Undergraduate Degree Requirements

30 October 2018
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Every student at KUST is required to follow a plan set out by his/her Advisor in order to complete all the requirements (as outlined below) set out for a degree program of his/her

choice within the specified duration. It is the responsibility of the concerned HoD to certify the completion of the degree requirement of respective students and provide a list of the students who complete degree requirement to the CoE office and Director Academic. The respective department will also issue Provisional Certificate to the student at the completion of the degree program. It is the common responsibility of the student and the advisor to make a degree plan according to the following requirements:

1. Undergraduate (BS, BBA) Degree

To earn a bachelor's degree (BS, BBA), one must successfully complete the minimum Credit Hours (the minimum required CrHr varies from discipline to discipline) approved by Academic Council of course-work with minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00. These courses are grouped into Major, Minor and Multidisciplinary, Non-Credit (pass/fail) and in most cases a Final Year Design Project. The maximum number of CrHr assigned to a group may vary from discipline to discipline.

1.1  Major courses

These courses are directly related to the main theme of the student's degree program and usually carry the code of the student's registered discipline. These courses make the core and elective courses of the student's degree program. The Dean of the respective Faculty may approve a course either from the minor discipline or a subject directly related to the major as a replacement/an alternative for a major course with the recommendation of the Head of the Department of the student's major. The minimum requirement of Major courses is not less than 60 % of the total CrHs.

1.2  Minor Courses

These courses are outside the prescribed major but are offered either by the same faculty or outside the faculty but relevant to the major theme of the major degree program. Some of these minors are defined while some are left open for the students to make a choice. Most of these minor courses are offered during the first two years of the BS degree program and hence are mostly the basic courses. Such courses aim at providing breadth in student's studies and widening his/her awareness in the allied fields that impinge on the area of his/her specialization. The maximum requirement is 22% of total CrHr.

1.3  Multi-disciplinary Courses

All students are required to successfully complete some courses in English language, Islamic and Pakistan Studies, information technology, social sciences and management sciences. The maximum requirement is 18% of total CH.

1.4  Non-Credit and Optional (Pass/Fail) Courses

In some disciplines, it is mandatory for a student to attend a course (in entirety) offered by the same department or any other department of the university in order to be eligible for the degree. The total number of academic hours per week for such a course varies from 2 to 4. The exact number is announced by the instructor concerned. In these courses, a grade of S (satisfactory completion) or U (unsatisfactory completion) is awarded and has no bearings on the GPA. In case of a “U” grade in a course, it is not mandatory to repeat the same course. The advisor may suggest a different course to his/her advisee in order to complete the degree requirement. In addition, an undergraduate student may also register for a course as an optional non-credit course (with the approval of his/her advisor) that will appear on the transcript but will not have be credited towards GPA of that student. A total of two courses may be allowed in an undergraduate degree program. In such cases, “S” or “U” grades are awarded. A grade of “U” in these cases could not be repeated and no alternative choice could be offered. These courses can be taken only out of elective courses. A maximum 09 credit hours can be taken on a pass/fail basis at the undergraduate level.

1.5  Internship

In some disciplines, the respective Board of Studies has made it compulsory for the students to complete an 8-12 weeks internship in a relevant academic, research or business organizations relating to disciplines chosen for specialization and submit a report about the internship. This report shall include a brief introduction to the firm/organization and the work undertaken. A satisfactory certificate from the CEO/Regional Executive/Branch manager of the organization about the work carried out by the student at the firm/organization is mandatory. The Departmental Academic Committee evaluates the report and the certificate from the organization and awards Satisfactory Completion or otherwise as deemed fit.

1.6  Senior Design Project 

The undergraduate students may opt and apply to the respective HoD to do a project in their final year instead of two elective courses of 3 credit hours each. The respective departmental Academic Committee, based on the student's performance in earlier courses, rejects or accepts an application. A minimum CGPA of 2.50/4.00 is required to apply for a project. In case of some disciplines, the project shall be considered as compulsory and every student has to do a project irrespective of their cumulative GPA. These departments/institutes require the approval of the respective Board of Studies and must inform the CoE and Director Academic offices accordingly.

