Information for students graduating in July 2009 The following are extracts from the School’s Undergraduate Assessment Procedures. The full document is available on the School’s Website, under ‘Information for Students’. 9 9.4 SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT – GENERAL PRINCIPLES The marks achieved at stage 1 (for the first 120 credits of a programme) will not count towards classification or award unless the programme in question leads to an undergraduate Certificate. Classification will be based on the student‟s profile of marks at stages 2, 3 and (where appropriate) 4 and the overall average marks obtained from these stages, in accordance with the conventions of the Board of Examiners for the programme. The credit attached to modules will generate their weighting within a stage - i.e. a 30 credit module will contribute one quarter to the overall average or profile of marks of the stage of the programme in which it is taken. 9.5 9.6 10. 10.1 CLASSIFICATION OF DEGREES Classification depends on both average and profile (distribution of marks across the classes) of the marks awarded . If the final average mark suggests a different class from a profiled class. the Board of Examiners must consider whether the higher class should be awarded, Average The weighted average percentage establishes the minimum class: First Upper Second Lower Second Third 70%+ 60-69% 50-59% 40-49% 10.2 10.2.1 All credits have equal weighting, and the final average, taken across all modules used in the summative assessment, will be rounded such that 59.4 becomes 59 and 59.5 becomes 60 10.3 Profile 10.3.1 Candidates will normally receive the class into which more than 120 credits fall. 10.3.2 A candidate whose average suggests a class of a Lower Second or Third may be awarded a higher class of degree than that indicated by the weighted average mark if the following conditions are met: (a) (b) (c) at least 50% of the classifying credits (normally 120 out of 240) have marks in the higher class or above; and not more than 25% (normally 60 credits) fall into a class two or more below the higher class; and the overall weighted average is at least 58% for an Upper Second class degree and 48% for a Lower Second class degree. 10.3.3. A candidate may be considered for a First class degree if 50% of the classifying credits are at 70% or above AND no more than 12.5% of the classifying credits (normally 30 credits) are between 50-59% AND no mark is below 50%. 10.4 Classification of programmes „with European Study‟ 10.4.1 Classification of four year degrees incorporating a year abroad is based upon the same general principle as for the three year variants except that in determining the award (a) (b) the marks carried forward from the year abroad will carry a weight of 25% in the calculation of the weighted average mark for the year the weighted average mark from the year abroad will be counted as 30 credits in the calculation of the grade profile 10.4.2 To obtain the award “with European Study” the weighted average mark obtained for the year abroad must be at least 40%. 10.4.3 If the weighted average mark exceeds any mark(s) in the second or final stages, it will replace those marks, up to a total of 30 credits, for the purpose of degree classification. 10.4.4 Degree classification shall be determined as defined for three year degrees subject only to the provision allowed for in 10.4.3 above. 10.5 Ordinary Degree An Ordinary Degree can be awarded based on achievement of an overall average of 40% in the assessment of at least 300 credits, including no more than 150 credits of level 1 modules and at least 60 credits of level 3 modules. For four-year programmes with European Study, students must pass 420 credits, including no more than 150 credits of level 1 modules and at least 120 credits of level 3 modules (the year abroad counting for 30 credits at level 3).
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