Assessment Structure: Grade Descriptors for Coursework Units
A grade descriptor provides a broad description of the extent to which a student has met the requirements of an assessment task or a unit within a band of grades. Grade Descriptors are listed in the schedule B of the UDiv Assessment Policy

High Distinction (HD) 85+

Command of Topic
  • Outstanding attainment of the unit learning outcomes to which the task is aligned
  • Application of factual and conceptual knowledge demonstrating a degree of originality and independent thought
Skill and Application 
  • Sophisticated use of appropriate references and sources
  • Demonstrates a high degree of precision and rigour in the argument, analysis and/or insight
  • Excellent and well-crafted communication (written or oral)
  • Highly developed use of prescribed referencing style with no noted errors (where applicable)

Distinction (D) 75-84

Command of Topic
  • High attainment of unit learning outcomes to which the task is aligned
  • Application of factual and conceptual knowledge demonstrating a degree of independent thought
Skill and Application 
  • Skilful use of appropriate references and sources
  • Demonstrates evidence of sustained rigour in the argument, analysis and/or insight
  • Effective and well-crafted communication (written or oral)
  • Competently and accurately referenced (where applicable)

Credit (C) 65-74

Command of Topic
  • Sound attainment of unit learning outcomes to which the task is aligned
  • Critical handling of factual and conceptual knowledge  
Skill and Application 
  • Competent use of appropriate references and sources
  • Demonstrates a well-structured and clearly expressed argument and/or analysis
  • Concise and structured communication (written or oral)
  • Referencing/footnotes and bibliography conform to the correct style 

Pass (P) 50-64

Command of Topic
  • Satisfactory attainment of unit learning outcomes to which the task is aligned
  • Satisfactory factual and conceptual knowledge  
Skill and Application
  • Engagement with a range of appropriate references and sources
  • Demonstrates some argument, analysis and/or insight
  • Intelligible communication (written/oral)
  • Adequate footnoting/referencing and bibliography  

Fail (F) 35-49

Command of Topic
  • Lacking in clear attainment of unit learning outcomes to which the task is aligned
  • Lacking factual and conceptual knowledge  
Skill and Application 
  • Little or no engagement with material
  • Demonstrates a poor level of skill in argument, analysis and/or insight
  • Demonstrates little clarity or logical process in communication (written or oral)
  • Demonstrates low-level skill of footnoting/referencing and bibliography  

Fail (F) 0-34

Command of Topic
  • Demonstrates confusion of the subject matter
  • Poorly informed opinion-led work rather than evidence based argument  
Skill and Application 
  • Fails to demonstrate any satisfactory attainment of the learning outcomes
  • Communication lacks structure and argument
  • Absence or misuse of sources 

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