Assessment and grades

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  • Will my grades be affected by COVID-19?

    To ensure that you are not disadvantaged in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will make the following changes to its grading system:

    • Pass Non-Graded* (PNG): All students will be given the option to choose whether to have any passing grade converted into the new Pass Non-Graded* (PNG) grade unless the course has been exempted from this adjustment (see below). If students choose this option, their PNG grade will not count towards their grade point average (GPA) calculation. Students will be given this option following, rather than prior to, receiving their results.

      Students should use the GPA calculator to help them decide whether to opt for a PNG. 

      The following statement will be added to academic transcripts for students who request a PNG: “Pass Non-Graded* awarded during COVID-19 in 2020 is  not included in the GPA calculation".

      PNG exceptions are:
      Major research project courses in Honours, MPhil and Masters Coursework programs (except the embedded Honours degrees in Engineering); and; some undergraduate courses that already award an NGP. These courses will use Result Pending (RP) grades to manage student extensions if needed.
       
    • Fails converted to Withdraw No Fails* (WNF): All Fail grades will be changed to WNF. A WNF grade does not count towards GPA calculations. Fail grades include: Withdraw Fail (WF), Fail No Submission (FNS) and Fail (F). WNF* exception: a Fail grade under the Academic Integrity Policy will stand.

      The following statement will be added to academic transcripts for students who received a WNF due to a grading adjustment: “Withdraw No Fail* awarded during COVID-19 in 2020 was an approved academic adjustment”. The transcript text will not be applied to a student who drops a course or courses after census, where a system WNF will be applied.
       
    • Results Pending (RP): RP can be utilised where components of courses are postponed to subsequent teaching periods. Your Course Coordinator (or Academic delegate) will advise where a course and/or student is approved for a RP.
  • What is a Non-Graded Pass (NGP) and Pass Non-Graded (PNG)?

    Non-Graded Pass (NGP) and Pass Non-Graded* (PNG) both mean you have passed the course in question, met the learning outcomes and achieved units of study to contribute to your degree completion. A NGP has a value of 4 and adds to the GPA calculation. We have set the New PNG grade to have no value applied, so it will not contribute to your GPA calculation.

    For more information see the University Grade Descriptors.

  • How do I change my grades?

    All grades will be made available on Access Adelaide as normal.

    Once your grade is available, you will be able to submit an online form to request a Pass Non-Graded* (PNG) as your final grade on your academic transcript. The link to the form is in Access Adelaide and can be found here.

    For a PNG change request to be processed, the academic results for the requested course must be published first in your Access Adelaide account. If a PNG change request is submitted prior to academic results being published in Access Adelaide, students will be advised to resubmit the form after your results have been released.

    If you have been approved for one or more of your grades to be converted to a Pass Non-Graded (PNG), please allow up to 24 hours for the GPA to be updated on your record. It is important to take the GPA update time frame into consideration when reviewing or purchasing an academic transcript after you have received approval notification for a PNG change request

    The following statement will be added to academic transcripts for students who request a PNG: “Pass Non-Graded* awarded during COVID-19 in 2020 is not included in the GPA calculation”. 

    The University will convert Fail grades to Withdraw No Fail* (WNF). Fail grades include: Withdraw Fail (WF), Fail No Submission (FNS) and Fail (F).
     A Fail grade under the Academic Integrity Policy will stand.

    The following statement will be added to academic transcripts for students who receive a WNF due to a grading adjustment: “Withdraw No Fail* awarded during COVID-19 in 2020 was an approved academic adjustment”. The transcript text will not be applied to students who drop a course/s after census, where a system WNF will be applied.

  • Which teaching periods do the grading adjustments apply to?

    Grading adjustments changes, Pass Non-Graded* (PNG), fails converted to Withdraw No Fail* (WNF) and Results Pending (RP), apply to the following teaching periods.

    • Semester 1 (4010): 02/03/2020 –  03/07/2020
    • Winter (4015): 29/06/2020 – 24/07/2020
    • Trimester 1 (4033): 03/02/2020 – 01/05/2020
    • Trimester 2 (4036): 25/05/2020 – 21/08/2020
    • Quadmester/Term 1 (4042): 28/01/2020 – 17/04/2020
    • Quadmester/Term 2 (4044): 20/04/2020 – 03/07/2020
    • Quadmester/Term 3 (4046): 13/07/2020 – 25/09/2020
    • PCE 1 (4003): 06/01/2020 – 01/05/2020
    • PCE 2 (4013): 04/05/2020 – 21/08/2020
    • Melbourne Trimester 1 (4071): No student intake in 2020
    • Online Teaching Period 2 (4062): 10/03/2020 – 27/04/2020
    • Online Teaching Period 3 (4063): 11/05/2020 – 22/06/2020
    • Higher Degree Research Semester 1 (4010): 01/01/2020 – 30/06/2020
    • Semester 2 (4020): 27/07/2020 – 20/11/2020
    • Trimester 3 (4039): 07/09/2020 – 27/11/2020
    • Quadmester/Term 4 (4048): 06/10/2020 – 18/12/2020
    • PCE 3 (4023): 27/08/2020 – 31/12/2020
    • Melbourne Trimester 2 (4072) – no student intake in 2020
    • Melbourne Trimester 3 ( 4073) – no student intake
    • Higher Degree Research Semester 2 (4020): 01/07/2020 – 31/12/2020

    The above list also includes full-year courses that do not have a significant research component.

