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. 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.
Other nomenclature and descriptors for final grading include
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 associate degrees, bachelor degrees (except those awarded with honours), graduate diplomas, or masters degrees, 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:
Where honours is calculated across the entire course for a course of 384 credit points or more, the following levels of honours are awarded based on the grade point averages (GPA) shown
Where honours is awarded for a one-year degree or on the final year (or honours component) of a four-year degree, the following levels of honours are awarded based on the grade point averages (GPA) shown
The calculation of honours may include a weighting on the project or dissertation.
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.
Eligibility for awards with honours 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 the level of the award with honours.
The grade point average (GPA) is a simple numerical index which summarises the student's academic performance in a course in a single teaching period and over the duration of the student's enrolment in the course. The GPA is reported on the Certificate of Results and on the Statement of Academic Record.
Two values of the GPA are given: the GPA for the semester and the GPA in the course.
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 following are not included in the GPA calculation
MOPP C/5.1 Assessment
MOPP E/6.4 Supplementary assessment
MOPP E/6.5 Allocation and release of results