EXPLANATION

CREDIT

A credit is used to indicate student effort.  A student is expected to spend about 35 to 45 hours of study (inclusive of contact hours, private study, etc.) to earn a credit.

GRADE

Grade

Corresponding Grade Point

Interpretation Before 2002-03

Interpretation For 2002-03 to 2008-09

Interpretation From 2009-10

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A+

4.5*

Outstanding

Excellent

Exceptionally Outstanding

A

4.0

Excellent

Outstanding

B+

3.5

Very Good

Good

Very Good

B

3.0

Good

Good

C+

2.5

Wholly Satisfactory

Satisfactory

Wholly Satisfactory

C

2.0

Satisfactory

Satisfactory

D+

1.5

Barely Adequate

Marginal

Barely Satisfactory

D

1.0

Weak

Barely Adequate

F

0.0

Inadequate

Failure

Inadequate

GPA

The Grade Point Average is the cumulative average calculated for all subjects taken.

Sem GPA

The Semester Grade Point Average is the average calculated for all subjects taken for a particular semester.

Yearly GPA

The Yearly Grade Point Average is the GPA of the subjects attempted in Semester 1 and 2 of the academic year under consideration, excluding grades of credits transferred.  For subjects which have been failed and retaken within the academic year, only the grades obtained in the final attempt will be included in the Yearly GPA calculation.

WGPA

For some programmes, a weighted cumulative average (Weighted GPA) for those relevant subjects contributing to the award classification will be calculated.

AGPA

The Award Grade Point Average is the final GPA value based on which the award classification of a student is determined. 

GPA for Major

For students taking a major/minor option, their award classifications will be based on the GPAs they obtained for both their major and minor studies.

GPA for Minor

The GPA for Minor takes into account subjects which are relevant to the student's minor studies. 

All GPA values are capped at 4.0.

* For the 1997-98 and 1998-99 academic years, the corresponding Grade Point for A+ is 4.0 for all students.
Starting from the 2005-06 academic year, only the grade obtained in the final attempt of a retaken subject will be included in the calculation of the above GPAs.  Weighting may be applied in the calculation of the Award GPA for some programmes.

TOTAL CREDITS ATTAINED

The Total Credits Attained only take into consideration those credits which are relevant for contributing to the award being pursued by a student.

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CODE

In cases where the above grades are not applicable, the following codes are used:

Code

Interpretation

Code

Interpretation

I

Assessment to be completed (from 2005-06)

P

Pass on an ungraded subject

Incomplete not due to the fault of student (before 2005-06)

S

Absent from assessment

L Subject to be continued in the following semester U Fail on an ungraded subject

M

Pass with Merit

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W

Withdrawn from subject

N

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Assessment is not required

Z

Exempted
To complete the assessment of the subject with assigned code I, students should contact the relevant subject offering Departments as early as possible for details of the required remedial works or assessment.
Subject with the assigned codes I, L, M, N, P, U, W and Z will be omitted in the calculation of all GPAs.  A subject with the assigned code S will be taken as zero in the calculation.

REMARKS

Additional remarks may be added to explain the subject grade/code:

Code

Interpretation

Code

Interpretation

3

To be re-assessed

6

Results obtained after re-assessment

4

To be assessed later due to medical or other special circumstances

7

Results obtained after late assessment due to medical or other special circumstances

T

Transfer of credit

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IMPORTANT NOTES

To give prior warning to students who need to make improvement for fulfilling the GPA requirement of the University, students having GPA lower than 2.0 will be put on ¡§academic probation¡¨ in the following semester.  This status will be reflected in the examination result sheet on web and in the Official Examination Result Notification.  Students concerned can contact the academic counsellor of their respective programme or the Student Affairs Office for advice and assistance.

For students with an Overall Result of "Required to be de-registered" or "Award not applicable", please return the PolyU Student Identity Card together with a printed copy of the Electronic Examination Result Notification to the Service Centre of the Academic Secretariat (M101) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, within three weeks from the date of issue of the notification to facilitate the refund of caution money.  If you fail to do so, the caution money will be confiscated and any subsequent request for refund of caution money will not be entertained.  Future applications for official certification on their studies from the University may be rejected.

For students with an Overall Result of "De-registered, because of withdrawal/absence" or "Expulsion due to Disciplinary Action", please also return the PolyU Student Identity Card to the Service Centre of the Academic Secretariat (M101) together with a printed copy of the Electronic Examination Result Notification.  If you fail to do so, future applications for official certification on their studies from the University may be rejected.

For students who are eligible for award, their entitlements to access to facilities on campus will be determined by the relevant offices.  Students can contact individual offices (Information Technology Services Office, Library, Student Affairs Office, University Health Service) for information.

For students who are eligible for award, they will be invited to the Congregation for that particular academic year (normally held in November/December each year).  They will receive the invitation letter in September and are expected to confirm their attendance at the Congregation and its associated events on or before 30 September if they want to take part in this memorable occasion.  If they do not receive the invitation by mid-September, they should enquire at 2333 0600 and keep the Academic Secretariat informed of the change of telephone numbers (home and office) and address.

 

 

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