Undergraduate grading practices and procedures

Grading practices and procedures in the Department of Political Science are guided by university policies specified in the UVic Calendar.


Instructors in Political Science do not grade to a pre-established curve and there are no set requirements for the distribution of grades in any course. Instructors submit grades online, and those grades are available to students online as soon as they have been approved by the Chair. Grades are not official until they have been approved by the Chair.

If the grades for a course are not available online, it means that the grades have not yet been approved by the Chair. Grades posted elsewhere, such as on Moodle, are unofficial and subject to change. Most assignments in Political Science are written and therefore take more time to grade thoroughly than machine-graded exams.

Please see the grade ranges below as laid in the University of Victoria Calendar:

Passing Grades Grade Point Value Description
A+
A
A-
9
8
7
Exceptional, outstanding and excellent performance. Normally achieved by a minority of students. These grades indicate a student who is self-initiating, exceeds expectation and has an insightful grasp of the subject matter.
B+
B
B-
6
5
4
Very good, good and solid performance. Normally achieved by the largest number of students. These grades indicate a good grasp of the subject matter or excellent grasp in one area balanced with satisfactory grasp in the other area.
C+
C
3
2
Satisfactory, or minimally satisfactory. These grades indicate a satisfactory performance and knowledge of the subject matter.
D 1 Marginal Performance. A student receiving this grade demonstrated a superficial grasp of the subject matter.
F 0 Unsatisfactory performance. Wrote final examination and completed course requirements; no supplemental.
N 0 Did not write examination or complete course requirements by the end of term or session; no supplemental.

If you disagree with your grade for an assignment, you have the right to appeal that grade. We follow the formal procedures for grade appeals adopted by the Faculties of Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences.

Your first step is to contact the instructor to discuss the grade. If your instructor confirms your original grade, you can then make an appointment to meet with the Department Chair. The Chair will ask you to submit relevant materials described in the Guidelines above, and to "sign a consent form indicating that she/he understands that the grade may be raised, lowered, or remain the same".