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Bachelor of Science Degree Examinations
Examination Criteria

Other requirements for the completion of a Degree

Bachelor of Science Degree Examinations

Bachelor of Science (General) Degree Examinations

The Bachelor of Science (General) Degree will include six semesters during which students will have to follow Core Course Units (CCU) offered by respective departments and Optional Course Units (OCU) acceptable to the Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna. The Bachelor of Science (General) Degree Examination will consist of end of the course unit or end of semester examinations for theory Course Units.
In the case of practical units, examinations will be held as desired by respective departments.

A candidate shall be eligible for the conferment of the Bachelor of Science (General) Degree after the successful completion of all requirements (as specified in the Sections 12.2 and 12.3 in the handbook) within a maximum period of five academic years from the date of entry to the University of Ruhuna.

The Bachelor of Science ( Special) Degree

The duration of the special degree programme is four academic years (eight semesters), inclusive of Levels I & II of the General Degree and Levels I & II of the Special Degree.

During the four academic years of the degree programme, a student shall complete course units of 120 credits with a minimum of 52 credits of course units from the subject of specialization during Level I and Level II of the Special Degree programme subjected to the approval of the department of his/her subject of specialization. Furthermore, a special degree student shall carry out a research project, shall acquire additional skills (seminar, essay, etc) and may undergo practical/industrial training.


The Special Degree consists of examinations at the end of each semester or at the end of course unit for the theory course units and other examinations for practical course units, research project, industrial/practical training and additional skills (essay, seminars) units which are decided by respective departments.


A candidate shall be eligible for the conferment of the Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree after the successful completion of all requirements (as specified in the Sections 12.2 and 12.3 in the handbook) within a maximum period of six academic years from the date of entry to the University of Ruhuna.



Attendance
The minimum attendance for theory and/or practical classes should be 80% for a student to be eligible to appear for the examination(s) of relevant course unit. Those who do not fulfill this requirement will be considered as to have failed in that particular Course Unit.


B.Sc. (General) Degree:

In the event if a student fails to maintain at least 40% attendance for any of the practical course units of Level I of the general degree programme, he/she will not be allowed to sit for the examination of that particular course unit even as a repeat student and hence he/she has to leave the university.

B.Sc. (Special) Degree

:In the event if a student fails to maintain at least 40% attendance for any of the practical course units of Level I of the special degree programme, he/she will have to revert back to the general degree programme.





Examination Criteria

Grades allocated for Course Units

A grade will be awarded on the overall performance in each Course Unit as follows:

Grades Grade Point Value (GPV) Marks %
A+
4 85-100
A
4 70-84
A-
3.7 65-69
B+
3.3 60-64
B
3.0 55-59
B-
2.7 50-54
C+
2.3 45-49
C
2.0 40-44
C-
1.7 35-39
D+ 1.3 30-34
D 1.0 25-29
E
  0-24

 

Pass in a Course Unit

1. A candidate who obtains grade C or better for a course unit will be considered to have passed in that course unit.

2. If a student fails to complete a course a grade of E will be given unless an acceptable reason is produced. In the event of a reason given by a student is accepted by the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board, he/she shall be considered as a candidate sitting for the first time in a subsequent attempt for that course unit.

3. A student who obtains a C- or lower grade in a particular course unit may re-sit for the examination inrespect of that course unit for the purpose of improving the grade within the stipulated period. The highestgrade a student can obtain is C, which is in this instance equivalent to GPV 2.00. In the event a student obtains a lower grade, he/she will be entitled to the previous grade.

 

Repeat candidates are not entitled to attend lectures/practical classes in the course unit in which he/she has failed.

Verification of Marks
Students are given the opportunity for the verification of marks after releasing results of course units by paying a fee at each semester. Further detials of the process of the verification of marks are available at the faculty office. The final reccommendation that will be made by the committee appointed for the verification of marks will be submitted to the approval of the Senate of the University of Ruhuna.

 

 

 

Minimum Requirements for the Completion of the Bachelor of Science (General) Degree

A student shall be deemed to have passed the Bachelor of Science (General) Degree Examination if he/she has obtained

(i).a minimum of 90 credits,
(ii).grades of C or better from theory aggregating to a minimum of 60% credits of CCU from each main subject,
(iii).grades of D+ or better aggregating to a minimum of 60% of optional Course Units,
(iv). grades of C- or better in all practical CCUs, and
(v). a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 or more. GPA will be calculated as follows:

 

GPA =Σ(Grade Point Value for a Course Unit)×(Number of credits of that Course Unit)/Total number of credits

Award of Honours

A candidate who has satisfied conditions (given in Section 12.2.4 in the handbook) is eligible for an award of Honours Degree if he/she completes the requirements indicated below within three academic years from the date of first registration securing grades of C or better aggregating to a minimum of 75 credits with grades of C or better for a minimum of 40% credits of practical Core Course Units.

