Grading and Assessment Policy

Institutional Guidance on Grading

The assessment measures the outcome of students' learning in terms of knowledge acquired, understanding developed, and skills gained. The assessment strategies encompass diagnostic assessment (to provide an indicator of the student's aptitude and preparedness for a program of study and identifies possible learning problems), summative assessment (to provide a measure of achievement or failure made in respect of the student's performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of the program of study) and formative assessment (to provide students with feedback on progress and informs development. However, it does not contribute to the overall assessment). Coursework is commented upon critically and constructively with written and verbal feedback accompanying the returned work in order to allow the students to improve their understanding and intellectual development.

Learning Assessment and Grading Policy

Written examination (which may contain short-answer questions, essay-type questions and/or calculations).

Assessed coursework (including problem solving, essay writing, multiple choice tests, essays and/or laboratory reports and research project reports, poster and oral presentation).

The assessment method changes as the student gains confidence and competence in higher levels. Thus, at level 1, 2 the students will be extensively assessed through written examination while there is a greater weighing on individual planning and reporting of project work at level 3 and 4 to assess the acquisition and application of student's knowledge.

Deadlines for assessed coursework are determined by the internal instructor for each module and distributed to the students within the first two weeks of each semester. Assessed coursework is submitted at allotted times with coversheets with receipt slips, which are signed by a responsible person. 

For graduate students, the assessment and grading policy is vary from program to another and is indicated in each course description for individual programs

 

AFU Grading Scale

Grading System

Mark

Grade

Points

90-100

A

4.0

85-89

B+

3.5

80-84

B

3.0

75-79

C+

2.5

70-74

C

2.0

65-69

D+

1.5

60-64

D

1.0

0-59

F (Fail)

Zero

 

Grade Point Average

Designation

Points

Excellent

3.60 – 4.00

Very Good

3.00 – 3.59

Good

2.50 – 2.99

Satisfactory

2.00 - 2.49

Unsatisfactory

Less than 2.00

 

Non-numerical Grades

W

Withdraw Course

WF

Withdrawal with Fail

FA

Fail for Absence

I

Incomplete

IP

In Progress

T

Transfer

P

Pass

 
 


General Rules and Regulations

  • The pass percentage for each course is 60% for an undergraduate course and 70% for a graduate course. 
  • The academic load is the number of registered credit hours per student each semester.
  • Credits acquired by the student are based on the credits of the passed courses from the academic load registered. Repeated courses will be counted once toward the calculation of accumulated credit hours. The best achieved GPA will be used for calculating GPA.
  • The cumulative GPA calculation starts from the first semester for each student and is updated each semester till his/her graduation.
  • The semester GPA of the student is the weighted average of the grade points acquired in the courses passed in that specific semester. It is calculated as follows:

Semester GPA= Total credit hours earned (enrolled) during a given semester, divided by the total GP (grade or quality points) earned during that semester.

Cumulative GPA= Total credit hours earned (enrolled in) at AFU for all semesters combined, divided by the total GP (grade or quality points) earned (enrolled in) at AFU.

*Excluding pass-fail courses credit and transferred courses from Universities other than AFU.