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Further undergraduate academic regulation


Students must register during the official registration period at the times announced in the college calendar. They should plan their courses with their advisers prior to registration and follow the instructions contained in bulletins issued by the office of the University Registrar or on the Registrar's Web site. Those seeking to enrol after the scheduled registration period cannot be guaranteed acceptance. If permitted to register they will be charged a late registration fee.


Departments are required to state the core and pre-requisites of their degree programmes in order to assist students in their choice of modules for a given degree. Al¬though students are allowed to take modules from other departments, i.e. electives, to augment their credit hours, they must fulfil the requirements of their main courses/ disciplines if they are to graduate in that discipline. The random selection and drop¬ping off of modules without any recourse to a specific course requirement may result in a student not being able to graduate at the end of his/her stay at the College because of non-fulfilment of the requirements of any given discipline. Freshmen are urged to discuss this issue with their Heads during their registration. In the case of the Faculty of Engineering, selection into a given discipline (Civil, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical and Maintenance Engineering) is normally done at the end of the 2"d Year.


Full time undergraduate students normally take an academic load of seven to ten hours, with the exception of science and engineering students. The university encourages students to carry a full load and to devote all their efforts to university work and activi¬ties to obtain full benefit from their undergraduate education. The College cannot re¬schedule classes/exams because they conflict with outside obligations.


The benefits of class attendance and active participation cannot be amply stated. Although lecturers give notes in some situations, these are usually concise summary of class discussions and explanations which students derive immense benefit from. Absence from lectures will therefore deprive students from these interactions which could be very crucial to the successful conduct of tests, assignments and eventually semester examinations. Students are therefore expected to attend lectures regularly and promptly. Students will not be allowed into a lecture after fifteen minutes of its commencement. The following are the actions the lecturer can adopt as general guidelines:-

  • No substitute assignments or tests should be given to students who miss lectures without reasonable excuses.
  • In the event a student misses more than three weeks of classes during a semester for any reason, , an instructor may:
  • give a grade of "F"for the course or if two of the three weeks of absences are caused by proven illness or other emergency, the student may be granted a grade of I, for incomplete work, and allowed to finish the coursework at its next offering.
  • A doctor's certification of a serious illness may be brought to the attention of the Senior Medical Officer, who will inform the Registry. The Registry will then con¬tact the student's department to inform them of the expected length of class absence.


Students who fail in a module will be allowed to resit the module at its next offering, normally the following academic year. Students are only allowed three attempts at a module. The credit assigned to the module retaken is factored into the computations of the students GPA each time it is taken. Students are advised that repeating courses under this policy does not result in the removal of the original record or grade from their transcripts.