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Assessing Courses

  1. Grading System
    1. Performance in a course shall be acknowledged by the awarding of a specific letter grade as follows:

      Pass Grades

      A+

      Pass with distinction

      A

      Pass with distinction

      B+

      Pass with credit

      B

      Pass with credit

      C+

      Pass

      C

      Pass

      R

      Restricted Pass

      Aeg

      Aegrotat Pass

      Comp

      Compassionate Pass

      Pas

      Pass or Competent

      M

      Marginal

      S

      Satisfactory



      Fail Grades

      D

      Work below the standard required for a pass

      E

      Very weak performance or failure to complete to the satisfaction of the examiner such practical, field or other work as may be prescribed in the Calendar.

      X

      The letter 'X' when used together with a fail grade for a course indicates that a student did not sit the final examination in that course.

      NC

      Not completed

      NV

      Null and Void: This is awarded for dishonest practice

      U

      Unsatisfactory

      Fail

      Not Competent



      Provisional Results

      I

      Incomplete

      IP

      In progress



    2. Students are awarded an Aegrotat or Compassionate Pass if they satisfy the conditions prescribed in clause 5.3 or 5.4 of this Regulation.
    3. Students are awarded a Restricted Pass if they satisfy the conditions prescribed in clause 6 of this Regulation.
    4. Students who have been granted an extension of time at a School or Department Assessment Meeting to complete work required for the final assessment of their course shall be awarded the provisional grade of I (Incomplete) for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, or IP (In progress) for a Thesis for a master's degree or PhD degree. Any extension of time shall not be more than:
      1. one semester in duration for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, or
      2. the maximum period of candidature prescribed in the regulations for a master's or PhD thesis (for a master's thesis, three years of full-time study or five years of part-time study, for a PhD thesis five years of full-time study or seven years of part-time study).
        At the end of the period of extension, the School or Department Assessment Meeting shall determine a final grade.
    5. Students who have not submitted their master's or PhD thesis by the end of the maximum period of candidature prescribed in the regulations shall be awarded the grade of NC (Not completed).

  2. Allocations of Marks between Coursework and Final Examination
    The award of a grade shall take into account performance in coursework and examination, or coursework only without any final examination for a course approved by Senate to be assessed in that manner. The final examination and the work assessed during the semester shall each constitute not less than 40 % and not more than 60 % of the allocation of marks upon which the final grade is based.

  3. Deadline for the Submission of Student Assignments
    Students must submit for marking the requirements of a course that form part of the continuous assessment process according to deadlines prescribed by the course co-ordinator. If the co-ordinator does not prescribe such deadlines, the course requirements must be submitted to the course co-ordinators not later than the last day of lectures for that semester.
    1. This deadline also applies to courses which are assessed entirely by coursework. The Academic Standards and Quality Committee, under exceptional circumstances, may extend the deadline in accordance with clause 1.1(d) above.
    2. In the case of a DFL print course, the dates will be those published in the relevant Introduction and Assignments Booklet .

  4. Minimum Requirements for Courses
    1. Students may be required to attain a specified minimum standard of performance and participation (which shall be communicated to each student at the beginning of each course) in the continuous assessment and/or at the final examination (unless a course is specifically exempted from such examination).
    2. A student who fails to attain the specified minimum standard of performance and participation mentioned in Clause 1.4(a) shall be awarded a fail grade notwithstanding the fact that that student may have scored a total score for the continuous assessment and course examination which is equal to or greater than the pass mark.
    3. A student who fails to attain the specified minimum standard of performance and participation mentioned in clause 1.4(a) shall not be considered for a Restricted Pass under clause 6 of these Regulations.

  5. Students to be Informed of their Coursework Marks
    Total and itemised continuous assessment marks should be given after the end of lectures and before the beginning of the final examinations so that students can check that the marks for each item have been correctly included and that the lecturer has calculated the total mark correctly.

  6. Mid-Year Assessment of Foundation Students
    The Co-ordinator for Foundation Science students is responsible for organising the mid-semester/or the first semester progress review for these students. At the end of the academic year, the Foundation Science students will be assessed on year-long performance.

  7. Conduct of Tests for DFL Courses
    1. Tests for DFL courses shall:
      1. be not less than one hour and not more than two hours in duration
      2. be conducted no earlier then week 5 and no later than week 11 of the semester
      3. start at 4pm Tuesdays to Fridays ( Fiji time)
      4. be provided to Student Academic Services at least four full weeks before the scheduled test date
    2. A DFL course shall not have more than two tests per semester.

