First year students are in many instances unaware what the requirements are for admission to the second study year. It is not merely a question of adding your marks for the different subjects and then averaging 50%.
The first requirement is that a student should take at least 108 credit points. Each subject has a number of credits which may vary from subject to subject. Example: Chemistry 36 credits, Electric circuits 15 credits, Mechanics 30 credits, Applied mathematics 36 credits etc.
Each line of study (school) has three core subjects which must be passed, for example Mathematics, Physics 1014 and Physics 1015. All the core subjects must be passed for a student to pass the academic year.
The third requirement is that the student must have an aggregate of 50% or more for the subjects taken.
A student must take at least 108 credits to be promoted to the second year of study. Should a student drop out of MINN1000, for example, the student must then pass all other subjects to be promoted.
The three core subjects in this instance are MATH1014, PHYS1014 and PHYS1015. All three subjects must be passed to be promoted.
The aggregate of the six subjects must be 50% or higher to be promoted. The credits for each subject are awarded according to the percentage obtained, i.e. if the student gets 60% for Chemistry, 9 of the available 15 credits will be awarded.
To be promoted to the second year of study, the student must thus amass half of the available credits ? for mining, where 141 credits are available, the student must then obtain at least 71 credits.
I am in danger of failing
The Academic Development Unit is there to help students who feel that they are in danger of jeopardizing their studies by struggling in one or two subjects. The ADU can assist with extra AD tutorials in those subjects you need help with. Contact us as soon as you experience problems.
The AD tutorials are AVAILABLE for all students, even if you are not identified by Blackboard to attend the tutorials. You simply pitch up at the tutorials and introduce yourself to the tutor ? even if you are an A-student who just wishes to get extra attention.
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