Description of Course System

Prospectus for Undergraduate Study 2019-2020

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Postgraduate Programs
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    Brief Description of Undergraduate Course System


    UAP has designed the curricula and syllabi of subjects offered in the undergraduate courses to meet the growing technological challenges confronting the nation and the world as a whole. The curricula and syllabi are relevant to the current needs and are responsive to the emerging challenges.

    a). Academic Calendar

    The entire undergraduate study is generally (other than B. Arch.) a 4-year program. Each academic year comprises two semesters; i.e., Fall (typically October to March) and Spring (typically April to September). In addition to these two regular semesters, there may be provision for a short semester in the intervening period between the end of Spring (September) and commencement of Fall semester (October).

    b). Duration of Semesters

    Duration of each regular semester (Spring or Fall) is generally 18 weeks, which is organized in the following way.

    Classes                                                             14 weeks
    Mid Semester Examination                                      1 week
    Recess before Final Examination                              1 week
    Semester Final Examination                                    2 weeks
    Total                                                                18 weeks

    Mid Semester examination is held according to the academic calendar, normally after 7 weeks of class. The classes remain suspended for one week during the Mid Semester examination.

    Short Semesters have more intensive 8-week duration, with 7 weeks of Class + Mid Semester Examination and 1 week for Final examination.

    c). Credit Structure and Course Pattern

    The entire undergraduate program is covered through a set of theoretical and laboratory/sessional courses, fieldwork and project/thesis.

    i) Theoretical Courses
    One lecture per week per regular semester is equivalent to one credit hour. Thus, a three credit hour course has three lectures per week throughout a regular semester.
    ii) Laboratory Courses/Sessional Courses/Fieldwork/Project/Thesis
    Credits for laboratory/sessional/field or design work are usually half of the class hours per week per semester. Thus, a one and half credit hour course has classes for three hours per week throughout the semester. Credits are also assigned to project and thesis work taken by students.

    d). Types of Courses

    i) Core Courses
    A number of compulsory courses are identified as core courses, which form the nucleus of the Bachelor degree program.
    ii) Optional Courses
    Apart from the core courses, students will have to complete a number of courses, which are optional in nature. Hence students have some choices in selecting courses from a specified group or a number of courses.

    At present, the CE department offers B. Sc. Engineering degree at the completion of 161 credit hours. The course structure has been designed to provide the graduates with adequate theoretical and experimental backgrounds in Basic Science, Mathematics, Basic Engineering, Humanities, Civil Engineering Practice as well as the major branches of Civil Engineering; i.e., Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation and Water Resources Engineering. The following Table shows the item wise distribution of the credit hours for the CE curriculum.

    Type of Course Credit Hour
    Theoritical Sessional Total

    Basic Science
    Basic Engineering
    Civil Engineering Practice
    Environmental Engineering
    Geotechnical Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Transportation Engineering
    Water Resources Engineering
    Optional Courses
    Project & Thesis




    Total 125.0 36.0 161.0


    d). Course Registration

    A regular student is normally required to take a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 24 credits in a regular semester. The regular period of course registration starts a week before the commencement of semester classes and extends up to two weeks after the semester begins.

    e).  Grading System

    The grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of a student in a given course based on a scheme of continuous assessment. For theoretical courses this continuous assessment is generally made through class assessment (assignments, attendance and quizzes/reports/presentations), a Mid Semester examination and a Semester Final examination.
    The percentile distribution of marks for a theoretical course is as follows:

    Class Assessment                                                                   30%
    Mid Semester Examination                                                        20%
    Final Examination                                                                    50%
    Total                                                                                   100%

    Assessments for Laboratory/Sessional/ Fieldwork courses are made by evaluating the attendance and performance of students in class, oral examinations during laboratory hours and quizzes. Assessment in design courses is done through evaluation of performance during class hours, home assignments/reports and quizzes.

