Academic Information

Course Outline

All students are provided with a copy of the course outline for every course/programme. The course outline provides all the necessary information pertaining to the course. The course outline includes:

  • The objectives or learning outcomes of the course
  • The methods of assessment for the term/ course
  • The timetable
  • The grading scheme and the minimum pass grade
  • The course content for term/course
  • The attendance requirement
  • The duration of the course/programme

Course outlines are provided by the lecturer at the administrative office or at the induction course.

Grading and Certification

Grading is based on the particular course for which students are enrolled. Some courses require a higher pass grade. The grade point average or passing grade is also articulated on the course outline.

 

GPA Marks Grade
4.0 85-100 A Distinction
3.0 84-65 B Above Average (Good)
2.0 64-50 C Average (Fair)
1.0 49-40 D Below Average (Fail)
0.0 39-0 F Fail

Students who fail to meet the minimum passing grade are entitled to a maximum of two exam re-sits. This is for courses/programmes where the conduct and marking of examination scripts are the responsibility of TBS.

If a student fails the second re-sit, he/she will have to repeat the entire course.

Students failing to meet the minimum passing grade for a course can be prevented from writing that subject under TBS’s name. This would apply to exams that are not conducted by TBS, but for which TBS is an accredited tuition provider, e.g. ABE and CXC.

Certification

Students, who have achieved the minimum pass requirements above and would satisfy their financial obligations for certification, will receive their certification in a timely manner. All TBS academic programmes, except for our computer courses, receive certification from external awarding accredited bodies. For ABE and CXC, the certificates are sent directly to students. For AAPM, AMA and CIM, the certificates are processed to TBS and then distributed to students.

Request for Transcript

Request for transcripts can come from students, educational institutions and bodies requiring academic information for standard conversion purposes (conversion to College credits) or for admittance. Requests can be made in writing or via email.

When a student makes a request in writing, they must state their name, address, phone number, course attended, student ID number, email address. If the request is made online the same information is required. The College will respond within three working days, outlining the cost and when it can be collected.

Past students will receive transcripts after providing proof of payment to the Quality Coordinator. Students collecting transcripts must have their Identification Card or Student Identification Card and must sign to acknowledge collecting the transcript.

Students requesting transcripts to be sent to another College or Educational Institution must provide the full information of the receiving institution (correct address, telephone number, and department).

The College will normally contact the College/ Educational Institution before posting out the transcript. However, the transcript must be paid for before it is dispatched.

Organization Requesting Student Transcript

The College does not send student transcripts to any organization unless permission is given from the student to do so. Student information is treated in a highly confidential manner.

Letter of Academic Standing

Students can request letters of academic standing from the administration. All requests for letters of academic standing must be done in writing. The student can request to pick up the letter personally or have TBS mail it to the applicant at a requested address.

Letters of academic standing will include, among other information:

  • Period in which the student attended the college
  • Whether the student is in good academic standing
  • When the student will graduate or complete the course

Plagiarism and Other Academic Violation

All students of TBS must commit themselves to high academic standards and must refrain at all times from all form of academic misconduct. Academic misconduct can be defined as any action or attempted action that places student/s in an academic advantage or disadvantage to other student/s.

Academic misconduct includes:
  • Plagiarism
  • cheating
  • altering academic documents, including transcripts
  • obtaining information/materials before its official release
  • helping a fellow student/s to gain an academic advantage
  • Destroying academic information so as to give one an academic advantage over others.

Plagiarism is the unauthorized use of intellectual materials of others without acknowledging their source or their approval to use such information extensively. Examples include:

  • Copying large paragraphs of a text into research papers
  • Incorporating the views and ideas and opinion of others without acknowledging the source of these views and ideas and opinion and as such giving the impression that these views ideas and opinions are your own.
Cheating

Cheating can be defined as fraud, deceit or dishonesty in test or assignment. Cheating can also include attempting to use or using any material not allowed, thus giving one an advantage, or assisting others in gaining an advantage. Examples include:

  • copying or attempt to copy from others in an exam or an assignment
  • assisting others in an examination, e.g. by providing answers
  • using unauthorized materials, prepared answers or concealed information in an examination.

Any student found guilty of academic misconduct at examinations will be removed from the examination room and be given a failing grade. The student can also be suspended up to one academic term. Students found guilty of academic misconduct on an assignment will receive a failing grade and will be subject to a suspension of a maximum of one term. Students guilty of plagiarism will be given a warning in the first instance and will be suspended from classes thereafter.