Grade Table and GPA

Grade Table


This table list grades used to report student academic achievement. Grades are used at both the individual assessment task and overall unit/ subject final result level except where marked with an asterisk (*) which are used only at the individual assessment task level or marked with a caret symbol (^) which are used only at the overall unit/ subject final result level or market with a footnote.

Final Grades

Grade Code

Grade

Summary Explanation
(Appears on the Statement of Results)

Detailed Explanation

Applies to

HD

High Distinction

85% - 100% overall mark, and all components of the unit were completed

Exceptionally clear understanding of subject matter; clearly and logically organised with excellent presentation. Addresses all of the assessment criteria to an excellent standard above expected. Extensive evidence of insight and originality where appropriate. Demonstrating excellent levels of understanding with graduate capabilities and learning outcomes.

HE

D

Distinction

75% - 84% overall mark, and all components of the unit were completed

Strong grasp of subject matter; clearly and logically organised with good presentation. Addresses all the assessment criteria to a high standard majority of the time relating to the unit outcomes. Evidence of insight and originality where appropriate. Demonstrating high levels of understanding with graduate capabilities and learning outcomes.

HE

C

Credit

65% - 74% overall mark, and all components of the unit were completed

Competent understanding of subject matter and appreciation of most of the main issues. Addresses most of the assessment criteria reasonably well. Competent organisation and presentation. Reasonable command and superior of understanding. Demonstrating moderate to at times high levels of understanding with graduate capabilities and learning outcomes.

HE

P

Pass

50% - 64% overall mark, and all components of the unit were completed

Demonstrates appreciation of subject matter and issues. Addresses most of the assessment criteria adequately but may lack in depth and breadth. Often work of this grade demonstrates only basic comprehension or competency. Work of this grade may be poorly structured and presented. Demonstrating an understanding of graduate capabilities and learning outcomes.

HE

UP

Ungraded Pass

Professional skills assessed, where student has met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time

Professional skills assessed, where student has met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time. Includes units where assessment is based only on professional placement.

HE

F

Did Not Achieve Learning Outcomes

49% or below overall mark, and all components of the unit were attempted

Demonstrates limited appreciation of subject matter and issues. Does not addresses the assessment criteria adequately. Inadequate achievement of specified learning outcomes.

HE

UF

Ungraded Fail

Professional skills assessed, where student has not met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time

Professional skills assessed, where student has not met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time. Includes units where assessment is based only on professional placement.

HE

FI^

Fail Incomplete^

49% or below overall mark, and one or more assessment components of the unit were not completed or submitted.

One or more compulsory requirements or assessment components of the unit were not completed or submitted. At least one unit requirement was attempted.

HE

WF^

Withdrawn Fail^

Withdrawn after census.

Withdrawn after census. Administrative grade to encourage students to withdraw rather than receive one of the other fail grades.

HE,

VET

CO^

Competent^

Vocational competency assessed, where student has met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time

Vocational competency assessed, where student has met all specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time.

VET

C^

NYC^

Not Yet Competent^

Vocational competency assessed, where student has not met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time

Vocational competency assessed, where student has not met specified performance criteria at an appropriate level within a specified time.

VET

AS^

Advanced Standing^

Credit has been granted through articulation or credit transfer, or for a higher education qualification - in recognition of prior learning

Credit has been granted through articulation or credit transfer for studies prior completed as part of another VET or higher education studies, or for a higher education qualification - in recognition of prior learning.

HE,

VET

RPL^

RPL Competent^

Credit has been granted through recognition of prior learning assessment from another provider(s).

Credit has been granted through recognition of prior learning assessment for learning attained in part or in full outside of the formal education and training system.

VET

CT^

Credit Transfer^

Credit has been granted through credit transfer for a prior completed unit

Credit has been granted through credit transfer for a unit/subject prior completed as part of another VET or higher education qualification.

VET

S*

Satisfactory*

Result applied to individual assessment task to indicate student met specified assessment performance criteria

Result applied to individual assessment task to indicate student has met specified assessment performance criteria.

VET

NYS*

Not Yet Satisfactory*

Result applied to individual assessment task to indicate student did not meet specified assessment performance criteria

Result applied to individual assessment task to indicate student did not meet specified assessment performance criteria.

VET

RR*

Resubmission required*

Result applied to individual assessment task to indicate resubmission / retaking of the assessment task is required

Result applied to individual assessment task to indicate  resubmission/ retaking of the assessment task is required.