    The eventual performance of a student in each course is based on the numerical grade obtained in the course and is evaluated by a letter grade equivalent to certain grade points. Letter grades and the corresponding grade points are as follows:

    Numerical Grade                         Letter Grade                    Grade Point
    80% and above                          A+                                 4.00
    75% to less than 80%                 A                                   3.75
    70% to less than 75%                 A-                                 3.50
    65% to less than 70%                 B+                                 3.25
    60% to less than 65%                 B                                   3.00
    55% to less than 60%                 B-                                  2.75
    50% to less than 55%                 C+                                 2.50
    45% to less than 50%                 C                                   2.25
    40% to less than 45%                 D                                   2.00
    Less than 40%                           F                                   0.00
    Exemption                                 E                                    ---
    Incomplete Work                        I                                     ---
    Satisfactory                              S                                    ---

    Grade ‘F’: If a student fails to achieve at least 40% mark in a course, s/he will get ‘F’ grade in that course. Besides, absence in Final Examination at the end of each academic semester will also result in ‘F’ grade.
    Grade ‘E’: A student transferred to UAP from another university/academic institution will earn ‘E’ grades in the courses exempted at UAP.

    Grade ‘I’: Grade ‘I’ may be given to a candidate when s/he fails to appear at the Semester Final examinations only for reasons beyond her/his control. Grade ‘I’ shall be converted to the actual grade obtained by the student when available by the following semester. Otherwise grade ‘I’ shall be converted to an ‘F’ grade and the student has to re-register for the particular course.
    Grade ‘S’: Grade ‘S’ is given when a course, according to the syllabus, is extended to two consecutive semesters and grade ‘S’ is given in the first semester to mean satisfactory progression.

    f). Calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA)

    A student’s semester performance is evaluated by Grade Point Average (GPA), which is computed in the following manner:
                Σ (Grade Point × Credits)
    GPA=  -----------------------------
                        Σ Earned Credits
    The grade points are points against letter grades as shown earlier. Credits are only for those courses registered for at UAP.

    g). Performance Evaluation and Award of Degree

    The performance of a student is evaluated in terms of semester GPA and cumulative grade point average (CGPA), which is the weighted grade point average for all the semesters completed.
    To be awarded a degree at UAP, a student needs to complete a minimum number of credit hours specified in the curriculum, including the specified core courses. The minimum CGPA requirement for obtaining a Bachelors degree is 2.25. Candidates will be awarded a degree with honors if their CGPA is 3.75 or above.

    h). Tuition Waiver Policy

    University of Asia Pacific (UAP) provides financial assistance to meritorious students both at the time of admission and in subsequent semesters.
    At the entry level, the top 5% students of each department would get 100% tuition fees waiver in the 1st semester. Moreover, students having average GPA of 5.00 (with fourth subject), 5.00 (without fourth subject), 4.50 and 4.00 (out of 5.00) in S.S.C. and H.S.C. (or equivalent) would also get 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% tuition fees waiver in the 1st semester respectively.

    In subsequent semesters, the top 5% students of each department would get 100% tuition fees waiver based on their semester GPA. Moreover, regular students upon completing at least one semester at UAP are eligible to avail of the Vice-Chancellor’s Special Tuition Fee Waiver facilities as per the criteria shown in the following Table:

    Semester GPA            Tuition Waiver %
    3.50-3.74                  25%
    3.75-3.89                  50%
    3.90-3.99                  75%
    4.00                         100% 

    Besides, there are special scholarships/tuition fee waivers available for outstanding performance in academic, research or other areas that enhances the university’s image. Special tuition fee waivers are also available for poor but meritorious students as well as siblings studying together at UAP. However, all the tuition waiver criteria are conditional upon the students’ record of good conduct at UAP as recommended by her/his Academic Adviser and Head of the students’ department.

    i). Repeat Examination

    Repeat Examinations of a completed semester are held within the first two weeks of the following semester. A student would be allowed to appear at the Repeat Examinations if s/he fails in three theory courses or less but not exceeding 10 credit hours in a regular semester. Candidates willing to appear at these examinations must apply to the Head of the Department through the Academic Adviser stating their willingness to appear at the said examination with the receipt of payment of Tk. 1000 per course within five working days after the semester final results are published.
    Repeat Examinations on theory courses would be held on 50 percent of marks for each course and the marks for Class Assessment and Mid Semester Examination would be carried. There are no Repeat Examinations for sessional courses. The maximum grade to be obtained by a student in a Repeat Examination would be ‘B’ (equivalent to 60%). The following grading system would be followed in the Repeat Examinations:

    60% and above                      B
    55% to less than 60%             B-
    50% to less than 55%             C+
    45% to less than 50%             C
    40% to less than 45%             D
    Less than 40%                       F
    Students who appeared in Repeat Examination will not be eligible for merit based waiver/scholarship.

    j). Improvement of Grades

    The provision for improvement of grades applies to those who obtained a grade of C or lower in any course. Such candidates may be allowed to improve their grades by surrendering the earlier grade obtained. The provision is divided into two categories,
    based on the student’s CGPA being above or below 2.25. Certain academic and financial conditions apply for both categories.
    For further details of the academic rules, students should consult the university information booklet for Examination Rules and Procedures.


