Grading and assessment

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Standard 3. Educational programs
H. Grading and assessment

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Grading System

Students are awarded letter grades for each course in which they have enrolled. The letter grade reflects student performance in a particular course. The minimum passing grade in an undergraduate course is D

ADUC follows the following Grading qualifications and assigns a specific letter to reflect on the student’s transcript.


ADemonstrates a high level of performance and outstanding mastery of the domain area
B+Demonstrates excellent mastery of subject matter and overall commendable performance and achievement
BVery good mastery of subject matter and excellent knowledge and understanding
C+Good mastery of subject matter and fairly good knowledge and understanding
CAverage performance and achievement
D+Inadequate level of achievement overall. Average to a poor level of knowledge and understanding of the subject matter
DLimited knowledge and understanding of the subject matter
FSpare knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and standard of performance well below the level required for a bachelor’s degree program
IIncomplete Grade. Must be completed within One (1) Semester; otherwise, it will be replaced by an F Grade.
RRepeat Course
FAFailure due to absence


The Grading qualifications are quantified based on the following Grading System as per the student’s score in a course.


A4.090 – 100Outstanding
B+3.585 – 89Excellent
B3.080 – 84Very Good
C+2.575 – 79Good
C2.070 – 74Average
D+1.565 – 69Poor
D1.060 – 64Very Poor
F0< 60Fail
FA  Failure due to absence


Credit Hours

Courses are calculated in credit-hours. Each course carries a certain number of credits which are awarded after its successful completion. The academic credit provides a basis to measure the amount of engaged learning time expected of a typical student. A credit, or credit hour, is a unit of measurement defining the student’s overall effort towards attaining a qualification.

1 semester credit equals approximately 1 hour of time in class per week over a semester of 15 weeks or longer. (See “Semester” below). It is assumed that a student spends two hours outside of class in independent learning or specific course assignments for every hour in class. This implies that one academic credit equates to a 45-hour commitment to learning over a semester. For laboratory or studio-based courses, the allocation of credit differs; 1 semester credit normally is given for two hours of laboratory or studio time per week over a 15-week semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

The student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is the sum of products of grade points and credit hours of each course and then dividing the result by the total number of credit hours of the semester.


Courses with letter grades of TC (Transferred Credit) and I (Incomplete) are excluded from the GPA calculation.

The Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA) Calculation

The Student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is the sum of products of grade points and credit hours of each course registered in current and previous semesters and then dividing the results by the total number of credit hours.

The numerical performance (CGPA) needs to be also translated qualitatively in terms of students’ performance. The grade descriptors will help define the students’ overall level of skills and provide more comprehensive information to both academic and corporate.




3.60 – 4.00


3.00 – 3.59

Very Good

2.50 – 2.99


2.00 – 2.49


Less than 2.00



Incomplete (Grade I)

Grade I is allocated to students who fail to complete the final assessment of a course, namely, final examination or any assessment treated as final exam. Unless an official excuse submitted by the student and accepted by the concerned faculty member, the final assessment must be completed and marked during or before the period of add/drop of the following semester as mentioned in the academic calendar; otherwise, a grade F (Fail) will be awarded for the relevant course.

Grade I will be extended for one semester for an internship, or any course assessed by a graduation project, only if an official excuse is submitted by the student and accepted by the concerned faculty member during the last week of the relevant semester or before the final examination period.

Students must provide a legitimate reason for absence from the exam within three working days and pay the Makeup exam fee of the course tuition fees upon the dean’s approval.



Types of Assessments

The assessments are broadly categorized as:

  1. Continuous Assessment conducted throughout the semester over regular intervals as per the schedule prescribed in the syllabus. These can be as listed but not limited to the following:
  2. Quiz Exams
  3. Mid Term Exams
  4. Assignments (Home/Class/Lab)
  5. Case Studies
  6. Final Examination/Term-end examination conducted at the end of the semester as per the syllabus’s schedule prescribed.
  7. Final Examination
  8. Final Project/Graduation Project along with Viva Voce examination
  9. Dissertation/Thesis/Report along with Viva Voce examination


Quality of Assessments

  1. All the assessments must follow the quality check procedure as per the examination policy of ADUC.
  2. The School Dean and Department Chair shall be responsible for the effective implementation of the quality check process.
  3. The quality review of Mid-Term and Final examination shall be conducted through internal/ /external reviewer. The procedure to submit the question papers and receive the external reviewer’s decision will be overseen by the Institutional Effectiveness unit, while for the internal review the procedure will be overseen by the concerned Dean. The object of the review is to enhance the quality of assessments and to ensure that the CLO – Course Assessment alignment in the syllabi is strictly adhered to by the faculty while conducting assessments and that the courses are taught at the appropriate level of QF Emirate.


The Procedure:

  1. The external reviewers’ profile will be recorded with the IE unit while the internal reviewers’ profile will be recorded with the concerned Dean’s office.
  2. The midterm and final exams question papers along with their respective answer keys and syllabi for each course will be individually shared securely with the reviewer
  3. The reviewers are required to review the question papers and the respective answer keys to determine the alignment and appropriateness of the level of questions with respect to the corresponding CLOs.
  4. The reviewers are also required to comment on the coverage of the relevant topics/ chapters of the as allotted to the assessment component in the syllabi in the question paper.
  5. The reviewers are required to fill sections D and E of the assessment moderation form (Appendix 14 Assessment Moderation Form) that is designed to document reviewer’s evaluation.
  6. A dialogue box is also provided for any interaction between the reviewer and the faculty.
  7. The faculty shall conduct the examination after reviewer’s concerns have been addressed
  8. Sample assessment scripts shall be recorded as part of the course file.