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Degree and course syllabi

Degree programme syllabus

For each degree programme, there should be a documented degree programme syllabus which regulates the programme. The degree programme is approved by the Education Committee.

In each degree programme the following items of information should be stipulated:

  • the sub-component courses which comprise the degree programme
  • the principal layout of the degree programme and
  • the requirements for pre-requisite knowledge and other conditions over and above basic eligibility which is in force for admissions to the degree programme (specific eligibility requirements).

Each degree programme syllabus should also state the date when the syllabus came into force or when an amendment came into / comes into force together with the provisional  regulations and other directives which are required (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 6 paragraph 17).

The degree programme syllabus should be accessible to the applicant one (1) month before the deadline for applications.

Sub-component course syllabus

A syllabus should be available for all courses. Course syllabuses are approved by the boards of schools.

A course should comprise at least seven and a half (7.5) ECTS. If there are sufficient reasons, the Vice-Chancellor can on recommendation decide on a lower number of points for each sub-component course. Courses which are offered within the framework for commissioned education or Qualified Vocational Training may comprise a minimum of 1.5  ECTS. The title of the course should be translated into English.
 
In the syllabus document the following should be stated:

  • the title of the course
  • whether the course is at undergraduate (Bologna first cycle) or advanced level (postgraduate masters, licentiate and PhD level, Bologna second and third cycles)
  • the total number of ECTS points which the course comprises
  • the course's depth in relation to the degree requirements for bachelors, Swedish magister- and masters degrees.
  • the principal objectives of the course
  • the main contents of the course
  • course literature and other study materials which may be used.
  • requirements for pre-requisite knowledge and other conditions over and above basic eligibility which are in force in order to be admitted to the course (specific eligibility).
  • formats for the assessment of student performance
  • grade boundaries which are in use
  • whether the course is divided up into sub-components and
  • whether the number of examination sittings or work experience placements / equivalent educational periods to be passed is limited.

In the syllabus it should also be stated when the syllabus or syllabus amendment to the syllabus came into force together with the provisional regulations and other directives which are required. (Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 6 paragraph 15).

In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 6 paragraph 22 it is stated that if the total number of examination sittings to reach a pass for a course or part of a course is limited, then the total number of opportunities should be limited to at least five. If a pass result for a course or part of course is made on the basis that a student needs to complete a work experience placement or equivalent with a pass grade, the total number of work placement or equivalent periods should be at least two.

All compulsory components should be stated in the syllabus as well as in the timetable.

In the syllabus it should be stated clearly that a course evaluation will be carried out with the results summarized in accordance with the quality policy of the University.

The syllabus including the literature list should be available at least one (1) month before the last date of application. Syllabi should under these circumstances be approved together with a preliminary literature list. The final version of the literature list should be approved by May 15 at the latest for the forthcoming Autumn term courses and November 15 for the forthcoming Spring term.

In accordance with the decision of the Education Committee in June 2007, the timetable should be finalized at least four weeks before the start of the course.

Division of terms / semesters in the Calendar Year

The division of the calendar year at Halmstad University are into terms / semesters and dates of each term is decided by the Education Committee. The Autumn term starts normally in the week beginning September 1st. A normal academic year is 40 weeks and is the equivalent to 60 ECTS points. More information about the academic calendar.

Updated 2017-12-04