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Weight of marks (Grade weights)

The final grade on a unit of study is determined by the weighting rules in the terms of study for an individual course, and is stated in the course offering.

Unless otherwise stated, all modules are internally weighted as follows: 50% of the mark derives from the average of the weekly tutorial essays (of which the lowest one mark is dropped), and 50% of the mark derives from the cumulative examination (including any modifications to it by viva voce examination).

All degree courses are weighted in proportion to the ECTS points of the component courses. For example, an MA degree composed of five taught short courses (10 ECTS each) and a dissertation (40 ECTS), would weight the grades on each component according to the number ECTS points.

How the running average is calculated

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If a grade weight exists but no scores are applied to it, then it is not taken into account in the running average.

Scores have a weight that define their relative importance when calculating the final grade. For a given weight, a pre-final grade is calculated. It corresponds to the mean value of all scores that have the same weight, multiplied by this weight. Once all the pre-final grades are calculated, the final grade is their sum, divided by the sum of the weights.

We can describe this as a two-step calculation :

  1. For each weight, calculate the mean score and multiply it by the weight.
  2. Add all the previously obtained values together, and divide them by the sum of all obtained weights

Let’s now work with an example.

We have 3 weights : WAW_A, WBW_B and WCW_C

  • WAW_A is applied to the following scores : SA1S_{A1}, SA2S_{A2} and SA3S_{A3}
  • WBW_B is applied to the following score : SB1S_{B1}
  • WCW_C is applied to the following scores : SC1S_{C1} and SC2S_{C2}

The formula for calculating the running average grade GG is :

How the final average is calculated

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If a grade weight exists but no scores are applied to it, then it is taken into account in the final average.

The final average is calculated the same way as the running average with 1 difference: all unused but required grades will be changed to 0.

  • E.g., We have 3 weights : WAW_A, WBW_B and WCW_C
    • WAW_A has a minimum requirement of 10 instances (such as 10 assignments)
    • A student has completed 8 instances
    • The student will receive a 0 for the missing assignments