Guidelines Msc in Sustainable Architecture
When you’re responsible for a course:
Each semester, a ’bemanningsplan’ (staff plan) is made for all courses and teachers involved. You’ll receive a first draft with which you most likely are not satisfied.
As course responsible, you should
- Propose to the Department and MSc head which teachers you’d like to include, for how many hours, and for which activities
- Propose a redistribution of the hours across these teachers, within the budget assigned to this course by the Faculty
- Make an agreement with each teacher on their involvement in the course
During the semester, make sure each teacher sends you a list of hours spent on the course, filled out in the template for MSc in Sustainable Architecture. Otherwise you have no chance of sticking to the budget.
Schedule regular teachers’ meetings to ensure everyone is working towards the same goal and learning outcomes, is aware of shared responsibilities and task distribution, and can give feedback on experiences.
Information to course students
Updated information should be posted on it’s:learning, and updated regularly. Make sure you also use the calendar function.
Add all course teachers to it’s:learning, including Therese and Annemie. Add also Astrid Waage, Jorun Schanke Olsen and Carina Leimbrock as guests; they often get questions from students about ongoing activities, and need to be able to access the system to give this information.
Public information should be posted on Wiki and www.sustainablearchitecture.no , to disseminate information regarding our activities.
Before the start of the semester, make sure you distribute the following information to students, teachers and external contributors:
- Calendar for all activities in the course, including lectures, guidance, excursion etc
- Content, time, location and responsible for all these activities
- Project assignment including deliverables and evaluation criteria
- Calendar for exams and mid-term presentations
During the semester, make sure you discuss the learning outcomes regularly with the students, so they know what to expect. Discuss also how the various activities you planned will contribute to achieving these learning outcomes. Post the learning outcomes on it’s:learning so everyone is aware of them at all times.
Reference students / reports
It’s a good idea to have class meetings for example once per month, or every other week (1 hour). Students may not always take the initiative to tell you when something’s wrong, until it’s too late. Scheduling these meetings can help to create an open dialogue.
Not all students will want to speak freely during a class meeting, though. In order to get feedback from students who prefer to stay quiet during class meetings, you should have 2-3 reference students.
Each course should have 2-3 reference students, who can ask each student for feedback on the course, and report to you on student feedback during the beginning, middle and end of the semester. The Faculty will ask you for their names, and will send them a guidance document.
At the end of the semester, the reference students should produce a feedback report on the course. As the responsible course teacher, you will be asked to do the same.
Additional help for this evaluation can be provided by posting a survey on it’s:learning, where you ask students for feedback on each activity throughout the semester. If you encourage the students to do this from the start of the semester, you have a better chance of creating a routine.
Exams / External Review
- Written exams will receive a fixed date from NTNU
- Essays and project presentations can be decided by the teacher group
- All teachers involved in guidance should be part of the grading discussion, together with the external reviewer
- You can choose who will be the external reviewer for a course, but that person cannot be NTNU staff. The person also has to be approved by the Faculty (the Faculty has a list of approved experts, which is updated very few years).
- The external reviewer shouldn’t have any contact with the students during the semester, not even during mid-term presentations. Only for the final presentations, the external reviewer can be present.
- Grades should be given maximum three weeks after the exam / final presentation. They are to be filled out on a template provided by NTNU.
- C is an average grade, though no student will be pleased with it. While grading, though, please use NTNU guidelines for grading A-B-D-etc.
The external reviewer will not have access to it’s:learning. Exams and projects should be posted on wiki and the link sent to the external reviewer.