Programme Structure & Curriculum
 


Programme Structure and the Curriculum

This is a two-year programme. In the first year there are seven coursework modules as listed below:

Module 1:

Basic Module Philosophy and Bioethics
Muslim, Regional and Western Perspectives

Module 2:

Research Ethics
Research in Developing Countries, Cultural, Religious and Socioeconomic Perspectives

Module 3:

Clinical Ethics
Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice Contextualisation of Clinical Ethics

Module 4:

Bioethics Education
Teaching Bioethics in Health Professions Education, Imparting Contextually Relevant Bioethics Education

Module 5:

Health Equity Policy and Ethics
Social and Economic Determinants of Health Equity and Policy, Developing Ethically Sound Policy Frameworks

Module 6:

Health and Human Rights and Health Laws and Bioethics
Economic, Social, Cultural and Human Rights

Module 7:

Research Skills
Research Methodology Quantitative and Qualitative Research and Basic Biostatistics

(This module will be offered after the completion of Module 1)

In the second year, students will be required to develop a research proposal.

The comprehensive programme will be offered on full-time basis over two years. Candidates who fail any assignment or research proposal will be given a single chance to redo the assignment or research proposal within the stipulated two years. However, if any candidate fails the second attempt then s/he would be dropped from the programme.  

The Curriculum

Year 1 - March 2012 to February 2013

Credit hours

Module 1
Oct 2009 - Jan 2010

Basic Module Philosophy and Bioethics
Muslim, Regional and Western Perspectives

11

Module 2
Feb - Apr 2010

Research Ethics
Research in Developing Countries, Cultural, Religious and Socioeconomic Perspectives

10

Module 3
Apr - May 2010

Clinical Ethics
Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice, Contextualisation of Clinical Ethics

6

Module 4
Jun 15 - Jul 2010

Bioethics Education
Teaching Bioethics in Medical Education, Imparting Contextual Bioethics in Training Programme

6

Module 5
Aug - Sept 2010

Health Equity Policy and Ethics
Social and Economic Determinants of Health Equity and Policy, Developing Ethically Sound Policy Frameworks

7

Module 6
July 2010

Health and Human Rights and Health Laws and Bioethics
Economic, Social, Cultural and Human Rights

5

Module 7
Jan - Feb 2010

Research Skills
Research Methodology, Quantitative and Qualitative Research and Basic Biostatistics
(This module will run parallel with Modules 1 and 2)

3

Year 2 - March 2013 to February 2014

Credit hours

Research Proposal Development

14

Graduation Requirements

The minimum required Grade Point Average (GPA) is 2.5, which will be applicable for all the modules including the thesis evaluation.

  • All courses in all graduate programmes of AKU are assessed on a numerical scale of 0 to 100%. However, a quantitative method of assessment would be adopted for each course and would be approved by concerned Programme Director or Programme Committee.
  • In addition to the numeric grades, a letter grade would also be awarded, in accordance with the following table. The weights attached to the letter grades would be used for computing the GPA.

Score

Letter Grade

GPA

95 - 100

A+

4.0

90 - 94

A

4.0

85 - 89

A-

3.7

80 - 84

B+

3.3

75 - 79

B

3.0

70 - 74

B-

2.7

65 - 69

C+

2.3

60 - 64

C

2.0

55 - 59

C-

[1.7]
required only for Transitory GPA for internal computation

  • Grade C- is considered unacceptable at the graduate level, however a student securing this grade would be given a chance to appear in the re-sit examination. 
  • The minimum passing marks in a course is 60% or Grade C. Students securing below 60% marks will be considered failed in the course and would be required to appear in a re-sit examination.
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to graduate from all graduate programmes at AKU. The credits allocated for each course would be considered while calculating the GPA of a student. The students may be allowed to continue their studies with an aggregate GPA below 2.5 for a maximum of two consecutive terms, or one year only.
  • Students obtaining an overall GPA of less than 2.5 will not be eligible to graduate.
  • All final grades will be recorded as a whole number, decimal points > 0.5 will be rounded off to the nearest figure, while the decimal points below 0.5 will be omitted.
  • Transcript would present the list of courses, their respective credit hours/week, marks obtained, letter grades, followed by the calculated GPA and a column for remarks by the Programme Director.