Office of the Registrar
University Regulations (2012/2013)
5.8 Grading
5.8.1 Letter Grades, Numeric Grades and Points Per Credit Hour

The academic standing of each student will be based upon the course(s) for which he or she was registered as of seven weeks following the first day of lectures in any semester. The final evaluation submitted to the Registrar shall consist of one of the following letter grades with the appropriate numeric grade and points awarded for each credit hour as follows:

Letter Grades

Numeric Grades

Points Per Credit Hour

A

80-100%

4

B

65-79%

3

C

55-64%

2

D

50-54%

1

F

below 50%

0

PWD (pass with distinction) - indicates excellent performance

no numeric grade

not applicable

PAS (pass) - indicates performance meets expectations

no numeric grade

not applicable

FAL (fail) - indicates failing performance

no numeric grade

not applicable

DR (drop) - drop without academic prejudice

no numeric grade

not applicable

DRF (drop fail) - drop with academic prejudice

0%

0

ABS (absent) - absent for acceptable cause

no numeric grade

not applicable

INC (incomplete) - incomplete pending final grade

no numeric grade

not applicable

AEG (aegrotat)

no numeric grade

not applicable

5.8.2 Descriptions of Letter Grades
  • "A" indicates excellent performance with clear evidence of:

    • comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and principles treated in the course,
    • a high degree of originality and independence of thought,
    • a superior ability to organize and analyse ideas, and
    • an outstanding ability to communicate.
  • "B" indicates good performance with evidence of:

    • substantial knowledge of the subject matter,
    • a moderate degree of originality and independence of thought,
    • a good ability to organize and analyse ideas, and
    • an ability to communicate clearly and fluently.
  • "C" indicates satisfactory performance with evidence of:

    • an acceptable grasp of the subject matter,
    • some ability to organize and analyse ideas, and
    • an ability to communicate adequately.
  • "D" indicates minimally acceptable performance with evidence of:

    • rudimentary knowledge of the subject matter,
    • some evidence that organizational and analytical skills have been developed, but with significant weaknesses in some areas, and
    • a significant weakness in the ability to communicate.
  • "F" indicates failing performance with evidence of:

    • an inadequate knowledge of the subject matter,
    • failure to complete required work,
    • an inability to organize and analyse ideas, and
    • an inability to communicate.
5.8.3 Good Writing
  1. Students at all university levels should have reasonably sophisticated and effective communication skills and are expected to demonstrate proficiency in logical organization, clarity of expression and grammatical correctness. Good writing is expected of students in all courses. Upon graduation students should be capable of expressing complicated ideas clearly and concisely and should be able to develop arguments in a logical manner. When, in the judgement of the instructor, a student persistently fails to display a reasonable standard of writing, the instructor may consider this when assigning a final grade.

  2. Good writing is characterized by the following qualities:

    • Content

      • critical insight and freshness of thought,
      • clear and penetrating ideas,
      • perceptive, pure grasp of subject,
      • intelligent use of primary and secondary sources, and
      • a sense of completeness about the handling of the topic.
    • Organization

      • effective introduction and conclusion,
      • main idea is clear and logical development follows,
      • smooth transitions, and
      • good use of details.
    • Style

      • appropriate, accurate, precise and idiomatic diction, and
      • sentences varied in kind, length and effect.
    • Mechanics

      • consistently correct spelling,
      • accurate use of punctuation,
      • grammatically correct sentences, and
      • well organized paragraphing.
5.8.4 Linked Course
  1. A linked course is a course comprising two components and is normally identified by the letter "A" or "B" as the last character of the course number. No credits or points are assigned to the "A" part of a linked course. No credits or points are given until the "B" part is completed. Credits and points will be awarded upon successful completion of the B part and will be attributed to the B part only.

5.8.5 Incomplete Grades
  1. A student who, for extenuating circumstances, is unable to complete the requirements of a course may, with the approval of the appropriate academic unit, be granted a letter grade of incomplete (INC) in the course. This grade shall be valid for only one week following the start of classes in the next academic semester or session as stated in the University Diary. In the event that a numeric grade has not been received by the Registrar by this deadline the INC shall be changed to the letter grade F with a numeric grade 0%.

  2. Students unable to complete the requirements of a course by the end of one week following the start of classes in the next academic semester or session as stated in the University Diary, may be permitted an extension of time not exceeding the end of the semester following that in which the INC was given. Such an extension may be granted by the appropriate committee on undergraduate studies, on the recommendation of the academic unit. In special circumstances, students registered for a Social Work Internship may be given an extension not exceeding two semesters. Students registered in one of HKR 2210, 2220, 3210, 3220, 4210 or 4220 may be given an extension not exceeding three semesters, by the Academic Council of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.

5.8.6 Calculation of Averages

Only courses evaluated using final grades with associated numeric grades and points are included in the calculation of all averages. In calculating current averages the grades obtained in the A part of linked courses shall be included, while the grades obtained in foundation courses and work terms shall be excluded. Credit received as a result of transfer credit and challenge for credit are not included in the calculation. These calculations may be expressed as averages or grade point averages.

  1. Current average: is a method of expressing a student's performance for the semester. The current average is based on final grades. The current average is calculated by computing the sum of the numeric grade in each course multiplied by the course weight and dividing that sum by the total of the course weights.

  2. Cumulative average: is a method of expressing a student's performance over his or her academic career recorded since the beginning of the 1980-81 academic year. Where any given course, or an equivalent or cross-listed course, is attempted two or more times and is not repeatable, only the best attempt is included in the average. The cumulative average is calculated by computing the sum of the numeric grade in each course multiplied by the credit hour value and dividing that sum by the total number of credit hours attempted.

  3. Current grade point average: is a method of expressing a student's performance for the semester. The points associated with each letter grade are multiplied by the course weight. The current grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total of the course weights.

  4. Cumulative grade point average: is a method of expressing a student's performance over his or her academic career recorded since the beginning of the 1980-81 academic year. Where any given course, or an equivalent or cross-listed course, is attempted two or more times and is not repeatable, only the best attempt is included in the average. For each course used in the calculation, the points associated with each letter grade are multiplied by the course credit hour value. The cumulative grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted.

5.8.7 Aegrotat Status
  1. Students in their final semester or session before graduation, who have been absent from a final examination where one has been scheduled or who have been prevented from completing the semester's or session's work, for reasons which qualify them to write a deferred examination, may, in exceptional circumstances, be given credit for the course on the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

  2. Application for aegrotat status, with full details duly authenticated, must be made to the Registrar, indicating each course for which the application is being made, within one week after the last day of final examinations.