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Modular Structure Overview

Definition of terms

Module: Modules are units of learning defined by learning objectives. They are a way to organise, structure, present, deliver and administer education. A Modular system involves significant changes in both curriculum (the content and organisation of the course) and pedagogy (the teaching and learning related activities).

Modularisation allows for greater flexibility in educational programme design. Subject matter organised into modules allows sharing of topics and competencies between and across degrees. It allows new methods of mixing and matching knowledge based on new visions of how thinking, learning and work occur in the present system of learning.

Modular Listing

Modules offered in each department within a faculty consit of

  • Modules offered in Semester 1
  • Modules offered in Semester 2
  • Credit Hour allocation to Modules in (i) & (ii)
  • Other Modules offered in other Departments
  • Core Modules/Elective Modules
  • Foundation Modules

Module Code

Modules are given codes as a means of identification. Four uppercase characters precede three numbers, for instance EENG212. EENG depicts the Department – Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the 1st digit 2 stands for the course year in this case year two, the 2nd digit 1 stands for the semester in which it is offered – in this case first semester and the 3rd digit stands for the designation of the module within the department.

Core Modules

Modules offered by departments for each year of study, consist of core modules which define the knowledge which students are expected to have before they can graduate in the subject of their choice. Undergraduates must select core modules and fulfill the requirements of the departments offering the degree. The fields of the core modules and the departmental requirements are to be provided and made available to students by each faculty

Elective Modules

Elective modules are additional modules which may be selected by students from other departments in the same faculty or another faculty. Students should obtain a minimum pass of D for elective modules in order to progress to the next level and grades obtained are factored into calculation of GPA and FGPA. Students are free to choose modules from other faculties which are not readily relevant to their core courses as far as the time-table allows.

Prerequisite Modules

These are mandatory modules (Such as Foundation Studies offered at year one) which require a minimum grade of C- in order to graduate in the field of your choice.

Credit Hours

Each module is given a creit hour allocation. In General, a Credit hour of 1 refers to one hour of lecture or three hours of practical work

Yearly Credit hour allocation

Undergraduate Degree Programmes - The following is a breakdown of the credit hour allocations. Although there is some flexibility inherent in this table, students no doubt will have to be advised fully on the implications of offering less or more modules during any on academic year as well as at the end of the student’s programme at the University. These allocations are separate from credit hours that a student may have to retake due to a number of reasons, E.g. Illness.

Range of Credit hours allocation

  • General Degree 100 - 124 Credit Hours Required
  • Honours Degree 108 - 142 Credit Hours Required

These total credit hours include contribution of lectures. Laboratory work, thesis/dissertations, projects, seminars and workshops

Weighting of courses

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The laod in each case is for the year and the difference represents the possible optional credits the student can use. They can come from any department even from one of those a student has signed on provided the time-table allows

The Grade Point Averages in use

  • Semester Grade Point Average: All grade points earned divided by the total credit hours in a semester
  • Sessional Grade Point Average (SGPA) : Is the total session’s grade points divided by the total number of credit hours for the session.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is obtained as follows
    • The total number of credit hours of the previous semester/session is added to the total number of credit hours of the current semester/session to give the cumulative hours
    • The total grade points earned in the previous semester/session are added to those currently earned to get the cumulative grade points
    • The cumulative grade points are then divided by the cumulative credit hours to get the Cumulative Grade Average (CGPA)
  • Final Grade Point Average is the grade point average the student ends up with at the completion of his/her programme of study for graduation. The computation of FGPA is a function of the weightings given to the various activities undertaken during this year. These weightings take the form of the number of credit hours given to for example projects, Dissertations, Industrial attachments, etc. The faculties should assist students in the formula used for this computation.


End of semester examinations are conducted within the last three (3) weeks of every semester

Grading System

The following nine (9) points grading system is adopted:

Table to follow

Progression from one level to the next level

For degree programmes, students are required to complete four levels each with duration of one academic year, except in the case of engineering honours programme which requires five years. In order to move to the next level, the following conditions must be met;

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours and maximum of 36 credit hours per session to stay in the programme for Year 1 students
  • A minimum of 28 credit hours and maximum of 38 credit hours per session to stay in the programme for Year 2 students
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours and maximum of 26 credit hours per session for General Degree Programmes for Year 3 students
  • A minimum of 28 credit hours and maximum of 38 credit hours per session for Honours Degree Year 3 students
  • A minimum of 14 credit hours and maximum of 20 credit hours per session at Year 4 for General Degree Programmes
  • A minimum of 20 credit hours and maximum of 24 credit hours per session at Year 4 for Honours students
  • For a student to continue in a programme His/her grade point average at the end of the session should not be below 1.0