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Contact Officer

Dean of Studies, Learning and Teaching Unit

Approval Date

20/09/2013

Approval Authority

University Academic Board

Date of Next Review

01/10/2016

5.2.1 Policy principles
5.2.2 Policy outcomes
5.2.3 QUT grading scale
5.2.4 Grading system - awards with distinction
5.2.5 Grading system - awards with honours
5.2.6 Grade point average
Related Documents
Modification History

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

  • is underpinned by robust criteria and standards
  • incorporates rigorous moderation approaches.

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5.2.2 Policy outcomes

This policy is designed to

  • promote the use of a fair and transparent grading system that is aligned to QUT’s assessment policy
  • provide guidance on the allocation and moderation of grades and grade point averages.

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5.2.3 QUT grading scale

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.

Other nomenclature and descriptors for final grading include

  • succinct qualitative descriptor
  • generic description of standardto inform grading
  • standard percentage ranges where numeric references are used.

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).

Pass Grades

7 - High Distinction

Work provides evidence of an exceptional level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as

  • thorough and well reasoned critical analysis and evaluation of concepts, theories and practice from the field of study
  • creative and insightful application of well integrated theoretical and practical knowledge to professional contexts.

Percentage range: 85%-100%.

6 - Distinction

Work provides evidence of a very high level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as

  • thorough critical analysis and evaluation of concepts, theories and practice from the field of study
  • insightful application of integrated theoretical and practical knowledge to professional contexts.

Percentage range: 75%-84%.

5Credit

Work provides evidence of a high level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as

  • critical analysis and evaluation of key concepts, theories and practice from the field of study
  • effective application of theoretical and practical knowledge to professional contexts.

Percentage range: 65%-74%.

4Pass

Work provides evidence of an acceptable level of achievement of unit learning outcomes, such as

  • adequate analysis and evaluation of key concepts, theories and practice from the field of study
  • sound application of fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge to professional contexts.

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).

Fail Grades

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).
Percentage range: 40%-49%.

2Fail

Work provides evidence of minimal learning in relation to unit learning outcomes.
Percentage range: 25-39%.

1 - Low Fail

Work provides little or no evidence of learning in relation to unit learning outcomes.
Percentage range:  less than 25%.

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.

Unfinalised Results

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.

Finalised Results

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).

Unfinalised Results

SA - Supplementary Assessment - supplementary assessment granted.

DA - Deferred Assessment - deferred assessment granted.

T - Assessment Continues - studies extend over more than one teaching period.

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5.2.4 Grading system – awards with distinction

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

  • GPA of 5.5 for undergraduate courses, and
  • GPA of 5.75 for postgraduate courses.

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.

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5.2.5 Grading system – awards with honours and bachelor honours degrees

To recognise meritorious achievement, honours are awarded in the following courses:

For bachelor degrees of 384 credit points or more, which commenced prior to 2012 and where approved by University Academic Board, the following levels of honours are awarded:

  • Honours I (First Class Honours): GPA of 6.00 - 7.00
  • Honours IIA (Second Class Honours, Division A): GPA of 5.50 - 5.99
  • Honours IIB (Second Class Honours, Division B): GPA of 5.00 - 5.49.

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. These awards will not be available to commencing students beyond 2014.

For all bachelor honours qualifications the level of honours awarded is determined by the GPA calculated only on the designated honours component. For a one year bachelor honours degree the GPA is calculated across the entire course. For a four year bachelor honours cluster qualification, the GPA is calculated on the 96 credit points specified as the honours component consistent with the AQF qualification type descriptor approved as part of the curriculum development and approval process or by a delegated authority (C/4.1).

For all bachelor honours qualifications, the following levels of honours are awarded:

  • Honours I (First Class Honours): GPA of 6.50-7.00
  • Honours IIA (Second Class Honours, Division A): GPA of 5.50-6.49
  • Honours IIB (Second Class Honours, Division B): GPA of 4.50-5.49
  • Honours III (Third Class Honours): GPA of less than 4.50.

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.

5.2.6 Grade point average

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.

Two values of the GPA are given: the GPA for the semester and the GPA in the course.



GPA =

sum of (credit points of unit X numeric value of grade for that unit)

sum of credit points of unit(s)

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

  • unfinalised results
  • final grades of "S" (Satisfactory) or "U" (Unsatisfactory)
  • units undertaken at another institution
  • units where the status recorded is "E" (Exempt).

The GPA calculation for bachelor honours cluster qualifications is specified in C/5.2.5.

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Related Documents

MOPP C/5.1 Assessment

MOPP E/6.4 Supplementary assessment

MOPP E/6.5 Allocation and release of results

MOPP E/9.1 Review of grades and academic rulings

MOPP E/10.1 Graduation requirements

MOPP Appendix 1(c) QUT Student Rules

Student Services website

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Modification History

Date Sections Source Details
20.09.13 All University Academic Board Revised policy to include changes to honours grading - effective 01.01.14

23.03.12

C/5.2.4, C/5.2.5, C/5.2.6

University Academic Board

Policy revised to reflect revised Australian Qualifications Framework

19.02.11 All Vice-Chancellor Policy revised to include approved name change for Office of Teaching Quality to Learning and Teaching Unit
13.11.09 All University Academic Board Revised policy effective from Semester 1, 2010; includes grading systems for awards with distinction and awards with honours (formerly C/3.2.12).
14.11.08 All University Academic Board Revised and renumbered policy to C/5.2, effective from 01.01.09 (formerly C/9.2, E/6.5.8, E/6.5.9 and E/6.5.10) (endorsed by University Teaching and Learning Committee 21.10.08)
04.04.08 All University Academic Board Revised policy – effective from 01.01.09 (endorsed by Academic Policy and Procedures Committee 10.03.08)
25.06.04 All University Academic Board Revised policy relating to grades of 3 (effective 25.06.2004)
26.09.03 All University Academic Board Revised policy (endorsed by Teaching and Learning Committee 09.09.03)- effective 01.01.2004

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