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Supplementary Assessment

According to the Assessment Policy, a Supplementary Assessment must be offered where a student achieves a mark of 50% or greater overall in the unit assessment, but fails because they do not achieve a mandated pass or required minimum mark in one or more assessment components. Supplementary Assessment will be offered to a student who has achieved a borderline mark (40 – 49%) in a unit, where the Unit Coordinator, in accordance with Assessment Guideline section 4, decides that a further opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the unit’s Learning Outcomes is warranted.

The Unit Coordinator will advise the student in writing, via email, that supplementary assessment has been awarded. This advice will explain the type of assessment that will need to be completed, which may be an examination or other type of assessment dependent upon the reasons for awarding the supplementary assessment. A sample letter can be found here.  The Unit Coordinator needs to arrange Supplementary Assignment (SA) directly with the student.

If a student is unable to sit a supplementary examination due to illness or exceptional circumstances, deferred assessment may be granted. Students should apply to their Unit Coordinator with supporting documentation that confirms illness or other extenuating circumstances that will prevent them from completing their supplementary exam.

Unit Coordinators have the discretion to arrange exam-based Deferred Supplementary Assessments outside the standard exam period and/or independent of the Office responsible for Exams. In the event that Unit Coordinators wish to offer an exam outside of the standard supplementary exam period, it is important that they also copy in the relevant exam contact(s) from the TNE partner institution when making a supplementary offer to the student so that the partner is aware that an exam needs to be arranged. The letter of offer should mention that the Exams contact at the Partner institution will notify the student of the date, time and place of the exam (which will be negotiated between the Unit Coordinator and Exams contact from the Partner institution).

Kaplan Higher Education Institute:
Poey Poey Tay (poeypoey.tay@kaplan.com)

Murdoch University Dubai:
Preeja Narayanan (Preeja.Narayanan@murdoch.edu.au)

Deferred Assessment

A student may be granted Deferred Assessment if illness or exceptional circumstances prevented them from completing an assessment and/or examination in sufficient time for a mark to be submitted to the relevant Board of Examiners meeting. Students registered under one or more of the approved Special Programs may also be eligible for Deferred Assessment subject to the provision of supporting documentation. In both cases the following condition applies:

  • An application must be submitted no later than three University Business Days after the relevant assessment was due. When completing an application for Deferred Assessment for multiple units, the application deadline is for the unit that had its relevant assessment due first.

A Deferred Assessment will be granted for a maximum of 40 University Business Days, excluding any University limited service period, after the end of the relevant teaching period, or from the commencement of a second period of deferral when applicable. Where the nature of the assessment work and its marking is not possible within this period, the student may be eligible for a retrospective withdrawal. Students registered under one or more of the approved Special Programs may be eligible for Deferred Assessment to be extended to the end of the next teaching period.

Deferred assessment shall not be approved:

  • For illness or other exceptional circumstances occurring not continuing beyond the late withdrawal date. In such circumstances a student may be eligible for a retrospective withdrawal.
  • If the student has completed the examination or submitted the assessment work.
  • If the student did not sit an examination because they misread the timetable, forgot the examination, or slept in.
  • For work commitments, unless it can be shown the employer has refused them leave.

The Unit Coordinator is required to report a result within 10 University Business Days after the assessment is due, excluding any University limited service period.

If a deferred examination is to be administered by the Office responsible for Exams, the examination must be held during the supplementary/deferred examinations period scheduled by that Office.

The Exams and Assessment Office will draft, finalise and publish the timetable The supplementary and deferred timetable will be published the same day results are released to students. After the Unit Coordinator submits the examination papers to the Exams and Assessment Office, the Office will arrange the printing of examination papers, and send (via courier) the examination papers and materials to be supplied by the University to the Transnational Partner. The Transnational Partner will return the completed scripts of the supplementary and deferred examinations to the Exams and Assessment Office after the examination, and the Unit Coordinator will collect the scripts from the Office for marking, which usually takes place three to four working days after the scheduled day for the exam.

For more information on Supplementary and Deferred Assessment, please refer to:
Deferred Assessment
Supplementary Assessment
Assessment Policy 2016 August 01
Assessment Procedure 2016 August 01
Assessment Guideline 2016 January 01