Tutorial class participation will be recorded and a minimum of 85% participation at chiropractic tutorial and physics practical classes is required in order to demonstrate that a serious attempt at completing this unit has been made. Students must attend the class in which you enrolled. Students must not exchange their class time. In special circumstances, students may apply for requests regarding changes. These requests are to be submitted to the unit convener.
Students are expected to present themselves for examination at the time and place designated in the University Examination Timetable. The timetable will be available in Draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in Final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations.
The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for Disruption to Studies. As a result of a Disruption to Studies process being granted (deemed serious and unavoidable) a Supplementary Examination must be scheduled after the conclusion of the official examination period. The format of the Supplementary Exam may change. (Individual Divisions may wish to signal when the Division's Supplementary exams are normally scheduled.)
Serious and unavoidable disruption: The University classifies a disruption as serious and unavoidable if it:
- could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
- was beyond the student's control; and
- caused substantial disruption to the student's capacity for effective study and/or completion of required work; and
- occurred during an event critical study period and was at least three (3) consecutive days duration, and/or
- prevented completion of a final examination.
If you apply for Disruption to Study for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24 – 28, 2017. If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date.
Students with a pre-existing disability/health condition or prolonged adverse circumstances may be eligible for ongoing assistance and support. Such support is governed by other policies and may be sought and coordinated through Campus Wellbeing and Support Services.
If you are granted a supplementary exam via the Disruption to Studies process, you will have to write a supplementary exam in the supplementary exam period. In this scenario, only your supplementary exam mark will count towards your final exam mark, irrespective of whether or not you attended the final exam in the normal examination period. The submission of a Disruption to Studies form should not be used as a ‘just in case’ strategy.
Students are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester that is the final day of the official examination period.
Returning Assessment Tasks
1. Research assignment: A modified version of the assessment rubric will be returned to students with general feedback comments. This will be available on the units iLearn page
2. Physics laboratory assessment: Workbooks will be returned to students with performance comments
3. Chiropractic technique Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): Papers (and marks) will not be returned. Marks will be incorporated into the final unit grade. Feedback will be provided on request outside of the examination period.
a. Feedback on Chiropractic Assessments (FoCA’s) will be incorporated in the unit to provide progress feedback in preparation to the OSCE.
4. Final Examination: Papers (and marks) will not be returned. Feedback will be provided on request outside the examination period. Marks will be incorporated into the final unit grade.
Extensions and penalties
Extensions to assessments and assignments are at the discretion of the unit convener. It is the responsibility of the student to prove to the unit convener that there has been unavoidable disruption. Marks will be deducted for late submissions in the absence of an approved extension. For the Research Assignment marks will be deducted at the rate of 10% of the available marks per day.
Achievement of grades will be based on the following criteria:
High Distinction: provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application.
Distinction: provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.
Credit: provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; plus communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.
Pass: provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; and communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.
Fail: does not provide evidence of attainment of all learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; and incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline. A fail grade will be awarded in the event of inadequate tutorial participation by the candidate, reflecting failure to complete the unit satisfactorily.
Sometimes it helps to ‘translate’ these descriptions into numbers. So, what we expect from you in this unit, in order for you to attain a specific grade, is outlined below:
||Failure to meet any of the assessment tasks
||<50% and/or Failure to meet attendance or any of the participation requirements
||50 – 64%
||65 - 74%
||75 - 84%
||85 - 100%