WAM

Weighted Average Mark

Bachelor of Engineering

The purpose of the CSE Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is to assist the School in making a recommendation for honours at the end of a students Bachelor of Engineering degree. Please note that Bachelor of Science (CompSci) students are required to enrol in and complete an additional year to be considered for honours.

A students final WAM is not calculated until they have completed all degree requirements, including Industrial Training, however a progress WAM will normally be emailed to students at the end of each semester.

The CSE WAM is computed automatically from the results in the courses in a students program - there are NO choices to be made, either by the student or CSE Staff (eg. choosing to exclude some results or include others that are not normally included). Only a limited amount of time will be spent explaining the process to those who enquire, and the CSE Weighted Average Mark will be the only calculation considered by the Honours Committee.

The myUNSW WAM is not used to determine honours.

All queries concerning WAM issues should be directed to the Head, Student Services.

Principles

Calculations

Merit List

Honours

Principles

  • Honours are awarded for the UNSW BE degrees in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Bioinformatics on the basis of a computed Weighted Average Mark (WAM). 
  • The CSE WAM is calculated to one decimal place and is not rounded up or down for the purposes of awarding honours.
  • Results for all courses undertaken as part of the BE degree are included in WAM calculations. (Courses taken as part of another degree in a joint or combined-degree program are not included).
  • Courses completed at another university either prior to or during enrolment at CSE are not used. Eg. cross-institutional enrolment, exchange programs, or courses for which advanced standing was granted on admission.
  • The list of included courses used in the calculation comprises all published core and elective courses, past and present, for the BE program.
  • In the case of repeated attempts at a course, it is the first attempt returning a numerical mark which is counted (Note: AF & DF returns 0)
  • Each course has a fixed Course Weight (based on Units of Credit), and a fixed Stage Weight (between 1 and 4 - related to the stage at which most students take the course).
  • All General Education courses have a Stage Weight of 1.
  • The year in the degree when a course is actually taken is irrelevant.
  • Courses substituted for included courses are ignored, unless they themselves are included courses.
  • Retrospective requests about including or excluding particular results are ignored.
  • There are a small number of known special cases, which are taken into account in WAM calculations.

Calculations

The Weighted Average Mark (WAM) = the Weighted Sum (WS) / Sum of Weights (SW)

where:

Each course has its own fixed Course Weight and Stage Weight.
WS =
the sum [over all included courses] of (
    the product of (
        the Mark for the course's first attempt
        the Course Weight of the course
        the Stage Weight of the course
    )
)
SW =
the sum [over all included courses] of (
    the product of (
        the Course Weight of the course
        the Stage Weight of the course
    )
)

Merit Lists

At the end of each year, the WAM calculation is also applied to each not-yet-graduating student's results as feedback on their progress towards the BE degree. It is based on results up to and including the current year, and is individually emailed to students.

At the end of each semester, the WAM calculation is also applied to each graduating student's results to determine the class of Honours of their BE degree.

Notification of CSE WAM

Potential Graduands may receive email via both methods. If they have completed all degree requirements they should ignore the progress email and consider the email containing their class of honours.

Honours

Honours in the Bachelor of Engineering degree is awarded for consistent quality performance over the duration of the program. The CSE WAM is used to award honours, and the cut-off's are:

Honours Class 1 CSE WAM 75 or greater, and a thesis mark of at least 65
Honours Class 2, Division 1 CSE WAM 70 or greater, and a thesis mark of at least 60
Honours Class 2, Division 2 CSE WAM 65 or greater, and a thesis mark of at least 60
Pass Degree CSE WAM < 65

The University Medal may be recommended for a student where;

  • the student's CSE WAM is greater than 85, and
  • the student has achieved the highest CSE WAM for their cohort, and
  • the student's performance is comparable with previous awards of the University Medal for CSE.