Assignments are intended to reinforce the learning process by ensuring participation of the students in finding the solution to a given problem which requires internalization of understanding and practices in enhancing self development. Assignments will be administered in a form of written work or practical exercises that will be done individually and in groups. At least two individual assignments and one group assignment will be administered in a semester to foster self development. Study tours may be used for reinforcement of learning outcomes whenever possible and field tour reports will be assessed as individual and group assignments respectively.
Written timed tests will be administered in order to measure theoretical abilities of students and evaluate their performance in a written form. There will be a minimum of two timed tests in a given semester that will be supervised by respective tutors and lecturers for duration of not less than one hour.
The pass marks for coursework class attendance shall be 70% of total course hours required in a semester. Incomplete coursework shall be less than 70% of attendance and shall lead to repeat module. A student who will sit for the examination with incomplete coursework (less than 70% of attendance) shall have her or his results null and void for the respective module and shall repeat a module.
Some Certificates and all Diploma and Degree programmes shall have compulsory field practicum. Block fieldwork shall take place at the end of second semester for Diploma programme (NTA 5) and semester IV for degree programme; students shall undertake block fieldwork in order to have opportunity to have hands-on practices for all theoretical issues they learned in classrooms. Internal Supervisors’ reports (20 marks), external Supervisors’ report (20 marks), and student’s logbook (10 marks) and student’s fieldwork final report (50 marks) shall be used to assess students on their practice excellence. Bloc fieldwork shall be supplemented by extended block fieldwork of similar period. Assignments shall not be used to supplement fieldworks as they differ in essence the former is theoretical while the latter is practice. Concurrent field practices shall taken as regulated by VETA
Bachelor Degree students shall have research project in their last year while Postgraduate Diploma programme shall produce a dissertation at the end of the Third semester. For undergraduate students the first semester of the third year shall prepare research proposals under supervisors. At the end of second semester students shall go for field data collection and that exercise shall culminate with data analysis and research report production at the end of the last semester. Research reports shall be received by October 15th of a given year. Delays will be considered in the next academic year. No research project shall extend more than two academic years. The Postgraduate Diploma programme (pre-NTA 9) shall undertake research project at the end of the second semester; students shall undertake independent study (dissertation) in order to have opportunity to have hands-on practices for all analytical issues they need in decision making. Internal Supervisors shall be appointed to supervise every student. External supervisors will be appointed for external marking and the final scores for dissertations shall be the average of both internal and external supervisors’ scores.
At the end of every semester, the Institute shall conduct end of semester examinations of not less than two hours and half, and not more than three hours. This final examination shall be supervised by the college administration. The examinations papers shall be moderated internally and externally prior to students sitting for examinations and post moderated by external examiners after internal examiners assessment. End of Semester Examinations shall carry 60% of the module’s final results. Failing in first sitting shall lead to supplementary examination taking. No candidate will sit for the semester examination with incomplete coursework. Appeals for failed examinations shall be made in two weeks after the release of semester exam results.
The pass marks for final semester examinations for every module shall be 50% (50 marks for both coursework and semester examination for a given module) of total final examination for certificate programmes, 45% (45 marks for both coursework and semester examination for a given module) of total final examination for Ordinary Diploma programmes and 40% (40 marks for both coursework and semester examination for a given module) of total final examination for Degree programmes. Scores below indicated marks shall mean failures and students shall sit for supplementary examinations. Failing supplementary examination shall lead to repeat module so all failed final examinations shall be supplemented one week before the start of a next semester. A student who will fail for more than half of modules taken in a given semester shall be allowed to repeat a semester only once.
No student shall be allowed to proceed to the next semester if he/she fails in more than half of modules taken in a given semester. No student shall be allowed to proceed to the next academic year if he/she carries more than two modules taken in a given academic year. The modules carried forward to the next academic year shall have to be completed n the following semester. No carrying shall be allowed after one semester of the next academic year unless the carried down module is scheduled to the second semester of the next academic year. A student who carries forward a module(s) and fails shall have his/her results nullified for the next academic year and shall be deemed to repeat a year he/she failed before proceeding to the next year.
No student shall be allowed to proceed to the next NTA Level unless he/she passes all the modules designated for the level he/she is admitted and enrolled for. A student who enrolls himself or herself in the next NTA with failed modules will be considered not admitted or enrolled and he/she will have wasted his/her time for nothing unless is registered for non leaving level of NTA Level 5 and 7, where time for carrying forward is possible.