Benefits of Choice Based Credit System

Benefits of Choice Based Credit System

If you are a real aspirant wishing to excel in academics, Choice Based Credit System is for you!

There are numerous benefits of choice based credit system when compared with the conventional system. Choice Based Credit System, worldwide accepted academic system has greater flexibility compared with the conventional way of teaching and learning process. In an ideal choice based credit system, the student has the freedom to choose number of courses offered in a semester. Even the courses can be chosen. Apart from the compulsory elective courses offered in a semester, there are lot of electives offered in the subjects like humanities, mathematics, sciences, arts, management, etc. Even an engineering student can register for those courses. The advantage is that the student can choose the course of his/her interest according to his capability of learning. It is possible to choose less number of courses in a given semester. For example, let us say you are in the third semester. You find it tough to learn five courses and three labs offered. You can choose three or four subjects alone and do the rest in the future semester. This is just like a hotel menu.  Changes in:

1. Academic Standards
2. Innovation & Improvements in Curriculum
3. Teaching Learning Process
4. Examination System
5. Evaluation System

Main Advantages

flexibility and  freedom in  designing  the  examination  and  evaluation  methods – the university can decide the entire academic system within the regulations prescribed by the UGC
The system should be the one that best fits the curriculum, syllabi of the programmes offered by the institution
Changes in teaching – learning  methods – Teacher has the full authority to define the learning mechanism as well as evaluation policies.
This is a sensible system for awarding the grades based on the performance of students
In the present scenario, the performance of the students is reported using the conventional system of marks secured in the examinations or grades or both. One teacher may teach the course, but the correction of the answer script is done by somebody else.

In the CBCS, the conversion from marks to letter grades  and the letter grades used vary widely across the higher education institutions in the country. Letter grade helps the employers to understand and infer the performance of the students graduating from different universities and colleges based on grades.

The grading system is believed to be far better than the conventional system of awarding marks and hence it has  been  followed  in  the  top  institutions in India as well as abroad. In this scenario, a uniform grading system is being introduced in all the universities in the country. Another extra advantage is that this facilitates student mobility across institutions within and across countries and also enable potential employers to assess the performance of students.

To bring  in  the  desired  uniformity, in grading  system  and method  for computing  the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) based on the performance of students in the examinations, the UGC has formulated these guidelines.

No concept of semester

In a choice based credit system, there is no concept of semester. It is an academic period or called as instructional days and one course may be attended by students from different years. For example, Basic Mathematics course can be attended by first year as well as second year students. A student is identified with his/her admission batch. As a student, you will keep on attending courses, earning grades and thus earning credits. When you meet the total credit requirement as prescribed by the system, you earn the degree. Secondly, there is a minimum and maximum limit of credits or course to which you can register in a given academic period. Minimum credits means you should at least register for that many credits. Maximum credit means, you cannot register for number of courses beyond a credit limit. Courses are usually offered by the departments and you have to attend the classes in the department rooms. For example, you may attend the programming course in CSE and Basic Electronics in ECE. While the Basic Mathematics may be offered by Mathematics department and have to be attended there. Credit is basically a reward you get when you complete the attendance as required by the course curriculum. Curriculum lists the courses offered in an academic period with its credits, lecture hours, tutorials and lab practical.

How to take advantage of a choice based credit system?

As an engineering aspirant, you should definitely have a fair idea of the discipline or branch you have selected. In the first year, all the courses will naturally be at the basic level. In higher semesters, you have the choice of courses. Always think from higher point of view. It is not just the graduation – it is post-graduation and beyond. If you are an electronic student, you should have an overall picture of the discipline. You can specialize in Communications, Robotics, VLSI like areas. What I meant is that you should choose the elective courses based on your area of interest. This would become a ground for the higher studies.

Examination Pattern

Choice Based Credit System is always implemented in a continuous evaluation pattern. As the name states, a student is evaluated and assessed continuously throughout the course duration. Course should not be confused with the programme. For example, you are attending Basic Mathematics course – the teacher will evaluate you with take home assignments, periodical tests, open book examinations, quizzes, etc. This is of greatest advantage for the student. He need not wait till the end of the semester to learn the complete course, write the examination and earn a pass. Maximum marks can be scored during the semester and only half or less is allotted for the final examination. There is no concept of supplementary examination. It is called as “second chance”.

Some notable keywords in Choice Based Credit System

Odd and Even semesters constitute an academic year.
CBCS – Choice Based Credit System – a menu of courses
Course – Subject in conventional system – usually the course lecture, attached with tutorials / laboratory work / project / seminar / term paper / assignment / presentation or similar.
Credit – points awarded for successful completion of course. This is how the course is measured. It depends on the number of hours the student took to attend the course. Usually one hour of lecture is equal to one credit.
Grade Point – a numerical weight allotted to each letter grade. Maximum is 10.
Letter grade – defines the knowledge level of student for a given course
Programme – In conventional system, it was called as “course”. We call B.Tech course, but in CBCS, it is called as “B.Tech programme”
Semester Grade Point Average – The performance of a student for a semester.
Semester – one semester is 90 instructional or working days.
Transcript – This is the grade card or sheet or certificate in a conventional system.