Common Courses

All courses for the Bachelor of Engineering degree Programmes are based in the various Departments. Courses for the first and second years, that is, 100 and 200 levels are, however, common to all the Departments in the Faculty except for minor variations in the Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Structural Engineering Degree Programmes. All engineering mathematics courses and the management courses at the final year are also common to all the Departments in the Faculty. The common courses hosted by the respective Departments in the Faculty are follows:

Course CodeCourse TitleHost Department
ENS211 EMA281 EMA281 EMA282 EMA381 EMA382 EMA481 PRE571 PRE572Engineer in Society Engineering Mathematics I Engineering Computer Programming Engineering Mathematics II Engineering Mathematics III Engineering Mathematics IV Engineering Mathematics V Engineering Economics & Administration Engineering ManagementPetroleum Engineering Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Production Engineering Civil Engineering Chemical Engineering Electrical/Electronic Engineering Production Engineering Production Engineering

Core and Optional Courses

All courses in the Departments are core courses. There are, however some optional courses at the final year in each Department to allow the graduating students to acquire more specialized knowledge in their particular areas of interest.

Final Year Projects
Final year projects of one-year duration are compulsory in all the Departments of the Faculty.

Course Coding
Courses are coded by Department, Level and Semester. The programme codes are as follows:
Chemical Engineering – CHE
Civil Engineering – CVE
Computer Engineering – CPE
Electrical/Electronic Engineering – EEE
Mechanical Engineering – MEE
Petroleum Engineering – PEE
Production Engineering – PRE
Structural Engineering – STE

The level codes are as follows:
1st Year (100 level) – 1
2nd Year (200 level) – 2
3rd Year (300 level) – 3
4th Year (400 level) – 4
5th Year (500 level) – 5

The Semester Codes are as follows:
1st Semester – 1
2nd Semester – 2
The full course code is therefore as follows:
Where, ABC is the Programme code, J is the level code, L is the semester code, K is a number assigned by the department for ease of tracking courses.
Thus, MEE521 is a Mechanical Engineering course, 500 level for the first semester.

Guidelines on the Registration of Courses

Students are required to register on-line for the full session at the beginning of each session.
The maximum credits allowed is 30 credits for a semester and 50 credits for a session
The minimum credits for full time students is 15 credits per semester and 30 credits for a session
Students must register trailed courses first
Students can only be registered for a course after taking the prerequisites (if any) for that course

Change of Courses

At the beginning of each semester, students may add or drop courses for which they have previously registered up to one month after lectures began. An “Add and Drop” form shall be completed by the student and approved by the course adviser, Department and the Faculty.

Course Adviser

Each student shall be attached to a Course Adviser appointed by the Head of Department. The Course Adviser shall be responsible for enrolling the student in the correct courses, fulfilling the regulations and shall also advise the students generally on all related academic matters.

Fees and Dues

Fees payable by students are as prescribed by the University for the session. Students may also be required to pay association and other dues in the Faculty and Department

Pre-Degree UBITS Registration

The Pre-degree University of Benin Industrial Training Scheme (UBITS) is an academic requirement for all 100 level students to remain in the Faculty during the sessional holiday during which period the students are introduced to the practical aspects of engineering practice and to the Programmes they are expected to study in their stay in the Faculty.
Pre-Degree UBITS registration takes place for 100 level students during the first week of the programme. The following items are required for pre-degree UBITS registration:
 Drawing Board
 Drawing sets
 Set squares
 Overall
 T-square
 Workshop Manual


Classification of Examination Results
The pass mark in any examination is normally 40%. Marks scored by students in examinations are classified by means of letter grades with the appropriate grade points assigned as follows:

1991/92 Session to 2012/13 Session

2013/14 Session to Date

Classification of Degrees

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each level of courses with appropriate weighing according to the number of credits attached to each course. The final grade is calculated from the sum of the GPA with appropriate weighting for each level of courses.The class of degree is determined by the final weighted grade point average or final weighted grade (FWG) as follows:


All courses are assessed using examinations; continuous assessments and laboratory/practical work at the end of each semester, UBITS, laboratory courses, workshop practice courses. Seminar courses and projects are, however, assessed based on written reports and/or oral defense.

