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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)

Degrees with a duration of Five years

Bachelor of Science in General Nursing and Midwifery (BScN) (Generic Programme)

Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm)

 

FOHS 3.00            Entry Requirements

FOHS 3.01            Entry requirements for BSc in General Nursing and Midwifery, BSc Nutrition, B. Pharmacy and BSc Environmental Health are as for Common First Year in the Faculty of Science and Technology.

FOHS 3.02            Candidates who meet any of the under-mentioned requirements will be considered for entry into Level 200 of the appropriate degree program they are applying for. (ie. programs in Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Environmental Health).

Candidates who hold a Diploma in Nutrition Science, 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 4 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

FOHS 3.03            Students who enter at 2nd year must take and pass Year One courses required by the University.

FOHS 3.04            Students 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, the candidate shall be required to write a research report of approximately 8000 words on a research project following guidelines approved in advance by the Faculty.

FHOS 4.02            Students must have their research titles and proposals of research projects approved by the Faculty Research Committee at the end of March preceding the academic year in which they will graduate

FOHS 4.03            The final drafts of reports shall be submitted in triplicate by the 1st day of May in the 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 6.03 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.

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 is 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.

FOHS 4.09            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 refusing, the student may apply to the Dean of the Faculty.

FOHS 4.10            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 5.01            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 proceeding 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 seminar, shall account for 40% of the final grade in each course while final examination shall account for 60%.

FOHS 5.06            Practicum examination for Nursing Programs must be passed with a minimum of a D grade

 

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 an OWM 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 an OWM 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.

 

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 between 40 and 49%

FOHS7.02             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            Irrespective of the score obtained in the supplementary examination, the candidate shall be awarded a maximum of 59% in each course passed in this examination.

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 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 a year does not exceed 48.

 

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.

Take a supplementary examination in the failed course only if the score is 40-49%.

A score of less than 40% is not supplement able.

Fail and repeat the failed course if the OWM is at least 50% in that year

Fail and repeat the year if OWM is at least 45% in a year.

Fail and discontinue from the Faculty if OWM is between 30-44%.

Fail and discontinue from NUL if OWM is less than 30%

No student will be allowed to repeat a course more than once

 

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         Students shall wear protective clothing as prescribed by the Faculty for Laboratory classes and in all situations where patient/client contact occurs.

 

FOHS 12.00         Recognition

FOHS 12.01         A testimonial of achievement shall be awarded to any student whose overall weighted mean at the end of the second semester (of any academic year) is over 70%. This is to encourage better academic and professional performance.

FOHS 12.02         Any student who at the end of any academic year achieves an 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.

NB: The Faculty of Health Sciences admission criteria into first year in connection with the shift from COSC to LGCSE will be as follows.

 

Admission requirements for entry into Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), students must have:

• Sat for a minimum of six (6) subjects in LGCSE

• Obtained a B grade or better in Mathematics

• Obtained a C grade or better in English Language, either Biology or Physical Science

• Obtained a C grade or better in any other subject

• Obtained a D grade or better in any other two subjects

 

Admission requirements for entry into Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, students must have:

• Sat for a minimum of six (6) subjects in LGCSE

• Obtained a C grade or better in Mathematics, English Language, either Biology or Physical Science

• Obtained a C grade or better in any other subject

• Obtained a D grade or better in any other two subjects

 

Admission requirements for entry into Bachelor of Science in General Nursing and Midwifery, students must have:

• Sat for a minimum of six (6) subjects in LGCSE

• Obtained a C grade or better in Mathematics, English Language, either Biology or Physical Science

• Obtained a C grade or better in any other subject

• Obtained a D grade or better in any other two subjects

 

Admission requirements for entry into Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, students must have:

• Sat for a minimum of six (6) subjects in LGCSE

• Obtained a C grade or better in Mathematics, English Language, either Biology or Physical Science

• Obtained a C grade or better in any other subject

•Obtained a D grade or better in any other two subjects