THE UNIVERSITY OF BAMENDA

HIGHER TEACHER TRAINING COLLEGE BAMBILI

 

HTTC Academic Guidelines,

Academic Year 2016-2017

 

HTTC ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

One of our main goals is to help our students to complete their diploma in an efficient and effective manner, while enjoying the responsibilities and privileges of being both a college student and a learner.

In order to graduate, you are expected to fulfill the educational objectives of the College through a program of study that meets the intellectual needs of students and their interests. At the beginning of each semester, each student is requested to complete his/her academic registration by taking some compulsory courses offered in school which must sum to thirty (30) credit units.  Cross-registration with the other Schools/faculties of UBa offers HTTC students even more academic opportunities. You may register here at HTTC for courses open to you at the other colleges/faculties after a signed approval of the Head of Department and Dean of Studies. These course are elective courses and should not exceed six (06) credit units per semester.  Students obtain a pass in a course if they earn at least a 2.0 grade point average.

STRUCTURE OF COURSES OFFERED IN HTTC

Courses in HTTC/UBa are organized in two semesters: The First semester runs from October to January and the second Semester spans from March to June. Each course in HTTC is programmed to cover a single semester that generally spans in fourteen (14) weeks approximately.

Course Structure and Course Outline

In HTTC/UBa, courses are built to meet-up with the BMD requirements.  Each course is identified by its Code, its title and its credit value.

  • The course code informs about the year of study, the semester when the course is offered and the serial number of the course.
  • The course title specifies the title of the course,
  • The credit value indicates the overall learning time of the course (At the University of Bamenda, one credit represents 15 hours of learning time).

At the beginning of each class, a course outline will be given to students to provide students with an overall plan for the course and enable them to function efficiently and effectively in the course. The course outline apart from specifying the general information on the course (Code, title, credit value, Teachers Names and title, course prerequisites), states Course goals or objectives, competencies or skills expected from students by the end of the course.  It also gives a description of the topics to be addressed in the course, instructional methods approaches that will be used during the course, course material or required material, recommended readings for a good/better understanding the course, and a description of the means of evaluation to be used in the course.

Hint: Immediately after the course outline is made available, students must start carrying their personal research on topics to be covered in the course. 

PROGRAMMING AND COURSE FORMATS

Courses are made up of individual sessions, typically on a fixed weekly schedule or a flexible schedule depending on the availability of the course instructor. At the beginning of each semester, Time tables are prepared and pasted on each departmental board, indicating the venue, the time/periods where specific courses are organized, and the Name of the Teacher to offer the course.

Course formats

Courses in HTTC are taught using any (or a combination) of the following formats/approaches:

  • Lecturecourse, where the lecturer gives lectures with minimal interaction;
  • Seminar, where students prepare and present their original written work for discussion and critique;
  • Tutorialcourse, where one or a small number of students work on a topic (usually problem solving) and meet with the instructor/lecturer weekly for discussion and guidance.
  • Laboratorycourse or Practicals, where most work takes place in a laboratory.

Expectations from students

Students are expected to do various kinds of work for a course:

  • Attending course sessions.
  • Reading and studying course readings assigned in the course syllabus.
  • Discussing material they have read.
  • Writing short and long papersbased on assigned reading and their own library research.
  • Completing homework or problem sets.
  • Completing laboratory exercises.
  • Taking quizzes and examinations.

Controlling Teaching in HTTC

The control of the effectiveness of teaching in HTTC is done at various levels:

At the Academic Department where courses are designed and lecturers assigned to teach these courses. Departments are therefore key players in the quality control process as they ensure the content taught conforms to the departmental prescriptions.

At the Directorate of Studies where specialized services (Head of Service for Teaching and Research) design timetable for courses and follow is charged to put in place a control mechanism for the strict respect of University academic prescriptions by e.g. monitoring course progressions over weeks and submitting reports to the HTTC administration for exploitation.

COURSE EVALUATION IN HTTC

In HTTC, students’ performances in a course are evaluated through the Continuous Assessment (CA) and the End of Semester Examination.

