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Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy
Exemption Guidelines


The Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy sets out a number of mandatory procedures at Procedures 1a-e that must be followed when setting assessment types, tasks and weightings including:

  • Ensuring that each course has a variety of types of summative and formative assessment;
  • Hurdle requirement limits;
  • Not making attendance at lectures a condition of passing a course;
  • Ensuring that every course contains at least one assessment task that is set, submitted, marked and returned with meaningful feedback by the mid-point of the teaching period of the course; and
  • Ensuring that the deadlines for multiple assessment tasks in the same course do not coincide if together they total more than 50% of the total assessment.


Exemptions to Procedures 1a-e may be approved by the relevant Executive Dean, in writing, though the normal faculty processes provided there are pedagogical reasons for the exemption. All exemptions must be reported to the Quality Enhancement Committee (Staff only) when approved and subsequently when a major change is made to the course.

The following are possible grounds for exemptions. The list is a guide only and is not exhaustive.

1. Total assessment weightings

  • Group assessment activities – this may be the focus of a learning outcome for the course (so >30% may be warranted).
  • Any single item of summative assessment no more than 70% - internships, thesis or dissertation component may rely on a single assessment task (or possibly an additional, minor task worth 10%).

2. Hurdle requirement limits

  • There are some tasks that students must attain 100% competency (e.g. it is not possible to partially complete a medical procedure).


The evidence required to support an application for an exemption may include:

  • Course description (to demonstrate nature of course)
  • Course learning outcomes


If you need assistance or you are aware of any additional potential grounds for exemptions please contact

Division of Academic and Student Engagement

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

Street Address

Level 7, Wills Building
North Terrace Campus


T +61 8 8313 5901
F +61 8 8313 8333