On some occasion
sickness, misadventure, or other circumstance beyond your
control may prevent you from attending during a time when
you are required to carry out assessable work for a course
(formal end of session examination, class test, laboratory
test, seminar presentation, etc.). This may prevent you
from meeting a deadline for the submission of assessable
work, or may significantly affect your performance on an
assessable task. The University has procedures which allow
you to apply for Special Consideration for the affected
assessments. Depending on the circumstances, the University
may take action to allow you to overcome the effects produced;
for example, give you additional assessment or extend a
You should note
that merely submitting a request for special consideration
does not automatically mean that you will be granted additional
assessment, nor that you will be awarded an amended result.
For example, if you have a poor record of attendance or
performance throughout a session/year in a subject you may
be failed regardless of illness or other reason affecting
a final examination in that subject.
The University has
a centralised procedure for Special Consideration applications.
You should follow this procedure. Full details of:
· how to apply
for special consideration
· what happens after you make application
· what outcomes you can expect
are given on the
See Additional Assessment details
Re-marking of Exams
The University has a policy for "review of results" that allows students who believe there has been an error in the calculation of their final mark to appeal that mark. There currently may be a fee attached to applying for a re-mark which is refunded only if the mark changes substantially upwards. UNSW Student Central will advise of the current policy on applying this fee. There is also a 15 working day time-limit in applying for a review of marks.
Students are able to apply for an "administrative check" that all sections of their final exam have been marked and all marks and assessment task marks have been correctly entered into the calculation of the final mark. The fee for this is nominal.
They may also apply for a "re-assessment" or "re-mark" of some piece of work. The fee for this is substantial. The re-mark is done by the School Physics marking the piece of work again using the same mark scheme as was used originally. Normally this will be done by a person other than the original marker. If the re-marker feels that an error in marking has been made then they will consult with the original marker where relevant as to the correct interpretation of the mark scheme. Any change in mark must finally be approved by the Director of First Year Studies.
A re-mark may result in the allocated mark increasing, staying the same or decreasing.
The School of Physics is permitted to refuse a "re-mark" if it believes that "insufficient reasons" have been given. Our view is that a student claiming that they thought they "should have done better" is not a sufficient reason to be given a re-mark.
The School of Physics keeps a record of each student's applications for re-marks and any student deemed to be misusing this provision will be refused further re-marks.