|Postponement of Academic Activities [2018-03-09 10:56:30]|
|Dear Students, All academic activities have been postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Postponement of Day Schools & No Book Tests [2018-03-07 09:45:50]|
|Dear students, All the academic activities have been postponed until further notice due to unavoidable circumstances. Rescheduled dates will be informed later through myOUSL. Sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Potponement of workshop of NSU4206/NSU4310 scheduled on 5th March, 2018 [2018-03-03 10:24:51]|
|Dear students, Workshop of NSU4206/NSU4310- Senior Focus Electives/ Research Project scheduled on 05th March,2018 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. Rescheduled date will be informed later through myOUSL. Sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Postponement of No Book Tests [2018-03-01 21:42:09]|
|Dear Students, All the No Book Tests scheduled on 2nd March, 2018 (NSU4105, NSU3106, NSU3102) have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The rescheduled dates will be informed later. Sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Rescheduled dates of 7th & 8th Dayschools of NSU3213- Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing [2018-02-12 08:38:12]|
|Dear Students, Rescheduled date for 7th & 8th dayschools of NSU3213- Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing will be held on 15th February, 2018 from 8.00a.m- 12.30p.m at Colombo Regional center. Thank you.|
|Rescheduled dates of NSU3102- Sociology & Anthropology [2018-02-09 15:54:52]|
|Dear Students, Rescheduled date of 1st & 2nd Day Schools of NSU3102- Sociology & Anthropology will be held on 19th February, 2018 from 9.00a.m to 1.30p.m at Colombo Regional Center. Thank you.|
|Postponement of Day Schools [2018-02-05 16:46:24]|
|Dear Students, All the Day Schools scheduled on 06th & 07th of February, 2018 have been postponed due to trade union actions of non-academic staff. The rescheduled dates will be informed in due course. Sorry for the inconvenience.|
|Updated (on 02.02.2018) B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-2017/18-2nd Semester [2018-02-03 16:09:26]|
|Dear Students, Updated (on 02.02.2018) B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-Academic Year 2017/18-Second Semester has been uploaded to the "Download Resource Document" Section in MyOUSL. Please download the updated one. We are sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Updated (on 30.01.2018) B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-2017/18-2nd Semester [2018-01-30 14:50:36]|
|Dear Students, Updated (on 30.01.2018) B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-Academic Year 2017/18-Second Semester has been uploaded to the "Download Resource Document" Section in MyOUSL. Please download the updated one. We are sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Updated (on 24.01.2018) B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-2017/18-2nd Semester [2018-01-25 10:10:06]|
|Dear Students, Updated (on 24.01.2018) B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-Academic Year 2017/18-Second Semester has been uploaded to the "Download Resource Document" Section in MyOUSL. Please download the updated one. We are sorry for the inconvenience in this regard. Thank you.|
|Registration for the 2nd Semester Final Examination-2017/18 [2018-01-23 16:21:51]|
|Dear Students, Online application period for the 2nd semester B.Sc. Nursing Final Examination-Academic Year 2017/18 will be 18th February, 2018 to 18th April, 2018. In order to sit for the final examination, online registration through myOUSL during the above period is compulsory. Thank you.|
|100% Free Placement of Nurses to USA [2018-01-12 14:37:10]|
|Dear Students, There is an opportunity for you to work in USA and further information you can download from " Downloads" section in Open University Web page. Thank you.|
|B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-2017/18-Second Semester [2018-01-12 14:22:06]|
|Dear Students, B.Sc. Nursing-Tentative Time Table-Academic Year-2017/18-second semester has been uploaded to "Download Resource Document" section in MyOUSL. Now you can download the Time Table.|
