Examination and Assessment

Plagiarism

Grading System

The grades, their standards and the grade points for assessment shall be as follows* #:

Grade Standard Grade Point
A+
A
A-
 
Excellent
4.3
4.0
3.7
B+
B
B-
 
Good
3.3
3.0
2.7
C+
C
C-
 
Satisfactory
2.3
2.0
1.7
D+
D
Pass 1.3
1.0
F Fail 0

* Not applicable to the BDS and MBBS curricula

# Special permission may be given for courses in individual curricula to be graded as ‘Pass’, ‘Fail’ or ‘Distinction’

Honour Classification

The Senate approved recommendations on honours awards and classification applicable to both the 3-year and 4-year cohorts of students admitted in 2012-13. The recommendation establishes that the awards of honours be standardized and sets prescribed ranges of Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) to determine various classes of honours.

Class of honours CGPA range Grade GP Scale
First Class Honours 3.60-4.30 A+
A
A-
4.3
4.0
3.7
Second Class Honours
Division One
Division Two
(2.40-3.59)
3.00-3.59
2.40-2.99
B+
B
B-
3.3
3.0
2.7
Third Class Honours 1.70*-2.39 C+
C
C-
2.3
2.0
1.7
Pass 1.00-1.69* D+
D
F
1.3
1.0
0

*Senate resolved to revise the minimum CGPA cut-off score for Third Class Honours to 1.7 with corresponding change to the maximum score for a Pass.

Examination Arrangement

Undergraduate Degree examinations are administered by the Examinations Unit of the Registry. Students taking University examinations are strongly advised to familiarize yourself with the arrangements and regulations.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as the unacknowledged use, as one’s own, of work of another person, whether or not such work has been published. It is a very serious academic offence and the University does not allow or tolerate plagiarism. Any student who commits plagiarism is liable to disciplinary action which can result in serious consequences – including expulsion from the University.

You are strongly advised to read the booklets “What is Plagiarism” and “Plagiarism and How to Avoid It” and to consult your teachers if you have any questions about how to avoid plagiarism.

Copyright

Students should observe and comply with the current legislation on copyright in Hong Kong. The Library has a website on “Copyright in Teaching and Learning @ HKU“, where you will find various guidelines and regulations relating to copyright adopted in this University.

Discontinuation of Studies

If your performance is unsatisfactory, the Board of your Faculty (or the appropriate committee) may recommend, under the provision of General Regulation G11 and where applicable in accordance with the regulations governing your study curriculum, that you be required to discontinue your studies. You will be accordingly informed by the Faculty Secretary (or the relevant committee secretary). Your case will be considered in the first instance by the Faculty Review Committee and a decision will be taken as to whether your case is referred to the Senate Committee on Discontinuation for a final decision. For both committees, you will be asked by the respective committee secretaries if you wish to make a written representation in respect of your failure(s) or unsatisfactory performance and you will be invited to appear before the committees. You will be formally informed of the detailed arrangements for the meetings.

Testimonials and Transcripts

A transcript is a student’s full academic record in this University. It may be issued to a student on application and upon payment of the prescribed fees. You may need this for scholarship or postgraduate programme applications.

A testimonial is an official document which certifies the qualification awarded to a student or the programme he / she is studying. Unlike transcript, it does not give details of the individual courses studied and / or completed and is usually used to attest the student status for such purposes as job hunting or sitting public examinations (e.g. TOEFL).

Please be reminded that the processing time for transcript / testimonial application is ten working days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and public holidays). So if you need to submit the transcript / testimonial to other party, you should consider the processing time and apply well in advance of the submission deadline. You may contact the Academic Support and Examinations Section of the Registry at 2859 2433 if you have any enquiry.