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Assessment, Examination & Honours Classification

Assessment, Examination & Honours Classification


University Assessment Policy

“University Assessment Policy” paper approved by the Senate on March 3, 2015, document 335/215. (Updated: July 3, 2015)

Faculty Policy and Protocol on Handling Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. The Faculty of Arts upholds the principle that plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and any student found plagiarizing is liable to disciplinary action in addition to failing the assessment concerned. Please read the following webpage on "plagiarism" for details.

Grading System

Candidates shall be assessed for each of the courses for which they have registered, and assessment may be conducted in any combination of coursework and/or written examinations. Only satisfactorily completed courses will earn credits.

(a) For courses with letter grades:

Grade

Standard

Grade Point

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

(b) For courses graded as "Pass, "Fail" or "Distinction", they will not be included in the calculation of the GPA.
 

For details, please refer to the REGULATIONS FOR FIRST DEGREE CURRICULA (Regulation UG8) applicable to candidates admitted under the 4-year "2012 curriculum" in 2012-13 and thereafter.

Grade Expectations

Click here to view the general expectations of student performance in the Faculty of Arts.

Upgrading

Candidates shall not be permitted to repeat a course for which they have received a D grade or above for upgrading purposes.

Procedures for Checking of Assessment Results of Taught Courses

Click here.

Matters Related to Examinations

Please refer to the website of the Examinations Office for details.
 

Absence from Written Examination

"Absence from examination

  1. If for any reason you have been unable to attend for any paper in an examination you must, within 14 days of the absence, write to the Examinations Secretary at the Registry giving reasons for your absence.
     
  2. If you are unable because of illness to be present for any paper in the examination or if you believe that your state of health either immediately before or during the examination has significantly affected your performance, you should complete Part I of the Form of Medical Certificate and then give or send this form to your doctor with a request that Part II of the form be completed by the doctor within 2 days of the date of the examination concerned. The completed form should be sent by the doctor direct to the Director, University Health Service and must reach him/her not later than 14 days after the examination."

(Extracted from the website of the Examinations Office.)

Failure

Failed courses are recorded on the transcript with an F grade. If you choose to repeat the failed course, the new grade obtained will be recorded in the semester in which you have retaken the course. Failed credits do not count toward the fulfillment of the credit requirement of the BA degree. Failed grades are included in the calculation of the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA), Year GPA (YGPA), Cumulative GPA (CGPA), and Graduation GPA (GGPA) which is applicable to students in the 2017-18 (Year 1) intake and thereafter. All failed grades will be taken into account when determining your honours classification.

Progression/ Discontinuation of Studies

BA Regulation A13 stipulates that:

Candidates shall be recommended for discontinualtion 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;
     
  2. failed to achieve an average Semester GPA of 1.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters (not including the summer semester), or;
     
  3. exceeded the maximum period of registration as specified in A3.

Common Core Courses: Special Proviso in the Determination of the Graduation Grade Point Average
(Updated on August 15, 2017)

(Applicable to students of the 2017-18 intake and thereafter)

This special proviso is implemented with the intention of encouraging you to be exploratory in your selection of Common Core courses in order for you to broaden your horizons even more thoroughly outside of your disciplinary studies. If you are a student of the 2017-18 intake and thereafter and have successfully completed six Common Core courses, the determination of your Graduation Grade Point Average* (GGPA) will be subject to a proviso that either five Common Core courses with the highest grades (covering all Areas of Inquiry), or all six courses will be taken into account, depending on which generates a higher score.

Please note that the proviso will not apply to students in cases where they have been granted Advanced Standing or Credit Transfer for Common Core courses, and where they are required to complete less than 6 six-credit courses in the Common Core Curriculum for fulfilment of the graduation requirement as stipulated in UG5 of the Regulations for First Degree Curricula (e.g. students registered for dual degrees).

* GGPA is the GPA in respect of courses attempted by a candidate (including failed courses) at the point of graduation. For details, please refer to the relevant section(s) of the Regulations for First Degree Curricula.

(Source: https://commoncore.hku.hk/special-proviso/)

Honours Classification (Updated on August 15, 2017)

(a) Applicable to students of the 2012-13 to 2016-17 intakes:

The classification of honours shall be determined by the Board of Examiners for the BA degree in accordance with the following Cumulative GPA (CGPA) scores, with all courses taken (including failed courses) carrying equal weighting:
 

Class of honours CGPA range
First Class Honours 3.60 – 4.30
Second Class Honours (2.40 – 3.59)
            Division One
3.00 – 3.59
            Division Two
2.40 – 2.99
Third Class Honours 1.70 – 2.39
Pass 1.00 – 1.69

Honours classification may not be determined solely on the basis of a candidate’s CGPA and the Board of the Examiners for the BA degree may, at its absolute discretion and with justification, award a higher class of honours to a candidate deemed to have demonstrated meritorious academic achievement but whose CGPA falls below the range stipulated in the above table of the higher classification by not more than 0.1 Grade Point.

For details, please refer to the REGULATIONS FOR FIRST DEGREE CURRICULA (Regulation UG9) applicable to candidates admitted under the 4-year "2012 curriculum" from 2012-13 to 2016-17.

(b) Applicable to students of the 2017-18 intake and  thereafter:

The classification of honours shall be determined by the Board of Examiners for the BA degree in accordance with the following Graduation GPA (GGPA) scores, with all courses taken (including failed courses) carrying weightings which are proportionate to their credit values [*see note below]:
 

Class of honours GGPA range
First Class Honours 3.60 – 4.30
Second Class Honours (2.40 – 3.59)
            Division One
3.00 – 3.59
            Division Two
2.40 – 2.99
Third Class Honours 1.70 – 2.39
Pass 1.00 – 1.69

Honours classification may not be determined solely on the basis of a candidate’s Graduation GPA and the Board of the Examiners for the BA degree may, at its absolute discretion and with justification, award a higher class of honours to a candidate deemed to have demonstrated meritorious academic achievement but whose Graduation GPA falls below the range stipulated in the above table of the higher classification by not more than 0.1 Grade Point.

[*Note: For students in the 2017-18 intake and thereafter who have successfully completed six Common Core courses, the calculation of Graduation GPA is subject to the proviso that either five Common Core courses with the highest grades (covering all four Areas of Inquiry), or all six courses will be counted towards Graduation GPA, depending on which generates the higher Graduation GPA.]


For details, please refer to the REGULATIONS FOR FIRST DEGREE CURRICULA (Regulation UG9) applicable to candidates admitted under the 4-year "2012 curriculum" in 2017-18 and thereafter.

Updated: August 15, 2017

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