|Re-registartion for lapsed courses in B.Sc. Nursing Degree Program [2017-08-23 09:59:19]|
|Dear students, Those who have lapse their eligibility with effect from 16th August,2017 can re-register for the relevant courses up to 29th August, 2017 at all regional centers.|
|Verification of Results of Final Examinations 2016/17- Second Semester - B.Sc.Nursing program [2017-08-16 13:25:02]|
|Applications for verification of final examination results are available in the Deanâ€™s office and in Regional centers. Dead line for submission of applications is 31st August 2017 and application can be downloaded from "download" section on OUSL homepage|
|Online registration for final examination - second semester -2016/2017 [2017-06-01 11:06:59]|
|The students who have not registered online for their final examinations in the second semester, contact the department immediately before 3rd June 2017.|
|Postponement of Revision Day school -NSU4105 [2017-05-29 14:00:49]|
|The revision day-school scheduled to be on 30th of may 2017 (tomorrow) has been postponed until further notice due to bad weather condition in the country|
|Revision Day-School - Trends and Issues in Nursing [2017-05-25 15:09:45]|
|The revision day school for Trends and Issues in Nursing has been scheduled on 30th May 2017 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Colombo Regional Center|
|B.Sc. Nursing Degree Programme- Final Examination Time Table- 2016/17- Semester 2 [2017-05-25 09:30:40]|
|Dear students, The Final Examination Time Table- 2016/17- semester 2 is available under 'student download' sections of the OUSL website and the MyOUSL.|
|Regarding MCU1108 & SSU1198 [2017-05-03 10:37:00]|
|Dear Students, You are requested to register online for your final examination for MCU1108 - Managing your work & people and SSU1198 - Introduction to Sri Lankan Society is on 15th May, 2017 to 15th June,2017. Also, you will be received a letter regarding the due courses. Your final examination will be held on early July, 2017. Thank You.|
|Reshedulded 4th & 5th Day School of NSU3102- Sociology and Anthropology [2017-04-24 12:59:05]|
|Dear Student, The 4th & 5th Day schools of NSU3102 Sociology & Anthropology have been re-scheduled to be held at the Colombo Regional Center (CRC) as specified bellow. Sorry for inconvenience caused. 8th May 2017 9.00 am to 12.00 noon. 16th May 2017 9.00 am to 12.00 noon|
|Online Registration for Final Examination [2017-04-20 16:03:27]|
|Dear Students, Please note that the dead line for online registration for the second semester final examinations for academic year 2016/2017 is on 1st May 2017|
|Re-shedulded Day School 2 of SSU1198- Introduction to Sri Lankan Society [2017-04-04 16:03:40]|
|The Department of Social Studies has been re-scheduled the Day School 02 of SSU1198 Introduction to Sri Lankan Society which was scheduled to conduct on 18th March to the following date as mentioned bellow. Colombo- 09th April, 2017 from 9.00am -12.00 noon|
|Postponement of 4th Day School of NSU3102- Sociology and Anthropology [2017-04-04 16:00:36]|
|Dear Students, The 4th Day school of NSU3102 Sociology and Anthropology in CRC scheduled be held on 5th April 2017 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The re- schedule date will be informed in due course.|
|Changing the time of the Day School 5 of NSU3105- Teaching and Learning [2017-03-29 11:29:15]|
|Dear Students, The time of the day school 5 of the course NSU3105 was changed to 9-12 noon on the same day (4th April 2017).|
|Calling applications -Re Scrutinize results- Final Exams -Health Sciences 2016/2017 [2017-03-17 15:31:55]|
|Please download the notice and the application form from students' downloads section|
|Communication Skills for Nurses – NSU3108 Continuous Assessment II – The role play [2017-03-10 09:58:50]|
|Dear Students, Please download your assignment from the download section in myousl for more information.|
|Postponement of No Book Tests of B.Sc. Nursing Program Academic Year – 2016/17- Second Semester [2017-03-07 13:51:24]|
