About the BCom Program under CBCS

Three Year Choice Based Credit System Programme of B.Com: Excerpts from Ordinance OC-66

(Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours))

Excerpts of the relevant ordinance, OC-66, relating to the Three Year Choice Based Credit System Programme of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce(Honours) degrees (under section 24(1) of Goa University Act 1984(effective from the A.Y.2017-18) is reproduced as under:

OC-66.1 General Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) provides choice for students to select from the prescribed courses. Under the CBCS, the requirement for awarding a Degree is prescribed in terms of number of Credits to be completed by the students.

1.3 Duration of the course
The afore-mentioned Degree Courses shall each have duration of three academic years. Every academic year shall consist of two semesters.
OC-66.2 Eligibility for the admission
Eligibility for admission leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) shall be as follows:

2.1 Eligibility for admission to Semester I & II (in the first year) B.Com./ B.Com (Hon.) Programme:
(A) To be eligible for admission to the Semester I of the Three Years Programme leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) the candidate should have passed:
(i) The Higher Secondary School Certificate (Std. XII) examination conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in any stream, including Vocational stream in the subjects notified by the University from time to time.
OR
(ii) Std XII Arts/Science/Commerce or similar examination of another body, equivalent to Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Goa, and recognised as such by Goa University.
(C) A Candidate not covered under any of the above categories but desirous of seeking admissionto the said course may apply to the College. However, the Registrar along with Dean of concerned Faculty and Chairperson(s) of Board(s) of Studies of concerned subjects shall decide the eligibility.
(D) A candidate admitted for Semester-I shall be deemed eligible for admission to Semester-II.
(E) A Candidate migrating from another recognised University and desirous of direct admission to Semester –II may be considered for admission provided he/she has cleared/passed First Term/Semester-I examination of that University with those subjects for which admission is sought and undertakes to successfully complete the other compulsory Courses of Semester-I.

OC-66.3 Programme structure:
1 The Programme shall be based on a system of time-integrated Units called Credits, under the CBCS.
2 The Programme shall comprise Courses such as Core, Elective and Ability Enhancement Courses.
3 A Credit shall consist of 15 clock hours of theory of 1 hour duration each or 15 practical classes of 2 hours duration each, per semester or its equivalent; field work and such other as recommended by the Board of Studies (BoS) shall be considered under practical category for calculating credits and workload.
4 One credit shall carry a maximum of 25 marks.
5 A student shall be eligible for the award of Bachelor's Degree on successful completion of minimum of 132 credits, to be completed over a minimum of six Semesters.A student shall be eligible for the award of Bachelor's Degree (Honours) on successful completion of minimum of 148 Credits, to be completed over a minimum of six Semesters.

OC-66.4 Course structure
Each Course can carry different weightage in terms of number of Credits. Each Course should define learning objectives and outcome. A course may be designed so as to comprise any or combination of lectures/ tutorials/ laboratory work/ field work/ outreach activities/ project work/ vocational training/ viva/ seminars/ term papers/ assignments/ presentations/ self-study/ such other.

Core Course
A Core Course (CC) shall be of 4 or 6 credits and may consist of only theory component, or theory and practical components, in which case the theory component shall be of 3 Credits and the practical component shall be 1 Credit for 4 credit courses and the theory component shall be of 4 Credits and the practical component shall be 2 Credits for 6 credit courses, or as prescribed by BoS and approved by the Academic Council.

Generic Elective Course
A Generic Elective (GE) course shall be of 4 Credits, and may be chosen from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure. A Core Course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as GE Course for another discipline/subject, and may consist of only Theory component, or Theory and Practical component, in which case the Theory component shall be of 3 credits and the Practical component shall be of 1 Credit or as prescribed by BoS and approved by the Academic Council.

Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC)
The Ability Enhancement (AE) Courses may be of two kinds: Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) and Skill Enhancement (SE) Courses. AEC Courses are based upon the content that leads to Knowledge enhancement. Environmental Studies as AEC Course is mandatory for all disciplines. Each Course shall have only Theory component of four credits or two separate Courses of 2 credits each.
SE Courses are value-based and/or skill-based and are aimed at providing hands-on-training, competencies, skills. These courses may be chosen from a pool of courses designed to provide value-based and/or skill-based knowledge. Each course will be of four credits.