Faculty of Education and Social Work


Course regulations

Read the regulations for Liberal Arts programmes.

Assessment and grading

Assessment comprises examinations and coursework. Examinations are run centrally. Coursework refers to all other assessment (assignments, seminars, practicum, tests etc).

  • At Stage 1 credit for coursework should not exceed 50%.
  • In courses that include coursework and examinations students must complete both components to the satisfaction of the examiners.
  • In courses that only include coursework students must complete to the satisfaction of the examiners such oral, practical, written or other tests and assignments as have been prescribed for the completion of the course.
  • Course results are reported as grades. There are ten pass grades and three fail grades as set out below.
Grade Description Grade Point Percentage

A+

High First

9

90 -100

A

Clear First

8

85-89

A-

Bare First

7

80-84

B+

High Second

6

75-79

B

Clear Second

5

70-74

B-

Bare Second

4

65-69

C+

Sound Pass

3

60-64

C

Pass

2

55-59

C-

Marginal Pass

1

50-54

Conceded Pass

 

1

 

D+

Marginal Fail

0

45-49

D

Clear Fail

0

40-44

D-

Poor Fail

0

0-39

Notification of assessment information to students

  • All undergraduate coursework must be submitted by 12.30pm on the due date. (This has been discussed with Programme School Managers as the time that fits best with their other commitments.)
  • Postgraduate students working at Level 7 and above must submit coursework by 4:30pm on the due date.
  • Students can expect to have marked assignments and tests returned within 3 weeks from the due date.

Special consideration: unavoidable personal circumstances (coursework only)

  • Where a student faces unavoidable personal circumstances that mean the student is unable to submit a component of coursework, he/she may apply to the Head of Programme / Programme Leader for special consideration.
  • The application is made on the form Special Consideration: Unavoidable Personal Circumstances and must be supported by written evidence from a doctor or counsellor. The student must apply no later than two weeks after the due date of the assignment.

Extensions

  • Student requests for extensions must be made to the Course Coordinator (or nominee where applicable) in advance of the due date. Applications must be accompanied by evidence of he need for an extension.

  • Extensions will not be granted for academic workload reasons but may be considered in the case of temporary illness or injury, or for compassionate reasons.  Note compassionate reasons may include significant and unexpected pressures in a person’s employment situation.  Course Coordinators, (or nominee where applicable) can grant extensions for the shorter of: 
    – up to three calendar weeks, or
    – the handing back of other candidates’ work, or
    – the cut off date for each semester.

Penalties for late work

  • A student who submits coursework after the notified deadline, or after the approved extension, will have the marks for that coursework adjusted as follows:
    • within one calendar week late - deduct 10% of the total value of the assessment (eg, for an assignment worth 40%, a student scores 32 but hands the work in a day late. The students loses 4 marks - 10% of 40 - and is awarded a final mark of 28).
    • one to two calendar weeks late – deduct 50% of the total value of the assessment
    • later than two calendar weeks but not after the handing back of other students’ work – 100% deduction.

Conceded passes

  • Conceded passes can only be granted in undergraduate degrees consistent with the university regulations - see Examinations Regulation 18. Where the undergraduate degree has an identified major, where there are course/s for which students may not be granted a conceded pass, the major must be stipulated in the qualification handbook.

Student concerns

  • If a student has a concern about a course, class, assessment or task he or she should:
    • Approach the course/class lecturer to discuss the concern.
    • If the concern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be discussed with the course coordinator.
    • If the concern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be notified in writing to the Head of School.
    • If the concern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be notified in writing to the Associate Dean Students.
    • If the concern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be notified in writing to the Dean.
  • If a student has a concern about a programme he or she should:
    • Approach the Head of Programme or Programme Leader to discuss the concern.
    • If the concern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be notified in writing to the Director/Associate Dean responsible for the Programme.
    • If the conern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be notified in writing to the Associate Dean Students.
    • If the concern is not resolved to the student's satisfaction it should be notified in writing to the Dean.

Where a concern or issue about a course or a programme involves more than one student, ie, it is a group or general class issue; the group would go through the process as above.