FACULTY REGULATIONS – FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
FOHS 1.00 Preamble
These regulations should be read in conjunction with the general academic regulations of the National University of Lesotho.
FOHS 2.00 Programmes in the Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences offers the following degrees:
Degrees with duration of Three years
Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) (Completion Programme) in
- Community Health Nursing
- Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing
- Primary Health Care
Degrees with a duration of Four years
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BSc Nutrition)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (BSc Environmental Health)
Degrees with a duration of Five years
Bachelor of Science in General Nursing and Midwifery (BScN) (Generic Programme)
Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (B. Pharm (HONS)
FOHS 3.00 Entry Requirements
FOHS 3.01 Direct entry into year 1 (level 100)
Entry requirements for BSc in General Nursing and Midwifery, BSc Nutrition, BSc Environmental Health and B. Pharmacy Honours*** are as follows:
Candidates/Students/Applicants must have:
- Sat for a minimum of 6 (six) subjects in LGCSE examinations
- Obtained a B grade or better in Mathematics *** (for B Pharm applicants)
- Obtained a C grade or better in Mathematics
- Obtained a C grade or better in Biology or Physical Science
- Obtained a C grade or better in English Language
- Obtained a C grade or better in one other subject
- Obtained a D grade or better in any other two subjects
NB: Candidates with qualifications other than LGCSE must have them endorsed/validated by the Examinations Council of Lesotho.
FOHS 3.02 Indirect entry into year 2 (level 200)
Candidates who meet any of the under-mentioned requirements will be considered for entry into Level 200 of the appropriate degree program that they are applying for. (i.e. programs in Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Environmental Health).
- Candidates who hold a Diploma in Nutrition Science, Home Economics , Pharmaceutical Technology, Environmental Health,
- Pass in International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations in Chemistry and Biology and either Physics or Mathematics with a score of at least 4 at higher level in Biology and Chemistry and 3 in either Mathematics or Physics at the same level.
- Pass in Advanced level General Certificate of Education (GCE A-level) examinations with a minimum aggregate of 9 in Chemistry, Biology and either Physics or Mathematics
Entry into Bachelor of Nursing Science (Completion Program)
Candidates must meet the following requirements;
- Diploma in general nursing or equivalent
- Registration with Lesotho Nursing Council and one year working experience as a Nurse
- Midwifery qualification is compulsory for those who want to major in Community Health and Primary Health Care Nursing
FOHS 3.03 Students who enter at 2nd year, must take and pass year one courses required by the University (i.e. CS and ELG). Students may apply for exemption from faculties offering such courses by proving they have taken equivalents of such courses before/at other institutions.
FOHS 3.04 Students who enter at 2nd year are required to attend all seminars, clinical attachment, prescribed laboratory practicals and field trips.
FOHS 4.00 Research Project
FOHS 4.01 During the final year of study, EVERY student shall be required to write a research report of a minimum of 8000 words on a research project following guidelines approved in advance by the Faculty in conjunction with a department.
FHOS 4.02 Students must have their research titles and proposals of research projects approved by the IRB at the end of October in the academic year in which they will graduate
FOHS 4.03 The final reports shall be submitted in triplicate by the last day of May in the academic year in which the student seeks to graduate.
FOHS 4.04 No student shall be permitted to graduate unless he/she has presented a satisfactory research report.
FOHS 4.05 A student who fails to submit the research report by the date stipulated in clause FOHS 4.03 may be awarded an “I” for incomplete with the approval of the Head of the Department and Dean of the Faculty. A student may be allowed to submit his/her project as a supplementary examination during the supplementary examinations. If the work is not completed within the extended time, an “F’ grade will be awarded.
FOHS 4.06 Each student will be assigned a research Supervisor from amongst the academic staff of the faculty. Supervision should be done by any fulltime lecturer with the necessary capacity.
FOHS 4.07 Students shall consult with their supervisors in the selection of their projects and the titles. The Supervisor shall supervise all aspects of the research and the writing of the research report.
FOHS 4.08 It shall be the responsibility of the student to consult his/her supervisor regularly and bring to the attention of the supervisor any problems that may arise in relation to the research project.
- A student may, within two months of being assigned a supervisor, apply to the Head of the Department to have the supervisor changed, provided he/she or she has a valid reason for such a request. In the event of the Head of the Department not approving, the student may apply to the Dean of the Faculty.
- No student may, in the absence of any compelling reason be allowed to change a supervisor after the 31st of August of the academic year in which the student seeks to graduate.
FOHS 5.00 Assessment of Students
FOHS 5.01 Normally all courses offered during any given semester will be examined at the end of that semester.
FOHS 5.02 All courses that are assigned 3 credit hours and above shall be examined with three-hour papers
FOHS 5.03 Every student is required to pass level 100 courses in Communication and Study Skills and Computer Literacy courses. A student who obtains an overall pass but fails to pass these courses shall be required to repeat them in the preceding year. A student cannot proceed to the final level of any program unless and until he/she passes all level 100 courses.
FOHS 5.04 For theory courses, continuous assessment, which may take the form of tests, term papers and assignments, class participation, shall account for 40% of the final grade in each course while the final examination shall account for 60%.
FOHS 5.05 For the practicum courses, continuous assessment, which may take the form of clinical skills assessment, laboratory reports, clinical conferences and seminars, shall account for 40% of the final grade in each course while the final examination shall account for 60%.
FOHS 5.06 Practicum examination for Nursing Programs must be passed with a minimum of a D grade (Departmental regulations).
