Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Office Of Undergraduate Studies (OUS)

The Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) at North South University functions to assure consistency among undergraduate degree requirements, and thus works with the faculty and administration of the various schools to coordinate undergraduate degree programming according to the university’s vision, mission, and standards of accreditation.

The OUS is charged with oversight of the general education requirements that form the core curriculum common to all bachelor-level degrees offered by the schools. This oversight includes attention to quality assurance, specifically in terms of student learning assessment that includes both degree program assessment and evaluation of instructional learning outcomes (ILO) in undergraduate courses offered by the various departments.

The university is moving forward with strategic planning and prospective international institutional accreditation from one of the American regional accrediting commissions as well as seeking specialized program accreditations for degree programs in the School of Business, the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Department of Public Health. That said, however, the OUS works to promote an institutional culture at NSU according to which NSU faculties are themselves committed to quality assurance and accountability for the degree programs and courses they offer to NSU students. In this respect, the prospect of accreditation is thus not itself “the main driver” of ILO assessment, although it is a significant motivation for NSU’s commitment to quality assurance and accountability. The driver, in short, must be the persistent commitment of NSU faculty to assure the public at large that NSU works to fulfill its vision and mission as a center of excellence in higher education in Bangladesh. Accordingly, this excellence must be evidence-based and manifested in the faculty’s continuous responsiveness to the data of assessment that they themselves generate in the process of quality assurance.

Outcomes Assessment at NSU:

  • Is guided by the concept of assessment as an “investment” in the future of NSU, thus to sustain NSU’s reputation as a center of excellence in higher education
  • Presupposes a decentralized, faculty-driven approach—school, department, and discipline-specific degree program and course assessment planning by the core full-time faculty (with support from part-time adjunct faculty)
  • Aspires to collection of representative, reliable, and valid data:
    • Representative: the data adequately reflect the targeted population (degree majors; general education undeclared students; etc.)
    • Reliable: the data are collected at appropriate time(s) in the semester, in a systematic way, in relation to prior stated instructional learning outcome goals at various levels (school, department, program, course)
    • Valid: The collected data lead to appropriate inferences/conclusions about instructional learning quality and effectiveness, including referencing of relevant benchmarks where appropriate for department, program, or course assessment goals
  • Allows for different stages of performance in this process (specification of goals, identification of assessment measures, implementation of assessment methods, collection of data, evaluation of data, refinement/improvement of curriculum in light of evaluated data)
  • Assures adequate institutional resource allocation decisions in relation to assessment data, thus in relation to program enhancement, program maintenance, program suspension, or program termination
  • Is socially responsible in its quality assurances to the public by way of transparent delineation of assessment processes and results affecting the undergraduate curriculum

Instructional Learning Outcomes Assessment Data

It is now a commonplace expectation for international accreditation that institutions of higher education provide ILO assessment information to the general public as part of its commitment to transparency and institutional integrity. Accordingly, the OUS provides links here to (1) sample course syllabi from undergraduate courses offered in the various schools that illustrate ILO goals and outcomes; (2) sample ILO assessment reports for selected degree programs and selected courses; (3) sample curricular improvements based on ILO assessment. Notwithstanding such information, it is important to acknowledge that ILO assessment requires ongoing experimentation and adjustment of methods, including adaptations consistent with the context of higher education in Bangladesh, yet without diminishing NSU’s commitment to best practices.

Some Resource Links:

1)Sample Course Syllabi at NSU

Year 2016
Spring HIS101
PHI 401
PHI 104
PSY 101
HIS 203
HIS 202
Summer HIS205
Fall Upcoming
Year 2015
Spring Not Available
Summer ECO 101
ECO 104
ENG 102
ENG 103
PHI 101
MAT 112
PHY 107
Fall ENG 111
ENG 115
PHI 101

2)Sample ILO Assessment Reports at NSU

3)Sample ILO Course Reports

Year 2016
Spring Upcoming
Summer Upcoming
Fall Upcoming
Year 2015
Spring Not Available
Summer PHI 101 (1 & 2)
MIS 105 (1)
ENG 105 (8)
PHY 108 (4)
Fall Not Available

4)Sample curricular improvements at NSU based on ILO assessment (forthcoming)

5)Some assessment resource sites:

General Education Requirements: The Context

North South University is committed to the pursuit of knowledge consistent with its vision and mission. The quest for knowledge has always had both theoretical and practical components, with ongoing developments in the various disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences having their impact on society. In the 21st century, however, this impact is increasingly transnational in its effects, especially in light of the dynamics of globalization. In its academic programming, therefore, NSU is attentive to these developments in the national, regional, and international community, with a view to providing students with an up-to-date world-class education that prepares them for a viable future.

