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Grades Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To establish the types of Grades that can be awarded.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Assessment Procedure and is subordinate to it.

3 Schedule

3.1 Determination of Final Grades

Final Mark

Equivalent Final Grade

Grade Points

At least 85

High Distinction (HD)

7

At least 75 but less than 85

Distinction (A)

6

At least 65 but less than 75

Credit (B)

5

At least 50 but less than 65

Pass (C)

4

Less than 50

Fail (F, FNP, FNS, FNC or FLW)

1.5

At least 50

Ungraded Pass (P)*

Not Applicable

*Only available within the non-stratified system in which a grade of P does not contribute towards a Student's GPA.

3.2 Final Grade Descriptors

Final Grade

Code

Description

High Distinction

HD

Students assigned a 'High Distinction' Final Grade will, in addition to the passing requirements, have demonstrated achievement of all objectives at an extremely high level, or achievement of most objectives at an outstanding level of performance.

Distinction

A

Students assigned a 'Distinction' Final Grade will, in addition to the passing requirements, have demonstrated either achievement of some objectives at an extremely high level of performance, or achievement of a large number of objectives at a high level of performance.

(The code 'D' was used in 1973, and 'H' from 1967 to 1972.)

Credit

B

Students assigned a 'Credit' Final Grade shall have met the passing requirements and will have demonstrated achievement of some objectives at a high level of performance.

Pass

C

Students assigned a 'Pass' Final Grade will have demonstrated satisfactory levels of achievement in all objectives designated as essential for passing the Course.

(The code 'P' was used from 1967 to 1973.)

Ungraded Pass

P

Students may be assigned a Final Grade of 'Ungraded Pass' in Courses in which a satisfactory level of achievement is gained in all objectives but it is impossible or irrelevant to distinguish between levels of performance.

Conceded Pass

D

A Final Grade of 'Conceded Pass' may be awarded on the basis of section 4.3.10 of the Assessment Procedure (The code 'LP' was used from Semester 2, 2007 to Semester 3, 2009. The code 'D' was used prior to Semester 2, 2007, and from Semester 1, 2010. The codes 'PT', 'T' and 'Q' were used in the years prior to 1974.)

Satisfactory Progress

SP

A Student assigned a Final Grade of 'Satisfactory Progress' for a Course will have completed all the requirements for that Course to allow the Student to progress to the next Course in a sequence of Courses based on research in a postgraduate program.

Fail

F

A Final Grade of 'Fail' may be awarded when a Student has failed to achieve sufficient objectives of the Course to be awarded a passing grade.

(The code 'N' was used from 1967 to 1972, and 'I' without any qualifier was used from 1973 to 1989.)

Fail - Did Not Participate

FNP

A Final Grade of 'Fail - Did Not Participate' may be awarded when a Student does not submit any Assessment Items in a Course.

Fail - Did Not Sit

FNS

A Final Grade of 'Fail - Did Not Sit' may be awarded when a Student does not sit for the Formal Examination in a Course. (FNS will take precedence over FNC.)

Fail - Did Not Complete

FNC

A Final Grade of 'Fail - Did Not Complete' may be awarded when a Student does not complete all of the compulsory Assessment Items in a Course other than the Formal Examination in the Course.

Fail - Late Withdrawal

FLW

A Final Grade of 'Fail - Late Withdrawal' may be awarded when a Student drops a Course with penalty.

Notes:

The grade of PR (Pass, Must Repeat Course) was awarded to ELICOS Students who had completed a Course but needed to repeat it in order to progress to the next level of instruction.

Students who have been granted a Supplementary Assessment Item and do not undertake that Assessment Item will be awarded the grade of Fail (F). Students who have been granted a Deferred Examination and do not sit the Deferred Examination and fail the Course will be awarded the grade of Fail (FNS).

3.3 Temporary Grades

Temporary Grade

Code

Description

Incomplete

Students may be assigned an 'Incomplete' temporary grade to signify that all the requirements of the Course have not yet been met. Students who are assigned an Incomplete temporary grade can pass the Course by successfully completing such additional work as may be prescribed by the Examiner by a given date. Students awarded an Incomplete temporary grade will be given written notification of the requirements to complete the course, including all relevant dates, at least ten (10) USQ Business Days before the due date for the work or the examination. Such notification will be given to Students via email, Study Desk or in Grade Comments in their Student Centre. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the Examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

IS

Supplementary Examination granted

IM

Make-up work required

ISM

Supplementary Examination granted and make-up work required

IDS

Deferred Formal Examination granted

IDM

Deferred Assignment submission granted

IDB

Deferred Formal Examination and Deferred Assignment submission granted.

IIP

In Progress - Students may be assigned a temporary IIP grade to signify that the Final Grade for the Course is dependent on the assessment of work completed in a sequence of two Courses over more than one Semester.

3.4 Administrative Grades

Temporary Grade

Code

Description

Exemption

E

Exemption through Credit of unit value (for a specified course or courses)

Block Exemption

K

Block Exemption through Credit of unit value (for a group of courses)

Transfer

T

A Course which is transferred to a new Program will have the grade changed to 'T Transfer to another USQ Program' under the original Program where the Course was first studied. The original grade the Student received for that Course will only show under the new Program and will contribute to GPA under this Program only.

No Result Expected

NR

A grade of 'NR' may be awarded to Students who are enrolled in USQ Courses for administrative purposes, but are studying Courses at an overseas institution as part of an accredited exchange Program.

