Unformatted text preview: Faculty of Engineering Honours Policy Award of Honours In the Bachelor of Engineering degree programs, honours are awarded for meritorious perfor-
mance over the degree program with special attention paid to a candidate’s performance in
the ﬁnal year courses and thesis. The award of Honours is based on a weighted average mark (WAM) calculated for each
student and on the mark awarded in the thesis. Honours Class 1: WAM greater than or equal to 75.0 and thesis mark greater than or
equal to 65 Honours Class 2 Division 1: WAM greater than or equal to 70.0 but less than 75.0 and
thesis mark greater than or equal to 60 Honours Class 2 Division 2 are awarded for lVAM greater than or equal to 65.0 but less
than 70.0 and thesis mark greater than or equal to 55
Principles for calculation of honours WAM
rI‘he general principles guiding the Honour’s VVAM calculations are:
0 The calculation should be transparent and straightforward.
0 Marks in later years are a better indicator of a student’s performance and potential.
0 The formulation should have minimal effect on a student‘s choice of elective courses. 0 The calculation should be able to be automated. Courses used in honours WAM calculation Generally, results for all courses undertaken as part of the BE degree are included in VVAM
calculations, but courses taken as part of another degree in a joint or con1bined~degree program
are not included. Speciﬁcally, the rules are: 9 Include 1. internal advanced standing courses,
2. internal substituted courses, and 3. external (exchange) thesis provided it is assessed internally.
o Exclude 1. any additional courses, [0 externally assessed courses either prior to or during enrolment at UNSW, whether
cross-institutional, exchange, transfer or advanced standing, and 3. SY and NF courses. I Count 1. first attempt returning a numerical mark only, and 2. elective requirements in time order up to total requirement. o Retrospective requests about including or excluding particular results are ignored. Calculation of honours WAM The formula to calculate the Honour’s WAM for a sequence of n courses with weights mi,
units of credit iii and marks mi is: Tl
i=1 it}: Hi mi Tl. 'ui l’VAflit : o rI‘he W'AM is calculated to one decimal place (rounded up). Choice of course weights in,- t Each course has a ﬁxed weight according to: Yearl l Year 2 Year 3 I Year 4 Gen Ed
I ( 10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%) 1 t The stage in the degree when a course is actually taken is irrelevant. - The thesis should be weighted at a minimum as a l2uoc Year 4 course. For example,
thesis may be divided into Thesis A and Thesis B, each worth 6 uoc. However, Thesis
A may be a Pass / Fail course whereas Thesis B has a mark awarded. In this case, under
Option 1, the weights might be allocated as w = O and w = 8, respectively. Transition Rules For 2007, the current rules apply. For 2008, honours WAMs for students in a program are
calculated according to both the old and new rules, with the maximum of the calculated
VVAMs being used. After 2008, the new rules apply, the proviso being that no student he
disadvantaged. LO ...
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