Studying in Manipal
The academic system in Manipal aims at continuously evaluating students through the semester. Here is a comprehensive list of everything you should know about studying in Manipal.
Students are divided into two groups for their first year at Manipal Institute of Technology. Through the course of the two semesters, students study subjects from each branch of engineering. The divisions are namely:
- Engineering Physics
- Mechanics of Solids
- Basic Mechanical Engineering
- Communication Skills in English
- Basic Electronics
- Physics Laboratory
- Workshop Practice
- Engineering Chemistry.
- Problem Solving Using Computers (PSUC)
- Biology for Engineers
- Environmental Studies
- Basic Electrical Engineering
- Chemistry Laboratory
- PSUC Laboratoy
Engineering Mathematics I and II and Engineering Graphics I and II (Lab) are followed in both semesters. All the labs account for one credit whereas all the other subjects, barring Engineering Mathematics (4 credits), account for three. The number of credits directly correlates to its weightage in GPA calculation.
The workload in both the semesters in more or less the same. The Chemistry Cycle is more theory based and provides students to go back to subjects (like Biology, EVS, etc.) that they probably dropped early on. Contrary to what one might think, these subjects prove to be the most interesting part of the academics for most. The Physics Cycle is more conceptual and requires a relatively higher grade of problem solving.
There is a broad range of subjects in the first year, so that students are able to study subjects from each branch. At the end of their first year an option to change your branch is also available. Each of the first year sections includes students from different branches, instead of branch-wise divisions.
The assessment system in Manipal is two-fold, including internal assessment and the end semester examination, with each being given equal weightage.
The internal assessment includes two things
- Sessionals Over the course of the semester two sessionals or mid-terms will be held, where all theoretical subjects are tested, and exams are out of fifteen marks. In total they account for 30% of your final grade.
- Surprise Assignment Tests 5 surprise tests are held for each subject, each of 4 marks. The questions for the exam will be given in advance, but their date will not be mentioned. In total they account for 20% of your final grade.
The end semester exams are out of 50 marks and account for half of your final grade. The syllabus includes everything studied through the semester.
Incoming students need not buy reference books from before. Study material for all subjects is provided to the students and any additional books can easily be borrowed from the well-stocked library. Since the coursework doesn’t have a single prescribed book, teachers will usually suggest chapter-wise reference books.
Each course, theory as well as practical, is expressed in terms of a certain number of credits. The number of contact hours per week determines the credits. In the case of theory courses, the number of credits is equal to the number of contact hours (lectures & tutorials) per week. For practical courses, one credit is assigned for every three contact hours per week.
A student successfully completes a particular semester when he/she earns the specified credits of that semester and passes (i.e., obtains letter grade E or above) in any Audit course prescribed in the curriculum. A student earns full credits for a registered course if he/she secures letter grade E or higher in that course.
Grading and CGPA
Your final grade in a subject is generated on a relative scale. While it is a requirement to clear the written exam (minimum of 18 marks out of 50), the final passing mark depends on how the batch has done in a given subject.
A 10 point grading system is used for awarding a letter grade in each course
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AP: Audit Pass F:Failure I:Incomplete DT: Attendance Shortage
Promotion to higher semesters
To be eligible for promotion to the third semester that is second year, a student should have earned a minimum of 25 credits at the end of their first year.
Similarly to be eligible for promotion to third year a student should have earned a minimum of 70 credits at the end of second year.
To be promoted to seventh semester of a four year program, a student should have earned a minimum of 115 credits at the end of third year.
Transfer of Credits
The courses credited elsewhere, in Indian/Foreign University/Institutions/Colleges/certified MOOC by students during their study period at MIT Manipal may count towards the credit requirements for the award of their degree.
The guidelines of such a transfer of credits are as follows:
B.Tech student with consistent academic performance and CGPA > 7 can credit the courses approved by the concerned Department Curriculum Committee (DCC) and ratified by the Board of Studies (BoS) in Engineering of Manipal University,
While the credit transferred will not be used for GPA/CGPA computation. It will be considered for the overall credit requirements of the program. Students can earn external credits only from Indian/Foreign Universities/Institutions with which MU/MIT has a MoU for the above purpose.
Credit transfer can be considered only for the courses at same level or above. The details of which must be provided along with the acceptance letter.
The maximum number of credits that can be transferred by a student are limited to 20. And the students have to get minimum passing grades/marks in the course for which a credits transfer has to be made.
Academic Management System Portal
Students can check their grades and marks in the websis portal provided by the college. It is also a good way to track attendance which is regularly updated by professors (75% attendance is mandatory to be allowed to take the examination).
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