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1. FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

   GENERAL

  1. What is BIT@UCSC?
  2. Who is giving the certifications?
  3. What are the responsibilities of the UCSC on BIT?
  4. What are the advantages of doing BIT?
  5. Does UCSC conduct classes for BIT?
  6. I don’t need a degree. Can I do your Diploma?
  7. How much, should I spend for the Diploma?
  8. Can I pay the Diploma fee in installments?
  9. I am a foreign student living in Sri Lanka. Can I do the BIT?
  10. What is EDC?
  11. How can I get the Student Handbook?

   ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS

  1. What is the Main Entry Qualification (Admission Requirements) for the BIT?
  2. Is there any other Entry Qualifications for the BIT?
  3. I haven’t passed GCE A/L. How can I join BIT?
  4. Can I apply for BIT, with some other qualifications?
  5. Do I have to sit for a Selection Test?
  6. Can I apply for BIT with pending A/L result?
  7. Do I have to pass GCE O/L s to join the BIT@UCSC programme?
  8. I don’t have C passes for O/L English and Maths. Can I join BIT?

   BIT APPLICATIONS

  1. Can I start the BIT any time of the year? (Can I register for the BIT in the middle of an academic year?)
  2. When do the new intakes start?
  3. When can I apply for BIT Degree program?
  4. How can I applications?
  5. How much is the Application Fee? How can I make the application fee?
  6. Do you give me a reference number?
  7. Do I have to send any other documents with the Application Form?
  8. Do I need to send my certificates?
  9. What is the address to send the Applications? Can I handover the application to the office? Do I have to come personally to the BIT office to handover the Application?

   BIT REGISTRATIONS

  1. Do I get the BIT registration definitely, after filling the Online Application?
  2. What are the documents required for the BIT Registration?
  3. Once registered for the BIT programme, what are the benefits that the UCSC provides for me?
  4. If I register for BIT, am I allowed to register for any other degree?
  5. During the degree can I skip my registration?
  6. Within how many years, should I complete the degree?
  7. Can I get a Class after repeating courses?
  8. How much does BIT programme cost me?
  9. Can I make the programme fee in installments?

   BIT PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

  1. Within how many years can I complete the BIT Degree?
  2. How many semesters are in BIT Programme?
  3. What is my academic year?
  4. How are the semesters planned?
  5. How are the semesters labeled?
  6. How is the Academic year 1 planned?
  7. Which mark is considered for a pass, if I repeat a course?
  8. What is an attempt?
  9. Which syllabus is effective for me to award my Diploma?
  10. Which syllabus and regulations are effective for me to award my Degree?
  11. Where can I find more details about BIT?
  12. What is the NVQ level for BIT?

   VLE(LMS)

  1. What is VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)?
  2. How can I get VLE access?
  3. I can’t log into my VLE. What can be the reason?
  4. Do I have to pay for the VLE access?
  5. When I log in to the VLE, am I redirected to the profile page?
  6. My personal details are incorrect in BIT VLE. How can I correct it?
  7. What is Online Facilitation and Assistance?
  8. What are the best practices in posting to forums?
  9. Can I access the VLE courses or sit for BIT examinations after completing my degree?
  10. If I have to repeat some courses and need to access the relevant course materials in VLE (LMS) do I have to pay to access VLE (LMS)?
  11. Why am I not getting any e-mails regarding forum posting?
  12. I have applied for BIT with pending A/L results. Can I have access to VLE (LMS)?
  13. How to complain about VLE content, questions and services?
  14. What is the best e-learner award?
  15. What is the criteria for selecting candidates for best e learner award?
  16. How can I find solutions for the past papers given in the VLE (LMS)?
  17. What is the benefit of using forums for my studies?

   BIT RE-REGISTRATION

  1. The date of Re-registration deadline is passed. Now, how much I need to pay?
  2. Can I do the Renewal, without coming to the BIT office?
  3. Can I collect a confirmation letter without registration?

   BIT ID CARD

  1. Do I get a university ID card if I register for BIT? How much it cost for me?
  2. What is necessity of the BIT ID card?
  3. No enough space to stamp in my BIT ID card. What should I do?
  4. My BIT ID card is lost how I collect new one?

   BIT EXAMS

  1. How to apply for the exam?
  2. Within a semester, do I have to complete all papers of that semester?
  3. How to calculate the marks for the BIT exam MCQ papers?
  4. Do I have the GPA 2.0 to go to the next year?
  5. How much GPA, do I need to go to the next year?
  6. If I have a GPA less than 1.5, what should I do?
  7. Within How many attempts do I have to complete the degree?
  8. What will happen, if I couldn’t complete the 1st year, in 5 years period?
  9. Within how many attempts do I have to pass a course?
  10. Where can I find the BIT past papers?
  11. If I re-attempted a repeat course, will I be able to get a better grade than “C”?
  12. Is it necessary to follow all optional courses?
  13. Is the project compulsory?
  14. What is the minimum grade that should I obtain to pass a course? What is the minimum mark to pass an EN course?
  15. What is the minimum grade eligible for credit calculation? Is it C or D?
  16. Can I do semester 2 exams without doing semester 1 exams?
  17. How many credits need to be obtained for the degree? Is it necessary to have 30 credits for each year?
  18. I have pending assignments in year 2. Now I am a 3rd year student. Do I need to register for 2nd year also to complete my VLE assignments?
  19. My 2nd year GPA is more than 2, but I have a D+. Will I be able to get the HDIT?
  20. I have failed the enhancement courses. Can I collect the degree?
  21. Exam application deadline is passed. Now, how much should I pay for the exams?
  22. I can’t select my subject in exam application. What should I do?
  23. I passed e-test in last year. But I didn’t sit for the practical test. Is my e-test mark valid for this year?
  24. Without Passing all the subjects in the 1st year, can I proceed to the 2nd year?
  25. What are the criteria to get the Diploma in IT?
  26. What are the criteria to get the Higher Diploma?
  27. What are the conditions to get the BIT degree?
  28. How can I be eligible for Diploma in IT and Higher Diploma in IT?
  29. How to calculate the 1st year GPA?

