Educational System


Educational System

The credit hours system is applied to all academic programs, except for the Medicine program, which depends on the integrated program. The Reference Framework for Programs preparation highlights the correlation between the three systems (Semesters- Credit Hours- European System). Programs are designed according to the SWL (Student Workload) 

 

Studying under the Credit Hours System

English is the Official Language of Instruction and the list of each program sets out a way to make sure the student is fluent in English. Textbooks, exercises, and exams are all in English.

 

All Programs follow the Credit Hours system, one credit hour is equivalent to the contact hours as follows: 

 

  • Hour weekly lecture for one semester (15 Weeks) 
  • Two Hours Assignments for one semester (15 weeks) 
  • Three Hours Lab for One semester (15 weeks) 

 

One contact hour is divided to 50 minutes actual tutoring and 10 minutes break

 

  • Each course and program in this list is standardized according to  the European System for The Transfer and Aggregation of Approved Hours (ECTS) which is used to establish a descriptive value of the requirement expressed in terms of student workload (SWL) and is defined as "the number of working hours normally required to complete learning activities in the course modules in order to achieve their expected educational results."

 

The total student workload consists of two components: 

  • Regular student workload, which is the specific contact hours of for the course. 
  • Irregular student workload, which is the time a student spends on their own self-study, completing course assignments, and preparing for all types of examinations, such as evaluation workload. 
  • One ECTS unit is equivalent to 25 hours of the student's total working hours. 
  • Each 15-week academic class must match 30 ECTS units. 
  • As an agreed requirement, the total student workload needs to be 750 hours per semester, or about 50 hours of the total student workload per week.

 

  • Expected values for each semester: 
  • 16 to 19 credit hours. 
  • 25 to 28 hours of contact hours per week for 15 weeks. 
  • 750 hours total student workload. 
  • In the range of 30 ECTS units 
  • The distribution of course grades is left to the curriculum designer for decision. This depends on the nature of the course, as some courses are theoretical; Thus, more grades can be given for examinations, while some courses are more practical; Therefore, more grades can be allocated to projects, exercises and laboratories.

Educational Levels 

Whenever the student completes 20% to 25% of the program requirements, it is moved from one level to the next level. Some programs may require 5 levels instead of 4 depending on the nature and duration of the study.

 

Student Status

Study level

Freshman

0

Sophomore

1

Junior

2

Senior-1

3

Senior-2

4

Semesters and Students’ Registration  

  • The academic year consists of three semesters: 
  • The first main semester (autumn): starts on Saturday of the third week of September where it lasts for 15 weeks of teaching followed by 3 weeks of exams and the courses are registered within three weeks before the beginning of the semester 
  • The second main semester (spring): starts on February and lasts for 15 weeks followed by 3 weeks of exams. Courses are recorded within one week before the beginning of the semester.
  • Summer semester: Starts in late June or early July and lasts for 7 weeks followed by one week of exams. Courses are registered within a week before the beginning of the semester.
  • The registration of courses is not finalized until after the approval of the academic advisor and the approval of the program coordinator. 
  • New students enroll in programs throughout the year throughout the first main semester (autumn) and the second main semester (spring), after meeting all the requirements of the programs and paying the enrollment fees, according to the student's condition.
  • Registration in the summer semester is optional.

 

Duration of the Study varies according to programs’ requirements.

  • The minimum duration of the study is based on the duration of the study in the program and ensure that all graduation requirements are met. 

 

  • The maximum duration of the study is twice the number of classes scheduled for study, which does not include on hold semesters for reasons acceptable to the university, after which the student is dismissed from the university.

