TEACHING AND LEARNING CONCEPTS
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. Independent work also includes teamwork assignments.The share of independent work is about 75% of the total student workload and that includes reading, research work depending on the subjects. The share of active work (lectures and seminars) is also given prominent importance (10-15%).
The learning activities in theoretical component of the course of education are organized to support the subject and the competences the student must explore and develop. Education and study methods comprise a broad range of activities varying between: lectures, student presentations, theoretical exercises and assignments, dialogue-based and discussion-based education, case-based education, training in skills lab, authentic patient/citizen contacts through patient organizations. as well as project-based education including presentation and communication of result and product; counseling in connection with individual and common assignments also including projects; different types of virtual learning facilities; reading and study groups.
The ECTS are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at the institution that is, lectures, practical work, seminars, self-studies –in the library or at home – and examinations or other assessment activities. ECTS credits express a relative value. In ECTS, 60 credits represent the workload of a year of study; normally 30 credits are given for a semester. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 30 hours of students’ workload. Credits are awarded only if the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken. Students must have completed at least 75% of this workload to remain registered for the upcoming academic year.
The students participating in ECTS will receive credits for all academic work, successfully carried out at any of partner institutions and they will be able to transfer these academic credits from one participating institutions to another on the basis of the prior learning agreement. The learning agreement is based on the content of a study program abroad and concluded between the student and the home institution. If the student has successfully completed the study program previously agreed in the learning agreement and returns to the home institution, credit transfer will take place,and the student will continue her/his studies at the home institution without any loss of time or credit. ECTS also enables further study abroad. The transcript of records is particularly useful in this context as it provides a history of the student is academic achievements