University Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs
The university offers a variety of degree, diploma and certificate courses. A student is expected to make intelligent choices from the available academic programs that will lead to a lifetime career. Students coming from non-Eng¬lish speaking countries will be required to write an English placement exami¬nation prior to enrolling for their first semester. If the student does not obtain 50% in this test, he/she will be required to attend remedial English classes for one semester.

Semester Sessions
The university operates under a semester system. Each semester runs for 18 weeks subdivided in this way: one week of registration, 15 weeks of in¬struction, and two weeks for final examination. The value of each course offered is expressed in terms of credit units. One credit unit represents one fifty-minute class period in each of 15 weeks, two hours of tutorial, or two to three hours of practical periods per week for 15 weeks of the semester. The student is expected to spend a minimum of two hours of outside prepara¬tion for each class period. Every academic year consists of two regular se¬mesters: first semester from mid-August to mid-December; second semester from early January to early May.

Summer Sessions
Summer sessions are optional. However, some schools or departments offer some courses during summer, on the condition that a minimum of ten stu¬dents is enrolled for the course. The summer session is six weeks long and the maximum class load that can be taken during the summer is 12 credit units.

Mode of Instruction
While lectures are considered the primary mode of instruction, the university recognizes that students have different learning styles and need to experi¬ence other learning environments. Each lecture class involves at least one other type of learning environment, and credit is awarded on the basis of at¬tendance and performance in either tutorial or practical learning experiences, or both. Tutorial sessions, are semi-structured, in which students are invited to engage in the material of the course through other means, such as dis¬cussion, debate, group study, problem solving and projects. Practicals often involve hands-on experiences in science or computer laboratories or some other practical setting. Other courses may be entirely practical and have no lecture component, such as industrial attachment or teaching practice. In addition, each degree program requires independent research under the supervision of an individual faculty member as a capstone to the degree

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