Credit assignment to Research Master students and PhD candidates

Abbreviations: RM = Research Master, RM1 = First year Research Master = with less than 2 semesters of RM education; RM2 = Second year Research Master = with minimally 2 semesters of RM education; EC = credits according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

Regular courses and RM1 courses

The LOT winter schools offer two types of courses: (A) courses specifically designed for first year RM students (RM1 courses), and (B) regular courses. The RM1 courses involve more homework and assignments. The regular courses are open for everyone except RM1 students. During their studies, RM students can earn 10 ects by participating in both types of courses, typically by doing a one-week winter school with RM1 courses and a two-week school with regular courses.

RM1 courses

For first year students participating in RM1 courses:

Students can earn 5 ECTS by participating in two RM1 courses. 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. 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. The course assistants keep track of submission of the preparatory assignment. 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 also collected at the institutional level, and sent to the contactperson for the RM Linguistics programme at each university. The credits are to be signed off by the student’s home university towards the completion of the MA degree.

The six RM1 courses are distributed over the two weeks of the LOT winter school. Participants can sign up for a maximum of two RM1 courses per week, and no more than two per school.

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 be placed.

The six RM1 courses are distributed over the two weeks of the LOT winter school. Participants can sign up for a maximum of two RM1 courses per week, and no more than two per school.

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). Participants who do not submit the preparatory assignment, or the homework assigned during the week of the LOT school can be refused entrance to the class, and will not receive any credit.

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 (regular) 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 and other activities organized during the school (poster session). 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. Whether or not a student has the option or the obligation to do this via LOT or locally differs per university, so check with your local coordinator before the school. 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 paper has to have a minimum length of 10 pages. 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.