|The No Book Tests had been scheduled on 08th & 09th March 2017 have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. The re- scheduled dates for the postponed No Book Tests are mentioned bellow. NSU3108 NBT I- 10th March 2017 from 12.00 noon - 1.00pm NSU4403/ NSU4209 NBT II- 14th March 2017 from 11.30am - 1.00pm NSU3109 NBT I- 15th March 2017 from 12.00 noon - 1.00pm NSU3110- NBT I- 18th March 2017 from 11.30am - 12.30pm NSU3218- NBT II- 3rd April 2017 from 9.00am -10.30am|
|NSU3211- Maternal, Neonatal & Gyencological Nursing [2017-03-06 14:37:31]|
|5th Day school of NSU3211- Maternal, Neonatal & Gynecological Nursing is rescheduled on 27th March, 2017 from 9.00am to 12.00noon at Colombo regional center.|
|NSU3407-Primary Health Care I [2017-01-04 16:23:19]|
|NSU3407-Primary Health Care I-Home Assignment is available in the MyOUSL. You can log in to your MyOUSL account and download the Home Assgnment. Due date for the submission is on 02nd February 2017.|
|Revision Day School for NSU4101/ NSU3107 [2016-12-16 16:05:05]|
|Revision Day School for NSU4101/ NSU3107-Reseach in Nursing is scheduled on 23rd December 2016 at 1.00pm-4.00pm at the Colombo Regional Center. All regional center students are welcome.|
|B.Sc. Nursing Final Exam_First Semester_ Time Table-2016-17 [2016-11-30 10:12:00]|
|B.Sc. Nursing Final Exam-First Semester-2016-17 Time Table is available in the MyOUSL. You can log in to your MyOUSL account and download the B.Sc. Nursing Final Exam time table.|
|NSU3101-Anatomy and Physiology - Rescheduled Day School 5 @ KRC [2016-11-23 11:21:04]|
|NSU3101-Anatomy and Physiology Day School 5 is rescheduled on 25th November 2016 from 9am-12noon at Kandy Regional Center.|
|Deadline extension - Apply for Final Examinations of BSc. Nursing program [2016-11-08 16:02:28]|
|Deadline is extended to 18th November 2016 to apply for Final Examinations for the academic year 2016/2017 Semester I through MYOUSL.|
|NSE3119- Learning Management Skills [2016-08-30 22:37:25]|
|The lecture notes of the day schools 1, 2 and 3 of NSE3119- Learning Management Skills are available in the MyOUSL. You can log in to your MyOUSL account and download them.|
|NSU3212- Pediatric Nursing [2016-08-30 22:36:35]|
|The lecture note of the day school 1 of NSU3212- Pediatric Nursing is available in the MyOUSL. You can log in to your MyOUSL account and download it|
|NSU4403-Management in Nursing Practice-Final Scholarly Paper-Deadline Extension [2016-07-21 13:54:01]|
|The deadline for NSU4403-Management in Nursing Practice final scholarly paper extended to 26th July 2016. You should submit your paper before 4.00 p.m. to any Regional Centre mentioned at the assignment- Course Coordinator|
|Tentative Master Time Table – B.Sc. Nursing - Semester I– 2016/17 [2016-07-20 09:38:45]|
|The Tentative Master Time Table – Semester I– 2016/17 of the Department of Nursing is now available at the Download section|
|B.Sc. Nursing Re-registration-Academic Year-2016/17 [2016-06-22 16:20:29]|
|The dates for Re-Registration, Late Registration, Add/Drop and Drop of the B.Sc. Nursing Degree Programme are as follows. • Re- Registration- 04th & 05th July 2016 at Colombo Regional Centre 07th & 08th July 2016 at all eight Regional Centres • Late Registration- 09th July 2016 at all eight Regional Centres • Add/ Drop- 16th August 2016 at all eight Regional Centres • Drop- 29th September 2016 all eight Regional Centres The re-registration package is available under 'downloads' and, please download it for more information and for your reference.|
|The inaugural meeting of the Health Web Society of the Open University of Sri Lanka [2016-06-21 12:20:40]|
|The inaugural meeting of the Health Web Society of the Open University of Sri Lanka is scheduled on 30th June 2016 at 10.00am at the new conference hall. The OUSL Students & Staff are invited. The notice and the Agenda of the program are available in the download section.|
|B.Sc. Nursing-Registration Package-2016/17 [2016-04-04 15:25:20]|
|B.Sc. Nursing-Registration Package-2016/17 is now available in the student's download section.|
|Rescheduled dates and times of NSU3102 - Sociology & Anthropology 3rd Day School [2016-04-04 08:58:21]|
|Rescheduled dates and times of NSU3102 - Sociology & Anthropology 3rd Day Schools as follows (Kandy, Matara and Kurunegala Regional Centers). Kandy - 7th April 2016 (1.00 - 4.00 pm) Matara - 7th April 2016 (1.00 - 4.00 pm) Kurunegala - 8th April 2016 (1.00 - 4.00 pm)|
