University of Mumbai has implemented the Choice Based Credit and Grading System since 2011-2012. The Scheme has seen many changes since its inception. The Choice Based Credit System as applicable 2016-2017 is as given below.
Before we proceed to explain the examination scheme, a Learner (student) must understand the terminologies used:
A Program is a set of courses that are linked together in an academically meaningful way and generally ends with the award of a Certificate or Diploma or Degree depending on the level of knowledge attained and the total duration of study. Traditionally, B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. are referred as Degree’s and will now be referred to as PROGRAMS.
The term “COURSE” under the Credit System corresponds to the word ‘SUBJECT’ used currently. For instance, subjects like Accountancy & Financial Management, Business Economics, Foundation Course, Commerce, etc. included under the B. Com. program would now be called ‘Courses’.
A course, which is generally an independent entity having its own separate identity, is also often referred to as a ‘Module’. A module may be studied in conjunction with other learning modules or studied independently. A topic within a course is treated as a Unit.
Credit Point refers to the ‘Workload’ of a learner.It is an index of the number of learning hours deemed for learning of a certain segment. These learning hours broadly classified into hours spent on attending actual lectures / tutorials / laboratory work /seminar, etc. and notional hours spent on reading, reflecting, discussing, attending counseling sessions, watching especially prepared videos, writing assignments, preparing for examinations, etc.
1 credit point corresponds to 30 to 40 learning hours. A single course may be assigned from 2 to 8 credit points taking into consideration no. of hours it would take for a learner to complete a single course successfully. The learner is said to have earned the credits on successful completion of the course including the evaluation.
Semester System: The program (Degree Course) of three years duration is divided into six terms of approximately six-month duration called semester. Every semester will have number of courses (subjects/papers) that a learner will have to offer. Each course subject will be assigned certain number of credits. Learner will be assessed continuously during the Semester and evaluated at the end of the semester. The results will be declared at the end of every semester. Credits will be earned by the learner on successful completion of the course.
Choice Base implies that the learner has the choice to select the subjects that he/she would like to learn within the prescribed time period and the program parameters. Say for example a learner who wants to major in Accountancy wishes to study History may be permitted to do so under the Choice Based System.
For Self-Financing Courses: (for BMS & BAMMC)
Performance of the student for every course in Self-Financing Courses will be evaluated in two components: