A Grading Schema displays a grade such as (1 – 7), (F, P, C, D, HD) or (A – E) based on percentage ranges. For example, if a student scores 88% in a particular schema, a HD would be displayed. Blackboard already includes the Grade Scheme A+ to E-

Grade Schema – 1 to 7 grades

Copy a schema

Note: It is quicker to edit a copy of an existing Grading Schema then to create a new one.

  1. Click on the Manage button.
  2. Select Grading Schema from the drop down menu.

click on grading schemas

  1. Click on the double arrow button next to the Letter grade schema.
  2. Select Copy from the drop down list.

click on copy

  1. Click on the double arrow button next to the Letter(2) grade schema.
  2. Select Edit from the drop down list.

click on edit

Schema Information

  1. Enter a title for the grade schema in the Name textbox.
  2. Optionally, enter information on the grading schema in the Description textbox.

enter schema information

Schema Mapping

  1. Click on Delete Row buttons until you have the required number of rows.
  2. If required, click on Insert Row buttons to add additional rows.
  3. Enter the lower boundary of each grade in the Grades Scored Between textboxes.
  4. Enter the lower boundary of each grade in the Will Calculate as textboxes.

Note: If you enter the grade symbol (number, letter, word) in a grade centre column using the grading schema, the percentage in the Will Calculate as column will be stored in the Grade Centre. Even if you are not going to use this feature, the Will Calculate as column must be completed before you can submit the grading schema.

  1. Enter the grade symbol (number, letter, word) in the Will Equal textboxes.

enter grading symbols

  1. Click on the Submit button.

click submit

Using a Grade Schema

Combined grade / Final result column

  1. When creating a column in Grade Centre, any Grading Schemas you have created will appear as options for both the Primary Display and Secondary Display dropdown lists.

primary and secondary displays

  1. If you select Percentage as the primary display and UQ Grade Schema as a secondary display, when you enter the final percentage in the column, the UQ grade will automatically be displayed as well.

Note: The Primary Display result will be visible to students, however the Secondary Display result will not. For example, the overall percentages below (0-100%) would be shown to students, but the UQ grades (1-7) would not be visible.

grade examples

Refer to Create Column, guide for information on using Grading Schemas.