The Open University Grading Scale

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The Open University Grading Scale

Calculating the final grade of a course

The Open University Grading Scale

Terms:
Weight – Each assignment is assigned a weight that determines its value in calculating the final grade.
Weighted grade – Calculated by multiplying the weight of the assignment by the grade and dividing by 100:

grade of assignment x weight of assignment
100

The final course grade is the weighted grades of all the assignments submitted and of the final exam. The weight of the final exam is calculated by subtracting from 100 the total weights of the assignments submitted. The weighted grade of the final exam is calculated as follows:

grade of final exam x weight of final exam
100

Grade appeal procedures

  1. Appealing a grade on an assignment graded by the tutor (maman): An appeal can be submitted to the tutor in writing, accompanied by the assignment, within seven days of receiving the grade.

    If the appeal is rejected by the tutor, students may appeal to the course coordinator. The appeal must be submitted along with the tutor assignment and the accompanying form within seven days of receiving the tutor’s reply to the appeal. The decision of the course coordinator is final.

  2. Appealing a grade on a computer assignment (mamach): An appeal can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office within one week of receiving the grade, together with the computer notification of the grade (or a photocopy). The decision concerning an appeal is final.
  3. Appealing a final examination grade: A substantiated appeal can be submitted to the Registrar’s Office up to five weeks after notification of the examination grade is received. Students should indicate the number of the notification which is also the examination booklet number, on the appeal request. An unsubstantiated appeal will not be considered.

Please note: Grades between 50 and 60 are checked by a second examiner. In this case the final examination grade is determined by the course team, based on two reviews.

Before appealing an examination grade, please take into consideration that a grade may change in both directions. The new grade may be higher or lower than the previous grade. The new grade is considered the final grade.

Credits

To receive credit for a course, students must fulfill the following requirements:

a) Complete a minimum number of assignments and special requirements defined for each course.
b) Receive a grade of 60 or above on the final exam.
c) Receive a grade of 60 or above in the course.

Calculating the final degree grade

The final degree grade is the weighted average of all grades in courses studied at the Open University and of seminar papers written within the framework of studies at the Open University. A grade transcript including all courses taken and their grades, as well as the final degree grade is provided to each graduate together with the degree diploma.

The transcript also includes the grades of courses completed by the student at other universities that were approved by the Open University, but not those that the student took before registering at the Open University. Grades of courses completed at other institutions are not included in the calculation of the final degree grade, as specified in a note on the transcript.

If the student has sufficient credits towards a degree without counting the credits received for the A-level English course, the grade in this course will not be included in the calculation of the final degree grade if it lowers the student’s average. In such a case, the grade for the English course will be listed on the transcript with a note specifying that it was not weighted into the final degree grade.

In Humanities and Social Sciences, the weight of each introductory and intermediate course is equivalent to the number of credits granted for the course. Calculation of the grades in advanced courses depends on the semester in which they were studied:

Before the Fall 1990 semester, the weight of the grade in an advanced course (including advanced seminars) was one-half more (150%) than the value of the credits granted in the course.

As of the Fall 1990 semester:

  • The weight of a grade for an advanced course is equal to the number of the credits granted for the course.
  • The weight of a grade for a seminar paper is 6 credits.
  • The weight of a grade for an advanced seminar is one-half more (150%) than the number of course credits.

In Sciences, the weight of each introductory and intermediate course is equivalent to the number of credits granted for the course. The weight of advanced courses (including seminars) is one-half more (150%) than the value of the credits granted in the course.

A final degree grade between 85 an 94 entitles the student to a degree “With Honors“, and a final degree grade between 95 and 100 entitles the student to a degree “With Highest Honors“, provided that the student accumulated at least 60 credits in Open University courses in the discipline in which the degree was conferred.

Improving the final degree grade

The Open University enables students to improve their final degree grade by taking examinations in up to three courses. A fee will be charged for the additional examinations. Requests should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
The most recent grade will be considered the final grade.

The final degree grade cannot be changed or modified after the certificate of degree entitlement has been conferred. Grades can be improved only in courses offered when the student wishes to take the additional exam. If a course has been rewritten, students will take the exam on the material in the rewritten course, and will be awarded the current number of credits (even if the course awards fewer credits than the course originally taken). In addition, students must apply to the Study Program Approval Committee in advance, to ensure that their program of studies will not be affected by the change.

Temporary degree certification

a) Students who receive a temporary degree certificate may improve their grade up to one year of the degree entitlement date.
b) Students who receive a temporary degree certificate may change a field of study up to two years of the degree entitlement date.
Students who do not enroll in studies in a different field within one year will automatically be issued a final degree certificate at the end of one year.
Students who have not completed their studies after two years may request an extension from the Study Program Approval Committee.

Degree entitlement

The date of degree entitlement is determined individually for each graduate. This date is the day on which the final required grade towards the degree appears in the computer.