The Structure Of Programmes

Definition of Programme


A programme is any group of courses that may lead to the award of a certificate, a diploma or a degree.

Definition of Course


A course may be defined as a unit of study within a discipline or programme. In each semester, students will study a number of courses in their chosen programmes.

Credit/ Unit/ Hours


  • Each course in a programme is given a value (weight) on the basis of the number of hours per week that the class meets with the lecturer for purposes of lectures, tutorials or practicals, throughout a semester.
  • The allowable credits for a course shall be a minimum of two, and a maximum of three credits for undergraduate programmes.

Course Credit Requirements


  • One [1] course credit shall be defined as one hour lecture plus one hour tutorial or one practical session per week for a semester.
  • The programmes shall have the following ranges:
    • Level 100 30 - 36 credits
    • Level 200 30 - 36 credits
    • Level 300 30 - 36 credits
    • Level 400 30 - 36 credits
    • Total 120 - 144 credits
  • Diploma holders shall be placed at Level 200 of the 4-year degree programme

Course Load


  • At the beginning of each semester, students shall register for the courses they will study during the semester. The total credits for all the courses registered by a student constitute his/her course load.
  • Each undergraduate student may be allowed to carry, in a semester, a minimum of 15 credit hours and a maximum of 18 credit hours or a total of 30-36 credit hours in the academic year. for undergraduate programmes.
  • However, the maximum and minimum credit points peculiar to certain programmes shall be determined by the Faculties, through the Academic Planning Committee, approved by the Academic Board.