Program of Study

Introduction


The faculty offers general degree programmes of three academic year duration and special degree and extended degree programmes of four academic year duration. The academic programme is based on semester system. Generally, a semester consists of 15 weeks of academic activities.



Medium of Instruction


The medium of instruction at FAS shall be English.



Course Unit System


The degree programmes are conducted on a Course Unit System where each course is assigned credit values, a time based quantitative measure. A Credit is equivalent to 15 hours of lecture component, 30 - 45 hours of practical component, or both lecture and practical components with appropriate proportion. The credit weight of a course unit may vary.



Course Notation


The course units are denoted by an alphanumeric code. The code consists of 05 numerals prefixed by 03 letters. The first 02 letters refer the subject area of the course unit and the 3rd letter indicates type of course unit whether it is a main course for the general degree (M), a main course for the special degree (S), an elective course (E), a compulsory course (C) or an auxiliary course (A). The first numeral denotes the level, the second numeral denotes the semester, the third and fourth numerals indicate the number assigned to the course unit by the department of study and the fifth numeral indicates the credit value of the course unit referred.




The notation used for subjects are given below.

AS - Applied Statistics
BL - Biology
CH - Chemistry
CS - Computer Science
ES - Earth Science
MT - Mathematics I / Mathematics II
PH - Physics



Note: For special degree courses, the first two digits of the course code may change regardless of the definition mentioned above.


Degree Programmes


The faculty offers the following undergraduate degree programmes:


a. Bachelor of Science (General) Degree (3 Years)
b. Bachelor of Science Honors Degree (4 Years)
c. Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences Honors Degree (4 Years).



Details of Courses Offered And Possible Course Combinations Students Could Follow


The faculty offers the core science subjects i.e. Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics I & II and the applied science subjects of Computer Science, Applied Statistics and Earth Science at all three levels. In addition, Compulsory, Auxiliary and Elective Courses are also offered. The subjects and courses of different categories for the above mentioned degree programmes are given in tables and the conditions for selection of courses underneath for each level are given below.



Subjects/Courses of Level-I


Table 2.1: Subjects and courses offered in Level-I

A

B

C

D

E

Subjects

Subjects

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses

Auxiliary Courses

BL (8C)

MT I (8C)

CH (6C)

PH (6C)

CS (6C)

AS (6C)

ES (6C)

MT II (6C)

MTC 11011 (1C)

MTC 12021 (1C)

BLC 11011 (1C)

ENC 12021 (1C)

 

ASE 11012 (2C)

CSE 11021 (1C)

CSE 11031 (1C)

CSE 11042 (2C)

SME 12051 (1C)

 

ELA 11011 (1C)

ELA 12021 (1C)

 

Note: Figures within brackets indicate the credit values of the subject or course

A student in Level-I should select courses to the value of 29 to 31 credits (excluding auxiliary courses) fulfilling following conditions:
A student in Biological Science stream must follow BL from Column A and MTC 11011 and MTC 11021 from column C.

A student in Physical Science stream must follow MT-I from Column A and BLC 11011 and ENC 12021 from column C. (Note: Those who wish to follow a special degree course in Mathematics should also select MT II from column B)

Both Biological Science and Physical Science students can select any three subjects from column B and courses to the value of 1 to 3 credits from column D.

ASE 11012 course is offered only for students who do not follow Applied Statistics (AS) as a main subject.

All students should follow both courses in column E (2 credits).




Subjects/Courses of Level-II


Table 2.2: Subjects and courses offered in Level-II

X

Y

M

N

Subjects

Subjects

Elective Courses

Auxiliary Courses

     BS (9C)

     MT I (9C)

     CH (9C)

     PH (9C)

 

 

 

     CS (9C)

     AS (9C)

     ES (9C)

     MT II (9C)

 

 

 

MEE 21012 (2C)

CSE  21021 (1C)

CSE  21031 (1C)

BCE  22012 (2C)

TOE  22021 (1C)

ILE   22032 (2C)

WEE 22041 (1C)

ELA 21011 (1C)

ELA 22021 (1C)

SHA 22031 (1C)

Note: Figures within brackets indicate the credit values of the subject or course

A student in Level-II should select courses to the value of 30 to 31 credits (excluding auxiliary courses) fulfilling following conditions:

A student should follow 3 subjects (out of the four subjects followed in Level-I) one of which should be from column X and the other two subjects from either columns X or Y.

