EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENT
Assessments are conducted throughout each semester. The term 'assessment' includes any assessment or examination conducted by the faculty and may take the form of written assignments or examinations, as well as practical and oral assessments. Exams are traditionally held in weeks 15-16 of semester.
- Assessment timetables
- Replacement assessment timetable
- Attendance and conduct
- Special consideration and disability information
- Notification of results
- Review of results
Provisional and final timetables for assessments scheduled in Weeks 15 and 16 of a semester are displayed on the Exam Timetable website.
It is the responsibility of the candidates to ascertain the time and place of the examination from the final timetable. Information concerning timetables will not be given by phone.
Student Central will publish information for deferred assessments for those students who have an approved special consideration application only. Students with a clash must contact Student Central immediately.
It is the individual student's responsibility to be available for all assessments. Students who intend travelling away from Sydney should ensure that they are able to return in time to undertake an assessment including further testing at the time and place set down. The time or place for an assessment will not be altered to accommodate students who are unable to attend.
Students are required to be present at the correct time and place.
Misreading or misunderstanding the time and/or the location of an assessment will not be accepted as a reason for failure to attend an assessment. Non-attendance on these or any other grounds insufficient to claim illness or misadventure will result in forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment.
In certain circumstances, a student may be permitted to take examinations overseas, generally at a nominated university. These circumstances usually relate to travel for study purposes or for experience directly connected with studies approved by a course coordinator. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the approval of the course coordinator through Student Central before proceeding overseas. A fee for administration costs will be applicable for this service, payable by the student.
Candidates shall not, by any improper means, obtain or endeavour to obtain assistance in their work, or endeavour to give assistance to any other candidate.
Candidates shall not behave in such a way as will interfere with another candidate's right to undertake an assessment. Candidates shall not do anything designed to disadvantage other candidates during an assessment.
Misconduct in an assessment will be dealt with under the rules of the faculty and the statutes of the University of Sydney. Overall, failure to comply with the University's standards for academic honesty may lead in appropriate cases to failure in the work submitted for assessment or failure overall in the unit of study or such penalty as is imposed in accordance with the University procedures on student discipline.
Students must undertake to make themselves aware of actions constituting academic dishonesty and consequences of such actions as stated in the University's Academic Board Policy: Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism
Students who, through serious illness or misadventure, are unable to complete an assessment may be offered special consideration to take a deferred assessment. Students have a right to ask for such consideration, and an obligation to be aware of the faculty's requirements. Difficulties must be fully documented, in accordance with instructions, so that an appropriate evaluation of the circumstances and their severity can be made.
Students should familiarise themselves with the current Academic Board Resolutions: Assessment and Examination of Coursework Part 5 on Special Consideration.
To apply students should complete the application forms for special consideration, also available at Student Central.
In general, the form, together with appropriate original documentation, should be lodged within one week of the assessment/examination period, unless very severe circumstances beyond the student's control prevent it.
Candidates with a disability which puts them at a disadvantage in assessments may apply to Student Services (Disability Services Officer) for special provisions when assessments are taken. Students may be required to support their request with medical evidence.
The Resolutions of Senate and Academic Board governing appeals against Academic Decisions clearly outlines the circumstances by which a student may appeal against an academic decision, and the appeals process that must be followed by all parties in order to resolve any subsequent dispute.
The Faculty of Health Sciences has established procedures whereby a student may appeal against an academic decision. In the first instance students should seek a response from the staff member concerned, or the unit of study or course coordinator. This should be done within 15 days of the date of the academic decision. During this time the student should attempt to resolve the matter with the relevant teacher or unit of study coordinator.
If concerns cannot be resolved the student may appeal to the Faculty within 15 working days of the outcome of discussions with the teacher or unit of study coordinator. The student will submit their written concerns to the nominated staff member at Student Central. An acknowledgement to the student for receipt of a formal complaint will be made in writing within 3 days. The matter should normally be dealt with by the Dean's nominee within ten working days and the student will be advised in writing of the Faculty's decision.
- Student Grievances, Appeals and Applications for Review Policy
- Student Appeals Against Academic Decisions Rule
Further information on these procedures can be obtained from either Student Central or the Student Affairs website.
Results will be made available to students as follows:
On the web
Results will be available progressively as they are received from examiners via MyUni.
Official result notices will not be mailed to students.
If you require an official printed results notice please contact the Student Centre on Level 3 of the Jane Foss Russell Building, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Complete Transcripts of Academic Record (2 copies) are issued free upon graduation. At any other time a request for transcripts may be made to the Student Centre and a charge of $11 applies.
Results will NOT be published on the main noticeboards.
Please refer to the below list of common result grades once you have received your results.
|High distinction||HD||85+||Indicates an outstanding level of achievement|
|Distinction||D||75-84||Indicates an excellent level of achievement|
|Credit||CR||65-74||Indicates an above average level of achievement|
|Pass||P||50-64||Indicates an acceptable level of achievement|
|Satisfied requirements||R||No mark||This is used in Pass/Fail only outcomes. Can be awarded for clinical or group work. Can be awarded when a student is given partial exemption in a unit of study.|
|Fail||F||0-49||The student's performance did not reach the acceptable level for overall performance. Can be used for a research thesis that has been marked unsatisfactory.|
|Absent fail||AF||No mark||Includes non submission of compulsory work, non attendance at compulsory classes or failure to attend a compulsory examination. This result will appear as an absent fail on student transcripts. It indicates that students have failed to complete all compulsory components of a course.|
|Discontinued not to count as failure||DNF||No mark||This result applies automatically where a student discontinues after the HECS census date but before the end of the seventh week of the semester (or before half of the unit of study has run in the case of units of study which are not semester length). A faculty may determine that the result of DNF is warranted after this date if the student has made out a special case based on illness or misadventure. Recorded on external transcript. This provision can be available all year round but on the following condition: the student's academic record will reflect no penalty but they will not receive a HECS/Course fee refund.|
|Discontinued with failure||DF||No mark||This applies from the time DNF ceases to be automatically available up to the cessation of classes for the unit of study. Recorded on transcript.|
|Honours first class with University Medal||H1M||90+|
|Honours first class||H1||80-100|
|Honours second class division 1||H21||75-79|
|Honours second class division 2||H22||70-74|
|Honours third class||H3||65-69|
Final results in a completed unit may be reviewed on request by students. Such a review will consist primarily in ensuring that all submissions in relation to a grade have been accounted for and that the total of all marks awarded is correct.
Applications for the review must be submitted in writing to the course coordinator within 14 days of the date on which the results in question have been released.
Students dissatisfied with the outcome of a review of their result may choose to appeal the result by using the procedures approved in the faculty for an Appeal against an Academic Decision.