Degree Requirements

30 October 2018
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Every student at KUST is required to follow a plan set out by his department / institute / center in order to complete all the requirements (as outlined below) for a

degree programme of his 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 programme.  

Undergraduate BS/BBA Degree

To earn a degree, one must successfully complete the minimum Credit Hours requirements, as described in these regulations, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 in case of undergraduate, 2.5 in case of MS/MPhil or Equivalent and 3.00 in case of PhD.

The course requirements are grouped into and, Non-Credit (pass/fail) and in most cases a Final Year Design Project. The maximum number of CrHr assigned to a programme may vary from discipline to discipline.

  1. Major Courses

    These courses are directly related to the main theme of the student's degree programme and usually carry the code of the student's registered discipline. These courses make the core and elective courses of the student's degree programme. 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.

  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 programme. 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 02 years of the BS degree programme and hence are mostly the basic courses. Such courses aim at providing breadth in student's studies and widening his awareness in the allied fields that impinge on the area of his specialization. The maximum requirement is 22% of total CrHr.

  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.

  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 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 advisor) that will appear on the transcript but will not have be credited towards GPA of that student. A total of 02 courses may be allowed in an undergraduate degree programme. 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.

  5. Internship

    For some degree programmes (eg. BBA MBA), 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 followed by 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.

  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 02 elective courses of 3 credit hours each. The respective DAC, 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 is  considered  compulsory and every student is required  to do a project irrespective of their cumulative GPA. 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.

    The 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 06 CHr, 03 CHr in one semester and 3CrHr in the next semester. In the first instance an “IP” In Progress Grade is awarded until the completion of project at the end of  the year. The IP grade (In Progress) is replaced with actual percentage score (Grade) obtained.  . The IP Grade appears on the transcript but the Credit Hours assigned are not used in the computation of GPA.

    Both the parts get the same percentage score at the completion.

    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 percentage score is awarded by common consensus. A member of the committee, however, cannot evaluate his/ own project-students and, therefore, must not participate in the evaluation of his/ own project 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/ 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 programme. 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. . This process must be completed before the end of the final examination and the respective HoD must inform the CoE office  accordingly.

    In case, a student lags behind his classmates due to poor academic performance, health reasons, etc, the project may be delayed. In such cases, the result of the rest of the class shall not be delayed. The student in problem in this case shall be awarded an “IP” grade in both the semesters.

    It is the responsibility of the student to get his/ 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 02 courses. In such cases, approval of the concerned Dean would be required.

    In case of conventional MA/M.Sc, the project spans over one semester and evaluation is carried out by the DAC at the end of semester as outlined above for the cases of Bachelor degree programme. Such projects also don’t warrant approval from the ASRB.  

    In case of MBA (1.5, 2.5 and 3.5) programmes the project must be completed in one semester and the synopsis of the project must be approved by the ASRB before initiating the project. The evaluation is done as per the regulation stated in case of conventional MA/ MSc.  

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    KUST offers 02-year master degree programmes in several subjects/disciplines for candidates holding a 2-year conventional bachelor degree leading to MSc/MA/MCS.

    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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