UWA assessment policy

What is UWA's policy on assessments?

UWA’s new University Policy on Assessment will streamline assessment across the University and ensure it is delivered quickly and digitally.

The new policy will be fully implemented by Semester 1, 2018. You might notice some changes in assessment in the meantime, with these main elements phased in as follows:

Phase 1 – January to December 2016

  • Marking rubrics provided to students either before or after assessment

  • Anonymous and moderated marking where possible and practical

  • Feedback on assessment items within 15 University working days  
  • Penalties for late submission 5% per day; after 7 days a mark of ‘0’ is awarded  
  • Formal exams all 2 hours
  • Exam feedback in the form of a marking report or rubric published on LMS


Phase 2: January 2016 – December 2017

  • Changes to approved units many include:
  • Formative feedback provided within 5 weeks of the unit commencing  
  • Assessments weighted between 10-70%  
  • Group assessments to have maximum 30% weighting  
  • Exams must be weighted at 40% or more, removing the need for exams worth few marks  
  • Unit outlines published via LMS  
  • Text-based assessments are to be submitted via LMS  
  • Marks will be entered via LMS

The University Policy on Review and Appeal of Academic Decisions Relating to Students outlines how to appeal assessment marks.

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