Regulations for Doctoral Studies and Study Regulations

II. Courses and modules

II.1. Courses

7. A course is an organised unit of teaching, studies, and assessment of learning outcomes in a specific field of knowledge. The task of the teaching staff member in charge is to ensure that the learning outcomes, content, methods of learning and teaching, assessment methods and criteria are consistent with one another.

8. Studies are planned in a course for each semester when the course is taught in the version of the course.

9. The course version for the semester is prepared by the teaching staff member in charge and approved by the programme director. The version of a course that is not included in a curriculum is approved by the head of institute, or the vice dean for academic affairs for a faculty course. The version of a course prepared by a non-faculty institution and a support unit is approved by the head of the institution or structural unit with the consent of the Academic Affairs Committee formed by the vice rector for academic affairs.

10. The course information in the semester when it is taught must include the following:

10.1. the title of the course in Estonian and English;

10.2. the course code;

10.3. the name of the teaching staff member in charge and if possible, names of other teaching staff members;

10.4. the workload of the course;

10.5. brief description of the course content in Estonian and English;

10.6. forms of study and their proportion;

10.7. learning outcomes of the course in Estonian and English;

10.8. the grading scale of learning outcomes (differentiated or non-differentiated);

10.9. assessment methods and criteria;

10.10. principles of grading;

10.11. the list of topics discussed;

10.12. the time of communicating assessment results;

10.13. the procedure of taking resits;

10.14. the minimum number of participants for the course to take place;

10.15. a list of compulsory and recommended study materials, if available, or reference to a web address;

10.16. the deadline for the cancellation of registration to the course, which is at least two weeks from the first contact learning session, or another period established for the course, which is not less than 10% of the duration of the contact learning;

10.17. if necessary, other information needed for completing the course.

11. The data listed in subclauses 10.11–10.16 are not provided for practical training, graduation thesis and final exam.

12. If necessary, the course information may show limitations to participation in the course, such as compulsory prerequisite courses, completed curriculum/curricula, level of study, curriculum, the acquired qualification, the maximum number of participants, the form of study and/or the location of study. Within three weeks of the beginning of registration for a course, registration for compulsory courses may be limited based on faculty, institute or college.

13. The course information for courses taught in the next academic year is made public in the Study Information System by the date established in the academic calendar. After approval, information published for the semester can be changed with the consent of students who have registered for the course; such consent must be presented in a format that can be reproduced in writing.

14. If the course code or volume in ECTS changes, a new course must be opened.

15. In the timetable, the following information is entered for each course: course title, volume and code, the name(s) of teaching staff, the time, location and dates (weekday, weeks of study) of contact learning, time of assessment of learning outcomes. In the case of online learning, the time of study is not entered and the location is shown as a web address.

16. The teaching staff member in charge of the course and the programme director are responsible for updating course information and its timely entering in the Study Information System. The programme director is responsible for entering information about contact learning and any changes in it in the Study Information System and communicating the changes to those registered for the courses.