NOUN Orientation For Newly Admitted Students

NOUN Orientation For Newly Admitted Students: Students are required to do all registrations by themselves using the necessary means available for registrations, not compulsorily the school’s responsibility.

Once you’re given matriculation number (Matric Number) you are responsible for all school’s registrations.

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NOUN Orientation For Newly Admitted Students.

In order to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree award from 100L, you must run your programme within a minimum of eight (8) semesters (4years) or maximum of sixteen (16) semesters (8years).

Direct entry, students must obtain a minimum TCE of 90-credit units depending on your programme, a minimum of six (6) semesters (3 years) or maximum of twelve (12) semesters (6 years), excluding the General Studies (GST) Courses.


(1) The maximum semesters start counting from the year you were admitted, if you
abandoned your studies for too many semesters, you may not be awarded a degree

(2) Students are required to pass at least one elective course in a semester or at least 15
total credit unit. They must also pass 18 CU (credit units) of GST Courses as specified by
the Senate.

SEE ALSO: National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Courses / Programmes

Study Center Officials.

Director: This the head of the study center and should be met only on special occasions.

Counselor: Students Counselor is your best friend in National Open University of Nigeria. He/She has the answer to 95% of your questions about your studies.

Faculty Desk Officer: At higher levels you’d always need the assistance of your faculty
officer; TP, IT or otherwise.

Accountant: This person checks and clears students for proper registrations and
payments for examination purposes.

IT Officer: This person has 80% solution to any issues you may encounter in NOUN;
resetting passwords, resetting admission forms, and many other IT related activities you
may not be able to do.

Librarians/Stock keeper: This person gives you all the hard copy/textbooks of your
registered courses per semester.

NOUN Orientation For Newly Admitted Students – Glossary of Terms.


A course is a major content segment comprising topics in a particular subject. At NOUN,
multiple of courses that make up a programme of study leading to a degree qualification.

Course Code:

This should be understood to mean a ‘quantitative system of organisation of the curriculum
in which subject areas are broken down into unit courses which are examinable and for
which students earn credit(s) if passed’. The courses are arranged in progressive order of
difficulty or in levels of academic progress, e.g. Level 1 or year 1 courses are 101, 102 e.t.c. (e.g. GST101). and Level II or Year II courses are 201, 202 etc.

The National Open University of Nigeria also has a policy of odd number representing first semester and even number representing second semester.

Course Credit:

A Credit is the unit of measurement for a course. At NOUN, 1 credit unit is estimated to be
the equivalent of 7 study units. A 1 credit unit course is estimated to take 30 study hours
to complete and is broken down as follows:

Study time – 21 hours, TMA -3 hours, and Facilitation-6 hours.


A Semester is an academic period of twelve weeks, excluding examination period. NOUN
offers two semesters of study per year: January to March and July to September then
exams follow.

NOUN runs two semesters like conventional universities, however, it could also run 3
semesters if there was obstruction that caused a semester to be omitted like COVID.


NOUN offers admission TWICE yearly or every semester. Whereas conventional
universities offer admission once. That’s why NOUN also has graduates every semester.
In cases as you are in your first semester while the school is on her second semester. It causes no harm at all.

You are required to firstly register your first semester courses whether you were newly
admitted in the schools’ first or second semester.

NOUN Orientation For Newly Admitted Students On Core/Compulsory Course:

A course which every student must compulsorily take and pass in any particular
programme at a particular level of study.

Elective Course:

A course that you take within or outside the faculty. You may graduate without passing the
course provided the minimum credit unit for the course had been attained.

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A programme comprises of prescribed courses offered at different levels of study. It also
refers to a particular field of study made up of courses e.g., Bachelor’s programme in
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. At NOUN, a programme of study leading to a
degree qualification is made up of general, compulsory and elective courses.


Tutor/Computer Marked Assignment is an electronic form of assessment conducted to
ascertain the level of students’ academic performances. It carries 30 marks split into three
parts (TMA 13), each part carries 10 marks. You’re expected to submit AT LEAST two of
the three TMAs in order to qualify for examination and see your result for that course.

NOUN Orientation For Newly Admitted Students on Carryover:

When you fail a course, that’s when you score below 40, it’s called carryover course and
you’ll be required to rewrite and pass such course in order to qualify for graduation.


This means NO EXAMS. It’s a remark given to students who missed their exams or who
wrote exams but didn’t submit.


This means NO TMA. A remark given to students who missed TWO TMAs out of the three
or the entire 3 TMAs

There are Three Means of Examinations in NOUN:

1. CBT or Eexamination: This is an examination conducted and supervised at the study
centre for 100L and 200L students. Computers are networked on LAN that enables the
results to be collated in a central database within the centre and later sent to headquarters
for final compilation. Participating students do see the result of each course immediately
after submission. It comprises of Objectives (Multiple choice answers) and Subjectives
(Fill in the blanks questions).

2. POP (Pen on Paper) examination: This examination is hand-written using our
traditional pen on paper. Students write on paper using pen/biro. It’s totally offline
examination. This is available for conduct and supervision at the study centres for 300L
students and above.

3. Virtual/On-Demand examination: This is an examination written under the supervision
of a Proctor, taken at a quiet location – even at your backyard for all study levels. This is
also an electronic form of examination and the newest form that allow every student from
every office, home or calm environment to take their examinations with the help of
computer cameras and software.

NB: Any student taking the Virtual examination would be dealing with the headquarters directly in cases of complaints.

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