Credit Based Academic System

 

Release Date: Dec 2013

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Table of Contents

Introduction .............................................................................................................................

3

Framework of Titles & Awards......................................................................................................................

5

Courses at NIIT ..............................................................................................................................................

5

Duration of a Program ..................................................................................................................................

6

Breaks............................................................................................................................................................

6

Attendance....................................................................................................................................................

6

Assessments..................................................................................................................................................

6

Supplementary Assessments ........................................................................................................................

6

Improving the Grade for a course.................................................................................................................

7

Completion of the Course / Program (Any Title) ..........................................................................................

7

Semester and Cumulative Grade Point Average Calculations.....................................................

7

Semester Performance – Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA)................................................................

7

Cumulative Performance – Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) .........................................................

8

Reports ..................................................................................................................................

10

Course Performance Report (CPR)..............................................................................................................

10

Semester Transcript (ST).............................................................................................................................

11

Program Performance Report (PPR) ...........................................................................................................

12

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Introduction

A course credit (or just credit or "unit") is a basic measure of student workload. In other words, it is a standard metric adopted by NIIT like many other institutes for specifying the number of hours of learning effort that a student is expected to put in while completing a course. In contemporary education delivery models, this learning effort can be across multiple modes of learning, such as Lectures, Lab Work, Assignments, Self-study, E-learning, etc. Norms for relative weightages across these learning modes have also evolved.

The credit system allows an institute to specify programs and individual courses in terms of their required Credit load. This in turn gives a clear picture of the learning effort that a student will have to put into each course as well as the overall program. Note, that in general calendar time is not used to define a program though there would be a typical duration based on a standard load that students are expected to take. The Program requirements are met not just because the calendar time has elapsed, but because the student has actually completed the required number and type of courses and thereby, accumulated the required number of credits to graduate.

A credit based academic architecture makes it easy for a program to be updated and remain current. An obsolete course can be removed and substituted by another course with a similar credit load. In the same way, the institute can offer flexibility to students to choose some courses based on their specific areas of interest. Typically, such courses, called “electives” are offered towards the end of the program when the student is nearing completion.

NIIT follows the given matrix for Credits calculation of each course.

Mode of Learning

Hrs/Credit

 

 

Construct (Instructor Led) & Cloud Learning (as per milestone)

15

 

 

Practice (Lab@centre, Lab@home)

30

 

 

e-Learning

7.5

 

 

Note:

Credits may vary when a course is delivered with a different set of objectives. For example, a C++ course with 10 Objectives may have 4 credits, but, when delivered with 6 objectives, (so the smaller duration) may have 3 credits.

Credits are applicable for certain programs under the Cloud Centric Curriculum (CCC).

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average)

At NIIT, the academic performance of a student in a course is reported through letter grades. At present, grades are determined using an absolute grading system that converts the marks obtained on a scale of 0- 100 into corresponding grades.

Given below are the Letter Grades along with Grade Points (Numerals) and their Qualitative meaning:

 

Where applicable

 

 

Letter Grade

 

 

Qualitative meaning

 

 

Percentage

 

 

Grade Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

Outstanding

85 - 100

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A-

 

Excellent

75 - 84

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

B

 

Good

65 - 74

 

8

 

 

All Courses

 

B-

 

Fair

55 - 64

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

C

 

Average

40 - 54

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

D

 

Deficient

25 - 39

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

E

 

Exposed

0 - 24

 

2

 

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‘Deficient’ means that the student may know some terminologies used in the course but doesn’t really understand their meaning. Ability to apply concepts taught in the course is very low.

‘Exposed’ means that even the core concepts are not well understood by the student. Student has not been able to demonstrate any skills for that course.

Students will get Certificate of Participation for the courses which do not have any assessments.

Students will be eligible to get Graded Certificate for a Course if the overall grade is >= ‘C’ in the assessment(s) of that course. Students may get Certificate of Participation in case they do not clear the course. in case the course policy allows for the same and the students meet the minimum attendance criteria. Certificate of Participation is given only if the course policy permits for it and the students meets the minimum attendance criteria.

Students also need to get minimum ‘C’ grade in all the courses of a Program. If a student gets either ‘D’ or ‘E’ grade in a course, then she can take Supplementary assessment(s) for that course within the defined time norms. In some programs, passing grades for various courses may be different which will be defined in the policy of that program.