First Class Honours
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.70 and
(b) grades of A or better in Course Units aggregating to a minimum of 40 credits.

Second class (Upper Division)
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.30 and
(b) grades of B or better in Course Units aggregating to a minimum of 40 credits.

Second Class (Lower Division)
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.00 and
(b) grades of B or better in Course Units aggregating to a minimum of 40 credits.

 

 

Subject Certification Requirement: The minimum number of credits required for a subject to be called a main subject of a three year degree would be 24 credits.

 

 

Minimum Requirements for the Completion of the Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree

A student shall be deemed to have passed the Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree Examination if he/she has obtained the
following:
1. An overall minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 for all course units followed throughout the four academic years of the degree programme, and
2. from the Special Degree Course Units
(a) a minimum of 52 credits,
(b) grade of C or better from theory aggregating to a minimum of 60% credits,
(c) grade of C- or better in all practical course units,
(d) grade of C or better to a minimum of 75% credits for research project, industrial/practical training an additional skills (seminar, essay, etc.), and
(e) Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 or more for Special Degree Course Units.

Award of Honours for B.Sc. (Special) Degree
A student who has fulfilled all the stipulated conditions (in Section 12.2.6 in the handbook) shall be awarded honours, if he/she fulfills the following additional requirements within four academic years from the date of first registration (it shall be within the power of the Senate to declare for some specified reason that a student is eligible for the award of the honours at a subsequent occasion) securing grades of C or better aggregating to a minimum of 48 credits from Special Degree Course Units.

First Class
(a)a minimum GPA of 3.70 for Special Degree Course Units,
(b) a minimum GPA of 3.70 for all course units, and
(c) grades of A or better for Special Degree Course Units aggregating to a minimum of 30 credits


Second Class (Upper Division)
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.30 for Special Degree Course Units,
(b) a minimum GPA of 3.30 for all course units, and
(c) grades of A- or better for Special Degree Course Units aggregating to a minimum of 24 credits


Second Class (Lower Division)
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.00 for Special Degree Course Units, and
(b) a minimum GPA of 3.00 for all course units

 

 

Option of reverting to General Degree

A student reading for a B.Sc. Special Degree may request for the award of the B.Sc General Degree foregoing the special degree. This request should be made in completion of the 3rd academic year or within 14 days after the release of the final results of the Special Degree programme. The student shall satisfy the following conditions:
1. The results of the B.Sc General Degree shall be determined solely on the basis of course units he/she has followed in the first three academic years.


2. A student shall be deemed to have passed the Bachelor of Science (General) Degree Examination if he/she has satisfied the requirements of the section 7 of the Bachelor of Science (General) Degree By-Law.


3. The minimum number of credits required for a subject to be called a main subject of a three year degree would be 24 credits.


4. A student shall be eligible for an award of Honours for the B.Sc. (General) Degree if he/she has completed the requirements within first three academic years from the date of first registration in accordance with the section 8 of the Bachelor of Science (General) Degree By-Law.

 


 

 

 


Other requirements for the completion of a Degree

Attendance at Practical Course Units:
Students are required to maintain a minimum of 80% attendance at theory and/or practical classes of a Course Unit to be eligible to sit for the relevant examination. Those who do not fulfil this requirement will be considered as to have failed in the particular Course Unit.
N.B. The procedure that should be followed when a student gets absent at classes and examinations is described
under Section 16.2 in the handbook.
(Download handbook)

 

 

Release of final results


B.Sc. (General) Degree: In addition to the examination Criteria stated under Section 12.2 in the handbook, the candidates have to fulfill the following in order to release the final results of the B. Sc. (General) Degree.


1. Pass in English Proficiency Level I and Level II tests.
2. Pass in Course Unit “MAT1142: Mathematics for Biology”. This requirement is applicable only for Biological
Science candidates.
3. Pass the examination of Computer Literacy Course (ICT1b13 (CLC)) conducted by Computer Unit. This requirement is applicable only for students who do not follow computer science as a subject.


B.Sc. (Special) Degree: In addition to the examination Criteria stated under 12.2 in the handbook, the candidates have to fulfill the following in order to release the final results of the B.Sc. (Special) Degree.


1. Pass in English Proficiency final (Level III) Examination
2. Pass in Course Unit “MAT1142: Mathematics for Biology”. This requirement is applicable only for Biological
Science candidates.

3. Pass the examination of Computer Literacy Course (ICT1b13 (CLC)) conducted by Computer Unit. This
requirement is applicable only for students who do not follow computer science as a subject