At SUSS, students are generally assessed through a continuous assessment component and an examinable component. A weighted average mark obtained from the combination of these two will be used to determine the final grade for the course. To pass a course, students must pass both components.
Depending on the discipline, the continuous assessment component may include written assignments such as dissertations, case study analyses, essays as well as laboratory reports and research projects completed either individually or in groups.
Some programmes require active student participation in practical hands-on experience training organised as laboratory sessions, mini-project discussion groups or weekend schools.
In some dissertation or project-based courses, the continuous assessment component could comprise progress reports or project proposals which will form the basis of the final report or dissertation. This final report or dissertation is part of the examinable component for such courses.
Most courses typically contain one examinable component, which may be a written examination, an end-of-course assignment report, an oral presentation, a dissertation, or a combination of such assessment strategies.
SUSS uses a 5–point GPA system to track students' progress at programme level over the semesters of active study, where they have registered for courses. For continuation of study in the programme, students must obtain satisfactory progress during their candidature.
The Academic Board of SUSS appoints external examiners from reputable universities to ensure that high academic standards are maintained in all programmes. Appointed external examiners work together with faculty staff to ensure high standard for student assessments and provide constructive recommendations to enhance the standard in course presentations.