9. Results

9.1 Result grades

9.1.1 Allocation of grades

Grades in a unit are assigned by the Lecturer in Charge, and must be ratified by the Head of School, or equivalent, or nominee prior to release to student.

9.1.2 Change of grades

A student's grade in a unit may be changed within six months of the original allocation of final grade and then only with the approval of the relevant Head of School, or equivalent, or as a result of an outcome under the Policy on Student Appeals.

9.1.3 Release of grades

Results will be released by Student Administration on the prescribed date.

9.1.4 Unit grading codes

All units will be assessed and unit results will be recorded as grades (not marks) according to the codes listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Academic grading codes

Final Result Grade Notation Range Guide (%) GPA Value
High Distinction HD 85-100 7
Distinction DI 75-84 6
Credit CR 65-74 5
Pass PA 50-64 4
Pass Ungraded PS 50-100  
Fail NN 0-49 1

9.1.5 Fail grade

Subject to Regulation 10.3, a student who fails a unit may either re-enrol in that unit in a subsequent study period in which it is offered or, if the unit is not a core unit, enrol in another unit consistent with the relevant course rules.

9.1.6 No final grade assigned

Where a student cannot be awarded a final grade for a unit at the end of the study period, the grade will remain blank. If no final grade has been assigned to the unit within twelve months of the end of the study period, a Fail (NN) grade will be assigned to the unit.

9.2 Administrative grades

The following administrative grades will be recorded in accordance with these Regulations.

Table 2 – Administrative grades

Result Grade Notation GPA Value Descriptor
Withdrawn Without Academic Penalty WW   When a student withdraws from a unit in accordance with Regulation 5.3.3
Withdrawn – Fail WN 1 When a student withdraws from a unit outside the provisions of Regulation 5.3.3
Credit Granted CG   When a student has been granted credit for the unit based on equivalent studies (Regulation 5.4.1)
Continuing Unit CU   Temporary grade for a thesis, dissertation, project, research, performance unit extending over more than one standard study period:
  1. where progression criteria that have been prescribed for the unit are achieved and the Lecturer in Charge recommends that the student may progress with the work;
  2. where no progression criteria have been prescribed, a final result is not available and a finalisation date cannot be determined;
  3. where a thesis or dissertation has been submitted for examination, a final result is not available and a finalisation date cannot be determined.
Interim Fail NF   Temporary grade pending supplementary assessment
This grade will be changed to a Pass (PA) or Fail (NN) by the end of the third week of the next standard study period.
Deferred examination DE   Temporary grade pending a Deferred Examination
This grade will be changed to a final result grade by the end of the third week of the next standard study period.
Current Exchange CE   Temporary grade pending a final result when a student is studying an equivalent unit on a study abroad arrangement.
This grade will be changed to a final result grade of Credit Granted (CG) or Fail (NN) within 12 months of the end of the study period.
Result Withheld RW   When a student has been awarded a result but the result is withheld because of non-payment of any fee or fine or withholding of results has been directed because a matter concerning the student is under investigation under the Academic Honesty Policy or before a Discipline Committee or Discipline Appeals Committee. 
Annulled AN   When a result has been annulled by determination of a Discipline Committee or Discipline Appeals Committee.

9.3 Honours course grading codes

All Honours courses will be assessed and recorded according to the codes listed in Table 3.

Table 3 – Grading Codes – Honours

The award of the overall Honours Grade will be made on the basis of results obtained in all units required in the Honours course, weighted according to their credit point values.

Overall Honours Grades % Range Code
First Class Honours 85-100 HI
Second Class Honours - Division A 75-84 HIIA
Second Class Honours - Division B 65-74 HIIB
Third Class Honours 50-64 HIII
Fail 0-49 NN

9.4 Grade point average

9.4.1 The grade point average is calculated as the average of unit grades obtained by the student, weighted by the credit point value of each unit (illustrated by the formula below). Numerical equivalent of grades for this purpose are as listed in Table 1 to Regulation 9.1.4.

9.4.2 Where the student has been granted credit towards their program for studies completed at another institution and/or in another program, whether as a cross-institutional enrolment or otherwise, results gained in those studies will be included in the calculation of the grade point average only if specified credit for individual units was granted under the relevant degree rules and the grade achieved has been recorded.

9.4.3 Ungraded Pass (PS) grades are excluded from the calculation of the grade point average.

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