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Course syllabus

Published: 12 November 2012

Legal Status of the Course Syllabus

There must be a syllabus for each course. The course syllabus is a statutory and legally binding regulation adopted by the university.  Both university staff (for example teachers and course examinators) and students are required by law to follow it.

Restrictions on Test Occasions

Any limitations on examination opportunities or internship periods must be clearly stated in the syllabus.

Transitional Provisions

In connection with decisions on changes to the syllabus or the closure of a course, decisions must also be made with transitional provisions.

Course Content

In the syllabus, the following must be stated: the level of the course, number of higher education credits, goals, requirements for special eligibility, the forms for assessing the students' achievements and the other needed regulations.

In the syllabuses at Luleå University of Technology, the following must also be stated:

  • the title of the course
  • main content of the course and implementation
  • the course's grading system
  • different parts of the course (modules)
  • whether there is a limited number of occasions for exams and internships or equivalent
  • when the syllabus or revision of the syllabus begins to apply as well as transitional provisions
  • course literature
  • the examiner for the course
  • the possibility of adapted or alternative examination form, if necessary, when decisions on special educational support exists

Overlapping Courses

Overlapping courses will not be included in the degree. It should be clear from the syllabus when two courses have essentially the same content, ie overlapping courses. In case of uncertainty regarding the content of similar courses, the student should contact the relevant examiner.

Establishment of Syllabus

The Head of Department decides on the establishment of a syllabus. The Head of Department can delegate the right to make decisions to the Head of the Education for the department.

Course plans for free-standing courses and educational plans for programmes should be established and available to the students no later than the day the course or programme opens for registration. Changes regarding course content and course literature for courses in programmes can be admitted if, for quality reasons, there is a need to revise the course. In such cases, such revisions must be made no later than eight weeks before the start of the course. In cases where changes to courses within a program become relevant, changes to regulations regarding eligibility and selection may also have to be determined. Revisions to the syllabuses' regulations may need to be determined and made available to the students in good time, meaning earlier than eight weeks before the course starts. The issue of good time may be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Course Literature

The course syllabus must contain compulsory course literature and any reference literature. If less than half of a course book is used in the course, this should be stated in the list of literature. All course literature must be available in the university library, electronically or in paper form.

A complete list of literature must be available no later than ten weeks before the start of the course, in order to give the students the opportunity to acquire the literature before the first lesson. After the course has started, the course literature may only be changed after consultation with the course participants. Exceptions can be made for repertoire list in artistic programmes.

Course Literature for those with Disabilities

It is the student's responsibility to inform the examiner in good time if there is any disability that causes reading and writing difficulties. The examiner must take into account that it may take eight weeks to have the course literature recorded as an audiobook for students who, due to disability, are in need of literature in another media format.