academics

The Acadmic Program

ACIA follows the semester system in accordance with the Punjab University schedule to enable its students to appear in the annual BA/BBA exams as per schedule. The fall semester begins in September and lasts for 14 weeks ending with a 2-week exam period. The spring semester begins in January and lasts for 14 weeks ending with a 2-week exam period. The summer semester is optional and offers a 10 week program.

The 2-year BA/BBA program is based on 6 semesters (inclusive of the summer semester) with the com- pletion of 93 credit hours for 31 courses taken for the entire period of study. This entitles a student to take a minimum of 5 courses each semester. This is Designed specially for transfer students from other colleges who have completed the 1st two years.

The Guidance Counselling Career Development Program

Students at ACIA will have personal advisors throughout the 2 year program, who will guide, counsel and advise the student from selection of subjects to completion of the degree program and then to career development and job placement in multinationals and the local and international markets. Pro- spective employers will be invited from the global markets to interview students on campus for offer- ing employment opportunities. The parent and alumni network will assist in this program.

Degree Requirements For Graduation

Students at ACIA will have personal advisors throughout the 4 year program, who will guide and counsel them Bachelors of Arts Degree
The following requirements must be fulfilled by all students in order to qualify for formal recom mendation by the faculty for the Bachelor of Arts Degree: The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as 300 or 400 level. The satisfactory completion of the General Education Requirements
General Education Distribution Requirements:

a) Satisfactory completion of at least 51 credit hours in courses approved as part of the General Education program, including courses in each of the following curricular divisions as noted below:

  Courses Number of Credit

1) Written and Oral communication

(English, Urdu, and Speech courses)

4 12

2) Social or Behavioral Sciences

(Must include Pakistan Studies)

3 9

2) Social or Behavioral Sciences

3) Humanities and the Arts

4) Information Technology

(Must include one computer science course)

3

3

3

9

9

9

b) Demonstrated Competencies By the end of the second year, a student must demonstrate competency in five areas as deter mined by performance in the college assessment examinations:
1) Competence in written communication in Urdu

2) Competence in written communication in English

3) Competence in oral communication in English

4) Information Technology competency The completion of a major field of study from the list of 18 majors offered by the college.

For the Bach- elor of Arts degree, the major must include at least 36 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.
Bachelor of Science Degree
1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 or better. (At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as upper division courses.)

2. Satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.

3. The completion of a major field of study from the list of 18 majors offered by the college. For the Bachelor of Science Degree, the student must choose a major in one of the natural, physical or social sciences and complete at least 48 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the 4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science in Education Degree
1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better. (At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as upper division courses.) 2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement.
3. The completion of a major field of study in the field of Education or in a teaching discipline. For a BA in Education Degree, the student must complete at least 36 credit hours in education including those courses , specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline. For a BS in Education Degree, the student must complete at least 48 credit hours in education courses including those specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.

4. The satisfactory completion in the Senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.
Bachelors of Science in Business

1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better. (At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as upper division courses.)

2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement. (Sec 1.2a and 1.2b above)

3. The completion of a major field of study in business or management. For the Bachelor of Science in Business Degree, the student must complete at least 64 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each stu dent who majors in the discipline.

4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.


Bachelors of Computer Science / Information Technology

1. The satisfactory completion of 130 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better. (At least 12 courses must be in those labeled as upper division courses.)

2. The satisfactory completion of the General Education requirement. (Sec 1.2a and 1.2b above)

3. The completion of a major field of study in computers or information technology. For the Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor in Information Technology Degree, the student must complete at least 64 credit hours in that subject including those courses specified by the department as required for each student who majors in the discipline.

4. The satisfactory completion in the senior year of a comprehensive examination in the major field of study.

The General Education Distribution Requirement


This section is an elaboration of the requirement noted above. The purpose of the General Education requirement is to introduce students to a broad range of intellectual pursuits, to provide sufficient breadth of knowledge to prepare them for their role as citizens, to equip them with communication and analytical skills, to help them to integrate knowledge that comes from different disciplines, and to prepare them for a lifetime of self-directed learning.

There are two components of the General Education requirement. First, students must take a total of 51 credit hours taken through courses in each of the five general divisions of the academic program: second, by the end of the second year, students must demonstrate competency as determined by performance on college assessment examinations in the following five areas:-

1) written communication in Urdu

2) written communication in English

3) oral communication in English

4) quantitative skills

5) information technology Students must complete the designated number of credit hours in each of the five divisions of the cur- riculum listed below.

