KNUST Undergraduate Grading System
GRADING SYSTEM OF KNUST
Welcome to Knust. We are very proud to have you with us. There is this important thing you have to know. To me, it’s the most important thing in this school and it is the exact reasons why you are here. I hope you are here to acquire knowledge, to top up the little you know, to obtain a bachelor’s degree to become that Engineer, Contractor, Lawyer, Medical doctor, Manager, Accountant, Teacher, Sociologist that you so desire. Nevertheless, the school has made it in a way that you can’t just pass your Wassce, buy admission forms, register online, come to school, do your biometric, register your courses, go to class to study, do quizzes and end of semester examination and at the end of your academic year just give you a certificate that would be recognize by all as the Engineer, Contractor, Lawyer or the doctor you so wish to be. It has laid done and scintillated procedures to test you on everything that you do here on campus. Mostly Academics though, but I bet you, your results at the end of your academic year won’t only be a reflection of what you did academically but actually what you did throughout your four, five, six or seven years of stay as an undergraduate student.
Let me introduce you to this system. The CWA (cumulative weighted Average). This is the system that Knust uses to test its students, to grade them and at the end of the day, some are tipped first class, second-class upper, second-class lower or pass. If this is what will determine your faith in school then you should know this system so well so that you know how to go your way around it.
Right now that you are in first year first semester, each student have a CWA of 100.00 but as soon as you start class, as soon as your lecturers start to give you quizzes, mid-semesters, and you writes you end of semester 1 examination, you determines your faith by your scores. Generally, your examination covers just 70% and quizzes, mid semester examination, practicals, assignments, research, punctuality, group works and other once based on the course and the lecturer’s own discretion of how he/she wants to access you on the course sum up to the other 30% making a complete 100%. However, it’s not easy to get 100% in every course but with effort, you can do better.
First class a CWA of 70.00 and above
Second class upper a CWA of 60.00 to 69.99
Second class lowers a CWA of 50.00 to 59.99
Pass a CWA of 40.00 to 49.99
Anything below 40.00 at the end of all your academic year means that you can’t graduate. It means you have failed that particular program.
Each semester, the number of courses that one can offer differ from at least 3 to 10 and in some much an extent 11, 12 and even 13. However, interestingly a student doing three courses per semester and the one doing eleven per the same semester should all have their credit hours total between 16 to 21 and nothing less or more.
Suppose you have the following courses for year one semester one.
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BT 351 CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY 3
BT 353 ELEMENTARY THEORY OF STRUCTURES 2
BT 355 POST-CONTRACT PLANNING AND CONTROL 2
BT 357 PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT ACCOUNTING AND MARKETING 2
BT 359 CONSTRUCTION PROCUREMENT AND COMMENCE 2