Additional Course Outline Information
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.
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.
For these courses the following 10 point scale is used to report students’ achievement in course assignments.
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 respects.
B+/A- Very Good: Work is of a very high quality in most respects. It may fail to be outstanding in several criteria.
B/B- Good: Work is of a reasonably high quality, meeting all of the criteria to a satisfactory standard.
C+/C Fair: Work at this level is acceptable and just meets most or all of the criteria.
D/E Very Weak: Work which is clearly deficient. When the required work has not been done or is not submitted by the specific deadline.
Full attendance is expected in order to meet the professional standards expected of teachers employed in schools and to fulfil the nature of this interactive, participatory, workshop-based course. If there is a reason that a student cannot attend they must explain their absence to the course lecturer by phone or email on or before the day of absence. Course lecturers may approve absences of up to 3 days, but longer leave must be approved by the Associate Dean (Secondary).
Students will be asked to make (anonymous if desired) written comment on:
Student and teacher surveys using current UC systems.
As part of its committment to offer higher quality courses, moderation processes will ensure that assessment is fair,equitable, consistent and manageable. It is also a process for ensuring the consistency of assessment.
All assignments due (unless there are exceptional circumstances) on due date unless by prior arrangement for an extension of up to one week only. The lecturer reserves the right not to mark late work with no extension granted.
refer to CIS www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses
Extension requests to be submitted to course lecturer by email or verbally up to 3 days before due date. Exceptional circumstances may allow variations to this.
Course Co-ordinators are responsible for deciding which assessments within a course are eligible for resubmission. Usual conditions are as follows:
1. Resubmissions are restricted to situations where students have achieved most, but not all, of the learning outcomes required in an assessment task (e.g. 40-49%)
2. The grade for the resubmitted work is restricted to the minimum passing grade for that assessment (e.g. C)
3. Students are permitted only one resubmission on any piece of assessment
4. Students are permitted only one resubmission within a course
5. Course Co-ordinators will provide clear deadlines for resubmitting the assessment, usually within seven days.
6. Resubmissions are restricted to pieces of assessment that were originally submitted on or before the due date. Late assignments are automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity except in exceptional circumstances).
Assignments to be submitted to the lecturer in class or at the lecturer’s office.
Assignments submitted via the NZ mail system that are date stamped by the College’s Distance Assignment and Materials Centre more than two working days after the assessment’s due date will be considered late.