Information regarding the coronavirus outbreak

To LTH's students, May 27 2020: Information regarding the exam period in 2020

LTH’s departments conducted around 500 remote exams during the retake period in April, with just over 10 000 students registered for the exams. There has been focused efforts within LTH to provide improved directives and support to departments/teaching staff about how exams can be conducted and what should be kept in mind.

In its information to the departments, LTH has placed great emphasis on ensuring that advance information to those of you who are to take exams is to arrive in good time before the exam, but it is also important that you read through the information that arrives before the exam and actually carry out tests so that everything works before you take the exam.

The departments have often developed different variants for exams depending on the different design of courses. This, of course, places requirements on students to manage different conditions prior to the different exams they are to take. However, to be able to conduct adapted exams for different subjects and levels, we must accept different solutions.

Oral exam/Take-home exam

  • Oral exams are recommended if this is possible, taking into account the number of students.
  • Take-home exams in open-book form are very good from a learning perspective. However, it is not that easy to construct good open-book solutions, particularly for basic courses.

Written exam

  • Have an online exam (e.g. random assignments from an assignment bank) that can provide a grade 3, and then a voluntary oral exam for a grade above the pass standard.
  • Have a certain “against-the-clock” element per assignment, preferably with random assignments (equivalent assignments or just in a different order), but it is very important that the allocated time has been well considered and adapted to how long the assignments actually take to complete.
  • It is OK to use the StiL log in for Canvas as ID. It is not permitted for students to disclose their login details.
  • One recommendation is to divide up invigilated exams with permitted breaks between them (as in the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test). The breaks are to be sufficiently long so as not to cause problems with unnecessary delays.

Extended time

  • It is easiest to give the student extended time only for the last component and/or allow them to start earlier on the first one.
  • It is also possible to give them another equivalent assignment.

Invigilation via Zoom

  • Only streaming is allowed!
  • The application of Zoom used by Nordic universities is not the publicly available service that anyone can use, it is a completely separate installation within NORDUnet. NORDUnet is a consortium between university data networks in the five Nordic countries and includes the Swedish SUNET. The physical installation is wholly within the Nordic countries, as is the cloud service procured as reinforcement. The installation is GDPR-proofed and personal data is stored within the EU. NORDUnet is responsible for the agreement with Zoom and monitors compliance with rules and guidelines. Information about how personal data is managed in Canvas on Lund University's Canvas website.
  • Invigilation can be conducted via Zoom using a smartphone at the same time as the exam is being taken via computer or on paper.
  • Students are to show some form of ID, as usual. If you show your driving licence, you should hold your thumb over the last digits of your personal identity number.
  • The students will see each other in the Zoom room, in the same way that all students see each other in an invigilated exam. This means that there will be a certain view into the student’s home environment, however the images will be very small.
  • If the exam is to be scanned from paper, it is important to have clear instructions in time and that students actually test it in advance.

General conditions

You must be there on time. There is no admittance for late arrivals.

In many cases, you will not have the chance to allot your own time to different components during the exam. The course director is urged to think through how each part is designed. The design cannot be the same, as different courses have different arrangements for the exams and for how different course learning outcomes are to be assessed in relation to e.g. top-up exams and possible bonus points.

Technical problems

Information should be provided by the course director regarding how technical problems are to be addressed. However, in the event of a problem you are to inform the invigilator or course director as soon as possible, while keeping on working, and submit the exam as well as you can. If you lose contact with Zoom, try to log in again. The examiner will subsequently conduct an assessment of whether the exam has been submitted in an approved way. It is possible that the exam has to be retaken (but in this case there is a requirement for good documentation about what went wrong). Another option may be that you are allowed to take a supplementary exam (e.g. oral knowledge test).

You are to contact the course director if you lack equipment for taking the exam in accordance with the guidelines issued by the course director. There is an option for students who do not have computers with sufficient capacity to contact LTH’s reception at the Study Centre, which has access to some 13” laptops for lending purposes (please note: there is only a limited number available).

To LTH's students, April 8 2020

The effect on credits awarded due to cancelled exams in the retake period April 2020 and other changes in courses and the range of courses offered (8 April 2020)

The decision regarding remote teaching applies until further notice, which means that the text below also applies until further notice.

Due to the coronavirus, a number of courses have been cancelled during study period 4 (LP4) 2020, some retakes have been cancelled during the April period and several course components have been moved (or risk being moved) to a later date. When you continue your studies at LTH, this may affect how many credits you have and your eligibility to take some of the courses in subsequent years of a programme. Normally a check is carried out concerning whether you meet the entry requirements for courses and degree projects, and this will continue to take place, however consideration will be given to the effects of cancelled exams and other effects of the coronavirus that have made it difficult for you to complete the courses. It is a good idea to document how your studies have been affected during this spring so that we can take this into account in applications for exemption. In some cases, more extensive exemptions may be appropriate (for a year in a programme for example) particularly prior to the autumn’s courses.

Students who plan to continue their studies at another higher education institution, and therefore need to have completed their studies in the spring of 2020, are to contact their programme management and course director in order to plan how this can be resolved. 

Through the decisions made by LU and LTH, the implementation of degree projects concluding in the spring of 2020 may be enabled for students that have to carry out parts of the work on campus. This applies above all to degree projects that include laboratory components. In order for this to happen the student and supervisor must reach an agreement about this and the dean of LTH is to make a decision on whether it is to be allowed in each specific case.  

To LTH’s students, April 6 2020

Remote teaching has now been ongoing for two weeks and LTH’s teaching staff have been working on transitioning to these forms of teaching.

A number of courses have been cancelled and the components in some courses have been replaced by other components as they could not be conducted remotely. In some cases, components have been pushed forward and will possibly be conducted at the start or end of the summer or in the autumn. Information about this will be communicated by each course coordinator.

