Assessment and grades

We have collated all FAQs relating to online exams, assessments and grades, and placements and clinics.
 

Online exams

    Expand
  • Will exams be held?

    Online exams will be held for some Trimester 1 courses and many Semester 1 courses. These exams will be open-book, time-limited exams, administered through MyUni. Student exam times can be accessed via Access Adelaide as normal. The exam sessions will occur in Australian Central Standard Time.

    Exam dates can be found online.

    Trimester 1 exams ran between Thursday 7 May and Saturday 9 May.

    Semester 1 exams remain scheduled for Saturday 20 June to Saturday 4 July. Full guidelines about how online exams will be accessed and managed are in preparation and will be provided soon to students and staff.

    If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact Ask Adelaide on +61 8 8313 5208.

  • How will exams be conducted in MyUni?

    Online examinations in Trimester 1 and Semester 1, where set, will be open-book, time-limited exams, administered through MyUni.

    Guidelines for staff on the design and operation of online exams have been developed, they take into account the need to maintain high quality process and academic integrity, provide appropriate technical and other support, allow students to raise issues, and to minimise anxiety and disruption for both staff and students.

    A University-wide approach will be required to ensure all these principles are met through good design of exams and clear processes. This will be communicated to faculties and students as soon as possible.

    Note that assessment alternatives have been put in place by many courses, to remove the need for students to sit an exam. Information on the assessment required for your course is detailed in MyUni.

  • How do I report an error in the exam questions?

    Students will be able to complete an ‘exam error’ survey in the applicable MyUni Exam course. The survey will ask for a brief description of the issue that you have encountered with the exam question/s. This information will go to the Course Coordinator at the point of marking.

    We recommend students complete the survey once you have completed/submitted your exam. If you believe there is an error in a question, in the first instance you are advised to work on other questions, and return to this question later. Students will have until 11.59 pm on the day of the exam to submit the survey.

  • What if I have an issue with my online exam? Should I contact my Course Coordinator?

    During the exam students are encouraged to call the Online Exam support line on +61 8 83133311 for assistance rather than your Course Coordinator. The Online Exam support line can assist with the following types of queries:

    • Unable to take the exam due to illness and/or extenuating circumstances
    • MyUni issues
    • Upload/Submission error
    • An error in the exam question/s
  • What browser should I use for my online exam?

    MyUni (Canvas) supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers: 

    • Chrome 80 and 81 (Recommended) 
    • Firefox 74 and 75 (Extended Releases  are not supported*) 
    • Edge 80 and 81 

    Note: Safari is not currently a recommended browser due to reported issues with loading images

  • I am feeling stressed and anxious, what should I do?

    Counselling Support is available:

     You can also refer to useful resources on the Wellbeing Hub.

  • Will there be reading time before the exam starts?

    No, there is no set reading time.

  • If I feel unwell during the exam, what should I do?

    During the exam students are encouraged to call the Online Exam support line on +61 8 83133311 for assistance. Opening hours are 8.30 am to 6.00 pm [Australian Central Standard].

    If you're no longer able to participate in your online exam as a result of feeling unwell, you can submit an application for a replacement examination as per the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.

    The form can be found here: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/forms-for-students

  • Can I still sit my online exam if I login late?

    Yes, but you will not be provided any additional time.

  • I experienced a technical fault or connectivity issue during the exam, what should I do?

    During the exam students are encouraged to call the Online Exam support line on +61 8 83133311 for assistance.

    Depending on the length of impact you may want to apply for a Replacement Examination. Please take screenshots of error messages as evidence for your application.

    Accommodation has been made for COVID-19 related circumstances e.g. technological difficulties (such as technical or connectivity difficulties which impact the completion or submission of an assignment).

  • What do I do if I'm no longer able to attend my exam?

    If you're no longer able to attend your online exam as a result of medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances, you must submit an application for a replacement examination as per the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.

    The form can be found online.

    Accommodation has been made for COVID-19 related circumstances e.g. inability to provide supporting documentation [Part B of the application form] and Technological difficulties (such as technical or connectivity difficulties which impact the completion or submission of an assignment, online assessment or online exam) [Section 3: Compassionate Circumstances]

  • I have a medical condition/disability and need to apply for an Alternative Exam Arrangement (AEA) to sit my exam. How do I do this?

    To apply for an Alternative Exam Arrangement (AEA), you will need to register with Disability Support by completing the online Disability Registration form available on the Disability Support website. A Disability Support team member will then contact you to organise an appointment with a Disability Advisor who can discuss your study requirements including Alternative Exam Arrangements.

    Your Disability Advisor will require a copy of your completed Verification and Impact Statement (VIS) or Adult Learning Assessment before you can be assessed for an AEA. You will need to have your AEA organised for Semester 1 by Friday 22 May. In the event of an injury or illness during the examination period that affects your ability to sit your exam, contact Disability Support immediately.

  • When is the Online Exam Contact Centre available?

    The Online Exam Contact Centre will be available during the Trimester 1 and Semester 1 exam periods. Operating hours are between 8.30 am to 6.00 pm,  Australian Central Standard Time, on +61 8 83133311.

    If you have any questions regarding outside of the exam periods, please contact Ask Adelaide on +61 8 8313 5208.

  • What if I apply for a replacement exam but I am not informed of approval more than 24 hours before the primary online exam?

    Please contact your Faculty first:

    Faculty of Arts arts@adelaide.edu.au 
    Faculty of Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences askecms@adelaide.edu.au
    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au 
    Faculty of Professions professions@ask.adelaide.edu.au
    Faculty of Science faculty.sciences@adelaide.edu.au

    In the unlikely event this occurs, you may choose to sit the primary online exam and will also be entitled to sit the replacement exam if your application was approved.

