Choice Based Credit and Semester System

The following is the University regulations regarding Choice Based Credit and Semester System


  • These regulations shall be called “Calicut University Regulations for Choice Based Credit and Semester System for Under-Graduate Curriculum 2014” (CUCBCSSUG 2Ol4).
2.7 The regulations provided herein shall apply to all regular under-graduate programmes under faculties conducted by the Calicut University, for the admissions commencing
from 2014, with effect from the academic year 2O14-20I5.
2.2 The provisions herein supersede all the existing regulations for the regular under-graduate programmes under faculties specified in section 4.1 conducted by Calicut University unless otherwise specified.
2.3 These regulations are applicable to Distance Education programme also.
2.4 Every programme conducted under the Choice Based Credit and Semester System in a College shall be monitored by the College Council.
3.1 ‘Programme’ means the entire course of study and examinations for the award of a degree (traditionally referred to as course).
3.2 ‘Duration of programme’ means the time period required for the conduct of the programme. The duration of an under-graduate degree programme shall be six semesters distributed in a period of 3 years.
3.3 ‘Academic Week’ is a unit of five working days in which distribution of work is organized from day one to day five, with five contact hours of one hour duration on each day. A sequence of 18 such academic weeks constitutes a semester
3.4 ‘Semester’ means a term consisting of 90 working days including examination days distributed over a minimum of 18 weeks of 5 working days each.
3.5 ‘Course’ means a segment of subject matter to be covered in a semester (traditionally referred to as paper).
3.6 ‘Common course’ means a course that comes under the category of courses, including compulsory English and additiorral language courses and a set of general courses
applicable for Language Reduced Pattern (LRP)programmes, a selection of which is compulsory for all students undergoing undergraduate programmes.
3.7 ‘Core course’ means a compulsory course in a subject related to a particular degree programme.
3.8 ‘open course’means a course which can be opted by a student at his/her choice.
3.9 ‘Complementary Course’ means a course which is generally related to the core course (traditionally referred to as subsidiary paper).
3.10 ‘Repeat course’ is a course that is repeated by a student in a semester for want of sufficient attendance. He/ She can repeat the course whenever it is offered again.
3.11 ‘lmprovement course’ is a course registered by a student for improving his performance
in that particular course.
3.12 ‘Audit course’ is a course for which no credits are awarded. lf the credits are awarded for these courses, such credits will not be counted for the computation of SGPA and
3.13 ‘Department’ means any Teaching Department in a College offering a course of study approved by the university as per the Statutes and Act of the university.
3.14 ‘Department Co-coordinator’is a teacher nominated by a Department Council to co-or
dinate the continuous evaluation undertaken in that department.
3.15 ‘Department Council’ means the body of all teachers of a department in a college.
3.16 ‘Parent Department’ means the Department which offers a particular degree programme.
3.17 ‘College Co-coordinator’ is a teacher nominated by the college council to co-ordinate the effective running of the process of internal evaluation undertaken by various departments within the college. She/he shall be nominated to the College level monitoring committee.
3.18. ‘Faculty Adviser’ means a teacher from the parent department nominated by the Department council, who will advise the student in the academic matters and in the
choice of open courses.
3.19. ‘Credit’(C):Credit is a unit of academlc input measured in terms of weekly contact hours /course contents assigned to a course.
3.20 ‘Extra Credit’ is the additional credit awarded to a student over and above the minimum credits required in a Programme, for achievements in co-curricular activities
conducted outside the regular class hours, as decided by the university. For calculating CGPA Extra credits are not to be considered.
3.21 ‘Letter Grade’ or simply ‘Grade’ in a course is a letter symbol (A*, A, B, C, D, E, and
F).Grade shallmean the prescribed alphabetical grade awarded to a student based on his/her performance in various examinations.
3.22 Each letter grade is assigned a ‘Grade point’ (G) which is an integer indicating the numerical equivalent of the broad level of performance of a student in a course. “Grade
Point” means point given to a grade on 7 point scale.
3.23. ‘Semester Grade Point Average’ (SGPA) is the value obtained by dividing the sum of credit points obtained by a student in the various courses taken in a semester by the
total number of credits in that semester. SGPA shall be rounded off to two decimal places. SGPA determines the overall performance of a student at the end of a semester.
3.24 ‘Credit point’ (P) of a course is the value obtained by multiplying the grade point (G) by the credit (C) of the course: P = G x C
3.25 Credit point of a semester is the product of SGPA of that semester and the total credit load of that semester. Credit point of a semester = SGPA x Credit load (Total credits) of the semester
3.25 ‘Cumulative Grade Point Average’ (CGPA) is the value obtained by dividing the sum of credit points in all the semesters taken by the student for the entire programme by
the total number of credits in the entire programme and shall be rounded off by two decimal places.
3.27 Grade Card: shall mean the printed record of student’s performance, awarded to him/ her. (See section 11)
3.28 Course teacher: A teacher nominated by the HOD shall be in charge of a particular course.
3.29 Words and expressions used and not defined in this regulation, but defined in the Calicut University Act and Statutes shall have the meaning assigned to them in the Act and Statutes.
3.30 ‘Dual core’ means a programme with double core subjects, traditionally known as double main
3.31 ‘Strike off the roll’: A student who is continuously absent for 14 working days without sufficient reason and proper intimation to the principal of the college shall be removed from the roll.
4.1 Students shall be admitted into undergraduate programme under faculties of SCIENCE, HUMANITIES, LANGUAGE & LITERATURE, COMMERCE & MANAGEMENT, JOURNALISM and such other faculties constituted by University from time to time.
4.2 Duration: The duration of an under graduate programme shall be 6 semesters distributed over a period of 3 academic years. The odd semesters (1, 3, 5) shall be from June
to October and the even Semesters (2, 4, 6) shall be from November to March. Each semester shall have 90 working days inclusive of all examinations.
4.3 Courses: The under graduate programme shall include four types of courses, viz., Common Courses (Code A), Core courses (Code B), Complementary courses (Code C)
and Open course (Code D). The minimum number of courses required for completion of an undergraduate programme may vary from 30 to 40, depending on the credits assigned to different courses.
4.4 Course code: Each course shall have a unique alphanumeric code number, which includes abbreviation of the subject in three letters, the semester number (1 to 5) in which the course is offered, the code of the course (Ato D) and the serial number of the course (01,02.....). Course code will be centrally generated by the university. A particular complementary/ open course should have same code with same credit even though it is offered for different programmes. For example ENG2403 represents a Common course of serial number 03 offered in the second semester and PHY2B02 representing second semester Core course 2 in Physics programe
4.5 Common courses: ln general every under graduate student shall undergo 10 common courses (Total 38 credits) chosen from a group of 14 common courses listed below, for
completing the programme:
  1. Common English course I
  2. Common English course ll
  3. Common English course lll
  4. Common English course lV
  5. Common English course V
  6. Common English course V I
  7. Additionol longuoge course I
  8. Additional language course ll
  9. Additionol languoge course lll
  10. Additionol longuoge course lV
  11. General course I
  12. General course ll
  13. General course lll
  14. General course lV
Addl. Language courses I 7IV - applicable to BA/B.Sc. Regular Pattern Addl. Language courses I & II-Applicable to Language Reduced Pattern (LRP) Programmes Applicable to Language Reduced Pattern (LRP)


