line with the Unisa assessment policy, a student’s year marks will not be taken into account if he/she
obtains less than 40% in the examination. In such an event the mark obtained in the examination will be
the final mark. You will therefore not pass a module if your examination mark is less than 40%.
Please study the following examples of how the assignment marks will contribute to the final assessment mark:
Example 1:
The student submits the two compulsory assignments and obtains 50% and 60% respectively. Each assignment
mark is multiplied by 0.05 as they both contribute 5% towards the final mark. This equals 2.5% and 3%
respectively. The student will therefore have a year mark of 5.5% (2.5% + 3%) out of a possible 10%. If the
student obtains 50% in the examination, this percentage is then multiplied by 0, 9 which equals 45% of the final
assessment mark. The year mark and the examination mark are then added (5.5% + 45%) to give a final
assessment mark of 51% for the module.
Example 2:
The student submits the two compulsory assignments and obtains 20% and 40% respectively. Each assignment
mark is multiplied by 0.05 as they both contribute 5% towards the final mark. This equals 1% and 2%
respectively. The student will therefore have a year mark of 3% (1% + 2%) out of a possible 10%. If the student
obtains 52% in the examination, this percentage will be multiplied by 0, 9 which equals 46.8% of the final
assessment mark. The year mark and the examination mark are then combined (3% and 46.8%) to give a final
assessment mark of 50% for the module. This implies that, in this case, the student must obtain at least 52% for
the examination to obtain a final assessment mark of 50% in order to pass the module.
Example 3:
The student submits only assignment 01 and obtains 70%. He/she does not submit assignment 02 and therefore
forfeits 5% of his/her final mark. The mark for assignment 01 is multiplied by 0.05 as it contributes 5% towards
the final mark. This equals 3.5% and is regarded as the student’s year mark out of a possible 10%. If the student
obtains 52% in the examination, this percentage will be multiplied by 0, 9 which equals 46.8% of the final
assessment mark. The year mark and the examination mark are then combined (3.5% and 46.8%) to give a final
assessment mark of 50% for the module. This implies that, in this case, the student must also obtain at least
52% for the examination to obtain a final assessment mark of 50% in order to pass the module.
If you write a
supplementary examination
, the year mark will not be taken into account when the final mark is
calculated. Therefore, the mark you receive will only be what you obtained for the examination. You will thus not
be required to submit assignments again during the semester in which the supplementary examination will be
written.
If you write an
aegrotat
or special examination
, the year mark will be taken into account but the subminimum
rule of 40% will apply. This means that, should you obtain a mark of less than 40% in the examination, your year
mark will not be taken into account, and the examination mark will be your final mark for the module.

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