FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

 

A. GENERAL QUESTIONS

1. Why do students need to take courses at Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning (PPIB)?

  • PPIB offers various courses from different fields to support other faculties in producing graduates who are not only knowledgeable and skillful in their selected disciplines, but also possess humanistic values, balanced and holistic merits in line with the Malaysian Education Philosophy. 

2. What happen if a student fails a course at PPIB?

  • Students can retake the same course. However, for the Liberal Studies Cluster, students can either retake the same course or register for a different course from the same cluster.

3. How do students get the latest information about PPIB?

  

B. QUESTIONS ABOUT CREDIT HOURS

1. Are students allowed to transfer credit if they've taken the same course at another university?

  • Yes, provided that the transfer of credits is horizontal and students are still active in their studies. The credit is calculated in the students’ graduating credits and the course grade is taken into account in the calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

2. How many credit hours do I have to take at PPIB?

  • Every student is required to complete 20 credit hours from PPIB, which is inclusive of the Compulsory Subjects Cluster (6 credit hours), Language Cluster (8 credit hours) and Liberal Studies Cluster (6 hours). Please refer to our website to find out special provisions and exceptions for certain faculties / students.

3. What are the requirements for credit exemptions?

  • Students who have completed their studies or have achieved a level of competency in the course concerned. Exempted credits are calculated in the graduating credits, but the course grade will not be included in the calculation of students' GPA and CGPA.

  

C. QUESTIONS ABOUT UNIVERSITY COMPULSORY CLUSTER

1. The TITAS course has been changed to Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (FIS). For students from the earlier intakes (i.e. before the 2020/2021 session) who are supposed to take TITAS, are they required to take Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (FIS) as a replacement for TITAS?

  • Starting from the 2020/2021 session, the TITAS course is replaced with Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (FIS). Students from the earlier intakes (i.e. before the 2020/2021 session) are allowed to take FIS course in order to complete their credit hours for TITAS course and it will be aligned.

2. The HE course has been changed to Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations (PEDP). For students from the earlier intakes (i.e. before the 2020/2021 session) who are supposed to take TITAS, are they required to take Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations (PEDP) as a replacement for HE?

  • Starting from the 2020/2021 session, the HE course is replaced with Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations (PEDP). Students from the earlier intakes (i.e. before the 2020/2021 session) are allowed to take PEDP course in order to complete their credit hours for HE course and it will be aligned.

3. Do international students need to take the Appreciation of Ethics and Civilisations (PEDP) course?

  • No, PEDP ​​course is not offered to international students and it is taught in Malay Language. Only Philosophy and Contemporary Issues (FIS) course is offered to international students.

  

D. QUESTIONS ABOUT ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLUSTER

1. What is the graduation requirement for students who are taking English language courses at PPIB?

  • Students must obtain an average of grade C (2.00) for the four English language courses.

  

E. QUESTIONS ABOUT FOREIGN AND LOCAL LANGUAGE CLUSTER

1. What is the language test requirement to enrol in Foreign and Local Language courses?

  • Local students must obtain a minimum of Band 4 in MUET and a minimum level in international English tests, such as TOFEL and IELTS as as stated in our website for international students. 

2. Can students who obtained MUET Band 3 register for Foreign & Local Language courses?

  • No, only students who obtained MUET Band 4, 5 and 6 are allowed to register for a foreign language course.

3. Can Chinese / Kadazandusun students take Mandarin or Kadazandusun course even though they cannot speak the language?

  • No, students whose mother tongue or education background is the same as the foreign / local language courses offered are not allowed to register for the courses concerned.

4. Can students register for foreign language level 2 or 3, without passing level 1?

  • No, students need to pass the beginner level (level 1) before registering for higher levels (level 2 & 3).

   

F. QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION

1. How do students register for PPIB courses?

2. How do students ensure that there is no timetable/schedule clash between PPIB courses and other registered faculty courses?

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