VET

Temporary Grades

Grade Code Grade

Summary Explanation

(Appears on the Statement of Results)

Detailed Explanation Applies to
RP Result Pending A temporary administrative grade which indicates that the result for an assessment or unit has not been finalised. A temporary administrative grade which indicates that the result for an assessment or unit has not been finalised. Used only to provide an interim result for units normally due to extension of time for submission or delay of marking. HE, VET1
 RPP^  Result Pending Placement^  A temporary administrative grade which indicates that the result for a unit that has a clinical placement component has not been finalised.  A temporary grade which indicates that the result for a unit with a clinical placement component is yet to be completed.  VET
 RPeP Transition  Result Pending Placement - Transition  A temporary grade which indicates that the result will be transitioned to the related unit of competency in the updated training package.  A temporary grade which indicates that the result will be transitioned to the related unit of competency in the updated training package.  VET

Class of Honours awarded for Bachelor (Honours) degrees

Grade Code Grade Summary Explanation (Appears on the Statement of Results) Detailed Explanation Applies to
H1 First class Overall mark in the range 85% - 100% 85% - 100% overall mark; sustained high level of achievement HE
H21 Second class, Division 1 Overall mark in the range 75% - 84% 75% - 84% overall mark; predominantly high level of achievement HE
H22 Second class, Division 2 Overall mark in the range 65% - 74% 65% - 74% overall mark; sound achievement, with some high quality performance HE
H3 Third class Overall mark in the range 50% - 64% 50% - 64% overall mark; sound achievement HE

All temporary grades (i.e. RP, RPP, and RPep Transition) should be finalised prior to the census date of the next trimester following the initial application of the temporary grade. In certain circumstances, the Dean may approve for temporary grades to continue past the relevant census date. Any temporary grades approved to result pending past census will be finalised by the end of the next trimester. Any outstanding temporary grades that have not been finalised by the end of the next trimester will be converted to, and recorded as, a FI Fail Incomplete.

1Grade is used at the individual assessment task and overall unit / final result level at ACAP

 


What is a grade point average (GPA) and what is it used for?

A grade point average is a standardised way of calculating a higher education student’s academic merit. It assists in determining academic progress of individual students at ACAP.

Many other higher education institutions also use the GPA as a measure of academic merit to assist with processes such as determining the eligibility of an applicant for admission or the awarding of a scholarship.

Why did ACAP adopt GPA?

The GPA provides an overall view of student performance in a program and is a leading indicator of student’s academic achievement at ACAP. It is a recognized measure of a student’s performance.

When did ACAP adopt the GPA?

The Academic Board approved the introduction of the GPA from Term 1 2013 .

Every Statement of Results issued from Term 1, 2013 will include the GPA for the student to date.

How does GPA work?

ACAP has adopted a 7-point GPA scale:

 

Grade Point Average (GPA) Scale

Grade

Mark Range

Code

Grade Point

High Distinction

85-100%

HD

7

Distinction

75-84%

D

6

Credit

65-74%

C

5

Pass

50-64%

P

4

Fail

0-49%

F

1.5

Fail Incomplete

 

FI

1.5

Withdrawn Fail

Withdrawn after census but prior to week 8 of term

WF

0

Fail No Submission

No assessment submitted

FNS

0

The GPA is calculated by multiplying the credit points for the unit studied by the scale value of the grade received for the unit. Then the sum of all these values is divided by the sum of credit points of the units studied.

The formula is:

GPA =

Σ (grade value × unit credit points)

Σ unit credit points

Example

Unit

Credit points

Result

GPA scale value

Grade points

Skills 1

3

HD

7

3 X 7 = 21

Methods 2

3

C

5

3 X 5 = 15

Intro to Psych

3

P

4

3 X 4 = 12

Clinical stats

3

F

1.5

3 X 1.5 = 4.5

Totals

12

 

 

52.5

GPA is calculated by dividing the total grade points by the total credit points as follows:

52.5/12 = 4.375

The GPA is therefore 4.375.

Will the GPA include a Fail result in the calculation?

Yes, a fail result counts towards the calculation of the GPA.

How do I find out what my GPA is?

Your GPA is recorded on your Statement of Result. A Statement of Results will be presented to you upon conferral of your award at your graduation ceremony or sent to you if you are graduating in absentia. You may also apply for a Statement of Result at any time by completing and submitting the application form along with payment to the address on the form.