Moderation of Examination Papers
Schools and Departments shall meet, chaired by the Dean of Faculty, to assess the end-of-semester examination papers for standards and coverage before they are sent to Student Academic Services for reproduction.

Confirmation of Grades

  1. Double Marking of Borderline Cases
    The following procedures, which must be completed before the School or Departmental Assessment Meeting, must be followed in the case of students who have failed a course by not more than two marks (borderline cases).
    1. The initial marker of the course shall review all borderline cases;
    2. If, as a result of the review by the initial marker, the student's grade has not changed to a pass grade the Head of School or Department shall appoint another lecturer (appointed reviewer) from within the same school or department to review the cases;
    3. If, as a result of the review by the appointed reviewer, the student's grade has changed the appointed reviewer shall confer with the initial marker before the Head of School or Department approves the change in the marks;
    4. In a case where the Head of School or Department is the initial marker, the next most senior person in the school or department shall approve the final mark.

  2. Assessment Meetings
    There shall be, for each school or department, an Assessment Meeting which the Dean of Faculty shall chair and which all academic staff of the school or department shall attend. The Assessment Meeting, or the Dean of Faculty as Chair in between meetings, shall consider for approval:
    1. final results (coursework, cut-off points, distribution of grades, etc) and the award of appropriate grades, including the reconsideration of course grades, for all credit courses;
    2. the award of Aegrotat and Compassionate Passes in accordance with clauses 5.3 and 5.4 below (relating to cases where the coursework of a student is at least a B grade); and,
    3. applications for special examinations in accordance with clause 5.5 below.

  3. Results for Professional Diploma Courses
    The functions and powers of the School or Department Assessment Meetings in 3.2 in respect of Professional Diploma courses, by an Assessment Board comprising the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Law as chair, all academic staff of the School of Law, the law lecturers from the School of Accounting and Finance and the Department of Land Management and the Heads of the Divisions of History and Politics.

  4. The Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee
    The Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee shall:
    1. consider recommendations from the School or Department Assessment Meeting for award of a Restricted Pass , and
    2. consider recommendations from the School or Department Assessment Meeting for award of Aegrotat and Compassionate Passes, and for special examinations in accordance with clauses 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5 of these Regulations (relating to cases where students' course mark grades are below 'B' grade), and
    3. confirm the eligibility for the conferment or award of Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees to students who have completed the requirements for their programs.

  5. Notification of Students' Results
    Official notification of the grades and results as approved by the School or Department Assessment Meetings or the Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee shall be issued to each student by the Registrar or nominee.

Reconsideration of Course Grades

  1. Students may have their grade for any course reconsidered normally by a lecturer other than the original marker. Where this is not practicable, reconsideration of a course grade shall be done by the Head of the relevant School or Department.
  2. Applications for reconsideration of course grades should be sent by the student on the prescribed form to the Registrar or nominee within four weeks of the date of official notification of the particular course result in the case of on-campus courses, and within eight weeks in the case of distance and flexible learning courses.
  3. Applications for reconsideration of course grades must be accompanied by the prescribed fee. The fee for reconsideration of a course grade shall be returned to the student if, as a result of the reconsideration, the grade for the course is raised.
  4. Reconsideration of a course grade shall include:
    1. a careful check that each examination question and part question was read by the examiner and given an appropriate mark,
    2. a careful remarking of each examination question and part question,
    3. a careful check that the total examination mark has been accurately transcribed within the weightings (% coursework vs. % final examination) previously established by the examiner,
    4. a careful computation of the marks awarded for all coursework, and
    5. a careful check that the coursework mark has been accurately transcribed within the weightings previously established by the examiner.

