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Hurdle Requirements

A hurdle requirement is an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course. 

The Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy limits the setting of hurdle requirements to the following:

  1. not more than 3 assessment tasks with hurdle requirements per course
  2. no hurdle requirements in assessment tasks weighted at less than 20% of the total assessment.

Exemptions to this requirement can be approved by the relevant Executive Dean, on pedagogical grounds. These must be reported annually to the Quality Enhancement Committee.

The policy also requires that students be fully informed of:

  • the hurdle requirements
  • how their attainment of the hurdle requirements will be monitored
  • how they will be informed if they do not attain the requirements
  • their entitlements under the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.

As a matter of good practice, the Quality Enhancement Committee recommends the following.

Hurdle requirements should:

  • be determined on pedagogical grounds
  • be used only where it is necessary to ensure the mastery of core Discipline elements
    (especially in Disciplines where there are professional and / or technical applications as is the case for example with placements in the Medical and Health Sciences)
  • be used to enhance student performance rather than to compel performance
  • be applied sparingly to courses
  • be used to meet minimum competency standards or to demonstrate 'fitness to practice' for courses related to professional practice
  • be designed to match assessment tasks and reflect the weighting of the task in the overall assessment
  • be measurable
  • permit additional assessment as per the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.


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