First year assessment rules : Current Students : The University of Western Australia

Current Students

First year assessment rules

1. Schemes of assessment

1.1 The Unit Coordinators for PHIL1002 and PHIL1003 will ensure that assessment schemes are completely described in the initial handouts for these units in each semester.

1.2 Subject to the necessary conditions (a) and (b) below the Examiners in Philosophy (from now on, ‘the Examiners’) will recommend to Faculties that a student who obtains an overall percentage of at least 50 in a unit be awarded a pass in the unit.

  1. In order to pass a first year unit a student must normally obtain a percentage equivalent of at least 40 in any semester examination.
  2. In order to pass a first year unit a student must submit at least one prescribed essay in each semester obtaining a percentage equivalent of at least 40 for that essay.

1.3 Philosophy 1105. The assessment components are: two take-home tests in Critical Thinking, one essay and an examination at the end of the semester. Each test, if completed and handed in on time (and any other condition set is complied with), will be awarded 4% of the total for the unit. However, the mark for each test will be reduced by 20% per day/per question if it is submitted late or judged not to be a serious attempt at answering all the questions.

The essay will count for 22% of the unit total and the end-of-semester examination, 70%.

1.4 Philosophy 1115 and 1125. These have a common assessment scheme. The assessment components are as follows: two essays (no more than one from any section of 1115 or from any one of the options for which a student is enrolled in 1125) and three examination answers. The five assessment components are weighted equally. The lowest mark of the five assessment components is discounted, except that, in the examination paper, marks from at least two sections (or options) of the paper must count towards the total assessment.

In computing whether a student has obtained at least 40% in the semester examination for Philosophy 1115 or 1125 as prescribed in section 1.2 (a) above, the worst examination mark of the three is discounted.

1.5 A student’s tutor in Philosophy 1105 or 1115 may recommend to the Examiners up to a maximum of 5 additional marks; a tutor in a Philosophy 1125 Option may recommend to the Examiners up to a maximum of 3 additional marks per option.

Any such recommendation must be based solely on the superior quality of that student’s tutorial performance, be made in writing and received by the Unit Coordinator before the semester examination in that unit. The Examiners are not bound to accept any such recommendation.

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2. The preparation of essays

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

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

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3. The submission of essays

3.1 An essay should not exceed 1,000 words. If an essay is longer than this, the marker may ignore the excess words, or the essay mark may be lowered.

3.2 An essay must be submitted by the date and time prescribed except where the student has received in writing an extension of time from the Unit Coordinator.

3.3 The Unit Coordinator will not normally grant extensions for submission of written work. Any application for an extension of time should be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator at least one full working day before the essay is due.

3.4 A late essay for which no extension has been granted prior to the original deadline will be marked provided the essay is submitted within seven days from the initial deadline. The following penalties will apply:

  1. Each of the seven days after the submission date: 5 points per day will be deducted from the original percentage awarded for the essay.
  2. The marker will not be expected to place comments on the essay.

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4. The marking of essays

4.1 Where possible, each of a student's essays in each semester will be marked by different persons.

4.2 The pass grades used across the university are:

  • High Distinction (HD: 80-100%)
  • Distinction (D: 70-79%)
  • Credit (CR: 60-69%)
  • Pass (P: 50-59%)
  • The fail grade is N (0-49%).

4.3 The Chair of Philosophy in the School of Humanities, after consultation with the Unit Coordinator, may direct that a student be interviewed by two members of staff on an essay submitted by that student.

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5. The re-marking of essays and appeals

5.1 If a student thinks that the grade awarded his or her essay is lower than the essay deserves, the student should consult the marker.

If after consultation the marker agrees that the grade should be raised, the marker shall forward the essay to the Unit Coordinator with a written recommendation of a new grade.

If the Unit Coordinator is satisfied that the new grade is justified, he/she shall alter the grade awarded the essay accordingly. The essay shall then be returned to the student.

If the Unit Coordinator is not satisfied that the new grade recommended for the essay is justified, the essay shall be treated as an essay presented for re-marking on appeal (refer below).

The Unit Coordinator shall notify the student and the marker accordingly.

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6. The review and re-marking of examination papers

6.1 A student may discuss with the Unit Coordinator 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 Chair for a re-mark of the paper or any section of it.

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