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Guideline: Special consideration

Purpose

These guidelines inform the consideration of applications for special consideration by course conveners.

Guideline

  1. Requests for Special Consideration are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Each application must be assessed on its own, individual merits. After the application for Special Consideration is processed by the University and College, the Course Convenor implements the most appropriate adjustments. The following is a list of some of the possible options for Course Convenors:
  • Mark adjustment to individual assessment item: a Course Convenor may choose to adjust the mark for an individual piece of work. Taking into account the impact of the circumstances listed in the Special Consideration application, a mark may be adjusted to move a fail to a pass or to move the assessment item up a grade. The adjustment will normally be restricted to a few percent.
  • Mark adjustment to course result: the adjustment for Special Consideration can be left until all the assessment items have been submitted. This approach allows a Course Convenor to judge whether a particular assessment item is below the standard of the student’s other work. Adjustment to the course mark would normally be restricted to a few percent.
  • Supplementary assessment: if the circumstances outlined in the Special Consideration application have resulted in a far lower mark than the student would be expected to receive based on other assessment that has been completed, the Course Convenor may choose to offer the student a form of supplementary assessment.
  • No adjustment: if the Course Convenor judges that the circumstances outlined in the application for Special Consideration have not affected the student’s work, they may choose to not make any adjustments.
  1. If Course Convenors are uncertain about the most suitable adjustments they should contact the College Associate Dean.

Information

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Title Special consideration
Document Type Guideline
Document Number ANUP_009608
Version 2
Purpose These guidelines inform the consideration of applications for special consideration by course conveners.
Audience Students
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students - Assessment, Academic Progress & Appeals
 
Effective Date 1 Jan 2015
Review Date 16 Dec 2017
 
Responsible Officer Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Registrar, Student Administration
Contact Area Division of Student Administration
Authority