He/she should follow courses to the value of 3 to 4 credits from column M.

He/she should follow all courses in column N (3 credits).

Those who select MT II should also follow MT I.




Subjects/Courses of Level-III


Table 2.3: Subjects and courses offered in Level-III (General Degree)

X

Y

Z

M

N

Subjects

Subjects

Applied Courses

Elective Courses

Auxiliary Course

BS (9C)

MT I    (9C)

CH (9C)

PH (9C)

 

CS (9C)

AS (9C)

ES (9C)

MT II (9C)

 

Different Applied Courses (9C)

ECE  31012 (2C)

LTE 31021 (1C)

MGE 31032 (2C)

RME 31042 (2C)

PAE  32012 (2C)

BEE  32021 (1C)

PCE  32032 (2C)

HRE  32042 (2C)

 

CDA  31011 (1C)

 

Note: Figures within brackets indicate the credit values of the subject or course

A student in Level-III (General) degree should select courses to the value of 31 to 32 credits (excluding auxiliary courses) fulfilling following conditions:

A student may continue with the same subjects that he/she followed in level II

OR

A student may drop one subject that he/she followed in Level-II from column Y or X (if he/she offered two or more from column X) in Level II and can offer courses from column Z. (Note: Courses from column Z are prerequisite for the applied science honors degree programme regardless as explained above).

He/she also has to follow courses to the value of 4 to 5 credits from column M.

He/she should follow the course, CDA (Career Development) in column N.

Those who select MT II should also follow MT I.




Table 2.4: Subjects and courses offered in Level-III (Honors degree)

P

Q

M

N

General Courses in Subject of Specialization

Special Courses

 

Elective Course

 

Auxiliary Course

 

Level III general degree courses from the subject of specialization


(9 credits for subjects other than Mathematics /  18 credits for Mathematics)

Special courses from the subject of specialization


(18 credits for subjects other than Mathematics / 9 credits for Mathematics)

ECE 31012 (2C)

LTE  31021 (1C)

MGE 31032 (2C)

RME 31042 (2C)

PAE 32012 (2C)

BEE  32021 (1C)

PCE  32032 (2C)

HRE  32042 (2C)

 

Any other Courses available

CDA 31011


A student in Level-III Honors degree should select courses to the value of 31 to 32 credits (excluding auxiliary courses) fulfilling following conditions:

A student has to follow all general degree courses of the subject of specialization in level III (Column P)

He/she should follow all the special courses of the subject of specialization offered in Level III (Column Q).

He/she also has to follow courses to the value of 4 to 5 credits from column M.

He/she should follow the course, CDA (Career Development) in column N.

A student specializing in mathematics should have followed MT I and MT II in Levels I & II.




Subjects/Courses of Level-IV


Table 2.5: Subjects and courses offered in Level-IV (Honors degree)

Courses

Credit Total

Special courses from the subject of specialization.

30 C



Table 2.6: Subjects and courses offered in Level-IV (Applied Science Honors Degree)

Subject 1

Credit Total

Applied Courses and Industrial Training

Student must have obtained courses from column  Z  in the III in order to offer the degree programme

30 C



Course Requirements For Degree Programmes


2.7.1 Bachelor of Science (General Degree)


In order to earn a Bachelor of Science (General) degree, a student must complete a minimum of 90 credits excluding auxiliary courses in three academic levels as summarized in Table 2.7.


