Appendix 3 – role of honours coordinator

The  Head of School/Department offering an Honours Program must nominate an Honours  Coordinator (henceforth the ‘School Honours Coordinator’) to assist in meeting  the school/department responsibilities related to the offering of an Honours  Program. The specific responsibilities of the School Honours Coordinator,  including their relationship to any approved Chief Examiner for the Honours units, will vary between schools/departments and must be determined and approved by  the Head of School/Department.

For  example, the School Honours Coordinator might typically be responsible for  overseeing all matters related to the Honours Program within the  school/department, including:

  • Membership of the MNHS Honours/Minor Thesis Board of  Examiners;
  • Coordination of applications and allocating  projects/supervisors to students;
  • Welcoming new students, ensuring appropriate supervision  and facilities are available, and that a suitable program of study and research  has been established;
  • Ensuring all students receive appropriate induction and  the Honours Program Guide;
  • Monitoring and reviewing students’ progress in conjunction  with the supervisor. If the student is not making satisfactory progress, the School Honours Coordinator and the supervisor will consult with the student at  the earliest possible stage to determine the most appropriate course of action  for the student;
  • Acting as mediator and facilitator for the resolution of conflicts between students and supervisors which have not been resolved at the  local level;
  • Ensuring that any grievances that arise are dealt with  according to the university policy and procedures for the resolution of student grievances;
  • Monitoring the curriculum and methods of assessment of the  school/department
  • Honours Program to ensure that it provides an appropriate  level of consistency of standard of curriculum;
  • In conjunction with the supervisor, ensuring that every  Honours student prepares an Honours project thesis in accordance with the objectives of the research component, taking account of the timeframe and the  proportion of the research component;
  • Establishing a school policy on the number and type of  examiners and the use of external  examiners to assist in benchmarking with similar courses at comparable institutions;
  • Seeking nominations from the supervisor for examiners and  ensure that the necessary administrative arrangements for examination occur in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Seeking comments from the supervisor in determining the  final grade to be awarded;
  • Maintaining a permanent record of results of individual  assessment tasks of all
  • students; and
  • On behalf of the school, recommend to the MNHS Honours  Board of Examiners the mark and grade of Honours for each student, in a timely manner;
  • The School Honours Coordinator is also responsible for communicating  the requirements of the Honours Program to all potential students.