 

Requirements for Registering Courses 

 

  • The student can register for courses in the main semesters with a total of about 16 credit hours per semester.
  • The total number of credit hours may be increased to a maximum in accordance with the following rules and with the approval of the academic supervisor as follows: 
    • Up to 21 credit hours, for a student with a cumulative total greater than or equal to 3.00.
    • Up to 21 credit hours, for a student with a cumulative total greater than or equal to 3.00.
    • Up to 18 credit hours, for a student with a cumulative total greater than or equal to 2.00, but less than 3.00.
    • A student with a quarterly cumulative group of less than 2.00, must reduce the number of hours approved in the next semester is given a warning) and may not exceed 14 credit hours.
    • The student can register courses in the summer semester up to 6 credit hours or two courses, whichever is greater, and after the approval of the academic guide. 
    • The student can register one additional course on the above limits if this will lead to his graduation, after the approval of the academic guide, provided that this course is on the table of his program.
    • Late registration of courses is not considered final unless there are vacancies, and the student must abide by the recommendations of the Academic Affairs Council approved by the University Council on this subject. 
    • Students studying non-academic degrees are allowed to register courses provided they pay the tuition fees for these courses. The student receives a statement of the courses he has studied and the grades obtained in them, in accordance with these regulations.
    • Students studying for the degree and the student with a non-academic degree can register as listeners in some courses provided that there are vacancies in these courses, after paying the applicable academic service fees. Students registered as listeners are not allowed to take the final exam of the course.

Bachelor Degree Requirements 

  • To obtain a degree, the student must complete the credit hours successfully in a program in accordance with the conditions stipulated, provided that you receive a cumulative rate of at least 2.00 upon graduation.
  • The student must succeed in all courses that have (0) credit hours in his program.
  • The graduation project is an essential part of graduation requirements in some programs. The graduation project can be completed over two consecutive semesters, in accordance with the requirements of the program, and the student will not graduate unless the project's success requirements are met. The student must have successfully passed a specified number of credit hours in order to be able to register for the graduation project. If the project is divided into two semesters, the student must study them according to their arrangement. 
  • The student must conduct field training during the period of his studies and for the specified period if it is one of the requirements for obtaining a degree in the program. 
  • The student can study a number of courses at another university that has a cooperation agreement with the university on the transfer of credit hours. This requires prior approval from the University. The hours approved for these courses are included in the student's graduation requirements, provided that the number of credit hours approved for these courses does not exceed half the number of hours required to obtain the degree in the program. 

Field Training

 

  • The student must conduct field training in accordance with the article set out in the program regulations, and take place in an industrial or service facility related to the student program and the training must be under the full supervision of the concerned department. It is also possible to conduct in-university training in a similar environment. Training is carried out in accordance with the following rules:
    • The academic guide appointed by the program’s steering committee oversees the follow-up to field training. 
    • the contact person of the company that is training the student must be specified 
    • The student must submit a report to his academic advisor at the end of the training period.
    • The company that trains the student should provide the academic advisor with a form to evaluate the training performed by the student at the end of the training period.
    • Field training is divided into equal durations at the end of the first, second and third levels (which can also be at the fourth level during the semester) 
    • Field training is evaluated on a successful/failed basis and does not fall into the cumulative rate calculation. 
    • The student must pay the fees for supervising field training equivalent to the fee of two credit hours, if applicable, and each academic year during which the student is trained. 

 

Add / Drop Courses

 

  • The student can add a course in the first week of the main semesters, or in the first three days of the summer semester.
  • The student can drop the courses registered with the corresponding tuition fee refund, if any, until the end of the second week of the main semester, or the end of the first week of the summer semester.
  • Adding or dropping courses should not result in a violation of the minimum or maximum number of credit hours recorded per semester.

 

Courses Withdrawal

 

  • Students can withdraw of any course they have enrolled in during the first 10 weeks of the main semester or during the first five weeks of the summer semester.
  • The student does not fail in the course from which he withdraws, his tape is that the withdrawal request is completed and approved within the specified time period.
  • The student receives a W grade for the withdrawal course and is allowed to register this course (full attendance and performance of all activities including examinations) in subsequent classrooms.
  • For the elective course, the student is allowed to change it in subsequent classes if he or she fails to pass or withdraws from it. This is subject to the approval of the academic advisor and the requirements of his program.
  • For students who do not receive a scholarship, tuition fees for the course withdrawn will not be refunded. The next time a student registers this course, he or she has to pay the full tuition fees for this course. The student, who withdraws from a full semester without enrolling any courses, must pay the minimum tuition fee equivalent to the 12-hour fee.
  • For students who have received a scholarship, these credit hours will be deducted from their scholarship and will be entitled to register this course free of charge only once.