Table 2.7: Summary of credit requirements for general degree programme

Level

Number of credits

Level I

29 – 31

Level II

30 – 31

Level III

31 – 32

Total

90 – 94

Note: Elective courses can be used only to satisfy the minimum credit value requirement of 90 credits.



Bachelor of Science Honors Degree


Students are admitted to the Bachelor of Science Honors Degree Programmes at the beginning of the Level III. Students may specialize in a subject with strong commitment to a particular discipline and it allows a student to pursue an in-depth study of the subject area.

In order to earn a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credits excluding auxiliary courses in four academic levels as summarized in Table



Table 2.8: Summary of credit requirements for Honors Degree programmes

Level

Number of credits

Level I

29 – 31

Level II

30 – 31

Level III

31 – 32

Level IV

30

Total

120 – 124



Note: Elective courses can be used only to satisfy the minimum credit value requirement of 120 credits.



Some of the courses offered by the other departments may be considered as comparable to respective main course units and thus would be considered to make up the minimum number of credit requirement (72 credits) of subject of specialization. Students should consult the respective department of subject of specialization for that particular degree programme before selecting such electives courses.

Eligibility Requirements to Follow the Honors Degree Programme Students who have completed all courses in Level I and Level II may apply for selection to one or more special degree programmes, provided that they have met the selection criteria.

The minimum requirements to follow the honors degree programme are:

a. obtained a GPA of at least 2.50 from all credits.
b. obtained a GPA of at least 2.70 for all course units of the subject of specialization.

The number of students admitted to a particular honors degree programme will be limited and decided by the department of study depending on the resources available. In case there are more number of applicants, only the most eligible candidates will be selected based on the order of rank of their GPA and on the interview.



Revert or Withdrawal from the Honors Degree


If a student wants to revert to the general degree programme, he/she should do so before the commencement of Level IV. On the other hand, if the department of study finds that a student is unable to reach the expected standards, he/she will be requested to revert to a general degree programme.

Such a student would be eligible for the General degree if he/she has obtained the minimum requirements to be eligible for the General Degree as stipulated in the respective ‘undergraduate student guide’. In such cases the special course units followed will be considered as those from a principal subject.



Bachelor of Applied Sciences Honors Degree


Admission of students for this degree programme shall be made at the end of level III according to the eligibility criteria. In order to earn a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Honors Degree, a student must complete at least 120 credits in all four academic levels as summarized in Table 2.9



Table : 2.9Summary of credit requirements for Applied Sciences honors degree programme

Level

 Number of credits

Level I

29 – 31

Level II

30 – 31

Level III

31 – 32

Level IV

30

Total

120 – 124



Note: Elective courses can be used only to satisfy the minimum credit value requirement of 120 credits.

2.7.3.1 Eligibility Requirements to Follow the Applied Sciences Honors Degree Programme


The minimum requirements to follow the Applied Sciences honors degree programme are:
a. Should have completed all the requirements to award the general degree in three academic levels as stated in Section 2.7.1,

b. Should have obtained GPA of not less than 2.7.

Students selected for the Applied Science Honors Degree programme must be prepared to undertake an industrial training in any part of the island with the recommendation of the Faculty Board.



Removal or Withdrawal from Applied Science Honors Degree


If a student wants to withdraw from the Applied Sciences Honors Degree programme he/she may inform the Coordinator before the beginning of the second semester of level IV.



Maximum Period to Complete A Degree Programme


Student would be allowed a maximum period of five academic years to complete a three year general degree and six years for a honors or four year degree from the date of 1st registration, excluding periods of absence caused by medical or other valid reasons acceptable to the Faculty Board.



Sickness During the Academic Sessions


If a student falls sick during the academic session, he/she or his/her guardian should inform this to the faculty registrar within a period of 48 hours in writing. This information should be confirmed within a period of two weeks with a valid medical supporting document.

However, in a semester, if a student is unable to attend continuously for 8 academic weeks, the student is deemed to be withdrawn from the particular academic year and need to commence his/her studies from the next academic year in which semester he/she stopped in the previous year.