Supplementary Assessment Policy
4. Supplementary unit assessment
The faculty requires Chief Examiners to be cognisant of the Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations (Part 3) regarding this issue and which is reproduced below:
In this section ‘faculty’ means the degree faculty
1) The Board of Examiners of the degree Faculty may grant a supplementary assessment to a student in respect of a unit of study if:
a) the student’s final result in the unit is no more than 5%, or equivalent, below the required pass figure; and
b) the student has passed all other units in which the student was enrolled during the teaching period concerned; and
c) a pass in the unit of study would complete all academic requirements for the degree or other award or the board of examiners is satisfied that failure in the unit will significantly impact on the student’s enrolment in the following semester.
2) The Board may waive the requirement in subregulation 1b in circumstances it regards as exceptional.
3) A student may be granted only one supplementary assessment in respect of each unit of study and no more than 2 supplementary assessments in respect of one course of study.
4) If the course of study concerned is a double degree, the board must consult the board of examiners of the managing faculty before granting a supplementary assessment.
5) A supplementary assessment must be in the form determined by the chief examiner for the unit of study.
6) The final unit result after a supplementary assessment is as determined by the board of the degree faculty. However, no more than 50% of the maximum mark for the unit may be awarded.
4.1 Determination by Board of Examiners regarding the granting of supplementary assessment
4.1.1 In accordance with Part 3 of the Academic Board Regulations, after each teaching period the Board of Examiners will consider all students who have failed one unit with a result of at least 45 in that teaching period to determine whether they are eligible for supplementary assessment. There is no application process.
4.1.2 Provided that the student has not already been granted more than one supplementary assessment in the current course of study, a student will be granted supplementary assessment where the failed unit is the final unit required to complete the requirements for the course in which the student is currently enrolled
4.1.3 The Board of Examiners may at its discretion grant a student supplementary assessment in a unit where the Board considers that failure of the unit will significantly impact on the student's progress (refer Academic Board Regulations section Part 3). For the purposes of this section, failing a unit and having to repeat it at another time is not considered a significant impact on the student’s progress. Only units that are core units and not offered in a subsequent semester will be considered for supplementary assessment.
4.1.4 In determining whether to grant supplementary assessment, Part 3 of the Academic Board Regulations provides the Board of Examiners with discretion to consider exceptional circumstances. For the purposes of this section of the Regulations, failing a unit and having to repeat it at another time is not considered an exceptional circumstance.
4.2 Form of supplementary assessment
The supplementary assessment will take the form appropriate to the part(s) of the unit assessment that the student failed and must be linked to the unit’s learning outcomes and at least re-assess all of the objectives failed. The Chief Examiner will determine the type and method of assessment.
4.3 Outcome of supplementary assessment
4.3.1 If a student passes the supplementary assessment task, a mark of 50 will be returned for the unit.
4.3.2 Where a student fails a supplementary assessment the student must receive the higher of the two results achieved for the unit.
4.3.3 A supplementary examination is only offered once and there is no provision to defer a supplementary examination. Thus, a student who fails to sit the supplementary examination will receive a fail mark for the supplementary assessment task and the original mark for the unit will stand.
4.3.4 Supplementary assessment is not available for any component unit of the MNHS Honours Programs.
4.3.5 Units that require all assessment components to be passed must reassess all the objectives covered in the failed assessment component, unless otherwise specified by the Board of Examiners.
4.3.6 Students will not be offered supplementary assessment if he/she has not passed all other units in which the student has enrolled during the teaching period concerned, except in circumstances the board of examiners considers exceptional.
4.3.7 Where a student is enrolled in a single unit and has achieved a result between 45 and 49, they will be deemed eligible for supplementary assessment.
4.3.8 A student may be granted no more than two supplementary assessments in respect of one course of study.
4.3.9 Faculty Board of Examiners may offer supplementary assessment in two units in the same teaching period in circumstances where a pass in the units would complete all academic requirements for the degree.
4.3.10 Supplementary assessment may only be granted within a twelve month timeframe. The period is calculated from the time of result release.