitions / activities on behalf of Macao Polytechnic Institute, as proven by valid testimonials issued by Macao Polytechnic Institute;
d) Suffering from an illness that prevents the students’ attendance, as proven by valid certificates issued by the Health Bureau, Hospital Conde S. Januário or Kiang Wu Hospital;
e) Other compelling situations, as proved by valid testimonials or certificates.
Students unable to attend classes due to any of the above reasons should report to the Student Affairs Office with valid proof within five working days after they have resumed classes. Other special cases are subject to the approval of authorised bodies.
7. Students are not allowed to enrol on courses that will generate examination clashes. In cases of timetable clash (without examination clash), students may apply to the Student Affairs Office for exemption from attending the classes of the uncompleted course given that their previous attempt fulfils the minimum attendance requirements prescribed in Clause 2. Despite the attendance exemption, students should still complete all the assignments and coursework assessment activities as well as attend the final examination.
8. Students who wish to file an appeal with regard to their attendance record must provide the Student Affairs Office with valid proof at least ten working days before the final examination of the course. For courses having no final examinations, this should be done at least ten working days before the end of the examination period. The decision regarding the appeal shall be made by the course instructors after scrutinising the submitted documents and the Student Affairs Office will adjust the attendance record accordingly.


Article 11
(Final Assessment)

1. To calculate the final grade average for the programme, assessment results of all courses should be calculated in percentage form.
2. The final grade and the grade conversion table of the programme will be printed on the academic transcript to facilitate the identification of assessment equivalence in other educational systems.
3. The final grade average of the programme can be calculated by simple average calculation or weighted average.
4. If the programmes are not evaluated using scores, the measurable factors shall be credits or other standards of measurable factors.


Article 12
(Continuation and Transfer)

1. Students who have deferred their studies for one or more academic years and wish to continue their studies should complete the registration procedures for the programme again.
2. Students who wish to transfer to another programme should follow the admission regulations of the programmes. Subject equivalence applications can be submitted where necessary after all admission procedures have been completed.
3. Students transferring to Macao Polytechnic Institute from other institutions can apply for and enrol on any of the programmes offered by Macao Polytechnic Institute provided that they have undertaken the same programme in the previous academic year as recognised by the Institute.
4. Institutional transfer can only be processed before 1 September every year.
5. Applications of continuation, programme transfer and institutional transfer should be sent to the President of Macao Polytechnic Institute. In the application, the following information should be provided: student’s identity information (name, name of parents, date of birth and address), the previous institution, the programme undertaken previously, the previous academic year registered as well as the School and Programme the student wishes to apply for continuation or transfer.
6. The application should enclose all the documents necessary for the decision-making process. In the case of institutional transfer, the Institute may request information from the student’s previous Institution.
7. The Institute will inform the student of its decision in written form (letter of notification). The Institute will also inform the student’s previous School when necessary. Students who have been granted approval should complete the application and enrolment procedures within the period which will be specified in the abovementioned letter of notification.
8. Students should abide by the study plans and course outlines of the programmes offered by Macao Polytechnic Institute after the application and enrolment are approved.
9. The Technical and Scientific Committee may decide whether it is necessary to develop a special study plan accommodating the teaching requirements taking into consideration the opinions of the Pedagogic and Scientific Committee of the School concerned.


Article 13
(Student Status)

Student status is classified as below according to the mode of study being followed by students during the semester:
1. Full-time student: those undertaking no less than four courses (or 15 credits for the School of Health Sciences) or practicum in the Design programme.
2. Part-time students: those undertaking no more than three courses (inapplicable to the practicum in the School of Health Sciences and the Design programme). Registered students can apply to change their status into part-time within the specified period.
3. The Institute may grant students the opportunity to undertake individual courses in different study plans in response to their applications.
4. Students admitted under the circumstances described in the above clause will be regarded as Special Students and will receive testimonials for their participation in the course(s).
5. Students should pay their tuition fees as designated by their status.


Article 14
(Year of Study)

For statistical purposes and for the issuance of testimonials, the year of study of students will be defined by the following criteria:
1. Students having completed all or no less than four fifths of courses required in the study plan for the current academic year will be regarded as progressing to the next year of study.
2. Students enrolled on the seventh semester of a Higher Diploma programme will be regarded as Year 3 students for statistical purposes.
3. Students enrolled on a supplementary bachelor’s degree programme will be regarded as Year 4 students for statistical purposes..


Article 15

1. Registered students should complete all the enrolment procedures in order to be eligible to attend classes.
2. Students should take any uncompleted compulsory courses and elective courses in accordance with the study plan, fulfilling the prerequisite requirements described in Article 5 above.
3. Courses which have been passed or for which subject equivalence has been granted cannot be retaken.
4. Where the programme has been revised or renewed when a student resumes his / her studies after a deferment or suspension, s/he should follow the new study plan.
5. With special approval from the School Director students may take courses not included in their study plan but the credits or grades will not be counted.


Article 16

All addenda will be subject to resolutions made by the Technical and Scientific Committee.



Article 17
(Effective Date)

These regulations are effective as from the academic year 2007/2008.



(This English version is a translation of the Academic Regulations originally written in Chinese. In the event of any discrepancies the Chinese version shall prevail.)