Organisation and Forms of Study
Forms of Study
The full-time study option prepares graduates of secondary schools for their future careers. Classes take place from Monday to Friday.
The so-called combined (part-time) form of studies is intended for those who cannot study full-time due to time constraints. Students attend tutorials – intensive block sessions, mainly on Friday and Saturday for eight days of the semester in total.
The curriculum of both forms of studies is the same. The courses are classified as follows:
- Compulsory courses – these courses are compulsory for all students of the given study program/field of study.
- Compulsory options – these courses shape the student’s expertise. Students have to choose several courses from a list proposed by the university in order to obtain a given amount of credits. They choose their specialisation within the framework of their study program.
- Optional courses – these courses allow students to broaden their specialization. They can either focus on professional experience and choose courses enhancing their practical knowledge and skills usable in practice or on theoretical knowledge and choose courses deepening their expertise and preparing them for the subsequent Master’s degree.
Forms of Teaching
The students may come into contact with the following forms of teaching: lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials (block scheduling), case studies and self-study.
- Lecture – a form of teaching where students are given information essential for further work and activities in seminars or workshops and for a well-done case study. The main aim is to introduce the issue and provide the background for self-study.
- Seminar or Workshop – a form of teaching where students are expected to be active and to participate in the class. The aim is to deepen their knowledge of the thematic areas covered in the lectures and to provide some hands-on experience.
- Tutorial – a form of block scheduling that is not evenly distributed throughout the semester, but takes place in the form of one-time or repeated block sessions scheduled for several hours at a time. An advantage is that since the topics are discussed one after another, the connections among them are easily perceived. Tutorials are the main form of teaching in the combined (part-time) form of studies and serve for the presentation of the subject matter, assignment of course literature, and perhaps for the assignment of essay topics, etc.
- Specialization – a set of compulsory options and optional courses that deepen or enhance students´ knowledge and skills in a particular area.
- Professional Experience – an integral part of education in all years of study. Students gain their professional experience in contractual workplaces of the university or, if approved by the Counselling and Career Centre, in other enterprises and institutions in the region.
Standard Period of Studies
The standard period of studies for the Bachelor’s degree program is three years, divided into six semesters.
The standard period of studies in the subsequent Master’s degree program is two years, divided into four semesters.
The academic year is organised according to the timetable for the particular academic year.