The Court and Senate of the University of Sierra Leone in 1989 approved the establishment of a Faculty of Environmental Sciences to be based at Njala University College (NUC). The faculty admitted its first set of students in October 1991, and had its first graduates in 1998 (the College lost two academic years as a result of the war). In 2005, by an act of the Parliament of Sierra Leone, NUC was upgraded into University status. The Senate and Court of Njala University in 2005 approved the establishment of the School of Environmental Sciences to be based on Njala Campus. The school is firmly embedded in the development process of Sierra Leone with special roles in improving the quality and expanding the quantity of human resources necessary for development. These roles are fulfilled through the programmes offered by the school leading to the award of diplomas and degrees and by research, consultancy and information collection services of the university and affiliated institutions.
OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL’S PROGRAMME
The primary objective of the School is to provide training at the undergraduate and graduate levels in environmental management and conservation issues. The short-term objectives are to:
In the long term, the School aims at:
In keeping with its mission and functions, the University’s objectives on admission are to:
The specific criteria for admission of candidates into (non) degree programmes are as follows.
FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES
FOR DIPLOMA PROGRAMS
FOR HIGHER DIPLOMA PROGRAMS
FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMME
FOR POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT MASTERS DEGREE
CANDIDATES FOR THE POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH DEGREE OF MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (M.PHIL)
FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD) DEGREE
ASSESSMENT, GRADING, GRADUATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF (NON) DEGREE PROGRAMMES
ASSESSMENT AND GRADING
The University’s examination policy applies to all programmes. Ideally, each module in the (non) degree programmes is assessed by continuous assessment (weighted 40%) and a final written examination (weighted 60%). The continuous assessment consists of any or a combination, of the following: written assignments, tests, practicals, projects, research exercise, objectives, short answer questions, quizzes and term papers. At the end of the semester all percentages are totaled and a single average is grade submitted for the student.
A five point letter and weighted percentage grading system shown in the table below is used to score the student. Students are required to have an average of three points or “C” to pass. Students are referred for the module when they obtain a grade of “E or F” at the certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Undergraduate levels. In the case of postgraduate degrees it is ‘D, E or F’. All grades for the various subjects during the semester are used to compute the grade point average (GPA) for the semester, cumulatively and later at the end of the degree programme.