|NSU3105- Teaching & Learning-Assignment-2015/16 [2016-03-31 09:16:27]|
|NSU3105- Teaching & Learning-Assignment-2015/16 is now available at the Download section|
|NSU3102- Sociology & Anthropology-Day School Postponement- 31-03-2016 [2016-03-30 16:17:36]|
|The scheduled dates and times for NSU3102- Sociology & Anthropology (3rd Day School) at the Kandy, Matara and Kurunegala Regional Centers will be notified later.|
|B.Sc. Nursing-Day School Postponement- 31-03-2016 [2016-03-30 16:12:45]|
|All Day Schools of the B.Sc. Nursing program scheduled on 31st March 2016 has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances. Rescheduled dates and times of Day Schools as follows; NSU4105-Trends & Issues in Nursing (3rd Day School) - 22nd April 2016 -- 9.00am-12.00noon at the Colombo Regional Center. NSU3109-Management & Professional Development (3rd Day School) - 28th April 2016 -- 9.00am-12.00noon at the Kurunegala Regional Center.|
|NSU4403- Management in Nursing Practice-Home Assignment-2015/16 [2016-03-09 13:35:07]|
|NSU4403- Management in Nursing Practice-Home Assignment-2015/16 is now available at the Download section|
|B.Sc. Nursing-revised time table (2015/16) for open elective courses - SSU1198, MCU1108, LWU1161 [2016-02-23 16:15:55]|
|Rescheduled B.Sc. Master Time Table 1st Semester 2015/2016 and Rescheduled CAT Time Table - B.Sc. Degree Programme / 1st Semester is now available in the Faculty of Natural Sciences home page|
|LWU1161-Understanding Law-Tentative Revised Time Table [2016-02-23 16:08:01]|
|LWU1161-Understanding Law- Academic Year-2015/16 Tentative revised time table is now available at the Download section|
|Tentative Master Time Table - Semester II - 2015/16 - Department of Nursing [2016-01-26 21:36:40]|
|The Tentative Master Time Table – Semester II – 2015/16 of the Department of Nursing is now available at the Download section|
"The Open University of Sri Lanka" (OUSL) (Sinhalese: ශ්රී ලංකා විවෘත විශ්ව විද්යාලය, Tamil: இலங்கை திறந்த பல்கலைக்கழகம்) is a national university in Sri Lanka. It is unique within the Sri Lankan national university system for being the only university to offer programs of study leading to Certificate, Diploma, Degrees and Postgraduate degrees up to PhD level through the Distance Mode Learning. The degrees awarded by the university are treated as equivalent to degrees awarded by any other Sri Lankan University under the preview of the University Grants Commission.
The OUSL Main Campus ( C010 ) is located in Colombo in Nawala, Nugegoda. There are 5 regional centers in addition to main campus at Nawala. They are;
The Open University of Sri Lanka is currently ranked as No.7 among Sri Lankan Universities and No. 6353 among international Universities.[better source needed]
The concept of establishing the Open University of Sri Lanka was by Dr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne the Cabinet Minister of Education & Higher Education at the time.
The University was set up by the Government of Sri Lanka under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, for the purpose of providing higher educational opportunities to working adults – providing them the road to success, surpassing age, vocation, gender, race, ethnicity and religion. The OUSL has the same legal and academic status as any other national university in Sri Lanka.
The university policy on admission would enable a person to register at the lowest 'Level' with mere basic literacy and then climb up to postgraduate level.
The concept of Distance Education at the OUSL functions through a dynamic network of regional and study centres, with knowledge imparted through multiple media. Therefore, students with work commitments are able to pursue studies since they interact with especially designed self-instructional materials where the materials function as a "Tutor in Print". This method provides the distance learner with the best possible learning opportunity to enable a balancing of personal, work related and academic obligations.
- Chancellor - Professor Colvin Goonaratna.
- Vice-Chancellor - Prof. S.A. Ariadurai.