  • I was granted a replacement exam but sat the primary exam. Can I still sit the replacement exam?

    No. If you sit the primary exam you will no longer be eligible for the replacement exam.

  • Will the online exam be open book?

    Yes. Online exams for Trimester 1 and Semester 1 will be open-book, time-limited exams, administered through MyUni. The Academic Honesty Policy applies in full to open book exams and students should make themselves aware of what constitutes cheating as the University can monitor engagement activity in MyUni.

  • Who do I contact if there is a technical issue during my exam?

    If you are unable to restart your device or resolve the issue then please contact the Online Exam support line on +61 8 83133311 for assistance. You may be eligible for a Replacement Examination. Accommodation has been made for technology difficulties such as technical or connectivity difficulties which impact the completion or submission of an assignment, online assessment or online exam (Section 3: Compassionate Circumstances).

  • Can I ask other members of my household for assistance if I don't know the answer to a question?

    No. You must do the exam on your own. If someone else helps you with the answer to a question you will be in breach of the Academic Honesty Policy and you could be found to have committed Academic Dishonesty. This includes working with another student, a family member or anyone else.

  • Can I ask someone to help me during my open-book exam?

    No. You must do the exam on your own. If someone else helps you with the answer to a question you will be in breach of the Academic Honesty Policy and you could be found to have committed Academic Dishonesty. This includes working with another student, a family member or anyone else.

  • What does an 'open-book' exam mean?

    In an open book exam you are permitted to bring notes, texts and other resources into the exam room. In an online exam that means you will be able to access course materials and other resources electronically.

    However, your exam will still be time-limited so you should think carefully about what resources you should have ready to use during the exam. You won’t have time to do extensive searches to find the answers to questions you don’t know. And the exam questions are more likely to test your ability to apply and synthesize ideas and information rather than test rote learning.

  • Does the University's Academic Honesty Policy apply to online exams?

    The University is committed to upholding the highest standard of Academic Integrity across its community and expects all students to undertake their assessments, including online exams, with integrity. The Academic Honesty Policy applies and Course Coordinators will investigate any signs or signals that suggest a student may have breached the Policy. A breach of the Academic Honesty Policy can result in expulsion from the University.

  • Can the exam error report survey be submitted multiple times?

    No. The Exam error report survey can only be completed once within each exam course. However, you can begin the survey, leave the site, and resume the survey later. Exam error reports must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the day of the exam.

  • How will I know my Alternative Exam Arrangements have been processed?

    If you have an Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEA) in place, the Examinations and Results Office will provide details of your specific requirements in relation to any centrally scheduled MyUni Online exams to your School/Faculty.

    You will receive an email notification from your School/Faculty closer to the primary exam period commencing, to confirm that your relevant AEA will be applied to your online exam. Please keep an eye on your student email for information from your School/Faculty in relation to your exams.

    If you are receiving additional time for your Online Exam this will be added into MyUni.

  • How will I know the exam is about to end?

    You will be responsible for keeping track of time during your exam to ensure it is complete and submitted by the deadline (this is the ‘due date’ within MyUni). Before the exam commences, you should make a note of the deadline and set a timer/reminder for at least 20 minutes prior to the end.

  • Do I need an internet connection to take the exam?

    Yes. If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection or a suitable device to complete your studies online, please check what support is available.

  • What device(s) do I need to take the exam?

    You will need to use a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices, tablets, iPads and phones are not recommended for undertaking Online Exams in MyUni. If an exam specifically requires the use of these devices, this will be communicated to you by your Course Coordinator.

    If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection or a suitable device to complete your studies online, please check what support is available.

  • Do I have to sit my exam in Adelaide or can I sit it online overseas/interstate?

    You can sit your exam interstate or overseas, you do not need to be in Adelaide. Be aware that all exams will be timetabled according to Australian Central Standard Time and you will need to sit the exam at the scheduled time.

  • Will I receive any time reminders during my exam?

    No. You will be responsible for keeping track of time during your exam to ensure it is complete and submitted by the deadline (this is the ‘due date’ within MyUni). If your exam utilises the ‘quiz’ tool, a countdown timer will be visible. Before the exam commences, you should make note of the deadline and set a timer/reminder for at least 20 minutes prior to the end.

Assessments and grades

    Expand
  • 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 can 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".
      Once the form is made available, students from Quadmester/Term 1 will still be able to seek a PNG grade. 

      PNG exemptions 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).

      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.

      WNF* exceptions: A Fail grade under the Academic Honesty Policy will stand.
       
    • Results Pending (RP): RP can be utilised where components of courses are postponed to subsequent teaching periods. Your Course Coordinator (or 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”. Once the form is made available students from Quadmester 1, Term 1 and Trimester 1 will still be able to seek a PNG grade.

    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 Honesty 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 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?

    Student 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. The PNG request form is now available, students from Quadmester 1, Term 1 and Trimester 1 are being provided a longer period of time to seek a PNG grade. Teaching periods that do not have a formal Replacement/Additional Assessment Result release date will have 14 days from the primary result release date.

  • 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 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. As the PNG request form is now available on Access Adelaide, students from Quadmester 1, Term 1 and Trimester 1 will be provided a longer timeframe to seek a PNG grade. Teaching periods that do not have a formal Replacement/Additional Assessment Result release date will have 14 days from the primary result release date.

    A student can choose to seek a PNG or maintain the grade achieved for any of their courses within the eligible teaching periods.

  • 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 can 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 MPhilstudent 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 Honesty 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 Honesty 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.

Placements and clinics