The Continuous Assessment

Continuous assessment is the continuous evaluation of students over the duration of the course in a semester. This assessment is done through various methods such as tests, quizzes, assignments, homework, class participations, and attendance. At the end of each course, the overall CA mark is calculated as the average over the successive assessments and a score is given on 30. The following important points are to be noted concerning CA marks:

  • Students with a class attendance rate less than 80 % in a given course will not be given CA marks and as such, will not be authorized to participate in the end of semester or resit exams for the course concerned,
  • Only students with attendance rate above 80% are awarded CA marks,
  • At the end of the semester, the overall Continuous Assessment mark is weighted to 30% of the overall students score.
  • CA marks are published at least two (02) weeks before the end-of-semester exams,
  • The attendance list during exams shall carried CA marks to enable students crosschecking for possible errors.

End of Semester and Resit Examinations

Examinations in HTT are organized at the end of each semester for courses in which the level coverage exceeds 80% of the course content. The score obtain during exams is weighted 70% of the overall students.

At the end of each academic year, students’ results are compiled to produce their academic profile using the HTTC/UBa the grading system. This grading system assigns Grade Point Average (GPA) as a function of the score on 100 in the manner summarized on the table bellow:

Table: UBa Grading system

Mark

/100

Grade Point Letter Grade GRADE
[0 – 40[ 0.0 F FAIL
[40 – 45[ 1.0 D POOR
[45 – 50[ 1.5 D+ BELLOW AVERAGE
[50 – 55[ 2.0 C AVERAGE
[55 – 60[ 2.5 C+ FAIR
[60 – 70[ 3.0 B GOOD
[70 – 80[ 3.5 B+ VERY GOOD
[80 – 100[ 4.0 A EXCELLENT

 

This grading system is used to compute the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the student at the end of the semester or/and academic year as the weighted arithmetic mean i.e. the average of the student’s grade point weighted by the course credit value.

 

Criteria for Promotion and Graduation

  • Promotion from level 100 to 200 or from level 400 to 500 is possible only if the students has validated at least 75% of his/her courses with a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Promotion from level 200 to 300 is subjected to the validation of all level 100 course and at least 75% of level 200 courses.
  • A student may repeat only one class in a cycle. After repeating once, a student cannot be allowed to repeat if he/she has been authorized by the Minister of Higher Education
  • A student is eligible to graduation only if he/she has validated all the courses in his/her complete training.

At the end of the academic year,

Successful students at the end of their training are awarded a diploma (DIPES 1, DIPES 2, DIPCO, DIPEN) carrying their Cumulative Grade Point Average representing the average of all of a student’s grades for all of his or her complete training. This cumulative GPA determines the classification of the Diploma awarded as summarized in the table bellow

 

Cumulative GPA Class of Degree/Diploma
[2.0 – 2.25[ Ordinary degree (Pass)
[2.25 – 2.5[  Third Class Honours (3rd)
[2.5 – 3.0[ Second Class Honours, Lower Division (2:2)
[3.0 – 3.6[ Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1)
[3.6 – 4[ First Class Honours (1st)

 

Tentative 2016-2017 HTTC Calendar of Activities

Dates/Periods Class of Degree/Diploma
15 Sept. 2016 Teaching Practice preparatory seminar and TP placement for level 300
19 Sept. 2016 Resumption of classes for Level 500
23 Sept. 2016 HTTC General Assembly and Pedagogic Seminar
27 Sept. 2016 Resumption of classes for Level 200
10 Oct. 2016 Admission of students into level 100 and 400
26-28 Oct 2016 Students forum in Douala
27 Oct 2016 General Assembly of freshmen and freshwomen
28 Oct 2016 Matriculation
31 Oct 2016 Beginning of Lectures for level 100 and 400
21-27 Nov. 2016 HTTC orientation week, with talent  identification for sports
24-26 Nov. 2016 UBa Open day
9 Dec. 2016 End of Lectures for level 500
13-17 Dec. 2016 First Semester Examinations for Level 500
17 Dec. 2016 End of Teaching Practice for Level 300
4 jan. 2017 TP/CI Preparatory seminar for level 500
6 Jan. 2017 TP/CI placement for level 500 students
3 Feb. 2017 End of Lectures for level 100, 200 and 400
6-11 Feb. 2017 HTTC’s students Cultural & sport week
14 Feb.-4 March 2017 First Semester Examinations for level 100, 200 and 400
13 March 2017 Beginning of lectures for the second semester for level 100, 200, 300 and 400
24-30 April 2017 University Games
9 June 2017 End of Lectures for the Second semester
13-30 June 2017 Second Semester Examinations
6-9 July 2017 Pre-defense of level 500 Research dissertation
10-23 July 2017 Defense juries for level 500 Research dissertations
1-31 Aug. 2017 Vacation
5-15 Sept. 2017 Repeat Examinations