Submission and Grading of Assessments

Students are required to keep a copy of all assignments in case an assignment is misplaced. Students are also encouraged to keep a backup or hard copy of their assignments, in cases of computer failure.

Grading criteria for academic essays and papers are as follows:

High Distinction (85% - 100%) - HD

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating an excellent standard of written English and of criticism, logical argument, interpretation of materials or use of methodology. Evidence of extensive research and use of primary sources, a thoughtful structure, substantial additional work and independent learning. This grade may be given to recognise particular originality or creativity.

Distinction (75% - 84%) - DI

Work of superior quality, demonstrating a command of language, sound grasp of content, efficient organisation and selectivity. Evidence of relevant research, additional work and independent learning.

Credit (65% - 74%) - CR

A sound performance, competent and appropriate. Work that is well written and demonstrates good research skills. Demonstrates a clear grasp of the basic skills and knowledge. Work of good quality, showing more than satisfactory achievement.

Pass (50% - 64%) - PS

A satisfactory attempt to meet the demands of the assignment. Demonstrates understanding and command of basic skills and core knowledge. The assignment may have significant weaknesses, or may not be wholly successful or coherent, but shows at least satisfactory achievement in more important aspects.

Fail (0% to less than 50%) - FA

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, fail to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard established by the faculty. This grade, with corresponding mark, should also be used in cases where a student fails to achieve a mandated standard in a compulsory assessment, thereby failing to demonstrate the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard. In such cases the student will receive the mark awarded by the faculty up to a maximum of 49.

Absent Fail (0% - 49%) - AF

To be awarded to students who fail to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard through failure to submit or attend compulsory assessment tasks or to attend classes to the required level.

In cases where a student receives some marks but fails the unit through failure to attend or submit a compulsory task, the mark entered shall be the marks awarded by the faculty up to a maximum of 49.

This grade should not be used in cases where a student attempts all assessment tasks but fails to achieve a mandated minimum standard in one or more task. In such cases a Fail (FA) grade and a mark less than 50 should be awarded.

Unit of Study Continuing (No mark) - UC

A grade used at the end of a semester for units of study which have been approved to extend into a following Semester. This will automatically flag that no final result is required until the end of the last Semester of the unit of study.

Withdrawn (No mark) - WD

Not recorded on external transcript. This is the result that is used where a student applies to discontinue a unit of study by the published Census Date.

Please read Schedule 1, pages 65-68 of the University's Coursework Policy 2014 in conjunction with the above information.