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What NADA expects from students

Be active and think critically and constructively

Interest is fundamental to learning. The main task for the teacher is to stimulate learning. Modern pedagogy is focused on learning - not on teaching. In order to learn a student must be active and take a responsibility for his/her learning.

In high school students are often served well defined problems that have exactly one correct solution. Reality is not that way.

Few problems have a solution that is definitively correct or even certainly better than other solutions. Most problems are not even well defined. It is not evident what characterizes a good solution.

The purpose of the studies at KTH is to prepare the students for problem solving in real life. To achieve this students must learn to think critically and constructively.

Information

E-mail

We use e-mail to reach individual students (but do not post e-mail to large groups of students). Thus we expect students to read their e-mail on the KTH account regularly. If you prefer to use some other e-mail address, you should have your KTH e-mail forwarded to this address.

Web information

For each course there is a course web page that the teacher uses to spread information on the course. NADA expects students to read the course web page for all courses they are taking and to regularly read the news page there. Students that by the end of the course still have lab work, exam or other things to complete are expected to read the course web page to find information on how to make things up.

Presentation of yourself and the course you take

Often we need to know who you are and what course you are taking in order to help you. When you hand in reports etc. you must mark them with your name and e-mail address and the name and/or number of the course (+ any other information that your teacher may have asked for). When visiting a teacher or sending e-mail to a teacher it often makes things easier if you state your name and which course you are taking. When you present (extensive) lab work etc. you should be prepared to show an ID card (just as at written exams) so that the teacher can be sure that the correct person is given credit.

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Lectures and other classes

Be on time, be well prepared, bring all material that is needed, and dedicate yourself to the class. In this way you will benefit as much as possible and also not disturb your fellow students.

Presentation of lab assignments etc.

Lab assignments are usually examined by asking the student to present his/her work on the computer. Then NADA expects you to be well prepared and have all material at hand. Of course, you must be well prepared to present your work and able to describe what you (or you and your lab mate) have done. Any programs that you are to demonstrate should be ready to execute. NADA also expects you to concentrate solely on the examination. In this way the examinations run fast and smoothly and waiting times are kept short.

Course material

If there is a course book for the course, NADA expects students to buy it at the course start and read the parts are required. Same thing goes for other kinds of course material.

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Administration

Check into res

On most NADA courses the system res is used to keep track of results on lab assignments etc. Unfortunately there is no connection between res and Ladok. All students taking a course where res is used must check into res for that course. If possible do this before the first lab. Read how to do on the course web page or in the instructions for the lab work.

Checking results

Check in res that all lab assignments etc. that you have passed have been registered. (Do res show course).

Also check in Ladok using Mina sidor that results on the course have been reported. Ladok only deals with results as they are defined in the study handbook.

If the teacher has failed reporting something or there is a misunderstanding it is much easier to make things straight if this is done early.

Choice of courses and registration

NADA can only register students on a course and report results into Ladok if the student councellors have registered a choice of the course and made a semester registration. Therefore students are required to assign for studies each semester and make a choice of courses.

Deadlines

On many courses there are deadlines for e.g. submitting home work and doing lab assignments. Students are expected to respect these deadlines. Time limits are very common in working life, so getting used to respecting these is a good preparation for working life. Often there are also other reasons for the deadlines. Some teachers want to discuss the assignments in class, which must be done after they are handed in. If, for some special reason, you should not be able to respect the deadline you may ask the teacher for an exception - but do so before the deadline has passed.

Absence for travels, sickness etc.

Students who plan to be absent are expected to plan their work so that most of it is made up for before the absence. Any assignments that are due during the absence must be handed in beforehand. If the absence is not planned (e.g. sickness) the students are expected to make up as soon as possible after the absence.

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Mutual help and respect

NADA staff expects to be treated with respect and consideration just as you expect to be treated with respect and consideration. This means e.g. that students are expected to respect opening hours of the student office and Delfi and also to respect if a teacher says that he is busy.

Quality work

NADA expects students to help in the quality work at NADA by submitting critique and suggestions in a constructive and positive manner as soon as possible. Critique and suggestions can be submitted to the teacher in charge of the course. Critique or suggestions not directly concerning a course or that the student finds hard to submit to the teacher can be submitted to the director of studies. Please choose medium: e-mail, phone, paper, or face to face. We like to see a dialog.

Course questionnaires are usually in Swedish (apologies), but if you can, please fill them in.

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Sidansvarig: Kerstin Frenckner <kfrenck@nada.kth.se>
Uppdaterad: 2004-11-10