What about other result codes? Are they used in the GPA?

The following table outlines the result codes used at ACAP, and identifies whether they are used in the GPA calculation:

Grade

Code

Grade Point

High Distinction

 

HD

7

Distinction

 

D

6

Credit

 

C

5

Pass

 

P

4

Fail

F

1.5

Fail Incomplete

FI

1.5

Fail No Submission

 

FNS

0

Withdrawn Fail

 

WF

0

Ungraded Pass

UP

Not included in the GPA calculation

Ungraded Fail

UF

Not included in the GPA calculation

Completed

 

Not included in the GPA calculation

Advanced Standing

 

 

Not included in the GPA calculation

Who has access to my GPA?

Within ACAP

Your GPA is recorded as part of your academic information on our secure student system. Authorised ACAP staff, such as your course coordinator, have access to your academic records.

Outside ACAP

ACAP will only release your GPA if you authorise ACAP to do so on your behalf.

If I disagree with the calculation, who do I contact?

If you believe that the GPA calculated for you is not accurate please contact your course coordinator. ACAP will correct the GPA if there has been an error in calculation

 What will happen to my GPA when I transition from the Bachelor of Applied Social Science to the Bachelor of Counselling?

In order to address the question, let’s look at the GPA for two students, Student A who finished the previous course made up of units with 3 credit points and Student B who finished the updated course made up of units with 6 credit points.

Student A

 

Student B

 

Result

Scale value

Credit point

Grade point

   

Result

Scale value

Credit point

Grade point

1

C

5

3

15

 

1

C

5

6

30

2

C

5

3

15

 

2

C

5

6

30

3

P

4

3

12

 

3

P

4

6

24

4

P

4

3

12

 

4

P

4

6

24

5

D

6

3

18

 

5

D

6

6

36

6

HD

7

3

21

 

6

HD

7

6

42

7

C

5

3

15

 

7

C

5

6

30

8

C

5

3

15

 

8

C

5

6

30

9

P

4

3

12

 

9

P

4

6

24

10

F

1.5

3

4.5

 

10

F

1.5

6

9

11

F

1.5

3

4.5

 

11

F

1.5

6

9

12

P

4

3

12

 

12

P

4

6

24

13

C

5

3

15

 

13

C

5

6

30

14

C

5

3

15

 

14

C

5

6

30

15

P

4

3

12

 

15

P

4

6

24

16

D

6

3

18

 

16

D

6

6

36

17

P

4

3

12

 

17

P

4

6

24

18

P

4

3

12

 

18

P

4

6

24

19

HD

7

3

21

 

19

HD

7

6

42

20

P

4

3

12

 

20

P

4

6

24

21

C

5

3

15

 

21

C

5

6

30

22

D

6

3

18

 

22

D

6

6

36

23

F

1.5

3

4.5

 

23

F

1.5

6

9

24

P

4

3

12

 

24

P

4

6

24

25

P

4

3

12

 

25

P

4

6

24

26

C

5

3

15

 

26

C

5

6

30

27

D

6

3

18

 

27

D

6

6

36

     

81

367.5

       

162

735

                     
     

GPA

4.537037

       

GPA

4.537037

 

Both students enrolled in 27 units in total as both of them failed 3 units through their course. Both students obtained the same results.

Whether the credit points were 3 or were 6 for the course, they have the same GPA.

When students transfer from the previous course made up of units of 3 credit points to the updated course made up of units with 6 credit points, all of their units in the old course for which they are awarded credit will be brought up to 6 credit points for purposes of the GPA calculation.

There are two overarching principles involved in this decision:

  1. 1.    The units in the two courses are of relative equivalent weight

Both courses have 24 units. This same relative unit weight applies when credit is granted for units completed in the old course into the updated course.

The updated course structure administratively assigned 6 credit points per unit in order to bring credit points into line with other schools.

  1. 2.    GPA must not be affected

If the difference in credit points were left in place for the calculation of the GPA it would have the effect of giving extra weight to unit results in the updated course because they are weighted higher at 6 credit points. This may disadvantage some students and advantage others depending on the stage of their course and the results for units in the updated course. By lifting the credit points for the units in the previous course to 6, for the purpose of GPA calculations, the GPA remains unaltered. (Please see example above.) The GPA a student has achieved in the previous course will be effectively brought across to the updated course and therefore the principle that the GPA will not be affected is adhered to.

So, to answer the question above, your GPA will not be affected.