- Deputy Vice-chancellor - Prof. Gunaherath
- Faculty Deans
- Faculty of Education - Prof. Pakkeer Jaufar.
- Faculty of Engineering Technology - Dr. K A C Udayakumar.
- Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences - Prof. Camena Guneratne.
- Faculty of Natural Sciences - Prof. Lilani senarathna.
- Faculty of Health Sciences- Prof. Gaya Ranawaka.
- Registrar - Ms. Vindhya Jayasena.
- Bursar - Mr. W.M.K.G.A. Wickramasinghe.
- LIbrarian - Dr (Mrs.) Wathmanel Seneviratne.
The Chancellor is the Head of the University and presides at the convocation of the University.
Professor Colvin Goonaratna. is the present chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka. He was appointed the Chancellor of OUSL in June 2015.
The Vice-Chancellor is the head of administration of the University. Prof. S.A. Ariadurai is the current Vice-Chancellor of The Open University of Sri Lanka. He was appointed on 23 June 2015. Current Deputy vice chancellor is the Dr. Janaka Liyanagama appointed in December 2009.
The University consists of five Faculties and one postgraduate institute and several divisions. The five faculties are:
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering Technology
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Postgraduate Institute of English (PGIE)- This Post Graduate Institute offers two master's degree programmes; Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Master of Arts in teaching Literature in a Second Language context (TLSC)
Faculty of Education
- Faculty Dean = Prof. Pakker Jaufar.
The Faculty of Education was established in 2003 and currently consists of three departments. These three departments are:
- Department of Secondary & Tertiary Education
- Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education
- Department of Special Needs Education
Faculty of Engineering Technology
- Faculty Dean = Dr. K A C Udayakumar
The Faculty of Engineering Technology of OUSL offers Bachelor of Technology Honours in Engineering[BTech Eng (Hons)], Bachelor of Industrial studies (BIS) and Bachelor of Software Engineering(BSE). Bachelor of Technology Honours in Engineering degree offered by the Faculty of Engineering Technology is highly recognised by professional Engineering Institution (IESL); both local and overseas to work as qualified Graduate Engineers. It is also the pioneers of introducing Mechatronics Engineering to Sri Lankan engineering education curricula and would be proud of producing first graduate engineers in Mechatronics engineering on 2010 in Sri Lanka. The faculty consists of six departments. These six departments are:
- Department of Agricultural and Plantation Engineering
- Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Department of Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Textile and Apparel Technology
- Department of Civil Engineering
- Department of Mathematics and Philosophy of Engineering
Faculty also offers two Master of Technology programmes in Industrial Engineering and Construction management; each conduct by Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering departments respectively.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Faculty Dean = Prof. Camena Guneratne.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is the largest faculty of the OUSL. The Faculty consists of the four following departments:
1. Department of Language Studies
2. Department of Law
3. Department of Social Studies
4. Department of Management
Faculty of Natural Sciences
- Faculty Dean = Prof. L. K. Senaratna.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences was established in 1987 and consists of the six following departments:
- Department of Botany
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Physics
- Department of Zoology
Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty Dean - Prof. Gaya Ranawaka
The Faculty of health Sciences is the youngest faculty of the university and established in August 2015. And consists of six academic departments.
1. Department of Basic Sciences
2. Department of Health Education and Research
3. Department of Pharmacy,
4. Department of Nursing,
5. Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
6. Department of Psychology and Counselling
Non-Academic/ Support Divisions
- Library Services
- Educational Technology
- Regional Educational Services
- Information Technology
- Staff Development Centre
The administration is done by other Divisions.
Information Technology Division
General Administration Division
Student Affairs Division
Regional Educational Services Division
Public Information office
Internal and Government Audit Division
Study Centers of OUSL
There are 17 study centers in OUSL distributed all over Sri Lanka.