   VLE ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Are practice quiz marks considered for assignments?
  2. VLE Assignments & the Online Assessments, are these same or not?
  3. What is an Enhancement Course and Online Assessment?
  4. What is an enhancement course?
  5. What is an online assessment?
  6. What is the duration of the online assessment?
  7. What is the pass mark of the online assessment?
  8. How can I know the result of the online assessment?
  9. What is an online assignment?
  10. Where can I find the assignments?
  11. What is the structure of questions of online assignment?
  12. What is the best way of answering questions in Assignments?
  13. What is the criterion to complete the VLE (LMS) assessments satisfactorily for a given year?
  14. What are 'grades' in assignments?
  15. How can I know the result of the online assignments?
  16. We can review our assignments soon after the completion. But when we closed it, there's no option to review it again. Why can't we review our assignment questions more than once?
  17. If I have successfully completed the VLE (LMS) assignments, but have to repeat some courses, do I have to re-attempt the VLE (LMS) assignments as well?
  18. If I do not complete all the VLE assignments successfully what would be the effect?
  19. If I failed any VLE assignment in a previous year, do I have to pay again to access the VLE related that academic year?
  20. Can I discuss VLE assignment question in the forums?
  21. I passed the VLE assignment in the last year. But my subject is repeated. Do I need to re-do the assignment again?
  22. Can I discuss VLE assignment questions in the forums?
  23. What happens when a VLE assignment question is wrong?

   COURSES

  1. How can I find required main reading books for a course?
  2. How can I find past paper?
  3. How can I find solutions for past papers which are in VLE (LMS)?
  4. Are practice quiz marks considered for assignments?
  5. What is the benefit of using forums for my studies?
  6. Where can I find the necessary information about BIT exam application forms, payments, time tables, results, etc.
  7. I am already registered for Year 2 or 3. Do I have to register again for Year 1 or 2 to repeat courses from that year(s)?
  8. Do you consider VLE (LMS) assignment marks for the GPA?
  9. If I repeat a course should I wait till the next academic year to re sit for the examination?

   OTHER

  1. Can I pursue a BIT External Degree while pursuing another degree?
  2. Can I exit BIT degree while studying?

   CERTIFICATES/TRANSCRIPTS

  1. How to get a transcript?
  2. How to collect letters?
  3. How to collect BIT certificates?
  4. Payment for certificates?
  5. Where can I find more details about BIT?

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1.1. GENERAL


General

1). What is BIT@UCSC?

  • Bachelor of Information Technology (External Degree) conducted by the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)

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2). Who is giving the certifications?

  • BIT degree certificate, Diploma and Higher Diploma certificates are issued by the University of Colombo. BIT Degree Programme is managed by the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC).

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3). What are the responsibilities of the UCSC on BIT?

  • Student Registrations, Examinations, Projects, Issuing results and managing the Convocation and Award ceremony and all other student related matters are handled by the UCSC.

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4). What are the advantages of doing BIT?

  • Ability to get a Diploma, Higher Diploma and a Degree in IT in a one programme.
  • Ability to study while working.
  • Recognition of the certificates, issued by the University of Colombo.
  • High salary, once completed.
  • Assignments can be done, through Internet at home or work place or institute.
  • Affordable course fee.
  • Availability of Easy payment methods.
  • Flexibility of duration to complete the degree.
  • For Sri Lankans living abroad, we charge the fee in local currency.
  • Exams may be conducted in overseas (if a reasonable number of students have applied).

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5). Does UCSC conduct classes for BIT?

No. However, lecture notes, other online resources and e-facilitation are available via BIT VLE.

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6). I don’t need a degree. Can I do your Diploma?

  • courses and get the Diploma Yes, you can.
  • You need to register for BIT and complete the 1st year.

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7).How much, should I spend for the Diploma?

Total Fee is approximately Rs. 17,000/= to the university, to complete the Diploma. Conditions apply.

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8). Can I pay the Diploma fee in installments?

  • Total fee need not to be paid at once.
  • This total fee is divided into convenient installments.
  • This is the most convenient payment method for a IT degree available in the country. (Application Fee- 1000/=, 1st year Registration Fee-3000/=, Semester 1 Exams Fees: 7800/=, Sem.2 Exams Fees: 5200/= etc.) (For 2018)
  • Please refer the Fees and Payments; in the Student Handbook

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9). I am a foreign student living in Sri Lanka. Can I do the BIT?

  • Yes, you can do.
  • For foreign students, course fee is not the same as the local student fee. Contact the External Degrees Centre.

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10). What is EDC?

External Degrees Centre (EDC) of the UCSC is the Administrative Office of the BIT. Students can visit and talk to the EDC (BIT Office) staff, regarding the matters related to the Entry Qualifications, Applications, New Registrations, Renewal of Registrations, BIT ID cards, Examinations, Admission Cards, Certificates, Convocation and Award Ceremony, Letters, Appeals, Photographs and many other needs.

Email: edc@ucsc.cmb.ac.lk Tele : 0114 720 511, 512 Address: No. 17, Swarna Road, Colombo 6. (Opposite the Havelock city apartments)

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11). How can I get the Student Handbook?

The Student Handbook is available in the BIT website (http://www.bit.lk/) and the VLE for BIT (http://vle.bit.lk/).

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1.2. ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS


Entry Qualifications

1). What is the Main Entry Qualification (Admission Requirements) for the BIT?

