A weighted average mark (WAM) is an average of the marks in a set of courses, weighted by the course credit points’ value.

For example, in calculating the average mark, the mark in a 24 credit point course has twice the weight of the mark in a 12 credit point course. The formula used is: sum of (course marks x course credit point values) divided by sum of course credit point values.

Further examples are shown in the table below.

Course

Credit points

Mark

Mark x credit points

xxx

12

80

960

xxx

12

85

1020

xxx

24

70

1680

xxx

12

90

1080

xxx

12

80

960

xxx

24

85

2040

TOTAL

96

 

7740

Total (Marks x credit points)

Total credit points

 

 

80.625 (which is

rounded to 81)

What is the WAM used for at RMIT?

A WAM is calculated for each bachelor honours degree student who commenced their study in the bachelor honours program on or after 1 January 2016. When a student completes their bachelor honours program, the WAM is used to calculate the honours level of their award.*

In one year honours programs, all courses the student completes are included in the WAM calculation. In four year honours programs, however, only the most advanced, outcome level courses are nominated by the program to be used in the WAM calculation. The WAM gives an accurate depiction of the student’s performance in the courses that complete the honours level program learning outcomes.

In some cases a student may enrol in option courses for their program that are nominated as WAM courses in another bachelor honours program. These courses will also be counted in calculating the student’s WAM. They are advanced, honours level outcome courses.

The WAM appears on bachelor honours students’ academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement, along with their whole-program GPA.

The relationship between the WAM and honours levels is set out in section 27.4 of the Program design procedure, as follows:

WAM of 80 or more, Honours First Class (H1)

WAM of 70 – 79, Honours Class 2A (H2A)

WAM of 60 - 69, Honours Class 2B (H2B)

WAM of 50 – 59, pass.

* For students who commenced their study in the honours program before 1 January 2016, however, their honours level is based on their whole-program GPA. See the Awarding degrees with honours or pass with distinction policy, which has been rescinded effective 31 December 2015.

When did RMIT adopt the WAM?

RMIT adopted the WAM as a more precise way of calculating honours levels for bachelor honours degrees in February 2015, when the Program design procedure was approved by Academic Board. This provision of the procedure takes effect for students who commence their study in an honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards.

How do I find out my WAM?

From mid-2016, if you are a bachelor honours student your WAM will be included in your Academic History, which you can access via Enrolment Online, or on request from your school.

Please note, however, that in double degree programs made up of two bachelor honours degrees, a separate WAM for each component single honours degree will be calculated manually after you complete the program. The Academic History WAM is not a reliable guide to your performance in the component single honours degrees, as it includes all the WAM courses for both component single honours degrees.

Does the WAM replace my GPA?

No. The whole-program GPA will continue to appear on transcripts, and the incremental GPA will continue to appear on the Academic History, which you can access via Enrolment Online. Employers and other education institutions expect to see a GPA. The WAM will only be used instead of the whole-program GPA for calculation of the award (honours) level for students who commenced study in their bachelor honours program on or after 1 January 2016.

Who will see my WAM?

If you are a bachelor honours student who commenced study in your program on or after 1 January 2016, your WAM will be visible in your Academic History, which may be viewed by staff responsible for supporting you in your studies. After your complete your bachelor honours degree, the WAM will be printed on your academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

How can I tell whether a course will count towards my WAM calculation?

  1. If you commenced study in a four year honours program on or after 1 January 2016, then in Enrolment Online:
  • you will see a reminder to check in the course guide whether a course you intend to enrol in will count towards your WAM, and
  • once you have enrolled in your classes, you will see a message telling you which will count towards your WAM.

You will also see a reminder statement to check course guides in the enrolment program structure, which guides you to select the correct courses, and in the program guide.

  1. In Enrolment Online, if you are a student in a four year honours degree, you will see a highlighted list of the courses in the program that will count towards your WAM calculation.If you commenced study in a one year honours program on or after 1 January 2016, then in Enrolment Online you will see a reminder that all courses you enrol in for the program will count towards your WAM calculation.

You will also see this reminder in the enrolment program structure, which guides you to select the correct courses, and in the program guide.