Course Grading System

 

Students will be assigned grades (letters) for each course in which they have enrolled. The letter reflects student’s achievement in the course. The minimum grade for passing a course is letters (D) and grades are written in letters according to the following table:

 

Grade

Symbol

Points

90-100

A

4

85-89

B+

3.5

80-84

B

3

75-79

C+

2.5

70-74

C

2

65-69

D+

1.5

60-64

D

1

< 60

F

0

-

P

Pass

-

I

Incomplete

-

IP

In Progress

-

W

Withdraw

 

Course Assessment

 

A student's performance is assessed in each registered course according to assessment procedure set by the college. 100 is the maximum a student may score. It is divided as follows :

  1. Coursework 40 marks.
  2. Midterm exam 20 marks.
  3. Final exam 40 marks.

 

Grade Point Average

 

Grade point average “GPA” reflects student’s achievements in one semester; while cumulative point average “CGPA” reflects student’s achievements in all semesters. GPA and CGPA are evaluated in AAU as follows:

 

Grade Point

Evaluation

3.6 - 4.00

Excellent

3.0 - 3.59

Very Good

2.5 - 2.99

Good

2.0 - 2.49

Satisfactory

Less than 2.0

Unsatisfactory

 

Computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average

 

The GPA is calculated by multiplying the grade of each course by the number of its credit hours and dividing the total by the number of total credit hours taken in the semester. The CGPA is calculated by multiplying the grade of each course by the number of its credit hours and dividing the total of all courses by the number of total credit hours taken for all semesters. By contrast, the GPA is the average of grade points of all courses in one semester, whether the student passed or failed the course. As mentioned earlier, the CGPA is the average of grade points of all courses in all semesters. Both GPA and CGPA are rounded to the nearest three decimal units. GPA and CGPA are calculated according to the following formula:

 

Example

 

Course

No. of C.H.

Grade

Grade Points

Islamic Culture

3

4

12

Arabic Communication skills (1)

3

4

12

Communicative English (1)

3

2

6

Introduction to Sociology

3

3

9

Business Math (1)

3

3

9

Introduction to IT

3

2

6

Total

18 credits

 

54 points

 

Incomplete Grades

  • A student who is unable to attend the final exam of any course because of extenuating circumstances such as serious illness, accident or death of a family member during the final examination period may seek an incomplete grade “I”  for the course
  • Grade “I” is granted to the student if the average marks of the coursework is no less than 60%
  • Requests for an “I” grade shall be made on a form available from admission and registration office.
  • Unless otherwise stated on the form, the work required to remove an “I” grade must be completed no later than the end of the second week of the next semester in which the student registers at the university, otherwise, a grade of “F” is recorded.

 

Grade Appeals

 

The students have a right to appeal the final grade of any course provided that:

  • An appeal form is completed and submitted to the office of admission and registration within 15 calendar days of announcing the final grades.
  • The Admission and Registration Office submits the appeal forms to the college that responsible for the course which will respond in 7 calendar days.
  • The decision of the college is final.

 

Change in Grade

 

The following procedure will be followed by all faculty members when it becomes necessary, for any reason, to change a student’s grade that has already been submitted to the Admission and Registration Office. Forms are available in departmental offices.

  • Grades for a course must be based only on work performed before the end of each semester. Grade changes (except for the change of “I” grades) are permitted only in cases of errors in calculating or recording grades.
  • The change of grade together with adequate explanation will be submitted by the faculty member concerned to his / her department chair.
  • If the department chair approves the request for change of grade, the request will be submitted to the dean of the college.
  • If the request is approved by the dean of the college, the change of grade will be reported by the dean of the college of the Admission and Registration Office to make the appropriate change on the student’s record and notify the student and the faculty member.

 

Resit Exam

 

AAU does not allow resiting for exams except for a student who successfully completed the requirement for graduation with AGPA >= 2.0 but failed one course. This student is then allowed to resit for that one course within one month of the results announcement.