• To proceed to the next year of study, a candidate must pass ALL the courses taken during the academic year of study.
  • The Board of Examiners may permit a candidate who has failed in no more than one course to proceed and repeat the failed course along with the full load for the subsequent year; except where the failed course is a pre-requisite to a higher course in which case the candidate shall not be allowed to take a higher course for which a failed course is a prerequisite.
  • To complete a programme of study a candidate shall:
  • Perform to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies such prescribed practical, written and other course work as shall be required;
  • Obtain an overall pass grade in all the courses.

Continuous Assessment

  • The assessment of students in a course consists of continuous assessment and the final examination. The continuous assessment and the final examination are weighed as 40/60 for both diploma programmes and degree programmes.
  • The continuous assessment consists of tests, assignments, laboratory work, projects and any other work that maybe assigned by a Lecturer.
  • The continuous assessment consists of at least two assessments in each term.
  • A student who fails to satisfy the requirements for continuous assessment shall not be allowed to sit for the sessional examinations.

3rd Grading System

In assessing the performance of a candidate in a course the examiners shall:

  1. Take into consideration the work done by the candidate during the year along with performance in the examination;
  2. Give due weight to a report on practical work done by the candidate, wherever these are required;
  3. Where oral work is required for a course or subject, unless otherwise provided, a pass in it shall be necessary.

The following grading scheme shall be applied for both DEGREE and DIPLOMA:

There shall be grade codes as set out below:

                                                A+           Distinction

                                                 A            Distinction

                                                 B+          Meritorious

                                                 B            Very Satisfactory

                                                 C+          Clear Pass

                                                 C            Bare Pass

                                                 D+          Bare Fail

                                                 D            Fail

                                                 F            Fail in Practical/Industrial Attachment

                                                 P            Pass in a Practical/Industrial Attachment

 NE         No examination taken

                                                 LT          Left without permission

                                                DQ          Disqualified

                                                 WP        Withdrawal with permission

 P            Compensatory Pass

 EX          Exempted

 DEF       Deferred

 FCA       Failed in Continuous Assessment

 NAT       Insufficient Class Attendance

 PC         Proceed and Carry

 PR         Proceed and Repeat

 PCR      Proceed and Carry and Repeat

Classification of Degrees

The degree of Bachelor of Engineering/ Science is classified as DistinctionMeritCredit, or Pass. To calculate the degree classification the following shall be applied starting from Third to Fifth year of study for the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences:


The points for classification of the degree shall be as follows:

53 and aboveDistinction
38 – 52.5Merit
23 – 37.5Credit
0 – 22.5Pass

Repeat Course


  • No person is entitled to describe himself as holding a degree or diploma granted by the University unless the qualification has been awarded either in person or in absentia at convocation in a general resolution of the Senate.
  • A student who wishes a qualification to be awarded must make application for the award on the form prescribed from time to time under the authority of the Senate whether it is desired that the degree or diploma be awarded in person or in absentia.
  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Regulation, a degree may be awarded posthumously within the twelve months after a person has fulfilled the conditions prescribed for admission to the degree.


Each course, which a student may take, bears a subject symbol and a course number.

Subject Symbol           Subject/field

EN                               Environmental Engineering

CE                               Chemical Engineering

MI                                Mining Engineering

MT                               Metallurgical Engineering

GE                               Geomatics Engineering

GM                               Mining & Exploration Geology

The course number is a three-digit figure. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is normally taken. The second digit indicates the place of the course within a series offered at the level. The third digit indicates whether the course is a full course (a zero ‘0’ at the end) or a half-course (any number from ‘1-9’).

Prerequisites and Co- requisites

A prerequisite is a course, which must have been passed before a student is permitted to register for a next course. A co-requisite is a course, which must be taken concurrently with the course for which it is the co-requisites (unless it has been passed previously).The Head of Department may, at his discretion, waive prerequisites or co-requisites for any course offered by his/her Department, for all students or particular students.

Deferred Examination

  1. A candidate, who through illness or other reasonable cause is unable to present himself/herself for an examination, sessional or otherwise, may make an application to the School for the consideration of his/her case. Such application shall be forwarded to the Dean of School before commencement of Sessional examinations.
  2. The Dean of the School after consideration of any application may permit the applicant to present himself/herself at a deferred examination. The results of a deferred examination shall be treated in a similar manner as those obtained at scheduled sessional examinations.

Note: Misreading the examination time-table and pressure of work shall not be considered reasonable cause. The said unwritten examination shall be written at the deferred examinations.


  1. A student who has failed in four or more courses in one academic year shall be excluded from School.
  2. A student who has failed a repeat course(s) while on Part-Time shall be excluded from School.
  3. A student who without permission of the Board of Studies fails to sit for examinations in any academic year shall be excluded from School.