For the award of a Bachelors Degree from 100L, you must obtain a minimum TCE of 120-credit units depending on your programme in a minimum of eight (8) semesters , (4years) or maximum of sixteen (16) semesters (8years), excluding the General Studies (GST) Courses.

For direct entry, students must obtain a minimum TCE of 90-credit units depending on your programme, a minimum of six (6) semesters (3 years) or maximum of twelve (12) semesters (6 years), excluding the General Studies (GST) Courses.

Please Note:

 (1) The maximum semesters starts counting from the year you were admitted, if you abandon your studies for too many semesters, you may not be awarded a degree certificate.

(2) Students are required to pass at least one elective course in a semester. They must also pass 18 CU (credit units) of GST Courses as specified by the Senate.

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  • Course: A course is a major content segment comprising topics in a particular subject. At NOUN, multiple of courses that make up a programme of study leading to a degree qualification.

  • Course Code: This should be understood to mean a ‘quantitative system of organization of the curriculum in which subject areas are broken down into unit courses which are examinable and for which students earn credit(s) if passed’.

The courses are arranged in progressive order of difficulty or in levels of academic progress, e.g. Level 1 or year 1 courses are 101, 102 etc. and Level II or Year II courses are 201, 202 etc. The National Open University of Nigeria also has a policy of odd number representing first semester and even number representing second semester.

  • Course Credit : A Credit is the unit of measurement for a course. At NOUN, 1 credit unit is estimated to be the equivalent of 7 study units. A 1 credit unit course is estimated to take 30 study hours to complete and is broken down as follows:

Study time- 21 hours, TMA-3 hours, and Facilitation-6 hours.

  • Semester: A Semester is an academic period of twelve weeks, excluding examination period. NOUN offers two semesters of study per year: January to March and July to September.

  • Core/Compulsory Course: A course which every student must compulsorily take and pass in any particular programme at a particular level of study.

  • Elective Course: A course that you take within or outside the faculty. You may graduate without passing the course provided the minimum credit unit for the course had been attained.

  • Programme/Discipline: A programme comprise of prescribed courses offered at different levels of study. It also refers to a particular field of study made up of courses e.g. Bachelors programme in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. At NOUN, a programme of study leading to a degree qualification is made up of general, compulsory and elective courses.

  • Tutor Marked Assignment(TMA): is an electronic form of assessment conducted to ascertain the level of students academic performances. It carries 30 marks broken into three parts (TMA 1-3), each part carries 10 marks. You’re expected to submit the three TMAs in order to qualify for examination. – You can get help with your TMA here.

  • Pen on Paper(POP): is a form of examination conducted for students from third year (300L) and above. The write on paper using pen/biro. It’s totally offline examination.

  • E-Exams / Computer Based Examinations: is an electronic form of examination comprising of Objectives and Subjectives. It’s conducted for students from first year (100L) to second year (200L).

  • Carryover: When you fail a course, that’s when you score below 40, it’s called carryover course and you’ll be required to rewrite and pass such course in order to qualify for graduation.

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