Course Endorsement Scenarios

Scenario 1

A straightforward example of a candidate awarded a course endorsement of Merit at Level 1

Course code: 11ENG          Course name: English
Candidate: James Brown    Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECreditsResults
3501 Demonstrate knowledge of and apply listening techniques 1 Int 3 A
90052 Produce creative writing 1 Int 3 M
90053 Produce formal writing 1 Int 3 M
90849 Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), using supporting evidence 1 Ext 4 E
90850 Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), using supporting evidence 1 Ext

4

E

90855

Create a visual text

1

Int

3

M

90857

Construct and deliver an oral text

1

Int

3

A

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

No. So an endorsement of Excellence is not achievable.

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence or Merit?

Yes (17). So a Merit endorsement is achievable.

  • Do the 17 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

Yes. So a Merit endorsement is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 17 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit?

Level 1. So the Merit endorsement is awarded at Level 1.

The course endorsement result:
James Brown, English, Endorsed with Merit at Level 1.

Scenario 2

An example of a course that is not eligible for endorsement because the only internally assessed standards are unit standards

Course code: 12BIO               Course name: Biology
Candidate: Jane Simmonds     Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
8928 Use a microscope to investigate biological material 2 Int 3 A
8929 Identify biological population patterns through investigation 2 Int 3 A
8930 Identify biological community interrelationships and patterns through investigation 2 Int 3 A
90459 Describe genetic variation and change 2 Ext 3 E
90461 Describe concepts and processes relating to ecology 2 Ext 3 M
90462 Describe diversity in the structure and function of animals 2 Ext 3 E
90463 Describe diversity in the structure and function of plants 2 Ext 3 E
90464 Describe cell structure and function 2 Ext 3 M

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

No. So an endorsement of Excellence is not achievable.

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence or Merit?

Yes (15). So a Merit endorsement is achievable.

  • Do the 15 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

No. They are all externally assessed. (The only internally assessed standards are unit standards that do not have Merit or Excellence grades.)

  • Are the 15 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit exempt from the internal assessment rule?

No. They are not Level 3 Visual Arts credits, so no endorsement is achievable.

The course endorsement result:
Jane Simmonds, Biology (no endorsement)

Scenario 3

An example where a year 13 student is awarded a Level 1 endorsement for a course comprising mostly Level 3 standards

Course code: 13CLS                 Course name: Classical Studies
Candidate: Fiona MacDonald      Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90511 Explain a passage or passages from a work of classical literature in translation 3 Ext 6 A
90512 Explain a work or works of classical art 3 Ext 6 E
90514 Complete independent research on an area of the classical world 3 Int 6 E
91023 Demonstrate understanding of an important historical figure in the classical world 1 Ext 4 E

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

Yes (16). So an endorsement of Excellence is achievable.

  • Do the 16 credits achieved with Excellence include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

Yes. So an Excellence endorsement is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 16 credits achieved with Excellence?

Level 1. So the Excellence endorsement is awarded at Level 1.
The Level 1 credits are needed to reach the minimum of 14 credits. 

The course endorsement result:
Fiona MacDonald, Classical Studies, Endorsed with Excellence at Level 1.

Note:  If the candidate had achieved standard 90511 with Excellence, the Level 1 credits could have been ignored. With 18 credits achieved with Excellence and the internal and external assessment rules met, she would have been awarded an endorsement of Excellence at Level 3.

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90511 Classical literature in translation 3 Ext 6 E
90512 Classical art and architecture 3 Ext 6 E
90514 Research an area of classical studies 3 Int 6 E
91023 Demonstrate understanding of an important historical figure in the classical world 1 Ext 4 E

Scenario 4

An example of a multi-level course that can only be endorsed at Level 1 because of the external assessment rule

Course code: 13SS                       Course name: Social Sciences
Candidate: Ngarahupai Henare       Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90703 Explain the contribution of geography to planning and decision-making processes 3 Int 3 E
90705 Carry out and present geographic research with consultation 3 Int 3 E
90654 Plan and carry out independent historical research 3 Int 4 E
90691 Conduct an advanced social studies inquiry independently 3 Int 6 E
91003 Interpret sources of an historical event of significance to New Zealanders 1 Ext 4 E
24710 Produce a balanced budget for a family or household 2 Int 3 A

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

Yes (20). So an endorsement of Excellence is achievable.

  • Do the 20 credits achieved with Excellence include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

Yes. So an endorsement of Excellence is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 20 credits achieved with Excellence?

Level 1. So the Excellence endorsement is awarded at Level 1.
In this case, even though the candidate has achieved 16 credits with Excellence at Level 3, the Level 1 credits are needed to meet the external assessment rule requiring a minimum of 3 externally assessed credits.

The course endorsement result:
Ngarahupai Henare, Social Sciences, Endorsed with Excellence at Level 1.

Scenario 5

An example where an endorsement is awarded because the course is exempt from the internal assessment rule

Course code: 13APA                Course name: Practical Art - Painting
Candidate: Mathilde Bucher      Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90667 Produce original work within painting to show extensive knowledge of art-making methods and ideas 3 Ext 14 M

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

No. So an endorsement of Excellence is not achievable.

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence or Merit?

Yes (14). So a Merit endorsement is achievable.

  • Do the 14 credits achieved with Merit include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

No. The internal assessment rule requiring a minimum of 3 internally assessed credits has not been met.

  • Are the 14 credits achieved with Merit exempt from the internal assessment rule?

