Using the Grade Curve

2.1 Using the Grade Curve
Summary

Separate assessment components are given a numerical score, which are combined to provide an overall numerical score for the course.  The overall numerical score is then converted to an alphanumeric grade, based on relative performance within the stream.  The system is known as the grading curve.

For all programmes, the final course grade is dependent on the overall relative position in the cohort.

If more than two students have the same numerical score to two decimal places, departures from strict proportionality within the grade curve are permitted.  It is expected that this will not lead to more than +/- 2% difference.

If more than 10% of the class has not completed the course the grade curve will not be applied until the students have taken any outstanding assessments. Provisional results may be released to those students who have attempted the assessment on a pass/fail basis only.

Grade Curve: Core Courses
Letter Grade Proportion in class
A+ 10%
A 40%
B 40%
C 10%
F

Please note a first-sitting Fail grade is recorded as F* for administrative purposes.  Failure is absolute, faculty are not forced to fail students.

For Core Courses taught concurrently, all streams will be graded together using one grade curve applied.

For MBA Tailored Core Courses, streams taught in the same term will be graded together using one grade curve.

Grade Curve: Elective Courses
Letter Grade Proportion in class
A+ ≤ 10% 50%
A
B Remainder ≥ 50%
C
F

A DNS grade ('Did Not Study') will be given to any student who is registered on an elective but both fails to attend any session and fails to submit any assignment for the elective.

Please note that failure is absolute, faculty are not forced to fail students.

For Elective Courses, streams of the same Elective course taught concurrently by the same faculty member and using the same assessment methods may have the grade curve applied across all streams.

Grading for Global Experiential Courses

Attendance and participation on these courses will be graded by a letter system, although the forced curve will not be employed. The following numerical conversion is applied:

80% + = A+

70% - 79.9% = A

60% - 69.9% = B

50% - 59.9% = C

0% - 49.9% = F

Please note a first-sitting Fail grade is recorded as F* for administrative purposes.  Failure is absolute, faculty are not forced to fail students.

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