MyCQU - Grades Explained

Grades Explained

Grades overview

HD – High Distinction
Used for a composite mark in the range 84.50% and above (85 – 100% when rounded to the nearest integer).

D – Distinction
Used for a composite mark in the range of 74.50% – 84.49 (75 – 84% when rounded to the nearest integer).

C – Credit
Used for a composite mark in the range of 64.50 – 74.49% (65 – 74% when rounded to the nearest integer).

P – Pass
Used for a composite mark in the range 49.50 – 64.49% (50 – 64% when rounded to the nearest integer).

PN – Pass Non‐Grade
Used to indicate a pass in a unit for which a full range of grades is not available. That is, the only possible outcomes are Fail (F), or Pass Non-Grade (PN).

SA – Supplementary Assessment and SE – Supplementary Examination
An interim result of Supplementary Assessment or Supplementary Examination is awarded to a student to undertake further assessment or examination.

WF – Withdrawn Fail
A result given when a student has withdrawn from a unit after the Census date, for enrolments with academic penalty. (Result of (WF) only applies to enrolments withdrawn prior to the commencement of a formal examination period).

F - Fail
Fails to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the unit. Used for a composite mark below 49.50% (50% when rounded to the nearest integer) or where overall pass requirements approved for a unit are not met. Pass requirements for each unit are stated in the Unit Profile.

DA – Deferred Assessment
Assessment (other than a formal examination, administered by the Student Governance Centre) given when a student, through illness, or some other acceptable exceptional circumstances, has been prevented from taking one or more of the assessments, or has been disadvantaged during the assessment. This includes students who have been granted extensions on final assessment items.

DE – Deferred Examination
A formal examination (administered by the Student Governance Centre) given when a student, through illness, or some other acceptable exceptional circumstances, has been prevented from sitting for a formal examination held in the official examination period, or has been disadvantaged during the examination.

Students who apply to sit a deferred examination will usually be granted only one opportunity to complete this examination.

PO - Practicum Outstanding
This grade is awarded only when the student has completed all other assessment tasks for the unit (including an examination if applicable), but has either not been able to undertake the practicum or work placement component of the unit, or will undertake the practicum or work placements components outside of normal term dates. The full range of results is available to students when finalised within the deadlines set by the Unit Coordinator.

RO - Result Outstanding
Assigned when all assessable items have been submitted by the student but the School is still to determine an appropriate grade at the time of Certification of Grades.

This interim result may be an outcome from a number of circumstances including, but not limited to, an assessment still to be marked due to late submission resulting from an extended submission date requiring marking time to be extended, a request for a review of grade or while an investigation of an academic misconduct case is undertaken.

Grades relevant only to Bachelor Honours Degrees

First Class Honours
Indicates students have achieved results in this range or specified grade point average (GPA). 84.50% – 100.00% (or GPA 6.0 and above for those courses which do not correlate with the percentage-based calculations).

Second Class Honours, Division A
Indicates students have achieved results in this range or specified GPA. 74.50% – 84.49% (or GPA 5.5 – 5.9 for those courses which do not correlate with the percentage-based calculations).

Second Class Honours, Division B
Indicates students have achieved results in this range or specified GPA. 64.50 – 74.49% (or GPA 5.0 – 5.4 for those courses which do not correlate with the percentage-based calculations).

Third Class Honours
Indicates students have achieved results in this range or specified GPA. 49.50 – 64.49% (or GPA 4.0 – 4.9 for those courses which do not correlate with the percentage-based calculations).

Grades relevant only to TAFE courses

CA Competency Achieved
Indicates sufficient evidence has been gathered that competency has been met/completed in relation to the relevant training package or learning outcomes of an accredited course.

NC Not Competent 
Indicates the student has attempted all assessment requirements and has been assessed as competency not achieved in at least one form of assessment.

WD Withdrawn
Indicates the student has engaged in some learning activity.

CA** Competency achieved awaiting verification
Indicates the underpinning knowledge and skills has been achieved and is awaiting employer third-party verification.

R Reassessment to be undertaken
Indicates student work is to be reassessed.

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