regulations require students to attend a total of three hours of class per week in all
courses for which they are registered.
At level II (e.g.
LITS2001or LITS2306), I require you to attend two compulsory 1-hour lectures per week and
one compulsory 1-hour tutorial (a total of 3 hours per week) or
alternatively two compulsory 1.5 hour seminars per
week (a total of 3 hours per week).
please note that in many cases the
scheduled class times are beyond the control of the lecturer because they are the only slots on the university's crowded time-table
when there is a sufficiently large room available where classes can be
held. For this reason, some of you, because of conflicting work commitments, may not be
able to attend lectures on a regular basis, if at all. This is not
necessarily too much of a problem as you have my permission to record the lectures and you
can make use of my detailled notes. Some students, for example,
record the lectures and later listen to them while simultaneously following my
handouts. This is almost as good as being there. Of course, as the
exam draws nearer, it is important to attend regularly lest you miss important
the tutorials are vital because they are designed to help
you to assimilate the material covered in the lectures. Consequently, it
is extremely important (especially for those of you who are unable to attend
lectures regularly) not to miss the tutorial. Of course, as
the exam draws nearer, it is important to attend tutorials regularly lest you miss
important hints. Students who fail to attend a minimum
of 33% of the tutorials / seminars will not be eligible to receive any grade for
participation / presentation(s).
LEVEL III / GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES
At level III (e.g. LITS3001or
and at the graduate level, I require you to attend two compulsory 1.5
hour seminars per week (a total of 3 hours per week).
Students who have been absent very
often are asked to pay special attention to
Examination Regulation 19 which states that:
Any candidate who has been absent from
the University for a prolonged period during the teaching of a particular
course for any reason other
than illness or whose attendance at prescribed lectures, classes, practical
classes, tutorials or clinical instructions has been unsatisfactory or who has
failed to submit essays or other exercises set by his/her teachers may be debarred
by the relevant Academic Board, on the recommendation of the relevant Faculty
Board, from taking any University Examinations. The procedures to be
used shall be prescribed in Faculty Regulations. (Examination
Regulations for First Degrees, Associate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates,
Including GPA Regulations, 2008-2009, p.10)
In other words, any student who has failed to attend
classes without reasonable explanation may be debarred by the Campus Academic Board from
taking examinations in the course(s) in question, on the recommendation of the
respective Campus Board of the Faculty.
Accordingly, it is in the interest of all
students to attend course regularly; those
students whose work commitments make
it very difficult or even impossible to regularly attend classes
should consider changing their registration in order to do only those courses which they can attend on a regular basis.