Communication 12 Credit Hours

Humanities 9 Credit Hours

Social or Behavioral Science 9 Credit Hours

Information Technology 9 Credit Hours

Within each division the courses selected must come from at least two different disciplines.
Communications
All students must complete - Written Communications:

1) English 101 Writing and Grammar

2) English 103 Advanced Writing Skills

3) Urdu 101 Communicative Urdu - Oral Communications:

1) MassComm. 100 Fundamentals of Speech

Students who believe that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the competency examinations in written Urdu or written English or spoken English may take the competency examina- tions at the beginning of the Freshman year. If they pass the competency examinations they will be exempted from the relevant specific required course, and they may, instead, take advanced courses in communication.
Humanities
A student must take one course in Islamic Studies/Ethics plus two courses selected from the following disciplines: English, Urdu, History, Islamic Studies, Religion, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, Art, Music, Drama and Mass Communication.

Social and Behavioral Science
A student must take Pakistan Studies and at least two courses from the following disciplines: Econom- ics, Education, Geography, Pakistan Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.
Information Technology
Students must take one course in computer science / information technology, plus at least two courses selected from the following: Computer Science and Information Technology. If a student is able to demonstrate competence in information technology by passing the college competency examination in that discipline, the student may replace the course in computer science with another course in this division.
Major and Areas of Concentration
Students must complete the requirements of a major field of study in order to graduate. The number of credit hours required for the major varies depending upon the degree selected by the student, but it will be no fewer than 36 credit hours and no more than 64 credit hours. There are 18 different majors offered at ACIA and brief descriptions of the course offerings and the specific courses required for each major are included under each discipline heading in the course description section of this catalogue.
Majors are offered in Business, Computer Science, Information Technology, Economics, Education, Eng- lish, Geography, History Pakistan Studies, Religious Studies, Mass Communication (Journalism) Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, and Urdu.
Requirements for the Minor
In order to minor in a particular discipline, the student must complete all of the credits required for a major in that discipline. The specific courses required for a minor are determined by each department and are available in the Baccalaureate catalogue and from the Head of the Department.
Academic Credit
Credit towards a degree is awarded for satisfactory course completion, independent study or academic work certified by another accredited degree granting in A credit hour identifies a contact hour which a student has to attend in class work, or two contact hours a student has to attend in the laboratory, studio or field work each week in a regular semester. Thus, a three credit course will meet for three hours per week, or two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
Ordinarily credit is earned by course completion. A normal full-time academic load are five courses (15 credit hours) per semester. A student may take a minimum of 12 semester credit hours or a maximum of 18 semester credit hours and still be considered a full time student. If a student enrolls in fewer than 12 credit hours, he / she is considered to be a part-time student. Enrollment of more than 18 hours is very rare, and requires the approval of the Principal, and the payment of additional tuition fee.
Credit may be earned through independent study by advanced students who exhibit both the self- discipline and mastery of the methods demanded by the subject matter selected by the student. An independent study project is designed by a student in consultation with the professor who is to super- vise and evaluate the work. An academic contract, made in advance, specifies the subject and method of inquiry, the texts, the purpose of the project, and the basis of evaluation and credit. Each contract must be approved by the Principal. Independent study forms are available from the Admission Office of the college.
Credit is earned by migration or transfer from another degree-granting institution recognized by the Higher Education Commission or accredited in the USA, UK or any other country of the world up to a limit of 64 credit hours. A student migrating to ACIA from another institution should request a tran- script of work done in the other institution be sent to the Principal. When the transcript has been evalu- ated, the applicant is notified of the credit acceptance by migration / transfer committee. ACIA recognizes that many experiences outside the classroom may contribute to a student’s program. Internships, participation in community projects, and field experience may be accorded credit if closely coordinated with the student’s academic program. Such experience ordinarily constitutes a part of a regular course or independent study project.


The Grading Systems

The standard grading system of the college is A (Superior Work), B (Good Work), C (Satisfactory Work), D (Poor Work) and F (Unacceptable Work). All courses in which a grade of C or higher has been earned shall count toward fulfilling degree requirements. A course in which a D grade is earned may fulfill de- gree requirements only when a grade of B or higher is earned in another full course.

The student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed on the basis of awarding 4.0 quality points for a grade of A; 3.0 quality points for a grade of B; 2.0 quality points for a degree of C;1.0 quality points for a grade of D; and 0 quality points for a grade of F. The student must earn a Cumulative Grade Point Aver- age of 2.00 in order to graduate.
A grade of I (Incomplete) indicates that all course requirements have not been completed by the end of the semester and that, in the judgment of the instructor, extension of deadline is appropriate. Unless an earlier deadline is set by the instructor, a student will have six weeks from the end of the semester to complete the required work. If the work is not completed by that time, or the shorter deadline imposed by the instructor, the I (Incomplete) grade will automatically become an Fgrade.
Students have up to six weeks in the semester to drop a class without a grade appearing on their tran- script. After six weeks, if a student drops a class the professor will assign the grade of “WP” (Withdrawal Passing) to indicate the student was passing the course when he/she withdrew; or the grade of “WF” (Withdrawal : Failing) to indicate the student was failing the course at the time of withdrawal. Neither the “WP” nor the “WF” grade is calculated in the student’s Cumulative
Grade Point Average (GPA).

