The Academic System of City University comprises Programs, Courses, Credit hours, Semesters, Continuous Evaluation and Alphabetical Grading. Each component is described below.
At present, the following programs are offered:
- Graduate programs.
The curriculum of the respective program provides a list of courses and other details.
Each program consists of a number of courses. For example, BBA Program consists of 42 courses but CSE program consists of 62 courses. Each course is identified by a course number and course title.
Each course carries certain weights indicated by credit hours. Courses may carry different credit hours. A course may be of 1 credit hour, 2 credit hours, 3 credit hours or even 4 credit hours. For example, CSE 417 is a 3 credit hours course and CSE 498 carries 4 credit hours. Most courses in City University are however of three credit hours.
In addition to lecture classes, a course may have tutorial/workshop sessions or laboratory course/sessional. A Tutorial or Workshop is for facilitating the learning of the students by practicing through working out exercises, solving problems, showing application of the concepts and theories etc. Such a session for a course usually has a 90 minutes contact every week or every alternate week (depending upon the need) and does not carry additional credit hours. However, a Lab course or Sessional carries additional credit hours – usually 1.5 credit and has at least 90 minutes contact every week depending upon the nature of the course. For example, CSE 163 Programming (C) – a 3 credit hours theory course – is followed by 1.5 credit hour course CSE 164 Programming (C) Sessional.
The academic year of City University comprises three semesters:
- Spring Semester: January – March
- Summer Semester: May – July
- Fall Semester: September- November
The duration of each semester is 15 weeks – 13 weeks for classes and 2 weeks for midterm examinations, recess and final examinations. An additional week is needed for script examination and grading, and for processing and publication of results.
For only Department of Mechanical Engineering & Department of Pharmacy academic year of City University comprises two semesters.
- Spring Semester: January – June
- Fall Semester: July – December
The performance of the students is measured and evaluated throughout the semester. Evaluation methods during the semester include quizzes, class tests, class/home assignments, exercises, case analysis and reporting presentation, mid-term exams, etc. End of the semester evaluation include final exam, term papers, project report, thesis, etc.