Many people have the wrong impression that open university programmes are part-time in nature. At the National Open University of Niger!a, the regulation permits students to carry full-time load. This is particularly possible when for example, a student may not be in employment and feels like completing the first-degree programme in four years as in the conventional university. The minimum period required for a first degree with UME qualifications is eight semesters or six semesters if the student comes with NCE, or A' Level equivalents. In the same way, t he postgraduate work can be carried full time by carrying a full load per semester.The period for the flexible mode is usually one a.nd halftime of the full-time mode.
Minimum Credit Unit Requirement: There is a minimum credit weight loading of courses allowed at any particular semester for academic purposes if a student is studying in the full-time mode. However, the minimum number of credits one can register for in a semester in the open learning system is still dictated by one's purse,ability and time available for study.
Maximum Credit Unit Requirements: There is also a maximum number-of-credits the university can allow for registration in any given semester.
Core Courses: These are courses that are compulsory for all students in a given programme. A student must pass these courses before he or she will be to register for courses at the next level or indeed graduate if the course is at the highest level.
Required Courses: A student must register for all required courses. Failure in any of these courses does not prevent graduation if the student has passed enough credits for graduation. Failing a required course however will affect the Grade Point Average, (GPA), because all such courses registered for will be used in computing the GPA.
Elective Courses: These are courses available in one's domicile university or from other faculties in the university. While students are advised to work hard and pass their elective courses,they can still graduate if they have sufficient credits to do so even if they failed some electives. They should however note that the number of failed courses will eventually affect their grading, because all such failed courses will be used in computing their GPA.
General Studies Courses: Regardless of the academic programme at the undergraduate level and to some extent postgraduate level, in which a student is enrolled, all first year undergraduate students must register for and pass some general courses. These are GST courses. If a student fails any of these, he or she would not be allowed to graduate.
These courses are:
- Study Skills I and II
- Use of English and Communication Skills
- History and Philosophy of Science
- People and Culture
- Computer Fundamentals
- Logic and Creative Thinking
- Nigeria and her Neighbours