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Assessment of students

Assessment of students

Students are assessed through written and practical examination. Examinations shall be conducted at the end of each semester. A student must obtain a pass in the required number of courses and in the long essay / project to qualify to graduate.

Assessment of course work

  • There shall be formal examinations (70%) in course of study at the end of each semester.
  • There shall be a system of continuous assessment (30%) which would be based on quizzes, short tests, practical work, team assignments, oral presentations and reports.
  • The examination in each course shall not be less than ONE hour THIRTY minutes duration.
  • The method of assessment of performance of students in a course will be in accordance with the grading system prescribed by the mentoring University (University for Development Studies, Tamale) from time to time. Therefore the grading and interpretation currently in force will be used in the assessment of student in a course.

Assessment of students’ performance and achievements

Regulations on students’ assessment, performance and achievements are clearly defined in the Student Handbook and each student shall be given a copy during the orientation week.

The programme duration shall be three (3) years comprising six (6) semesters. There shall be 16 weeks within a semester for theoretical aspects and practical to be undertaken at the College’s skills laboratory/demonstration room.

The College operates a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester examination system with the following weightings:

  • Continuous assessment 30%
  • End-of-semester examination 70%

The continuous assessment component consists of assignments, quizzes, short tests, project work and clinical practice assessment. This component enables students the chance to demonstrate their abilities on a wider variety of learning tasks and broader variety of work environments than is possible under formal examination condition.

Students are assessed through end of semester written and practical examination of duration not less than one and a half hours.
The practical training will comprise intra-semester practicum of two (2) weeks duration and four (4) weeks inter-semester practicum. The inter-semester supervised practicum will be assessed and graded as a required component of the programme of study.
The credit system of this programme is one (1) credit is equivalent to six (6) contact hours for field work and one (1) hour theory is equivalent to one (1) credit hour.

A non-performing student who trails more than two (2) courses after each semester examinations shall be given to the Counselling Unit for guidance and counselling. If such student may require more academic assistance he/she may be assigned to a lecturer and/or Teaching Assistant for free tutorials.

A first year student who fails in four (4) or more than half of the number of courses in the first or second semester examinations shall be withdrawn at the end of the semester. The second year students who trail four (4) courses at the end of the re-sit examination shall be put on probation for one semester.

Re-sit examination will be conducted only for students who have taken the main examinations and have failed in the courses.

Evaluation of course work

There shall be an assessment of student performance in course work. This will be done through a combination of mid-semester and end of semester examination. The grading will comprise:

  • Mid-semester examination 30%
  • End of semester examination 70%
  • Pass mark for each course is 40%

Requirement for Graduation

A student should be expected to have:

  • Satisfied all general requirements of the College/Mentor University
  • Obtained passes in all the prescribed courses
  • Accumulated 109 credit hours
  • Acquired a CGPA of 1.5 or above over a period of 3 years study.

Grading System

Percentages Grade Grade point Description
80 – 100 A+ 5.0 Excellent
70 – 79 A 4.5 Very Good
65 – 69 B + 4.0 Good
60 – 64 B 3.5 Above Average
55 – 59 C+ 3.0 Average
50 – 54 C 2.5 Satisfactory
45 – 49 D+ 2.0 Pass
40 – 44 D 1.5 Fair
0- 39 F Fail

“I” Incomplete (student inability to complete the course for various reasons)
“Z” Involvement in examination malpractice

Grade Point

Each grade is assigned a numerical grade as indicated above. The number of Grade Point (GP) earned by a student for each course completed is computed as the product of the number of credits for the course and the numerical grade obtained in that course.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

Student’s cumulative grade point is calculated by dividing the total number of grade point obtained, up to any specified time, by the total number of credits for all courses for which the student has registered up to that time.

Classification of Qualification

The course will be classified as follows:

Class Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
First class 4.50 or above
Second class (upper division) 3.50 – 4.49
Second class (lower division) 2.50 – 3.39
Third class 2.0 – 2.49
Pass 1.50-1.99
Fail Below 1.50

Mode of certification

Students who successfully complete all the six-semester examinations organised in conjunction with University for Development Studies (UDS) will be awarded with an academic diploma certificate by UDS. These students will then sit for a professional examination conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and successful students will receive Registered General Nursing Certificate which enables them to practice as professional nurses.

Cancellation of Award of Diploma

Regardless of a previous confirmation of an award of a diploma, the Academic Board may at any time cancel such an award with retrospective

    effect, if it is discovered that;
  • a candidate entered the institution with a false qualification
  • a candidate impersonated someone else
  • a candidate was guilty of Examination Malpractice for which a grade Z would have been awarded
  • that there are other extenuating circumstances and reasons culminating in withholding of confirmation of the award in the first place.

In such an event, the final decision of the Academic Board shall be published on the institution’s notice board. As such, the candidate will also be notified of the Board’s decision. The cancellation and the underlying reasons shall be written on the candidate’s transcript.