Brac University follows a model of higher education consisting of semesters, courses, credit hours continuous evaluation and letter grading.
In keeping with its mission and goals, the University strives to ensure high academic standards by implementing well-designed curricula, carefully selecting high quality students and faculty, utilizing modern and effective instructional methods and aids, and by continuously monitoring and rigorously evaluating all pertinent activities and systems. As mentioned earlier, BRAC University has built up resources and facilities to ensure high academic standards.
There are three equal semesters - Spring, Fall and Summer. The duration of each semester is 13 working weeks. An additional week for each semester is allocated for final exams. Usually the Spring semester commences in January, the Summer semester in May and the Fall semester in September. The Semester Calendar provides deadlines for registration, add/drop courses, withdrawals etc. This has financial and academic implications.
Course Numbering System
Each course is identified by a two-part numbering system. The first part with three letters represents the subject area and the second part refers to the level of the course as follows:
1st Year courses: 100-199 3rd Year courses: 300-399
2nd Year courses: 200-299 4th Year courses: 400-499
The series 100, 200, 300 and 400 numbers are intended to indicate the progressively more demanding content of the course and correspondingly increasing competence on the part of the students enrolled in the course. For example, ACT 301 Intermediate Accounting is a third year course and it is assumed that a student registering for this course has already attended one or more second year (200 levels) courses in Accounting. A student may register for this course before the third year if s/he has already fulfilled the prerequisites for the course. The course may also be taken after the third year when the student has fulfilled the prerequisites. Courses numbered 001 - 099 are remedial or non-credit courses.
Students take courses each semester and these courses have credits assigned to them and the credits are counted towards the degree. Credit hours for a course are assigned on the basis of a 13-week semester. One (1) credit hour means that the course meets for a 50 minutes class each week; three (3) credits mean that the class will meet twice a week for 80 minutes in each session. The tutorial/lab/workshop sessions meet for 100 - 150 minutes each week. Two (2) credit courses mean that the course meets twice every week for 50 minutes in each class.
Good advice is critical for successful graduation. For most students, University will be the first time that they will be responsible for things, such as selecting courses or choosing a major. An academic advisor who is a faculty member can help with these and other decisions; however, advising is a two-way street. Students and advisors share the responsibility for successful advising.
The performance of the students will be evaluated throughout the semester by class tests, quizzes, assignments and mid-term exams. End of semester evaluation includes comprehensive final exams' term papers' project reports etc. Numerical scores earned by a students in tests, exams, assignments etc are cumulated and converted to letter grades at the end of the semester.
Methods and Medium of Instructions
The University follows modern teaching methods including interactive Internet, simulation, lab work, case analysis and field study. A special feature of Brac University teaching is the workshop/lab sessions designed to assist students in learning concepts and theories. The medium of instruction in BRAC University is English.
- The grades at the BracU are indicated in the following manner:
Numerical Scores Range Letter grade Grade Point
90 - 100 = A (4.0) Excellent
85 - <90 = A- (3.7)
80 - <85 = B+ (3.3)
75 - <80 = B (3.0) Good
70 - <75 = B- (2.7)
65 - <70 = C+ (2.3)
60 - <65 = C (2.0) Fair
57 - <60 = C- (1.7)
55 - <57 = D+ (1.3)
52 - <55 = D (1.0) Poor
50 - <52 = D- (0.7)
<50 = F (0.0) Failure
Grades without numerical value:
Pass/Fail Option: A course may be taken for a pass/fail grade, providing that the instructor approves the option and the student carries 12 credits for regular letter grades in that semester. A maximum of 16 credits may be taken for credit with the pass/fail grading option. No more than four credits may be taken with the pass/fail grading option in any one semester. Departments may not approve the pass/fail grading option for some courses counting towards the major.
Incomplete Grade: An Incomplete (I) grade is assigned only when a student has failed to complete one or more requirements of the course for an unavoidable reason/accidental circumstance and has applied for I grade. The students who are permitted to appear in make up examination (s) will be assigned an 'I' grade for that course and this grade will stay until the student appears in the make up examination at the first available opportunity; if s/he fails to appear in the make up examination the 'I' grade will automatically be converted to an 'F' grade.
Withdrawal (W): is assigned to a student who withdraws from the course within the deadline for withdrawal with a 'W' grade. A student who withdraws after this date will earn the grade based on his performance before his withdrawal. Exception to this rule may be made on medical grounds and on terms and condition imposed by the University.
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed in the following manner:
Sum of (Grade points H Credits)
GPA = ---------------------------------------------
Sum of Credits attempted
Grades Review Procedure
The Committee on Academic Standards administers the Grading Regulations and reviews course grades submitted by the Departments.
Students will be expected to maintain standards in their academic work. They should take the requisite number of courses and maintain satisfactory grades in these courses. In particular, students are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.00 (both semester and cumulative), otherwise the student will be put on probation the following semester. If the student fails to maintain a CGPA of 2.00 in any semester, then the University will review the student's record and may recommend further action that may include options such as changing course of study, taking extra courses or, in some cases, withdrawing from the University. If a student on probation fails to raise CGPA to 2.00 in two consecutive semesters s/he will be dismissed from the University. Students whose grade point average is below 1.0 in their first semester may be asked to withdraw from the University.
A student who receives an F grade on a course will be required to repeat the course and the grade received on repeating the course will replace his original grade (F). The transcript will show the grade earned on repetition along with the F grade although it will not be counted in GPA or CGPA computation. However, if a student after repeating 100 or 200 level course obtains a better grade, s/he will not have her/his 'F' shown in the final transcript. The final Transcript will only indicate her/his latest grade in that particular course. A student who earns an F grade on repetition will be allowed to take the course once again. In the case of a student who takes the course for the third time and earns an F grade, the University will review the student’s record and recommend further action which may include options such as changing course of study, taking extra courses, withdrawing from the University temporarily or dismissal from the program.
A student may retake one or more courses for improvement of a grade and the better of the grades earned on a course on retaking will be counted for CGPA calculation. The transcript will, however, show all the grades earned on the course. A course cannot be retaken more than twice.
Courses for Audit and Credit
Audit is a registration status allowing students to attend a course without receiving a credit. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in BRAC University may audit courses. Graduates of Brac University or other universities acceptable to Brac University may enroll for "audit" of courses. The performance of students auditing a course will not be evaluated or graded and they will receive a grade 'AU'.
Students and alumni of Brac University will have to pay 50% of tuition fees and other fees. All other students will have to pay full tuition and other fees.
Students currently enrolled in universities acceptable to BRAC University may enroll as credit students in at best 10 courses (30 credits) on payment of full tuition and other fees of the University. Candidates seeking admission in one or more audit/credit course(s) must apply using the prescribed form and the applications will be considered as individual cases. The University reserves the right to accept or reject the applications.
Credit transfer from an educational institution with a system similar to Brac University may be considered after admission. Such candidates will have to apply with the required documents and are subject to the credit transfer rules of BRAC University.
The total credits transferred by a student from other universities should not exceed 50 (or 65 credits for students of Architecture Department). The student must meet the residency requirement of at least two years at Brac University.