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Educational Process

After having joined the Bologna Charter of European University, DonNU implemented a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students called ECTS (European Credit and Transfer System) which can be described as a system allowing the recalculation of the credits gained at different educational establishments. This is an accumulative system which can operate as part of continuous education.

ECTS credits contain results of all kinds of work and provide a standardized approach to education. One credit corresponds to 36 academic hours. The term/semester comprises 30 credits; the whole academic year accounts for 60 credits.

The accountability units of the students’ study time are as follows:

Academic hour is a minimal accountability unit which is the basis for planning and accounting such kinds of work as lectures, seminars, practical and laboratory classes. The academic hour accounts for 45 minutes. Two academic hours together are called a double-period.

Clock hour is an accountability unit which accounts for 60 minutes and is used for planning and accounting such kinds of work as examinations, pass/fail examinations, tests, research papers, graduation works, internships etc.

Academic day is a part of a study time which does not exceed 9 academic hours.

Academic week is a part of a study time which does not last more than 54 academic hours.

Academic term/semester is a part of a study time; on its completion students take end-of-semester examinations. The duration of an academic term/semester is determined by the curriculum. As a rule, it accounts for 17-18 weeks speaking about the first three years of study:

  • the 1st term/semester lasts from September to January;
  • the 2nd term/semester lasts from February to July.

The terms/semesters may be shorter speaking about the final years of study.

Academic year lasts 10 months. As a rule, it starts on the 1st of September. It contains academic weeks, module and final tests, end-of-semester examinations, days-off, festive days and holidays.

Training course is a completed period of study which takes 1 academic year. The training course includes academic terms/semesters and holidays. The total duration of holidays as for 1 training course (exclusive of the last training course) accounts for no less than 8 weeks. Due to different circumstances the training course of some students may last more than 1 academic year (academic leave, taking the same course once more etc). The terms of study (speaking about a certain training course) are specified in the respective orders.

According to the credit system, the student must comply with a range of demands for a subject to be mastered at a certain level. DonNU has specified the following grading scale:

  • (90-100) — “excellent”
  • (80-89) — “good”
  • (70-79) — “good”
  • (60-69) — “satisfactory”
  • (50-59) — “satisfactory”
  • FX (24-49) — “unsatisfactory”
  • (0-23) — “unsatisfactory”

As a result, if the student has at least 50 points, he/she has got a “credit”, the examination/test is passed.

Students may choose either full-time or part-time study modes.

The educational process comprises such organizational forms as:

  • academic classes (lectures; laboratory, practical, seminar, individual classes; consultations);
  • independent work;
  • practical training;
  • final tests.

The forms of study may be combined.

The chosen forms of study mainly depend on the subject.