Additional Course Outline Information
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions and the Assessment Guidelines for Students: Assessment, Referencing and Written Assignment Preparation for Physical Education and BSpC, Courses, 2011.
Assessment against progressive standards of achievement.
In this course students are assessed against defined standards that describe progressive levels of achievement. The final grade for the course is calculated by averaging the grades obtained for each assessment task and taking into account the weighting assigned to each piece of work. In order to obtain on overall passing grade students are required to obtain a C grade or above for ALL assessment tasks in the course. See the Assessment Guidelines for Students: Assessment, Referencing and Written Assignment Preparation for Physical Education and BSpC Courses, 2011 for further information on grades and criteria.
In this course student performance is assessed in relation to defined standards that describe progressive levels of achievement. For these courses the following 11 point scale is used to report students’ achievement in course assignments and examinations.
Grade GPA Marks
A+ 9 90 – 100
A 8 85 – 89
A- 7 80 – 84
B+ 6 75 – 79
B 5 70 – 74
B- 4 65 – 69
C+ 3 60 – 64
C 2 55 – 59
C- 1 50 – 54
D 0 40 – 49
E -1 0 – 39
The criteria used to assess students’ work vary according to the type of assessment but usually include the quality of organisation, evidence of wide reading, the ability to select appropriate material, the clarity and relevance of argument and evidence, originality and style.
For individual pieces of assessment, lecturers will generally use more specific criteria. However, the following broad definitions of grades on the scale may help students understand the standards used by lecturers.
• A/A+ Excellent: Work is of outstanding quality in all aspects.
• B+/A- Very Good: Work is of a very high quality in most respects. It may fail to be outstanding in several criteria.
• B Good: Work is of a reasonably high quality, meeting all of the criteria to a satisfactory standard.
• B-/C+/C Fair to reasonable: Work at this level is acceptable and just meets most or all of the criteria.
• D/E grades Very Weak: Work which is clearly deficient in almost all respects. When the required work has not been done or is not submitted by the specific deadline.
It is expected that students will demonstrate regular attendance in class.
Students will be asked to complete Course and Teacher Evaluations using UCTL evaluative instruments. The Faculty of Education will conduct regular graduate surveys under the direction of the Dean of Education.
All course assessments are moderated within courses and selected courses assessments are moderated externally. A sample of your work may be used as part of the internal and external moderation process. Regular Validation Meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.
All assignments must be submitted by the due day and no late assignments will be accepted unless an appropriate extension has been granted.
Students should refer to the booklet Assessment Guidelines for Students: Assessment, Referencing and Written Assignment Preparation for Physical Education and BSpC for further information on course assessment.
Students should keep a verbatim copy (electronic) of all your assignment work submitted, in the event
that original work is lost or damaged.
In all written assignments marks will be allocated for appropriate writing skills and APA referencing.
All assignments must be submitted by the due day and no late assignments will be accepted unless an appropriate extension has been granted (extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically). In the case of exceptional circumstances extensions may be granted. A request for an extension can be made in writing or by email at least 48 hours before the assessment is due. Applications must be made to the course lecturer and completed on the appropriate application form.
In order to pass this course students must have passed all assessment events with a C grade or better. Students will have the opportunity to resubmit one failed piece of assessment that originally receive a mark between 40%-49%. The resubmission will receive a maximum pass grade of 50%. Resubmissions will not apply to any examinations held during the University of Canterbury examination periods.
Assignments will be collected and returned in class.