Baccalaureate Academic Policies

Medium of Instruction

At FC College the medium of instruction is English. Students entering the baccalaureate program with deficiencies in English Language skills will be required to enroll in English Language courses designed to help such students succeed.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors of Arts (Honors) Degree:

The following requirements must be fulfilled by all students in order to qualify for formal recommendation by the faculty for the Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree:

  • The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better as well as a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the major. At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as 300 or 400 level.
  • The satisfactory completion of the General Education Requirements

General Education Distribution Requirements:

Satisfactory completion of at least 47 credit hours in courses approved as part of the General Education program, including courses in each of the following curricular divisions as noted below.

Courses Number of courses Credit hours
a. Humanities 6 18
1) Written and Oral Communications 4 12
2) Islamic Studies/Ethics 1 3
3) Humanities and Arts 1 3
b. Social or Behavioral Sciences 3 9
1) Pakistan Studies 1 3
2) Other Social Science or Behavioral Science Courses 2 6
c. Science and Mathematics 5 17 or 18
1) Must include at least two science courses (Not from the same discipline) 2 8
2) Must include at least one Mathematics Course 1 3
3) Must include at least one Computer Science course 1 3
4) One other course in either Science, Maths, Statistics, Logic or Computer Science 1 3 or 4
d. University 100: Foundation of University Education 1 3
Total 15 47 or 48

 

Demonstrated Competencies

By the end of the second year, a student must demonstrate competency in five areas as determined by performance in the college assessment examinations.

  1. Competence in written communication in Urdu
  2. Competence in written communication in English
  3. Competence in oral communication in English
  4. Quantitative competency
  5. Information Technology competency
  • The completion of a major field of study from the list of 24 majors offered by the college. For the Bachelor of Arts degree, the major must include at least 36 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.
  • The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

Policy for Competency Exam Attempts

  • Students will have three (3) attempts to pass each of the Competency Exams.
  • Students failing any Competency Exam three times will be immediately dismissed from the university. Appeals for readmission will be handled by the Vice Rector.
  • This policy will be effective Fall 2013 and will apply to all students, regardless of the number of attempts in previous years. For example, a senior who has taken one of the Competency Exams 4 times will still be allowed 3 more attempts. Likewise, a first-time freshmen will be allowed 3 attempts. All students are still expected to clear the Competency Exams by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Students who fail a Competency Exam twice will be allowed to repeat a relevant course even if he or she did not earn a D or F the first time taking the class.

Bachelors of Science (Honors) Degree

  1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better as well as a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the major. At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as 300 or 400 level.
  2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.
  3. The completion of a major field of study from the list of 24 majors offered by the college. For the Bachelor of Science Degree, the student must choose a major in one of the natural, Physical or Social sciences and complete at least 48 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.
  4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelors of Science in Education (Honors) Degree

  1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better as well as a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the major. At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as 300 or 400 level.
  2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.
  3. The completion of a major field of study in the field of Education or in a teaching discipline. For a BA in Education Degree, the student must complete at least 36 credit hours in education including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline. For a BS in Education Degree, the student must complete at least 48 credit hours in education courses including those specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.
  4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

Bachelors of Science in Business (Honors) Degree

  1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better as well as a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the major. At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as 300 or 400 level.
  2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.
  3. The completion of a major field of study in business or management. For the   Bachelor of Science in Business Degree, the student must complete at least 64 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.
  4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

Bachelors of Science in Biotechnology (Honors) Degree

  1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better as well as a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the major. At least 12 courses must be in those labelled as 300 or 400 level.
  2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.
  3. For the   Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology Degree, the student must complete at least 64 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.
  4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

Bachelors of Computer Science/Information Technology/Software Engineering (Honors) Degree

  1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better as well as a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the major. At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as 300 or 400 level.
  2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.
  3. The completion of a major field of study in Computer Information Technology or Software Engineering for the Bachelors of Computer Science, Bachelors of Software Engineering or Bachelors of Information Technology Degree, the student must complete at least 64 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.
  4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

THE GENERAL EDUCATION - Distribution Requirement

The purpose of the General Education requirement is to introduce students to a broad range of intellectual pursuits, to provide sufficient breadth of knowledge to prepare them for their role as citizens, to equip them with communication and analytical skills, to help them to integrate knowledge that comes from different disciplines and to prepare them for a lifetime of self-directed learning.

