Comprehensive exams are the culminating measure of some degree programs. These challenging examinations require you to synthesize information from throughout your studies in order to demonstrate mastery of the material. Comprehensive exams vary by degree and not all programs require them. Some comps involve written exams while others involve oral presentations; however, all comps require extensive study and preparation.

IMPORTANT: The list below is not comprehensive. Contact your advisor or a program faculty member to see if comps are required part of your degree program.

Community Health and Human Services: Masters in Community Health

Comprehensive exams are the culminating event for our students in the masters program. The process requires the application of the core components of health education including needs assessment, planning, implementing, application of health behavior theory, and evaluation of a health education intervention. Comps are required for those students who are on the non-thesis track.

Instructions:

  1. Register for comps by the fourth week of the term you plan to take comps. Students should sign up during the last semester of coursework. To be eligible to sign up for comps, students must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed HE 610, HE 631, HE 642, EPR 607/608, HE 689 AND HE 697. Successful completion is defined as earning a “C” or above in each of these classes.
  2. Comprehensive exams include a written paper, development of a PowerPoint and an oral presentation. These products will be developed by the student using the information contained in a case study, which has been developed by health education faculty. Upon registration, students will receive the dates for the comps as well as a study guide; students should also sign up for a time slot for the oral presentation (contact Loretta Jackson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  3. There are TWO important dates for the comprehensive exams – release date and due date of the case study.
    The case study will be sent via email to the student from Dr. Forbes by 12:00 noon on the release date. Students
    should open their case study and begin working. Students have approximately 2 weeks from the release date to complete and turn in the paper and PowerPoint. Students may choose to submit early but MUST submit a completed paper and PowerPoint to Dr. Forbes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the due date, 12 noon. NO EXCEPTIONS ARE ALLOWED; a student will fail comps if they do not submit the paper and Power Point on or before the advertised due date. (If you have not already done so, sign up for a presentation time slot– see #4).
  4. Students should provide a 25-30 minute oral presentation (with Power Point) summarizing their responses to the case study (time slots will be divided into 45 minutes). Students should bring three copies of their PowerPoint slides for faculty. Presenters should be well prepared, professional, thorough but concise and considerate of time. Questions from faculty should be expected. The student should finish in time for the next scheduled presentation (To sign up for a time slot for the oral presentation, contact Loretta Jackson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  5. Faculty will grade both the paper and presentation within two weeks. The student will receive notification stating their pass/fail status via email from Dr. Forbes. IF a student fails, it is the responsibility of the student to immediately contact Dr. Forbes, for remediation instructions (975-5368, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Important Reminders:

  • Registration and Preparing - Register for comps no later than the fourth week of the term. Use the study guide handout to begin studying immediately! Use old notes, textbooks, professional websites and other pertinent material for review.
  • Oral Presentation – Sign up for a time slot for your oral presentation through Loretta Jackson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
  • Deadlines - Submit your completed paper and PowerPoint to Dr. Laura Forbes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ON OR BEFORE the due date!
  • Evaluation – Rubrics will be used to evaluate the paper and oral presentation (refer to study guide).  A passing grade for the oral presentation is 20/25. A passing grade for the paper is 40/50. IF a student fails one or both parts of the examination, they will have the opportunity to remediate the following term. Any student who fails the exams (one or both sections) a second time will be dismissed from the program.

Kinesiology: Masters in Exercise Physiology Non-Thesis

About:

The Comprehensive Examination Questions are essay format, and are held between 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the 7th Friday of the Fall/Spring semesters and the 4th Friday of the 10 week Summer semester.

Comps may be taken no earlier than the semester prior to graduation. Students must submit their completed Registration Form (see below) for approval to Dr. Plaisance no later than 3 weeks prior to the exam date.

Students must pass 3 out of the 4 Comp class questions. The Comp questions will come from four classes that are pre-approved by Dr. Plaisance (Advisor). Students will receive notification of their results within 4-6 weeks after taking the exam.

Students will be tested on coursework from the following classes:

  • EPR 594/692
  • KIN 637 or KIN 638
  • Two additional classes approved by Dr. Plaisance

Registration Process:

  • Step 1: Download and complete the Registration Form. The course instructor is the Examiner.
  • Step 2: Email Completed form to Loretta Jackson. The form is a fillable PDF, so you can fill it out on your computer rather than printing it out. Once you have filled it out, save a copy to the desktop of your computer and then send that PDF as an attachment on an email to Loretta Jackson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). When you save the completed PDF file to your computer, please add your name to the filename so that when you send it as an attachment, your name will be part of the filename of the PDF. (You should keep a copy of the completed PDF file on your computer as well.)
  • Step 3: Set up an appointment with Dr. Plaisance (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ph: 996-7909) at least a week after you have completed your registration form. During this meeting he will review the registration form and both of you will sign it.
  • Step 4: After meeting with Dr. Plaisance, the signed registration form is given to Loretta Jackson, Education Building Room 207. After receiving your registration form, she will email you to confirm your registration and tell you the time and location for the exam.

Tentative Schedule:

Semester comps will be givenDeadline to registerDate of exam
Fall 2018 September 21, 2018 October 12, 2018
Spring 2019 February 1, 2019 February 22, 2019
Summer 2019 June 7, 2019 June 28, 2018
Fall 2019 September 13, 2019 October 4, 2019
Spring 2020 February 7, 2020 February 28, 2020
Summer 2020 June 19, 2020 July 10, 2020

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Questions or Concerns:

Please contact Dr. Eric Plaisance, Master's EP Graduate Program Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., EB 257, Ph: 996-7909) if you have any questions or concerns about the Comps procedure.