Grading Policy

Grading Policy

PURPOSE

To explain the calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA) for a registered student at ACK.

SCOPE

This policy applies to all students who are enrolled from September 2014 onwards in programs offered by School of Engineering and School of Business including students in English Language Program as specified in the relevant sections of the document.

POLICY STATEMENT

Credit Hour Guidelines:

  • The number of credit hours assigned to a course quantitatively reflects the outcomes expected, the mode of instruction and the amount of time spent in class.
  • Using 50-minute class hour and the semester credit hour, the ACK course offerings are measured under the following guidelines:
    • Lecture style instruction- One credit hour is associated with a class for 50 minutes per session, 15 sessions in total over an entire semester (excluding tutorials and final exams).
    • Laboratory style instruction (stand-alone courses only)- One credit hour is associated with a class for 120-180 minutes per session, 15 sessions in total over an entire semester.

GPA Calculation Guidelines:

  • The semester and cumulative GPA is obtained through the following procedure:
    • Multiply the credit hours for each course by the corresponding grade points merited in each course to get the honor points;
    • Add all the honor points to get the total;
    • Divide the total honor points by the total number of attempted credit hours during the course of semester (Semester GPA) or for the duration of study since the first semester of enrollment in the program (cumulative GPA).
  • Credits Transfers (CT) from other institutions are not included in computing a student’s GPA.
  • A student’s GPA is calculated separately for Diploma and Degree programs and will include grade points earned during a summer term if the student has taken studies in ACK during summer. GPAs are not calculated for English Language Program.

GPA Requirements for Graduation:

  • In order to pass a course, the student must obtain at least a grade D.
  • The student must pass all courses and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C”) at the time of graduation to graduate from a Diploma or Degree program.

Grading Scale:

  • ACK Grading Scale is as follows:

Description Letter Grade and Grade Point Average Percentage conversion1
Excellent A (4.00) 95-100
Excellent A- (3.67) 90-94
Very Good B+ (3.33) 87-89
Very Good B (3.00) 83-86
Very Good B- (2.67) 80-82
Good C+ (2.33) 77-79
Good C (2.00) 74-76
Good C- (1.67) 70-73
Acceptable D+ (1.33) 65-69
Acceptable D (1.00) 60-64
Fail F (0.00) 0-59
Honors H The student has passed the course with an overall grade of 80% or above (English Language Program only)
  P The student has passed the course with an overall grade of 65% to 79%.
(English Language Program only)
  R The student has received an overall grade of 64% or below. The student needs to repeat the course.
(English Language Program only)
  I Incomplete.
Grade is assigned when work is not completed because of approved documented illness or other emergency. If grade I is not completed within two weeks of the following semester, it is automatically changed to F (Fail)
  W Withdrawn. The grade is GPA neutral.
  FA Fail due to non-attendance. Issued when the student receives a Fail Grade due to not meeting attendance requirements per the Attendance Policy.
  PE-S Pass. IELTS or TOEFL certificate submitted (English Language Program only)
Credit Transfer CT Credit awarded in the course for previous accredited study. CT results are GPA neutral.
  CY A pass grade awarded when student has met assessment requirements for the course/module. CY results are GPA neutral.
Withdrawal due to Suspension WS Withdrawal due to Suspension after Census Date for violating the Code of Integrity or Student Code of Conduct. The grade is GPA neutral.
Withdrawal due to Expulsion WE Withdrawal due to Expulsion after Census Date for violating the Code of Integrity or Student Code of Conduct. The grade is GPA neutral.

Codes not in use effective Fall 2017 Semester:

Description Letter Grade and Grade Point Average Percentage conversion1
Hardship Deferral AW Issued when the student defers studies after Census Date for the semester due to personal hardship. The grade is GPA neutral. This code is not in use effective Fall 2017 semester.
  WW Withdrawn after Dropped/Add period, but before Census Date. This code is not in use effective Fall 2017 semester.
  WN Withdrawn after Census Date.
This is a Fail (F) grade. This code is not in use effective Fall 2017 semester.
  RW Withdrawn after Census Date (English Language Program only) This code is not in use effective Fall 2017 semester.
Recognition of Prior Learning RPL Credit awarded in the course for previous accredited study. RPL results are GPA neutral. This code is not in use effective Fall 2017 semester.

Repeating Courses in Diploma and Degree programs:

  • Students are allowed to repeat courses in which they have received a C- or below.
  • All repeat courses are noted in the transcript.
  • If a course is repeated once, the previous grade obtained in the course will be replaced in the cumulative GPA calculation with the new grade. Previous grade will remain in the Semester GPA of the semester that the course was first attempted in.
  • If a course is repeated more than once, all grades obtained in the course subsequent to the first attempt will be calculated in the cumulative GPA as well as the in semester GPA of each semester that the course was repeated in.
  • A student who fails a course during a repeat attempt, but has passed that same course during a previous attempt, will still need to repeat the course until receiving a pass grade.
  • For a student who does not repeat a course that has been previously failed and hence who does not successfully complete a qualification, the fail result will be included in the GPA calculation.

Change of Final Grade

  • A final course grade can only be changed when a Change of Final Grade Form (ACK.FO.VPAC.05.01) signed by the Head of Department and the Dean of the relevant School is submitted to the Dean - Admissions and Registration. Grades cannot be changed once a qualification is awarded.

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

  • Academic Semester: An academic semester is a Fall or Spring semester. Summer semester is optional. If a student has taken studies during the summer at ACK, all rules included in the documents will apply.
  • Census Date: means the day announced by the published Academic Calendar.
  • Course: Also called a unit in ACK, is a basic component of a program, which on successful completion gives credit towards completion of the program of study.
  • Credit Hour: A credit hour is the unit by which ACK measures course work.
  • Cumulative GPA: A student's cumulative GPA is the weighted mean value of all grade points he/she earned on courses attempted at any point in time. A student’s cumulative GPA is calculated separately for Diploma and Degree programs and will include grade points earned during a summer term if the student has taken studies in ACK during summer.
  • Semester GPA: A student's semester GPA is the weighted mean value of all grade points he/she earned on courses attempted during the course of one semester.

ATTACHMENTS

  • Change of Final Grade Form (ACK.FO.VPAC.05.01)
  • Request to Repeat Course/s to Improve GPA Form for Diploma and Degree Students (ACK.FO.VPAC.05.02)

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