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2018-2019 Academic Year

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Undergraduate Courses Guidelines for Marking

The undergraduate grading system is alphabetic. Following are the grades given in undergraduate courses, along with the GPA points for each grade and an explanation of what the grade means:  

Letter Grade


Descriptor

Grade Points

Numerical Guidelines

A+

This mark indicates outstanding performance. In addition to having mastered the content of the course, the student has demonstrated the ability to apply the course material in new and creative ways and/or has shown an understanding of its wider context and significance.

4.3

90-100

A
A-

This mark range indicates excellent performance. The student has mastered the content of the course.

4.0
3.7

85-89
80-84

B+
B  
B-

This mark indicates good to very good performance. The student has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the course material and comprehension of its essential concepts.

3.3
3.0
2.7

77-79
73-76
70-72

C+
C
C-
This mark range indicates satisfactory performance. The student has demonstrated an adequate knowledge of course material.

2.3
2.0
1.7

67-69
63-66
60-62

DThis mark indicates poor performance. The student has minimally fulfilled the requirements for the course.

1.0

50-59

FThis mark indicates that the student has failed to meet the minimum requirements of the course and has not demonstrated an adequate grasp of the material.

0.0

0-49

F*This mark (F with notation) indicates that the student has failed the course as a result of an academic offence

0.0

PThis mark, Pass, is given in courses graded only on the Pass/Fail scale

Neutral

NC No Credit. Used exclusively for Challenge for Credit marks where the grade is C- or lower.Neutral  
NCRThis mark indicates no credit, repeat and is allowed in courses graded only on the Pass/Fail scale

Neutral

NXMThis notation is given in 1.0 unit courses for which no December grades are given

Neutral

INCIncomplete with Deadline for Completion (Regulations and deadlines noted below)

Neutral

DEFDeferral for illness (Regulations and deadlines noted below)

Neutral

IPIn Progress at end of term (Regulations and deadlines noted below)

Neutral

WWithdrawal without academic penalty - deadline driven

Neutral

WPLate withdrawal without academic penalty - deadline driven (Regulations noted below)

Neutral

WFWithdrawal with academic penalty - deadline driven

0.0

 

IPWhen a final grade notation of IP is given in seminars, independent and directed studies at the senior undergraduate level, students must complete the required work within four months of the month the notation is given in lieu of a final grade. If the course is not completed within this time, the student must re-register for the course (and pay another course tuition) in order to receive credit for the course.

When a final grade notation of IP is given in the honours thesis seminar in April, the thesis must be completed by the following mid-September (in time for fall convocation), otherwise the student must re-register (and pay another course tuition) in order to receive credit for the course.

INCThe notation INC (Incomplete) is given according to the following regulations:

  • When a student is unable to complete course requirements for other than medical reasons and the faculty member agrees to a schedule for the completion of the outstanding requirements.

  • When a student is unable to complete course requirements, which may or may not include a final exam, due to illness, an appropriate medical certificate must be presented to the Registrar's Office and accepted by faculty at the time that the final examination was to have been written or no later than the last day of classes for a course with no final examination.

Arrangements for course completion are made on an individual basis and in the case of illness, must be made as soon as the student is sufficiently recovered to complete the outstanding requirements. Normally, when sufficiently recovered, the student will be permitted to write the examination or complete the outstanding requirements on application to the Registrar's Office.

Under no circumstances can work be accepted after the last day of the month following the end of the session in which the “Incomplete” (INC) is earned, but faculty can set an earlier deadline within that period. If these arrangements are not completed in the specified time, the INC notation shall be changed to Failure (F) unless the coursework completed to the time of receiving the INC warrants a passing grade. In such cases the faculty will assign the grade.

In exceptional cases, a grade of INC may be changed to a grade of Deferred (DEF). Please refer to the regulations governing the grade of DEF.

DEFA notation of  "DEF" (Deferred) can be given through the Registrar’s Office in exceptional cases when a student is unable to complete course requirements due to medical or other reasons during the time frame provided for completing an INC grade.

Normally, in accordance with INC grade regulations, a grade of INC will be initially assigned by the faculty. A student whose circumstances warrant a grade of DEF must submit a Petition to Request a Grade of Deferred (DEF) form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 15 days prior to the expiration of the INC grade. The Registrar, Dean and faculty member will determine whether the petition will be granted or the grade of INC will remain.

If the petition for the DEF is granted and the student cannot or does not subsequently complete the examination or coursework, the notation of DEF remains on the transcript indefinitely. A notation of DEF that can be cleared must be cleared within six months of the date the DEF notation is made. If this is not done, the student must retake the course or a substitute to earn credit. This means another formal course registration, and payment of tuition.

WPA student who withdraws from a course due to exceptional circumstances after the withdrawal date for academic penalty may petition to the Dean for a grade of WP. If the petition is granted and the student has earned a grade of C- or above in the coursework to the point of withdrawal, a grade of WP will be recorded. Students must complete the Petition to Request a Grade of Withdraw Pass (WP) available online and submit to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline to apply for a WP is the last day of classes for each term – see Important Dates in the University Year for the “Last day of Classes” notation.

Grades for Co-op Work Terms and Practica

 Letter GradeDescriptorGrade
PPass. This mark indicates that the student has successfully completed the placement and continues academic study.Neutral
NCR No credit, repeat. This mark indicates that the student must repeat the work term or practicum and pass before returning to academic study. Normally, a student may receive only one NCR grade and remain in the program.Neutral
FFail. This mark indicates that the student has failed to meet the minimum requirements in the work term or practicum and results in dismissal from the program.0.0

 

Passing MarkA minimum grade of D is required to pass any undergraduate course. However, some courses may involve the completion of additional requirements, such as competence in particular skills, for a passing grade.

It is necessary that students achieve a grade of D in the work in the second semester and an average of D in both semesters in order to pass a 1.0 unit course.


This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year which runs from September 01, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

For the complete 2018-2019 Academic Calendars, please consult the PDF versions of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar and Graduate Academic Calendars.

 

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