  • Three passes in the Advanced level examination in one sitting AND
  • At least six passes for Ordinary Level with three credits including Mathematics and English.

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2). Is there any other Entry Qualifications for the BIT?

    (a) Pass theoretical components of the Foundation in Information Technology programme of UCSC.
    (b)At least six passes for Ordinary Level with three credits including Mathematics and English.

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    (a) Any other academic/ professional qualifications deemed equivalent by the Senate of the University of Colombo AND
    (b) At least six passes for Ordinary Level with three credits including Mathematics and English.
    (c) pass the e- selection test*
    * For those who do not have Advanced Level 3 passes or FIT@UCSC you need to pass an e-selection test held at the beginning of the academic year. For more details please visit our web site (http://www.bit.lk/) or contact EDC office.

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3). I haven’t passed GCE A/L. How can I join BIT?

  • If you do not have A/L 3 passes in one sitting, you can use Method 2 (pass the FIT) or Method 3 (Equivalent Qualifications) to join the BIT programme.

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4).Can I apply for BIT, with some other qualifications?

  • Yes, you can use Method 3 (Equivalent Qualifications) to apply for the BIT programme.

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5). Do I have to sit for a Selection Test?

  • Students seeking to register for BIT under the Method 3, have to sit for a Selection Test.

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6). Can I apply for BIT with pending A/L result?

  • Yes, the students who sat and are waiting for the A/L results can apply for BIT. However, at the BIT registration interview, you need to prove that you have met the entry criteria. Deadline to apply for BIT Semester 1 examinations (usually in March/April) will not be changed due to delays in submitting these results. If you don't meet the entry criteria you can request differing your application for processing with the next batch. Such requests cannot be differed beyond one academic year.

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7).Do I have to pass GCE O/L s to join the BIT@UCSC programme?

  • Yes, you should complete O/L with at least six passes with three credits including Maths and English.

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8). I don’t have C passes for O/L English and Maths. Can I join BIT?

  • No. If you do not have credits for both English and Maths, you are not eligible to join the BIT.

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1.3. BIT APPLICATIONS


Bit Applications

1). Can I start the BIT any time of the year? Can I register for the BIT in the middle of an academic year?

  • BIT Applications will be open during October to January.
  • BIT registrations will be held only at the beginning of each year only.
  • Only during the registration period, you are allowed to register for BIT.
  • No, you are not allowed to register for the BIT in the middle of the year.

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2). When do the new intakes start?

  • Academic year starts in January of each year.
  • Applications are called in October of the previous year.
  • Students are registered for a one year period, from 01st January to 31st December.

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3). When can I apply for BIT Degree program?

  • Applicants have to apply using the online application form published in the BIT Web Site.
  • New Student Registration usually starts in October.

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4). How can I get applications?

  • Printed Applications are not available.
  • Students need to fill the Online Application Form available at the BIT web site (www.bit.lk) and then print and send it to the EDC by post or by hand.

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5). How much is the Application Fee? How can I make the application fee?

  • For the year 2019, Application Processing Fee is Rs. 1,000/=.
  • Pay this amount using the payment voucher available with the Online Application to any branch of the Peoples Bank and send to us with the Printed Application Form.

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6). Do you give me a reference number?

  • Yes, when filling the Application, it generates an Online Application Number (starts with 19L…….).
  • Please note down and quote this number for future references.

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7). Do I have to send any other documents with the Application Form?

  • You need to send only the Printed Application Form and the Payment Voucher to EDC.

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8). Do I need to send my certificates?

  • Don’t send any original documents.
  • When filling the Online Application, you are asked to upload the following documents to the system.
  • Please scanned the documents and keep it in a pen drive to upload when requesting.
  • Documents to upload : National Identity Card (NIC), Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate (if applicable), A/L certificate, O/L certificate(s), FIT certificate (if applicable), Affidavit (if applicable) etc..

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9). What is the address to send the Applications? Can I handover the application to the office? Do I have to come personally to the BIT office to handover the Application?

  • External Degrees Centre of the UCSC,
  • No. 35, Reid Avenue, Colombo 6.
  • Yes, you can handover the Printed Application to EDC (Swarna Road is located the opposite of the Havelock city apartments).
  • No. You can also send someone else with the Application and the Payment Voucher OR send by the post to the address given above.

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1.4. BIT REGISTRATIONS


Bit Registration

1). Do I get the BIT registration definitely, after filling the Online Application?

  • No. Not definitely.
  • After submitting the Printed Application, UCSC will call you for the BIT Registration to check your qualifications.
  • You are requested to forward the original certificates and other documents to the EDC.
  • If the UCSC is satisfied with your qualifications, you are given the BIT Registration as a BIT 1st year student for a one year period.

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2). What are the documents required for the BIT Registration?

  • National Identity Card (NIC)
  • Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate (if applicable), Affidavit (if applicable)
  • A/L certificate, O/L certificate(s), FIT certificate (if applicable)
  • 2 Photographs (Coloured Passport sized)
  • 1st year Registration Fee (Rs. 3,000/=)
  • 9”x4” Self Addressed Envelope

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3). Once registered for the BIT programme, what are the benefits that the UCSC provides for me?

  • BIT Student ID Card
  • BIT Student Handbook
  • VLE access for the year 1 (From the VLE you can access the course materials, past papers with answers, practice quizzes, assignments, can discuss with facilitators, discussion forums and many other facilities)

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4). If I register for BIT, am I allowed to register for any other degree?

  • Yes, there is no such restriction. BIT registration will not restrict you enrolling for any other degree.

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5). During the degree can I skip my registration?

  • Yes, you can skip your registration and reregister in the next year, but you have to make the arrears of registration fees. But you are given only 5 years of time to complete a level of the program (any single academic year).

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6). Within how many years, should I complete the degree?

