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MyCQU - Grades Explained

Grades Explained

Grades overview

Grades in higher education and enabling courses (unless otherwise specified).

HD - High Distinction
Composite mark in the range 84.50% and above (85 – 100% when rounded to the nearest integer).

D - Distinction
Composite mark in the range of 74.50– 84.49% (75 – 84% when rounded to the nearest integer).

C - Credit
Composite mark in the range of 64.50– 74.49% (65 – 74% when rounded to the nearest integer).

P - Pass
Composite mark in the range 49.50 –64.49% (50 – 64% when rounded to the nearest integer).

PN - Pass Non‐Grade
Indicates a pass in a unit for which the full range of grades is not available, i.e. the only possible outcomes are Fail (F) or Pass Non-Grade (PN).

S - Successful
Indicates the successful completion of a research-only unit.

U - Unsuccessful
Indicates the unsuccessful completion of a research-only unit.

F - Fail
Composite mark below 49.50% (50% when rounded to the nearest integer).

# - In-Progress
Indicates an in‐progress grade and is assigned to Part A of a full-year unit combination.

W - Withdrawn
Indicates a student has withdrawn from a unit after the census date for enrolments and their application for withdrawal without academic penalty is approved. W results are for administrative purposes only and do not appear on the student’s official academic transcript.

WD - Withdrawn
Indicates academic withdrawal of a student from a research-only unit after a date the University decides or is mutually agreed between the student and the University.

WF - Withdrawn Fail
Indicates a student has withdrawn from a unit with academic penalty after the census date for enrolments. WF results only apply to unit enrolments withdrawn before the formal exam period begins.

Interim Results

AF - Absent Fail
Indicates the student has completed insufficient or no assessment tasks and further submission of work will not be accepted. This is an interim outcome and for the purpose of calculating academic progress counts as a Fail, i.e. an AF will be awarded if the requirements of the unit profile are not met. An AF interim result appears as a Fail (F) grade on the student’s official academic transcript.

DA - Deferred Assessment
Indicates a student who, through illness or some other acceptable exceptional circumstances, was unable to undertake one or more assessment tasks, or was disadvantaged during the assessment and has been granted an opportunity for a deferred assessment (other than a formal exam administered by the Student Governance Centre). DA results are decided based on procedures and criteria in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

DE - Deferred Examination
Indicates a student who, through illness or some other acceptable exceptional circumstances, was unable to sit (attend) a scheduled formal exam during the standard exam period or was disadvantaged during the exam, and has been granted an opportunity to attend a formal deferred exam (administered by the Student Governance Centre). DE results are decided based on procedures and criteria in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

NS - Not Sat
Indicates a student has not sat (attended) a scheduled exam or has not been granted a deferred exam in a unit for which the unit profile specifies that a formal exam must be completed to pass the unit. An NS result will count as a Fail (F) for the purpose of calculating academic progress and will appear as a Fail (F) grade on the student’s official academic transcript. NS results will be retained in the Student Records System in the result tabulation for the course as a whole to enable Schools to judge a student’s actual class performance in the unit.

PO - Practicum Outstanding
Indicates a student has completed all other assessment tasks for the unit, but:
a) has been unable to complete the required residential school or work-integrated learning component (e.g. practicum, work placement) in the unit and/or the associated assessment within the normal term dates, or
b) will complete the required residential school or work-integrated learning component (e.g. practicum, work placement) in the unit and the associated assessment outside the normal term dates.

A grade will be awarded for the unit when the student completes the outstanding assessment within the timeline set by the Unit Coordinator (or delegate).

RO - Result Outstanding
Indicates a student has completed and submitted all assessable tasks for a unit and the University has not yet decided the grade by the certification of grades date. An RO result may be an outcome from a number of circumstances including, but not limited to, assessment still to be marked due to late submission resulting from an extended submission date and requires extended marking time, or an academic misconduct investigation is still to be completed.

SA / SE - Supplementary Assessment / Supplementary Exam
Indicates a student has been granted an opportunity to undertake a supplementary assessment task or formal exam to resolve doubt about the student’s academic performance and whether the student has attained the learning outcomes for the unit. SA and SE results are decided by the Education Committee at the end of the current term. Students cannot request an SA or SE result. SA and SE results are decided based on procedures and criteria in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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.

Interim results (TAFE)

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.

Find out more

For more information about grades and results, grade point averages, and degrees with distinction visit Policy and search for 'Grades'.