Yes.  90667 is a Level 3 Visual Arts standard so the Merit endorsement is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 14 credits achieved with Merit?

Level 3. So the endorsement is awarded at Level 3.

The course endorsement result:
Mathilde Bucher, Practical Art – Painting, Endorsed with Merit at Level 3

Note:  If this course had also included internally assessed credits, an endorsement of Merit at Level 3 could have been awarded without having to invoke the Level 3 Visual Arts exemption.

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90667 Produce original work within painting to show extensive knowledge of art making methods and ideas 3 Ext 14 M
90659 Research and analyse approaches within established painting practice 3 Int 4 E

Scenario 6

An example where an endorsement is awarded because the course is exempt from the external assessment rule

Course code: 12PED              Course name: Physical Education
Candidate: Amy Campbell      Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90432 Examine the relationship between physical activity and health, and implications for self and society 2 Int 3 E
90433 Describe how functional anatomy and biomechanical principles relate to performing physical activity 2 Int 4 E
90434 Examine the principles and methods of training in relation to participation in physical activity 2 Int 3 E
90435 Examine skill-learning principles and psychological skills in relation to physical activity 2 Int 2 A
90436 Perform a physical activity to meet the Physical Education Performance Standards for Level 2 2 Int 4 E
90438 Plan, apply and review leadership strategies in a group or team physical activity 2 Int 3 N

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

Yes (14). So an endorsement of Excellence is achievable.

  • Do the 14 credits achieved with Excellence include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

No. The external assessment rule requiring a minimum of 3 externally assessed credits has not been met.

  • Are the 14 credits achieved with Excellence exempt from the externally assessed rule?

Yes. The 14 credits achieved with Excellence are for Physical Education, so the Excellence endorsement is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 14 credits achieved with Excellence?

Level 2. So the endorsement is awarded at Level 2.

The course endorsement result:
Amy Campbell, Physical Education, Endorsed with Excellence at Level 2.

Scenario 7

An example of a multi-level course containing some standards that are exempt from external assessment and some that are not

Course code: LS-3a             Course name: Life Studies
Candidate: Stacey Coutts     Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90739 Apply knowledge to plan a physical activity programme or experience 3 Int 3 M
90740 Explain, with evidence, the effectiveness of a physical activity programme and its influence on hauora/well-being 3 Int 3 M
90741 Appraise performance and review a programme for performance improvement for self or others 3 Int 5 M
90971 Take action to enhance an aspect of personal well-being 1 Int 3 E
90973 Demonstrate understanding of interpersonal skills used to enhance relationships 1 Int 5 E

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

No. So an endorsement of Excellence is not achievable.

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence or Merit?

Yes (19). So a Merit endorsement is achievable.

  • Do the 19 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

No. The external assessment rule requiring a minimum of 3 externally assessed credits has not been met.

  • Do the 19 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit include 14 credits that are exempt from the external assessment rule?

No. Only 11 credits are for Physical Education which is exempt, 8 credits are for Health which is not exempt (standards 90971 and 90973), so no endorsement is achievable.

The course endorsement result:
Stacey Coutts, Life Studies (no endorsement)

Note: If one of the Health standards had been externally assessed, then an endorsement of Merit at Level 1 would have been awarded.

Or, if another 3-credit Level 3 Physical Education standard had been added (and achieved with Merit or Excellence) then the exemption rule would have been met and an endorsement of Merit at Level 3 would have been awarded.

Scenario 8

An example of a multi-level course where both Excellence at Level 2 and Merit at Level 3 are achievable. A Level 3 Merit endorsement is awarded.

Course code: Math-Cal            Course name: Mathematics with Calculus
Candidate: Gordon Wen           Academic year: 2011

Registered numberStandard titleLevelI/ECredits Results
90635 Differentiate functions and use derivatives to solve problems 3 Ext 6 M
90636 Integrate functions and use integrals to solve problems 3 Ext 6 E
90637 Solve problems and equations involving trigonometric functions 3 Int 4 E
90807 Demonstrate an understanding of calculus methods 2 Ext 4 E

The rules applied

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence?

Yes (14). So an endorsement of Excellence is achievable.

  • Do the 14 credits achieved with Excellence include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

Yes. So an endorsement of Excellence is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 14 credits achieved with Excellence?

Level 2. So an endorsement of Excellence at Level 2 is confirmed.

But the following rules have also been met…

  • Were 14 or more credits achieved with Excellence or Merit?

Yes (16). So an endorsement of Merit is achievable.

  • Do the 16 credits achieved with Excellence or Merit include 3 internally assessed credits and 3 externally assessed credits?

Yes. So an endorsement of Merit is confirmed.

  • What is the lowest level of the 14 credits achieved with Excellence?

Level 3. So an endorsement of Merit at Level 3 is confirmed.

The following results hierarchy is applied, according to which a Level 3 Merit is higher than a Level 2 Excellence.

Results Hierarchy

Number of Credits Grade for credits Level of credits Endorsement Result
14 or more E 3 or higher Level 3 Excellence
14 or more E or M 3 or higher Level 3 Merit
14 or more E 2 or higher Level 2 Excellence
14 or more E or M 2 or higher Level 2 Merit
14 or more E 1 or higher Level 1 Excellence
14 or more E or M 1 or higher Level 1 Merit

The course endorsement result:
Gordon Wen, Mathematics with Calculus, Endorsed with Merit at Level 3.

 
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