My Grading Policy & Philosophy

Students will be assessed according to the following standardised grading schema.

A          94 – 100   POINTS

A-        89 – 93     POINTS

B+        85 – 88     POINTS

B          81 – 84        POINTS

B-         77 – 80     POINTS

C+       73 – 76     POINTS

C          69 – 72     POINTS

C-        65 – 68     POINTS

D+       61 – 64     POINTS

D          57 – 60     POINTS

F          BELOW 57 POINTS


My Grading Philosophy

I grade according to industry standards, that is, professional standards such as that which an employer would expect from an employee. I believe in excellence, and I believe every student can produce quality work and achieve excellence. In this regard, I grade for the noticeable and substantial quality of the work you produce, NOT the ‘effort’ you believe you may have put into the assigned task. I also pay close attention to correct grammar, spelling, format and structure, APA style and referencing rules, use of language and flair, as well as how complete the work is. Students will find their grade reduced if it illustrates poor grammar, spelling, language use, and ignoring reference requirements is observed.

‘A’ grades: Very good to excellent work. There is clear focus on what the work seeks to achieve – whether it is an essay, examination, or oral presentation. It fulfils the stipulated requirements, and does so in clean and precise manner. The work is also well done and well organised, while free of all but miniscule errors. The student’s work makes arguments that are well thought out, thorough, and demonstrates originality, interest and rigour, while applying relevant course material supported by evidence. Moreover, the student’s work shows critical thinking and reaches beyond mere regurgitation of facts. (Cont’d/…)

‘B’ grades: Ranging from a bit below average to average, to above average work. Demonstrates reasonably organised and presented work. The student shows an understanding of the relevant course material and topics, and has done sufficient reading to be familiar with the key material. The student’s work also reflects a moderately good understanding of ideas and concepts, along with reasonable use of evidence, while explaining and presenting these adequately. However, there are weaknesses either in organization, use of evidence, reference to literature, or combination of these. This grade usually means that the student could have done better had more time and effort been invested.

‘C’ grades: Adequate work. The minimum requirements of assignments and work have been accomplished; however, there remain substantial weaknesses and gaps. The student shows a very general understanding of the material and has presented comprehensible, but not necessarily well-organized or well-developed work. There is some use of relevant material. The student may also show that some reading has been done, but may not have been sufficient to do justice to the topic or material concerned.

‘D’ grades: The student has not done what is required for the assignment. There is weak understanding of the course material as seen in the student’s work. Little reading or preparation has been done, and assignments may not be well written, organized or presented.

Fail ‘F’ grades: Unacceptable work. Little or no understanding of the material is demonstrated, and ideas are poorly constructed and poorly articulated.