Teaching and lectures

How to “survive” the first semester?


A semester is a part of the academic year when the courses take part. The academic year is divided into two semesters: the first semester (September to December) and second semester (February to May).

It is important at the beginning of the year (around 15 September) to check the schedule of classes at the E-learning platform. You will need to check which days your lectures are taking part and you need to visit them regularly. Follow the instructions of your professor, work on project activities, prepare your paper.

Follow the terms for midterm exams and prepare well. Consult the course teacher or teaching assistant if you need.


Schedule of activities


Students from every study programme usually have lectures 2 to 3 days per week, which is practical for those students who travel. The lectures are held according to the following scheme:

First semester
six weeks of lectures (mid-September to end October)
a preparatory midterm exam week
a midterm exam week (early November)
six weeks of lectures (mid-November to mid-December)
a preparatory midterm exam week
a midterm exam week (end December)

Second semester
six weeks of lectures (mid-February to mid-March)
a preparatory midterm exam week
a midterm exam week (end of March)
six weeks of lectures (beginning of April to mid-May)
a preparatory midterm exam week
a midterm exam week (end of May).


Lectures


The lectures are held in Bitola and in Sveti Nikole.  Every student attends the classes depending where he or she is enrolled. The schedule of lectures is adjusted for students who travel, so our students have lectures 2 to 3 days a week.

The exact schedule is published one week before the beginning of the lectures and will be available for all the students at e-learning service on our web page. In the meantime you can check the Academic calendar, where all the general terms for the courses and course exams are given.


Taking the midterm exams


In order to be able to take the the midterm exams the student needs to be enrolled as a full-time student. The part-time students are not obliged to attend classes and don’t have the right to take midterm exams – they only take the final exams. The midterm exams are tests of knowledge which are conducted twice during a semester:

  • first midterm exam – in the middle of the semester, i.e. after the first 6 weeks of lectures, only for the material studied during those 6 weeks
  • second midterm exam – at the end of the semester, i.e. after the second 6 weeks of lectures, only for the material studied during those 6 weeks

To be able to take the second midterm exam it is mandatory for the student to have passed the first midterm exam. The students that didn’t pass one of the midterm exams or both midterm exams need to take a final exam for the course.

But, if students pass the exams for both midterm exams they usually are not obliged to take the final exam. However, this may vary from course to course.

The dates for the midterm exams are posted on the E-learning platform, or the students are notified by their professor during the lectures.


Final exam sessions


During the first academic year there are 4 final exam sessions from which two are regular and two additional.

The first regular session is in January and students take the final exams of the courses they attended in the winter semester. Provided the student doesn’t pass the exams, the same exams can be taken in the April’s (additional) session. For taking the final exams in the additional session the students don’t pay penalties.

The second regular session is in June and students take the final exams of the courses they attended in the spring semester. Provided the student doesn’t pass the exams, the same exams can be taken in the September’s session also without paying penalties.


Signing up for exams


Before the final exam session, regardless if the students have passed the two midterm exams, the students have to register online for the final exams they want to take. The results from the exams will be posted on the e-learning platform immediately after the professor publishes them. The same results will be published in the student’s online record book – the e-index platform.

Signing up for the exams costs MKD 10. However, if students miss the deadlines and apply late, a one-time fine of MKD 500 and an additional penalty of MKD 100 for each exam will be applied.


Internship


All students of the ISU have practical classes during their study, which are organized in collaboration with many institutions and companies in North Macedonia.

During the summer holidays, students have independent practical work and they choose a company or institution where they want to realize it. They can choose any of the institutions with which the University has an agreement or institution of their choice.

The internship is free and the only cost arises on buying a Internship journal (annually) which costs MKD 100.


Assessment of full-time students


Students of the faculty can enroll as full-time or part-time students, and the status of the student has a different meaning from several aspects.

Full-time students are obliged to attend regular classes (lectures) in all courses and only they have the opportunity to take the 2 midterm exams.

The formation of final assessment on any course is earned through a set of points scored by midterm exams, points by attendance, points by additional activities, term papers, etc… The establishment of an assessment of the courses for full-time students is determined by the following principle:

The assessment process is based on the points earned throughout the semester.

First midterm exam (40 points)
+ Second midterm exam (40 points)
+ term paper (10 points)
+ Additional Activities (10 points)
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Maximum points = 100

The grading scale is given below:

Grade 6: 51-60 поени
Grade 7: 61-70 points
Grade 8: 71-80 points
Grade 9: 81-90 points
Grade 10: 91-100 points


Assessment of part-time students


If students are employed or otherwise prevented from attending the lectures, they enroll as part-time students and are obliged to take exams in regular or additional final exam sessions in the semester. The formation of the final assessment for part-time students is determined by the following principle:

  Exam (80 points)
+ Independent project activity /term paper/ other (20 points)
__________________________________
Maximum points = 100

The grading scale is given below:

Grade 6: 51-60 points
Grade 7: 61-70 points
Grade 8: 71-80 points
Grade 9: 81-90 points
Grade 10: 91-100 points


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