Description of Course System
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.
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
d). Types of Courses
i) Core 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.
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.
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:
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 ‘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.
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:
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
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.
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:
Tuition Waiver %
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.
60% and above
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,
Brief Description of Postgraduate Course System
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
e). Academic Requirements and Regulations
Classes 14 weeks
Midterm Examination 1 week
Recess before Final Examination 1 week
Final Examination 2 weeks
Total 18 weeks
f). Grading system
Class Assessment 30%
Mid Semester Examination 20%
Final Examination 50%
Numerical Grade Letter Grade Grade Point80% 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.
g). Conduct of Examination
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.
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
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:
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:
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.