The undergraduate BS students, at the end of their 6th semester of studies at KUST, should consult their faculty advisors for selection of the project. Students are encouraged to undertake projects that are of interest to industry or other public/private sector organizations. Departmental Academic Committee evaluates the senior design project and gives approval to the project before the start of project/7th semester. The project is assigned a total of 6CrHr, 3CrHr in one semester and 3CrHr in the next semester. In the first 3CrHr, Thesis, project, studio work etc spread over more than one semester may be graded as “IP” In Progress Grade until completion of these subjects. It shall appear on the transcript as such and shall not be used in the computation of GPA. Both the parts get the same grade at the completion. 50% weight is allocated to the first part and 50% weight is allocated to the second part so that the work-load is equally distributed over the two semesters. Every project is evaluated twice in a semester by the respective Departmental Academic Committee. Three of the members must be active in research, for example, have either offered a project to the students or have completed an R&D project during the last three years. A letter grade is awarded by common consensus. A member of the committee, however, cannot evaluate his/her own project-students and must not participate in the award of his/her own students. The committee shall use the following percentage for evaluating a project: background studies (20%), planning and initiation (20%), project work (40%), results and presentation (20%). Evaluation and final grading of an undergraduate project are done by the respective Departmental Academic Committee and the cumulative result is submitted by the committee through HOD. The student must complete his/her project and present the report (& submit it in a bounded form to the Project Supervisor) before the final examination of the final semester of the degree program. In case of inability to complete the project by the set deadline (before the start of the final examination and announced by the respective department/ institute), the respective departmental academic committee shall submit a report to the Chairman/Director/HoD. With due consideration of the report, the respective HoD/Director makes recommendations to the Dean of the concerned Faculty for approval. This process must be completed before the end of the final examination and CoE office must be informed accordingly so that the declaration of the final result is not delayed. Every effort shall be made that a student selects and starts his/her project along with the rest of his/her batch-mates. In case, a student lags behind his/her classmates due to poor academic performance, health reasons, etc, the project will be delayed. In such cases, the result of the rest of the class shall not be delayed and the students of such projects shall be awarded an “IP” grade in both the semesters.

It is the responsibility of the student to get his/her project complete by the renewed deadline. In case a project meets a dead-end, the project could either be replaced by another project or replaced by two courses. In such cases, approval of the concerned Dean would be required. There is no need for the approval of the synopses by the Advance Studies and Research Board for these projects.

 

2.  Undergraduate (BBS) Degree 

KUST offers a two years program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Business Studies.

3.  Undergraduate (MBA) Degree

KUST offers two different schemes of studies leading to MBA degree, a 2.5 years program and a 3.5 years program.

4.  Undergraduate (PHARM-D) Degree

KUST offers a five years program leading to the degree of Pharm-D. The rules and regulations governing Pharm-D Program will be subject to change after adoption by the competent authorities in the policy of accrediting body (Pakistan Pharmacy Council) from time to time. 

5.  Undergraduate (MSc/MA/MCS) Degree

KUST offers two-year master degree programmes in several subjects/disciplines for candidates holding a 2-year conventional bachelor degree leading to MSc/MA/MCS.

6  Undergraduate (MEd, MEd Professional) Degree 

KUST also offers a 1 Year Master of Education (MEd) and a 2 Year Master of Education (MEd Professional) programmes administered by the Institute of Education and Research. In both these degree programmes, there is an emphasis on practical skills along with all the theoretical background courses and hence project work is mandatory. The first semester of the MEd 1 Year comprises a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework and the load in the second semester is minimum of 15 credit hours and research project. The research work is presented in the form of report (thesis). The minimum requirements for the completion of MEd (Professional) are 60 credit hours that include six (06) credit hours of practice teaching and six credit hours of Research Work in the final semester. The project in both cases is evaluated as was done as undergraduate M.Sc/MA degree above.

 

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