TAMS (The Arohan Media School) follows a credit-and-grading system, both in its one-year diploma and its short-term digital media courses. Our system facilitates an environment of healthy competition that truly evaluates students for their potential, performance, subject understanding, creativity and readiness for industry, rather than fostering a chase for that proverbial one extra mark, or learning by rote.
We follow international standards of conducting exams and evaluation. To ensure due process is followed, we have constituted an Exam Cell, which is responsible for timely and regular setting of assignments, projects, lab work and evaluating the same using a consistent yardstick.
Our exam cell consists of our top management personnel, including the Head of Curriculum & Exam, the Dean, the Multi-media in-charge and industry veterans.
We do not have a final exam system. In TAMS parlance, exam and evaluation is an ongoing process and is interpreted as the following:
· Classroom Engagement (Topic Level): Teachers are required to evaluate and mark students for class engagement on each topic taught. These marks are then totaled over an entire unit, and contribute to the unit credit and grade. The weightage of these marks vary from unit to unit and have been detailed in the course structure.
· Assignments (Unit, Sub-unit, Topic level): Assignments could be in-class tests (objective or subjective) or written assignments to be performed after class. These could be conducted for a topic, a sub-unit or a unit, as may be the case. The weightage and the level of these marks vary from unit to unit and have been detailed in the course structure.
· Lab Projects (Unit, Sub-unit, Topic level): Lab projects are practical projects or work the student has to partially or entirely carry out in the campus lab with the help of lab in-charge or independently. These could be conducted for a topic, a sub-unit or a unit, as may be the case. The weightage and the level of these marks vary from unit to unit and have been detailed in the course structure.
· Personal Blog Project (Subject provided by teacher): Each student will be required to start a personal blog project at the start of the session, and update it with a summary of what they’ve learnt after each day of class. They will be marked on entries, which have been specifically been tasked by the teacher as a part of the class assignment. The weightage and the level of these marks vary from unit to unit and have been detailed in the course structure.
· Class Presentation (Unit, Sub-unit, Topic level): Each student will be required to make in class a formal presentation on a topic provided by the teacher as per the course structure. The weightage and the level of these marks vary from unit to unit and have been detailed in the course structure.
· On-site Project (Unit, Sub-unit, Topic level): An on-site project is a project or task student is expected to complete in live work environment, attached with a department of Amar Ujala. The student will be evaluated by the teacher under advise from the team leader she works with. The weightage and the level of these marks vary from unit to unit and have been detailed in the course structure.
· Internship: The course includes a one-month internship with departments of Amar Ujala Digital, TV and/or Integrated Solutions, and/or any other industrial body TAMS may have arrangements with. The student will be evaluated by the team leader she works with. The credits and grades she accumulates here are as per course structure.
· Final Project & Dissertation: Each student is expected to submit a final project & a dissertation in line with the pathway she has chosen on a topic she is free to propose, but approved by the course in-charge, in this case the Dean. The evaluation will be done by the teacher who is a subject matter expert of the topic chosen by the student. The credits and grades she accumulates here are as per course structure.
· NOTE: TAMS is soon going online with TAMS New Media Journal. All selected assignments, projects, dissertations will be published there alongside other reports and papers sent in by industry leaders and academicians.
No ‘exam’ or ‘test’ will be given earlier than the scheduled time. No exams shall be scheduled on a holiday. The Institute shall not schedule, nor shall the students participate in, any official function during the scheduled exam period, except events whose date is beyond the control of the institute.
The scheduling office must approve any departures from an officially scheduled examination time.
All conflicts will be resolved by the Dean of the institute.
Credit Division For The One-year Integrated Digital Media Programme
· Total Credits: 30 Credits (1 credit for approximately 40 hrs of teaching/guided learning)
· Foundation Course: 8 Credits/ 320 hours or 4 Months
[(3 hrs – Classroom + 2 Hrs – Lab) x 4 days] x 4 weeks x 4 months
· Pathway: 14 Credits / 560 hrs or 7 Months
[(3 hrs – Classroom + 2 Hrs – Lab) x 4 days] x 4 weeks x 7 months
· Internship: 4 Credits / 160 hrs or 1 month
· Final Project & Dissertation: 4 Credits/ 120 hrs of off-campus work
(I) TAMS can impose heavy penalties if the student breaches the exam rules. A student will deemed to have breached exam rules if the student:
· Seeks to gain unfair advantage during an examination
· Takes the exam at a venue not permitted
· Write during reading-time or after the exam finishes
· Causes disturbance that is disturbing to other examinees
· Removes an examination paper from an examination room if and when it is specified that the paper is not to be retained by the student
(II) It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with these rules governing the conduct of exams.
(III) A student must:
· Follow all instructions given by exam supervisors.
· Be in the exam room not less than 15 minutes before the time the exam commences.
· Display her current TAMS student identification card on her examination desk for the duration of the exam. Students without an ID card will be required to provide other official photo identification such as a driver's license or passport at the time of the exam. Students without any photo identification will be required to present themselves to the Exams Team with appropriate photo identification before the end of the exam period.
· Switch off all mobile telephones and/or any other communication equipment, including music players, before the exam commences.
· Laptop computers are permitted, PROVIDED they are used for Examination Purpose
· Answer all questions in English, unless otherwise stated.
(IV) A student must not:
· Be admitted to an exam after 15 minutes from the time the exam commences.
· Leave the exam room before 30 minutes from the time the exam commences.
· Be re-admitted to the exam room after she has left it unless, during the full period of her absence, she has been under approved supervision.
· Leave the exam room during the final 10 minutes of the exam.
· Obtain assistance or endeavor to obtain assistance in her work; give or endeavor to give assistance to any other candidate; or commit any breach of good order.
· Eat during an exam. If she has a medical condition that requires her to eat during an exam, she needs to register with Faculty prior to her exam.
· Bring into the exam room a bag, writing paper (or any other paper), manuscript, book, electronic diary, pencil case, food, medication or any material other than specified exam materials, unless it is a requirement of the exam.
· Bring valuables to the exam. TAMS cannot guarantee the safekeeping of valuables either inside or outside the exam room. Students are not to leave anything valuable in her bag as her bag has to be left adjacent to the exam room. If the student is concerned about the security of her valuable possessions, she is required to make alternative arrangements for their care whilst she takes the exam.
‘Exam’ Setting Process
· The class engagement evaluation by teachers will be done under prescribed guidelines, and will be frequently crosschecked by the Exam Cell team, for accuracy and prudence.
· Assignments, Class Presentations, Lab Projects, On-site Projects will all be required to be approved and formalized by the Exam Cell before they are given to students. In case the Exam Cell feels the need for further input, the Exam Cell may choose to seek the opinion of other industry experts before approving the same.
Marks, Grades & Credits
· A student is required to get a minimum of Grade C to gain a credit. In case, the student doesn’t get the required credit, she can reappear for the missed credits when the Exam Cell schedules for the same. This, however, is not a indefinite process, and is left to the discretion of the Exam Cell and the Dean.
· A student will be marked and graded for each evaluator head prescribed under each unit. The marks will then be calculated out of hundred and a unit based grade given along with the credits.
· At the end of the session, the student will receive a certificate with Credits mentioned, and an overall grade, alongside the pathway of specialisation chosen by the student.
· The grades will follow this system marks slab: A+ (90-100) A (70-89) B (60 – 69), C (50-59), D (49 and below)