Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 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.
Impacts of COVID-19 on your GPA
Students will have the opportunity to remove results* from nominated semesters^ from the GPA calculation, on an 'opt-in' basis. Please note that results will still be displayed on the academic transcript, however they will not impact the GPA.
To opt-in, please submit an Appeal Submission form (pdf, 141kb), selecting ‘other – please specify’ as the appeal type and adding the wording “removal of nominated courses from my GPA calculation”.
Full details on the appeals process, including how and where to submit your appeal, is available on our ‘final grade appeals’ webpage.
* except in circumstances where a second charge of plagiarism or academic misconduct results in a fail grade being awarded.
^ Northern Hemisphere Semester 2 (Term code 2003), Semester One (Term code 2005 and 2007), Winter Semester (Term code 2015) and Semester Two (2017 and 2020)
To calculate the potential change to your GPA if you remove COVID-19 impacted results from the calculation, please follow these steps:
- Enter all the courses you have completed to date, and note your GPA. You can find this information in your MySC account.
- Change the credit points to 0 against the courses you are considering appealing to remove from your GPA calculation. Note the revised GPA to assess the impact.
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Your GPA is calculated by assigning the following numerical values to your final grade for each course (note that not all grades are used towards your GPA):
|Final grade||Numeric value|
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|
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|
Grade Point Average = 362.5/62.5 = 5.8
The maximum grade point average achievable is 7.0.
Grades included in GPA calculations
Not all grades are included in the GPA calculation. The following table outlines the result codes used at Federation, 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|
|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 (Pre 2009)||0 - 39%||Y||1.5|
|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|
|LW||Late Withdrawal - Academic penalty will apply||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.