You will be provided with a timetable and a booklist on the day of registration.  Lectures are offered on the Second Avenue-, Missionvale- and George  Campuses.


Course schedules will be provided to all students at the beginning of each module, containing mark compilation, lecture schedules and assessments for the module. 


Kindly note the following regarding class attendance, class performance, evaluations and calculation of final marks:

  1. The Nelson Mandela University is a residential university, and class attendance and participation in class activities are compulsory. (Refer to the Nelson Mandela University Prospectus - Attendance Requirements).
  2. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in class evaluations, assignments and tests.  Notice of these activities is given well in advance, usually in the course schedule.  (Refer to the Nelson Mandela University Prospectus - Assessment).
  3. Tests and continuous class evaluations may be scheduled for each module.  Any clashes should be reported to the lecturer concerned no more than three weeks after the start of the module.
  4. Test-, assignment- and class marks are made available to students. All errors and omissions are to be reported to the lecturer concerned within one week of the marks being made available.
  5. Illness during evaluations
    No additional evaluations will be granted when:
    Should a student be ill during any of the scheduled evaluations, such a student has to submit (within 3 days of the scheduled evaluation date) a duly completed medical certificate completed by a medical doctor on the prescribed University form.  The medical certificate must contain the telephone number of the medical doctor.  All certificates will be telephonically verified.  Special consideration will only be granted for genuine illnesses. (Refer to the Nelson Mandela University Prospectus - Assessment).  Each lecturer decides how to deal with missed evaluations and this is clearly stipulated in the course schedule.  The onus is on the student to ensure that he/she is familiar with the policy of each individual lecturer.
    • A medical doctor suggests in writing that he/she is unconvinced about the seriousness of the illness or whether it could have influenced the student’s preparation;
    • The student visits the doctor after the examination or test has been written;
    • Students suffer from symptoms such as a headache, sore throat, tension, coughing etc., even if a medical certificate is lodged; and
    • Absent due to illness related to distant family members, friends or pets.
  6. Organized sport / work commitments
    Leave of absence for sport is granted only for approved South African Universities activities and for participation at first class provincial, as well as national or international level on the strength of satisfactory documentary evidence from the president/secretary of the relevant sporting body. 

    Absence due to work commitments will be dealt with on the merits of each and will under no circumstances be considered without documentary evidence from a superior on a company letterhead. 

    Arrangements with regard to these two types of absences must be made well in advance, preferably at least two weeks before the evaluation that will be missed.  Absence due to sporting and work commitments will be dealt with by the relevant lecturer on the same basis as absence for medical reasons.
  7.  Calculation of class marks
    The composition of the class mark for each module is at the discretion of the relevant lecturer and will be detailed in the course schedule.  All candidates for examination modules must obtain a minimum class mark of 40% as due performance before he/she will be allowed to sit for an examination.  In the examination a sub-minimum performance (examination mark) of 40% must be achieved to pass the module.  (Refer to the Nelson Mandela University Prospectus - Assessment). The overall pass mark for each module is 50%. 


Re-examinations will be granted to students who have:

  • attempted and failed the original final assessment; and
  • obtained a final mark of between 45% and 49%.

(Refer to the Nelson Mandela University Prospectus - Assessment).

Re-examinations follow the same format as the original final assessment.  The onus is on the student to ascertain whether he/she qualifies for a re-examination and when these are scheduled.


Credits will be obtained for all modules which are passed.  Despite this, a student may be refused full time registration in the next year based on poor performance. Specifically, if a student does not pass at least 50% of the required modules for a particular year, he/she will not be allowed to continue studying.