Brief Description of the Undergraduate Course System

The entire undergraduate study is a 4-year program. Each academic year comprises two semesters; i.e., Fall (typically July to December) and Spring (typically January to June).

I. Duration of Semesters

Duration of each regular semester (Fall or Spring) is generally 20 weeks, which is organized in the following way.

Classes 15 weeks

Semester Mid Term Examination* 2 weeks

Extra & Review Classes 1 week

Semester Final Examination 2 weeks


Total 20 weeks

*Mid Term examination is held normally after 7 weeks of class.

II. Credit Structure and Course Pattern

The four-year undergraduate program is covered through a set of theoretical, laboratory/sessional courses, Internship (fieldwork) and project/thesis.

1) Theoretical Courses

One lecture per week per regular semester is equivalent to one credit hour. For example, a three-credit hour course has three lectures per week throughout a regular semester.

2) Laboratory Courses/Sessional Courses/Fieldwork/Project/Thesis

Laboratory/sessional course is usually one and a half credit thus has classes for three hours per week per semester. Credits are also assigned to internship, project and thesis work taken by students.

III. Types of Courses

The Department of Civil Engineering offers B. Sc. in Civil Engineering degree at the completion of 158 credit hours. The course structure has been designed to provide the graduates with adequate theoretical and experimental backgrounds in Basic Science, Mathematics, Basic Engineering, Humanities, Civil Engineering Practice as well as the major branches of Civil Engineering; i.e., Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation and Water Resources Engineering. The following Table shows the item wise distribution of the credit hours for the Civil Engineering curriculum.

Types of Courses Credit Hours

Theoretical Sessional Total

Basics science 9.0 3.0 12.0

Mathematics 15.0 0.0 15.0

Humanities 15.0 0.0 15.0

Related Engineering 6.0 1.5 7.5

Basic Civil Engineering Practice 27.0 10.0 37.0

Structural Engineering 20.0 6.0 26.0

Geotechnical Engineering 10.0 1.5 11.5

Transportation Engineering 7.0 3.0 10.0

Environmental Engineering 6.0 3.0 9.0

Water resources Engineering 6.0 1.5 7.5

Optional Courses 5.0 0.0 5.0

Internship 0.0 2.0 2.0

Project /Thesis 0.0 4.5 4.5

Total 126 36 162


IV. Course Registration

A regular student is normally required to take a minimum of 15 credits and a maximum of 24 credits in a regular semester. The regular period of course registration starts a week before the commencement of semester classes and extends up to two weeks after the semester begins.

V. Examination and Grading System

The examination is an important part of the academic program to assess student performance in each of the course(s). The grading system is designed to evaluate the performance of a student in a given course based on a scheme of continuous assessment.

Theoretical Courses

For theoretical courses this continuous assessment is generally made through class assessment (attendance, assignments and class test/reports/presentations), a Semester Mid Term Examination and a Semester Final Examination. The percentile distribution of marks for a theoretical course is as follows:

Class Assessment (Class test/report/assignment/presentation + Attendance) 20 %

Semester Mid Examination 30 %

Final Examination* 50%

Total 100%


*Student failed to attain class attendance of 60% could not be eligible to take part in final examination. Moreover, student remaining absent in Midterm examination could not be eligible to take part in the final examination.

Class test/report/assignment/presentation

A number of (n+1) class test/ assignment/project/presentation for a course will be held on 15% of total marks where “n” is the number of credits of the course.

Class attendance

Class attendance will be counted for 10% of the total marks of the course(s). Following table shows the mark distribution for class attendance according to the percentage of class attendance.

Class Attendance ( x %) Marks (%)

x ≥ 90 100

85 ≤ x < 90 90

80 ≤ x < 85 80

75 ≤ x < 80 70

70 ≤ x < 75 60

65 ≤ x < 70 50

60 ≤ x < 65 40

x < 60 0 (ineligible to take part in final exam)

Makeup Exam

The makeup exam will be utilized only for conducting an examination of failed course(s) in the intervening period between the end of the past semester and the commencement of the new semester. Provision of makeup examination is not applicable for laboratory/ sessional courses. A student would be allowed to seat for a maximum of 2 subjects in the makeup examination in a semester.

Lab Courses

Assessments for Laboratory/Sessional/Fieldwork courses are made by evaluating the Quiz, Viva-voce, Class Performance, Report and attendance. Assessment in design courses is done through evaluation of performance during class hours, home assignments/reports and quizzes. The percentage distributions are given below: The percentile distribution of marks for a Lab Course is as follows:

Quiz 20 %

Viva-voce 10 %

Class Performance /Experiment/ Design 40 %

Report 20%

Attendance 10 %

Total 100 %



The percentile distribution of marks for Internship is as follows:

Assessment* 30 %

Report 20 %

Presentation 30 %

Viva-Voce 20 %

Total 100 %


*Attendance marks are included within Assessment by respective Company.

