Attendance and exams

Lectures

Course lessons are organised by semesters over the course of 12 weeks and vary in length on the basis of their credit value. Generally, a 6 ECTS module is based on 48 lesson hours, 9 ECTS modules last 72 hours and 12 ECTS modules 96 hours. When the lesson timetables are published, you can decide which classes to attend. Each course has its own online bulletin board where the professor provides information on the course programme, textbooks, exam dates and other news.

  Attendance

Although not formally mandatory, attendance at courses is highly recommended because it is a fundamental educational activity to acquire the knowledge indicated in the learning outcomes. It is especially significant Master’s degree programmes in which reading textbooks is not enough to acquire the required skills. Even from a regulatory point of view, attendance is considered part of the work-hours necessary to obtain ECTS credits.
The Didactic Area Committees encourage professors to undertake activities that promote and increase attendance. For anyone with serious issues unable to attend courses, professors should provide appropriate material to complete the education as best as possible.
The only module with mandatory attendance is the Thesis and Job Orientation Laboratory.

Timetables and online notice boards
If you need information about the Master’s Programme courses or the lectures timetables, you can visit the online notice boards on the website of the CORIS Department.

Elective modules

All Master’s degree programmes include 9 credits of elective activities.
These activities consist of exams related to elective modules of the department, faculty or other faculties at Sapienza. University seminars or external training courses are not valid to obtain these credits. To register for elective exams, students must follow the same procedures as for other exams. Grades of elective exams are valid and affect students’ grade average.
Students may choose exams both from the Sapienza Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes.

Exams
Exams aim to assess student knowledge. Each professor may decide the type of exam he or she prefers, but the Didactic Area Committees encourage the use of oral exams or written essays, rather than multiplechoice tests. Professors may also choose to use auxiliary tests such as mid-term exams, self-assessment examinations, term papers and other certified work.
Exams, which are necessary to obtain course credits, are based on a 30-point assessment scale. Marks from 0 to 17 are considered failing, 18 to 30 are considered as passing, where 18/30 is the lowest possible passing grade and 30/30 the highest. A 30 cum laude grade means that the exam has been passed excellently and the student receives honours. Exams only take place during specific periods that are set by the academic calendar. Various exam dates will be available throughout the year for each course. Students are free to decide when to take the exam.
About a month before the beginning of the exam session, each professor will post the exact exam dates on the online bulletin board for the course, opening student registrations for the exam on InfoStud.
In order to submit a graduation application within the deadlines established by the Student Office, students about to graduate may take exams at the dates available in the academic calendar. This is to allow students to obtain the 96% of the credits necessary to submit the application and to take their last exams at least 20 days prior to the graduation session.

Additional exams
In addition to regular exams, students may take up to 2 extra modules per academic year, for a total of 4 modules during the biennium. Students will not obtain credits for these exams, which will not affect their grade average, but these modules will be added to their academic transcript. Students may choose courses from their own Degree programme or from any other Master’s programmes at Sapienza.
In order to take additional exams, first-year master’s students must first obtain at least 6 credits, while second-year students are required to have 36 credits. Students who intend to take additional exams must submit the specific application to the Segreteria Didattica.
If other Faculties manage the selected courses, students should hand in their applications at least one month before the beginning of the exam session in which they attend to participate.

Taking exams a year in advance
Students that have taken all their first year exams may take two exams for the following year in advance. However, they must be authorised by the Head of the Didactic Area. The necessary application forms are available at the Segreteria Didattica.

Elective modules
All Master’s degree programmes include 9 credits of elective activities.
These activities consist of exams related to elective modules of the department, faculty or other faculties at Sapienza. University seminars or external training courses are not valid to obtain these credits. To register for elective exams, students must follow the same procedures as for other exams. Grades of elective exams are valid and affect students’ grade average.
Students may choose exams both from the Sapienza Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes.

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