LTH has had a general ambition that all exams are to take place in accordance with the set schedule. However, a small number of exams have been cancelled as it has not been possible for the departments to manage the number of exams and the large number of students who have registered for them. Many of LTH’s teaching staff are working on both planning the exams and the adaptation of courses to remote teaching, which means they have a very high workload. It is also important that the departments have time to produce information regarding individual exams so that students know which conditions applies for the different exams. The departments will inform you about which exams are cancelled. Information regarding new dates for these exams will be issued in April-May.  

Information for students

Distance education for all students at Faculty of Engineering - LTH, applies. LTH plans to continue with distance learning, including exams and re-exams, for study period 4. We all have a common responsibility to stay healthy and avoid spreading infection.

Over the pas week, LTH has worked to restructure the learning-process at the university, so that it can proceed and continue on distance.

Students are recommended to study from home.

This applies during study period 4 (March 27)

Please note that changes can occur, please follow the updates on LU as well as this page, with specific infromation from LTH. 

Link to Lund University's information about the coronavirus outbreak

All teaching should now be remote. Work is in progress to create the best possible conditions for this. Working methods vary between courses and also within a course. It is important that you stay informed through contact with the course coordinator and the learning platform chosen by the course coordinator.

Expect your schedule to apply and that most courses proceed as planned.

Public spaces, group rooms and computer rooms are open to students with LU access card, until otherwise announced. This means that those who want, have the opportunity to use these premises for self-study. Lecture halls and classrooms, on the other hand, are closed.

Re-exam period after Easter

Mandatory registration applies and no "plussning" avaliable.

For planning, it is extremely important for LTH and course coordinators to know how many students are planning to undertake the exam for each course. Therefore, deregister as soon as possible if you do not plan to write the exam.

For the re-exam period during Easter, you will not be able to register for "plussning", ie redo an exam to raise your grade.

For the re-exam period, mandatory examination registration applies, that is, only those who are registered can take the re-exam.

Right now, we are working intensively to develop methods for the re-exams in April. More information will be available shortly, either here or directly from the course coordinator.

Extended marking period of exams for study period 3 and study period 4

As the exams for study period 3 were partly carried out remotly and the institutions are now switching to distance education, the marking of the exams will take slightly longer than usual.

Degree project in the spring

All supervision of degree projects must be done remotely.

Degree projects that require resources on campus (labs, workshops, etc.) can, for the time being, be carried out as planned if you as a student want to - provided that it can be done without risk of infection. This means, for example, that practical work should be carried out in very small groups. Supervisors together with the head of department are responsible for making a risk assessment.

If you as a student want, or if the risks are considered too great, the task should be reformulated so that you can complete the work remotely.

Degree and graduate work carried out at companies can continue there as long as the company allows it. If the company no longer allows the degree project to be carried out with or with them, contact your supervisor.

Do the courses follow the syllabus?

Since the current circumstances are different than when the syllabi were planned, in some cases, it will be necessary to change them. This means, for example, that some parts can be deleted or replaced by other or moved timewise. If you have questions about this, contact the course coordinator.

For some courses it may be relevant to only give grades U / 3 on the exam. Then a supplementary step will be given to the exam which gives a higher grade.

In a few cases, courses have been canceled. As a student, you should have received information about this, and how it can be replaced with another course.

All courses that are given must be examined according to the syllabus or according to the deviation plan decided by the head of the department on the basis of the virus outbreak. This could mean that some examining steps are moved. Contact your course coordinator if you have any questions.

LTH has made a decision to enable distance teaching

Changes to courses due to the spread of the coronavirus are to be made with the least possible impact on the quality of the courses. LTH has made a decision that makes it possible in practical terms to switch to online teaching and assessment and in this way help to reduce the spread of infection. 

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, Lund University – with reference to the Government’s and Swedish Public Health Authority’s recommendations – switched to teaching and assessment using distance methods as of 18 March. More information can be found on Lund University staff pages.

To reduce the spread of infection, teaching and assessment of students’ performance will be conducted online, as far as possible.

The dean of LTH, Viktor Öwall, has made several decisions which mean that the switch can be implemented in practice. The ambition throughout is that the quality of education is not to be adversely affected due to the new forms of teaching and assessment.

“At LTH there is a considerable element of classroom-based teaching and practical work in the form of laboratory sessions and project work. We are aware, therefore, that quality will be affected, but we are doing all we can to reduce the effects”, says Viktor Öwall.

The departments are now reviewing their forms of teaching, and heads of department are making decisions on changes in the design of courses. All changes are to be documented. The changes will depend on the specific conditions for each course and each department. (Dnr STYR 220/555)

Directives are also given (Dnr STYR 2020/571) for how LTH is to manage courses involving components that require a physical presence. Depending on conditions, heads of department can decide to:

  • replace course elements with other components that can be conducted using distance methods
  • postpone components or the whole course to a later date (e.g. by creating a summer course)
  • replace the course with another existing course or a new course.

LTH’s dean has also made a decision about temporary changes in the rules for the defence of doctoral theses at LTH. (Dnr U 2020/254)

Please note that the information on this page applies until further notice. However, as the situation is changing rapidly, decisions may be changed and new decisions may be announced. This page will be continuously updated with information on decisions made by LTH’s management. It is important to keep updated on this information as well as information on the University website.

If you are a student and have questions about changes to programmes and courses, contact the programme director/Master’s director for general programme questions, or the course director of the course in question.

Important information

Information regarding the coronoavirus outbreak for students and staff

Examinations in April and June

Support for teachers at LTH

Support for teachers in distance learning and examination at CEE's webpage

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