    Brief Description of Postgraduate Course System


    a). Introduction

    Since the establishment of the Department of Civil Engineering in 1997, the department is developing through a continuous quality monitoring and development process. Commencement of postgraduate program of the department is a milestone achievement of continuous development policy of the department. The postgraduate program is commenced with several objectives, such as enhancement of knowledge of graduate engineers so that they can make themselves fit for the new challenges in the field of civil engineers, to solve national and international problems and to create new knowledge through research activities of postgraduate students, and disseminate the new knowledge through lecture, seminar, conference, workshop, etc.

    b). Degrees Offered

     The post graduate degrees to be offered are as follows:   

           Master of Science in Civil Engineering (abbreviated as M. Sc. Engg. (Civil)) 

    c). Admission Requirements

    For admission to the courses leading to a master degree (M. Sc. Engg. (Civil) a candidate needs to satisfy the following requirements:   

           Obtained a B. Sc. Engg. degree in the relevant branch or an equivalent degree from any recognized institution.

           At least one first class/first division or equivalent CGPA in any public examination.

           At least 50% marks or CGPA or a minimum of 2.50 out of 4.0 or its equivalent in B. Sc. Engg./ M. A. or M. Sc. in the relevant branch.

           Not have a third division/class or equivalent CGPA in any public examination.

    d). Admission Procedures

    1. Application for admission to the postgraduate courses shall be invited through regular means of advertisement by the Registrar of the university. Before being finally selected for admission a candidate may be required to appear at an oral and/or written test by a Selection Committee as constituted by the Board of Post Graduate Studies (BPGS). She/he will be required to take prerequisite courses as may be prescribed by the Selection Committee. Every selected candidate, unless she/he has already been registered, shall get herself/himself registered with the university. 
    2. After admission each student shall be assigned, by the relevant BPGS, an Advisor from among the teachers of the Department not below the rank of an Assistant Professor. In advance of each enrollment and course registration for any semester, the Advisor / Supervisor shall check and approve the Selection Committee and the total hours. The student is expected to consult his Advisor on all academic matters but it is the responsibility of the individual student to see that his schedule conforms to the academic regulations.
    3. Every registered student shall get herself/ himself enrolled on payment of prescribed fees and other dues as per the university rules before the commencement of each semester. In an academic year there will normally be two semesters. All course registration must be completed within two weeks from the start of a semester. Otherwise, the student shall not be allowed to continue the course in that semester.

    e). Academic Requirements and Regulations

    1. The minimum duration of the M. Sc. Engg. course shall normally be three semesters. A candidate for the Master’s degree must complete all the requirements for the degree within five academic years from the date of the first admission in the respective program. Each academic year is comprised of two semesters; i.e., Spring and Fall. Duration of each regular semester is generally 18 weeks, which is organized in the following way:

                Classes                                                 14 weeks

                Midterm Examination                                  1 week

                Recess before Final Examination                   1 week

                Final Examination                                       2 weeks

                Total                                                    18 weeks 

    1. Academic progress is measured in terms of credit hours earned by a student. One credit hour subject normally requires one hour of class attendance per week for one semester, while one credit hour for thesis/project/laboratory normally requires three hours of work per week for one semester.
    2. For the degree of M. Sc. Engg. (Civil) a student must earn a minimum of 36 credit hours including a thesis for which 18 credit hours are assigned.
    3. There are two categories of students, namely, full-time students and part-time students.
    4. Students, serving in different organizations, may be admitted as part time students with a written consent of the employer. A part time student may be assigned a maximum of 9 credit hours of course including thesis/project work in any semester.
    5. Full time students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours and a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester. A full time student shall not be allowed to be in the employment of any organization (even as a part time employee). However, they may be employed as teaching/research assistant at the university. If a full time student becomes an employee (full time or part time) of any other organization in the middle of a semester, she/he may, with approval of the Head of the Department of CE and his/her employer, be allowed to continue as a full time student for that semester.
    1. The courses of study in the department have been recommended by the Board of Post Graduate Studies (BPGS) and the faculty and approved by the Academic Council (AC). The BPGS may review the curriculum from time to time and recommend any changes as may be considered necessary. The courses to be offered in any semester shall also be as determined by the relevant BPGS.
    2. A student on recommendation of the BPGS and as approved by the Academic Council may be allowed to transfer credits of the courses completed by the student at a recognized institution provided that the courses were not taken earlier than five calendar years from the date of his first enrolment in the respective program at UAP and that the student obtained a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or its equivalent and that the courses are equivalent to the approved courses of UAP.
    3. On the recommendation of the Board of Post Graduate Studies (BPGS) and Academic Council (AC), the rules for admission into the University for Postgraduate Studies shall be framed from time to time by the Academic Council. Academic Council on its own may, if it deems fit, recommend such rules for admission for approval of the Academic Council.

    f). Grading system

    1. The total performance of a student in a given course is based on class assessment (assignments, attendance, and projects), a mid-semester examination and a semester final examination. The percentile distribution of marks for a theoretical course is as follows:

                Class Assessment                     30%

                Mid Semester Examination       20%

                Final Examination                    50%

                Total                                        100%

    1. Final grades for courses shall be recorded as follows:

                             Numerical Grade                       Letter Grade               Grade Point

                             80% and above                 A+                          4.00
                        75% to less than 80%             A                            3.75
                        70% to less than 75%             A-                          3.50
                        65% to less than 70%             B+                          3.25
                        60% to less than 65%             B                            3.00
                        55% to less than 60%             B-                          2.75
                        50% to less than 55%             C+                          2.50
                        45% to less than 50%             C                            2.25
                        40% to less than 45%             D                            2.00
                        Less than 40%                       F                            0.00
                        Incomplete Work                    I                              ---                   
    Satisfactory                          S                             ---                     
    Unsatisfactory                       U                             ---                    
    Withdrawn                            W                            ---

    Courses in which the student gets F grades shall not be counted towards credit hour requirements and for the calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA).

     Grade I is given only when a student is unable to sit for the examination of a course at the end of the semester because of circumstances beyond his control. She/he must apply to the Head of the Department within one week after the examination to get an I grade in that course. If it is not completed within the next two semesters then the I become an F grade. She/he may, however, be allowed to register without further payment of tuition fees for that course.

     Grade S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) is used only as final grades for thesis/project and non-credit courses. Grade for thesis/project “In Progress” shall be so recorded. If however, thesis/ project is discontinued, an I grade shall be recorded.

     The grade W means officially withdrawn from a course. A student must withdraw officially from a course within two working weeks of the commencement of the semester or else his grade in that course shall be recorded as F unless she/he is eligible to get a grade of I.

    A student’s semester performance is evaluated by Grade Point Average (GPA), which is computed in the following manner:

     The grade points are points against letter grades as shown earlier. Credits are only for those courses registered for at UAP.

    1. Students may enroll for non-credit course(s) termed as audit course(s) on recommendation of her/his thesis/project Supervisor and Head of the Department. However his grade for such course(s) will not be counted for calculating his GPA.

    g). Conduct of Examination

    1. In addition to tests, assignments and/or examinations during the semester as may be given by the teacher(s) concerned, there shall be a written examination and/or other tests for each of the subjects offered in a semester at the end of that semester, the dates of which shall be announced by the Controller of Examinations, UAP as advised by the Dean of Engineering at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the examination.
    2. The Controller of Examinations shall keep up-to-date record of all the grades obtained by a student in individual Academic Record Card. Grades shall be announced by the Controller of Examinations at the end of each semester. In addition, each student is entitled to one official transcript of the university record without any fee at the completion of his academic program from the office of the Controller of Examinations on production of statement of clearance from all Departments/Offices.
    3. The BPGS of the department shall recommend the names of the paper setters and examiners for the semester examinations at least two weeks before the date of commencement of the examination to the Vice-Chancellor for approval.

