Policy on Exceeding Term Credit Limit

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Extracted from SUTD Office of Education, Policy on Exceeding Term Credit Limit (ED-CDP-015-05).

1. Introduction

1.1 The maximum academic workload an SUTD undergraduate student is allowed to take in a term is four (4) full-term subjects, or its equivalent to forty-eight (48) subject credits.

1.2 The University acknowledges that students of particularly good academic standing can benefit from enrolling in an additional fifth subject thereby exceeding the term credit limit.

1.3 This paper outlines the eligibility criteria and guidelines involved in having an enhanced workload during applicable terms.

2. Eligibility Criteria

2.1 Only students who

  • have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.75 and above; and
  • passed all twelve (12) Required and Non-Prerequisite Freshmore subjects; at the point of subject enrolment can request to take an additional subject or exceed the term credit limit to a maximum of sixty (60) subject credits.

For students matriculated in AY2016

2.2 Students who

  • Have a recommended cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.25 and above; and
  • Passed all twelve (12) full-term equivalent Required and Non-Prerequisite Freshmore subjects;
    At the point of subject enrolment can request to take an additional subject or exceed the term credit limit to a maximum of sixty (60) subject credits.

2.3 If the student is unable to maintain a CGPA of 4.75 and above in the subsequent applicable term, (s)he will not be eligible to take an additional subject for the second term.

For students matriculated in AY2017 and onwards

2.3. Students who

  • Have a recommended CGPA of 3.5 and above; and
  • Passed all twelve (12) full-term equivalent Required and Non-Prerequisite Freshmore subjects;
    At the point of subject enrolment can request to take an additional subject or exceed the term credit limit to a maximum of sixty (60) subject credits.

3. Guidelines

  • The additional subject or credits can only be taken in Term 5, 6 and/or 7.
  • In effect, the eligible student can take up to a maximum of three (3) additional subjects or the equivalent of 36 subject credits during the entire course of his or her undergraduate study. Students are required to meet the recommended CGPA in each of the applicable terms in order to take an additional subject in those terms.
  • The student should seek permission from his/her pillar and academic mentor and submit a formal request to the Office of Student Administration (OSA) before registering for an additional subject.
  • The onus is on the student to check the list of subjects open to them during the applicable terms, whether he/she has the necessary pre-requisites to take the subject and the suitability of the subject timing. Where there is an enrolment cap on the intended class, regularly registered students who are required to take the subject that term will be given priority.

The additional subject shall be graded and included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. This additional subject cannot be used to reduce the student’s workload in later terms.

4. Policy on Retaking a Failed Additional Subject

4.1 The following guidelines shall take effect in the event that the student fails the additional graded subject:

  1. For failed subjects counted toward the student’s pillar and/or track (if applicable) requirements, the applicable pillar policies shall be implemented. In the absence of relevant pillar policies, the University generally recommends that the student retakes the subject in the regular term that it is registered for.
  2. For failed HASS pillar electives, the student is not required to retake the subject as long as (s)he fulfils the HASS Distribution Requirement by the time of graduation.
  3. If the failed subject is taken out of interest and is not counted towards any pillar or distributional requirements (e.g., graded subjects from other pillars), then the student need not retake the subject.

4.2 The F grade and the new grade attained for the retake (if required) will be reflected in the academic transcript and calculated towards the student’s GPA.

4.3 Students are not allowed to repeat subjects that they have passed.