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Academic Matters

Assessment

Grading System

The grades, their standards and the grade points for assessment shall be as follows:

Course Grade

Grade

Standard Grading System

Grade Point

A+ to F

A+

Excellent

4.3

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

Good

3.3

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

Satisfactory

2.3

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

Pass

1.3

D

1.0

F

Fail

0

 

*For student who has taken any credit bearing course with the assessment on a Pass/Fail basis, no grade point will be achieved from such category of course. However, the credits gained will be counted to fulfill the credit requirements for graduation.

Course Grade

Grade

Standard

Grade Point

*Pass / Fail

DI

Distinction0
PPass0
FFail0

 

Examination

1st semester examinationsavailable in November
2nd semester examinationsavailable in April

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1st semester

in January

(during the course add/drop period)

2nd semester

in June

Announcement of honours classification for graduation class

in June

 

Students who fail to take the examination as scheduled normally result in an automatic failure in the course. Candidates who are unable to be present at any examination of a course because of illness may apply for permission to present themselves for examination at some other time. Any such application shall be made on the form prescribed within 14 days of the date of the examination and the form should be sent to the University Health Service. The leave granted by the attending doctor must cover the examination session that the candidate was absent from, otherwise supplementary examination will not be arranged. ​​​​Late submission is not considered by the Board of Examiners. If the Board allows you to sit a supplementary examination, you will be informed of such by the relevant Department.

 

If you are absent from examinations due to reasons other than illness, you should write to the Board as soon as after your examination but not later than 14 days from the date of your examination.

 

The Board of Examiners meets in January and June every year to determine examination results.

The Faculty does not have supplementary examinations for students who fail in the examinations. However, supplementary examinations may be arranged for those students who are absent from examinations due to illness, subject to the Board of Examiners’ (the Board) approval. Supplementary examinations are not granted automatically but would be considered by the Board on an individual basis.

 

Only those students who are permitted by the Board to take a supplementary examination will be individually informed of such an outcome. The Department will arrange the supplementary examination as early as practicable, in consultation with the student concerned. For students who are absent from the supplementary examination, no further supplementary examination will be arranged

 

 

As the examination results for the 1st semester of 2018-19 was announced on January 11, 2019, the deadline for submitting application for rechecking of examination results is January 25, 2019 (6 pm).

 

 

 

All examination papers are carefully marked by examiners and the results are duly approved by the Board of Examiners. The University’s position is that student appeals against examination results which are academic judgments are disallowed. However if students who wish to apply for checking of procedural irregularity or technical error of the assessment result shall apply in writing to the Faculty Office by submitting a separate application for each assessment result to be checked within 14 days after the announcement of the assessment result. Please refer to document 111/511 amended for the Procedures for Checking of Assessment Results of Taught Courses.
 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • You have to submit one application form for each assessment result to be checked to the Faculty Office, together with the receipt of payment;
  • Application sent by email will not be considered; AND
  • Late application will not be considered.

The Faculty stresses the importance of the academic performance of students. Students who do not perform satisfactorily may be recommended for discontinuation of their studies.

 

BSc

BSc(ActuarSc)

Sc5(h) Candidates shall be recommended for discontinuation of their studies if they have:

 

  1. failed to complete successfully 36 or more credits in two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester), except where they are not required to take such a number of credits in the two given semesters, or

 

  1. failed to achieve an average Semester GPA of 1.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester), or

 

  1. exceeded the maximum period of registration specified in Sc3, unless otherwise permitted by the Board of the Faculty.

 

AS5(g) Candidates shall be recommended for discontinuation of their studies if they have:

 

  1. failed to complete successfully 36 or more credits in two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester), except where they are not required to take such a number of credits in the two given semesters, or

 

  1. failed to achieve an average Semester GPA of 1.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester), or

 

  1. exceeded the maximum period of registration specified in AS3, unless otherwise permitted by the Board of the Faculty.

 

 

G11 Unsatisfactory performance or progress:

A student whose performance at examinations or in coursework or in such class tests as may be held from time to time is unsatisfactory, or in the case of a higher degree student whose progress is unsatisfactory, may be required by the Senate (a) to discontinue his studies.

 

Students who are recommended for discontinuation of their studies will be interviewed by the Faculty Review Committee on Student Performance and Discontinuation before their cases are considered by the University’s Committee on Discontinuation. The Faculty Review Committee on Student Performance and Discontinuation normally meets in January/February and July every year. Students who cannot attend the Faculty Review Committee on Student Performance and Discontinuation meeting will be referred to the University’s Committee on Discontinuation automatically. The decision made by the Committee on Discontinuation is final and is not subject to appeal. Students who have any concerns and questions about their academic performance may contact the Administrative Assistant of the Faculty Office.

 

 

Feedback Policy

  1. Major and course coordinators and teachers are strongly encouraged to incorporate a variety of learning activities to provide different modes of learning and to provide structure to the self-study hours. Assessments of students’ learning in these activities provide important feedback to both the teachers and students as to the extent of learning achieved.

 

  1. Teachers are encouraged to provide feedback to students on all assessment tasks, and to give detailed feedback for those assignments with a substantial weighting towards the final grade. In addition to individual grades and formative comments that identify strengths and weaknesses, feedback may be open in the form of discussions on correct solutions and common errors of the class as a whole. Additional forms of feedback on the performance of the students could be through the use of anonymized exemplars of assignments of a range of grades (good to poor) to illustrate the teachers’ marking criteria and expectations. Feedback can be given in class or tutorials, or through electronic means, such as using Panopto clips or on Moodle. Teachers are encouraged to provide group feedback on the overall student performance in the examinations of introductory level (1xxx and 2xxx) courses within 2 weeks of the publication of the final course results.

 

  1. It is also important that timely feedback1 on assessments be provided to students so that they can track their progress in a course, and learn from previous assessments in time to prepare for examinations. Students should be aware of their cumulative assessment mark to inform them on their standing before proceeding to the final exam. In order to provide timely assessment, teachers are encouraged to redesign learning activities to give automated feedback such as available from Moodle. Teachers can also enlist the help of RPg markers, and ensure that they are given sufficient instruction and detailed marking schemes to perform grading accurately and fairly. RPg marking should be moderated/sampled to ensure fairness and consistency.

 

1 For laboratory, fieldwork, or quizzes which are continually assessed throughout a course, marked reports or quizzes should be returned to the students within 2 weeks of submission. Assignments submitted before Reading Week should be marked and returned to students within 3 weeks after Reading Week. Work submitted after Reading Week should be marked and returned before the final examination.

 

 

April 2015

 

 

Academic Honesty 

Plagiarism has become an increasingly serious problem in the University. It is aggravated by the easy access to a wide range of materials available on the internet. The situation is particularly severe in course assessment involving submission of report/poster/presentation, where students have been caught copying materials in bulk. Plagiarism is regarded as a very serious offence in the academic world. It constitutes academic theft – the offender has ‘stolen’ the work of others and presented the stolen work as if it were his or her own. It goes to the integrity and honesty of a person. It stifles creativity and originality, and defeats the purpose of education.

 

In this University, plagiarism is a disciplinary offence and may be considered by the University's Disciplinary Committee for possible disciplinary action. Any student who commits the offence is liable to disciplinary action. You may refer to the booklet on “What is Plagiarism?” available at http://www.hku.hk/plagiarism to avoid committing such an offence.