English courses I to Vl - applicable to BA/B.Sc.
Regular Pattern
English courses I to lV - applicable to Language Reduced Pattern (LRP) Programmes B. Com, BBA, BBA (T), BBM, B. Sc (LRP), BCA etc.
Common courses 1-6 shall be taught by English teachers and 7-10 by teachers of additional languages and general courses 11-14 by teachers of departments offering core
courses concerned.

General Courses l, ll & lll are Numerical Skill, General lnformatics and Entrepreneurship respectively. General Course lV shall be designed by the concerned group of Boards.
The subjects under Language Reduced Pattern (LRP) /[Alternative pattern] are grouped into Four:
  1. BBA, B Com, Fashion Technology, and Hotel Management.
  2. lndustrial Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Food Science &Technology.
  3. Computer Science, Electronics, Multimedia, and lnstrumentation.
  4. Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Aquaculture and Plant Science.
Common courses in various programmes
1 B.A. & B.Sc          Sem I     1, 2, 7       Sem II:      3, 4, 8   Sem III:     5, 9     Sem IV:       5, 10
2 B.Com. & LRP     Sem I:    1, 2, 7       Sem II:      3, 4, 8  Sem III:     11, 12 Sem IV:       13, 14

4.6 Core courses: Core courses are the courses in the major (Core) subject of the degree programme chosen by the student. Core courses are offered by the parent department.
The number of core courses varies from 10 to 18 including a project work.
4.7 Complementary courses: Complementary courses cover one or two disciplines that are related to the core subject and are distributed in the first four semesters.
4.8 Open Courses: There shall be one open course in core subjects in the fifth semester. The Open course shall be open to all the students except the students of parent discipline. (They can choose an open course from a different discipline). Each department/discipline can decide the open course from a pool of three courses offered by the University.
4.9 Credits: Each course shall have certain credits. For passing the degree programme the student shall be required to achieve a minimum of 120 credits of which 38 (22 for
common English courses +16 for common languages other than English) credit shall be from common courses, a minimum of 2 credits for project and 2 credits for the open course. (ln the case of LRP Programmes 14 credits for common courses, 8 credits for