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Grades

You receive a grade for each unit. You will also receive a numerical mark (the way this mark is determined is outlined in the Unit Guide for each unit.) The cut-off levels are: 85 and over High Distinction; 75-84 Distinction; 65-74 Credit; 50-64 Pass; 0-49 Fail; Fail Hurdle

DESCRIPTORS

High Distinction (HD) Provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the program.

Distinction (D) Provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.

Credit (Cr) Provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.

Pass (P) Provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.

Fail (F)

(i) Does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the program.

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(ii) Discontinued with academic penalty. This grade is granted when a unit is discontinued more than 28 days after the census date for that unit and the discontinuance is not due to unavoidable disruption.

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(iii) a student fails to complete the requirements for the unit. For example, the student does not attend the exam for the unit and has not been granted a deferral.

Fail Hurdle (FH) Student has obtained a raw mark over 50, yet failed all available attempt of at least one hurdle assessment.

Withdrawn (WN) Denotes discontinued with no academic penalty. This grade is granted when a unit is discontinued less than 28 days after the census date.

Incomplete (IS) This grade is granted when you have not completed all assessment for a unit (e.g. if you have not yet sat for a final exam and you have been given express permission to defer completion until the next term). When you receive a final grade, it replaces the “incomplete” grade. An “incomplete” grade can usually only be carried for one term.