examination rules and conditions
TYPE AND VALUE OF ASSESSMENT
Students are assessed using three methods: Research Term Paper; Multiple Choice Paper; and Participation in course forum.
- Research Term paper values 70% of the unit grade.
- The multiple choice paper is valued 20% of the unit grade and - - The Weekly Forum Post is valued at 10% of the unit grade.
To earn a Pass for the unit, the student must pass ALL these three assessments in the program: Research Term Paper; Multiple Choice Paper; and Forum Posts.
Any assessment that the student receives less than 50% is a Referred grade for resitting the same or a replacement paper for each failed assessment. This excludes the Weekly Forum that is graded only Pass And Fail.
GRADING THE RESEARCH TERM PAPER
A Unit is one course or subject area in the program.
The minimum Pass Grade for the Research Term Paper is 50 Marks (%).
To earn a Pass Grade on the Term Paper, Students must pass all the tasks called Assessment Criteria (AC) on the Term Paper.
If one or more of the AC on the paper is/are awarded a Referred Grade, the grade for the Term Paper is also a 'Referred' grade. The entire Unit is then graded as Referred.
A Referred Grade, means that the student must resit only the specific AC that s/he received referred on AND NOT the entire paper. Once the student passes all the failed AC on the subsequent attempt/s, the Term paper grade changes to a Pass Grade.
Students who did not pass the term paper on the first attempt, will not be awarded higher than a Merit Grade on subsequent attempts.
FAIL GRADE / INCOMPLETE (IC)
A FAIL GRADE is only awarded where the student has not attempted and submitted the completed Term Paper. This is posted as IC (incomplete grade) on the student's grade sheet.
If for any reason whatsoever including financial (excluding extenuating circumstances) that the student did not take the examination, s/he will receive an IC (incomplete) for the grade.
Incomplete is equal to fail. Where IC is awarded on any of the assessments in the program: Term Paper, Multiple Choice or Forum, the student automatically earns a Fail Grade for the Unit and must take over the class when it is offered next on the timetable.
The Cost to resit per AC is US$4.
GRADING PARTICIPATION IN THE WEEKLY FORUM
Students earn 10% of the coursework grade from participation in the weekly online Forum. The Forum provides the student the opportunity to recap learning from the weekly lessons, videos, case study and other sources that are published online on the Unit Forum for the student to access, along with short questions to be answered.
PARTICIPATION GRADING SCHEME
Students are graded Pass or Fail/IC for the Forum. A semester has 12 Teaching weeks. Students must make 8-12 weekly posts to PASS each unit.
Acceptable Participation in the Weekly Forum is compulsory to passing the unit. Students are evaluated based on the number of times that they have made the posts and the substantive value of the posts made on the weekly cycle.
Students who miss 4 or more weekly post automatically earns a Fail Grade for both the assessment and the entire unit. The Fail Grade is IC (Incomplete / No Attempt/ Insufficient Attempts).
Incomplete is equal to fail. Where IC is awarded on any of the assessments in the unit: Term Paper, Multiple Choice or Forum, the student automatically earns a Fail Grade for the entire Unit.
There is no resit or replacement paper for the Weekly Forum.
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