Other Grades

A course gets completed when a grade is assigned to it. Many a times due to various exigencies like the student had some personal emergency, has left the institute or has withdrawn from the course / program etc., institute may not be able to award any grade. However, these factual details need to get mentioned against the name of such students in the records. To take care of such situations, some others grades as defined are given.

a) I – Incomplete

The system reports the Grade as “Incomplete” if the student has not attempted any of the mandatory assessments for the course. It shall be the responsibility of the student to ensure that all mandatory assessment(s) are attempted and the course is successfully cleared within the defined timelines after the declaration of the result.

b) GA – Grade awaited report

Before a Grade is published, the faculty can withhold it and the results of such students will show ‘GA’ (Grade Awaited). This will later get replaced by a proper grade.

This could be in situations like - a case of unfair means or indiscipline, or where marks are zero.

Additionally, there are few more grades.

If a student is permitted to withdraw from a course(s) / program, which has already commenced, the student would be reported as ‘W’ (Withdrawn) from the courses(s) not completed.

Post registration, if a student leaves the institute before completing the program, s/he would be reported as ‘DP’ (Discontinued Program).

If the registration of the student for a course needs to be cancelled due to any reason, such as wrong registration, indiscipline, use of unfair means, and others, the student would be reported as

‘RC’ (Registration Cancelled) in that course / program.

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Framework of Titles & Awards

The Titles & Awards conferred by NIIT follow certain minimum credits criteria as given below:

Title / Award

Minimum

Credits

 

GNIIT (Hons)

108

 

 

GNIIT

96

 

 

ANIIT (Hons)

60

 

 

ANIIT

48

 

 

Higher Diploma

36

 

 

Diploma

24

 

 

Certificate Program

12

 

 

Course Certificate

1 - 11

 

 

The preceding table does not imply that by collecting the specified minimum number of credits with any combination of courses will lead to the award of a program title. The combination of courses should be based on the programs already being offered by NIIT.

Note: Besides the credits, the coverage of program content / learning objectives also decides the title that can be awarded for a program. It is possible that a program with 38 credits is awarded ‘Diploma Title’ based on the coverage of the courses / learning outcomes.

Courses at NIIT

A course can be offered as a standalone modular course or could be part of a program offered by NIIT. A program can have one or more semesters from the execution perspective. A semester is nothing but a set of courses put together to be executed in a specified time period.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course 1

 

Course 1

 

Course 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course 2

 

Course 2

 

Course 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course 3

 

Course 3

 

Course 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A PROGRAM Structure

A program includes Core and Disciplinary courses and may have Elective(s) and Professional Skills courses as well.

The Core courses form the backbone of any academic design and normally do not change with the changes in the technology or the domain. They instill the fundamental skills that the student requires for the understanding of a domain.

The Disciplinary Courses help students attain skills in different domains to meet the current and future industry demands.

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The Elective courses help the students attain advanced level skills for the job profiles they are interested in.

Professional skills help create well rounded professionals.

Duration of a Program

For every program, there will always be a standard prescribed duration and the maximum duration in which a student is expected to successfully complete the program to be eligible for the Certification. This maximum duration for a program is referred to as SOL (Statue of Limitation). NIIT is not obliged to provide any services to the student beyond the date of SOL. These durations are from the date of registration.

Breaks

A student is allowed to take a break between any two semesters for a limited time period. No breaks are allowed in the middle of a Course or a Semester.

Attendance

It is the responsibility of a student to be in full attendance in all the classes and appear in all the components of evaluation. The students are required to be regular in their studies and should be ready to appear in any component of evaluation even within a short notice or for a surprise test/quiz in the class.

Students who are unable to attend classes due to illness, injury, or any other compelling reasons should inform the faculty about the situation at the earliest possible.

Assessments

A course will have one or multiple assessments associated it. Some assessments will be mandatory. A student needs to necessarily attempt the mandatory assessment(s). The grade for a course cannot be generated without the student appearing for the mandatory assessment(s). In case a student has been absent for a mandatory assessment, the system will generate an incomplete report, which will be depicted with ‘I’ (for Incomplete). For non-mandatory assessments, a student will be given a zero in case of absence.

Example: A course X, has 5 assessments (A, B, C, D, and E). These 5 assessments will carry different weightages adding to 100%. The student result will be declared based on marks scored in these 5 assessments and as per their weightages. Out of these 5 assessments, there could be 3 assessments which are ’non mandatory’ (A, B, and C) and two are ‘mandatory’ (D and E). If the student has not attempted assessments D or E or both even once, the grade will not be calculated and the report will show ‘I’

(Incomplete) till she attempts these assessments at least once.

Supplementary Assessments

If a student has not cleared a course, she needs to apply for the Supplementary assessment.

One free attempt can be availed by a student for a Course if applied for the Supplementary exam within 7 days of declaration of the result and the test needs to be taken within 30 days of the declaration of the course result.

