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Faculty Regulations

The Academic System

The Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine awards bachelor's degrees and will be awarding masters, and doctoral degrees in the future.

The bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) is awarded after a successful completion of ten semesters over a five-year period of professional study in the faculty.

The first year (first and second semester) builds a foundation in the sciences. Courses in chemistry, physics, zoology, botany, human dentition, in English, and in computer sciences provide the necessary background for junior students.
The second and third year courses (third, fourth, fifth, and sixth semesters) focus on laboratory study and training, including the application of materials and techniques. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the pre-clinical stage.
The final stage of professional study (clinical stage) comprises four semesters (semester seven, eight, nine, and ten). Courses are given over the last two years during which the student is provided with the opportunities to integrate information learned and develop skill essential to diagnose diseases, monitor drug therapy, treat patients, and practice different specialties in dentistry.

Upon successful completion of their professional study, graduates of the faculty will have gained advanced practice experiences in order to be able to compete with dentists graduated from the best dental schools.
The students also polish their personal knowledge with courses on human rights, psychology, sociology, and report writing.
After obtaining the bachelor’s degree, all graduates will spend a full year as full-time residents in the dental hospital, practicing on patients, and gaining clinical skills in all aspects of dentistry.

The faculty in its commitment to academic excellence offers instructional programs such as Oral implantology, laser maxillofacial surgery, immunology, and advanced preventive measures.

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The System of study

The system of study in the faculty is a credit hour system, in which courses are offered over two semesters per year, the duration of each semester is fifteen teaching weeks. Courses may also be offered in a summer semester over a five week period.. The credit hour is an educational measuring unit for determining the academic weight of each course and is the equivalent to one week’s theoretical instructional hour (or laboratory or clinical) of duration not less than two hours a week (unless otherwise stated in the educational plan), over the period of one semester.

The syllabus requires the successful completion of about 199 credit hours in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree, together with twelve hours of university requirements. Students can achieve the graduation requirements in ten regular educational semesters. Each department has proposed a program that allows the fulfillment of these requirements. The flexibility of the credit hour system enables the students to increase or decrease the duration of these programs through the permissible registration of 18 to 24 credit hours, or through attendance on summer courses.

It will be noticed that exceeding the maximum number of credit hours is not permitted without the permission of the Dean and the advice of the academic advisor.

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Credit hours

The number of credit hours required to obtain a bachelor’s degree is about 211 credit hours.

These are classified as follows:
  • University requirements: 12 Credit Hours
  • Compulsory courses: 8 Credit Hours
  • Elective courses: 4 Credit Hours
  • Faculty requirements: 199 Credit Hours
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Academic Supervision

The faculty assigns to each student an academic advisor, who can help the student with his or her registration and guide him or her during his or her studies.
The advisor would also help the student to solve any academic or personal problem.

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Registration Procedure

  • Before the start of each semester, students will register in the courses which they select, using specific templates specially designed for this purpose, on the date specified by the faculty before the semester starts.
  • The ordinary load for the semester ranges between 18 to 24 credit hours, each faculty specifies the suitable load according to the Faculty's courses and rules, the maximum load of the summer course is nine credit hours.
  • Excellent students are allowed to register up to 24 credit hours, subject to the approval of the academic advisor and the Dean of the faculty.
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Course Withdrawal and Addition

  • After the first registering, students are allowed to drop and add courses, during the first two weeks of the semester, following the advice of the academic advisor and the approval of the Dean of the faculty.
  • It is not possible to add any course to the student's time table after the end of the registration period.
  • The student may withdraw from a course during the first ten weeks provided that the number of remaining registered hours is not less than the minimum requirements for the semester.
  • The student is not allowed to withdraw from a course after the permitted period (the first ten weeks of the semester) without an excuse acceptable to the faculty council. However, if the council accepts the excuse, the student is then allowed to register once more for this course, and keep his course grades.
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Attendance and Absence

  • Attending lectures, labs, and clinics is considered to be an important part of the course in the faculty, as students benefit greatly from interaction in the classroom between themselves and the members, teaching assistants, and colleagues. Therefore, students will attend regularly in order for their grades not to be affected by their absence.
  • Students, who do not attend end of term exams without excuses that their academic advisors and the course instructors agree upon, shall not be given chance to take repeat examinations.
  • Students may be forced to withdraw from a course if their absence rate from lectures, labs, and clinics, exceeds 25 percent during the first ten weeks of the semester, but if the absence ratio exceeded 25 percent after the first ten weeks, students are not allowed to withdraw from the course, attend lectures, or attend the final term examinations. If this is the case, the students would achieve a grade F for the course in question. The students shall receive at least one warning before being prevented from sitting the final exam.
  • The final exam may be postponed for a student till the start of the next semester if he or she has an excuse accepted by the faculty council. In this case, the semester work mark is kept, and the student is allowed to sit the final exam at the beginning of the next semester, and obtain a final grade (incomplete) for this course in the semester in which he or she did not sit the exam. This incomplete grade is added to the actual grade obtained by the student in the postponed examination.
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System of Examinations

The highest final mark of a given course is 100, which is composed of the sum of semester or academic year coursework and the final examination mark, as follows:

Final exam: 50 marks
Semester work: 50 marks, divided as follows:

  • Two written exams at the end of the week six and week eleven.
  • Quizzes
  • The oral and practical examinations, if applicable
  • Student's performance, conduct and his or her capability for understanding and participation
  • The distribution of the semester work is as follows:
    • 15 marks for evaluating the student at the end of the week 6
    • 15 marks for evaluating the student at the end of the week 11
    • 20 marks for evaluating the student performance during the whole semester.

A course instructor may suggest a different suitable distribution of these marks.

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Grading System

At the end of the semester students receive a final grade in each course. The grade is the professor's official estimate of the student's achievement as reflected in examinations, assignments, and class participation. The final grades are recorded on the students’ permanent records at the office of the University Registrar.

Grade Range Points
A From 90% to 100% 4.0
A- From 85% to 90% 3.7
B+ From 80% to 85% 3.3
B From 75% to 80% 3.0
B- From 72% to 75% 2.7
C+ From 70% to 72% 2.3
C From 67% to 70% 2.0
C- From 65% to 67% 1.7
D+ From 62% to 65% 1.3
D From 60% to 62% 1.0
F Less than 60% 0.0
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated as follows:

GPA = sum of the multiplication of the credit hours of each course by the points earned for that course, with the total number of credit hours completed.
The minimum GPA required to pass the exam is 1.0, which is grade D, 60 percent.

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