Assessment & Progression

MSA University - Assessment & Progression

 

1. MSA Grading System:

The MSA grading system for the Faculties of Engineering, Computer Science, Management Sciences, Mass Communication, Languages and Arts & Design is as follows:

Letter Grade Mark
A ≥ 90%
A- < 90% - ≥ 85%
B+ < 85% - ≥ 80%
B < 80% - ≥ 75%
B- < 75% - ≥ 70%
C+ < 70% - ≥ 65%
C < 65% - ≥ 60%
C- < 60% - ≥ 56%
D+ < 56% - ≥ 53%
D < 53% - ≥ 50%
Fail < 50%


The MSA grading scheme for the Faculties of Pharmacy l, Dental Surgery and Biotechnology is as follows:

Letter Grade Mark
A ≥ 90%
A- < 90% - ≥ 85%
B+ < 85% - ≥ 80%
B < 80% - ≥ 75%
B- < 75% - ≥ 70%
C+ < 70% - ≥ 65%
C < 65% - ≥ 60%
(F) Fail < 60%

* Grades D and D+ are allowed for computer, mathematics, English and physics modules. Each module is generally divided as follows (unless specified otherwise):
- 40% coursework.
- 60% unseen exams.

2. Schedule Assessment:

There are five main periods of assessment during the academic year:

  • In the middle of the Fall Semester.
  • At the end of the Fall Semester.
  • In the middle of the Spring Semester.
  • At the end of the Spring Semester.
  • At the end of the Summer Semester (Optional).

At the end of each final period of assessment, the University Assessment Board meets to confirm the results of all modules and award qualifications after being reviewed, scrutinized and ratified at the Faculty Assessment Boards.

 

2.1 The Structure of the Assessment Boards:

- University Assessment Board (where awards are ratified):

  • Chair: appointed by Collaborative University.
  • Members: MSA President, Vice President, External Examiners, Link Tutors, Director of Quality Assurance, Faculty Deans, Programme leaders.
  • Secretary: Appointed by Chair.
- Faculty Assessment Board (where module results are agreed):
  • Chair: Dean of Faculty.
  • Members: Link tutors, External Examiners, Programme Leaders and Module Coordinator/Leaders.
  • Secretary: Appointed by Chair.

2.2 Academic Load:

The academic load is the number of registered credits per student each semester.

3. Grade Point:

The corresponding Grade Point (GP) for each letter grade for the Faculties of Engineering, Computer Sciences, Management Sciences, Mass Communication, Languages and Arts and Design is as follows:

Letter Grade Mark
A 4
A- 32/3
B+ 31/3
B 3
B- 22/3
C+ 21/3
C 2
C- 12/3
D+ 31/3
D 0
Fail 1

The corresponding Grade Point (GP) for each letter grade for the Faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dental Surgery and Biotechnology is as follows:

Letter Grade Mark
A 4
A- 32/3
B+ 31/3
B 3
B- 22/3
C+ 21/3
C 2
C- 12/3
D+ 31/3
D 0
Fail 1


3.1 Grade Point Average:

Credits acquired by the student are based on the credits of the passed modules from the academic load registered. Repeated modules will be counted once toward the calculation of accumulated credit hours. The best achieved GP will be used for calculating the cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA calculation starts from the first semester for each student and is updated each semester till his/her graduation. The semester GPA of the student is the weighted average of the grade points acquired in the modules passed in that specific semester. It is calculated as follows:

Semester GPA =
Sum of the product of the number of credit hours of each Module in the current semester load X the corresponding GP.
= Σ (Number of credit hours of each module in the current semester load X corresponding GP)
The number of credits used to calculate the Cumulative GPA is the number of credits registered by the student up to this date.

Cumulative GPA =
Sum of the product of the number of credit hours of each Module registered up to this date X the corresponding GP.
= Σ (Number of credit hours of each Module registered up to this date X corresponding GP).
Total Credits registered up to this date

*Excluding pass-fail Modules credit and transferred Modules from Universities other than MSA. Grades that are not included in the grade point average are as follows: (P) Pass, (I )Incomplete, (W) Withdrawal.


3.2 BA/BSc Students:

National Grading Classes UoG/UoB Classes MSA CGPA Letter Grade Equivalence
Excellent includes 1st Class Honour ≥ 3.67 & ≤ 4 A & A- 
Very Good includes Upper Second (2:1) Honour ≥ 3  & < 3.67 B+ & B
Good includes Lower Second (2:2) Honour ≥ 2.33 & < 3 B- & C+
Satisfactory includes 3rd Class Honour ≥ 2 & < 2.33 C

MSA CGPA is calculated as per the students entire profile while UoB/UoG CGPA is calculated as per the last two academic years.



4. Progression of Students:

Progression is determined by the number of credit hours completed by students as determined by each faculty.

4.1 Graduation:
Students shall automatically receive the award of the University and qualify upon completion of the required number of credits with a CGPA equivalent to C- or above at the end of the semester during which the total was achieved.
Graduation Ceremonies are usually held every year in September for Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters graduates.

4.2 Failing a Module:
Students must meet the deadline for submission of all coursework in accordance with the requirements of the university and module staff. A student is deemed to have failed in the following cases:

  • Students who fail to attend 25% of all lectures and tutorials (F1).
  • Students who fail to attend the final exam (F2).
  • Students who fail to achieve 25% of the marks in the final exam in the Faculties of Engineering, Management Sciences, Computer Science, Mass communication, Languages and Arts and Design while students who fail to achieve 30% of the marks in the Faculties of Pharmacy, Dental [list_item]Science and Biotechnology (F3).
  • Students who fail to attend the midterm exam will be allowed to complete the module but will lose all the marks equivalent to the midterm exam grade; unless the University President considers the extenuating circumstances that may warrant the midterm grades to be added to the grades of the final exams (Mid Term Exemption).

4.3 Incomplete:
If a student fails to attend the final exam due to any emergency or extenuating circumstances, and the University President approves the non attendance, then an incomplete grade will be granted. Mid-term grade as well as course grades will be transferred to students with grade (I). Subsequently, the student will be allowed to sit for the final exam of this module at the next opportunity.

4.4 Progression and Repeat Policy:
Students may not repeat any course they have passed unless it is a requirement of an accreditation board or is crucial to the student's academic progression. Students who fail to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2 will be put under probation and will be allowed to repeat Modules with a grade of D+, D and F. The grade used in the final GPA is the final grade achieved by the student.

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