Grading System

COMPUTATION OF THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) AND THE CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE (CGPA)

Students must understand and be familiar with certain terms and terminologies before going into the actual computations of GPA and CGPA. These terms are as defined below:

  • Student Workload: This is defined in terms of course units. One unit represents one hour of lecture or one hour of tutorial, or 2-4 hours of practical work per week throughout a semester. Thus for example, a course in which there are two hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week is a 3-unit course.
  • Total Load Units (TLU): This is the total number of course units that a student is doing in a particular semester. It is the summation of the Load Units on all courses carried during the semester.
  • Cumulative Load Unit (CLU): This is the summation of Total Load Units over all the semester from the beginning to date.
  • Level of Performance Rating: This is the rating of grades obtained in a course in terms of credit points per Load Unit. The rating used is as follows:
Level of Performance                         Rating(Credit Point/Unit)
70-100%   A5
60-69%      B4
50-59%                                                 C3
45-49%            D2
40-44%     E1
0-39% F0
Performance Rating

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Based on the table above, a student who obtained a grade of ‘B’ in a 3-unit course will score 12 credit points.

  • Total Credit Point (TCP): This is the sum of the products of units and rating in each course, for the entire semester.
  • Cumulative Credit Point (CCP): This is the summation of Total Credit Points over all the semesters from the beginning to date.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): This is the Total Credit Point (TCP) divided by the Total Load Units (TLU). The highest obtainable GPA is 5.0. This is possible only if a student obtains a grade of ‘A’ in all the courses during the semester.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): This is the summation of Total Credit Points (TCP) for all semesters divided by the summation of Total Load Units (TLU) for the said semester.
SAMPLE COMPUTATION OF GPA AND CGPA

Let us consider the results obtained by a student of Agricultural Engineering Department during her first year in the University

Semester1

Course codeUnitsGrade PointCredit Point
BIO 1013A15
BIO 1031C  3
CHM 1014A20
CHM 1911A  5
FAA 1012D  4
GNS 1012A10
LIB 1010C  0
MTH 1015B20
PHY 1014F  0
PHY 1031C  3
2380

Total Load Unit (TLU)     = 23

Total Credit Points (TCP) = 80

Grade Point Average (GPA) = 80/23 = 3.48

Semester2

Course CodeUnitsGradeCredit Point
BIO 1023C  9
BIO 1041D  2
CHM 1024B16
CHM 1921A  5
CSE 1001A  5
GNS 1022B  8
GNS 1042B  8
MTH 1025A25
PHY 1024E  4
PHY 1041B  4
2486

TLU          = 24

TCP           = 86

GPA          = 86/24    = 3.58

Now,

CCP           = 80 + 86         = 166

CLU          = 23 + 24         = 47

CGPA = CCP/CLU = 166/47   = 3.53 

The student in the above example is going to repeat PHY 101

Students are advised to always consult their level advisor(s) before registering for courses, and on other academic matters that they want to know about.

FINAL ASSESSMENT AND CLASS OF DEGREE

A candidate who has satisfactorily completed all the requirements for the degree with a CGPA of not less than 1.50 may be awarded an Honours degree as follow:

     Class                                       CGPA

First Class                               4.50 and above

Second class upper                 3.50 – 4.49

Second class lower                 2.40 – 3.49

Third class                              1.50 – 2.39

A candidate who does not reach a CGPA of 1.50 but whose CGPA is not less than1.00 at the end of the entire programme may be awarded a Pass Degree (i.e. without Honours)