There are two components of the General Education requirement. First, students must take a total of 47 credit hours taken through course in each of the four general divisions of the academic program second, by the end of the second year, students must demonstrate competency as determined by performance on college assessment examinations in the following five areas

  1. Written communication in Urdu
  2. Written communication in English
  3. Oral communication in English
  4. Quantitative skills
  5. Information technology

Students must complete the designated number of credit hours in each of the four divisions of the curriculum listed below.

Courses Number of courses Credit hours
a. Humanities 6 18
1) Written and Oral Communications 4 12
2) Islamic Studies/Ethics 1 3
3) Humanities and Arts 1 3
b. Social or Behavioral Sciences 3 9
1) Pakistan Studies 1 3
2) Other Social Science or Behavioral Sciences courses 2 6
c. Science and Mathematics 5 17 or 18
1) Must include at least two science courses (Not from the same discipline) 2 8
2) Must include at least one Mathematics course 1 3
3) Must include at least one Computer Science course 1 3
4) One other course in either Science, Maths, Statistics, Logic or Computer Science 1 3 or 4
e. University 100: Foundation of University Education 1 3 or 4
Total 15 47 or 48

HUMANITIES - 6 Courses; 18 Credits

 

All students must complete the following FOUR courses in Written and Oral Communications.

Written Communications:

  1. English 101: Writing and Grammar
  2. English 103: Advanced Writing Skills
  3. Urdu 101: Communicative Urdu

Oral Communications:

  1. Mass Communication 100: Fundamentals of Speech
  • Students who believe that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the Competency examinations in written Urdu or written English or spoken English may take the competency examinations at the beginning of the Freshman year. If they pass the competency examinations they will be exempted from the relevant specific required course and they may, instead, take advanced courses in those areas.
  • A student must take ONE course in Islamic Studies/Ethics plus ONE course selected from the following disciplines: English, Urdu, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, Art, Music, Drama and Mass Communication.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES – 3 Courses; 9 Credits

A student must take ONE Pakistan Studies course and at least, TWO courses from the following disciplines: Economics, Education, Geography, Pakistan Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS – 5 Courses; 17 or 18 Credits

Students must take

  1. At least TWO Science courses (Not from the same discipline): Physical Science – Chemistry, Physics / Natural Science – Zoology, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Biological Science, Botany
  2. At least ONE Mathematics Course
  3. At least ONE Computer Science Course
  4. ONE other course in either Science, Maths, Statistics, Logic or Computer Science

UNIVERSITY 100: FOUNDATION OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION -  1 Course; 3 Credits

  • Prerequisite Lang 110 (or exempted from the Language Program)
  • All entering students must take University 100 during their first semester or after they have finished the LANG program. Transfers with 60 or more credits are exempted.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES

All students entering the baccalaureate program with deficient English skills, a special “immersion” program has been developed.

  1. All entering students will take ACCUPLACER for course placement. Students who do well will be placed into ENGL 101 or ENGL 103. Students with low scores will be placed into LANG and will need to clear the LANG final exam (ACCUPLACER and Spoken Test) as a prerequisite for ENGL 101. Promotion is determined by performance on the final exam (ACCUPLACER and Spoken Test) and is not based on the course grade.
  2. Number of credits per semester:
    • LANG 100 students can only take 12 credits of LANG and 3 credits of Urdu.
    • LANG 110 students can only take 12 credits of LANG and 3-4 credits in one other course.
  3. Students can repeat LANG courses, but can only receive credit once for LANG 100 or LANG 110. FCCU students are required to pass Spoken English and Written English competency exams to graduate so mastering English is vital. Continuing to learn English until a student is proficient, even if no credit is earned for follow up courses, is important for success in the baccalaureate honors program at Forman Christian College. Furthermore, English is the international language of business and commerce, so developing proficiency in English will enable success in life far beyond the campus of FCC.