- Ambalangoda ( M041 ) - 80/1.Polwatte Road, Halwatura, Ambalangoda
- Ambalantota ( M051 ) - Rajasaranagama Road, Lunama South, Ambalantota
- Ampara ( K080 ) - Inginiyagala Road, Samapura, Ampara
- Badulla ( U 190 ) - Advanced Technical IUnstitute, Badulla
- Bandarawela ( K120 ) - St Thomas Road, Wewatenna, Bandarawela
- Galle ( M040 ) - Labuduwa, Galle
- Gampaha ( C200 ) - Gampaha Road, Miriswatte, Mudungoda
- Hatton ( K122 ) - Thomndaman Vocational Training Center, Hatton
- Kegalle ( K140 ) - Kumarathunga Munidasa Mawatha, Kegalle
- Kalutara ( C020 ) - 66/2, Nagoda Road, Kalutara
- Kurunegala ( K190 ) - Negambo Rd, Nissanka mawatha Junction, Kurunegala
- Monaragala ( M180 ) - Technical College Junction, Sirigala, Potuvil Rd., Monaragala
- Polonnaruwa ( K150 ) - 24, Post Bediwewa, Jayanthipura, Polonnaruwa
- Puttalam ( C135 ) - 1/137, Colombo Rd., Puttalam
- Ratnapura ( C130 ) - Hiddellna, Ratnapura
- Vavuniya (NP41) - No. 366, Kandy Rd., Thekkawaththai, Vavuniya
- Kilinochchi ( K032 ) - Lwa Resources Center, Kandy Rd, Kilinochchi
"Open University Students Unity" to protect students rights.
Studying at OUSL
The distance learning methodology adopted by the OUSL may initially appear as a challenging task to students. In addition to gaining subject knowledge and skills, students develop many other life skills, including, self-organization, and time management. Regular lectures, a feature of face-to-face teaching at a conventional university, is minimal at the OUSL. Instead, students learn through with other forms of support that facilitate learning.
The OUSL adopts a multimedia system for teaching with a strong emphasis on distance learning. The study system supports the students through printed course material, audio visual aids, discussions, day schools, tutor clinics, lab and field works, industry visits, web-based learning, etc. Continuous assessments and final examinations are also integral parts of the study system.
Printed course material is the center element in the study package. Improving reading skills is therefore essential to be successful as an OUSL student. Where applicable, students will also be provided with other supportive material applicable to a course, such as study guides, practical guides, audio visual material, etc. Printed course materials are carefully prepared to suit self study and independent learning. The printed course materials provide the students the subject knowledge of the course. The clearly outline the objectives of the course and what the student will be able to achieve by studying the course. Self-assessment questions and activities included in the course material will enable the learners to continuously assess themselves as they proceed. Printed course materials are normally provided at the time of registration for a programme/course.
Once become a student of the OUSL, student need to be familiar with the OUSL terminology. It is important that student understand these terms clearly and be vigilant of these, since most are related to student's performance in studies.
A Programme of study consists of a combination of compulsory and optional courses, which leads to a certificates, certificate of advanced study, diploma, degree or a postgraduate degree.
A Stand Alone Course is a course which can be considered as a separate entity. These courses can be offered by any person who wishes to upgrade the knowledge in a particular subject area, without registering for a regular programme of study, such as a Degree/Certificate Programme. many courses of the Degree Programmes are offered as Stand Alone Courses.
Continuing education courses are offered for students registered for regular programmes of study who wish to widen their knowledge in areas of their choice These include support courses, such as Mathematics, English, Computer literacy, etc. A student can offer a limited number of continuing education courses, over and above the maximum workload allowed during an academic year.
Foundation Courses in Science are courses offered for those who lack academic qualifications equivalent to that of G.C.E Advanced Level in Sri Lanka. Thus, these are particularly suited for students who lack direct entry requirements for the Degree Programme.
Programmes as well as courses carry a credit rating. The 'Credit Rating' is the expression used in the OUSL to denote the "Academic value" of a course/programme. Please note that the word credit does not imply any measure of academic performance at an examination such as Credit Pass at G.C.E O/L or A/L Examination. The Credit rating gives a measure of the time expected to be spent on studying the course. At the OUSL, one credit is about 45 hours of study time. The time specified for a course involved, including reading and understanding course material, face-to-face sessions, continuous assessments, final examinations, consultation of reference materials, practical classes, etc.
