|Faculty Assessment Policy|
|Purpose||To define faculty-specific requirements for assessment practices which complement and comply with the University's assessment policies and procedures.|
|Scope||This policy applies to all courses and units offered in the Faculty of Business and Economics.|
Chief Examiner: is responsible for the implementation of the unit assessment regime and must recommend the final result for each student. The faculty board appoints a Chief Examiner for each unit taught by the faculty.
Unit Coordinator: academic staff member assigned to coordinate academic and administrative activities. The Chief Examiner may also be the Unit Coordinator;Campus Unit Coordinator: where the unit runs on multiple campuses in a given semester, the Campus Unit Coordinator typically has the responsibility of overseeing the local running of the unit. These units will also list a Chief Examiner who may be one of the Campus Unit Coordinators.
1. Assessment Requirements
1.1 Methods of assessment
Assessment tasks in the Faculty of Business and Economics include:
The specific assessment tasks chosen for each unit must be appropriate to the assessment of the learning outcomes specified in the unit guide and the University Handbook.
1.2 Pass requirements and Assessment hurdles
A student must achieve at least fifty per cent in total to pass a unit.
(See also section 8.1.1 below)
1.3 Assessment weightings and written assignments
As a general guideline, for a six credit point unit, the total length of assessment tasks should not exceed 6,000 words. Each hour of an examination is treated as being equivalent to 1,000 words of assessment. This weighting of 6,000 words per 6 credit points is also applicable to 12, 18 and 24-credit point units (i.e., 12,000, 18,000 and 24,000 words respectively).
2.1 Examination papers
Examination papers must:
Heads of Department may specify further requirements of chief examiners, such as the preparation of model solutions for the examination questions and these model solutions must be approved by an independent staff member
2.2 Student access to examination scripts
Students are entitled to view the examination paper and their examination scripts. However, students may be denied access to their scripts if the examination contains short-answer questions or a component of multiple-choice questions. The original examination script may not be retained by the student under any circumstances.
Further information can be found in the faculty feedback on exam performance procedures.
3. In-semester Assessment
In-semester assessment comprises assessment tasks completed outside of the University examination period. In most cases, such assessment consists of either written assignments completed by students outside of class time, or invigilated assessment tasks completed during class time. In-semester assessment may also be linked to a hurdle requirement. A list of assessment tasks is provided under subsection 1.1 above.
Where in-semester assessment tasks are assigned to groups, academic staff are advised to refer to the faculty's Group Assessment Guidelines for information about setting and assessing group assessment tasks.
4. Supplementary Assessment
The supplementary assessment will take the form appropriate to the part(s) of the unit assessment that the student failed.
5. Marking, Grading and Results
5.1 Grading scale
5.2 Grade Distribution
The faculty's Grade Distribution report templates and information can be found here.
5.3 Verification of Fail Grades
Under section G.5 of the University's Unit Assessment Procedures, each faculty is required to have a specified procedure for verifying fail grades.
In the Faculty of Business and Economics, all examination papers, individual in-semester assessment items worth more than 10% and continuous assessment totalling more than 30% (where the individual tasks are worth less than 10%) receiving a fail grade must be second marked.*
*The review of overall unit results will be conducted in line with the specifications of section 6.2.1
6. Review of Results
Section G.7 of the University's Unit Assessment Procedures provides for students to seek a review of their assessment, subject to the relevant faculty's procedures. A review of marks may result in an increase or decrease in the marks awarded. The final result obtained after the review of marks will stand.
The Faculty of Business and Economics review of results procedure is as follows.
6.1 Review of overall unit results
6.1.1 Students achieving a passing grade can request that an arithmetical check of the calculation of the overall grade be conducted. In such circumstances, there will not be any re-marking of any assessment task.
6.1.2 All requests for review of a unit result must be received by the relevant department in writing within 20 working days of the official publication of results. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
6.1.3 Departments will notify students in writing of the outcome of their request to review a unit result within 10 working days of receipt of the request. This notification will also provide details relating to the appeal process.
6.1.4 Appeals against department decisions must be lodged with the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching within 10 working days of the student receiving the department notification of the outcome. Appeals decisions will be processed within 10 working days.
6.2 Review of result for an assessment task
6.2.1 Students may request a review of the result for an in-semester assessment task worth more than 10% and continuous assessment such as submission of weekly exercises or computer based learning activities totalling more than 30% (where the individual tasks are worth less than 10%).
6.2.2 Requests for a review of an assessment task must be submitted in writing to the relevant department no more than 20 working days following the department's notification of the result for that assessment task. No applications received after this time will be considered.
6.2.3 Departments will notify students of the outcome within 10 working days of receipt of the review request and advise students of the appeal process in their notification letter.
6.2.4 Appeals against department decisions must be lodged with the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching within 10 working days of the student receiving the department notification of the outcome. Appeals will be processed within 10 working days.
6.2.5 The above policy does not preclude a student from seeking a review of an overall unit result or individual assessment task result on non-academic grounds, such as unlawful forms of discrimination which may have negatively impacted on their performance. These grievances are managed by the University's Equity and Diversity Centre.
7. Chief Examiners
7.1 Appointment of Chief Examiners
Chief Examiners are appointed pursuant to Statute 6.1.5 - Assessment (refer section 2.1). Chief examiners are appointed by Faculty Board and Assistant Examiners by the Dean or Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Head of Department.
7.2 Responsibilities of Chief Examiners
Chief Examiners hold responsibility for the quality, relevance and currency of academic unit content, overall assessment regime and the setting of assessment tasks and examinations within their specified unit. They are also responsible for overseeing the teaching practice and curriculum taught in the relevant unit.
Key responsibilities of Chief Examiners include:
8. Dissemination of Information to Students
8.1 Unit Guides
The following statement must appear in all unit guides:
"The final mark that a student receives for a unit will be determined by the Board of Examiners taking into account all aspects of assessment"
8.1.1 Hurdle Requirements
Where a hurdle exists, the following statement must also be included in either thelearning outcomes or hurdles requirements section:
There is a hurdle requirement in this unit.
The learning outcomes in this unit require students to demonstrate in the final summative assessment task a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered in the unit. This is demonstrated by the requirement that the student must attain a mark of at least xx%1 in the final summative assessment task.
A student's final mark is normally the sum of the marks obtained in all of the assessment tasks in the unit. Where a student fails the unit solely because of failure to satisfy the hurdle requirement, a mark of 48 will be returned for the unit.
1 To be determined by department.
The primary method of communication to students should be through the relevant MUSO site for the unit, to ensure that announcements reach all students as necessary.
|Supporting procedures||Calculators/ Electronic Devices in Examinations Procedures
Procedure for Review of Overall Unit Result or Re-mark of Assessment Task
|Supporting guidelines||Group Assessment Guidelines|
|Responsibility for implementation||Deputy Dean Education
Associate Dean Graduate
Assocaite Dean Undergraduate
|Key Stakeholders||Deputy Dean Education
Associate Learning and Teaching
|Governance Record||Faculty Board Meeting 2/2011
Thursday 5 May 2011
Agenda item 7.5.1
|Related policies||Special consideration policy|
|Date Effective||23 July 2012 (Semester 2, 2012)|
|Review Date||22 July 2017|
|Owner||Faculty of Business and Economics|
|Author||Deputy Dean Education|
|Content Enquiries||Academic Governance Unit