Project & Thesis

Every undergraduate student at the Department of Civil Engineering, Southern University Bangladesh must go through a project or thesis work worthy of 4.5 credit hours. Usually, total of 4.5 credits of thesis works is divided into two parts 1.5 credit in 7th semester and 3.00 credits in the 8th semester. To enroll in thesis course at 7th academic semester, the student must earn 112 credits (may be reduced for students getting course waiver) out of the total credits offered from first to sixth academic semester. Students failed to earn mentioned credits will be ineligible to enroll in the thesis course. The distribution of credits for a Project/Thesis is as follows:

Proposal Presentation 1.5 Credit

Preliminary Presentation —

Final Presentation 3.0 Credit

Grading System

The final performance of a student in each course is based on the numerical grade obtained in the course and is evaluated by a letter grade equivalent to certain grade points. Letter grades and the corresponding grade points are as follows:

Marks ( x %) Letters grade Grade point

x ≥ 80 A+ 4.00

75 ≤ x < 80 A 3.75

70 ≤ x < 75 A- 3.50

65 ≤ x < 70 B+ 3.25

60 ≤ x < 65 B 3.00

55 ≤ x < 60 B- 2.75

50 ≤ x < 55 C+ 2.50

45 ≤ x < 50 C 2.25

40 ≤ x < 45 D 2.00

Less than 40% F 0

Not enrolled I –

Grade ‘F’: If a student fails to achieve at least 40% mark in a course, he/she will get ‘F’ grade in that course. Besides, absence in Final Examination at the end of each academic semester will also result in ‘F’ grade.
Grade ‘I’: Grade ‘I’ will be given to a candidate when he/she fails to appear at the Semester Mid and or Final examinations. The student has to re-register for a particular course.

VI. Performance Evaluation and Award of Degree

The performance of a student is evaluated in terms of semester GPA and cumulative grade point average (CGPA), which is the weighted grade point average for all the semesters completed.

To be awarded the B.Sc. in Civil Engineering degree at the Department of Civil Engineering, SUB, a student must earn 158 credits throughout his/her academic program (4-year). The minimum CGPA requirement for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree is 2.50. Candidates will be awarded the degree with honors if their CGPA is 3.75 or above out of 4.00.

Candidates for Bachelor’s degree in engineering shall be awarded the Chancellor’s Award if their CGPA is 4.00 out of 4.00.

Improvement of Grades

The provision for improvement of grades applies to those who obtained a CGPA lower than 2.50. Such candidates may be allowed to improve their grades by surrendering the earlier grade obtained. For further details of the academic rules, students should consult the university information booklet for Examination Rules and Procedures.

VII. Time Limits for the Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree

A student must complete all requirements for the fulfillment of a degree within a maximum period of seven academic years. This includes discontinuity due to any cause (fail, expulsion, not appearing in the examination etc).

VIII. Publication of Results

A student who successfully completes the prescribed courses of all the semesters and all academic requirements for fulfillment of degrees of Bachelor’s will have to apply to the Controller of Examinations through the Head of the Department for Graduation.

The Controller of Examinations shall publish the result.

The Academic Council will award a Provisional degree on completion of credit and CGPA requirement. All documents including Provisional Certificate, Transcript, Character Certificate, Testimonial, Grade Sheets etc will be issued after the payment of all required fees.

IX. Financial help /Scholarship

Usually, southern university Bangladesh offers scholarships in two types of categories. One is entrance scholarship and the other one is scholarships for academic excellence at SUB.

Entrance Scholarship

Entrance scholarship is given on the basis of students academic achievement in High school/college or equivalent. For this scholarship, students must provide the required information in the application form of the admission and Then admission office uses applicants official transcripts and official test scores to identify eligibility for entrance scholarships. This scholarship is given in the following criteria:

For HSC Background

General Merit Talent

1. GPA SSC ≥ 3.0 //5.0 1. GPA SSC ≥ 4.0 //5.0 1. GPA SSC = 5.0 // 5.0

2. GPA HSC ≥ 3.0 // 5.0 2. GPA HSC ≥ 4.0 //5.0 2. GPA HSC = 5.0 // 5.0

3. GPA (SSC + HSC) ≥ 7.0 3. GPA (SSC + HSC) ≥ 9.0 3. GPA (SSC + HSC) = 10.0

For Diploma Background

1. GPA SSC ≥ 3.0 // 5.0 1. GPA SSC ≥ 4.0 //5.0 1. GPA SSC = 5.0 // 5.0

2. GPA Diploma ≥ 3.0 // 4.0 2. GPA Diploma ≥ 3.5 //4.0 2. GPA Diploma = 4.0 //4.0

3. GPA (SSC + Diploma) ≥ 6.5 3. GPA (SSC + Diploma) ≥ 8.0 3. GPA (SSC + Diploma) = 9.0

Scholarships for Academic Excellence

This scholarship is given on the basis of student academic performance at SUB. If student obtains minimum GPA of 3.2 in each academic semester then entrance scholarship would be continued as a scholarship for academic excellence. In addition to this Department of Civil Engineering recommend students for this scholarship based on the following criteria:


Neither any disciplinary action is taken against him nor any procedures of disciplinary action are drawn against him.

Immediate passed semester class attendance ≥ 60%

Immediate passed semester result ≥ 3.00


Neither any disciplinary action is taken against him nor any procedures of disciplinary action are drawn against him.

Immediate passed semester class attendance ≥ 70%

Immediate passed semester result ≥ 3.50


Neither any disciplinary action is taken against him nor any procedures of disciplinary action are drawn against him.

Immediate passed semester class attendance ≥ 80%

Immediate passed semester result = 4.00

This to note that financial aid and scholarships do not cover the costing of books, lab fees, exam fees, and graduation fees. Please consider the cost of our institution before you continue with your application process. Southern University Bangladesh would cancel or withdraw the scholarship fully or partially if the concerned student is found involved in any activity subversive to the country, Southern University Bangladesh and or discipline.

Besides, there is a special scholarship/tuition fee waiver for children of freedom fighter.