Assessment Procedures: Undergraduate
These procedures are specific to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and are in accordance with the Monash University Assessment in Coursework Units Policy and Unit Assessment Procedures.
1. Essential (hurdle) components
The faculty has a Practical, tutorial and workshop classes: attendance policy which specifies minimum attendance. Attendance at all practical, tutorial and workshop classes is a hurdle requirement for passing the unit.
Hurdle assessments are compulsory requirements within individual units that must be met in order to achieve a pass in those units. They are normally considered a mastery of professional skills and/or essential for attainment of required attributes. These requirements fulfill one or more unit learning objectives and may be class-based or undertaken outside regular scheduled class times.
- Not all units will have essential (hurdle) components
- A minimum of 10% of the total assessment is to be applied to any assessment designated as a hurdle requirement.
- Any in-course assessment tasks that are hurdles should be clearly identified as assessment items and noted in the unit guide and university publications.
Failure to obtain 50% for a hurdle requirement will result in the student failing the unit.
Number of attempts
Where a unit has a hurdle requirement, up to two attempts may be permitted and this must be clearly outlined in unit guides distributed to students at the commencement of the unit.
- Successful completion of an essential (hurdle) component of a unit at a further attempt will result in a maximum score of 50% of the value of the component contributing to the unit's total assessment.
- Repeat attempts are granted only at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator (or the Course Director if the Unit coordinator is unavailable), and must comply with the University assessment regulations.
- Additional attempts or alternative assessment required to pass the hurdle should be completed prior to the Board of Examiners meeting for that semester.
- An alternative method of assessment may be applied in place of the original assessment, if available and at the discretion of the unit coordinator.
Clinical/industry placement hurdle assessments
Repeat attempts of Clinical/Industry placement hurdle assessments are granted only at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator (or the Course Director if the Unit coordinator is unavailable), and must comply with the University assessment regulations.
- Where a student is removed from a Clinical/Industry placement due to unprofessional behaviour, there is no requirement to offer the student a repeat opportunity. This consideration will be at the discretion of the Unit Coordinator (or the Course Director if the Unit coordinator is unavailable).
- Where a student is required to repeat a unit as a result of a Clinical/Industry placement fail, a maximum of one repeat attempt is allowed. If the second attempt is unsuccessful the student will be directed to seek counselling from their relevant Unit Coordinator to examine future options.
2. Examination and non-examination components: minimum score
To pass the unit, a mark of no less than 50% for the final written examination must be attained, even if the total score for the unit is above 50%.
To pass the unit, a total score of no less than 50% for the aggregate of the non-final examination components must be attained, even if the total unit score is above 50%.
3. Timing of assessments
All undergraduate units must schedule at least one assessment (e.g. an in-semester test) before the end of week 6 (or earlier in the case of first year units to assist with identifying students at risk with potential transition to university issues) that tests knowledge presented in the majority of lectures given.
Each undergraduate year level coordinator or major leader should ensure that assessments across different units are spaced apart (where possible) for their particular year. Postgraduate unit coordinators should ensure assessments are spaced throughout semester.
4. Weighting of assessments
There should not be marks given to students for attending practical classes, workshops and tutorials as there is an attendance policy in place.
The maximum weighting of an assessment task, including examinations, is 60% of the total summative assessment for the unit.
Approved at Education Committee meeting 3-2013. Updated 1-2014.
 Unit coordinators should refer to Appendix 1 of the Assessment guidelines approved at Education Committee 3-2013
 Unit coordinators should refer to Appendix 2 of the Assessment guidelines approved at Education Committee 3-2013