  • You have to complete the degree (maximum) within 15 years.
  • But one level should be completed within 5 consecutive years of time (Diploma – 1st year 5 years, Higher Diploma – 2nd year 5 years, Degree- 3rd year 5 years)

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7). Can I get a Class after repeating courses?

  • If you meet the criteria for a Class, within 6 consecutive years, you can obtain a class.

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8). How much does BIT programme cost me?

  • Total Fee is approximately Rs. 70,000/= to the university, to complete the BIT degree. Conditions apply.

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9). Can I make the programme fee in installments?

  • Total programme fee does not need to be paid at once.
  • This total fee is divided into convenient installments.
  • This is the most convenient payment method for a IT degree available in the country. (Application Fee- 1000/=, 1st year Registration Fee-3000/=, Semester 1 Exams Fees: 7800/=, Sem.2 Exams Fees: 5200/= etc.)
  • Please refer the Fees and Payments; in the Student Handbook

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1.5. BIT PROGRAMME STRUCTURE


Bit Programme Structure

1). Within how many years can I complete the BIT Degree?

  • Minimum, you need 3 years to complete the BIT Degree.

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2). How many semesters are in BIT Programme?

  • Total 6 semesters

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3). What is my academic year?

  • Academic year, starts on 01st January and Ends on 31st December.

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4). How are the semesters planned?

  • For each semester, you have 15 weeks (approximately, 4 months) of study period and in the 5th month, Semester Exams will be held.

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5). How are the semesters labeled?

  • Year 1, semester 1 and 2
  • Year 2, semester 3 and 4
  • Year 3, semester 5 and 6

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6). How is the Academic year 1 planned?

  • Study Period for Sem.1 : January to April (15 weeks semester)
  • Sem.1 Exams : May
  • Study Period for Sem.2 : May to Sep (15 weeks)
  • Exams for Sem.2 : September/October

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7). Which mark is considered for a pass, if I repeat a course?

  • The best mark obtained from all your attempts are considered for a pass.

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8). What is an attempt?

  • When you sit for a course, it is an attempt. If you are absent or if you do not apply for the examination it is not counted as an attempt.

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9). Which syllabus is effective for me to award my Diploma?

  • Syllabus and the Regulations of the year in which you are completing the Diploma will be effective for awarding the Diploma for you.

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10). Which syllabus and regulations are effective for me to award my Degree?

  • Syllabus and the Regulations of the year in which you are completing the Degree will be effective for awarding the Degree for you.

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11). Where can I find more details about BIT?

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12). What is the SLQF level for BIT?

  • BIT is SLQF Level 5 degree programme (90 Credits - three academic years)
    it is a specialized degree of Information Technology in the domain of computing based on IEEE-ACM curriculum
    however, NOT a honors degree (SLQF level 6)

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1.6. VLE(LMS)


VLE(LMS)

1). What is VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)?

  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an online system which is designed to support teaching and learning activities via the Internet. Using this VLE you can access resources (teaching materials, past papers etc.) to learn BIT courses online. In addition you can communicate with other students and facilitators through forums and chat sessions. You are required to submit your assignments and assessments through VLE. Few years back, VLE was called as LMS.

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2). How can I get VLE access?

  • For all the newly registered students of BIT, VLE access is given for year 1, immediately after the registration.
  • For year 2 and year 3 students, VLE will be activated once they renew their registrations.
  • If the students need the VLE for previous years, it will be activated on their request, free of charge.

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3). I can’t log into my VLE. What can be the reason?

  • You might not have registered to use the VLE (LMS) for this academic year. Please contact EDC (BIT office) to find details about registration. It may take 1-2 weeks to activate the VLE (LMS) after registration.
  • Contact no : 0114720511
  • Fax : 0112501321
  • e-mail : edc@ucsc.cmb.ac.lk

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4). Do I have to pay for the VLE access?

  • No, you are given VLE access for the year registered, once you registered/renewed. If you need to access VLE permission for a previous year, you have to make a special request for that, in the payment voucher. VLE is given free of charge for the previous year.

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5). When I log in to the VLE, am I redirected to the profile page?

  • This is because the VLE doesn’t have your email address. To add the email address, go to your profile page, add an email address to your profile and click on Update Profile. Once done, within 20 minutes a confirmation mail will be sent to your new email address. Click on the activation link available in that mail to confirm your new email address.

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6). My personal details are incorrect in BIT VLE. How can I correct it?

  • Students are allowed to edit the personal information in the profile page except first name and the surname. Provide the correct information in the profile page and click on Update Profile. If the first name and the surname are incorrect, then inform VLE administrator via admin@vle.bit.lk. Students are highly requested to update the correct email address if it is not provided.

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7). What is Online Facilitation and Assistance?

  • Online Assistance is a special service for registered BIT students who follow online courses. You can use this service to find answers for both academic and non-academic problems encountered when you access courses.
  • There are full time facilitators for Year 1 and Year 2 courses. You can contact them through VLE (LMS) by sending messages or posting your problems in respective forums. It is better to post messages in forums rather than sending individual messages.
  • Regarding system related questions, you can send messages to the VLE (LMS) Administrator.
  • If you are unable to find answers in any of the above methods, you can contact the staff of the e-Learning Centre during the working hours of working days.

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8). What are the best practices in posting to forums?

  • Before starting a new thread, go through the other posts with the same/similar topics. You may find that it makes more sense to reply to the existing thread rather than starting a new one. This helps to keep information organized and cuts down on repetitive discussions.
  • When posting a new thread, try to make the title reflect on the topic of your thread. This makes sorting and searching the forum much easier for the participants.
  • Forum discussion should not include the content directly copy pasted form a website. If you want to refer to a particular website it would be better to provide the link as a reference. Inside the post you can say why you think that the link is very useful or helpful for you and for the others.

