LOT Winter Schools: credit assignment to Research Master students and PhD candidates

RM1 courses

For first year students participating in RM1 courses:

Students can earn 5 ECTS by participating in two RM1 courses over the period of one week, LOT will send each student a certificate for each RM1 course that has been completed for 2.5 ECTS each. In order to earn this certificate, the student needs to
(i) do the required preparations for the course,
(ii) participate in all five sessions of the course (10 hours),
(iii) do the homework assignments during that week (10 hours),
(iv) complete the final assignment after the course (i+iv=50 hours).

Evaluation will be on a pass/fail basis. In principle, there are no make-up exams for students who failed the class. They will have to make up for missed credits by participating in another class in another LOT school.

Most RM1 classes have a limited number of participants. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Procedure: teachers will get the list of registered students when registration closes. At that point (approximately four weeks before the start of the school), they will send the preparatory assignment to the students via e-mail. Students hand in this assignment on day 1 of the course. During the week, teachers provide the students with homework assignments. Teachers check/discuss these in class. The course assistants keeps track of presence. On Friday, the teacher distributes the final assignment. The deadline for handing in the final assignment by the student is four weeks after the end of the class. Students send their assignments directly to the teacher. Teachers then have two weeks to grade the final assignment. Teachers send their evaluations to LOT. At most 8 weeks after the end of the class, the students who passed will receive their LOT certificate from the LOT office. The credits are to be signed off by the student’s home university towards the completion of the MA degree.

N.B. The six RM1 courses are distributed over the two weeks of the LOT winter school. Students are free to choose 2 courses in two different weeks, but LOT reimburses travel/accommodation for one week only.

For second year RM students and PhD students participating in RM1 courses:

Most RM1 classes have a limited number of participants. First-year students have priority for these courses, but second year RM students and PhD students can register as well. When they do, they will be automatically placed on a waiting list. When registration closes, LOT will inform them whether they can participate.

Please note: If second year RM students/PhD students participate in RM1 courses, they should follow the rules outlined above for first year students in order to earn a 2.5 ECTS certificate. It is not possible to take the RM1 courses as a regular course (see below).

Regular courses

For second year RM students and PhD students participating in regular courses:

LOT and the institutes participating in LOT agreed that Research Master Students (who have completed their first year of study) can earn 5 ECTS for participation in the LOT school. In order to receive these 5 ECTS, the student must meet the following requirements:

The student should attend four LOT school courses over a period of two weeks. The student should be present at all (normally five) sessions. Course assistants keep track of presence Before the school starts, the student should complete the readings for two of the courses. This preparation will take about one week per course. The student is also encouraged to attend the Schultink lecture. Students receive a LOT certificate of 0.75 ECTS for each class they attend; for four classes this amounts to 3 ECTS.

The student is required to write a paper. The paper has two possible formats: - The student writes one full paper of around 20 pages on a topic related to one of the four courses that he/she attended. Or: - The student writes two reflection papers of around 10 pages on a topic related to the literature and the lectures of two of the four courses that he/she attended. These credits are to be signed off by the student’s home university.

Procedure for students who want to write a paper for a class:
During the LOT school, the student discusses the topic and content of the paper(s) with a lecturer. If the student aims to write a full research paper (20 pages), the student and the lecturer must agree on the proposed topic.
Please note: only lecturer affiliated to one of the LOT institutes can grade a paper. Lecturers not affiliated to a LOT institute should not be asked to supervise papers.

The deadline for submitting a paper is set at four weeks after the end of the LOT school. Papers must be sent directly to the supervising lecturer. The lecturer then has two weeks to assess the work, and informs LOT of the outcome. At most eight weeks after the school, LOT sends a certificate for 2 ECTS to the student for writing a paper for a course. These credits are to be signed off by the student’s home university.