This is to equip students with enough skills in the English language to manage the rigors of academic work at FC College.

MAJORS AND AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Students must complete the requirements of a major field of study in order to graduate. The number of credit hours required for the major varies depending upon the degree selected by the student, but it will be no fewer than 36 credit hours and no more than 64 credit hours. There are 24 different majors offered at FC College and brief descriptions of the course offerings and the specific courses required for each major are included under every discipline heading in the course description section of this catalogue.

Majors are offered in Biological Sciences, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information Technology, Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, Pakistan Studies, Religious Studies, Mass Communication (Journalism), Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Statistics, Urdu, Philosophy, Software Engineering,  Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR

In order to minor in a particular discipline, the student must complete ½ of the credits required for a major in that discipline. The specific courses required for a minor are determined by each department and are available in the Baccalaureate catalogue and from the Head of the Department.

ACADEMIC CREDIT

Credit towards a degree is awarded for satisfactory course completion, independent study or academic work certified by another accredited degree granting institution.

A credit hour identifies a contact hour which a student has to attend in class work, or two contact hours a student has to attend in the laboratory, studio or field work each week in a regular semester. Thus, a three credit course will meet for three hours per week, or two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

Ordinarily credit is earned by course completion. A normal full-time academic load is five courses (15 credit hours) per semester. A student may take a minimum of 12 semester credit hours or a maximum of 18 semester credit hours and still be considered a full time student. If a student enrolls in fewer than 12 credit hours, he/she is considered to be a part-time student. Enrollment of more than 18 hours is very rare and requires the approval of the Advisor and the payment of additional tuition fee.

Credit may be earned through independent study by advanced students who exhibit both the self-discipline and mastery of the methods demanded by the subject matter selected by the student. An independent study project is designed by a student in consultation with the professor who is to supervise and evaluate the work. An academic contract, made in advance, specifies the subject and method of inquiry, the texts, the purpose of the project, and the basis of evaluation and credit. Each contract must be approved by the Vice Rector. Independent study forms are available from the Office of the Assistant Vice-Rector.

Credit is earned by migration or transfer from another degree-granting institution recognized by the Higher Education Commission or accredited in the USA or UK, up to a limit of 64 credit hours. A student transferring to FC College from another institution should request a transcript of work done in the other institution be sent to the Assistant Vice-Rector. When the transcript has been evaluated, the applicant is notified of the credit acceptance by migration/transfer committee.

FC College recognizes that many experiences outside the classroom may contribute to a student’s program. Internships, participation in community projects, and field experience may be accorded credit if closely coordinated with the student’s academic program. Such experience ordinarily constitutes a part of a regular course or independent study project.

THE GRADING SYSTEMS

Grading System
The standard grading system of the university is A (Superior Work), B (Good Work), C (Satisfactory Work), D (Poor Work) and F (Unacceptable Work). All courses in which a grade of C or higher has been earned shall count toward fulfilling degree requirements. A course in which a D grade is earned may fulfill degree requirements only when a grade of B or higher is earned in another full course.

The student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed on the basis of awarding 4.0 quality points for a grade of A; 3.0 quality points for a grade of B; 2.0 quality points for a degree of C; 1.0 quality points for a grade of D; and 0 quality points for a grade of F. The student must earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 or better in order to graduate.

Grade Change Policy
If an instructor of a student determines that a grade was issued incorrectly because of a clerical or procedural error (a calculation error or one in transcribing the grade), it can be corrected by submitting a grade change form to the Academic office.