The credit rating of a programme increases progressively, with Certificates usually being 36 credits, a Diploma 90 credits and Undergraduate Degrees comprising 150 0r 177 credits, depending on whether degree is a three or four-year programme.
The credit rating of courses also vary. The minimum credit rating of courses presently offered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences is 3. Average total time expected to be spent on a 3 credit course is around 135 hours. In actual study time, this would mean a student is expected to spend 5 hours per week on average, for a 3 credit course that is offered during one year (30 weeks ).
The maximum workload a student may undertake in an academic year is 45 credits. A student may register for a maximum of 2 programmes in the OUSL. However, both programmes should be 45 credits, This corresponds approximately to the workload undertaken in an academic year by a full-time student in conventional university. Many students, who are either employed or with other commitments find it difficult to spend this much of time for their studies and handle this full workload. Students are therefore strongly advised not to register for more than 27 credits especially in their first year of study.
Each course offered by the university is assigned a course code. This code includes certain components of identification that uniquely identifies the course. The particular subject area/discipline is one component of identification used when assigning course codes. The course code also informs the Program of Study for which the course is offered and the level of study at which it is offered. Courses for undergraduate degrees are offered at Levels 3,4,5, and 6, whilst Courses in Foundation are offered at Level 2. In assigning course codes, the program of study is identified by a letter and the level of study is by a digit.
Incorporating all of the above components, each course is assigned a course code consisting of 7 alphanumeric characters. The first three letters indicate the area of discipline and the program of study. The first digit reflects the level of study, the second digit multiplied by 3 will give the credit rating. the last two digits give a unique serial number for the course.
Support for Learning through Personal Tutors
Each student is assigned a personal tutor/counselor during the pre-registration orientation sessions of some programs. The Personal Tutor will guide the students and provide greater awareness about the university, the study system and other particulars regarding the program of study.
Students are also reminded that it is mandatory to get the registration forms certified by the Personal Tutor before coming for registration.
Day Schools are interactive sessions where the student will get the opportunity to meet the respective course teachers to clarify any difficulty they come across in their study material. Attendance at day schools is not compulsory. However, attending a day school well prepared will immensely help students perform well in the courses. Day schools are held almost at all Regional Centers and the students have the option of attending a Day school held at a center of their choice.
Tutor clinics are normally held just before the end of semester final exams as an additional help for students preparing for final exams.
Online Support & MyOUSL
In order to give the students additional help and also to familiarize them with modern learning trends and tools, some courses are supplemented with an online component. The online activities could be accessed from home or from the National Online Distance Education Service Access Centers (NAC centers) located at centers specified in Regional centers. Once the student register for a course with an online component, student will be further advised on how to access and use it.
Through MyOUSL, the link , students may access online moodle courses, personal details, timetables, payment details, submit final exam applications, etc..
The university has the entire idea of Open and Distant Learning system. And surely Online Support and MyOUSL is very helpful for the students.
The OUSL operates a network of libraries comprising the main library at Central Campus, Nawala and 5 other main regional centers. In addition, there are small libraries in each of the Study Centers. The Main library is open for students from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm on each day including week-ends except Full Moon Poya Days and University holidays. The regional center libraries are open during working hours each day, except on Sundays and Mondays.
The main library is well equipped with a substantial collection of books in a wide variety of subjects and many foreign and local journals. The main library is also operates a fully equipped Audio Visual Resource Center (AVRC) with a substantial collection of videos, audios, to supplement print material. The AVRC provides internet facilities for study purposes of students.
In-house photocopying facilities are also available at very nominal rates for the convenience of all library users. The facility of getting inter-library loan of books, journals, and video films is also available. The library has copies of past examination papers, which are also available on the University website. Students are advised to read the library information sheets available at all libraries for more details on the facilities provided and how to make use of them.
Financial Assistant through Scholarships and Bursaries
The Open University of Sri Lanka provides a limited number of bursaries administered by the University and Mahapola Scholarships administered under the Mahapola Trust. Both the Bursaries and Scholarships are offered under the two schemes - merit and need. The main criterion for a merit scholarship is the overall student performance at Final Exams. Guidelines for the Bursaries and Mahapola Scholarships and further information are available with the Assistant Registrar of the each Faculty.