So we are in advent again, and many courses will have exams before the autumn semester comes to an end on 12.12.14. This is a busy time for both students, lecturers, censors and the academic administration. In addition, detailed planning of new curriculum for the school of medicine is ongoing. This issue was once again on the agenda at the Faculty Board meeting on 26.11.14. The framework for teaching and exams was approved. In the future curriculum there will be at most 19 hours of scheduled teaching activities every week, and there will be exams at the end of each semester covering the multi-disciplinary learning goals. In addition, at the end of 3rd and 6th year, a practical station exam (OSCE-exam) will take place. Each semester, a semester council responsible for teaching and exam activities will be established, and K2 will be responsible for three of these semester councils, as well as for final exams on the 6th study year. In order for the semester councils to have as strong a foundation as possible for its important work, it is now time for the heads of the academic sections, in coordination with people in charge of courses and topics, to gather lecturers and plan when and how teaching will be done of the individual topics in the new curriculum. A detailed plan for distribution of study credits between courses in different semesters is the starting point for this important work. The new curriculum will be implemented for first-year students from autumn 2015 and onwards, and in autumn 2016 a new curriculum will also be implemented for fourth-year students. Thus there will be a 4-year period where teaching will follow both the new and the old curriculum. I know that several academic sections are already well underway with this work, and it is important to finish our part of the teaching planning as soon as possible. I kindly ask this to be sent to head of academic affairs within January 31, 2015. Updated information on the new curriculum is available at http://www.uib.no/mofa/63484/ny-studieplan-medisinstudiet-ved-uib (in Norwegian)
Good luck with this important work!