Grade Change Policy

If an instructor of a student determines that a grade was issued incorrectly because of a clerical or procedural error (a calculation error or one in transcribing the grade), it can be corrected by submitting a grade change form to the Academic office.

The procedure is as follows:

1. An original grade change form must be picked up from the Academic Office by only an Instructor of the course for which the change is being made.

  • Forms will not be given to the student requesting the grade change or department administrative staff.
  • Grade Change forms must not be stored in excess by instructors/departments.

2. The grade change form must be filled completely:

  • The reason for the change must be stated clearly.
  • The form must be signed and dated by the instructor.
  • If the instructor is no longer on faculty, the grade change form can be processed by the department Chairperson or Dean with approval from the Vice Rector.

3. All grade changes carry a time limit.

  • Incompletes can be changed within 8 weeks of the following semester.
  • Any other changes (due to typing errors and miscalculations) will continue to be accepted by the Academic Office up to 8 weeks of the following semester.
  • After this time grades cannot be changed except for Research.
  • Approval of the Vice Rector is required for submission of grade changes beyond the stated time.

4. The grade change form must be submitted in person by the Instructor within the stated time frame. Only original forms will be accepted for grade change. Photocopied grade change forms will not be approved.

Grade of ‘I’ (Incomplete)

1. A grade of “I” (Incomplete) indicates that, although a substantial proportion of the course requirements have been met, the student has not completed all course requirements by the end of the term.

2. In the judgment of the instructor the student:

  • Has been in good standing.
  • Is facing an emergency situation beyond his/her control.

3. A student must submit the work required within six weeks of the following semester. If the work is not completed the grade of incomplete is automatically changed to an F.

4. An Incomplete should never be given to a student who has performed poorly during the entire semester and wants extra time to improve the grade.

Retake & Withdrawal Policies

Retaking a Course
Students who have received a grade of D or F in a course are allowed to retake that course. The second grade will count and will be factored into the CGPA.

Course Withdrawal

  • Students are allowed to withdraw from a course until the end of the ninth week of the semester. Students who withdraw from a course by the withdrawal deadline will receive a grade of WP or WF by the instructor.
  • If a student does not officially drop a course or withdraws from a course after the deadline, he/she will receive a grade of F.
  • In extreme circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as illness, accident or death of a parent, permission will be granted to withdraw after the withdrawal deadline. The student may request an emergency withdrawal by submitting a petition (and attaching appropriate documentation) to the Assistant Vice Rector.

 

Temporary Withdrawal (Discontinuing for one semester or year)

  • A Temporary Withdrawal means the student has decided to discontinue one semester or one year of studies. Depending on the date of withdrawal, the student may be entitled to a refund.
  • Students who need to withdraw should initiate the process by meeting first with their mentor and then with the Dean of Students, completing the withdrawal form and providing appropriate documentation to support their request to withdraw.
  • Students who are recipients of financial aid must consult the Office of Financial Aid to confirm if their withdrawal will have any impact on their financial aid eligibility.
  • The Dean of Students will forward the withdrawal form along with documents to the Assistant Vice Rector as soon as the decision to withdraw has been made.

One Course in Lieu of Another
If during the course of a student’s four year program, the department decides to change core course offerings by:

  1. Withdrawing a core course that was required in a catalog
  2. Offering one course in lieu of another

The department must:

  1. Inform the Vice Rector officially and copy the Academic Office on such a change being made and its applicability to all students.
  2. Get the approval of the Vice Rector prior to making an exception for one student.

 

University Withdrawal
A University Withdrawal is defined as leaving the university permanently. If a student decides to leave the university the procedure to be followed is given below:

  1. The student must go to the Academic Office for an official university Student Clearance Form.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain clearance from the Library, Computer Lab, Chief Proctor, Accounts Office and Science Laboratories.
  3. The university ID card must be returned to the Chief Proctor.
  4. The student’s letter of discontinuation along with the clearance form must be submitted to the Academic office for the Assistant Vice Rector’s approval.
  5. On receiving the approval, the Academic Office will issue a Letter of Release.
  6. The student must submit a copy of the Letter of Release to the Accounts office in order to collect his/her library security deposit.
  7. If a student quits and fails to inform the university about the decision to discontinue at the university, he/she will receive failing grades for all courses. If the student does not cancel his/her registration prior to the drop deadline, he/she will be held financially responsible for applicable tuition fees.

