C/5.2 QUT Grading system
5.2.1 Policy principles
The awarding of grades requires assessors to exercise professional judgement informed by well-designed assessment items that provide evidence of learning outcomes.
QUT’s grading system supports the principles for assessment (C/5.1) by ensuring that the awarding of grades
This policy is designed to
The University awards numeric grades on a 7-point scale which are used for the calculation of a grade point average (GPA). Some units, generally those incorporating professional competencies that require minimum specified levels of achievement, may report final grades as “S” (Satisfactory) or “U” (Unsatisfactory). When determining the final grades, a unit may only have one grading scale applied (i.e. a 7-point scale or a S (Satisfactory) / U (Unsatisfactory) scale) which must apply to all students enrolled in the unit.
Standard percentage ranges apply unless an exception has been approved as part of the curriculum development and approval process or by a delegated authority (C/4.1).
The process for the allocation and release of results is specified in E/6.5.
(a) Academic results
Academic results are normally allocated and determined by academic processes, including appropriate moderation (C/5.1.7).
7 - High Distinction
Work provides evidence of an exceptional level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as
Percentage range: 85%-100%.
6 - Distinction
Work provides evidence of a very high level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as
Percentage range: 75%-84%.
5 – Credit
Work provides evidence of a high level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as
Percentage range: 65%-74%.
4 – Pass
Work provides evidence of an acceptable level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as
Percentage range: 50%-64%.
S - Satisfactory (where approved for use)
Work provides evidence of an acceptable level of achievement of unit learning outcomes and professional competencies (where applicable).
3 – Marginal Fail
Work provides evidence of limited and/or disconnected learning which fails to demonstrate that unit learning outcomes have been achieved. Students who receive a grade of 3 in a unit may be eligible to apply for supplementary assessment (E/6.4).
2 – Fail
Work provides evidence of minimal learning in relation to unit learning outcomes.
1 - Low Fail
Work provides little or no evidence of learning in relation to unit learning outcomes.
U - Unsatisfactory (where approved for use)
Work fails to provide evidence of the achievement of unit learning outcomes and/or professional competencies (where applicable) at an acceptable level.
A - Result Unfinalised - the result will be issued when available.
(b) Administrative results
Administrative results are normally allocated automatically by QUT’s assessment and student management systems.
E - Exempt – specified advanced standing is granted (E/4.2.2).
K - Withdrawn Fail – student cancels their enrolment in the unit after the published withdrawal date for the relevant teaching period (E/4.3.6).
SA - Supplementary Assessment - supplementary assessment granted.
DA - Deferred Assessment - deferred assessment granted.
T - Assessment Continues - studies extend over more than one teaching period.
Awards with distinction may be awarded in undergraduate courses (associate degrees, or bachelor degrees excluding those awarded with honours), or postgraduate courses (graduate diplomas or masters degrees) as designated in the accredited curriculum, to recognise meritorious achievement.
The following grade point averages (GPA) are used in determining eligibility for awards with distinction
In exceptional cases, faculty academic boards may recommend to University Academic Board a relaxation of the GPA requirement for a particular graduand. Such a recommendation must be accompanied by an appropriate rationale.
To be eligible for an award with distinction a graduand must have completed at least 50% of the total credit points required for the course at QUT. Eligibility for awards with distinction for double degrees is based on consideration of the separate component degree. For either degree, only the units associated specifically with that component are taken into account in the GPA calculations used to determine eligibility.
To recognise meritorious achievement, honours are awarded in the following courses:
To be eligible for an award with honours a graduand must have completed at least 50% of the total credit points required for the course at QUT. The GPA is the basis for the award of level of honours and is calculated across the entire course. Students who do not attain a GPA for a second class honours or higher remain with a bachelor degree without honours. From 31 December 2014, these awards will not be available to commencing students.
In exceptional cases faculty academic boards may recommend to University Academic Board a relaxation of the GPA requirement for a particular graduand. Such a recommendation must be accompanied by an appropriate rationale.
The grade point average (GPA) is a simple numerical index which summarises the student's academic performance in a course and over the duration of the student's enrolment in the course. The GPA is reported on the Statement of Academic Record.
The GPA calculation includes all attempts at units which are awarded a numeric grade or the result "K" (Withdrawn-Fail) which is converted to a 1.
The GPA calculation for bachelor honours cluster qualifications is specified in C/5.2.5.
MOPP C/5.1 Assessment
MOPP E/6.4 Supplementary assessment
MOPP E/6.5 Allocation and release of results