Regulation 10 - Grading

Each course taken for academic credit is assigned a final grade at the end of the semester*.  The final grade for each course will be indicated by a percentage grade, and a grade point on the student’s transcript.  A Grade Point (GP) is a method of expressing a student’s academic performance in an individual course.

Note: Courses taken over two semesters will be assigned a final grade at the end of the second semester. *The letter grade of ‘P’, Pass, is not assigned a numerical value and is not used in calculating the grade point average.

Grade Point : Grade Point (GP) is a method of expressing a student’s academic performance as a numerical value.  Each letter grade is assigned a numerical equivalent, which is then multiplied by the credit hour value assigned to the course to produce the grade point.

Semester Grade Point Average: Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours taken in a semester.  See Academic Regulation 10(f) Course Repetition for the treatment of repeated courses in GPA calculations. 

Cumulative Grade Point Average: The UPEI Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) expresses performance as a numerical average for all UPEI courses for all semesters completed.  The CGPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned to date by the total number of credit hours undertaken to date.  See Academic Regulation 10(f) (Course Repetition) for the treatment of repeated courses in GPA calculations.  The CGPA provides the numerical value used to determine academic standing.

Sample calculation of Grade Point

1. Subj 1    74%    (B)    3.0    3 credit hours  x  3.0 = 9.00
2. Subj 2    72%    (B-)    2.7    3 credit hours  x  2.7 = 8.10
3. Subj 3    67%    (C+)    2.3    3 credit hours  x  2.3 = 6.90
4. Subj 4    93%    (A+)    4.3    3 credit hours  x  4.3 = 12.90
5. Subj 5    DISC

TOTAL:    12 credit hours = 36.90  

Semester GPA:    36.9/12 = 3.08

Grade GP % Range  
A+ 4.3 91-100  
A 4.0 85-90  
A- 3.7 80-84  
B+ 3.3 77-79  
B 3.0 74-76  
B- 2.7 70-73  
C+ 2.3 67-69  
C 2.0 64-66  
C- 1.7 60-63  
D+ 1.3 57-59  
D 1.0 54-56  
D- 0.7 50-53  
F 0.0 0-49  

a) Course outlines/syllabi: These are distributed by instructors to the class during the first week of each semester, and must include details regarding methods used to assess student work and the value as well as timing of each assessment as a percentage of the final course grade respecting any existing restrictions. (See Academic Regulation 13).

b) Attendance: Instructors may count student attendance/ participation in calculating final standing in a course, if noted in the course outline. Professional programs may require 100% attendance. See Departmental Regulations in the relevant section of the calendar.

c) Passing grade: The minimum final grade required to earn course credit is 50% (grade point of 0.7).
Note: Professional programs and some other departments have exam-, course-, and program-specific minimum grade point requirements, which supersede this minimum. See Departmental Regulations in the relevant section of the calendar.

d) Some labs, tutorials, field placements, and professional- program courses are graded as Pass or Fail and, as such, are not included in any academic-standing, academic-award, or Deans’ Honours calculations. See Departmental Regulations in the relevant section of the calendar.

e) Incomplete courses: under exceptional circumstances, students may request temporary “Incomplete” standing in a course for which they have not completed all requirements. If the instructor approves the request, the department Chair must notify the Registrar's Office that an Incomplete (INC) will be submitted as an interim final grade, and the student will be given until the last day of classes in the following semester to complete the course work (some program requirements, such as DVM, would dictate shorter extension periods). A request for an extension of up to six months must be approved by the Dean. “Incomplete”s automatically become “0” at the end of the approved extension period, if the work is not completed and a grade submitted. 

f) Course repetition:
(i) While University policy permits passed courses to be repeated, students should be aware that marks obtained in such instances shall not be used in the determination of awards or scholarships administered by the Universit. All attempted grades are recorded on the transcript, with the highest grade calculated into the GPA. In the case of more than one failed attempt, the result of the later attempt will be calculated into the GPA. Students considering repeating a passed course are advised to consult first with the Chair of the department (where applicable) or the Dean.
NOTE:  Repeated courses have a direct impact on the calculation of a student’s GPA.  Course repeats are noted as ‘excluded’ or ‘included’ on a student’s transcript.  Excluded courses are excluded from the GPA calculation and included courses are included in the GPA calculation.  All courses attempted are considered in the determination of Academic Standing.  See Academic Regulation #17.

(ii) Except as otherwise stated in program regulations, no student will be allowed to take the same course more than three times unless by permission of the Dean of the Faculty or School in which the course is offered.

Note: Professional program regulations on academic performance will supersede this regulation.

g) Access to Examinations and Papers:
(i) A copy of all written assignments and examinations not returned to students must be retained by the instructor for a minimum of 60 days after submission of grades;
(ii) Final examinations and/or final submissions of course work must be retained by instructors for a minimum of 60 days after the date of the final examination, unless the work is returned to the students;
(iii) Professors must make viewing access available to students, for all papers and examinations with grades affixed to them according to the above schedule.

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