Grade Point Average (GPA)

What is a Grade Point Average?

The Grade Point Average is a numerical calculation, weighted by credit points, of the mean grades received over a defined study period (eg. semester/teaching period/year) or program, and is calculated by dividing the Grade Points achieved by the Credit Points achieved for each term/year/program.

A GPA calculation is only applicable to coursework awards. It is not applied to research degrees.

How is it calculated?

Your GPA is calculated by assigning the following numerical values to your final grade for each course:

Final Grade Numeric Value
HD 7
D 6
C 5
P 4
MF 3
F 1.5
LW  

View the grade descriptors in Statute 5.3 - Assessment - The Schedule Part II

Next, the numeric value of the grade achieved for each course is multiplied by the number of credit points associated with that course to give a grade point value, as per the examples below:

Course Code Credit Points Grade Numeric
Value
Grade Points
BUACC1506 15 D 6 90
EDBED1001 15 C 5 75
HMALS3004 2.5 HD 7 17.5
BSMAN3191 30 D 6 180

Finally, the total number of course grade points is summed, and then divided by the total number of credit points to give the Grade Point Average for these four courses.

Course Code Credit Points Grade Numeric
Value
Grade Points
BUACC1506 15 D 6 90
EDBED1001 15 C 5 75
HMALS3004 2.5 HD 7 17.5
BSMAN3191 30 D 6 180
TOTAL 62.5     362.5

Grade Point Average = 362.5/62.5 = 5.8

The maximum grade point average achievable is 7.0.

Are all grades included in GPA calculations?

No. The following table outlines the result codes used at FedUni, and identifies whether they are used in the GPA calculation:

Grade Definition Mark Range Inc. in GPA Numeric Value
HD High Distinction 80 - 100% Y 7
D Distinction 70 - 79% Y 6
C Credit 60 - 69% Y 5
P Pass 50 - 59% Y 4
S Ungraded Pass   N  
MF Marginal Fail 40 - 49% Y 3
MN Fail Level 1 (Pre 2009) 40 - 49% Y 3
F Fail 0 - 39% Y 1.5
NN Fail Level 2 (pres 2009) 0 - 39% Y 1.5
XF Non-assessed Fail   N  
UN Ungraded Fail   N  
AD Assessment Deferred: up to 3 months   N  
TD Assessment Deferred: 3 - 12 months   N  
ZN Supplementary assessment to be completed within 3 months   N  
W Withdrawn without academic penalty   N  
O Ongoing   N  
TC Transfer Credit   N  
LW Late Withdrawal   Y 1.5

Definitions of terms used on GPA verifications

Academic Program: program in which the student is enrolled and to which the Grade Point Average calculations apply.

Credit Points: courses in HE programs all have credit points which reflect the total student workload required in order to satisfactorily complete the course. Each full-time year of the program total 120 credit points - 60 in each semester. Credit points are also the basis for calculating Equivalent Full Time Study Load or EFTSL (120 credit points equals 1.0 EFTSL).

Cumulative Credit Points: total credit points of courses studied in a program which contribute towards the GPA calculation.

Cumulative GPA: numerical calculation, weighted by credit points, of the mean of grades received by a student in courses in the program to date.

Grade Point Average (GPA): numerical calculation, weighted by credit points, of the mean of the grades received by a student over a defined study period (eg. a semester) or over an entire program.

Mean: value calculated by dividing the sum of a set of terms by the number of terms (average).

Term Credit Points: the total credit points of courses studied in defined teaching periods (eg. semester) which contribute towards the GPA calculation.

Term Grade Point Average: numerical calculation, weighted by credit points, of the mean of grades received by a student in courses undertaken in a defined teaching period (eg. semester).

Yearly Credit Points: the total credit points of courses studied in a calendar year which contribute towards the GPA calculation.

Yearly Grade Point Average: numerical calculation, weighted by credit points, of the mean of grades received by a student in courses undertaken in a calendar year.