Course Credit System and Course Classification in Library and Information Science, IMSU
Course Credit System
- Teaching in the university is by the course credit system. This is understood to mean quantitative system of organization of the curriculum in which subjects areas are broken down into unit courses which are examinable, and for which students earn credit(s) if passed . The courses are arranged in a progressive order of academic progress, for example; level one or year one courses are designated 100 Level e.g. LBS 101, LBS 102, LBS 103, LBS 104, etc, and level two or year two courses are designated 200 Level e.g. LBS 211, LBS 212, LBS 223, LBS 235, etc. The following guidelines, rules and regulations apply to course credit system. The numbering of courses enables students to immediately know those courses offered during the first or the second semester as well as courses taken in various years. For emphasis, First Semester course codes are not divisible by two (2) while second semester ones can be divided by 2 without remainder.
- Each course shall last for one semester and performance in the course shall be examined or assessed at the end of the semester in which the course is taken
- Courses are assigned weight called credits units. Two credit unit shall mean two hours of lecture or tutorial per week. For other forms of teaching requiring students-teacher contact, the following equivalents may apply.
- Two hours of seminar
- Three hours of laboratory or field work.
- Structured practical’s/practicum
- Industrial attachment.
Courses are classified as follows;
- Compulsory courses are core course within the discipline that must be taken and passed at a grade not below ‘E’
- Pre-requisite courses are courses which must be taken and passed before a student can register for more advanced coures. For instance, LBS 2121 – cataloguing and classification I must be passed before LBS 311 – cataloguing and classification II, etc.
- Elective courses are courses within or outside the discipline from which students may select and pass a number of courses for the purpose of fulfilling the minimum requirement for the award of a degree.
- General studies (GST) courses are University-wide courses that must be taken and passed by every undergraduate student in the university, irrespective of discipline.