Uncomplete Courses 

  • If the student does not attend the final exam of the course in a semester with an excuse accepted by the Academic Affairs Council and approved by the University Council, the course is considered incomplete.
  • The student receives an I grade in the unfinished course, so that the exam is conducted in this course. If the student does not take the final exam at the next time available for this course, he or she will receive an F grade in the course. And the estimate I) will not be included in the calculation of the student's GPA.
  • The student will take the exam on the next time available for the examination, after paying the re-examination fee, which is equivalent to the one-hour credit fee, if applicable. The grades of this final exam are added to the grades of the semester work in order to calculate the overall appreciation of this course.

 

Courses Evaluation

  • The grades of each course are distributed as a percentage of the overall grades of the course, and these degrees are divided into the grades of the student's activities, the grades of the mid-term examination, the practical exam grades, and the grades of the final exam."
  • The student must attend at least 75% of the total hours of contact for the course in order to be allowed to attend the final exam of the course. 
  • In order for the student to pass a course, the minimum score he must receive in the final exam is 30% of the total grades of the final exam, otherwise the student will fail in this course regardless of the total grades he has received in this course and will receive an F grade) and this item does not apply to courses where there is no final exam.
  • The student fails in the course if he or she receives an F rating of less than 60% of the course grades or is denied the final exam due to exceeding the absence or fraud rate... Etc., or did not attend the final exam without providing an excuse accepted by the program coordinator and approved by the Council of Academic Affairs.
  • Courses that have (0) credit hours in which the grade is failed or successful. Where the student receives an estimate but does not enter into the calculation of the cumulative rate. In passing these courses, the student must get more than 60% of the course marks

Courses Grading System 

  • The GPA for each course is calculated on the basis of the grades received by the student during his studies (assignments - mid-term exam - practical exam - final exam). The following table shows how the GPA is calculated through the grades obtained, where the student must obtain the minimum grade D passing the course which is used to calculate the student's GPA).

 

Point

Grade

 

Marks% collected

4.0

 

A+

 

More than 97%

A

 

93% to less than 97%

3.7

A-

 

89% to less than 93%

3.3

B+

 

84% to less than 89%

3.0

B

 

80% to less than 84%

2.7

B-

 

76% to less than 80%

2.3

C+

 

73% to less than 76%

2.0

C

 

70% to less than 73%

1.7

C-

 

67% to less than 70%

1.3

D+

 

64% to less than 67%

1.0

D

 

60% to less than 64%

0.0

F

 

Less than 60%

 

  • For other courses in which the student registers as a listener, or is only required to pass the course (courses with zero credit hours, courses not included in the GPA ( the course estimates will be as follows: 

 

Explanation

Grade

Listener (Audit)

AU

Pass

P

Fail

F

Withdrawn

W

Incomplete

I

 

Retaking Courses 

The student can retake a course of study and an exam with the aim of improving if his or her assessment in this course meets the minimum pass requirement, in accordance with the following rules:

  • The student receives the highest grade in the course after the retake. This estimate will be calculated in the student's GPA, provided that the retake appears on the student's certificate. 
  • The maximum number of times a student can repeat it for improvement is five times during the course sought, except for courses that are improved in order to get out of the academic warning or meet graduation requirements.
  • The student must pay the full tuition for the credit hours corresponding to the courses in which the courses are optimized.
  • If the student failed in a course (he received an F grade), this course should be returned (full attendance and performance of all activities including exams), in accordance with the following rules:
  • The maximum grade for a retaken course is +B.
  • The student receives the course rating after the retake, which will be calculated in the student's GPA, provided that the retake appears in the student's certificate.
  • The student must pay the full tuition for the credit hours corresponding to the returned courses.
  • If the student returns a course, he or she is required to re-evaluate the course until it is fully re-evaluated. The course grade is recalculated.