Readmission to the University
Students who have not been enrolled for three consecutive semesters will be dropped from the university. They must seek readmission to the University to resume their studies by submitting a Request of Readmission to the Vice Rector for final approval. It is the student’s responsibility to submit a copy of the readmission approval to

  1. the Accounts Office (for Readmission fee and tuition) and
  2. the Academic Office (for Registration).

Once readmitted the student will apply for student ID card at the Chief Proctor’s office.

Academic Credit
Credit towards a degree is awarded for satisfactory course completion, independent study or academic work certified by another accredited degree granting institution.

A credit hour identifies a contact hour which a student has to attend in class work, or two contact hours a student has to attend in the laboratory, studio or field work each week in a regular semester. Thus, a three credit course will meet for three hours per week, or two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.

Ordinarily credit is earned by course completion. A normal full-time academic load is five courses (15 credit hours) per semester. A student may take a minimum of 12 semester credit hours or a maximum of 18 semester credit hours and still be considered a full time student. If a student enrolls in fewer than 12 credit hours, he/she is considered to be a part-time student. Enrollment of more than 18 hours is very rare and requires the approval of the Advisor and the payment of additional tuition fee.

Credit may be earned through independent study by advanced students who exhibit both the self-discipline and mastery of the methods demanded by the subject matter selected by the student. An independent study project is designed by a student in consultation with the professor who is to supervise and evaluate the work. An academic contract, made in advance, specifies the subject and method of inquiry, the texts, the purpose of the project, and the basis of evaluation and credit. Each contract must be approved by the Vice Rector. Independent study forms are available from the Office of the Assistant Vice Rector.

Credit is earned by migration or transfer from another degree-granting institution recognized by the Higher Education Commission or accredited in the USA or UK, up to a limit of 64 credit hours. A student transferring to FCC from another institution should request a transcript of work done in the other institution be sent to the Assistant Vice Rector. When the transcript has been evaluated, the applicant is notified of the credit acceptance by migration/transfer committee.

FCC recognizes that many experiences outside the classroom may contribute to a student’s program. Internships, participation in community projects, and field experience may be accorded credit if closely coordinated with the student’s academic program. Such experience ordinarily constitutes a part of a regular course or independent study project.

Transfer Credit 
Course Credit that is Acceptable
1. An official request for transfer of credits takes place through:

  • The Vice Rector’s Office prior to a new admission
  • The Academic office for students going on student exchange programs during their course of study at Forman Christian College

2. An official transcript is required for all transfer work.
3. The student must have a letter of good academic standing from the University he/she is leaving.
4. The transfer courses must come from an accredited institution.
5. The courses must be appropriate for Forman Christian College’s Degree Requirements.
6. The grade for each course must be a C or better to be accepted by Forman Christian College.
7. The Chairperson of an individual department determines how transfer credits count toward the fulfillment of Forman Christian College’s Major Degree requirements.
8. Transfer of General Education requirements is determined by the Academic Office.

Course Credit that is Unacceptable

  1. Transfer credit request based on unofficial or photocopied transcripts
  2. Courses studied at Non-accredited institutions

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory sessions in courses for which they are registered. Students who miss classes are far less likely to succeed in meeting the requirements of the course. Each teacher outlines his or her expectations for class attendance in the course syllabus. Teachers are expected to keep accurate records of student attendance. If a student does not attend a minimum of 67% (or the percentage set by the instructor on the course syllabus) of the class and laboratory sessions, he/she will not be permitted to take the final examination in the course.