Assignment grading

Specific grading criteria | Unit of study grades and range of marks

The merit of your work – as academic work – is what is assessed and what earns you marks. Simply complying with the structural and referencing formats and presenting your work will not gain you marks.

Marks are awarded for:

  • how carefully you have read about the topic set
  • how much thought you have put into your assignment
  • how well you have considered counter-arguments
  • how well you have reflected on your own experiences in relation to what has been written
  • how well you have looked at ideas in a balanced and thoughtful way
  • how carefully you have thought about the ideas.

What sets academic writing apart from other forms of writing are these two things:

  1. how well you have thought about what an author meant (that is, what ideas are explicit and implicit or assumed or left unquestioned) and
  2. what evidence has been relied upon to support those views.
Specific grading criteria
  • contains evidence of a broad and reasonably accurate command of the subject matter and some sense of its broader significance
  • offers synthesis and some evaluation of material
  • demonstrates an effort to go beyond the essential reading
  • contains clear focus on the principal issues
  • shows some evidence of ability to integrate theory with clinical practice
  • is articulate and properly documented.
  • As for pass plus – contains evidence of comprehensive reading with synthesis and critical analysis of material
  • demonstrates an ability to consistently integrate theory with clinical practice
  • is clear and well organised with effective expression and good writing style.
  • As for credit plus – contains evidence of extensive reading and initiative in research
    illustrates a sound grasp of subject matter and appreciation of key issues and context
  • offers critical evaluation of clinical practice
  • is well written and documented.
High Distinction
  • As for distinction plus – demonstrates initiative in research and reading
  • shows a complex understanding and original analysis of theory as it applies to the clinical setting
  • makes an attempt to analyse relevant research and apply its underlying assumptions to the discussion
  • illustrates outstanding use of language, writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.

Should this information be insufficient, or you feel you wish to seek further clarification in this area please contact the unit coordinator as soon as possible. Leaving such issues until they become unmanageable may result in you having difficulties completing the unit of study. You are encouraged to discuss any concerns and seek assistance as soon as they become apparent.

Unit of study grades and range of marks

Unit of study grades will be awarded based on the following range of marks:

Percentage achieved

Grade awarded


Pass (P)


Credit (C)


Distinction (D)


High Distinction (HD)

Less than 50%

Fail (F)

Non-submission of an assessment item, which means an overall fail grade for the unit

Absent Fail (AF)

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