Application for Aegrotat Pass , Compassionate Pass or Special Examination

  1. Students who are prevented from sitting the final examination through no fault of their own, or consider that their performance in the final examination will be seriously impaired, may make application to the Registrar or nominee for consideration for the award of an Aegrotat Pass, Compassionate Pass, or to sit a special examination.
  2. The application should be made on the form provided, as soon as possible, and normally prior to the examination or examinations being held. The applications shall be supported by such evidence as the Registrar or nominee shall require.
  3. Application for Aegrotat Pass
    1. Students who are prevented by illness or injury from presenting themselves at the final examination, or, who consider that their performance in the examination will be seriously impaired by illness or injury, may apply for an Aegrotat Pass.
    2. An Aegrotat Pass is given with the approval of the School or Department Assessment Meeting under the following conditions:
      1. that normally prior to the examination the students furnish to the Registrar or nominee a certificate (on the form provided) from a registered medical practitioner, stating:
        1. that the medical practitioner examined the student on a certain date, and
        2. that in the medical practitioner's opinion the student was unable through illness or injury to sit the examination and/or that the student's performance in the examination was likely to have been seriously impaired by illness or injury, and
        3. that the student was not responsible for the said disability, and
        4. the nature of the illness or injury in sufficient detail and in a form suitable for submission in cases of doubt to another medical referee,
      2. that the student had achieved in the coursework a mark equivalent to a grade of at least a B
      3. that the quality of any work which the student had completed in the examination, including work in papers not affected by illness or injury, be taken into account, and
      4. that the registered medical practitioner referred to in (a) above shall normally be the University Medical Officer and in any situation where this is impracticable, the University Medical Officer shall be consulted as soon after as possible.
    3. The Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee shall consider cases where a student's coursework mark is lower than a grade of B (as required in (b)(ii) above) if this is recommended by the School or Department Assessment Meeting.
    4. In considering applications under this regulation it will also be permissible to take into consideration the effect of any illness or injury on the students' performance during the semester.
  4. Application for Compassionate Pass
    1. Students who are prevented from sitting the final examination by exceptional circumstances beyond their control and other than their own illness or injury, or who consider that their performance in the examination will be seriously impaired by the same circumstances may apply for a Compassionate Pass.
    2. A compassionate pass is given with the approval of the School or Department Assessment Meeting or Chair of the Academic Standards and Quality Committee under the same conditions (with the necessary changes) as those in clause 5.3 (b) (ii), (iii) and (c).
    3. In considering applications for a Compassionate Pass , it will be permissible to take into consideration the effect of any exceptional circumstance beyond the control of the student other than the student's own illness or injury or the student's performance during the semester.
  5. Special Examination
    1. Approval may be granted for a student to sit a special examination in the following cases:
      1. if the student applies to sit a special examination rather than be considered for the award of an Aegrotat or Compassionate Pass, subject to compliance with the same conditions (with necessary changes) as those in clause 5.3(b)(ii), (iii), and (c) , or
      2. if the School or Department Assessment Meeting , on the recommendation of the co-ordinator or lecturer of the course concerned, requires the student to sit such an examination notwithstanding the fact that the student may be eligible for the award of an Aegrotat Pass or Compassionate Pass.
    2. Where a special examination is approved for a student, the co-ordinator or lecturer of the course shall:
      1. set a new examination paper ensuring that the questions and problems in the new examination paper are different from those used in the scheduled final examination, and
      2. follow the procedure for moderation of examination papers prescribed in clause 2 above.
    3. Where a student sits a special examination under the provision of 5.5(a)(i) or 5.5(a)(ii), that student cannot be subsequently considered for an Aegrotat or Compassionate Pass in that course in that semester.
    4. Where a student sits a special examination under the provision of 5.5(a)(i) above, an examination fee shall be paid by the student before the examination can be arranged.
    5. There is no examination fee if the student sits a special examination under the provision of 5.5(a)(ii) above.
    6. The final assessment of students sitting a special examination will be based on both coursework and examination and will be graded.
    7. If a student is permitted to sit a special examination, the Academic Standards and Quality Committee shall decide when the examination shall be held.
    8. Only in special circumstances will students who have passed the coursework be allowed to re-sit the examination only when the course is offered next.

Restricted Pass

  1. Subject to clause 1.4(c), clause 3.2, and clause 6.2 below a Restricted Pass may, on the recommendation of an examiner or by the School or Department Assessment Meeting, be awarded
    1. to a student who has taken at least three courses in a semester and has passed in that semester all except one of those courses, or
    2. to a potentially graduating student who has passed in his/her final year, all but one of the prescribed courses.
  2. Where it is recommended in accordance with clause 6.1 above, a Restricted Pass
    1. shall be awarded to a student under clause 6.1(a) in a 300-level course only if the total marks for that course are five marks or less than the pass mark,
    2. shall be awarded to a student under clause 6.1(b) in a course at any level if the total marks for that course are five marks or less than the pass mark,
    3. shall not normally be awarded in retrospect,
    4. shall not be awarded more than once to a student who is enrolled in a program of study with ten courses or less,
    5. shall not be awarded more than twice to a student who is enrolled in a program of study with more than ten courses.
  3. A Restricted Pass awarded in any course shall not normally permit a student to register for any course for which that course is a prerequisite.
  4. A student granted a Restricted Pass may re-register for the same course in an attempt to obtain a higher grade. In such a case the latter grade supersedes the Restricted Pass previously awarded, and the student will be eligible for another Restricted Pass in some other course at some future time.
  5. Students registered for the course ED301 shall be not be eligible for a Restricted Pass in that course.





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