If the policies of the School of Mathematics and Statistics in any way conflict with any University policy, then the University policy applies.
Details of all applications for special consideration are kept on the student's record at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Students should acquaint themselves with the School's rules for special consideration.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics only grants Additional Assessment Examinations in a few circumstances, which are:
1. The student misses the final exam through illness or misadventure.
In this case the student must apply for special consideration following UNSW rules. Students must apply for Special Consideration via MyUNSW within 3 working days of the exam. Once the application has gone through it is the students responsibility to ensure that the original documentation is submitted to Student Central for verification. Failure to do so can result in no consideration being granted.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics has discretion to accept or reject the application for special consideration and has formulated the following policy:
a) The marks for all assessment tasks taken during the semester are calculated and combined in the same way, as they count towards the final mark to form a during-semester composite mark out of 100. If this during-semester composite mark is less than 40%, then no special consideration is given and the student will not be allowed to sit the Additional Assessment Exam.
b) If the grounds for the request for special consideration are thought to be trivial (for example a minor cold) or the doctor views the effect on performance as mild, then the special consideration may not be accepted.
c) If a student has already missed more than a small portion of the during-semester assessment for illness or misadventure, and has not registered as someone with long-term problems, then the special consideration may not be accepted. In coming to this decision the student's performance in other Mathematics courses, their general student record and their history of applications for special consideration will be taken into account.
If the student's application for special consideration is accepted then the student will be given a grade of WC as their official mark and grade. This will show on the Math Portal via Moodle and official University results.
Such a student is then permitted to take the Additional Assessment Exam (see below) and the result in this exam will take the place of the Final Exam mark when calculating a Final mark for the course.
Additional Assessment taken under this rule is called Normal Additional Assessment.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics will try to notify students who make formal application for special consideration of the outcome, but it is still the student's responsibility to check if they have been permitted to sit the Additional Assessment Exam.
2. The student is affected by serious illness or misadventure in the period leading up to the final examination or at the final examination in such a way that their performance at that exam is seriously affected and this is fully documented.
The procedures to be followed by the student, the policy for accepting the application for special consideration and the outcome in terms of Additional Assessment are the same as for 1. above, however another clause is applied as well:
d) If the student has passed the course and has performed close to what would be expected on the basis of their during-semester assessment and their general student record, then the special consideration may not be accepted and the existing mark will stand.
If the student's application for special consideration is accepted then the student will be given a grade of WC as their official mark and grade. This will show on the School website and official University results. In addition, the School website may show the actual mark already achieved.
Such a student is then permitted to take the Additional Assessment Exam (see below) and the result in this exam (if it is taken) will take the place of the Final Exam mark when calculating a Final mark for the course. This may result in a mark higher or lower than the one previously notified on the Math Portal. However the mark will never be reduced from a passing mark to a failing mark. If the Additional Assessment Exam is not taken then the mark notified on the Math Portal will become the Final mark.
Additional Assessment taken under this rule is called Normal Additional Assessment.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics will try to notify (by direct email) students who make formal application for special consideration of the outcome, but it is still the student's responsibility to check if they have been permitted to sit the Additional Assessment Exam. Note that the School will not update the UNSW central web site.
3. The course the student is taking is a MATH**** course and their final mark is in the range 45-49.
As of Semester 1 2016 there will no longer be Pass Conceded Grades (PC) awarded to any student in the University
Such a student will be permitted to take the Additional Assessment Exam as a Concessional Additional Assessment. After Concessional Additional Assessment the final mark is calculated by replacing the Final Exam mark by the Additional Assessment Exam mark if this is higher, however the Final mark will not be increased to a mark higher than 50.
Awarding of a Concessional Additional Assessment is not something required by the University and is a concession by the School of Mathematics and Statistics to help students who have got close to the level required for a pass.
There will be no notification to the individual student either through the University or School's website or by email of the right to take the Concessional Additional Assessment.
Taking Additional Assessment Exams
The dates for Additional Assessment exams are announced at the start of semester and given in the School's Important Information sheets, available from the School's Assessment Policy page. These dates can be different for different courses. The Additional Assessment exams will always be held at least 5 days after the release of the preliminary marks for the course in question, but may be held before the official release of results.
Normal and Concessional Additional Assessment exams are the same, however the marks are treated differently.
So that students have sufficient notice of the award of Additional Assessment, the School of Mathematics and Statistics releases provisional marks through the web portal (available from the Moodle page for any MATH course) one week earlier than the official marks are released. For any courses having an early Additional Assessment, the preliminary results for those courses will be released correspondingly earlier.
It is the student's responsibility to be aware through checking the School website and their official University marks that they are eligible for Additional Assessment under one of the circumstances above. The School of Mathematics and Statistics will try to notify students who make formal application for special consideration of the outcome, but it is still the student's responsibility to check if they have been permitted to sit the Additional Assessment Exam.
A detailed timetable will be published for these exams at the end of the week before the Additional Assessment Exams are held.
The additional assesment exams for Semester 2 2017 will be as follows:
- MATH1131, MATH1231, MATH1241 and MATH1251, Monday the 27th November
(additional assessment exam timetable for MATH1131/1231/1241/1251)
- for all other courses, Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th December: exact days and times to be annouced by 29th November.
Since the School of Mathematics and Statistics announces its Additional Assessment times earlier than other Schools, it will be expected that Mathematics exams take precedence over other exams.
Students eligible to take a Concessional Additional Assessment Exam do not need to notify the School that they are attending.
There are no special considerations for Concessional Additional Assessment Examinations and students will be offered only one chance to sit the Exam in a course in a semester. Students with long-term problems should seek the advice of the Director of First Year, the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Postgraduate Coursework Director.
Additional Assessment Exams should not be expected to be easier than Final Exams and may be a different form of examination.
Students who miss the Additional Assessment Exams will be treated as if they had not been offered the Additional Assessment and their final marks will be calculated using the marks they have already obtained.