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Courses and Credit structure

Number of Courses and Credits

Curriculum of Master of Pharmacy program of both groups (viz. General and Thesis) are made up of 12 theory courses holding 29 credits. In addition to that students of M. Pharm (General Group) are to conduct practical courses for 4 credits with an additional 2 credits for an assigned professional project and 1 credit for oral assessment. And M. Pharm (Thesis Group) students are to conduct research work for their individual dissertations that hold 6 credits, with an additional 1 credit for oral assessment. So, M. Pharm (both of General Group & Thesis Group) program is made up of 36 credits.

Academic Period & Semesters

The theory and practical courses of M. Pharm (General Group) study are conducted on regular basis only in day time period (9:00 am to 6:00pm) in 12 (twelve) academic months consisting of 2 (two) six-monthly semesters in an academic year.

Each semester consists of 18 weeks of class lectures and practical sessions, 2 weeks of preparation period before a semester final examination. Rest 6 weeks of a semester is utilized for conduction of mid-semester & semester-final examinations, result publication, advising & registration. The two semesters are named as Summer (July to December) Semester and Spring (January to June).

Assignment of Credits and Courses

The program is offered through a set of theoretical and laboratory based practical courses & project/thesis works.

A. Theoretical Courses:

One hour lecture per week per semester will be equivalent to one Credit. Thus, a three Credit hours’ course is made up of three lecture hours per week throughout the semester.

B. Practical Courses:

A practical course is made of one-half of the class hours of a semester.

Class Attendance

A student with less then 70% attendance is never allowed to appear in mid-semester or semester final examination.

Assessment of Thesis and Project Report

Thesis and Project reports are evaluated by two external examiners and oral assessment of both group of the students are conducted in the presence of an external examiner of the formed examination committee.

Grading System

The total performance of a student in a given course is based on a system of continuous assessment. For a theoretical course, this continuous assessment is made through homework, assignment, attendance, class tests etc, a mid-semester examination of 90 minutes and a semester final examination of 180 minutes. The distribution of marks for a given course is as follows:

A. Theory & Practical Courses

I. Class Assessments(Class tests 10%, Class assignments 5%, Class attendance 5%) :20%
II. Mid Semester: 30%
III. Final Exam: 50%

B. Thesis (Dissertation)

Full mark for the evaluation of the thesis for the degree of M. Pharm. (Thesis Group) is 200.

The Grading System as prescribed by the University Grants Commission, Dhaka is followed in grading students’ aptitude in examinations. The system is as follows:

Serial Numerical Grade Letter Grade Grade Point
1 80% and above A+ (A Plus) 4:00
2 75% to less than 80% A (A regular) 3.75
3 70% to less than 75% A- (A minus) 3.50
4 65% to less than 70% B+ (B Plus) 3.25
5 60% to less than 65% B (B regular) 3:00
6 55% to less than 60% B- (B minus) 2.75
7 50% to less than 55% C+ (C Plus) 2.50
8 45% to less than 50% C (C regular) 2.25
9 40% to less than 45% D 2:00
10 Less than 40% F 0:00
11 Incomplete I Incomplete
11 Withdrawn W Withdrawn