Weighted Average Mark
A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is a calculation of all your relevant unit outcomes within a course.
What is a WAM?
While some institutions use a Grade Point Average (GPA) to provide an overall view of student's academic performance, Deakin uses a Weighted Average Mark (WAM).
The WAM is weighted by taking into consideration the credit points of a unit and the result. Not all grades are used in the calculation of the WAM, relevant grades are listed below.
How to calculate a WAM
- To calculate the WAM for your course, you will need the achievable credit points for your passed, failed and withdrawn failed units and the mark for each of those units. A withdrawn late isn't considered an 'achievable' credit point.
- If a mark was not given for your unit/s, the default WAM mark (see table below) should be used. This is only applicable for PC, XN and WN grades. Only units with a grade listed in the table below are included in the calculation.
- Only units studied at Deakin University will be included. Units completed at other institutions under a cross-institutional arrangement or for which credit towards a Deakin course has been granted are excluded from the WAM calculation.
The weighted average mark (WAM) for your course is calculated in three parts:
- Multiply the achievable credit points for a unit by the mark granted (overall mark for your unit), or the default WAM mark (see table below);
- Get a total of all the multiplications, and
- Divide this total by the sum of the achievable credit points for all your units that have contributed to the calculation of your WAM.
For combined courses
Combined courses will have a WAM calculated for each degree within the combined course.
For example, if you were studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of International Studies, a WAM would be calculated for all the units which contribute to the Bachelor of Laws, and a separate WAM for the units which contribute to the Bachelor of International Studies.
For a completed combined course which consists of 32 credit points, a minimum of 16 credit points would be used to calculate the WAM for each degree. For combined courses which consist of 40 credit points in total, the calculation would be based on a 16/24 split. There may be some variations to the 16/16 or 16/24 splits depending on the combined course structure as outlined in relevant accreditation documents.
Each unit in the combined degree will only be counted towards a WAM for one degree within the combined course.
*Note: your course plan should be able to confirm which units belong to each degree within your combined course, or contact a Student Adviser for further information.
Let's say a student has completed 8 units (each worth 1 achievable credit point).
The outcomes for these units are:
- two Credits (each with a mark of 60),
- two Distinctions (each with a mark of 75),
- one High Distinction (mark of 80),
- two Withdrawn Late (WL grade) and a
- one Withdrawn Fail (WN grade - default WAM mark of 0),
To calculate the WAM for these outcomes, you would do the following. If you are studying a combined course, do this calculation for each degree within your combined course.
- 2 Credits (1cp x 60 + 1cp x 60) = 120
- 2 Distinctions (1cp x 75 + 1cp x 75) = 150
- 1 High Distinction (1cp x 80) = 80
- 1 Withdrawn Fail (1cp x 0) = 0
- 2 Withdrawn Late *** not included in the calculation***
- Total 120+150+80+0 = 350
- 350/6 = course WAM of 58.3
Grades used in WAM calculation
The following table lists all outcomes which are used to calculate a WAM.
The mark range for each grade and the default WAM mark for those grades without a mark are as follows:
|Grade||Grade Description||Mark Range||Default WAM Mark *|
|XN||Not passed, not assessed||N/A||0|
|WN||Withdrawn - Fail||N/A||0|
* Default WAM Mark is only used where a student has a Grade without a Mark assigned and is only applicable for PC, XN and WN grades.
Grades not used in WAM calculation
The following table lists unit outcomes/grades not used in the calculation of the WAM. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) from your course is also not part of the calculation.
|EP||External Institution Pass (used for cross institutional units)|
|EN||External Institution Fail (used for cross institutional units)|
|WR||Withdrawn, debt remission (no academic penalty)|
|RI, RIA, RIE||Unfinalised results|
|XA||Not to be assessed yet|
|RP||Result not applicable|
|SAA, SAE||Pending assessment|
The following table lists unit outcomes/grades no longer used in the calculation of the WAM.
|UPR*||Unsatisfactory Progress, discontinued from Trimester 1, 2017|
|WRN*||Withdrawn, debit remission, with academic penalty, discontinued from Trimester 1, 2017|
* Grade remains applicable for WAM calculation purposes for unit enrolments prior to Trimester 1, 2017