In case the student does not apply for the free supplementary attempt within 7 days or does not take the exam within 30 days of course result declaration or does not clear the test, she can avail one paid attempt. For the paid attempt, student will need to apply within 30 days of the declaration of the course result and take the test within 45 days. In absence of failing to apply within 30 days or not taking the test within 45 days of last result declaration or failing to clear the test, the student will need to repeat the course.

For every supplementary exam taken, the result will be shown in a new row in the Course Performance Report. (This will depict the deviation from the normal flow of assessments being taken).

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Over and above this, there may be some program-specific policies that will be applicable. For example, in a GNIIT program, a student needs to clear all the courses of the 1st semester before the commencement of the 3rd semester.

As and when the result is declared for a course, an alert mail is sent to the students who have not cleared the course or have received the I/GA grades.

Improving the Grade for a course

Students are given a chance to improve their scores through supplementary assessment for a course. Supplementary attempt can be taken only for a mandatory assessment. This will be a paid attempt.

The student needs to apply for the supplementary attempt within 7 days of the declaration of the course result and attempt the same within 30 days of the course result declaration. Last marks scored will be used for the calculation of the final grade. The students will need to apply for the improvement of scores through

www.niitstudent.com portal.

The “Course Performance Report” and the “Semester Transcript” (if applicable) will remain PROVISIONAL till the window period of 7 days. Based on request received for improvement of scores, the two reports will either continue to remain PROVISIONAL or will become FINAL.

Grades will be calculated based on the last attempt made.

In case a student applies for the improvement of scores and later does not appear for the test, the marks scored previously by the student will be considered final.

Completion of the Course / Program (Any Title)

For the award of a title, the following requirements are mandatory:

Full fee is paid for the course / program

Student has obtained grades as per the course or program policy

Minimum credit requirements for the title are met (separately for Core, Disciplinary and Electives as per the program policy(if applicable))

Others : Any specific requirements of a program, as mentioned in its policy

Semester and Cumulative Grade Point Average Calculations

Semester Performance – Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA)

The overall Semester performance is calculated as a weighted average in the range of 2 to 10, as shown below, and is called Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA).

SGPA c1g1 c2 g2 c3g3      cn gn c1 c2 c3      cn

n

ci gi

i 1 n

ci i 1

Where, n is the number of courses attended in the semester. ci and gi are the credits attached to the i-th course and grade point associated with the letter grade obtained by the student in the i-th course respectively. It is calculated upto two decimal places by truncation and not by rounding off in any manner.

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Cumulative Performance – Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

The overall Cumulative Performance at the end of each semester is calculated as a weighted average in the range of 2 to 10, as shown below, and is called Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

CGPA c1g1 c2 g2 c3g3      cn gn c1 c2 c3      cn

n

ci gi

i 1 n

ci i 1

Where, n is the number of all the courses (with letter grading) attended and letter grade obtained from the entry to the Institute till the point of reckoning, ci and gi are respectively the credits attached to the i-th course and the grade point associated with the grade obtained by the student in the i-th course. It is also used to award the Division, if any. It is calculated upto two decimal places by truncation and not by rounding off.

CGPA calculations (SAMPLE – 1 yr Program)

As mentioned earlier, the academic performance of a student shall be shown in terms of letter grades.

Calculating the Grade Point Average

Semester 1 Performance

Course Details

Percentage

Grade Point

Course Credits

 

 

 

 

Course 1

83

9

4

 

 

 

 

Course 2

74

8

3

 

 

 

 

Course 3

92

10

3

 

 

 

 

Course 4

50

6

3

 

 

 

 

Course 5

64

7

1

 

 

 

 

SGPA c1g1 c2 g2 c3g3      cn gn c1 c2 c3      cn

n

ci gi

i 1 n

ci i 1

Where, n is the number of courses attended in the semester. ci and gi are the credits attached to the i-th course and letter grade obtained by the student in the i-th course, respectively.

SGPA = (4*9 + 3*8 + 3*10 + 3*6 + 1*7) / (4+3+3+3+1) = 115 / 14 = 8.21

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Semester 2 Performance

Course Details

Percentage

Grade Point

Course Credits

 

 

 

 

Course 1

44

6

3

 

 

 

 

Course 2

72

8

3

 

 

 

 

Course 3

68

8

3

 

 

 

 

Course 4

50

6

3

 

 

 

 

Course 5

45

6

1

 

 

 

 

SGPA = (3*6 + 3*8 + 3*8 + 3*6 + 1*6) / (3+3+3+3+1) = 90 / 13 = 6.92

Cumulative Grade Point Average:

CGPA c1g1 c2 g2 c3g3      cn gn c1 c2 c3      cn

n

ci gi

i 1

n

ci i 1

Where, n is the number of all courses (with letter grading) attended and letter grade obtained from the entry to the institute till the point of reckoning. ci and gi are the credits attached to the i-th course and grade obtained by the student in the i-th course, respectively.

