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Grading Policies

Methods of Evaluation tests, participation in class discussions, performance in seminar presentations, performance during professional practical, demonstration of practical skill requirements, laboratory assignments and examinations, open book or take-home examinations and final examinations.

The instructor will provide a written course outline at the start of the course that will include description of how the student's final grade will be determined. This description will include which methods will be used, a general description of how each requirement will be evaluated, the weight given to each in the calculation of the student's final grade, penalties for the late submission of work and any special regulations about laboratory or term assignments and essays.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he/she understands the grading criteria for each course in which he/she is registered. Lack of familiarity with how a course final grade is calculated is not a sufficient reason for appeal of a grade.

Examinations

It is generally recognized that continuous evaluation is an important part of the learning process; however, final examinations are required in some courses. The grading criteria distributed for each course at the start of the semester will indicate if a final exam is required. If a course a student is taking has a final exam it will not count for more than 50% of his/her final grade.

In courses that have a scheduled exam period, a schedule of examinations will be available at least four weeks before the start of examinations. If the student is unable to write an examination he/she must follow the procedure described in the Attendance Policy section in the NWCC Regulations and Policies.

Grading Scale

Final grades are generally reported using letter grades. Each letter has a numerical equivalent that is used to calculate a student's grade point average (GPA). Letter grades and numerical equivalents are:

Letter Grade

Grade Point

Interpretation

A+

4.33

 

A

4.00

Outstanding Achievement

A-

3.67

 

B+

3.33

 

B

3.00

Above Average Achievement

B-

2.67

 

C+

2.33

 

C

2.00

Average Achievement

C-

1.67

 

P

1.00

Marginal Achievement

F

0.00

Failure

Other Grade Definitions (not included in grade point average)

Grade

Interpretation

AUD

Course audited - not for credit. Audit status must be declared before the last day to register

CIP

Course in progress

CR

Credit granted

EX

Exemption granted for prior learning or experience

I

Incomplete - Extension granted, changes to F if not complete

NC

Credit not granted

PC

Partial completion/program closure

SC

Enrolment status change - Internal use only

SG

Disability prevents completion of requirements but demonstrates understanding of learning outcomes

TRF

Transfer credit

UW

Unofficial Withdrawal - Student did not complete course

W

Withdrew during allowed period or with instructor permission

Calculating Grade Points and Grade Point Average

The grade point for a course is calculated by multiplying the numerical equivalent of the letter grade obtained in the course and the course credit hours. A course which had three credit hours and in which a student obtained a B would therefore have a grade point of 3 x 2.67 = 8.01.

A student's grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points he/she has earned by the total number of credits he/she has accumulated.

Honours Standing

Honours standing will be recognized on transcripts based on GPA.

  • Honours standing will be recognized on issuance of a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Degree.
  • Minimum GPA for honours standing is 3.67 or an average equivalent to an 'A-'
  • GPA will be based on all courses used to complete the Certificate, Diploma or Associate Degree.
  • Transfer courses will be calculated on grade received from the sending institution.

Note: Students intending to transfer to another post-secondary institution should be aware that the institution may have different letter grade and grade point interpretations than NWCC. Students should therefore consult with the other post-secondary institution to determine the particular institution's interpretation of grades transferred.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade indicates some required course work was not completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen but justifiable reasons and that there is still a possibility of earning credit. It is the student's responsibility to discuss the situation with his/her instructor.

The student and instructor must develop a plan to satisfy the remaining course requirements within a reasonable period of time. An incomplete grade will change to an 'F' if the required work is not completed within the time period agreed upon or, if not date specified, within one year of the last day of the course.

Withdrawal

A grade of 'W' indicates the student officially withdrew from the course and/or program and does not affect his/her standing at the College. For most weekly billed-continuous intake programs a student may withdraw at any time. Fees are charged only until the week of the date of withdrawal. Credit-billed and weekly billed-fixed intake programs have a specified date after which withdrawals are allowed only in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the instructor. Non-attendance by itself is not considered to be a withdrawal and the instructor may assign a grade of 'F' or 'UW' to those who do not formally withdraw.

To withdraw from a course or program the student must complete the appropriate forms at the Registration Office of your local campus.

Note: Before withdrawing from a course, recipients of student aid through the B.C. Student Assistance Program should check whether their eligibility for aid would be affected