Academic System

Academic Standards

Hamdard University Bangladesh follows a model of higher education consisting of semesters' courses' credit hours' continuous evaluation and letter grading. In keeping with its mission and goals' the University strives to insure high academic standards by implementing well-designed curricula' carefully selecting high quality students and faculty' utilizing modern and effective instructional methods and aids' and by continuously monitoring and rigorously evaluating all the pertinent activities and systems.

 

Semesters

 

There are 3 (Three) equal semesters-Spring, Summer and Fall. The duration of each semester is 14 working weeks. An additional week for each semester is allocated for final exams. Usually the spring semester commences in January', Summer semester in May and the Fall semester in September. The Semester Calendar provides deadlines for registration' add/drop courses' withdrawals etc. This has financial and academic implication too.

 

Course Numbering System

 

Each course is identified by a two-part numbering system. The first part with three alphabets represents the subject area and the second part refers to the level of the course as follows:

1st Semester courses: 100
2nd Semester courses: 200
3rd Semester courses: 300
4th Semester courses: 400

The series 100, 200, 300 and 400 numbers are intended to indicate progressively more demanding content of the course and correspondingly increasing competence on the part of the students enrolled in the course. For example’ EEE 301 Electronic Circuits-1 is a third Semester course and it is assumed that a student registering in this course has already attended one or more second Semester (200 level) courses in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. A student may register in this course before third year if he has already fulfilled the prerequisites for the course.

 

Course Load

 

A student who registers for 9 credits or more is considered to be a full time student. A full-time student taking 15 credits in each semester will be able to complete the program in less than four years. Fee waivers' scholarships and academic honors are considered for full time students only.

Maximum period to complete the undergraduate program is eight years from the date of first admission to the university and minimum period to complete the undergraduate program is three years.

 

Credit hours

 

Students take courses each semester and these courses have credits assigned to them and the credits are counted towards the degree. Credit hours for a course are assigned on the basis of a 14 weeks semester. One (1) credit hour means that the course meets for (50+50) =100 minutes in two class each week in each session. The tutorial/lab/workshop sessions meets for 180 minutes each week.

 

Student Advising

 

Advising is a two-way street. A good advising is critical for successful graduation. An academic advisor (a faculty member) can help students to select his/her courses during admission. However, Students and advisors share the responsibility for successful advising.

 

Performance Evaluation

 

The performance of the students will be evaluated throughout the semester by class tests' quizzes' assignments' and midterm exams. End of semester evaluation includes comprehensive final exams' term papers' project reports etc. Numerical scores earned by a students in tests' exams.' assignments etc are cumulated and converted to letter grades at the end of the semester.

 

Grading System

 

The grades at the university will be indicated in the following manner:

80 %- 100% = A+ (4.0)  
75 %- <79.99% = A (3.75) Regular
70 %- <74.99 % = A- (3.50)  
65 %- <69.99 % = B+ (3.25)  
60 %- <64.99 % = B (3.00) Regular
55 %- <59.99 % = B- (2.75)  
50% - <54.99 % = C+ (2.50)  
45 %- <49.99 % = C (2.25) Regular
40 %- <44.99 % = D (2.00)  
Less than 40% = F    

 

Grades without numerical value

P: Pass
I: Incomplete
W: Withdrawal
Pass/Fail Option

 

 

Pass/Fail Option

 

A course may be taken for a pass/fail grade, providing that the teacher approves the option and the student carries 9 (nine) credits for regular letter grades in that semester. A maximum of 15 (fifteen)) credits may be taken for credit with the pass/fail grading option. No more than 6 (six) credits may be taken with the pass/fail grading option in any one semester. Departments may not approve the pass/fail grading option for some courses counting towards the major.

 

Incomplete Grade

 

An Incomplete (I) grade is assigned only when a student has failed to complete one or more requirements of the course for an unavoidable reason/accidental circumstance and has applied for I grade. The students who are permitted to appear in make up examination (s) will be assigned an 'I' grade for that course and this grade will stay until the student appears in the make up examination at the first available opportunity; if s/he fails to appear in the make up examination the 'I' grade will automatically be converted to 'F' grade.

 

Withdrawal (W)

 

Withdrawal is assigned to a student who withdraws from the course within the deadline for withdrawal with 'W' grade. A student who withdraws after this date will earn the grade based on his performance before his withdrawal. Exception to this rule may be made on medical ground and on terms and condition imposed by the University.

 

GPA Computation

 

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed in the following manner:

               Sum of (Grade points X Credits)
GPA = -------------------------------------------
               Sum of Credits attempted

CGPA =Sum of GPA of 8 semesters divided by 8
 

Grades Review Procedure

The Committee on Academic Standard administers the Grading Regulations and reviews course grades submitted by the Departments.

 

Academic Standing

 

Students will be expected to maintain standards in their academic work. They should be taking the requisite number of courses and maintain satisfactory grades in these courses. In particular students are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.00 (both semester and cumulative)' otherwise the student will be put on probation for the following semester. If the student fails to maintain a CGPA of 2.00 in the following semester' then the university will review the student's record and may recommend further action that may include options such as changing course of study' taking extra courses or in some cases withdrawing from the university. If a student on probation fails to raise CGPA to 2.00 in three semesters' s/he will be dismissed from the University. Students whose grade point average is below 1.0 in their first semester may be asked to withdraw from the university.

 

Credit Transfer

 

Credit transfer from an educational institution with a system similar to HUB may be considered. Such candidates will have to apply with required documents and are subject to credit transfer rules of Hamdard University Bangladesh. The total credits transferred by a student from other universities will not exceed 50 credits for undergraduate and 30 credits for graduate programme.

 

Methods and Medium of Instructions

 

The university teaching meets the demand of the time by adopting present-day teaching methods including interactive Internet, simulation, lab work, case analysis and field study. A special feature of HUB teaching is the workshop/lab sessions designed to assist students in learning application of concepts (mostly activity-based education) and theories.

The medium of instruction in HUB is English.

 

Common Courses

 

Considering the standard of higher education, Socio-economic condition, required computer literacy in the work place, knowledge on the history of Bangladesh, applied communication in bangla and environmental degradation of the country, HUB introduces the following Common Courses for all the students:

 


1st Semester
COM 101 : English foundation course-(1)
COM 102 : Computer skill course –(1)

2nd Semester
COM 201 : Bangladesh studies –(1)
COM 202 : English foundation course –(2)

3rd semester
COM 301 : Computer skill –(2)
COM 302 : Applied Bangla or
COM 303 : Bangladesh studies -2 ( For foreign students’ only)

4th semester
COM 401: Environmental science

 

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