After Ukrainian higher education system entered the European educational space DonNU introduced the evaluation of students’ workload in credits ECTS (European Credit Transfer System — European Credit Transfer System) which can be described as a system allowing conversion of credits obtained at different educational establishments. This is an accumulative system which can operate as part of continuous education.
ECTS credits contain results of all types of academic work and provide a standardized approach to the education. The value of credit is 36 academic hours. One semester is equal to 30 credits, and one academic year accounts for 60 credits.
The accountability units of the students’ study time are as follows:
Academic hour — a minimal accountability unit which is the basis for planning and assessment of lectures, seminars, practical training and laboratory classes. One academic hour contains 45 minutes.
Clock hour — an accountability unit which contains 60 minutes. It is used for evaluation of such types of learning activities as control papers, control tests, diploma works, practical activities etc.
Academic day — part of academic time which doesn’t exceed 9 hours.
Academic week — part of academic time which lasts not more than 54 academic hours.
Academic semester — part of academic time which ends with the final semester control tests. The duration of semester is determined by the curriculum. As a rule, it accounts for 17-18 weeks speaking about the first three years of study.
- І semester — from September till January;
- ІІ семестр — from February till July.
On a year of graduation semester may be shorter.
Academic year lasts 10 months. As a rule, it starts on 1st of September. It consists academic weeks, module and final control tests, end-of-semester examinations, days-off, festive days and vacation.
Training course is a completed period of study which takes one academic year. The training course includes academic semesters and vacation. The total duration of vacation as for 1 training course (exclusive of the last training course) is not less than 8 weeks. Due to different circumstances, the training course of some students may last more than one academic year (academic vacation, 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 ECTS system student must fulfill the set of requirements for a subject to be mastered at a certain level. DonNU has specified the following grading scale:
- A (90-100) — “excellent”
- B (80-89) — “good”
- C (70-79) — “good”
- D (60-69) — “satisfactory”
- E (50-59) — “satisfactory”
- FX (24-49) — “fail”
- F (0-23) — “fail”
As a result, if the student has at least 50 points, he/she has got a “credit”, the examination/test is passed.
Education at DonNU is available on a full-time and part-time basis.
The educational process is carried out in the following organizational forms:
- Academic classes (lecture, laboratory class, practical class, seminar, consultation);
- Individual work;
- Practical training;
- Control test.
Different forms of study may be combined. The chosen forms of study mainly depend on the subject.