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SCU Policy Library Glossary

The SCU Policy Library Glossary is a list of terms and their standard definitions for policies, procedures and guidelines. Unless separately defined or the context of the policy requires otherwise then the following definitions apply to each policy.

 It is expected that the glossary will be built up over time and documents will gradually be converted to incorporate standard definitions as part of the normal review process.

Click on a letter from A to Z below to view Glossary items that begin with the selected letter, or use the scroll bar located on the right hand side of this page to browse the entire list.


Grade Point Average (GPA)

A simple numerical index which summarises a student's academic performance in a course in a single study period or over the duration of the student's enrolment in the course. The GPA is recorded on a student's Statement of Academic Record/Transcript and Notification of Assessment.

The GPA is calculated as:

a. Sum of (Grade Point x Credit Points) / Sum of (Credit Points)
b. Grade points are assigned to graded units where High Distinction = 7, Distinction = 6, Credit = 5, Pass = 4, 3, Fail = 0. Non-graded units, interim notations and advanced standing are not included in grade point average calculations.


Non-mandatory approaches to the implementation of Rules, Policies or Procedures.  Guidelines provide flexible “good practice” recommendations and advice to assist those responsible for implementing By-Laws, Rules, Policies, or Procedures and may include codes of conduct guiding behaviour.