Course Load and the Academic Unit System
With the introduction of the Academic Units system in the university, the Master by Coursework programme students have to accumulate a total of 30 Academic Units (AUs) to graduate. Each course in the curriculum carries 3 AUs, with the exception of the Dissertation Project which carries 6 AUs. A 3-AU course comprises 39 contact hours of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work (unless otherwise specified).
Grade Point Average Requirements
The university adopts a Grade Point Average (GPA) system of calculating the overall academic performance of a student in a particular semester and for the whole programme. Letter grades obtained for courses are assigned grade points of 0 to 5.0.
Poor Academic Performance
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The Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) represents the grade point average for all courses taken by a student in a particular semester. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade point average for all the courses taken by the student.
A coursework student with poor academic performance will be subjected to the following actions:
1. Academic warning if TGPA < 2.50 in any term of study
2. Termination of Candidature if TGPA < 2.50 for the second consecutive term of study.
To meet the academic requirement for graduation, a student must:
1. Complete all the requirements for the programme of study, and
2. Attain a minimum CGPA of 2.50 (equivalent to C+ average) at the completion of the programme of study.
A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress in any semester of study if he or she attains a minimum TGPA of 2.50. A student who obtains a TGPA of less than 2.50 in 2 consecutive semesters of study will be dismissed from the programme.