“General education” courses form the foundational curriculum that the university requires of all students pursuing bachelor level degrees in the various schools. These courses are designed to broaden the intellectual horizon of NSU students beyond the specialized coursework they take as part of their undergraduate degree requirements. Consistent with the Western liberal arts tradition, but also mindful of the sociocultural context of Bangladesh and the south Asia region, NSU has structured a general education curriculum that identifies several goals related to student learning outcomes. Thus, NSU students should:

  • Appreciate the importance of social, political, philosophical, moral, historical, religious, and cultural dimensions of diversity in contemporary global society;
  • Develop an understanding of the contemporary world in a way that demonstrates critical thinking skills and supplements the specialized methods of analysis applied in their chosen major;
  • Be committed to a comportment of respect and tolerance in interpersonal and intercultural relations as they learn to negotiate the challenges of global cultural convergence;
  • Appreciate the significance of, and develop a commitment to, non-violence in the pursuit of interpersonal, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic goals and in the common task of conflict resolution and national development;
  • Be adequately informed and competent about global perspectives that today create both opportunities and constraints in the pursuit of a just and peaceful world order;
  • Be competent in the use of communication/information technologies as they interact with their academic and social environments; and,
  • Appreciate and demonstrate a commitment to community service, thereby manifesting a commitment to personal and professional growth that is both civic-minded and socially responsible.

General Education (GE) Requirements: The Courses

As NSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Amin Sarkar has stated, “Institutional accreditation in the U.S. requires a substantial general education curriculum for all undergraduate students.” NSU has, therefore, restructured the undergraduate “general education” (GE) or “university core”curriculum so as “to provide students a uniform experience in essential areas” of the liberal arts and to qualify for international accreditation of its degree programs. This initiative is consistent with various standards of accreditation pertinent to program and institutional levels of qualification. NSU has proposed a new university core with minimum general education, as stand alone credits, amounting to 51 student credit hours (SCH). Every undergraduate program includes some elements of the minimum GE requirements, in the range of 24 to 37 SCH. These courses also count for the total credit hour requirement for School core curricula and undergraduate degree majors selected by students. Students should consult the School/department undergraduate degree checklist to confirm actual degree requirements and the pathway for completion of degree requirements as distributed over twelve semesters of study.

Minimum University-wide General Education (GE) Requirements (Stand-alone: 51 SCH)

  • Languages (12 SCH)
    • English Composition (6)
    • Public Speaking (3)
    • Literature (3)
  • Humanities (9 SCH)
    • Philosophy/Ethics (3)
    • History (World/Indo-Bangladesh/Islamic) (6)
  • Social Sciences (9 SCH)
    • Political Science/Government (3)
    • Economics (Micro/Macro Principles) (3)
    • Sociology/Geography/Anthropology (3)
  • Computer and Math Skills (9 SCH)
    • Computer Information Systems (3)
    • Mathematics (3)
    • Statistics (3)
  • Sciences (with lab) (12 SCH)
    • Any three courses from:
      • Psychology
      • Environmental Studies
      • Public Health
      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • Biology

Normally, these GE courses should be completed early in a student’s program (first two years) at NSU. A course that is a prerequisite for a GE course does not satisfy the GE requirement, but such a course may meet the minimum credit hour degree requirement. Courses taken to fulfill core or elective categories may also satisfy the GE requirement.

Undergraduate Degree Checklists:

01.BBA in Accounting
02. BBA in Finance
03.BS in Computer Science and Engineering
04. BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
05. BS in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
06. BBA in Human Resource Management
07. BBA in International Business
08. BBA in Management Information Systems
09. BBA in Management
10. BBA in Supply Chain Management
11. BS in Biochemistry & Biotechnology
12. BS in Economics
13. BS in Environmental Management
14. BS in Environmental Science
15. BS in Microbiology
16. Bachelor of Laws
17. BBA in Entrepreneurship
18. BBA in Marketing
19. BA in English (TESOL)
20. BA in English (Language)
21. BA in English (Literature)
22. Bachelor of Architecture
23.BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Pathway for Completion of Degree Requirements

01. BBA in Accounting
02. BBA in Finance
03. BS in Computer Science & Engineering
04. BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
05. BS in Electronicsand Telecommunication Engineering
06. BBA in Human Resource Management
07. BBA in Entrepreneurship
08. BBA in Management Information Systems
09. BBA in Management
10. BBA in Supply Chain Management
11. BS in Biochemistry & Biotechnology
12. BS in Economics
13. BS in Environmental Management
14. BS in Environmental Science
15. BS in Microbiology
16. Bachelor of Laws
17. BA in English
18. BBA in International Business
19. BBA in Marketing