SCHOOL RULES AND  REGULATIONS

In order to become eligible for admission to a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree of the Copperbelt University in the School of Natural Resources, a candidate:

  • Must first satisfy the general entrance requirements of the Copperbelt University.
  • Must satisfy the specific requirements for admission to the School of Natural Resources as given in the school handbook.
  • Be selected for such a programme of study and it must be emphasized that admission to the School of Natural Resources is by selection and that possession of the minimum entrance requirements is not of itself a guarantee of acceptance.

Bachelor of Science Degrees in Wildlife Management and Fisheries and Aquaculture.

 

To qualify for admission to the above mentioned degrees, a candidate must obtain credits in at least five subjects in the Zambian School Certificate or its equivalent as follows:

Schedule A: Compulsory Subjects

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Biology or Agricultural Science

Schedule B: Any one (1) or two (2) from the following:

 

Physics, Chemistry, Science, Physical Science and Geography

Schedule C: Any one other subject

Bachelor of Science Degrees in Wood Science and Technology and Bioenergy Science

 

Ordinary Level Certificate

To qualify for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Bioenergy Science or Wood Science and Technology, a candidate must obtain credits in at least five (05) subjects in the Zambian School certificate or its equivalent as follows:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics or Advance Mathematics
  • Any two (02) or three (03) from the following:

Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science or Science, Biology/ Agricultural Science or Botany

  1. Any one subject from:

Geometrical and Mechanical / Technical Drawing, Woodwork

 

Advanced Level Certificate

For a candidate in this category to qualify for admission, he/ she must obtain at least a pass in Mathematics and any one other subject at A level. In addition, the candidate must have proven ability to communicate in the English language both written and spoken- preferably a credit in the English language at “O” level.

Special Cases

For a candidate in this category to qualify for admission, he/ she must:

  1. Possess a Diploma (second class and above or equivalent) in other related disciplines from recognized institutions and have at least credits in English, Mathematics and any other three (03) subjects in the Zambian School certificate or its equivalent.

Ordinary Level Certificate School leavers are admitted at first year while A level certificate and Diploma holders are admitted in the second year of study.

  1. Bachelor of Science degrees in Agroforestry, Forestry, Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Climate Change and Plant and Environmental Sciences.

     

    To qualify for admission to the above mentioned degrees, a candidate must obtain credits in at least five subjects in the Zambian School Certificate or its equivalent as follows:

    Schedule A: Compulsory Subjects

    1. English
    2. Mathematics
    3. Biology or Agricultural Science

    Schedule B: Any one (1) or two (2) from the following:

     

    Physics, Chemistry, Science, Physical Science and Geography

    Schedule C: Any one other subject

For diploma holders, he or she should possess a diploma related to the field of study being applied for. In addition he or she should possess passes in at least five subjects in the Zambia School Certificate or equivalent. The subjects indicated are the same as those in the case of school leavers.

The Bachelor’s Degree shall be classified as Distinction, Merit, Credit or Pass.

Conferment of Degree

  1. To be eligible for the award of a degree offered in the School of Natural Resources a student must complete all prescribed courses in the Program.

  1. No candidate is entitled to describe himself/herself as holding a degree of Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Agroforestry, Bachelor of Science in Plant and Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management, Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Technology or Bachelor of Science in Bioenergy Science granted by the Copperbelt University unless the qualification has been awarded either in person or in absentia at a convocation in a general resolution of the Senate of the Copperbelt University.
  1. All courses are examinable at the end of the academic year; however, half courses may be examined earlier.
  2. The pass mark shall be 50{d109a564b5af1069e15ea8bc524cfa1dbeb8a016430020a6fc53ea8abd8ad77b} (C) for all University examinations, written and/or practical.
  • There shall be no compensation of marks scored in one paper for another.
  1. An aegrotat pass may be awarded in special circumstances by the Board of Examiners.

The assessment of students in a course shall consist of (a) Continuous Assessment, and (b) Final Sessional Examination (Written or presented at a Seminar).

Continuous Assessment shall be 40{d109a564b5af1069e15ea8bc524cfa1dbeb8a016430020a6fc53ea8abd8ad77b} of the total assessment, whilst the Final Sessional Examination shall be 60{d109a564b5af1069e15ea8bc524cfa1dbeb8a016430020a6fc53ea8abd8ad77b} of the total assessment for the academic year.

Continuous Assessment shall consist of assignments, class exercises, projects and tests and any other work as may be assigned by the Lecturer.  There shall be a minimum of at least two assessments in each term.

A student will be required to write final examinations, in addition to continuous assessments, as an important progression criterion.

A student who fails or does not have any Continuous Assessment marks shall be prevented from taking the Sessional Examinations.

  1. The School of Natural Resources attaches great importance to practical training particularly field practical training as essential requirement of the degree programmes.
  2. The assessments of the field practical training shall be carried out by lecturers concerned on pass or fail basis.

A pass for each practical training programme is required before a student is allowed to proceed to the subsequent year or to graduate in the case of a final

For a four (4) year Degree programme, a student may be allowed to extend to a maximum of six (6) years of his/her duration of study, where circumstances do not permit completion of the programme within 4 years.

For the purpose of computing the maximum period for a course of study, the years in which a candidate withdrew from studies with permission shall not be counted.

In assessing the performance of a candidate in a course, the following marking scheme shall be used to grade all work:-

Literal Numerical {d109a564b5af1069e15ea8bc524cfa1dbeb8a016430020a6fc53ea8abd8ad77b} Description  
A+ 86 and above Distinction
A 76-85 Distinction
B+ 68-75 Meritorious
B 62-67 Very Satisfactory
C+ 56-61 Definite Pass
C 50-55 Bare Pass
D+ 40-49 Bare Fail
D 0-39

Fail

 
These are general university examination regulations for the Copperbelt University as presented in Section 1.4.3 - General Academic Regulations. These are applicable to all degree programmes in the School of Natural Resources.

A course is defined as one academic year’s study of a subject in accordance with a syllabus prescribed by the Board of Studies. A contact hour is the equivalent of one lecture hour or one practical hour appearing on the time table. Time allocated for field practical training does not contribute to this definition except for Special Project and the Forest Management Plan. The course number is a three digit figure. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is taken.

A Full Course is one which is taught for more than three (3) contact hours per week through out the academic year and a Half Course is one that is taught for less than tree (3) hours per week and may be offered for half an academic year.