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Classification

MORSE
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Index
1 General Information
2 Course Regulations and Progression
3 Module Selection and Course Transfers
4 Teaching, Learning and Study
5 Examinations and Assessment
6 Pastoral Care and Support
7 Student Voice
8 Careers and Personal Development
9 University Information

5.8 Year Marks and Classification

Calculation of Year Mark

Students who have taken the normal loading, or an overload less than the value of the smallest module, will be given a year mark calculated by the weighted mean of the module marks.

Students who have taken an overload will be given a year mark calculated by determining the highest mark from all modules, or a subset of modules, that satisfies course regulations.

Module marks are stored to the nearest whole integer.

Year marks are stored to one decimal place.

Example Year Mark Calculation for Overloading

For example, a second-year student on the MORSE course has to take six core modules (ST202, ST208, ST218, ST219, EC220 and IB207), all of which have 12 CATS. In addition they must take at least 36 CATS from List A.

Suppose that in addition to taking the six core modules, a second-year MORSE student also takes IB320, ST221 and MA258 from List A and CS260, IB132 and MA117 from List B - a total of 147 CATS.

Module Code EC220 IB207 ST202 ST208 ST218 ST219 CS260 IB132 IB320 MA117 MA258 ST221
List Core Core Core Core Core Core List B List B List A List B List A List A
CATS 12 12 12 12 12 12 15 12 12 12 12 12
Module Mark 70 88 67 80 61 74 69 77 81 93 63 59

The weighted mean including all module marks is 73.4%.

The student has an overload of 27 CATS so the year mark calculation is permitted to drop one 15 CATS module and one 12 CATS module or two 12 CATS modules.

The student has chosen 36 CATS modules from List A which is exactly the amount required for course regulations so all module marks from core and List A modules must be used to calculate the year mark. This means that, although their lowest mark is in ST221, this mark cannot be removed from the calculation.

The only module marks that can be removed from the calculation of the year mark are those from List B.

One of the List B module choices, CS260 has a module mark clearly below the weighted mean and therefore excluding this from the calculation will give a higher year mark. The weighted mean of the remaining modules is 73.9%.

The other List B module choices, MA117 and IB132, have a higher module mark than the new weighted mean therefore excluding these module marks would result in a lower year mark. Consequently these marks are retained in the year mark calculation and the student would be awarded a year mark of 73.9%.

Classification

For BSc programmes the first year counts 10%, the second year 30% and the third year 60% towards the final degree mark; i.e. if S1, S2, S3 denote the % credits obtained at the end of years 1, 2 and 3 respectively, then the overall degree % mark is

C = (10S1 +30S2 +60S3)/100.

For Integrated Masters programmes the first year counts 10%, the second year 20%, the third year 30% and the fourth
year 40% towards the final Integrated Master’s degree mark; i.e. if S1, S2, S3, S4 denote the % credits obtained at the end of years 1, 2 , 3 and 4 respectively, then the overall degree % mark is

C = (10S1 + 20S2 + 30S3 + 40S4)/100.

For any final year student there are 6 possible outcomes of the final examinations. https://warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/dar/quality/categories/examinations/conventions/ug13

First C ≥ 70.0%

Where the mean is greater than or equal to 70.0% the Honours degree shall be provisionally classified as a First.

Upper Second 69.9% ≥ C ≥ 60.0%

Where the mean is greater than or equal to 60.0% and less than 70.0% the Honours degree shall be provisionally classified as an Upper Second.

Lower Second 59.9% ≥ C ≥ 50.0%

Where the mean is greater than or equal to 50.0% and less than 60.0% the Honours degree shall be provisionally classified as a Lower Second.

Third 49.9% ≥ C ≥ 40.0%

Where the mean is greater than or equal to 40.0% and less than 50.0% the Honours degree shall be provisionally classified as a Third.

Pass degree (not Honours) 39.9% ≥ C ≥ 35.0%

Where the mean is greater than or equal to 35.0% and less than 40.0% the degree shall be provisionally awarded as a Pass degree.

fail 34.9% ≥ C

Where the mean is less than 35.0% provisionally no degree shall be awarded.

To be provisionally classified in the class indicated by the mean:

  • for an Integrated Master’s degree, a candidate must pass (at the 40% module pass mark) in the final three years contributing to the degree classification, whole modules equating to at least 258 credits in total, including at least 90 credits taken in the final year.
  • for an Honours degree (whether of three or four years’ duration), a candidate must pass (at the 40% module pass mark) in the final two years contributing to the degree classification, whole modules equating to at least 168 credits in total, including at least 80 credits taken in the final year.
  • for a Pass degree (whether of three or four years’ duration), a candidate must pass (at the 40% module pass mark) in the final two years contributing to the degree classification, whole modules equating to at least 150 credits in total, including at least 50 credits taken in the final year.
  • a candidate must achieve marks in that class or higher in whole modules, equating to at least 48 credits in total, which are named as a core or listed module. The 48 CATS at that class or higher is expected to be seen in the final year of the degree.