A programme is a curriculum package that consists of courses and leads to the award of a specific degree, diploma or certificate.
A course is an approved self-contained instructional package with a title, code number, stipulated contact hours and credit weighting.
Core (Compulsory) Course
A core or compulsory course is a course that a student is required to take and pass in order to graduate. There are four types of compulsory courses: University-wide compulsory courses, faculty compulsory courses, departmental compulsory courses and programme specific compulsory courses. A student who fails a compulsory course must repeat the course and pass before he/she can graduate.
Types of Core (Compulsory) Courses
University Compulsory Courses
Currently, they are the following:
- Communicative Skills
- General African Studies
- Information Literacy Skills
- Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning
- Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
Faculty/School Specific Compulsory Courses
These are Faculty/School specific courses that are required to be taken by students in the Faculty or School irrespective of their programmes of study, e.g. in the School of Biological Sciences there are foundation courses at Levels 100 and 200 taken by all students.
Departmental Compulsory Courses
The departmental compulsory courses are courses that are declared core by the department for students at various levels.
Programme Specific Compulsory Courses
These are compulsory courses specific to certain programmes
An elective course is a course which is freely chosen by the student within the context of the programme being pursued. The purpose of the elective course is to give the student the opportunity to construct a personal curriculum to meet personal, career or individual academic interests.
A cognate course is a course in a related field that facilitates, reinforces, or enriches learning within a chosen area of specialization.
An inter-faculty course is a course which a student takes outside his/her area(s) of specialization to broaden his/her academic outlook or enrich his/her general education. Such courses are taken outside the student’s faculty.
A pre-requisite course is a course which the student must pass before he/she can be allowed to take a higher-level or related course.
An audited course is a course which the student voluntarily takes for zero credit. The course appears on the student’s transcript but will not count towards the computation of GPA.
An elective subject is a subject, e.g. History, Geography or French, which a student is offered to read as per his/her admission letter (by virtue of his/her choice or entry background).