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9). Can I access the VLE courses or sit for BIT examinations after completing my degree?

  • No, once you are awarded the degree you cannot access the VLE or any courses you had not done or passed before.

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10). If I have to repeat some courses and need to access the relevant course materials in VLE (LMS) do I have to pay to access VLE (LMS)?

  • Yes, you have to pay, even you had passed the VLE (LMS) before.
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    11). Why am I not getting any e-mails regarding forum posting?

    • Reason 1: You may not have subscribed to those forums.
    • Reason 2: You might not have updated your profile by adding your current email address.
    • Please remember to fill the description in the profile page so that others can get to know you.

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    12). I have applied for BIT with pending A/L results. Can I have access to VLE (LMS)?

    • No. You can have access to the VLE (LMS) only after your registration. Till then you can study on your own or with an institute.

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    13). How to complain about VLE content, questions and services?

    • Please contact the relevant facilitator of the course, through a forum, message or email. If it is a system related problem, contact VLE admin directly by using the email admin@vle.bit.lk, if not satisfied with the reply, contact the coordinator of VLE. (elc@ucsc.cmb.ac.lk).

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    14). What is the best e-learner award?

    • This award is given at the annual diploma or graduation ceremony for the most active student in the Virtual Learning Environment. Online assignment marks and the active participation of the students in the forum discussions will be considered when selecting the most suitable student. In addition, he/ she should receive the diploma in the relevant academic year without any repeat subjects.

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    15). What is the criteria for selecting candidates for best e learner award?

    • Following conditions are evaluated by the academic board when selecting the most suitable candidate for the best E-Learner award; - Number of postings in the discussion forums in each course separately (as indicated in the “most active forum user” in each course)
      - Quality of posting in the discussion forums in each course in the semester
      - First time registration for the course (Repeat students will not be qualified)
      - Qualify to receive the diploma of the relevant academic year

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    16). How can I find solutions for the past papers given in the VLE (LMS)?

    • Past papers and answers of each course are available in the Past Papers course. Past papers have been published in the VLE (LMS) as quizzes. You can answer them like quizzes. If you want to know the answer for a particular question, select all answers and click the Submit button for that question. The marks you have obtained for those quizzes are not considered for assignments.

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    17). What is the benefit of using forums for my studies?

    • You can post, subject related questions, new information that you have found related to the subject and other important details, into forums. Then, others can answer the questions or add more information to that post. The best way to post into forums is to post your question or information into the forum which is under the related lesson. You can also share ideas by replying to others forum posts with your comments.

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    1.7. BIT RE-REGISTRATION


    Bit re-registration

    1). The date of Re-registration deadline is passed. Now, how much I need to pay?

    • If the Re-registration deadline is passed you need to pay the Re-registration Fee and the relevant surcharge to renew your Registration. Even with the surcharge, a Re-registration can be given for a certain period only. If the period is over, all the late Re-registration requests have to be forwarded for the Board of Study (EEP) for consideration.

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    2). Can I do the Renewal, without coming to the BIT office?

    • Yes. Send your BIT ID Card and the Registration fee payment voucher (EDC copy) to EDC (BIT office) by post. Also, you can send some other person with the relevant documents on behalf of you.

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    3). Can I collect a confirmation letter without registration?

    • No, EDC can issue a confirmation letter for you, if you are a registered student for this year only.

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    1.8. BIT ID CARD


    BIT ID CARD

    1). Do I get a university ID card if I register for BIT? How much it cost for me?

    • For all the newly registered students for the BIT 1st year, UCSC issues a new BIT Student ID card, before the exams. This is given free of charge.
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    2). What is necessity of the BIT ID card?

    • To identify as a candidate for BIT Exams, BIT ID card is checked by the examination staff. If the BIT ID card is not forwarded or BIT ID card is not endorsed for the current academic year, you will be considered as an unauthorized candidate for the exams. BIT ID card is necessary to forward for all the semester exam papers, practical exams, Project Viva, Code Checking, Dissertation Evaluation, Certificate issuings, Award Ceremony and Convocation etc..

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    3). No enough space to stamp in my BIT ID card. What should I do?

    • Apply for a new BIT ID card.
    • You are necessary to send the ID application form, payment voucher for the new ID card fee, 2 passport sized colour photographs, photocopy of the old ID card, to the EDC.

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    4). My BIT ID card is lost how I collect new one?

    • Apply for a new BIT ID card.
    • You are necessary to send the ID application form, payment voucher for the new ID card fee, 2 passport sized colour photographs, affidavit saying that the BIT ID card is lost, to the EDC.

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    1.9. BIT EXAMS


    Bit exams

    1). How to apply for the exam?

    • Usually, 2 months before the semester exams, EDC will announce the calling of Exam Applications, through the BIT web site and the VLE.

    • Students are necessary to fill the Online Exams Application through the Link available, by selecting the required semester, exam papers and the preferred centre to sit for the exams. Once completed the Online Exam Application, print the (system generated) Payment Vouchers, then make the payments to any branch of Peoples Bank and upload the scanned or clear photo image of the Payment Voucher (endorsed by the bank) to the system. Thereafter, the system allows you to print the Exam Application. All the students are required to send the printed and signed Exam Application and the Payment Voucher to EDC before the closing date.

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    2). Within a semester, do I have to complete all papers of that semester?

    • No. You can select any one or more papers from the available papers.

    • But, remember that, to get the Diploma, you need to pass all year 1 papers and year 1 assignments.

    • And, to get the Higher Diploma, you need to pass all year 2 papers and assignments.

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    3). How to calculate the marks for the BIT exam MCQ papers?

    • Marks for the BIT exam MCQ paper is calculated somewhat similar to the way marks given for the VLE assignments. You will get negative marks for the wrong answers marked in the exam paper.

