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CERTIFICATE AWARDING

Members of the Institute of Project Management Professionals Programmes are awarded certificates once they complete all the professional practicum and course requirement of the institute programme. The institute, by its Professional Bodies Approval with National Revolution Council Decree (NRCD 143) 1973, registered TVET Center for Council for Technical & Vocational Education & Training (COTVET) and its affiliation with National Board of Professional & Technical Examination (NABPTEX), would award and issued its own certificates and transcripts to its members.

 

METHODS OF ASSESSMENT

We believe that our members’ competencies can best be evaluated through the following, however, the Professional Academic & Examination Committee determines which of these methods to use for each course:

  1. Performance-Based Assessment (PfA): A member is given a task to perform and a standard rubric is used to assess his/her performance on the task.
  2. Portfolio-Based Assessment (PtA): A portfolio serves as a compilation of members’ work meant to show growth over time. Instead of grading members solely on standardized professional membership examination, the portfolio-based assessment is used by the members and Professional Academic & Examination Committee to keep track of member progress on hands-on activities from level to levels throughout their learning process. At the end of the each membership level, it is the job of the Professional Academic & Examination Committee working with that members in the course to assess how far the member has come and then to award the necessary grades according to the level of competence achieved. Portfolios could include short videos of each member performing a particular task, and/or could be detailed instruction manuals about how to perform a particular tasks methodically.   Key components of the Portfolio – Based Assessment are Exhibitions and Demonstrations.
    • The Exhibitions: Exhibits are a great way for students to take ownership of their learning. Each exhibit piece is accompanied by a student-written exhibit label, which describes the piece, its academic content, and the student’s personal connection to the work. Lecturers use the exhibits and exhibit labels as one of the key assessments of student learning. Exhibitions provide an avenue for others (student class mates or invited lecturers or the entire campus, etc) beside the opinion of lecturers to judge student work.
    • The Demonstrations: In demonstration assessments students view a short expert demonstration, record their observations, and write an explanation of what they observed and mirror back through demonstration what they observed, documented and recorded. This provides students an avenue to peer review each other’s and work using standardized rubrics, or formalized assessment scales, to promote class discussion.
  3. Students’ Projects: Students will do research projects in various areas of their study under the supervision of Professional Academic Development Committee in their identified research projects. The students shall be assessed and graded by their respective supervisors based on findings, publications, innovations, patents, and/or meeting short term entrepreneurship goals and achieving project execution success.
  4. Continuous Assessment (CA): Continuous Assessment of students in the membership programme is a strategy implemented by the institute as a matter of professional academic policy in order to determine whether the member have mastered the knowledge and skills they are taught. The CA grade for each course accounts for 30 percent of the Final Grade (FG) at the end of each membership level. The Professional Academic Development Committee assesses for CA in a variety of ways including projects execution, solving problem practical, and CDP programme attended. Member students receive feedback from their professional assessors based on their performance. The Continuous assessment is a powerful diagnostic tool that enables the students to understand the areas in which they are having problems and concentrate their efforts in those areas. The CA also allows the lecturers/professors to monitor the impact of their teaching on the students’ understanding and application of skills to enhance the modification of their pedagogical strategies. The professors/lecturers also use the CA assessment outcomes to assist the students through remedial or tutorial programs.
  5. Field Practical Training (FPT): Students between levels 4 and 6 in this program are required to undertake the FPT. Students join in project where they will undergo training.  Lecturers are supposed to supervise and grade each student three (3) times during the training. A confidential report about the student (which includes student feedback, feedback from third party and lecture field trip assessment of student performance) during the training period is used by the institute to assign a grade to the student. An average grade determined from both the lecturer’s grade, student feedback and that from the confidential constitute the assessed grade for the student.
  6. Membership Examination (ME):  ME for the programme is administered at the end of each membership level in all courses offered during the level. It comprises a set of questions including essays, questions and practical examinations. The ME accounts for 50 percent pass grade for each course taught and examined.

 

Grading System

The system of grading shall basically comprise two weights: Pass and Fail. Score below 50% for any course taken in the professional programme represent a Fail in the course. Passes are recorded for scores above 50% in any respective course.

 

However, the Pass mark is constituted of weighted designated by letters and description to distinguish deserving students who show excellence and professionalism in their examinations. The table below indicates the designation as applicable to the grading system of the IPMP professional Programme.

 

Table 1: Scores and letter grades.

Passing Percentage: Passing percentage in the examination of each subject is 50%.

Score Range (%)

Grade Designation

Description

GPA

Grade Type

80 – 100

A

Excellent

3.5 – 4.0

Pass

70 – 84

B

Very Good

2.5 – 3.4

Pass

60 – 69

C

Good

2.0 – 2.4

Pass

50 – 59

D

Credit

1.5 – 1.4

Pass

10 – 49

F

Referral

1.00

Fail

Incomplete

IC

Re-write

IC

Fail

 

The Institute wish to ensure quality training of its members without compromising its standards, for this reason the examination pass mark is 50% for each subject. A minimum of two subjects in an examination diet must be passed at 50% and this will be recorded in the candidate favour at any time examination is conducted. When a candidate is unsuccessful in four attempts examination sitting, such a candidate would be withdrawn from the Institute examinations.