Basic notions and definitions: Each academic year is divided into the fall semester and the spring semester. The courses of the curriculum are divided into oblicatory courses and electives and are allocated to eight (8) semesters. Courses of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th semesters of the indicative curriculum are taught during the fall semester. Courses of the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th semesters of the respective curriculum are taught during the spring semester
The training of the students of the School of Pharmacy is achieved through lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises.
a. Oblicatory courses
The required courses are those which are compulsory for all the students of the School of Pharmacy to take and to be successfully examined in.
Attendance of the lectures of the courses constitutes a purely academic obligation of the student, that is to say it is not compulsory and there is no system of absence registration. Nevertheless, the regular attendance of the lectures is absolutely advisable for the correct theoretical training of the student. Only this direct contact with the teacher can lead to the accurate knowledge of the subject matter of each course.
Examinations are conducted by the teacher (or the teachers) at the end of the semester on specified material. The examinations can be written or oral. Courses are graded on a scale from zero to ten (0-10), without use of fractional parts and with five being the standard passing grade.
The electives are the courses a student can choose from a list in order to achieve the necessary number of courses and the minimum number of credit hours, which are required for the degree in Pharmacy. The student is free to select these courses according to his/her personal interests.
Elective course examinations, grading and credit hour numbers follow the same rules as the required courses (see part a, above). In case of failure, the student can re-enroll to the elective course and to attend it in a future semester or to enroll to another elective course instead.
c. Laboratory Exercises
Many of the required or elective courses are accompanied by training sessions for the students in premises specially equipped with instruments and devices (Laboratories). The content of these laboratory exercises is related to the content of the course itself or to a relevant course of a previous semester.
The practice of the students into laboratories is compulsory, and for practical reasons (limited number of places in comparison to the total number of students that have to practice) the participation to the laboratory sessions takes place on a specific period of time.
The obligations of the student in the laboratory end when he/she has successfully completed all the exercises expected by the curriculum of each laboratory. In case of absence or failure, the exercises are performed or repeated after consultation with the laboratory’s manager, during a future laboratory period or during the same period, provided that this is possible.
During the laboratory exercises the students are graded. Each laboratory, according to its particularities, determines the way of calculation of the respective grade in practical exercises.
In general, the grade in practice is determined on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:
1. The performance, the active participation and the dexterity of the student, the successful execution of exercises, as well as the quality and completeness of the laboratory reports.
2. The result of the improvised written or oral examinations on subjects that usually concern the exercise of the day or the content of the already performed exercises.
3. The result of the practical written or oral examinations, on a pre-determined subject matter, in which the student participates only after the successful accomplishment of all the anticipated laboratory exercises.
The tutorial exercises or tutorial courses, are not self-contained courses; rather, they constitute an integral part of many required and elective courses. The tutorials can be taking place within the context of the laboratory exercises (laboratory tutorial courses) during hours determined by each laboratory, according to its particularities. The attendance of the lecture tutorial courses is particularly useful but it is still just an academic obligation of each student. On the contrary, the attendance of the laboratory tutorial courses is compulsory because it is directly related to subjects of practical manipulations and laboratory safety.
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