Create grade items, publish grades to students and manage your feedback.

Setting up the Gradebook

The Grades Setup Wizard guides you through the gradebook setup.


This guide shows how to setup Grades for the Block.
On this page:


Access the Grades Setup Wizard

1. In your unit space on the navbar select Assessments, then Grades.
2. The Setup Wizard will automatically open if you have not set up a gradebook, alternatively, select the Setup Wizard tab.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, then select Start. 

select setup wizard then scroll down and select start


Setup Wizard

Step 1: Choose Grading System

1. Select Weighted, then Continue.

step 1 choose grading system weighted


Step 2: Choose Final Grade Released

1. Select Adjusted Final Grade, then Continue.

step 2 final grade released


Step 3: Grade Calculations

1. Select an option from ungraded items.

The grade calculations options provide additional choices for calculating students’ grades. Specifically, it lets you decide how to calculate ungraded items and whether you want to keep students’ final grades up to date automatically.

  • Drop ungraded items: Grade items that do not have grade values are not counted towards the student’s final calculated/adjusted grade. The final grade value will progressively increase throughout the semester as grades are given to students in the grade book.
  • Treat ungraded items as 0: Grade items that do not have grade values are counted as 0 towards the student’s final calculated/adjusted grade. This setting automatically scores students 0 for each grade item until they are updated.

If you add new items to the grade book later, users receive a 0 until you update their score. 

 2. Tick the Auto Update box if you wish to automatically adjust the final grade after changing a grade or calculation option.

Automatically keep final grade updated: If you select this option, final grades are automatically adjusted after changing a grade item or a calculation option. If you do not choose this option, you must tell the grade book to recalculate final grades.

 3. Click Continue.

step 3 grade calculation


Step 4: Choose Default Grade Scheme

1. In the Default Scheme column, click on the radio button to select a Default Grade Scheme.

Grade schemes define how grades are organised or labelled within a unit or a particular grade item.

  • For Higher Education Undergraduate or Postgraduate Coursework programs, select HE Grading Scheme.
  • For Postgraduate Research or Honours Years, Honours Degrees and Degrees with Honours programs, select Honours Degrees Grading Scheme.

To preview the difference of each scheme, you can click on the Preview icon. For more details in each grade scheme, refer to this guide: Creating a Grade Scheme

2. Click Continue.

step 4 choose default grade scheme


Step 5: Managing View Display Options

1. Manually enter the number of decimal places you would like to display in your managing view. The default value is two, and the maximum value is 5.

2. Click Continue.  

step 5 managing view display options 


Step 6: Student View Display Options

This step allows you to control what grade information is displayed to students.

6.1. Grade Details

1. Select the Grade Details you would like to be visible to students. 

  • Select - Points grade: Shows students the grade value is given, for example, 6/10.
  • Select - Weighted grade: Shows students how much the grade item is worth concerning its category or final grade weight.
  • Select - Grade scheme symbol: Shows students the scheme level they received on a grade item. For example, P, C, D, HD.
  • Don't Select - Grade scheme colour: Shows students a colour associated with the scheme level they received. You must also select a grade scheme symbol for this option to work.

6.2 Number of Decimals and Characters

  • Decimals Displayed: Type in the number of decimals students see in the grade book. The default value is 2, and the maximum value is 5.
  • Characters Displayed: Type in the number of characters students sees for a text grade item. The default value is 15, but it can be set to between 0 and 50 characters in length.

6.3 Final Grade Calculation

  • This option will show students how their final grade was calculated. For example, this will show which grade items contributed to their final grade and how much, which grade items were bonus grades, and whether their grade was adjusted. The default is not ticked, and there is no need to tick it. 

2. Click Continue.

step 7 student view display options 

Step 7: Grades Setup Summary

The final step summarises the choices you made while setting up your grade book.

1. Click Finish to complete your gradebook setup.

If you would like to change any of these settings, click Go Back to return to a step and adjust it.

final page with finish button

After setting up the gradebook, a suggestion screen will appear with some grading options such as; create a new item and category.

For more information on each Grade Option, refer to Grades Help Guides.

9 grade options


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