    • You can find more details about the BIT exam MCQ paper marking scheme for here.

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    4). Do I have the GPA 2.0 to go to the next year?

    • No not necessary.

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    5). How much GPA, do I need to go to the next year?

    • If you have the minimum GPA, 1.5 you are qualified to go to the next year.

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    6). If I have a GPA less than 1.5, what should I do?

    • If your (1st year or 2nd year) GPA is less than 1.5, you cannot go to the next year. You are allowed to be registered for the same academic year only.

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    7). Within How many attempts do I have to complete the degree?

    • There is no limit, but you can to complete a specific level (eg: year 1) within 5 years of time.

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    8). What will happen, if I couldn’t complete the 1st year, in 5 years period?

    • UCSC will not allow you to do any 1st year exams in the 6th year. Therefore, you may not able to complete the 1st year as well as the degree. Therefore, there is no point of continuing it further.

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    9). Within how many attempts do I have to pass a course?

    • There is no limit, but you have to complete a specific level within 5 years of time.

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    10). Where can I find the BIT past papers?

    • Past papers have been published in the BIT VLE. MCQ past papers are published with their answers and Structured past papers are published with the model answers.

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    11). If I re-attempted a repeat course, will I be able to get a better grade than “C”?

    • Yes, you can.

    • However, when calculating the GPA, a grade that you obtained will be considered and the maximum of a ‘C’ grade is taken for the calculation of Class GPA.

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    12). Is it necessary to follow all optional courses?

    • Optional courses are available in the 3rd year only. You are allowed sit for all or any number of optional papers in the 3rd year. For the GPA calculation, we take the grades of best 2 optional papers only.

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    13). Is the project compulsory?

    • Yes, Software Development Project in the 3rd year is a compulsory course needed to be passed to complete BIT degree.

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    14).What is the minimum grade that should I obtain to pass a course? What is the minimum mark to pass an EN course?

    • To PASS a course you need to get a minimum Grade C.

    • To PASS an Enhancement course you need to get PASS.

    • EN courses are given only PASS or FAIL. If you have obtained lower than grade C (e.g. C-) for a course you are required to repeat that course to obtain the Diploma or Higher Diploma Certificate. However, without repeating you can still obtain the degree if you fulfil the degree criteria.

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    15). What is the minimum grade eligible for credit calculation? Is it C or D?

    • Grade D.

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    16). Can I do semester 2 exams without doing semester 1 exams?

    • Yes. At the first registration, you are given the registration for the 1st year.

    • Whether, you do or not the semester 1 exams, you are allowed to sit for semester 2 exams.

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    17). How many credits need to be obtained for the degree? Is it necessary to have 30 credits for each year?

    • At least 90 credits need to be earned you need earn, to obtain the degree.
    • Yes, One of the criteria to complete the BIT degree is, you are necessary to have at least 30 credits for each of the three years.

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    18). I have pending assignments in year 2. Now I am a 3rd year student. Do I need to register for 2nd year also to complete my VLE assignments?

    • You are a 3rd year student means, you have registered for the 3rd year only.
    • But, we allows you to do any 1st year or 2nd year papers or VLE assignments without registering for the 1st or 2nd year. 1st year or/and 2nd year VLE access is given free of charge on your request. You need to pay the relevant exam fees when applying for repeat exam papers.

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    19). My 2nd year GPA is more than 2, but I have a D+. Will I be able to get the HDIT?

    • No.
    • To get the HDIT, you need to pass all 2nd year papers and the VLE assignments.

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    20). I have failed the enhancement courses. Can I collect the degree?

    • No.
    • One of the criteria to complete the BIT degree is, all Enhancement courses are compulsory to be passed.

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    21). Exam application deadline is passed. Now, how much should I pay for the exams?

    • If the deadline is passed, you need to pay the exam fees with the surcharge. Please refer the Fees and Payments; in the Student Handbook

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    22). I can’t select my subject in exam application. What should I do?

    • If your required subject cannot be selected or not available in the Online Exam Application, inform the EDC, immediately. They will correct it soon.

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    23). I passed e-test in last year. But I didn’t sit for the practical test. Is my e-test mark valid for this year?

    • No. e-test marks will not be carried out to the next year.
    • No practical tests in future. Instead of practical tests you need to sit for a one hour MCQ papers for all EN courses.
    • If you failed the e-test or the practical test, you are necessary to sit for both one hour MCQ paper and the e-test (Online Assessment) available after the exam, within 2 weeks period in VLE, within the same year.

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    24). Without Passing all the subjects in the 1st year, can I proceed to the 2nd year?

    • Yes, if you have a minimum of 1.5 GPA then you can proceed to the 2nd year.

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    25).What are the criteria to get the Diploma in IT?

    • To be qualified to get the Diploma in Information Technology (DIT);
    • You need to pass all year 1 (10) courses
    • Pass all year 1 VLE assessments
    • Year 1 GPA must be 2.0 or above

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    26). What are the criteria to get the Higher Diploma?

    • To be qualified to get the Higher Diploma in Information Technology (HDIT);
    • You need to pass all year 2 (9) courses
    • Pass all year 2 VLE assessments
    • Year 2 GPA must be 2.0 or above
    • Has obtained the DIT

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    27).What are the conditions to get the BIT degree?

    • You are eligible to get the BIT Degree, if you have;
    • a minimum of 90 Credits with at least 30 Credits from each of the three years
    • at least C grade or pass mark for at least 20 credits from each year
    • a minimum Overall GPA of 2.00 in the three years
    • a grade not inferior to a C for the third year Individual Project
    • a grade not inferior to D for all other courses
    • a pass mark for all enhancement courses

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    28). How can I be eligible for Diploma in IT and Higher Diploma in IT?

