Grade Centre - Calculate weighted totals

The Grade Centre allows you to create a weighted grade – a grade that is calculated from a series of assessments, with each being given a percentage value toward the weighted grade.

The example used in this guide is for a subject where there are three assessment tasks: mid-semester exam (20%), oral presentation (30%) and final exam (50%).

A sample Grade Centre showing three assesments in columns
A sample Grade Centre showing three assessments in columns

By default, all subjects have a weighted total column. If your weighted total column has been used for something else, or has been deleted, you can make another.

  1. Open the Grade Centre.
  2. Navigate to the existing weighted column, click the down pointing arrow in the column title and select Edit Column Information.
    OR
    Create a new Weighted Column:
    1. Select Create Calculated Column >> Weighted Column.
    2. Enter a logical Column Name and a short Grade Centre Display Name (optional).
  3. Primary display should be Percentage.
  4. Click Columns to Select (Ctrl click may be used to select multiple) and click the arrow to the right to add to Selected Columns.
The arrow used to select columns
Use the arrow to move selected columns
  1. Enter the weight percentage for each column selected.
    Note: The total should not exceed 100%.
  2. Selected columns and weighted total indicated at the bottom of the window
    Selected columns and weighted total indicated at the bottom of the window
  3. Columns may be removed from the Selected Columns list using the red cross to the right.
  4. Choose if the column should be calculated as a running total.
    Select Yes if you want only attempted items to contribute to the total.
    Select No if you want unattempted items to have a grade of 0 to contribute to the total.
  5. Choose if you want to include this column in grade centre calculations (to be included in other Total or calculated columns).
  6. Select your preference for Show this Column to Students Yes / No.
  7. Click Submit.
    The weighted column will now display percentages based on your students’ marks in the selected columns.
The Grade Centre view after the weighted total is calculated
The Grade Centre view after the weighted total is calculated

Note: This was the simplest example of a weighted column. Weighted columns may also use categories to select the columns to be used. If you need additional assistance, please submit a support request.

This guide was last updated 29 Aug 2018.
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