CGPA = (4*9 + 3*8 + 3*10 + 3*6 + 1*7 + 3*6 + 3*8 + 3*8 + 3*6 + 1*6) / (14 + 13) = 205/27 = 7.59

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Reports

Course Performance Report (CPR)

The mark sheet of a student is generated course wise and is available online on the student portal. This sheet will show all the assessment components of a course along with their weightages. The assessment component that has multiple instances (e.g. weekly test) will be available in the form of a hyperlink once it gets initiated by attempting the first instance of the same. By clicking that hyperlink, the student will be able to see the details of that particular assessment component. Based on the completion of the number of sessions of that assessment (e.g 6 / 9 weekly tests or 6/9 practical), the system will apply relevant weightage (of the assessment component) at that point in time and show the score.

Sample Format of Course Performance Report (CPR)

Course Performance Report

CPR ID: _______________________

Generated on:__________________

Report Status: < INTERIM / PROVISIONAL /FINAL>

 

Program Enrolled for: < Program enrolled for >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student ID : _________________

 

 

 

 

Registration No

 

 

:_____________

 

 

Name

: ________________________________

 

Course Completion Date: _____________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course

 

Course

 

 

 

Assessment Components

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

Code

Credits

Weekly

 

 

 

Course

 

Course

 

Course

 

Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tests

Practical(s)

 

Assignment(s)

Project

 

Test 1

 

Test 2

 

Exam

 

Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marks

 

 

 

 

Weightages

 

XX%

XX%

 

XX%

XX%

 

XX%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<.......>

<Course Name>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Marks

Letter

 

Grade

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade

 

Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message 1 ………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85 - 100

 

 

A

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message 2 ……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75 – 84.99

 

A-

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

65 – 7.99

 

B

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55 – 64.99

 

B-

7

 

 

This document was electronically generated on <current date> and does not

 

 

40 – 54.99

 

C

6

 

 

 

26 – 39.99

 

D

4

 

 

require any signature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 – 24.99

 

E

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note : The Report will show the applicable assessment components. Grading scheme shown above is a sample grading scheme.

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Semester Transcript (ST)

For every semester, a student will get a Semester Transcript showing SPGA & CGPA along with the summary of all the courses completed for that semester.

Sample Format of Semester Transcript (ST)

Semester Transcript

SPR ID: __________________

Generated on:_____________

Report Status : < PROVISIONAL/FINAL>

Program Enrolled for : < Name of the Program enrolled for>

  Semester: <Sem No>

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student ID: _________________

 

Registration No:___________________

Name

: __________________________________

 

Semester Completion Date: __________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course

 

Course Name(s)

Course

Course

 

Grade

 

Remarks

 

Code

 

Credits

Marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<.......>

 

<Course Name 1>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<.......>

 

<Course Name 2>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<.......>

 

<Course Name 3>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of this semester:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA)

:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) :

as on <current date>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% Marks

Letter

Grade

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade

Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message 1 ……..

 

 

 

 

85 - 100

 

A

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75 – 84.99

A-

9

 

Message 2 ………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

65 – 74.99

B

8

 

Message 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55 – 64.99

B-

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This document was electronically generated on <current date> and does not require

 

 

40 – 54.99

C

6

 

 

 

25 – 39.99

D

4

 

any signature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 – 24.99

E

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Semester Transcript is issued only when a program has more than 1 semester. Grading scheme shown here is a sample grading scheme.

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Program Performance Report (PPR)

For any program, there will be a running Program Performance Report where a student will be able to see the summary of all the courses completed. This report will be ‘PROVISIONAL’ till the time Certification generation is initiated. Thereafter, it will become ‘FINAL’.

Sample format of the Program Performance Report( PPR)

Program Performance Report

PPR ID

: _________

Report Status : < PROVISIONAL/FINAL>

Generated on: ________

Program Enrolled for : <Name of the Program enrolled for>

 

 

 

 

 

Student ID: ___________________

Name: ____________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration

Course

 

 

Course

Course

 

 

 

 

Course Name(s)

 

Start

Completion

Credits

Grade

 

Remarks

#

Code

 

 

Date

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<Course Name 1>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<Course Name 2>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<Course Name 3>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<Course Name 4>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumulative Credits

:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

:

 

as on <current date>

 

Notes:

Message 1

Message 2

Message 3

This document was electronically generated on <Current Date> and does not require any signature.

Note: Grading scheme shown here is a sample grading scheme.

Letter Grade

Grade Point

 

 

A

10

 

 

A-

9

 

 

B

8

 

 

B-

7

 

 

C

6

 

 

D

4

 

 

E

2

 

 

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