There are 2 weighted averages systems in use:
- The UNSW student system WAM used to calculate flat averages across a session or across an entire program, which appears on your academic transcript.
- The School of EE&T WAMs used as a comparative measure to calculate honours when you have finished all your required courses.
The current EE&T system was introduced in 2001 and applies to everyone regardless of when they commenced their programs.
EE&T WAMs are calculated on first attempts only. If, for example, your first attempt at ELEC1111 was 42FL, and you repeated it to get 56PS, the mark used to calculate your average is 42 (not 56).
You can check your own weighted averages using the calculation forms provided on the web. We reserve the right to make corrections where appropriate.
The WAM calculation system has some basic rules:
All weights for courses are calculated using the following formula:
- UOC x Course Level x Mark (e.g. L4 courses are X4)
- The exceptions to this rule are general education and the final year thesis/group thesis where the following calculations are used:
- Gened is always calculated at a course level of 1
- Theses A and B together are weighted at three professional electives (72).
- Combined degree students will have the same calculations applied, but only to the BE component of their studies.
- Substitution, by approval, for equivalent courses taken in other schools (at UNSW) is counted in the WAM, and the weighting is determined by the School depending on the level of difficulty of the course.
- Where electives are taken in addition to the stipulated number of electives for a student's program, their WAM will comprise the marks from the first n courses taken at each level, where n is the stipulated number of electives for that year of the student's program. Subsequent electives for that year do not contribute to the WAM.
- Course exemptions are not included in the calculations. This applies to advanced standing students as well as to students on exchange programs. The exception to this rule is students completing a thesis on an exchange with an institution approved by the School.
Templates for calculating your weighted averages to determine if you have Honours award or not:
BE in Electrical Engineering Calculation Sheet - Excel file (old program 3640 and new program 3707)
BE in Telecommunications Calculation Sheet - Excel file (old program 3643 and new program 3707)
Combined degrees program - please use the above single degree template. Only the BE component will be counted in the spreadsheet.
BE ME Honour Calculation - Excel file
For more information regarding OLD honour policy for old programs prior to 2015, please see School of Electrical Engineering Honours Policy.
Award of Class of Honours
New honour policy for new programs commencing in 2015:
Honour Class 1: WAM of at least 80 and thesis mark of at least 65.
Honour Class 2/1: WAM of at least 75 and thesis mark of at least 65.
Honour Class 2/2: WAM of at least 65 and thesis mark of at least 65.
Old programs prior to 2015:
Honour Class 1: WAM of at least 75 and thesis mark of at least 65.
Honour Class 2/1: WAM of at least 70 and thesis mark of at least 60.
Honour Class 2/2: WAM of at least 65 and thesis mark of at least 55.
Pass: No honour awarded