UBT BSc Teaching and Learning Concept
The academic calendar describes study circles by indicating specific dates, containing information on the beginning and end of studies, examination periods, deadlines for registration to courses and final papers/exams. The Academic Calendar is approved every beginning of the year. The academic year lasts 40 weeks and is divided into Fall and Spring semesters (both 14 weeks), two examinations periods (in January and in June) and New Year Holiday. In the middle of each semester there is a week allocated for individual work and taking exams. The normal study load is 30 ECTS per semester. The students must obtain – to retain student status – at least 45 ECTS as a full-time student per academic year. The basic document for the organization of studies is the timetable compiled for one semester. With the help of the timetable, it is possible to guarantee an even distribution of the study load over the whole period of studies.
Teaching: Teaching is provided through interactive lectures, seminars and individual learnings. The common approach is to have a lecture per week and two exercises per courses. Depending on the pedagogical approach certain units may require more directed learning. In many courses students are required to work through a certain amount of compulsory readings, usually 15-20 pages per seminar. In addition, written assignments in the form of 1-2 page reflection paper, 5-7 page essays or up to 15 page research papers must be prepared. Seminar sessions are opportunities for students to discuss in-depth about the topics of the week and receive further feedback on their self-study process. Thus, seminar participation is mandatory. The electronic platform Moodle, makes the professor – student interaction very easy. In this platform, professors can put all the relevant materials for their subject, organize online quizzes, post exam results, send announcements to students and answer students’ questions.
Evaluation: Evaluation is done throughout the semester and is based on team work, individual work, presentations and written exam. All courses are described in the Course Programme and every syllabus describes the main requirements, evaluation methods and compulsory reading. In the last year of studies, students have to prepare a seminar, a project and the Diploma Thesis. Commonly, the written exam weighs 50-60% of the total grade, whereas other activities make the remaining 40-50% of the final grade.