About Standards-Referenced Assessment in Arts

In the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, student work is assessed according to how well it achieves a unit’s specified learning outcomes.

Most tasks that students complete in their units of study are given a numerical mark. Each student’s final marks are calculated at the end of the semester, once all assessment tasks are in and results collated. The final mark is the basis for awarding a particular grade for that unit: fail, pass, credit, distinction or high distinction.

Student work is always assessed for the quality or standard of achievement against the marking criteria, as set for each individual task. Student work is not judged in direct comparison with the work of fellow students in the same class or cohort.