Result Withheld

RW

The status 'RW' is used when the grades of a Student have been withheld when the Student has a debt to the University as defined in the Procedure.

Result Not Available

RN

The status 'RN' is used when a grade is not available for administrative reasons, such as the late return of examination papers from external examination centres, or in the case of pending academic misconduct allegations.

Withdrawn Without Academic and Financial Penalty

WWP

This grade is used to indicate that a Student has withdrawn after the Census date without Academic and Financial Penalty.

Withdrawn Without Academic Penalty Only

WAP

This grade is used to indicate that a Student has withdrawn without Academic Penalty after the census date.

3.5 Calculation of Grade Point Averages

Numerical Value

7

6.5

6

5

4

3

1.5

2010 Onwards

HD

A

B

C

D

F

Semester 2, 2007 to 2009

HD

A

B

C

LP

F

1994 to Semester 1, 2007

HD

A

B

C

D

F

1993

HD

A

B

C

F

1990 to1991

HD

A

B

C

F

1974 to 1989

A

B

C

D

I

1973

D

C

P

PT

I

1972

H

C

P

T

N

1970 to 1971

H

C

P

N

1967 to 1970

H

C

P

Q

N

4 References

Nil.

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

28/3/2014

Effective Date

28/3/2014

Review Date

28/3/2017

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Assessment Policy

Related Procedures

Academic Integrity Procedure

Assessment Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Assessment Item

An individual Assessment task as outlined in the Assessment schedule for a Course. Assessment Items may consist of Assignments or Formal Examinations and may be Formal, Informal, Formative or Summative in nature....moreAn individual Assessment task as outlined in the Assessment schedule for a Course. Assessment Items may consist of Assignments or Formal Examinations and may be Formal, Informal, Formative or Summative in nature.

Assignment

Any Assessment Item in the Assessment Scheme for a Course excluding Formal Examination. Assignments may be formative or summative and can include a range of Assessment activities, including but not limited to reports, essays, tests, quizzes, projects, industry placements, practical tests, computer managed assessments etc....moreAny Assessment Item in the Assessment Scheme for a Course excluding Formal Examination. Assignments may be formative or summative and can include a range of Assessment activities, including but not limited to reports, essays, tests, quizzes, projects, industry placements, practical tests, computer managed assessments etc.

Course

The basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program....moreThe basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program.

Deferred Assessment

An Assessment Item (Assignment or Formal Examination) offered by the Examiner of a Course to Students on the basis that they could not attend a scheduled Formal Examination or submit a scheduled Assignment due to Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances. In the situation where the Examiner requires students to submit an Assignment prior to the last date for submitting Final Grades fo...moreAn Assessment Item (Assignment or Formal Examination) offered by the Examiner of a Course to Students on the basis that they could not attend a scheduled Formal Examination or submit a scheduled Assignment due to Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances. In the situation where the Examiner requires students to submit an Assignment prior to the last date for submitting Final Grades for the Course an extension should be granted rather than a deferral.

Examiner

A University staff member, normally an academic staff member, continuing or fixed term, appointed to be responsible for the conduct and Assessment of a Course in accordance with the prescribed Course Specification....moreA University staff member, normally an academic staff member, continuing or fixed term, appointed to be responsible for the conduct and Assessment of a Course in accordance with the prescribed Course Specification.

Final Grade

The Student's final assessed level of achievement of the objectives of a Course....moreThe Student's final assessed level of achievement of the objectives of a Course.

Formal Examination

A Summative Assessment Item in the form of an Examination held during the Formal Examination Period. When a Formal Examination is included in the Assessment Scheme for a Course, it is usually the final Assessment Item....moreA Summative Assessment Item in the form of an Examination held during the Formal Examination Period. When a Formal Examination is included in the Assessment Scheme for a Course, it is usually the final Assessment Item.

Grade (noun)

A Grade may be of three types: final - the Student's final assessed level of achievement of the objectives of a Course (including Ungraded Pass (P) and Satisfactory Progress (SP)) temporary - assigned to signify that all the requirements of the Course have not been met administrative - assigned for administrative purposes....moreA Grade may be of three types:final - the Student's final assessed level of achievement of the objectives of a Course (including Ungraded Pass (P) and Satisfactory Progress (SP))temporary - assigned to signify that all the requirements of the Course have not been metadministrative - assigned for administrative purposes.

Mark

An indication of mastery or non-mastery of an assessment task that takes the form of a numerical value....moreAn indication of mastery or non-mastery of an assessment task that takes the form of a numerical value.

Semester

The period of time during which instruction is provided, learning is undertaken and Assessment is carried out. There are three periods during an Academic Year known consecutively as Semester 1, Semester 2 and Semester 3....moreThe period of time during which instruction is provided, learning is undertaken and Assessment is carried out. There are three periods during an Academic Year known consecutively as Semester 1, Semester 2 and Semester 3.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

Supplementary Examination

An Examination offered to Students who have undertaken all the required Assessments in that Course but have not demonstrated satisfactory levels of achievements in all of the objectives considered as essential for passing the Course....moreAn Examination offered to Students who have undertaken all the required Assessments in that Course but have not demonstrated satisfactory levels of achievements in all of the objectives considered as essential for passing the Course.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Keywords

Record No

14/748PL

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