Faculty Physical-Science


1 A programme of course shall be specific leading to a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
2 All candidates shall sit for an entrance examination. In all cases, the examination will account for not less than 60% of the admission requirements for placement.
3 Instruction shall be by courses and students will be required to register for and take an approved combination of courses as stipulated by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty.
4 Courses shall be evaluated in terms of Credits. A credit is normally defined as a series of lectures/tutorials of one hour per week lasting a semester or a three hour practical class per week or an equivalent amount of study or any combination of these.
5 The minimum numbers of credit for a course shall normally be 1.
Course number shall be prefixed by a character code indicating the department offering the course and or the course being offered. The recommended character codes are as follows:
CHM – Chemistry
CSC: – Computer Science
MTH: – Mathematics
PHY: – Physics
STA: – Statistics

For the award of the degree, candidates shall be expected to accumulate a minimum of one hundred and twenty (130) credits, twenty (20) credits at each level including ten (10) credits of General Studies courses. All core courses must be passed and used in computing the student’s final grade. Without prejudice to the above, a graduating student (that is a student who has less than 20 credits to graduate) may register for only the number of credits he requires to graduate.

(i) Two weeks shall be allowed for registration exercise every semester and the period of registration shall be widely published for the information of students.
(ii) Late registration fees shall be charged as follows:
Any student who comes up to register within the first 7 days after the close or registration shall pay an appropriate late registration fee.
Thereafter, any student who comes up to register shall pay a greater fine.
(iii) Any student who fails to register within two months from the beginning of a session shall forfeit the benefit of taking any examinations in a semester of that session. Such a student shall be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the University and may be admitted in any subsequent session with the approval of Senate.

At the beginning of each semester, students may drop courses for which they have registered until one month after lectures begin. The deadline for adding course shall be four weeks after lectures begin.

To qualify for the award of an honours degree, a student shall normally spend not less than eleven years to complete a degree programme.
on a semester basis i.e. two semester of 17 weeks each. Lectures would normally be held in the evenings and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during which students will take prescribed courses and practical.

The minimum number of credits for the award of a degree shall be 130 credits and 110 credits for 6-years and 5-years degree programme as follows.
For the six year degree programme
20 credits from the 100 series of courses
20 credits from the 200 series of courses
20 credits from the 300 series of courses
20 credits from the 400 series of courses
20 credits from the 500 series of courses
20 credits from the 600 series of courses
130 credits for the degree (including 10 GS Courses credits)
For the five years degree programme
20 credits from the 200 series of courses
20 credits from the 300 series of courses
20 credits from the 400 series of courses
20 credits from the 500 series of courses
20 credits from the 600 series of courses
110 credits for the degree (including 10 GS Courses credits)

Examinations may take the form of written papers oral examinations, practical clinical, the submission of projects, assessment of courses work or by any combination of these methods.

All courses shall be examined as soon as possible after the courses are completed. Candidates will earn the number of credits assigned to the courses which they have passed. A candidate at any examination may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners be required to attend an oral examination in addition to written and practical examinations. Normally, no student shall be excused from taking the whole or part of any examination except on the strength of a certificate by the University Medical Officer that he or she is unfit to take the examination. Failure to write an examination without an acceptable reason means failure in that examination. All students are required to attend a minimum of 70% of each prescribed course before they are allowed to sit for the examination relevant to that course. Each course instructor shall be required to devise the best means of monitoring the attendance of students in his course(s).

At the discretion of the department concerned, continuous assessment during the semester may form part of the end-of-course grade. Its overall contribution will not exceed 25%.

(a) Each student is expected to register for a minimum of twenty (20) credits in any given session. Any student who accumulates less than 10 credits in any given session shall be expected to withdraw from the programme.
(b) Any student who fails to register for the session or does not produce satisfactory reasons for missing his or her examinations shall be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn.
(c) A student may be granted temporary withdrawal on approval by the Faculty Board of Studies if satisfactory reasons are given.
(d) Without prejudice to the above, a graduating student may not be asked to withdraw from the Faculty. He could be allowed to register and take the examination in the required courses at the next available opportunity, provided he does not exceed the maximum number of years required for the degree.
(e) No student except on probation, shall be permitted to repeat the same level of a course of study. In very special cases and on the approval of Senate, a student who failed to accumulate the required number of credits to remain in a Faculty may be allowed to re-register for the failed courses at the same level in the same Faculty.

An overall assessment that is one covering the entire degree programme may be given at the directive of Faculty. The assessment shall be in one or more forms of the following:
(a) An oral examination during the project oral examination
(b) An overall examination paper set for that purpose.
This overall evaluation shall not exceed 0.1 grade point and it is to be added to the sum of the weighted grade point average (WGPA.) from Year 1, Year II, Year III, Year IV, Year V, Year VI courses:
Alternatively overall evaluation which shall not exceed 0.02 to be added to the CGPA by the Faculty Board of Studies

The time allowed for written examinations shall normally be on the basis of not less than one hour and not more than one and a half hours for each Credit provided that no theory paper shall last more than three hours.

For each level of courses a Grade Point Average shall be calculated. Weighing shall be determined by the number of credit attached to each course.
The student’s final grade shall be calculated from the sum of the Weighted Grade Point Averages for each level of the courses as follows.

6 Year Degree Programme
100 level = 10%
200 level = 10%
300 level = 15%
400 level = 15%
500 level = 20%
600 level = 30%

5 Year Degree Programme
200 level = 10%
300 level = 15%
400 level = 20%
500 level = 25%
600 level = 30%
The class of a degree is determined by the final grade as follows:
For students graded with the 5 – point grading system:
Class of Degree
First Class Honours 4.50 – 5.00
Second Class Upper Division 3.50 – 4.49
Second class Lower Division 2.40 – 3.49
Third Class 1.50 – 2.39
Pass 1.00 – 1.49