GENERAL REGULATIONS GOVERNING BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMMES

2.1 Before being admitted to any course taught in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, every candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Social Work must satisfy such conditions of admission as may be in force at the time of his admission.

2.2 A student shall be subject to the degree regulations in force at the time she/he commenced studies within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  If, however, the programme she/he was following earlier permits, academically and practically, a student may elect to come under the degree regulations set forth in this Handbook.

2.3 A student shall complete all the academic programme requirements as approved by the Senate, of the programme leading to the degree to be awarded.  However, acting on behalf of the Board of Studies, the Dean of the School, in consultation with the appropriate Head of Department, may authorise variations to these requirements.

2.4 All degree patterns and yearly course combinations are subject to the approval of the Dean of the School.

2.5 No student may register for a combination of courses that is incompatible with the basic timetable of the School for the academic year in question.

2.6 Students registered for degree programmes shall complete sixteen full year course equivalents of which at least eight shall be at 3000/4000/9000 series level.

2.7 Students registered for the Social Work degree programme shall complete at least seventeen full year course equivalents of which at least nine shall be at the 3000/4000/9000 series levels.

2.8 A full-time student will normally register for four full year course equivalents in each academic year.  However, exceptions can be made by the Senate and students may, for good reason, apply to take either more or fewer than the normal course load in any one year. The decision as to whether or not to recommend such exceptions lies with the Dean of the School.

2.9 A part time student will normally register for two full year courses in each academic year. She/he may not take more than two full year course equivalents without the permission of the Senate, on the recommendation of the Board of Studies or the Dean of the School.

2.10 A student may not enroll in any course without the approval of the Head of Department concerned.

3.0 EXEMPTIONS

3.1 The University Senate may grant exemptions to a student from particular courses where, in its opinion, the student holds qualifications which represent a standard of attainment justifying the exemption which is sought.  The number of exemptions that may be granted in any one case and for any one degree programme shall not exceed four full year course equivalents.

3.2 No automatic exemptions are recommended by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, but the process of determining whether or not an exemption should be granted involves a comparison of the curricula and the standard of qualifications already passed with those of the courses from which exemptions is sought.

3.3 A student who has been exempted from a course may additionally be granted credit for the course.

3.4 A course for which exemption has been granted may not be repeated at the University of Zambia.

3.5 Applications for exemption from courses must be made on the appropriate forms through the Dean of the School before admission to a programme of study within the School.  Students applying for exemption on the basis of qualifications obtained at institutions other than the University of Zambia shall themselves provide such details as the Dean may require of the curriculum followed and qualifications obtained.

3.6 An undergraduate from another School of the University of Zambia may with the approval of the Senate, become a candidate for a degree programme in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and may, at the discretion of the Dean of the School, count towards that degree programme any previously completed courses that meet the requirements of the degree programme in the, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


3.7 A graduate of the University of Zambia from another School who wishes to take a Bachelor’s degree may be granted credit for courses taken towards his previous degree to a maximum of four full year course equivalents, provided that the Board of Studies is satisfied that the courses previously taken have acceptable correspondence to Bachelor’s degree courses in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

3.8 A graduate of another university who wishes to take a Bachelor’s degree in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences may, upon the recommendation of the Board of Studies, and the approval of the Senate, be granted credit for a maximum of four full course equivalents based on the previous degree work, provided this work has acceptable correspondence to the School’s Bachelor’s degree courses.  Courses taken elsewhere for which a student had been granted such credit may not be repeated as part of her/his work for the Bachelor’s degree.

*3.9 A student who has been granted credit for courses taken in another School of the University or College must take at least two full year course equivalents each in the 3000, 4000, and 9000 series in the School.

4.0 COURSES

4.1  Definition of a Course

(i) A course is one academic year’s study of a subject in accordance with a syllabus prescribed by the Board of Studies.  Two half courses are the equivalent of one full course.

(ii) A full course is taught throughout the academic year, and is the equivalent of not less than four contact hours per week (i.e. lectures, tutorials and seminars) with, in addition, in the case of practical courses, one laboratory session per week.

(iii) A course taught in the first half or second half of the academic year is the equivalent of approximately half the time required for a full course but with a correspondingly reduced number of contact hours.

(iv) A half course is the equivalent of approximately half the time required for a full course, and is taught either half of the academic year or during the year but with a correspondingly reduced number of contact hours.

(v) A pre-requisite is a required course which must have been taken and passed before a student is permitted to register for a particular subsequent course.

(vi) A co-requisite is a course which must be taken concurrently with a course for which it is a co-requisite (unless it has been taken and passed before).

4.2 Course Nomenclature (each course bears a subject symbol)

 DRA Drama
 DEM Demography
 DEV Development Studies
 ELL English Language and Linguistics
 ECN Economics
 FRE French
 HIS History
 LAL Linguistic and African Languages
 LAN Literature and Languages
 LIT Literature
 MCS Mass Communication
 PAM Public Administration
 PHI Philosophy
 POL Political Science
 PSG Psychology
 SOC Sociology
 SWK Social Work
 ZLG Zambian Languages
 GDS Gender Studies
 ARC Archaeology
 JAP Japanese
 CHN Chinese
 
4.3 Course Numbers

Each course number bears a subject symbol and four digits, e.g. DEM 4110.  Each digit indicates a particular designation.

First Digit
 
This indicates at what year, level a particular course is taken:

1 – a course taken at first year level
2 – a course taken at second year level
3 – a course taken at third year level
4 – a course taken at fourth year level
9 – a course at third or fourth year level

Second and Third Digits

These are numbers that identify a course uniquely (eg., 01, 02, 10, 11, 12, etc.).

 

Fourth Digit

This is to serve the function of indicating type of course and time when a course is offered (table).

4th Digit 
Meaning of the 4th Digit
0 Full course offered for the whole academic year
1 Course offered in the first half of the academic year
2 Course offered in the second half of the academic year
3 Half course offered during the break and or long vacation
4 Project course
5 Half course offered either the first or second of the academic year
9 Half course offered throughout the academic year

Example

* ECN 4121

ECN – Economics

4 – Course taken at fourth year level
1 – Field of Study or Subject
2 – The second in the series of courses in that field of study available at that level
            1 – course to be taken in the first half of the academic year

4.4 Course Requirements

1. To complete a course a candidate shall:

(a) Attend such lectures, tutorials, seminars, residential school, laboratory classes and field work as are prescribed

(b) take the prescribed final examination and obtain sufficient marks in the overall assessment to get a grade of C or higher;

(c) pass the oral examination if one is prescribed.

2. A student shall be taken not to have satisfied the requirements for the completion of a course unless she/he attends at least eighty percent (80%) of the class meetings.

3. A student shall not register for a course for which she/he does not have the necessary pre-requisites or co-requisites.  The Dean in consultation with the Head of Department may at her/his discretion waive pre-requisites or co-requisites for all students or for particular students.

4. A student shall register for courses on or by the date determined by the Senate.  A penalty fee shall apply for late registration.  No student will be registered for a course more than three weeks after the commencement of the course.

5. A student may not change her/his course enrolment without written approval from the Dean of the School.  A student wishing to change course(s) is required to apply formally to the Dean by the deadline which is announced at the beginning of the academic year.