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FAQs – Supplementary Assessment and Subject Outlines

When do the changes to grades of performance take effect?

The changes take effect from 1 January 2012. This means that PC and PR grades will no longer be available for subjects that commence on or from that date. From that date the grade ‘Fail’ will apply to all marks from 0% to 49%.

What changes will need to be made to subject outlines?

So that subject outlines for all 100-, 200-, 300- and 400-level subjects that commence on or after 1 January 2012 are compliant with the changes to the General Course Rules and the Code of Practice – Teaching & Assessment, the following actions need to be taken when preparing subject outlines:

  • All references to PC (Pass Conceded) and PR (Pass Restricted) grades must be removed
  • Some general wording is to be included about the availability of supplementary assessments. For example, the following statement can be included:

“Supplementary assessment may be offered to students whose performance in this subject is close to that required to pass the subject, and are otherwise identified as meriting an offer of a supplementary assessment. The precise form of supplementary assessment will be determined at the time the offer of a supplementary assessment is made.”

Where a subject has been declared as unsuitable for supplementary assessment, this must be clearly indicated in the subject outline with a statement such as:

“This subject has been identified as unsuitable for supplementary assessment, and as such it will not be offered.”

Which subjects aren’t suitable for supplementary assessment?

A very limited set of subjects will, by their nature, be unsuitable for supplementary assessment. These include, for example, professional experience or internship subjects; honours subjects where a thesis is the major or only assessment item; and subjects where the final grade is either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Only the Head of School or Academic Unit (or equivalent) has the authority to declare subjects unsuitable for supplementary assessment. Where a subject has been declared as unsuitable for supplementary assessment, this must be clearly indicated in the subject outline with a statement such as:

“This subject has been identified as unsuitable for supplementary assessment, and as such it will not be offered.”

What form can a supplementary assessment take?

A supplementary assessment does not have to take the form of an exam. A student may be offered a supplementary assessment task that is in a different format to the task for which they failed to attain the minimum standard as long as the learning outcomes are consistent.

Last reviewed: 23 October, 2017

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