Grade Point Average
All students entering the Faculty of Humanities and Education are governed by the University's GPA regulations
in calculating their degree (Please also refer to the Faculty Handbook).  The following are terms you will encounter:
  • Credit Hours Earned: the credits for each course that count toward the degree requirement and for which a passing grade is obtained.
  • Quality Hours: the credits for each course that is included in the GPA calculation. 
Quality Points: the numerical value assigned to the relevant letter grade earned.
 
Three Easy Steps to Calculate your GPA
To calculate your Grade Point Average requires using a weighted average. For example, if you earned an A in a 3-credit course and a B in a 6-credit course, your GPA is not simply the average of an A and B. Instead, the grades are weighted based on the number of credit hours in the course. It may sound complicated but is really straightforward.  Below are the steps you can use to calculate your GPA if you happen to be caught without a computer.
 
For the purpose of explanation, the following Sample Record is used.
 
 
Sample Record
 
Course
Credits
(Credit hours)
 
Grade
 
Quality Points
HIST2003
3
A-
3.7
LITS3006
3
C+
2.3
PSYC2008
3
B
3.0

and here is the GPA Scale used by the Faculty
 
 GPA SCALE
 Letter
Grade
Quality Points
A+
 4.3
A
4.0
A-
3.7
B+
3.3
B
3.0
B-
2.7
C+
2.3
C
2.0
F1
1.7
F2
1.3
F3
0
 
 STEP 1   Convert Letter Grades to Points
 
Create a list of all your courses and the grades you received. Using the GPA Scale above, the first step in calculating your GPA is to convert your letter grades to points.
 
E.g. If you got a B in one of your courses, your quality points would be 3.
  
STEP 2   Multiply the Quality Points by the Number of Credit Hours

If you got an A- in a 3-credit class, the points for that class would be 3.7 (points) times 3 credits (credit hours) equals 11.1 points. (This is where the weighting comes into play)
Using the above sample record, the quality points would be calculated as follows:
 
 
Course
 
Credits
 
Grade
 
Point
 
TOTAL Quality Points
HIST2003
3
A-
3.7
3.7x3=11.1
11.1
LITS3006
3
C+
2.3
2.3x3=6.9
6.9
PSYC2008
3
B
3
3x3=9
9
 
Step 3 Add the Total Points then Divide by the Total Credit Hours
 
To calculate your GPA, add up the total quality points and the total credit hours
In the example,
 
Total quality points = 11.1+6.9+9 = 27.0
Total Quality hours = 3+3+3= 9
Then divide the total quality points by the total credit hours.
 
 Total Quality Points (27) ÷ Total Credit Hours (9)
 
 
GPA: 27 ÷ 9 = 3.0
 
If you include only the points and hours for a single semester, this will calculate your GPA for the semester. If you include all the points and hours for every semester, this will calculate your cumulative GPA.
 
Calculating your Degree GPA
 
In calculating your Degree GPA, i.e. the GPA which determines your class of degree, include all Levels II and III courses that you have attempted. Do not include Level I courses nor any of the Foundation courses. Include all course attempts, even if a grade F is obtained.
 


 
Faculty of Humanities and Education
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