IME Credit System, GPA and Assessments
Credit System refers to a system of assessing the course load, homework load and the course weight and provides a way to compare courses.
Different institutes around the world use different credit systems to suit their needs.
IME Credit system is a simple system that complies with the currently accepted world standards.
- One clock hour of direct teaching by a Lecturer with a minimum of 50 min of active teaching
- Two clock hours of lab, studio or field work under supervision
- Three clock hours of thesis or dissertation preparation and writing or literature review preparation under the guidance of a Supervisor
One IME Credit Equals to
- 16 (Sixteen) Contact Hours
This differs from currently accepted Sri Lankan university guideline of 15 hours.
Conversion of IME Credits to T-VEC Credits
One IME Credit is equal to 56 national study hours.
Conversion to T-VEC credits (1 Credit = 25 national study hours)
IME Diploma in Photography = 30 IME Credits x 56 = 1680 national study hours
IME Diploma in Photography = 67.2 T-VEC Credits at the higher diploma level
We use the currently accepted worldwide standards for Homework hours.
To get the desired outcome and to achieve the objectives set at the beginning of any course, we expect our students to optimally spend 2.5 hours (minimum of 2 active clock hours) for each contact hour spent in class, lab, field, studio or writing literature reviews, thesis, dissertations or completing assignments.
For every contact hour spent in class, a student is expected to spend 2-2.5 hours on homework. Considering minimum number of clock hours per credit is 16, for direct teaching a student is expected to spend 48-56 clock hours per one credit.
Same is expected for lab, studio or field work making the minimum expected workloads in clock hours 64 per credit.
These expectations need to be met to achieve the expected level of mastery required to face the IME examinations and assessments.
IME uses 4-point GPA system and a weighted GPA score to assess the final GPA score.
One idea of the GPA is to eliminate minor variation is scoring and to group results in meaningful cohorts in which students’ performance can be more objectively understood.
Weighted GPA allows us to accurately weigh and reward the efforts in more important areas.
|PERCENTAGE RANGE||GRADE||GRADE POINTS|
|100% - 94%||A+||4.0|
|93% - 86%||A||3.7|
|85% - 80%||B+||3.3|
|79% - 74%||B||3.0|
|73% - 66%||C+||2.7|
|65% - 60%||C||2.3|
|59% - 54%||D+ (Pass)||2.0|
|53% - 46%||D (Fail)||1.7|
|45% - 40%||E (Bad Failure)||1.3|
Weighted Grade Points
Idea of the weighted GPA is to reward the effort based on degree of difficulty as well as the workload.
Let’s say there’s hypothetical photography course consisting of 8 credits
Lighting Module - 4 Credits
Capture Module – 2 Credit
Processing Module = 1 Credit
Presentation Module = 1 Credit
A student scores following marks for each of the modules :
Lighting - C (2.7)
Capture – A- (3.7)
Processing - A (4)
Presentation – B (3.3)
Calculation of the Weighted Grade Points is done by multiplying the Grade Point Score by the number of credits in each of the modules.
Lighting = 2.7 x 4 = 10.8
Capture = 3.7 x 2 = 7.4
Processing = 4 x 1 = 4.0
Presentation= 3.3 x 1 = 3.3
Total = 10.8 + 7.4 + 4.0 + 3.3 = 25.5
Final GPA and the interpretation of performance
To calculate the final GPA score the total weighted GPA score is divided by number of total Credits
25.5/8 = 3.18
Final GPA Score = 3.18
The student has scored an overall B for the entire course despite having an A+, A and a B+ because of the poor performance in the heaviest and therefore the most important module.