ACADEMIC PRINCIPLES

Hamdard University Bangladesh follows a model of higher education based on student-centered teaching and learning through integrated curricula to develop them as whole persons. The aim is to make students life-long learners with inquisitiveness for updating and acquiring knowledge and skills. The academic system consists of semesters, courses, credit hours, continuous evaluation, and letter grading. In keeping with its mission and goals, Hamdard University Bangladesh strives to ensure high academic standards by implementing well-designed curricula and reviewing curricula periodically and carefully selecting quality students and faculty, utilizing modern and effective instructional methods and aids. Both formative and summative evaluations of all pertinent activities are a common practice of the University.

SEMESTERS

There are two semesters in a year: Spring (March-August) and Fall (September-February). The duration of each semester is six months containing about 22 working weeks including holidays, mid- and term-final examinations. Corresponding to semester-system, new students are enrolled twice a year. In fact, students’ enrolment is an on-going event throughout the academic year. The University produces both annual and semester calendars. While the annual/ yearly calendar provides major events of the academic year, the semester calendar provides more details of the events likely to occur within the semester such as: deadlines for registration, change of departments, add/ drop courses, withdrawals, examinations, publication of results, holidays, etc

COURSE CODE AND COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Course codes are quite straight forward taking the ‘beginning three letters’ of a department or acronyms of a department. Sometimes it is chosen from the name of a course instead of a department. For example:

Department First 3 letters of Any Course
Business BUS
Computer Sciences & Engineering CSE
Electrical & Electronics Engineering EEE
English ENG
Economics ECO

Credit Hours

In semester system, full-time students usually take 5 to 6 courses in each semester. Each course usually consists of 3 credit hours. To make up 3 credit hours, at least 45 hours of class time is required. That is, there has to be at least 45 sessions of 1 (academic) hour or 30 sessions of 1.5 hours over 22 weeks of the semester (an academic hour is defined as a 50-minute face-to-face/ video-conference/ on-line class with students). Lab-sessions are determined by the demand of the course and such credit hours are within the parameters of the respective program/ department.

STUDENT COUNSELLING

Each department has at least one student counselor from among the teachers. There may be several depending on the number of students in the department. The counselors help students select his/ her courses at the beginning of each semester. The student and counselor share the responsibility for successful completion of academic activities.

Performance Evaluation

The performance of the students is measured by ‘Criterion-Referenced-Tests—CRT.’ In fact, students are continuously evaluated throughout the semester by using class tests, quizzes, assignments, presentations, mid-term exams, etc. End of semester evaluation includes comprehensive final exams, submission of term papers/ thesis assignments/ project reports, presentations, etc. Students need to meet certain criteria given by course teachers and their success depends on to what extent they can attain those criteria. Numerical scores earned by students are cumulated and converted into letter grades at the end of each semester. The performance evaluation of the University commensurate with the policy suggested by the University Grants Commission Bangladesh as given below.

Grading System

Numerical Grade Letter grade Grade Point
80% – 100% A+ (4.00)
75% < 79.99% A (3.75)
70% < 74.99% A- (3.50)
65% < 69.99% B+ (3.25)
60% < 64.99% B (3.00)
55% < 59.99% B- (2.75)
50% < 54.99% C+ (2.50)
45% < 49.99% C (2.25)
40% < 44.99% D (2.00)
Less than 40% F Failed

Grades without numerical values are:

  1. P: Pass
  2. I: Incomplete
  3. W: Withdrawal

INCOMPLETE (I) GRADE

A student not appearing at the final exam of a course for whatever reasons will be assigned an Incomplete (I) grade. Getting an ‘I’ grade will enable the student to take that particular exam within the stipulated time given by the office of the Controller of Examinations (COE) paying appropriate fees. If the student fails to do so, her/ his ‘I’ grade will automatically be turned into an ‘F’ grade.