Grading System

Grading System

COVID-19 - Special Circumstance Grade (SC Grade)

We know COVID-19 is still hitting some of you hard so additional study periods have been added to include this grade.  Refer to the section below for a list of the applicable study periods. 

The SC grade will replace the fail grade on your transcript for any units you fail.

Note: * This does not include fail grades applied by either a University or Faculty Disciplinary Committee.

How this will work?

If you don’t pass a unit:

  • your results notification email will display an SC grade for that unit, and the mark you achieved
  • your official transcript will just display the SC grade - no mark
  • If you have an SC grade the corresponding mark will not be included in your WAM calculation ie. if you fail one of four units the WAM calculator will only use the marks of the three units you passed in your WAM calculation

You can find more information about the Special Circumstance grade in our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Terms/sessions the SC grade will be used for

The SC grade is applicable for the following study periods:

AFC September

AFC Term 2

AFC Term 3

AFC Term 4

Exchange Semester 1

Exchange Semester 2

Full Year 2 (2019)

Full Year 2 (2020)

Global MBA Online 3

Global MBA Online 4

Global MBA Online 5

Medicine B

Medicine C

Medicine D

MGSM Term 2

MGSM Term 3

MGSM Term 4

MUIC Term 2

MUIC Term 3

MUIC Term 4

OUA Session 1

OUA Session 2

Session 1

Winter Vacation

Session 2

Short-Term Exchange July

Special Circumstance - Frequently Asked Questions

Why have I got an SC grade and what does it mean?

A Special Circumstance or SC grade is awarded to students that do not meet the assessment requirements of a unit.  It is only applicable to specific study periods mentioned above. If you don’t pass a unit:

  • your results notification email will display an SC grade for that unit, and the mark you achieved.
  • the corresponding mark will not be included in your WAM calculation
  • your official transcript will just display just the SC grade, however no mark will be displayed.

What can I tell prospective employers?

The University decided that due to the unique situation and impacts caused by COVID-19, it was deemed that awarding students who haven’t met the unit requirements a Fail grade was not appropriate.

What’s the difference between a W grade and an SC grade?

Students that submit a Withdraw without Academic and/or Financial Penalty may not face a Financial Penalty, however students awarded an SC grade will still be required to pay for their unit.

Do I still have to pay for any unit I receive and SC grade for?

Yes.

Can I appeal an SC grade?

Yes. Refer to Grade Appeals for more information.

Do I need to redo a unit if I’ve received an SC grade?

An SC grade means that you have not successfully completed the requirements of the unit.  If the unit is a requirement for your degree, you will need to complete it in order to meet the requirements of your degree. If the unit is an elective, you may choose to re-enrol into it at a later date or select a different elective unit.

Does an SC grade count for credit towards my degree?

No, as an SC grade indicates that the unit requirements have not been met, it will not count for credit towards your degree.

If I pass but with a 51 or 52 (or similarly low mark) can I elect to get a SC grade instead?

No, if you are awarded a Pass grade, you are not able to elect to receive an SC grade.

How does an SC grade affect my academic standing/progression?

In these challenging times, we have relaxed the rules around Academic Progression. If you do not pass 51% of the load you attempted, in the study periods mentioned above, you WILL NOT be subject to the Academic Progression process. Therefore, an SC grade has no negative impact on your academic standing.

If I receive an SC grade for an elective, do I have to repeat the same elective?

As the unit is an elective, you can choose whether to repeat the unit or not, however, you should note that some degrees have requirements regarding the number and type of electives you can select.  If you started your degree in 2020 refer to the Course Handbook, however, if you started prior to 2020 you should refer to your Study Plan.

Do I have to pay to reattempt a unit I received an SC grade for?

Yes, you will be required to pay for reattempting any units that you receive an SC grade for.

Grading System from 2001

For units offered by Macquarie University

Standardised Numerical Grade/Mark 1
Description

Grade HD

85-100

denotes performance which meets all unit objectives in such an exceptional way and
with such marked excellence that it deserves the highest level of recognition.

Grade D

75-84

denotes performance which clearly deserves a very high level of recognition as
an excellent achievement in the unit.

Grade Cr

65·74

denotes performance which is substantially better than would normally be expected
of competent students in the unit.

Grade P

50-64

denotes performance which satisfies unit objectives.

Grade PC 2

45-49

denotes performance which meets unit objectives only marginally.

Grade S

N/A

denotes performance which satisfies unit objectives in a unit which grades only Pass/Fail.

Grade F

N/A

denotes that a candidate has failed to complete a unit satisfactorily.

SC0-49Due to COVID-19 the fail grade in Session 1/Term 2 will not be recorded and it will appear as a Special Circumstance grade

Grade FH

49

denotes that a candidate has obtained a raw mark over 50,
yet failed all available attempts of at least one hurdle assessment

 
Description

Status IS

indicates that the unit is incomplete and that a special examination is granted.

Status [A]

indicates that the unit is incomplete for administrative reasons.

Status I

indicates that the unit is incomplete.

Status W

denotes withdrawn without penalty.

Status K

indicates that enrolment in a postgraduate unit or honours program continued over more than one half year.

Status Z

indicates that a thesis or dissertation has been submitted and is being assessed.|

Status U*

indicates that a result is not finalised and/or not yet released (U* status = UD, UJ, UL, UE)

Grade Point Average and Weighted Average Mark

Admitted to a course from 2020

Weighted Average Mark (WAM) replaces GPA calculation

Admitted to a course prior to 2017, completed before 2020

Grade Point Average (GPA) is a calculation out of 4

Admitted to a course from 2017, completed before 2020

Grade Point Average (GPA) is a calculation out of 7

Admitted to a course at Macquarie University International College,
completed before 2020

Grade Point Average (GPA) is a calculation out of 7

For units offered by other tertiary institution

Grade F

denotes that a candidate has failed to complete a unit satisfactorily.

Grade S

denotes performance which satisfies unit objectives in a unit which grades only Pass/Fail.
For specific grades refer to the transcript from  that institution.

Status I

indicates that the unit is incomplete

Status W

denotes withdrawn without penalty.

Grading System Prior to 2001

For units offered by Macquarie University

Grade A

denotes work of superior quality. This may be demonstrated in areas such as criticism, logical argument, interpretation of materials or use of methodology. This grade may also be awarded to recognise particular originality or creativity in student performance.

Grade B

denotes work of predominantly good quality, demonstrating sound grasp of content together with efficient organisation, selectivity and use of techniques.

Grade C

denotes a clear pass and satisfactory achievement of unit objectives.

Grade CQ

denotes, for a unit taken after 1982, a pass which is marginal.

Grade F

indicates that the student has failed to complete the unit satisfactorily.

Grade P

represents a pass in a unit for which only one grade of pass is used.

Grade S

represents attendance and satisfactory participation in a postgraduate seminar unit in which an examination was not required.

Letter I

indicates that the unit is incomplete.

Letter W

denotes withdrawn without penalty.

Letter K

indicates that enrolment in a postgraduate unit or honours program continued over more than one half year.

Letter Z

indicates that a thesis or dissertation has been submitted and is being assessed.

For units offered by other tertiary institution

Grade P

indicates that the student has completed the unit satisfactorily. For specific grades refer to the transcript from that institution.

Grade F

indicates that the student has failed to complete the unit satisfactorily

Letter I

indicates that the unit is incomplete.

Letter W

denotes withdrawn without penalty.

CRICOS Provider No 00002J

1. From 2020 “Standardised Numerical Grade” replaced by “Mark”

2. From 2011 Grade PC is no longer awarded

For further information visit our Transcipts webpage

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