    • You should pass all the courses and the assignment component of each course in the relevant year. Please refer the Student Handbook.

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    29). How to calculate the 1st year GPA?

    • Multiply the credits and the GPV for all the 1st year subjects and add those values.
    • Credits for 1st year courses, Refer the 1st year course structure table in the Hand Book.
    • GPV for A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0 etc. (Refer the GPV table in the Hand Book) Divide the Total of that value from the Total (non GPA) credits of the 1st year.

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    1.10. VLE ASSIGNMENTS


    VLE Assignments

    1). Are practice quiz marks considered for assignments?

    • No. Practice quiz marks are not considered for calculating assignment marks of final result.

    • By answering the practice quizzes after referring a lesson, you can decide, whether you have understood the lesson properly or not.

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    2). VLE Assignments & the Online Assessments, are these same or not?

    • No.

    • VLE Assignments and Online Assessments are two different evaluation methods used in the BIT Programme.

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    3). What is an Enhancement Course and Online Assessment?

  • The courses started with EN are Enhancement courses.

  • There are 3 Enhancement courses available in the 1st year syllabus and 2 Enhancement courses available in the 3rd year.

  • All these 5 Enhancement courses are compulsory to be passed to get the Diploma or the Degree. To get a pass for each Enhancement course, 2 components (One hour MCQ paper and Online Assessment) are necessary to pass within the same year. If students apply (with the semester exams) for the Enhancement course paper, the Online Assessment will be activated for two weeks period after the MCQ exam paper, through VLE.

  • 5 Enhancement courses are: EN1101, EN1201, EN1301 of the 1st year and EN5101, EN6502 of the 3rd year.
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    4). What is an enhancement course?

    • It is a Non-GPA, but compulsory course. There are five enhancement courses collectively in all three years of BIT. An enhancement course consists of both an online assessment and a written examination during semester examination. You should pass both online assessment and the written examination of the course, in order to successfully complete the course. When you apply and pay for the examinations of the enhancement courses you will be eligible to take the online assessments.

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    5).What is an online assessment?

    • Each and every enhancement course consists of an online assessment other than the written examination. It is a compulsory component to pass the course. The online assessment will be published after the written examination.

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    6). What is the duration of the online assessment?

    • Online assessment will be available for two weeks and will be given only one attempt.
      Students can access and submit the online assessment during anytime within the given two weeks of time. Exact dates of online assessment will be published in BIT website and the VLE. The students are highly advised to not to wait until the last moment to submit, because network congestion will interrupt the submission.

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    7). What is the pass mark of the online assessment?

    • Online assessment will be available for two weeks and will be given only one attempt.
      Students can access and submit the online assessment during anytime within the given two weeks of time. Exact dates of online assessment will be published in BIT website and the VLE. The students are highly advised to not to wait until the last moment to submit, because network congestion will interrupt the submission.

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    8). How can I know the result of the online assessment?

    • The result of the online assessment will not be published in the VLE. It will be published in the BIT website as a final examination result of the particular course, at the time of releasing the semester 1 results.

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    9).What is an online assignment?

    • There are two online assignments for all courses in first four semesters. Successful completion of the assignment component is compulsory to be eligible for the Diploma in IT and Higher Diploma in IT respectively in year 1 and year 2.

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    10). Where can I find the assignments?

    • The assignments are published in the course pages of the relevant courses in VLE.

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    11). What is the structure of questions of online assignment?

    • An Assignment can be a set of MCQ questions or piece of practical work to do and submit or upload to your VLE account.

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    12). What is the best way of answering questions in Assignments?

    • Proper study of all the relevant teacher’s notes and other relevant resources and trying all practice quizzes and activities prior to the assignment will be the best to answer questions in assignments.

    • Without properly studying; it is really hard to answer the assignment questions.
    • Some conditions are applied & introduced to avoid random guessing.

    • For example, one cannot get any marks by clicking all five choices. Although negative marking scheme is there, the minimum mark for a question is zero. Therefore wrong answers will not affect other questions.

    • Students will be able to see their replies, only soon after attempting the assignment quiz. (We have implemented some controls to avoid bad practices).

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    13). What is the criterion to complete the VLE (LMS) assessments satisfactorily for a given year?

    • Students should score at least 40% for each assignment, in order to successfully complete the online assignment component of a course. An assignment has 3 attempts and the highest score will be considered for grading. There are two assignments in a course.

    14). What are 'grades' in assignments?

    • If you have scored at least 40% for each assignment, you will get a pass grade; otherwise you will get a fail grade.

    • An assignment has 3 attempts and the highest score will be considered for grading. (We advise students to try all three attempts irrespective of marks, since it is a good preparation exercise).

    • Please note that you should complete both assignments to obtain your final assignment grade for the course.

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    15). How can I know the result of the online assignments?

    • The result of the online assignments will be available in your Gradebook in the VLE. Since you have to score 40% from both assignment 01 and assignment 02 to successfully complete assignment component, the Final Grade of the assignments will be displayed as “FAIL” until you try both assignments. Therefore, please check your final assignment grade in the Gradebook, once you complete both assignments, in order to find out the final result of the assignment component.

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    16). We can review our assignments soon after the completion. But when we closed it, there's no option to review it again. Why can't we review our assignment questions more than once?

    • The marks of the assignments are considered to obtain diploma/higher diploma. Therefore if one could review the assignments again and again he might use it in a wrong way which would become a bad practice. Therefore we cannot allow you to review your assignments except immediately after your attempt.

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    17). If I have successfully completed the VLE (LMS) assignments, but have to repeat some courses, do I have to re-attempt the VLE (LMS) assignments as well?

    • No, you don’t have to re-do the assignments. However, it would be helpful for you to be prepared for the examination for which you have to pay to access the VLE (LMS).

