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Effective from Term 3 2019 for undergraduate students and from Semester 2 2019 for postgraduate students.

1. Purpose

The Grading Policy (“policy”) provides a fair and consistent grading system for determining the assessment results for higher education subjects and vocational education and training (VET) units of competency. The grading system provides accurate reports of student learning achievements that are valid and reliable representations of each student’s capabilities in relation to the achievement of learning outcomes or competencies and they are comparable across the sector.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all higher education subjects and vocational education and training (VET) units of competency.

3. Definitions

See Glossary of Terms.

4. Policy statements

4.1. Assessment is made by reference to explicit and pre-determined criteria and standards that reflect the learning outcomes and not by reference to other students’ achievement or a pre-determined grade distribution.

4.2. The Institution awards common result grades as specified in paragraph 5 Grading criteria.

4.3. A student’s final result will include a standardised numerical mark (percentage – %) and a grade for higher education subjects, and a grade for VET units of competency.

4.4. The award of grades is a deliberative process which requires professional judgement to reduce the possibility of random and systematic errors.

4.5. Grades are consistent with national and international benchmarks and must be comparable across the Institution.

4.6. A final grade may only be amended if there has been an administrative error, a computational error according to the Change of Result Procedures or there has been a successful review of student outcomes according to the Student Review of Assessment Results Procedures.

5. Grading criteria

5.1. The following table outline the grading system for higher education subjects.

Standardised Mark (%)

Notation

Grade

Grade Point

Description
85 to 100%

HD

High Distinction

5.0

Provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality, insight or creativity in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem-solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the course.
75 to 84%

D

Distinction

4.0

Provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.
65 to 74%

C

Credit

3.0

Provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.
50 to 64%

P

Pass

2.0

Provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.
50%

SP

Supplementary Pass

1.0

Supplementary Assessment will be awarded by the Board of Examiners where:

· the final result falls between 45 and 49%; and

· the student has attempted all assessment tasks and

· A supplementary task is allocated as an additional assessment

If the student successfully completes the supplementary assessment, demonstrating achievement of the learning outcomes, the student will be awarded a Supplementary Pass and the SNM will be changed to 50%.

0 to 49%

F

Fail

0.0

Does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the course.

5.2. The following table outlines the grading system for higher education with no standardised mark or associated Grade Point value.

Notation

Grade Description

E

Credit Transfer The student has been granted Advanced Standing with evidence that the student has achieved 80% or more of the learning outcomes specified for the subject (at the equivalent AQF level or higher) through prior formal learning, or has been granted block credit.

RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning The student has been granted Advanced Standing with evidence that the student has achieved all of the learning outcomes specified for the subject to the required standard through prior learning that includes informal and/or non-formal learning and may also include formal learning through professional bodies.

I

Incomplete The student has been granted additional time in which to demonstrate achievement of the specified subject learning outcomes to the required standard and the assessment result is not yet finalised.

A grade can remain incomplete for a maximum of one study period, after which it will be changed to Fail by the Registrar’s office and reported to the Board of Examiners.

W

Withdrawn Used where a student withdraws before Census Date with no academic or financial penalty. This grade is excluded from the GPA calculation.

WNF

Withdrawn Not Fail Used where a student withdraws before Academic Withdrawal Date (usually week 8) without academic penalty. This grade is excluded from the GPA calculation.

FW

Fail Withdrawn Used when a student withdraws from a subject(s) after Academic Withdrawal Date, but on or before week 11 (or equivalent), with financial and academic penalty.

S

Satisfactory Used for ungraded subjects. There are normally no grade points associated with such subjects.

U

Unsatisfactory Used for ungraded subjects. Denotes performance which does not meet expected subject outcomes. There are normally no grade points associated with such subjects.
FCD Fail Class Disruption Used when a student fails due to an unforeseen local/global event causing class disruption.  This grade is excluded from the student’s GPA.  The Academic Board will identify the study periods in which the FCD grade may be used.

 

5.3. The following table outlines the grading system for vocational education and training (VET) unit of competency.

Notation

Grade Description

C

Competent Competent is awarded to a student who has achieved all the specified performance criteria set out in the Training Package or accredited course unit of competency.

NYC

Not Yet Competent Not Yet Competent is awarded to a student who has attempted all the assessment items but was unable to demonstrate or achieve all of the specified performance criteria set out in the Training Package or accredited course unit of competency.

E

Credit Transfer The student has been granted Advanced Standing with evidence that the student has completed the same unit of competency with another accredited provider, or has been granted block credit.

RPL

Recognition of Prior Learning The student has been granted Advanced Standing with evidence that the student has achieved the unit of competency requirements through prior learning that includes informal and/or non-formal learning and may also include formal learning through professional bodies.

6. Roles and responsibilities

6.1. Academic Board approves the policy.

6.2. The Board of Examiners approves all student grades and implements the policy.

6.3. The Learning and Teaching Committee monitors the proceedings of the Board of Examiners and the implementation of this policy.

6.4. Registrar approves all academic transcripts issued to students.

6.5. The Deans review and moderate all grades for consistency and transparency prior to submission to the Board of Examiners for approval.

6.6. Academic staff apply the appropriate distribution of grades in their assessment of student work and provide students with timely feedback on their assessment which includes both a percentage mark and a grade.

7. Related documents

Assessment Policy

Conferral of Qualifications Qualification Policy

Qualifications Issuance Procedures

Student Review of Assessment Results Procedures

Approved by on Academic Board 26 March 2020