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Course/programme structure

1. Types of Courses

Courses in the programme shall be classified as follows:

(a) Core Course
A Core Course shall be a Course which is essential to an Academic Programme and gives the Academic Programme its unique features.  Everyone offering that particular Academic Programme must pass that Course.

(b) Elective Course
An Elective Course shall be a Course offered in order to broaden an Academic Programme or to allow for specialisation.  It is chosen from a given group of Courses largely at the convenience of the student.  Another Elective Course may be substituted for a failed Elective Course.

(c) Audited Course
An Audited Course shall be a Course offered by a student for which a Credit/Credit Unit shall not be awarded.

(d) Prerequisite Course
A Pre-requisite is a condition (either Course or Classification), which has to be satisfied prior to enrolling for the Course in question.  A Pre-requisite Course, therefore, shall be a Course offered in preparation for a higher level Course in the same area of study.

2. Course Credits
  • A Credit Unit is granted for a series of fifteen contact hours or one contact hour per week per semester.

  • A contact hour is calculated as being equivalent to:-
       One lecture hour
       Two studio/practical hours
       Four industrial/field training hours- regulation to cater for BIFA.

  • No course shall carry less than one credit unit.

  • 3. Structure of the programme

    The programme shall consist of full time study of lectures, practical/studio and industrial training/placement under the structure below:
    Year I, lectures, practical/studio
    Year II, lectures, practical/studio and Industrial training/placement
    Year III, lectures, practical/studio and Industrial training/placement.

    In the third year, Semester II in addition to the examination students will mount an exhibition of selected years work and submit a supervised research project report.

    The structure of the combination of electives (areas of specialisations of the BIFA programme) is based on 3:3:3   combination of art and design load and professional load component.

    Minimum Credit Units for graduation:

    1. 3.3.3 course load is 130

    Art Area Component
    Students are required to take at least one course from fine art and industrial electives.  A student chooses courses from first year and carries them through second and third year. 

    1. Professional Area Component

    To complete the BIFA programme, a student shall take and pass all the core (professional) courses.

    The school of Industrial and Fine arts shall use the credit hours system in determining courses value toward degree requirements. Under this system, a course which meets one hour each week for one semester is worth one credit hour (or one semester hour of credit) toward graduation.  A practical (studio) course which meets two hours each week for one semester is also worth one credit hour.

    A student shall offer core courses and elective courses to make 18-28 credit units a semester.

    4. Examination regulations

    4.1  There shall be a Board of Examiners which shall comprise of an external Examiner(s) and Internal        Examiners appointed by Senate, at the recommendations of the Board of Studies of the School of        Industrial and Fine Arts.  The Board of Examiners shall receive, consider and recommend to the        Board of Studies, the final examination results of each candidate.

    4.2  The Board of Examiners shall be chaired by the Dean of the School of Industrial and Fine Arts, who is        also the Chairperson of the Board of Studies.  All decisions of the Board of Examiners shall be        subject to ratification by the Board of Studies.

    4.3  The Board of Studies shall recommend to the Senate what mark shall finally be awarded to each        candidate in each course and the final result of the examination.

    4.4  The examinations for the Degree of BIFA comprise of core and elective courses. Major work,        exhibition, research paper are examined in third year only.

    4.5  Industrial Training  shall be supervised by staff from the School together with on-site trainers.        Students shall submit a report at the end of the training.  It shall last a minimum of four weeks.

    (e) A Course Requiring a Pre-requisite
    When a student fails a Pre-requisite Course, he/she shall not be allowed to take the higher level Course requiring a Pre-requisite. A student will be required to retake the failed Pre-requisite Course before embarking on a higher-level Course requiring a Pre-requisite.

    (f) Major Presentation- A major project presentation shall be a set of researched and supervised projects or one project in an area/field of specialization in which each student is expected to exhibit their understanding of content, application, techniques/methods in considerable depth.

    (g) Minor – A minor shall be a set of Courses in a Field/Area that is of lesser importance than the Major.  A minor shall constitute not more than a third of the Programme Load.

    5. Course Evaluation

    The performance in each course for the award of a degree shall be evaluated through:

    a)    Course work project/assignments, presentations, critiques, project design, industrial training and        evaluation performed through out the semesters.

    b)    Written/practical examinations shall be taken at the end of each semester.

    6. Assessment and Grading

    Each course shall be assessed on the basis of 100 total marks allocated as follows:

    a)    Course work (progressive/continuous Assessment shall contribute 40% of the total marks.

    b)    Final examinations 60%

    c)    Students shall be required to sit for an examination in each of courses offered during each        semester.  Each examined course shall be graded out of a maximum of one hundred (100) marks        and assigned appropriate letter grades and grade point as follows:

      Grading of marks
    Letter Grade
    Grade Point
    Below 35

    These additional letters shall be used where appropriate:
          W      -      Withdraw from course
          I       -       Incomplete
          Aud   -       Audited Courses only

    c)   The minimum pass mark in any course shall be 50% or GPA of 2.0

    d)   No credit shall be awarded for any course in which a student fails.

    7. Retaking A Course

    A student may retake any course when it is next offered again in order to:

    a)   Pass it if he/she had failed it before or

    b)   Improve the grade if the first pass grade(s) were low.

    c)   While retaking a course,

          i) A student shall attend the prescribed lectures, tutorials, Clinicals/Practicals/Field work in the          course or Courses

         ii) The student shall  retake both the coursework and the examinations. 

         iii) Whenever a course has been retaken,   the academic transcript shall indicate so accordingly

    d)   A student shall not be allowed to accumulate more than 5 retakes

    e)   When a student has  retaken a course the better of the Grades shall be used in the computation of       CGPA.

    f)   A student shall not retake a course after his/her results have been classified and has qualified for the      award of a degree/diploma/certificate

    8. Progression

    Progression of a student shall be classified as Normal, Probationary or Discontinuation.

    Normal Progress (NP)
    Normal progress shall occur when a student has passed the assessments in not only the specified core courses but all the courses registered for, in a given semester.

    Probationary progress (PP)
    A student shall be placed on probation when he/she obtains CGPA of less than 2.0.Such a student shall be allowed to progress to next semester/academic year but shall still sit for that course later on and obtain at least the Pass Mark (50%) in the Course(s).

    Discontinuation (Disco)
    A student shall be discontinued from the program if one of the following conditions obtain:

    a)   A student has failed to obtain at least the pass mark (50%) during the third assessment in the same       course or courses he/she has retaken.

    b)   A student accumulated three consecutive probations based on the CGPA

    c)    A student who has overstayed in an Academic Program by more than Two years.

    9. Failure of prerequisite

    When a student fails a pre-requisite course, he/she shall not be allowed to take a higher level course requiring a pre-requisite.  A student shall be required to to retake the failed pre-requisite course before embarking on the higher level course requiring a pre-requisite.

    10. Withdrawal From  a Programme/Course(S)

    The concept of a “dead” semester is irrelevant in the Semester/Credit unit system.  However, a registered student may apply to his/her respective Board for permission to withdraw from a programme/course (s) any time of the semester.
    A student will be allowed only a maximum of two withdrawals in an academic programme and each withdrawal shall be a maximum of one academic year only.

    11. Weighting Classification

    a)  There shall be no weighting of years, since there    would be enough courses in all the years of study.

    b)  The cumulative grade point average for the various classes shall be indicated as follows:

      First Class
      4.40- 5.0
      Second Class-Upper Division
      Second Class-Lower Division

    12. Award

    Upon the successful completion of the program of study in the offered courses, the senate shall award the degree of Bachelor of Industrial and Fine Arts (BIFA) of Makerere University with classification indicated above.

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