 Dismissal or Academic Probation

  • The student receives an academic warning if his GPA in any major semester is less than 2.00.
  • The student is dismissed from university if he or she has a quarterly gpa of less than 2.00 in six consecutive semesters, except for the summer semesters. If the student GPA exceeds 2.00 in any semester, including the summer, the number of consecutive academic warnings is recalculated.
  • The student is dismissed from the study if he does not meet the graduation requirements during the maximum period of study, which is limited to twice the years of study in the program. 
  • A student who is being dismissed from school because he is unable to raise the GPA to at least 2.00, will have an additional and final opportunity to register for two consecutive major semesters in addition to the summer to raise his GPA rate to at least 2.00 and achieve graduation requirements, provided that he has successfully completed at least 80% of the total number of hours required for graduation and that the student has a chance to raise his GPA rate to at least 2.00. 

 GPA Calculation 

  • The course points achieved by the student are calculated as the number of credit hours for this course multiplied by the score points according to article (12).
  • The total points achieved by the student in any semester are calculated as the total points of courses passed by the student in this semester.
  • The cumulative rate of the student at the end of any semester is calculated as the total points achieved by the student in all the courses studied divided by the total number of hours adopted for these courses, taking into account the rules regarding the re-improvement of the courses.
Cumulative GPA = ∑   Courses  Grade Points* Credit Hours / ∑ Courses Credit Hours

The average score in the semester is calculated as the total points achieved by the student in the courses in this semester divided by the total number of credit hours for these courses.

  • The Cumulative GPA is the gpa at graduation, after passing all graduation requirements. A student can only obtain a bachelor's degree if he achieves a gpa of at least 2.00.
  • The order of graduates is determined by the cumulative graduation gpa. in the case of parity in the cumulative gpa and is arranged according to the cumulative total of grades.
  • The student's certificate must include all courses that have been registered during the course, including courses in which they have failed, withdrawn or improved.

Honors 

In order to obtain honors, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a cumulative rate of 3.3 during his study period in the program.
  • He must not have failed in any course during his studies in the program.
  • No disciplinary actions have been imposed during his studies at the university.

 

Minimum Number of Students for active courses

  • The minimum number of students required to open a course is 10 students, or 75% of the number of students enrolled at this level of the program, whichever is lower.
  • The minimum number of students required to open an optional course is 5 students or 25% of the number of students at this level of the program, whichever is lower. 
  • The opening of courses depends on the availability of teaching staff and the allocation of the necessary means.
  • The program coordinator may grant exceptions to these limits if necessary with the approval of the university administration. 

Academic Advising 

Each student is assigned an academic guide who follows the student and helps him choose the courses in each semester.

There can be more than one academic guide in the program depending on the number of students enrolled in the program.

The academic guide is responsible for:

  • Help the student choose his academic course as well as in choosing courses in each semester.
  • Help the student in the selection of field training.
  • Help the student in the selection of specialization and graduation project.
  • The academic advisor may ask the student to return courses in which the student has already succeeded or to be asked to enroll in additional courses, in order to raise the GPA required for graduation.

 

Regarding Requests

 

  • The student can apply for a review of the course grades within a week of the result's announcement, after the payment of the prescribed fees. 
  • In the case of a general complaint of a course, the relevant committee will review the grades of the students and decide on the grades of the course. 

 


Students Transfer from Credit Hours and Semester based Systems

 

  • It is permitted to transfer students from one program to another that operates in the semester system to any of the programs included in this list and accordance with the university and program admission regulations. 
  • The courses that the student has already passed in the semester program and the equivalent courses are cleared in the programs available in these regulations.
  • The following table is used to calculate equivalent grades when the student is converted from the semester to the credit hours system.

 

To

Credit –Hour System

Form

Semester Based System

    

Grade

Points

Equivalent Percentage

A+

4.0

More than 95%

A

90% to less than 95%

A-

3.7

85% to less than 90%

B+

3.3

80% to less than 85%

B

3.0

75% to less than 80%

B-

2.7

71% to less than 75%

C+

2.3

68% to less than 71%

C

2.0

65% to less than 68%

General Provisions

Anything not included in this document, should be presented to the program coordinator in preparation for presentation to the Council of Academic Affairs to make the appropriate recommendation, and then this recommendation is submitted to the University Council for approval.