This is an academic term that means that something, like a lecture, begins a quarter past the scheduled time. If the schedule says 9:00, it actually means 9:15. This tradition originates from a time when it was unusual for students to have their own watches. Instead, they relied on the church bells to keep track of time. When the bells rang every full hour, students expected to make it to the class within 15 minutes, so the lesson would start fifteen minutes past the hour.
The academic quarter applies to many of the University's courses, but always ask your teacher about the specific policy!
A person who has previously studied at the University. The word alumnus is Latin and means student or protege. At the University of Gothenburg, there is an alumni network for all former students. By maintaining contact with the University, you can access all the new knowledge that research continually generates, continue your lifelong learning, and develop valuable collaborations.
A campus is a larger area where parts of the university are located.
Courses are the building blocks of the education and can vary in scope. Most courses range from 7.5 to 30 university credits. A course can be part of an educational programme or taken as a freestanding course.
Course syllabuses is an educational tool for teachers and students, serving as the foundation for how the studies will be conducted. I describes the central elements of a course, such as the learning outcomes and central content, teaching methods, forms of assessment and grading scales and main field of study. You should have access to your syllabus no later than two weeks before the course starts.
The extent of what you study at the University level is measured in credits (in Swedish Högskolepoäng, hp). University credits are not comparable to high school credits.
A full semester of full-time studies is equivalent to 30 credits. The semester is divided into four periods (quarters), each corresponding to 7.5 university credits. If you study full-time for one year (two semesters), you can earn 60 university credits. This way, you can achieve a bachelor's degree (180 university credits) in three years and a master's degree (180+120=300 university credits) in a total of five years.
The Dean is the Chair of the Faculty Boar, and is under, and reports to, the Vice-Chancellor.
A degree is evidence that you have acquired knowledge up to a certain level. When you have completed your studies and want to receive your degree certificate, you must apply for the degree yourself.
A degree project is an independent work that you carry out under the supervision of a teacher/researcher. You conduct your project either within the program you are studying or as a freestanding course, leading to a Bachelor's, professional, or Master's degree. A programme leading to a degree always contains one course that is a degree project. The degree project is sometimes referred to as an exjobb.
The University’s Departments form the base for the University’s educational, research, and cooperation/outreach activities.At the departments, education and/r research is conducted within one or more subject areas.
See Public defence of doctoral thesis.
A person who is studying at the third-cycle (doctoral) level.
Head of Department (prefekt)
The Head of Department (in Swedish Prefekt) is the department manager, and represents the department both within and outside the University. The Head of Department serves under, and reports to, the Dean. A Head of Department shall have scholarly or artistic competence.
A faculty brings together related subjects in education and research. Each faculty has departments responsible for education in specific subjects. The Faculties are of central importance for ensuring and developing quality, as well as for coordinating resources within the respective Faculty’s area of activity.
See Credit points.
A lecture is the classic form of university teaching. It takes place in larger groups, sometimes with several hundred students. During a lecture, the teacher covers important aspects of the course section being discussed and provides commentary and additional information to supplement the course literature.
A kind of seminar where a thesis or degree project is publicly discusses and examined before being graded. Usually, the opposition takes place in a small group. All participants are expected to take part in the discussions, but often, you have been given a text to review more carefully to provide feedback and ask questions.
See Head of Department.
A programme syllabus should be available for each programme and includes the programme's purpose, entry requirements, higher education qualification(s) and main field of study, learning outcomes, which courses are included in the programme, and structure.
Public defence of doctoral thesis
The occasion when a doctoral student presents and publicly defends their doctoral thesis.
A seminar is usually mandatory and typically takes place in small groups with a teacher. Your teacher will provide instructions on how to prepare for the seminar, which may involve reading specific course literature or writing a summary to be submitted. You are normally expected to be active during the seminar by participating with your thoughts and analyses. It is common for projects and theses to be presented during seminars.
See Course syllabus or Programme syllabus.
Transcript of records
A document that shows the credits you have earned, the grade you received, and the date the course was completed.