What is GPA (Grade Point Average)?
At University your grade point average (GPA) is a simple numerical index which summarises academic performance in a course.
It includes all your unit attempts within a course; each course will have a different GPA.
Students who transfer between new courses will have their advanced standing awarded as ‘duplicate credit’, and the mark(s) will be counted towards a GPA. Students transferring credit from old courses or being awarded advanced standing based on previous studies from another institution (or are in a postgraduate course) will only see the reflected credit points achieved on your record; the marks will not be carried over and are not used to calculate your GPA.
Every unit you do has an assigned credit value, most have 6 credits points. Each grade you receive for a unit also has a value (please see the table below); for example, a High Distinction has a value of 7.
Please note, if you withdraw from a unit before the academic penalty date, these units will not count towards your GPA. Withdrawing after the academic penalty date will count towards your GPA as a fail grade.
Your GPA is calculated using these values with the formula as follows:
(a) The GPA calculation includes all attempts at units which are awarded a numeric grade
(b) Unfinalized results are not included in the calculation.
|PS||Passed Supplementary Exam||Pass||4|
|FN||Fail due to non-completion||Fail||0|
|FS||Fail Supplementary Exam||Fail||0|
|WE||Not permitted to sit exam||Fail||0|
Example: Johnny Sarkar
A first-year student, Johnny Sorkar, has completed his first year in his Bachelor of Commerce; his GPA would be as follows:
|Unit||Credit Value||Mark||Grade||GPA Value|
Sum (unit credits x GPA grade value) = ( 6 x 7) + ( 6 x 5) + ( 6 x 6) + ( 6 x 0) + ( 6 x 4) + ( 6 x 7) + ( 6 x NA) + ( 6 x 0) = 174
Sum credit points = (6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6) = 42
174 divided by 42 = 4.14
So Johnny’s first year GPA is 4.14