Grading Process

UH Course Grading Process (MBA 522, MBA 540, MBA 541 and the ABP)

UH Course Grading Process

For non-UH Courses, Second Marking is optional. 


The following is the grading system used for the MBA program (note that grades will be translated to a UK scale for UH transcript purposes). 

Grading scheme (effective September 1 2010)




Numeric Value






First Class: Work of an excellent standard. 





Second Class: Work of a very good standard. 





Pass: Work of a satisfactory standard. 


Referred Pass  (55%)


Reserved for referred passes only. 


Failure to meet the minimum pass criteria


Eligible for referral (unless score is less than 20%. 

Grading Criteria (adapted from UH Regulations)

A Grades

Work of an excellent standard. An ‘A’ grade will count towards a Distinction on the program as a whole. An A+ indicates work upon which it would be difficult to improve within the constraints of the course. 

 A Grade work: 

  • Will frequently be characterised by a degree of originality. 
  • Should demonstrate a thorough understanding of key concepts within the subject. 
  • Will, where appropriate, be characterised by the application of theoretical concepts to empirical issues with appropriate reflection. 
  • Requires that all of the elements of the question set will have been addressed. 
  • Will usually show evidence of reading beyond that specified by the instructor, reflecting a broad literature review. 
  • Will show an ability to approach reading with a critical understanding. 
  • Will show evidence, where required, of an ability to evaluate contrasting viewpoints and draw conclusions. 
  • Will demonstrate a degree of independence of thought, rather than relying simply on the ideas of others, perhaps as contained in the prescribed reading for the module. 
  • Will demonstrate an ability to analyse and synthesise information. 
  • Will always be written in a clear and concise manner, will be well constructed and the argument of the work will flow smoothly. 
  • Will include an appropriate range of references using the recognised protocol. 
  • Will normally be presented to a high standard. 

 B Grades 

Work of a very good standard.  

 B Grade work: 

  • Will demonstrate an ability to integrate theoretical concepts with business or management practice, where appropriate. 
  • Will address the key elements of the question set.   
  • Will provide evidence of a good grasp of prescribed literature. 
  • Will show evidence, where required, of an ability to evaluate contrasting viewpoints and draw conclusions. 
  • Will demonstrate evidence of independent thought. 
  • Will generally be written in a clear and concise manner with a good structure and a logically developed argument. 
  • Will normally be well-presented. 
  • Will include references using the recognised protocol for academic work. 

 C Grades 

Work of a satisfactory standard.  

 C Grade work: 

  • Will demonstrate attempts to integrate theory and practice, demonstrating some understanding of both. 
  • Will demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of prescribed literature. 
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the existence of alternative viewpoints, where these exist or where required by the question. 
  • May incorporate evidence of independent thought. 
  • Will be generally coherent, though some weaknesses in structure or clarity may be evident. 
  • Will be presented to a satisfactory standard. 
  • Will include an indication of literature consulted, using the prescribed referencing protocol.

 D Grade

The Grade of D will only be used when a student has been required to rewrite a course evaluation item and has successfully passed this referral. 

 F Grades 

Work of insufficient quality to achieve a Pass standard. It may be eligible for referral. 

 F Grade work may suffer from some or all of the following defects: 

  • Fails to address the question set. 
  • Does not attempt to integrate theory and practice. 
  • Shows little or no understanding of relevant theory and/or business and management practice. 
  • Uses little or no reference to appropriate literature. 
  • Displays little or no evidence of independent thought. 
  • Exhibits little or no evidence that the candidate has grasped key ideas. 
  • Contains incoherent language or has severe faults in its construction. 
  • Fails to cite works consulted. 
  • Makes unsubstantiated statements or assertions. 
  • Is unduly descriptive and/or lacks analysis. 
  • Is badly presented. 
  • Is late without having gained permission through the Business School procedures. 
  • Is unduly derivative of (while acknowledging) the work of others, for example, quoting or copying large tracts from published works.