All grades are reported to students and entered on the official record of the college. Grades of F will not be removed from the transcript. A notation will be recorded on the transcript of any substitute grade earned if a student repeats a course a second time.


Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory sessions in courses for which they are reg- istered. Students who miss classes are far less likely to succeed in meeting the requirements of the course. Each teacher outlines his or her expectations for class attendance in the course syllabus. Teach- ers are expected to keep accurate records of student attendance. If a student does not attend a mini- mum of 67 (or the percentage set by the instructor on the course syllabus) of the class and laboratory sessions, he/she will not be permitted to take the final examination in the course.

English Language Courses

For students entering the baccalaureate program with weak English skills, a special program has been put together. Students will enroll in one to four English language courses designed to help such students succeed. The number of courses will depend upon the student’s performance in the English Language Skills assessment at the time of the admission interview. These courses will count for elective credits. These courses include the following:-
LANG 101: Reading Comprehension

LANG102: Basic Writing Skills

LANG104: Vocabulary Skills

LANG 105: Speaking Skills

Acadmic Prgress and Probation
ACIA has high standards for student performance because we believe that performing at an excellent level in course work is good preparation for leadership opportunities following College. We ask our students to do their very best, and we will monitor student performance to help students be aware if a problem is developing. Normal progress toward graduation is the completion of five courses each se- mester with a grade of C or better.
Academic Review Committee

At the close of each semester the Academic Review Committee reviews the progress of every student who fails a course, receives a voluntary withdrawal (W), have more D grades than B or better grades, is on academic probation, or is otherwise identified as not making satisfactory progress. The Committee may place on probation or dismiss any student who according to its judgment is not making satisfactory academic progress. In making such judgments, the Committee is guided by the following standards and notifies the student of its decision.

Academic Probation

First year students who have earned fewer than 35 credit hours will be placed on probation if their GPA falls below 1.50. Second year students who have earned between 36 and 64 credit hours, will be placed on probation if their GPA falls below 1.75. Students who have earned 65 or more credit hours will be placed on probation if their GPA falls below 2.00. Students placed on academic probation are notified of this action by the Academic Review Committee and advised of how to remove the probationary status. Students may enroll in up to five courses per semester during the probation period.


Suspension from Co-curricular and Sports Activities

Students placed on academic Probation or subject to dismissal for a second consecutive semester is suspended from participation in co-curricular or sports activities so that the student may devote more time to the studies.

Removal from Academic Probation

Probationary status remains in effect until the student completes four courses at ACIA


Dismissal from College

If a Student accumulates five or more F grades, or a combination F and E grades that results in falling behind normal progress by seven courses or more or five or more D’s is dismissed for at least one semester. Students dismissed for academic reasons are notified in advance of the next regular Academic Session available to them. This notice also advises whether and, if so, when and how to be considered for re-admission. To address the issue of dismissal a student should write to the Principal who will address the issue in the committee meeting and make a decision with the approval of the Academic Review Com- mittee before authorizing readmission.


Second Dismissal

A student who is re-admitted after having been dismissed for a limited period of time for academic reasons shall be admitted on probation, but is dismissed again if he/she accumulates an additional F grades.


Withdrawals from the College

If a student wishes to withdraw from the College during a semester, he / she should indicate the desire to withdraw with the Assistant Principal and complete the necessary form. The Assistant Principal will notify the professors involved and, if the withdrawal is after six weeks of classes, the grades of’ F will be applied to the student’s transcript. If the student does not give notice of withdrawal, he or she will receive F grade for each course in which he or she had been enrolled.


The Honors List

The Honors List is published following the fall semester and the spring semester which includes stu- dents who completed at least four courses with a grade point average of 3.75 or better. Students with incomplete grades at the time of publication is not eligible.


Honors at Graduation

ACIA awards diploma with Honors to a few students in each graduating class.

The criteria and designation for graduation with Honors are

(High Honor Roll) 3.90 or above CGPA

(High Honors) 3.70 or above CGPA

(Honors) 3.50 to 3.69 CGPA
Registration dates are published in the academic calendar. Upon completion of the Registration pro- cedures as outlined in the registration materials provided by the Office of Admissions, the student’s registration is approved by the Vice Principal.
All courses for which the student wishes to register for credit must be listed on the official registration form. The student is responsible for every course listed and can receive no credit for courses not listed on this form. After registration day, official changes in registra- tion may be made only through official drop / add cards approved by instructors whose courses are involved. Unless a course is officially dropped, a grade of F will be assigned if the student fails to meet the obligations of the course.
No course may be added after the drop / add deadline.

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