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    18). If I do not complete all the VLE assignments successfully what would be the effect?

    • If the VLE assignments are not completed, you will not be qualified for the Diploma or the Higher Diploma certificates in IT.

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    19). If I failed any VLE assignment in a previous year, do I have to pay again to access the VLE related that academic year?

    • No. If the students need the VLE for previous years, it will be activated free of charge on your request. You can repeat your failed assignments without paying.

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    20). Can I discuss VLE assignment question in the forums?

    • No, student should not post assignment question (MCQs) directly with possible choices in the discussion forums of relevant courses.

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    21). I passed the VLE assignment in the last year. But my subject is repeated. Do I need to re-do the assignment again?

    • No. You need to repeat only the subject.

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    22). Can I discuss VLE assignment questions in the forums?

    • No, students should not post assignment questions (MCQs) directly with possible choices in the discussion forums of relevant courses.

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    23). What happens when a VLE assignment question is wrong?

    • We have a policy, not to penalize students when a question is wrong. At the same time, students will not be subjected to any discrimination if they show mistakes or make a complaint. It is rarely possible that content or questions in a particular course may be wrong. If you find such errors, please inform the relevant e-facilitator by private messaging via VLE. Please note that it is forbidden to post such assignment inquires in the discussion forums.

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    1.11. COURSES


    Courses

    1). How can I find required main reading books for a course?

    The required reading books have been mentioned in the syllabus. You can find the syllabus at the top of the course page.

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    2). How can I find past paper?

    You can find past papers for the new syllabus, at the bottom of the course page or you can download all the past papers (new and old syllabus) from the Past Papers Course.

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    3). How can I find solutions for past papers which are in VLE (LMS)?

    Answers for past papers are also published in the same Past Papers course.

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    4). Are practice quiz marks considered for assignments?

    No. Practice quiz marks are not considered for calculating assignment marks or final result.
    By answering the practice quizzes after referring a lesson, you can decide, whether you have understood the lesson properly or not.

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    5). What is the benefit of using forums for my studies?

    Discussion forums are very helpful for your studies. You may post the reflections and findings related to the topic while commenting on others’ posts. It will help you to understand and remember the course concepts thoroughly. This will make you succeed at the examination.

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    6). Where can I find the necessary information about BIT exam application forms, payments, time tables, results, etc.

    All such information will be published in BIT website. Please check BIT website. Some useful links: Announcements, BIT Results

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    7). I am already registered for Year 2 or 3. Do I have to register again for Year 1 or 2 to repeat courses from that year(s)?

    No, you do not want to register again. But when you register, you should indicate the required repeating courses that you need VLE access.

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    8). Do you consider VLE (LMS) assignment marks for the GPA?

    No, assignment grades are considered only for awarding Diploma in IT and Higher Diploma in IT.

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    9). If I repeat a course should I wait till the next academic year to re sit for the examination?

    Yes, you should re-sit at the next academic year.

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    1.12. OTHER


    Other

    1). Can I pursue a BIT External Degree while pursuing another degree?

    • Yes, there is no such limitations defined.

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    2). Can I exit BIT degree while studying?

    • Yes, we can cancel your BIT registration on a reasonable request at any time. But, remember that the registration we give you for a one year period starting from 01st January to 31st December. However, any refund cannot be done, due to a cancellation request.

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    1.13. CERTIFICATES/TRANSCRIPTS


    Certificates/Transcripts

    1). How to get a transcript?

    You can download the Application for Academic Transcript and the Payment Voucher available in the home page of the BIT web site (www.bit.lk).
    Make the relevant payment (given in the form) to the Peoples Bank using the voucher. Send the duly filled application and the payment voucher to EDC office (at Have lock City). Usually, it would take 2 weeks time to issue the transcript. You can collect it by post or from the office.

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    2). How to collect letters?

    You can request, a registration status confirmation letter from the EDC office. Make the relevant payment to the Peoples Bank using a general voucher. Send your request through email / by post / by hand to EDC office (at Have lock City). You can collect the letter, within a few minutes time. At the time of collecting the letter, you can forward the payment voucher to the EDC.

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    3). How to collect BIT certificates?

    Usually, the Certificates are issued after the Convocation / Awards Ceremony. Once the certificates are ready to collect, EDC Announced it through the BIT Web site. You can collect the DIT or HDIT certificates from the EDC, by producing the BIT ID Card and the payment voucher. To collect the BIT certificate BIT ID card should be surrendered to the EDC. All the awardees are kindly requested to come personally to collect the certificates. Whatever the reason, Certificates are not sent by post or courier and do not issue any duplicates by the University of Colombo.
    Certificate fee is necessary to pay before the Convocation/Award ceremony with the supplementary Form. If not paid before the given deadline, you may be pay the certificate fee with the relevant surcharge.

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    4). Payment for certificates?

    For the year 2018 (All fees are subject to revision) ;
    Diploma Certificate Fee : Rs. 1000/=
    Higher Diploma Certificate Fee : Rs. 1000/=
    Degree Certificate Fee : Rs. 2500/=
    Please refer the Payments and Fees; in the Student Handbook

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    5). Where can I find more details about BIT?

    Refer the Students’ Handbook published in the BIT web site (www.bit.lk). And FAQ in the VLE and BIT web site other than that Special notices are published in the Web site and VLE time to time.
    You can find all the relevant details about the examination in the official Web Site. http://www..bit.lk/
    We highly recommend you to visit this website frequently to get the latest information about the upcoming exams and special events. If you can’t find the details that you are looking for in the web site, then please contact the Co-ordinator, External Degrees Centre of UCSC.
    Address: No. 17, Swarna Road, Colombo 6. (Opposite the Havelock city apartments)
    Tele:0114 720 511, 512 email : edc@ucsc.cmb.ac.lk

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