Changes to ANZIIF Module Assessments in 2016

From Friday 1 January 2016, due to the new Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) training standards, there will be some changes made to how ANZIIF module assessments will be done. Students will still need to pass both an assignment and exam to successfully complete any ANZIIF module but the following changes will be made.

If you are enrolled in Stream B Study Period 3 (SBP3) which commenced on 12 November 2015 or in Summer School which commenced on 10 December 2015, these changes will not affect your modules.

Assignment

  • The assignment will be more comprehensive, involving a set of questions based on a list of competency elements. Students will need to be assessed as 'Competent' in all assignment questions. 
  • Students will receive a list of all competency elements they will need to address in the assignment. 
  • The assignment will be due after the exam, allowing students more time to prepare and submit (view the 2016 Academic Calendar).
  • In line with other vocational qualifications, students will receive a 'Satisfactory' or 'Not Satisfactory' grade for their assignment.
  • Students will be provided two opportunities, at no cost, to re-submit answers marked as ‘Not Yet Competent.  

Exam

  • The exam will be theory-based and only have two parts (reduced from three) consisting of multiple choice questions (Part A) and short answer questions (Part B).
  • As the exam has been condensed into two parts, it will be 90 minutes long (reduced from 120 minutes).
  • Students will receive a numeric mark out of 100, and must achieve a minimum of 50 to pass.

Other Changes

  • Students completing a Business Fundamentals Unit will now need to complete a workplace skills observation (demonstrating their skills competency) as well as an online assessment (proving their knowledge of the applicable theory).
  • Students will receive an overall 'Competent' or 'Not Competent' result for each module.

Q&A

Q. Why is the assignment now due after the exam?
A. As the assignment will be more comprehensive and rigorous, it will now be due at the end of the study period, allowing more time for completion. To accommodate this, the exam will be held prior to the assignment submission due date. 

Q. I usually use my feedback from my assignment to help me prepare for the exam. Now that the assignment is due after the exam, how will I prepare?
A. As the assignment is competency-based and the exam focuses on theory and knowledge, each assessment covers different material. Students will still receive the benefit of self-help questions and practice exams to assist in exam preparation.   

Q. Why is the assignment only graded 'Competent' or 'Not Competent', rather than a mark out of 100?
A. Because the assignment is competency-based, each student must successfully answer each question (rather than achieve an overall minimum grade of 50) to be deemed competent. Students will receive a list of the competency elements that they will need to meet in their assignment. 

Q. Do we still receive a mark out of 100 for the exam?
A. Yes, you will receive your mark out of 100 for the exam. To successfully pass your exam you will need to achieve a minimum mark of 50. 

Q. Why is the overall grade for the module 'Competent' or 'Not Competent', rather than a mark of N, P, C, D or HD?
A. As the assignment is graded 'Competent' or 'Not Competent' and the exam is given a mark out of 100, the overall grade of the module will be 'Competent' or 'Not Competent'. A student’s academic transcripts will include the numeric mark of the exam, as well as the overall 'Competent' or 'Not Competent' grade for the entire module. 

Q. What happens if I do not pass either the exam or assignment?
A. To successfully complete a professional qualification module, students must pass both the exam and the assignment. If you do not pass the assignment, you will be provided two opportunities, at no cost, to re-submit answers marked as ‘Not Yet Competent’.  If after both re-submissions you are still marked as being ‘Not Yet Competent’ in any question, you may resubmit your assignment. You may re-enrol in the Assignment in any study period of your choosing. If you are unsuccessful in the Exam, you can re-enrol in the exam in any study period of your choosing. Learn more about re-enrolment process and the fee involved.

Q. I am enrolled in Stream B Study Period 3 (SBP3) which commenced on 12 November 2015/ Summer School which commenced on 10 December 2015.  Will these changes affect my module(s)?
A. No, these changes will not apply to your modules. These changes will only affect modules from the first study period in 2016.

Q. Where can I find more information?
A. For more information contact our Customer Service team on+ 61 (3) 9613 7280 (New Zealand freecall 0800 103 675) between 8.30am and 5.00pm AEST, Monday to Friday or email customerservice@anziif.com