FOHS 5.07 Conditions for sitting for final exams
A student should acquire at least 40% of course work per course as a requirement for sitting for the final examination in that particular course.
FOHS 6.00 Conditions For Proceeding
FOHS 6.01 A student will normally proceed to the next year of study provided that he/she has achieved a YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN of 50% in his/her courses and has satisfied all the requirements of the degree as stated in these regulations.
FOHS 6.02 A student who has obtained a YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN of 80% in a continuing year of study, shall be classified as Proceed with Distinction provided he/she has satisfied all the requirements to proceed into the subsequent year
FOHS 6.03 A student who has achieved a YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN of 70% but less than 80% in a continuing year of study, shall be classified as Proceed with Merit provided he/she has satisfied all the requirements to proceed into the subsequent year.
FOHS 6.04 A student who has achieved a YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN of 50% and above but less than 70% in a continuing year of study shall be classified as Proceed.
N.B: YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN will be used for progression from year to year and OVERALL WEIGHTED MEAN (OWM) will be used for final year.
FOHS 7.00 Supplementary Examinations
FOHS 7.01 In each year of study, a student shall be allowed to supplement not more than 16 credit hours for courses in which he/she obtains a score of between 40% and 49%
- A score of less than 40% cannot be supplemented.
FOHS 7.02 Supplementary examination for courses failed during any semester shall be taken at the end of the academic year. In computing the results of the supplementary examination, continuous assessment shall count as in the original assessment.
FOHS 7.03 If a student obtains a final mark higher than 59 after computation of the course work mark and supplementary examination mark, such a final mark shall be retained at 59.
FOHS 7.04 No student shall normally be permitted to take supplementary examination more than once in any given course, except that a student retaking a course may be permitted to take a supplementary examination once in the Re-take.
FOHS 7.05 A student who for a reason that is acceptable to Senate, does not sit for an examination, shall be permitted to ‘Sit’ for the missed course(s) during the supplementary examination, as first sitting.
FOHS 7.06 If a student obtains a Yearly Weighted Mean of at least 48%, he/she will be allowed to supplement courses only if the successful supplementation raises the overall yearly mean to 50% or greater. In determining chances of success an assumption should be based on the student obtaining maximum final supplementary marks of 59%.
If a student obtains a Yearly Weighted Mean of at least 44%, he/she will be allowed to supplement courses only if the successful supplementation scores will raise the overall yearly mean to 45% or greater. In determining chances of success an assumption should be based on the student obtaining maximum final supplementary marks of 59%.
FOHS 8.00 Carry Forward Courses
FOHS 8.01 Courses up to 6 credit hours may be carried forward into the subsequent year of study provided that:
- The total number of credit hours in the proceeding year does not exceed 48.
- A course is not a pre-requisite for another course to be taken in the subsequent year
FOHS 9.00 Fail, Repeat And Discontinue:
FOHS 9.01 A student shall:
- Be deemed to have failed a course if he/she obtains less than 50% in that course.
- Be allowed to take a supplementary examination in the failed course only if the score is 40-49%.
- Repeat the failed course if the YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN is at least 50% in that year
- Repeat the failed courses if the YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN is at least 45% in a year.
- Fail and discontinue from the Faculty if YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN is between 30-44%.
- Fail and discontinue from NUL if YEARLY WEIGHTED MEAN is less than 30%
FOHS 9.02 A student who is discontinued from a program can reapply into the same program or different program after two academic years.
FOHS 10.00 Degree Classification:
FOHS 10.01 Students’ overall degree classification shall be in accordance with the provision of the University general regulation AR6.12
FOHS 11.00 Protective Clothing
FOHS 11.01 No student shall be allowed into the laboratory without protective clothing and other equipment as prescribed for Laboratory practicals and in all situations where patient/client or environmental contact occurs.
FOHS 11.02 It shall be the responsibility of the student to provide the protective clothing according to specifications provided.
FOHS 12.00 Recognition
FOHS 12.01 A testimonial of achievement shall be awarded to any student whose overall weighted mean (OWM) at the end of the second semester (of any academic year) is over 70%. This is to encourage better academic and professional performance.
Any student who, at the end of any academic year, achieves an overall weighted mean (OWM) of 70% shall be awarded a testimonial of achievement.
FOHS 12.02 Any student who, at the end of any academic year, achieves an overall weighted mean (OWM) of 80% and above shall be placed on the Dean’s Honours List. This is in addition to the award of Testimonial of achievement.
FOHS 12.03 Special prizes may be awarded to students with best academic and professional performance in certain years of study or courses. However, no student will be considered for a prize unless his/her OWM in 50% of the courses is at least 70% and had not failed in any of the courses in the year.
FOHS 13.00 Discretionary mark
A mark of 49 shall be rounded up to 50 before the results are submitted to senate.
FOHS 14.00 Transfers
FOHS 14.01 Intra-faculty transfers/Change of programs
Students are allowed to transfer between programs within the Faculty provided there is space and meet requirements of departments.
FOHS 14.02 Interfaculty transfers
Subject to availability of space, students who meet departmental requirements for proceeding into second year of such a program can write an application to Dean.
Students can also transfer to another faculty in the University. Admission of the students will be based on the regulations of faculties they wish to transfer into.
FOHS 14.03 Exam Malpractice
If a student is found guilty of exam malpractice, their exam mark maybe nullified and rusticated for a period not exceeding two (2) years.