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

Note: Schools can request that their grading schema is added to the Blackboard template. i.e. The grading schema would be already set up in all courses and an option available for the primary or secondary display in Grade Centre columns. Refer to the Request a School Grading Schema instructions at the end of this page.

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.

Request a School Grading Schema

Schools can request that their grading schema is added to the Blackboard template. i.e. The grading schema would be already set up in all courses and an option available for the primary or secondary display in Grade Centre columns.

Note: The grading schema request must be submitted 6 months before the start of the semester in which the school plans to use the schema. Course stubs based on the Blackboard template are created 6 months in advance.

  1. Seek approval from your head of school to have the school grading schema added to the Blackboard template.
  2. Log a job with help@learn.uq.edu.au with the subject line [your school] school grade schema template i.e. Business school grade schema template.
  3. Include with the job a screenshot of the required grades schema i.e.

Grades Schema example

Note: Ensure you factor into the grading schema whether results are rounded up.

  1. eLearning Support will contact your head of school to confirm approval for the grading schema.