    h). Qualifying Requirements

    The qualifying requirement for graduation is that a student must earn a minimum grade point of 2.75 based on the weighted average in his course work. If a student fails to maintain the minimum CGPA requirement for graduation, he may apply for improvement of grades for the subjects with grade B- or lower. However, the number of subjects will be limited to two for Master of Science in Civil Engineering and three for Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering respectively.

    i). Thesis

    Research work for a thesis shall be carried out under the supervision of a full-time faculty member of the Department of CE. However, in special cases, a full-time member of the staff belonging to a department outside the Department of CE or an Institute / Center of the university may be appointed as Supervisor, if the research content of the thesis is within the field of such a Department / Institute / Center. A co-supervisor from within or outside the department may be appointed, if necessary. The thesis proposal of a student shall be submitted for approval of the Academic Council on the recommendation of the BPGS after completion of at least 12 credit hours of course work. 

    If any change is necessary of the approved thesis (title, content, cost, Supervisor, Co-supervisor, etc.) it shall be approved by the Supervisor.

    The research study must be carried out in this university or at a place(s) approved by the CPGS in consultation with the Supervisor. The thesis should demonstrate an evidence of satisfactory knowledge in the field of research undertaken by the student. The student shall certify that the research study was done by her/him and that this work has not been submitted elsewhere for the award of any other diploma or degree.

    Every student shall submit to the Head of the Department, through his Supervisor, required number of type written copies of his thesis in the approved format on or before a date to be decided by the Head of the Department in consultation with the concerned Supervisor.

    Every student submitting a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a degree, shall be required to appear at an oral examination, on a date or dates fixed by the Head of the Department and must satisfy the examiners that she/he is capable of intelligently applying the results of this research to the solution of problems, of undertaking independent work, and also afford evidence of satisfactory knowledge related to the theory and technique used in her/his research study.

    j). Examination Board for Thesis

               I.            An Examination Board for every student for thesis and oral examination shall be approved by the BPGS on recommendation of the thesis Supervisor in consultation with the Head of the Department. The Supervisor shall act as the Chairman and the Head of the Department will be an ex-officio member of the Examination Board. The Board shall consist of at least four members including the Head of the Department and the Supervisor. The Examination Board shall be constituted as follows:

    i. Supervisor                                                                      Chairman

    ii. Co-supervisor (if any)                                                      Member

    iii. Head of the Department of CE (Ex-officio)                           Member

    iv. One or two members from within the CE Department             Member

    v. One external member from outside the CE Department           Member 

    1. If any examiner is unable to accept the appointment or has to relinquish his appointment before the examination, the Vice-Chancellor shall appoint another examiner in his place, on suggestion from the Supervisor in consultation with the Head of the Department. This appointment will be reported to the Academic Council.

    k). Academic Fees

    The university authority based on the recommendation from the Academic Monitoring and Coordination Committee (AMCC) shall decide academic fees. The tuition fees will be based on: 

      1. Caution Money (refundable): Payable at the time of admission.
      2. Course Fee: To be paid at the beginning of each semester per credit hour basis.

    n). Striking off and Removal of Names from the Rolls

    The name of the student shall be struck off and removed from the rolls of the university on the following grounds: 

      1. Non-payment of dues within the prescribed period.
      2. Failing to proceed with the program as per the rules. 
      3. Failing to make satisfactory progress in her/his program as per the rules. 
      4. Forced to discontinue her/his studies under disciplinary rules.
      5. Withdrawn officially from all the courses including thesis/project.

    l). Credit Structure and Course Pattern

    The entire graduate program is covered through a set of theoretical courses and project/thesis work.

    m). Types of Courses

    A number of courses are offered to enhance the knowledge of civil engineers in various areas of civil engineering, such as Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. A student has to complete 36 credit hours to get the degree in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering. For Master of Science in Civil Engineering, a student has to complete 18 credit hours from six theory courses and 18 credit hours from a thesis.

    n). Course Registration

    A regular student is normally required to take a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 12 credits in a regular semester. The regular period of course registration starts a week before the commencement of semester classes and extends up to two weeks after the semester begins.

     r). Performance Evaluation and Award of Degree

    The performance of a student will be evaluated in terms of GPA and cumulative grade point average (CGPA), which is the weighted grade point average for all the courses completed. Students will be considered to be making normal progress towards a degree if their CGPA for all the theory courses completed is 2.75 or better and are in good standing with the university.




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