Credit assignment LOT Winter School

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.

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 EC, 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. This amount can be topped up by writing a paper (2 EC) for one of the LOT courses. When the coursework for all 4 courses is adequate, and the paper is succesful, the student will receive a certificate for 5 EC.

Requirements for writing a paper:

Whether or not a student has the option or obligation to write a paper differs per university, so please ask your local coordinator. For those universities who require their students to write a paper, it should be noted that students can only choose a LOT-affiliated teacher as their supervisor (not one of the international or other non-LOT teachers).

The student needs to contact the supervising teacher during the LOT school, who has to agree on the content and set-up of the paper. The deadline for submitting a paper is set at 4 weeks after the end of the LOT school. Papers must be sent directly to the supervising lecturer. The lecturer then has 2 weeks to assess the work, and informs the LOT office of the outcome (pass/fail). If the paper fails, there is no possibility for the student to revise and resubmit. If the paper passes, the LOT office sends a certificate for 2 EC to the student for writing the paper. It is the student’s responsibility to have the credits signed off by their home university.