Time structure of studies
The study in the Department lasts 8 semesters. Each semester includes at least thirteen (13) full weeks of teaching, covering the minimum number of credits required. In the first two years of study, students are taught eighteen courses, which mainly cover basic economic theory and quantitative analysis, as well as business economics. The studies in the first years aim at an in-depth understanding of the cognitive subject, as well as the preparation for the choice of field in the third year.
Courses do not take place:
- from Christmas Eve until the day after Epiphany (Christmas holidays)
- from Tyrophagous Thursday until the day after Shrove Monday (Carnival holidays)
- from Holy Monday to St. Thomas Sunday (Easter holiday)
- on the day of the general student elections
- on the day of the rector elections
Also, classes are not held during the following holidays:
- national holiday of 28 October
- Anniversary of the liberation of Kastoria: Thursday, November 11, 2021
- Anniversary of the Polytechnic, November 17
- Feast of the Three Hierarchs, January 30
- national anniversary of 25 March
- May 1st
- of the Holy Spirit
The months of July and August are defined as the period of summer holidays.
At the beginning of the semester, students fill in the electronic application that contains the courses of the study program, which they wish to attend the specific academic semester.
The number of courses is determined by the Department, which decides on any overdue applications.
Examination can be performed only in a course that has been declared, according to the above, during the specific semester.
Students who have not made an electronic application within the dates announced by the secretariat, have no right to be examined in any course for the specific semester.
The teaching of the courses of the undergraduate study program is done according to the timetable prepared by the Secretariat of the Department, under the responsibility of its President, so that the flow of the educational process is as continuous as possible.
The timetable includes the distribution of the teaching hours of the courses within five working days of the week, the teachers and the classrooms and is announced by the Secretariat in time.
Attending courses, tutorials, exercises, workshops, etc. on behalf of the students according to the timetable and the Study Guide of the Department. Students can use the laboratory facilities, libraries, reading rooms and other equipment of the Department, according to the decisions of the Department.
Attendance at seminars, workshops and tutoring courses may be mandatory for students, by decision of the instructor or the General Assembly of the Department.
In the courses the teacher can identify the special needs of the students (type of research work, presence during the course, presentations).
Special care is paid to facilitate the attendance of courses by students with special needs and learning difficulties. In order to provide any special facilities, it is necessary to submit in time to the Secretariat of the Department of diagnostic report of learning difficulties that will be issued by the Center for Differential Diagnosis, Diagnosis and Support of Special Educational Needs or a recognized public school. At the written request of the interested party to the Secretariat of the Department, at the beginning of each semester, the teaching staff involved in the courses stated by the student is informed about the learning difficulties he faces and the tried and tested way to facilitate the educational process.
Performance evaluation is based on the final exam, written or oral, after the end of the semester. The way of examination, with the exception of that of students with learning difficulties and grading which must be the same for all students. Examination beyond the predetermined date, or in a way other than the predetermined one, is allowed only at the request of the student due to serious health problems.
Special care is taken for the examination of students with learning difficulties. Following a written request of the interested party, the Department’s General Assembly can determine the way of examination, if it is not clearly defined by the presented special diagnostic report from which is certified and the learning difficulty faced by the student. If the special diagnostic report shows the student's inability to take part in written examinations, he is exempt from any written examinations and is given the opportunity for an oral examination. In this case the examination is done in the same subjects and material as the students who are examined in writing. To facilitate students with learning disabilities, they should be given ample time before the oral exam to study the exam questions, understand them, and take notes, if desired. These notes can be used during the oral examination. In no case are the rough notes included in the final grade. For the participation of a student in a special examination, a written application of the interested party is required for each course.
There are three examination periods:
- January, for winter semester courses,
- June, for the courses of the spring semester and
- September (repetitive), for the courses of the two semesters.
The duration of each examination period is a maximum of four weeks.
The exam schedule for each semester is announced at least two weeks before the exam period. If, for any reason, it is decided to extend the teaching of the semester, it is transferred in parallel. The program for the September period is announced in June.
- Attendance at the final exam of each course after the end of the semester presupposes the active participation in the educational activities that have been declared mandatory by the teacher and there is compatibility with the current legislation.
- In addition to the grade resulting from the final exams provided, the grade point average of each student resulting from additional midterm exams determined by the instructor is optionally established. These tests may be one or more of the following:
- Written and / or oral midterm exams
- Written exercises in the classroom
- Laboratory exercises
- Active participation in working groups.
- The final grade, in addition to the grade of the final exam, will take into account the grade of the other assessment methods with a grade of gravity determined by the Professor.
- In the first week of each semester the Professor posts on the website of the Department or on the e-Class platform the compulsory and optional educational activities and the course evaluation process as well as any other information related to the course.
The Department is responsible for the smooth conduct and supervision of the examinations. During the examination, the instructor of the course is present in the room and as supervisors are used scientific associates, doctoral candidates, postgraduate students, as well as administrative staff of the Department. The conduct of the supervisors must not be offensive to the dignity of the examinees. For the written exams, each Professor sets the minimum and maximum duration. Each day of the exam periods is divided into six two hours starting at 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00 and the beginning of the examination of each course must coincide with one of these hours.
Course performance is assessed by grades given during the exam process. Each course is graded independently in whole units and one decimal place. The grade point average in the student's overall performance is set from zero to ten. Specifically, the transferable points are: "Excellent" from 8.5 to 10, "Very good" from 6.5 to 8.49 and "Good" from 5 to 6.49.
The results of the exams are registered electronically for each student by the Professor within a maximum of four weeks from the exam of the course, and in any case in a reasonable time so as not to hinder the process of registration of courses by students. Students are informed of the degree of the examination by their personal institutional account.
transfers - qualifiers
Those who transfer, or are enrolled in any semester, can recognize courses with the same cognitive content, in which they have achieved a passable grade and this is proven by their detailed grade. The recognition is decided by the General Assembly of the Department, after the suggestion of the competent Professor, who must take into account the suggestion, the ECTS of the course, the teaching material and any other information he deems important for the decision of recognition or not. course. The grade that students receive, in case of recognition of the course, is the same transferable grade as the one indicated in the detailed grade.
For those who have attended international training programs, the program time, credits and the corresponding grade are recognized as actual study time, which is converted into the above-mentioned grading scale.
Degree - degree
34 courses are required to obtain a degree, a total of 240 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). ECTS are credits that are transferred between departments and correspond to the workload of each course. The degree awarded is the 6th level qualifications of the National Qualifications Framework, the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning and the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area.
The degree is determined, as defined by the current provisions for each Department, provided that the student completes the minimum number of credits required to obtain the degree.
Students who have successfully completed their studies, are sworn in before the Rector, or his deputy, and / or the Dean and the President of the Department.
The graduation ceremony in is not a component of the successful completion of the studies, but a necessary condition for the award of the written degree. Prior to the graduation ceremony, graduates may be provided with a relevant certificate for the successful completion of their studies. The certificate of completion of studies is signed by the Secretary of the Department and is stamped with the seal of the Department.
For the graduation ceremony the presence of the graduates is necessary, on dates set by the Dean in consultation with the Presidents of the Departments.