    The teaching periods specifically excluded from the grading adjustments are:

    • Summer Semester (4005): 06/01/2020 – 28/02/2020
    • Online Teaching Period 1 (4061): 13/01/2020 – 24/02/2020
    • Online Teaching Period 4 (4064): 06/07/2020 – 17/08/2020
    • Online Teaching Period 5 (4065): 31/08/2020 – 12/10/2020
    • Online Teaching Period 6 (4066): 26/10/2020 – 07/12/2020
  • How long will I have to decide if I want a Pass Non-Graded?

    Students will be given 14 days from the Replacement/Additional Assessment (R/AA) to submit a Pass Non-Graded* request form. The deadlines are outlined here. Teaching periods that do not have a formal Replacement/Additional Assessment Result release date will have 14 days from the primary result release date.

    Where a student has a Result Pending (RP) or receives a result change after the PNG cut-off date, they will be provided 10 business days from the date that the final grade was published in Access Adelaide to request a PNG.

  • Can I apply for a Pass Non-Graded (PNG) for just one or more of my courses?

    A student can choose to seek a PNG or maintain the grade achieved for any of their courses within the eligible teaching periods. Students should use the GPA calculator to help them decide whether to opt for a PNG.

    Students will be given 14 days from the Replacement/Additional Assessment (R/AA) Result release date to respond via a Pass Non-Graded* (PNG). The deadlines are outlined here. Teaching periods that do not have a formal Replacement/Additional Assessment Result release date will have 14 days from the primary result release date.

    Where a student has a Result Pending (RP) or receives a result change after the PNG cut-off date, they will be provided 10 business days from the date that the final grade was published in Access Adelaide to request a PNG.

  • Will the grading adjustments impact my grade point average (GPA)?

    The grading adjustment changes have been designed so as not to adversely affect your GPA. In the current environment, we believe this would be unfair on you. Students who receive high grades should opt to have those grades recorded as per normal and have the results count towards your GPA. Students should use the GPA calculator to help them decide whether to opt for a Pass Non-Graded* (PNG).

  • I want to undertake further study - how will adjusting my grades affect this?

    The University of Adelaide will not take PNGs into account when considering applications for post-graduate study. However, if you are considering applying at another institution, we encourage you to contact them directly for more information before you make a decision about adjusting your grades.

  • I am an Honours, Masters or MPhil student doing a major research project. Can I opt for a Pass Non-Graded for all of my courses?

    Only the major research project courses in Honours, Masters and MPhil programs have been exempted from the Pass Non-Graded* (PNG) grading adjustment (except for the embedded Honours degrees in Engineering). Under the modified arrangements policy students will be able to seek a Result Pending (RP) grade. Students can discuss modified arrangements for research projects with their supervisor and program coordinator. This exemption will ensure students are not disadvantaged for future PhD scholarship opportunities and applications for further study.

    You can opt for the Pass Non-Graded* (PNG) grade for other courses in your program. The GPA calculator might help to decide whether to opt for a PNG or not.

  • What is a weighted average mark (WAM) and how is it used to determine my Honours final grade?

    A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is the average mark that you have achieved across all completed courses in your degree. The WAM is calculated by multiplying the mark for each course by the number of units for that course and then dividing the sum of these by the total number of units for the degree. This example helps to illustrate this.

    The WAM is used to determine the class of Honours as per the M11 Honours marking scheme for Honours students except undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs that have an embedded Honours within the program duration (of at least four years). Students in these programs must calculate their GPA using the Non-Honours GPA calculation and will receive a separate Honours calculation upon completion of their program.

  • How will the grading adjustments due to COVID-19 impact academic risk status in Review Period 1 2020?

    The Academic Progress calculation is based on academic performance so the grading adjustment and application of Withdraw No Fail* (WNF), or Pass Non-Graded* (PNG) to courses undertaken in the first half of 2020, will mean that most students will not receive an increment to their risk status in their program.

    Normally, students receive a risk notice when they fail courses. In Review Period 1 and 2, Fail grades will be converted to WNF meaning that in most instances, students will not receive a risk notice. A Fail grade under the Academic Integrity Policy will stand.

  • I am already on Conditions in my program, and have WNF for all of my courses in Review Period 1 2020. What will happen to my risk status?

    Your risk status will remain in place and your conditions will continue in to the next review period.

  • Currently I have a conditional status in my program but passed my courses in review period 1. What does this mean for my risk status?

    Your risk status will be changed to Risk 2.

  • I have a couple of WNF grades, what does this mean for my risk status?

    Your risk status will remain the same under the revised arrangements in Review Period 1 2020 due to COVID-19.

  • I received a Fail grade in my course under the Academic Integrity Policy. Does that mean I am at risk in this review period?

    Your Fail grade will stand (reverted from WNF* if necessary) and you will receive a risk notice if identified as being at risk under the Academic Progress Policy.

  • Can I get extensions on assignments?

    If you have a valid reason for missing the due date, you may be eligible for an extension. As soon as you become aware that you may not be able to complete the assignment on time, contact your course coordinator. It is expected that you do this well before the due date.

    You may also be required to submit an Application for Assessment Extension form and supply supporting evidence for your request, such as a medical certificate. Accommodation has been made for COVID-19 related circumstances e.g. inability to provide supporting documentation [Part B of the application form].

  • I am undertaking an exchange in Semester 1, 2020. How will my Adelaide GPA be impacted?

    An exchange does not impact your University of Adelaide GPA. Exchange is reflected as credit transferred and exact course credit will be as previously approved by your Faculty and subject to satisfactory completion of courses. If you are aware of recent changes/proposed changes to the content or assessment of approved exchange courses, you should make sure your University of Adelaide Faculty is aware of these changes and you should discuss any implications with them.

    You can direct any questions about changes to exchange course content and assessment to your host university and your Adelaide Faculty Advisor in the first instance. If additional support is required, you can contact Study Overseas.

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