Honours Policy

The following extract is from the Faculty of Engineering Honours Policy PDF icon.

Award of Honours

In the Bachelor of Engineering degree programs, honours are awarded for meritorious performance over the degree program with special attention paid to a candidate's performance in the final year courses and thesis.

The award of Honours is based on a weighted average mark (WAM) calculated for each student
and on the mark awarded in the thesis.

  • Honours Class 1: If WAM greater than or equal to 75.0 and thesis mark greater than or equal to 65
  • Honours Class 2 Division 1: else WAM greater than or equal to 70.0 and thesis mark greater than or equal to 60
  • Honours Class 2 Division 2: else WAM greater than or equal to 65.0 and thesis mark greater than or equal to 60

Each School Assessment Committee is responsible for making recommendations on borderline cases, and for monitoring and reporting on the award of Honours in the School.

Principles for calculation of honours WAM

The general principles guiding the Honour's WAM calculations are:

  • The calculation should be transparent and straightforward.
  • Marks in later years are a better indicator of a student's performance and potential.
  • The formulation should have minimal effect on a student's choice of elective courses.
  • The calculation should be able to be automated.

Courses used in honours WAM calculation

Generally, results for all courses undertaken as part of the BE degree are included in WAM calculations, but courses taken as part of another degree in a joint or combined-degree program are not included. Specifically, the rules are:

  • Include internal advanced standing courses, internal substituted courses, and external (exchange) thesis provided it is assessed internally.
  • Exclude any additional courses, externally assessed courses either prior to or during enrolment at UNSW, whether cross-institutional, exchange, transfer or advanced standing, and SY and NF courses.
  • Count first attempt returning a numerical mark only, and elective requirements in time order up to total requirement.
  • Retrospective requests about including or excluding particular results are ignored.