A Grading Schema displays a grade (1 – 7; F, P, C, D, HD; A – E) based on percentage ranges. i.e. If the student scores 88% in a particular schema an A would be displayed.

The results of the grade schema are displayed as well as the score in the grade centre column, this secondary display is not visible to students.

Blackboard already includes the Grade Scheme A+ to E-

Grade Schema – 1 to 7 grades

image of grading schema

The percentage boundaries used below are an example only.

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

Note: The when creating a column in Grade Centre any Grading Schemas you have created will be options Primary Display and Secondary Display list. 

Combined Grade / Final result column

Separate Grade column

i.e. If you select your UQ grades schema, when you enter a mark in the column, the UQ grade will automatically be displayed.

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