Sessional Examination Results

A student’s academic status is determined at the end of each session using the total credits earned during the sessional examinations. The status requirement is solely determined on whether the student has registered for only one semester or for both semesters in the session. The classification is shown below in Table 1.

Special Regulation for 100 Level Students

Beginning from the 2004/2005 session the following regulation became effective for 100 level students.
Any student who earns less than 23 credits at the end of the first year shall withdraw from the Faculty.
No student can carry over more than two (2) courses of not more than six (6) credit load to the 200 level
Students who have earned more than 23 credits but are owing more than six (6) credits or two courses are to remain in 100 level until they pass the failed courses.
Those who fail to earn a total of 46 credits at the end of the second year of 100 level shall withdraw from the Faculty/University.
A student must have passed all the required courses from his Department to qualify for graduation. Such a student must also have met the industrial training requirement and passed all General Studies courses as required by the University.

Other Categories

The following are other categories into which a students’ status may be classified at the end of the session which are not dependent on the total number of credits earned.
Voluntary Withdrawal: A student who has applied for voluntary withdrawal or failed to register for the session is deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn. A student who has applied for voluntary withdrawal enjoys it only for the approved period unless such application is renewed and approved.
Disciplinary/Misconduct Cases: The results of any student with pending disciplinary or examination misconduct cases are usually withheld until the determination of the cases.
Medical Cases: A student with a genuine medical case may apply to repeat courses for examinations missed with proper documentation.
Special Cases: Any case that does not fall into the above cases is regarded as a special case.
Any medical case must be reported to the Head of Department in writing at least 24 hours before the examination.
A student who registered for a course but fails to take the examination without an approved reason is deemed to have failed the course.

Processing of Academic Transcripts

Applications for transcripts are usually made to the University through the Examinations and Records Office. Such applications are then processed through the Faculty. The results in the transcripts are authenticated in the respective Departments and then forwarded to the Dean’s Office for final transmission to the Examinations and Records Office. Applicants are not allowed to handle their transcripts during this processing.

Industrial Training

The Faculty of Engineering, right from its establishment has always believed that our students should be trained to use their hands and their heads in tandem. The University of Benin Industrial Training Scheme (UBITS) has therefore been an integral part of the Bachelor of Engineering training programme at the University of Benin. A student cannot graduate from the Faculty unless he has passed all the required industrial training credits. This industrial training scheme which was pioneered by the Faculty of Engineering is now a model used in all Faculties of Engineering in Nigeria today. The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Benin has continued to lead the way in the industrial training of young engineers in Nigeria.
The full undergraduate industrial training scheme of the Faculty starts with a six-week in-house training (known as Pre-Degree UBITS) in the Faculty of Engineering Workshop and Laboratories after the first year. The students then undergo three (3) months industrial training at the end of their second and third years, respectively. The last semester with the long holidays of their fourth year is expended on industrial training for a continuous period of six months to complete their industrial training programme for the five-year-degree programme.
Each of the levels of the normal five-year-degree programme is weighted separately for calculating the class of degree at graduation. The weightings depend on the level or year of entry as shown in the Table 4.

Grading and Assessment of Industrial Training

The grading and assessment of the industrial training period is based on-the-spot assessment during training by visiting supervisors from the Faculty and duly completed logbooks and final written reports at the end of each training from the establishment where they carried out their training. The student must score a minimum of 50% to pass industrial training. Each week of industrial training is regarded as one credit of industrial training. The student must pass a total of 42 UBITS credits out of the 54 possible credits to graduate.


Graduation Requirement
A student must have passed all the required courses from his Department to qualify for graduation. Such a student must also have met the industrial training requirement and passed all General Studies courses as required by the University.

Duration of Programme

To graduate, a student must have met the minimum number of years but not exceeded the maximum number of years required for graduation. The minimum and maximum number of years for graduation depends on the year or level of entry as shown in Tables 2 and 3.

Weighting of Levels for Graduation

Each of the levels of the normal five-year degree programme is weighted separately for calculating the class of degree at graduation. The weightings depend on the level or year of entry as shown in Table 4.

Final Weighted Grade (FWG)

The final GPA for a graduating student is known as the Final Weighted Grade (FWG). This calculation depends also on the year or level of entry into the programme as shown in Table 5.