Assessment Hurdles Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To establish the types of Assessment hurdles which may be applied to Course Assessment.

2 Scope

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

3 Schedule

If a Course has a hurdle in one delivery mode, it is to have an equivalent one in every mode of offer for an offering.

3.1 Primary Hurdle

A Primary Hurdle is the requirement to obtain 50% or more of the total weighted Marks available for a Course in order to obtain a passing Final Grade for the Course (refer to Grades Schedule).

3.2 Secondary Hurdles

A Secondary Hurdle imposes additional specified requirements that must be met to be eligible for a passing Final Grade for a Course.

The Assessment of a Course offering will, with one exception, include:

  1. no Secondary Hurdles; or
  2. one Secondary Hurdle that will be one of the following:
    1. 'Supervised' hurdle
    2. 'Proficiency' hurdle for practical skills Courses.

With the approval of the relevant Executive Dean (or nominee), practical skills Course Assessment may include both 'Supervised' and 'Proficiency' Secondary Hurdles. This will be where warranted for the achievement of the applicable learning outcomes. In no other case can a Course have multiple Secondary Hurdles.

3.2.1 Secondary Hurdle (Supervised)

A Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) requires the achievement of a certain standard (a specified percentage) in supervised Assessment that is typically a Formal Examination.

Approval by the Head of School/College is required to:

  1. implement a Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) for Formal Examinations; and
  2. implement a Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) for a supervised Assessment Item that is not subject to Formal Examination.

A documented rationale must be provided by the Course Examiner seeking approval for a Secondary Hurdle (Supervised). The rationale must explicitly identify critical learning outcomes addressed by the relevant Assessment item, and the consequences for Students should these learning outcomes not be attained, as well as stating what support will be provided to prepare Students for the Hurdle.

3.2.2 Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency)

A Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency) requires the achievement of a passing standard in the Assessment of compulsory competencies. A proficiency hurdle is normally associated with an ungraded pass (P) or fail (F) skills proficiency Assessment.

Approval by the relevant Executive Dean (or nominee) upon Head of School/College recommendation is required to implement a Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency).

Table 1: Assessment Hurdle categories, conditions and approval requirements

Hurdle Type

Minimum requirement for satisfying hurdle

Condition

Approval requirement

Primary Hurdle

A Primary Hurdle requires the achievement of 50% or more of the total weighted Marks available for the Course

Nil

Secondary Hurdle (Supervised)

1. A Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) requires the achievement of at least 40% in a supervised Assessment*

1. Assessment Item should be worth 40% - 60% of the overall Assessment for the Course

a. a Formal Examination

a. Approval by Head of School/College

b. supervised non-Examination

b. Approval by Head of School/College

Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency)

2. A Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency) is normally associated with an ungraded pass or fail Assessment and requires the achievement of a passing standard in the Assessment of compulsory competencies*

2. A pass/fail outcome is applied indicating proficiency

2. Approval by the relevant Executive Dean (or nominee) upon Head of School/College recommendation

*Other considerations

Supplementary Assessment eligibility

Where a Student has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy a Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), this will be handled as per the process for Supplementary Assessment listed in Section 4.4.2 of the Assessment Procedure.

Conceded pass eligibility

Where a Student is otherwise eligible for a Grade of conceded pass but has failed to satisfy a Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), they will be eligible for Supplementary Assessment but will be ineligible for a Grade of conceded pass. This will be handled as per the process for Supplementary Assessment listed in Section 4.4.2 of the Assessment Procedure.

4 References

Nil.

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Responsible Officer

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

28/6/2018

Effective Date

28/6/2018

Review Date

28/6/2021

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Admissions Policy

Assessment Policy

Enrolment Policy

Related Procedures

Admissions Procedure

Assessment Procedure

Enrolment Procedure

Formal Examinations Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Grades Schedule

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Assessment

The process of evaluating the extent to which Students have achieved the objectives of a Course....moreThe process of evaluating the extent to which Students have achieved the objectives of a Course.

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.

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.

Final Grade

A Final Grade is a code that normally represents the outcome of the Assessment of a Student's performance against the learning objectives of a Course but may reflect the outcome of an applicable administrative process....moreA Final Grade is a code that normally represents the outcome of the Assessment of a Student's performance against the learning objectives of a Course but may reflect the outcome of an applicable administrative process.

Formal Examination

A Summative Assessment Item in the form of an Examination held during the Formal Examination Period....moreA Summative Assessment Item in the form of an Examination held during the Formal Examination Period.

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.

Primary Hurdle

A Primary Hurdle requires the achievement of 50% or more of the total weighted Marks available for the Course in order to obtain a passing Final Grade for the Course....moreA Primary Hurdle requires the achievement of 50% or more of the total weighted Marks available for the Course in order to obtain a passing Final Grade for the Course.

Secondary Hurdle

A Secondary Hurdle imposes additional specified requirements that must be met to be eligible for a passing Final Grade for the Course....moreA Secondary Hurdle imposes additional specified requirements that must be met to be eligible for a passing Final Grade for the Course.

Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency)

A Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency) requires the achievement of a passing standard in the Assessment of compulsory competencies. A proficiency hurdle is normally associated with an ungraded pass (P) or fail (F) skills proficiency Assessment....moreA Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency) requires the achievement of a passing standard in the Assessment of compulsory competencies. A proficiency hurdle is normally associated with an ungraded pass (P) or fail (F) skills proficiency Assessment.

Secondary Hurdle (Supervised)

A Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) requires the achievement of a certain standard (a specified percentage) in supervised Assessment that is typically a Formal Examination....moreA Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) requires the achievement of a certain standard (a specified percentage) in supervised Assessment that is typically a Formal Examination.

Student

A person who: has been Admitted or Enrolled in an Academic Program at the University, but has not yet graduated from the program; or has been Enrolled in a Course at the University but has not yet completed the Course....moreA person who: has been Admitted or Enrolled in an Academic Program at the University, but has not yet graduated from the program; or has been Enrolled in a Course at the University but has not yet completed the Course.

Summative Assessment Item

Any Assessment Item (Assignment or Formal Examination) used in the determination of a Student's final Grade and should provide for feedback except when it is the final Assessment Item for a Course. Where a Summative Assessment Item is used only to determine whether or not a Student is eligible to be given a passing Grade, the weighting allocated to the item may be zero....moreAny Assessment Item (Assignment or Formal Examination) used in the determination of a Student's final Grade and should provide for feedback except when it is the final Assessment Item for a Course. Where a Summative Assessment Item is used only to determine whether or not a Student is eligible to be given a passing Grade, the weighting allocated to the item may be zero.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Keywords

Record No

17/377PL

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