The forms of study at Chalmers University of Technology are many and varied, depending on what subject you study. You may have everything from lectures in large groups to individual tuition. Some courses have a large number of scheduled hours whereas for others you will have to study more independently. Below there are some examples of the most common forms of study at Chalmers.
Group projects are a form of study often used in the Swedish education system. In a group project students work together on a task or they find the solution to a problem. Group projects are often examined through written reports and/or oral presentations.
Students who are going to study subjects within natural sciences and technology will certainly encounter laboratory sessions as a form of teaching. In the laboratory session students carry out practical experiments, in groups or individually, on the basis of what has been taught in lectures or lessons. The laboratory sessions are often reported in writing and, as a general rule, they are compulsory.
Lectures are a classical form of teaching often given before a large group of students. During the lecture the teacher highlights important aspects of the required reading.
The lesson is similar to the lecture but it is normally conducted in smaller groups and provides a greater opportunity for discussion in detail with the lecturer and consideration of the required reading material.
Seminars are a form of teaching where students and their teacher carry out a group discussion on a certain topic or book. This form of learning is based to a great extent on the active participation of those present.
When you work on projects or on your Master’s thesis you are often provided with supervision from a professor or a lecturer. A supervisor will support you and guide you through problems that may occur during your project/thesis. Supervision is usually conducted individually or in small groups. Typical tasks that you can get help with are: oral presentations, planning or designing your thesis, conducting a study etc.
After each course or part of a course your knowledge is tested. The most common form of examination is the written exam, but other forms, such as the oral examination, project work, laboratory session or essay writing, are also used. You will receive information about examination and grading at the beginning of each course.
The most common grading scale at Chalmers is one to five, where five is the highest grade. You will need at least three in order to pass an exam. On some courses you can only be awarded “fail” or “pass”. If you do not manage to pass an exam on the first attempt, you will have several opportunities for re-sit examinations. In some cases you might be able to gather the credits needed through other forms of examination.
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