Methodology and Learning Outcomes
FIUC uses ECTS Credits and the Norwegian “studiepoeng” (stp) in order to allocate credits to course units. 1 ECTS credit equals 1 stp. Degree programmes are designed with a load of 30 ECTS credits per semester and 60 ECTS credits per academic year. A Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS credits) is stipulated to six semesters and a Master’s degree (120 ECTS credits) is stipulated to four semesters. ECTS are allocated based on learning outcomes and estimated workload. All courses and programmes of study are designed with specific learning outcomes, a defined curriculum and corresponding assessment tools. Learning outcomes are described as reference points, with the purpose of describing what the typical learner might expect to learn.
In addition to learning outcomes, FIUC has developed grade descriptions specific to each level. All programme and course descriptions are maintained regularly and published on the FIUC website. Credit allocation to course units follows institutional guidelines. All minor changes have to be approved by the Higher Academic Council. Significant changes and new courses must be approved by the Higher Academic Council, the Board and the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).
Assessment and Workload
FIUC operates with two main assessment forms: Written examination and home examination. Some courses offer students a choice between the two. The assessment form dictates how the workload of the course is expressed. Each course has a given number of lectures. 10 ECTS credit courses at the 1000-level have 48 hours of lectures, while most 10 ECTS credit courses at the 1500, 2000 and 2500 -level have 40 hours of lectures. There is a lecture attendance requirement of 70% or above for students opting for home examination as assessment form (see below). The attendance requirement is separate to each course, i.e. students need at least 70% attendance in each course where they intend to write a home examination. In addition to this, some courses may have compulsory assignments such as field trips or tutorials. The syllabus for 10 ECTS credit courses is 770-800 pages. Students opting for a home examination should be prepared to read additional literature pertaining to the topic of the examination.
There is an established procedure for the academic recognition of mobility achievements and thus transfer of credits. Before leaving, students apply for and receive a conditional recognition that guide their course choices. An academic committee is consulted before the conditional recognition is made. Approved courses are included in the learning agreement. Upon return, when transcripts have been obtained and after applying, the recognition is made formal and recorded in the student’s files.
Incoming participants are provided with a transcript upon request as soon as final results are ready, normally within five weeks of the last final exam. A transcript may also be sent directly to their home institution, by request of the student. All students have a permanent record of credits earned at FIUC. Prior to mobility, students shall sign learning agreements as a part of the preparation for mobility. Records include credits transferred from other institutions (national or international) as part of a degree programme.
For more information on academic recognition and credit transfer, please consult our Norwegian site on the topic.