On this page, you will learn the 30 most common terms in National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). This list will guide especially new students of the university to fast-track their knowledge of the popular terms used by students and staffs of the varsity.
Most times, long words are replaced by common terms in NOUN, Nigeria. Example of such terms include; NOUN, TMA, CMA, NT, e.t.c. So, I will walk you through these terms with definitions so you can get familiar with these terms.
Just as every other institution have their slangs and short codes for a particular thing, the National Open University of Nigeria have the same as well.
As a student of the National Open University of Nigeria, you maybe lost if you don’t pay attention to what is going on in the school and you may not be able to understand what other students are referring to when it comes to these terms.
This article will outline each of the terms, abbreviations, full meanings, their usage and possibly their importance to the student.
30 Common Terms in National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Below are the list of common terms used in the National Open University of Nigeria.
1. Matric: Matric is a short form of the word matriculation, which is the first and a welcoming celebration conducted by the instition for her students.
2. TMA: TMA stands for the term Tutor Marked Assignment. This is just like the CAs done in primary or seconday schools. It comes in three different forms such as TMA1, TMA2 and lastly TMA3. Every student of NOUN will be required to partake in each of the TMAs as they will be awarded ten marks for each.
3. E-EXAM: This is a computer based examination for only the students of hundred level and two hundred level of the National Open University of Nigeria. Its two credit unit courses comes with 70 questions mixed with both objectives and multiple asked questions which is popularly known as fill in the gap questions while three credit unit courses come with 100 questions.
4. POP: POP stands for the term Pen On Paper examination. This examination is for those above two hundred level starting from three hundred to the highest level of the university.
5. OBJ: The term OBJ stands for Objectives questions which usually have four options below the questions for students to make their choices for answers.
6. MOQ: This stands for the multiple questions that comes with blank spaces either at the beginning, middle or at the end of the question. Here the students are mandated to type in the answers into the blank spaces as there are no options for this MOQ questions.
7. Examination Clearance: Inorder for any NOUN Student to seat for his or her examination, he or she is required to do an examination clearance to get examination pass. This document is what the student will use to gain access into the examination hall. Examination clearance can be done at your study centre or at the examination venue earlier before the time for your papers.
8. E-wallet: the e-wallet is a student personal pocket where his or her money can be stored and used at any time for registration purposes.
9. SIWES: This is Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme, which only students who jave this package in their colleges can partake in it. It can be done for a year or less depending on the course and what the student have being assigned to do. This is literally known as IT by so many students.
10. Project: this is a general school term, there are different types of projects. The mini projects and the major projects. Note that projects are assignment given to students for research purposes with the aid of supervisors.
11. Business Plan: For the fact you are a student of NOUN, the institution have derived so much joy in helping her students to gain knowledge even outside the school environment. This means each of her Student have the ability to learn a trade or business whilst in the school and be graded for that too.
12. Core Courses: These are compulsory courses for every student to take before he or she can be termed due for graduation. They usually have this capital “C” inscription beside the course description. Any of them picked for a semester must be written and passed.
13. Elective Courses: Are courses that a student can select either one or two for each semester, they are not compulsory courses so each student are left with choices on any one they wish to do. It doesn’t really matter if a student failed an elective course, this does not hinder them from graduating in as much he or she passed all the Core/Compulsory courses.
14. Study Centre: The National Open University of Nigeria is a distance learning institution, so it has her study centers located in various locations in-order to bring her students closer to the management of the institution.
15. Lecture Theatre: Lecture Theatre is a vast hall built for any program or performance held in the school.
16. Student Week: the student week is a week dedicated for the students to have and spend their time together. During this period, students get to know each other and also do some physical exercises with their fellow students and staff.
17. Online Facilitation: the National Open University of Nigeria have specialty in them, so they have made it easy for her student to study online whilst their lectures lecture them through their registered courses.
18. E-learning: this is an online learning portal for her registered students to study and demand for classes online. There is also availability of course materials in this portal.
19. Virtual Examination: The institution is a distance learning institution which give room for all her staff and students to work and learn at the same space of time. So each student can make a demand on how to write his or her examination either physically or online via the deanounvirtual portal.
20. NOUN CBT Centre: The National Open University of Nigeria have CBT centres in each of her study centres to enable registrations of courses or other technical support need from her students. It also treats technical issues or challenges encountered by the institution or her students.
21. C/O: CO stand for Carry-Over-Examinations. Those examination written but failed, the causes of this is mostly when a student miss to take his or her TMAs or miss to write an examination or inadequate preparations for an examination.
22. NE: NE Stands for Not Examinable, there are some courses which most students wrongly register or they were available for a particular program but later removed though still available in the student portal. This courses if noticed on time can ve dropped before dropping of courses stop for a session.
23. NT: Simply stand for the term No TMA. Which means the students missed out during the duration of TMAs but write the exam. In this case, the student is asked to retake the course during another semester or at the study centre based on the conditions why he or she missed taking them at the first place.
24. Semester: there are slightly three semesters in a year. This is known as the sessions that make up the years a student need to partake in his or her program or course before graduating.
25. Course Codes: These are short codes such as ENG111, CSS111, PAD102 which denotes a course.
26. Course Credit: Course credit determines the amount to be paid for a course and the quantity for that course for a program. I.e two crefi unit courses, three credit unit courses, six crefit unit courses and so on and so forth.
27. Course Materials: These are handouts provided for the students with the instructions after registration of courses has been done by the student.
28. GSTs: GSTs are general courses that all her students partake in, no matter the level or program one is studying in the National Open University of Nigeria, you must strive to pass all the GSTs available in your portal before you can graduate. The available of GST courses are currently in NOUN as at the time of writing this article are; GST101, GST102, GST103, GST104, GST105, GST107, GST201, GST202, GST203, GST204, GST302, GST707 and GST907.
29. P&Q: this common term is usually heard during examination. It stands for exam past questions and possibly with answers.
30. Academic Calendar: This is a calendar drafted out after a senate meeting have been done in order to keep her students abreast of what they should expect from each semester.
There is hardly a semester which any student will go through without coming across each of these common terms aforementioned. Note them down so that you will not be lost in between conversations held in public by those that are already aquatinted with them.
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