School of Humanities

Upper level assessment rules

Rules regarding assessments, assignments and exams in upper level units.

  1. The unit structures and schemes of assessment
  2. The preparation of assignments
  3. The submission of assignments
  4. The marking of assignments
  5. The re-marking of assignments and appeals
  6. The review and re-marking of examination papers

1. The unit structures and schemes of assessment

1.1 The unit structures and schemes of assessment for upper level philosophy units are set out in the initial handouts for these units.

1.2 Subject to the necessary conditions (a), (b) and (c) below the Philosophy Examiners will recommend to the Faculty Board of Examiners that a student who obtains an overall percentage of at least 50 be awarded a pass in the unit.

  1. In order to pass a unit a student must normally obtain a percentage equivalent of at least 40 in any semester examination paper.
  2. In order to pass a unit a student must submit at least one prescribed assignment counting formally for purposes of assessment (e.g. an essay, tutorial paper or logic assignment) obtaining a percentage equivalent of at least 40 for that assignment.
  3. Subject to School approval, a Unit Co-ordinator may impose further necessary conditions, additional to those set out in (a) and (b).

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2. The preparation of assignments

2.1 It is recommended that essays be typewritten or produced on a word processor.

2.2 Unless otherwise required by the Unit Co-ordinator students shall produce essays and tutorial papers in conformity with the UWA Philosophy Essay Instructions.

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3. The submission of assignments

3.1 An assignment must be submitted by the date and time prescribed except where the student has received in writing an extension of time from the Unit Co-ordinator.The Unit Co-ordinator will not normally grant extensions for submission of written work. However, unit coordinators will have different polices on late work and these will be clearly stated in the syllabus for each unit. Consult the syllabus for the late policy for your courses.

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4. The marking of assignments

4.1 The pass grades used across the university are High Distinction (HD: 80-100%), Distinction (D: 70-79%), Credit (CR: 60-69%) and Pass (P: 50-59%). The fail grade is N (0-49%).

4.2 The upper word limit for essays or tutorial papers is stated in the initial handout for the unit. The actual number of words must be stated at the end of the essay or paper. If the word limit is exceeded, the excess words may be ignored by the marker or the assignment grade may be lowered.

4.3 The Philosophy Chair after consultation with the Unit Co-ordinator may direct that a student be interviewed by two members of the Philosophy staff on an assignment submitted by that student.

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5. The re-marking of assignments and appeals

5.1

  1. If a student thinks that the grade awarded his or her assignment is lower than the assignment deserves, the student should consult the marker.
  2. If after this consultation the marker agrees that the assignment grade should be raised, the matter shall be referred to the Unit Co-ordinator.
  3. If the Unit Co-ordinator agrees that the grade should be raised, the Coordinator shall forward the assignment to the Philosophy Chair with a written recommendation of a new grade. If the Philosophy Chair is satisfied that the new grade is justified, the Philosophy Chair shall alter the grade awarded the assignment accordingly. The assignment shall then be returned to the student.
  4. If the Philosophy Chair is not satisfied that the new grade recommended is justified, the assignment shall be treated as an assignment presented for re-marking on appeal (see 5.3). The Philosophy Chair shall notify the student, the Unit Co-ordinator and the marker accordingly.

5.2 If, after consultation with the marker as provided for in 5.1, the student is not satisfied, he or she may approach the Unit Coordinator for immediate resolution of the matter. If the student is dissatisfied with the Coordinator's ruling, then he or she may appeal against the original mark in a letter addressed to the Head of Department. The student shall submit with the letter the original assignment together with two clean copies of the assignment. The two clean copies shall not contain or indicate the name or student number of the student.

The Philosophy Chair shall acknowledge in writing receipt of any letter appealing against an assignment grade.

5.3 The procedure for the remark of an assignment on appeal is as follows.

  1. The Philosophy Chair shall cancel the original mark awarded the assignment.
  2. The Philosophy Chair shall appoint two Philosophy staff who have not seen the assignment in question to mark the clean copies of the assignment in accordance with 5.2.
  3. The appeal markers shall not confer with each other or with anyone else on their assessment of the assignment and shall have no access to the original assignment. They shall not enter grades or comments on the clean copies of the assignment issued to them. When an appeal marker has graded the assignment he or she shall return the clean copy of the assignment to the Philosophy Chair together with a letter or note indicating a grade for the assignment.
  4. The Philosophy Chair shall award the assignment the average of the two grades indicated by the appeal markers and shall inform the student in writing of this result. The original assignment and the two clean copies shall be returned to the student.
  5. Subject to the student's right to initiate proceedings under the University's appeal procedures the award made under (d) shall be final.

5.4 The consultations provided for in 5.1 and 5.2 shall take place no later than ten days after the date on which the marked assignments are made available for collection from the Philosophy Office. Any appeal against the original grade awarded an assignment must be lodged no later than fourteen days after the collection date.

5.5 If an assignment subject to re-mark or re-mark on appeal was originally marked by the Philosophy Chair the procedure shall be as provided for in 5.1 to 5.4 except that the role assigned to the Philosophy Chair shall be exercised by the next senior ranking member of the Philosophy staff.

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6. The review and re-marking of examination papers

6.1 A student may discuss with the Unit Co-ordinator his or her performance in an examination.

6.2 If a student after the consultation provided for in 6.1 is not satisfied that his or her examination answers have received an adequate mark, the student may apply in writing to the Head of Department for a re-mark of the paper or any section of it.

6.3 If an examination answer paper is to be re-marked the Philosophy Chair shall appoint one or more members of the Philosophy staff to re-mark the paper. The paper to be re-marked shall be a photocopy of the original with all comments, marks and the student's name and number removed. The marks awarded the answers in the re-marked paper shall replace the original marks.

6.4 The Philosophy Chair shall write to the student who requested a re-mark notifying the student of the result of the re-mark and any consequent adjustment to that student's semester or annual grade.

6.5 Subject to a student's right to initiate proceedings under the University's appeal procedures any award made under 6.4 shall be final.

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