Implementation of the education

Degree Programme Open Entrance (COPEN), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2014

Last edit: 14/10/2013
Approved: 14/10/2013

Structure of the education

Structure of the education

The study year comprises 40 weeks.  When needed, the lectures can be taken outside of the study year, see http://www.kth.se/en/student/schema/lasarsindelning-for-undervisning-och-examination-1.1007?programme=open

Courses

The programme is course-based. Lists of courses are included in Appendix 1: Course list

Eight mandatory courses and one conditionally optional course are
included in the programme.  The courses are defined in the teaching
and time plan.  The different course goals, prerequisites, contents
and course demands can be found in the course plans.  Depending on the
choice of the following programme, one or two programme-specific
complemented summer courses (3 higher education credits) may need to
be taken to prepare for the programme. Course list can be found in
appendix 1.

Grading system

Courses in the first and the second cycle are graded on a scale from A to F. A-E are passing grades, A is the highest grade. The grades pass (P) and fail (F) are used for courses under certain circumstances.

Conditions for participation in the programme

Semester Registration

The student is responsible for making semester registration for each
semester. This is done on the web from 1 week before the semester even
1 week after the semester. Registration is a prerequisite for the
study results to be reported and to CSN to pay the awarded student.

Course Registration

The course enrollment to mandatory courses is done automatically in
parallel with term enrollment.

The programme has two conditionally optional courses: Engineering
Science and Communication.  One of these is chosen before period 3.

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The student must register herself/himself in the course.  Course
registration for both mandatory and optional courses must be done
individually (at the school).  One, who registers herself/himself in a
course and; thereafter, decides to not complete the course, must
notify the respective school as soon as possible.
 
Temporary Postponement

Temporary postponement is granted in accordance with praxis at KTH.
Temporary postponement means that the student, during at least one
study period, does not participate in the lectures.  Temporary
postponement is not commonly granted in study year 1.  Exceptions from
this can happen under special circumstances.  The application for
temporary postponement is submitted to the SCI school office which
grants or denies the application.  When the student intends to
reengage the studies, a new study enrollment must be done.  After the
choice of programme has been completed, the application concerning
temporary postponement is considered by the respective programme.

Master of Science in Engineering Programme Selection

KTH’s Master of Science in Engineering programmes accept everyone
applying according to the limited number of places in the respective
programme.  The students give six alternatives as desired programmes:
first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth hand alternatives.The
selection to the programmes is done on the basis of the study results
in the Open Entrance programme the same year in which the student was
accepted to Open Entrance.

1. First of all, the selection is based on the number of mandatory
   higher education credits out of the Open Entrance teaching and time
   plan which, during the year, have been completed up to the spring
   term’s last day for ordinary exams. NOTE: Exam elements completed
   after this date, i.e. during the re-exam period at the end of
   the Spring term or during the Fall term, do not count at the time
   of selection.

2. In the case of the same number of completed higher education
   credits, the selection is based on the weighted average grade of
   all completed courses or exam elements where higher education
   credits are assessed according to bullet 1.

3. If the weighted average grade is the same, a lottery will be done.

The students are ranked according to the above-stated criteria.  A
student with a higher ranking may always choose before a student with
a lower ranking.  This means that the student does not need to
prioritise his/her choices tactically; choosing a popular programme as
first choice and not getting in does not worsen the likelihood of
being accepted to the second-choice programme, etc.  For applicable
rules for selection, see below.

The programme selection period
The programme selection period is open during a limited time in May.
The exact dates are communicated well in advance.
After closing the selection period no changes of the programme listing can be made.

Transition to Master of Science in Engineering programmes

According to the rector’s decision V-2006-1510 a student in OPEN who
has passed KTH’s and the accepting programme’s ordinary requirements
for promotion to study year 2 must be registered for completion in
OPEN and be registered (FFG) in programme term 3 in the corresponding
programme.  A student who does not fulfil the ordinary requirements
for promotion must be re-registered (OM) in programme term 2 in OPEN
and registered (FFG) in programme term 3 in the corresponding
programme.  Students who, in this respect, are double-registered
must establish an individual study plan.  The individual study plan
must be established by the corresponding school.  When the student has
fulfilled the requirements for promotion in the corresponding
programme, he/she will be registered for completion of OPEN.

Rules for selection of a Master of Science in Engineering programme

Valid from study year 2007/2008

How is the number of completed higher education credits counted?

Only mandatory courses which are included in Open Entrance’s teaching
and time plan during fall and spring terms may be counted.  Courses in
mathematics during the acceptance period, SF1611, SF1651 and SF1652
are not counted in the selection because these courses are not
mandatory.  Neither are the complementing

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courses in mechanics or physics counted which must be taken by the
student for certain programmes.  As has been described in the study
programme, only the exam elements carried out, at the latest, during
the spring term’s last day for ordinary examination in the year in
which the student started his/her studies in Open Entrance, are
counted. Concerning recognition of previous academic studies or
exchange courses, see below

The student’s responsibility

When an examination is completed and passed, it is reported in a
database (Ladok).  The selection is based on reported results at the
date for selection.  The selection is done in June, and the exact date
is communicated well in advance.  It is, therefore, very important
that all passed results are reported in Ladok before the day of
selection.
 
NOTE: Open Entrance’s students are responsible to check that all
relevant higher education credits have been reported to Ladok before
the selection.
 
The student is encouraged to check the study results in Ladok, at the
latest, one week before the selection.  If something is wrong, contact
the respective department; see
http://www.kth.se/om/organisation/skolor/kths-skolor-1.3848?l=en_UK

The selection procedure will not be revised on the basis of
non-reported higher education credits.

How is the weighted average grade calculated?

Received grades are counted using the following equivalence table:

A: 10, B: 9, C: 8, D: 7, E: 6, Fx: 0, F: 0.

In courses with the grading scale F or P (fail, pass) a P is counted
as an E, i.e. 6 grade points.

The received grade points in a passed course are weighted
multiplicatively with the courses size in higher education credits.

Received grade points in a passed examination element in a failed
course are also weighted multiplicatively with the element’s number of
higher education credits.

The weight points are summed and the sum is divided by the total
number of higher education credits which are completed in Open
Entrance during the ordinary term time in the current study year
(normally 60 higher education credits).  The received quota
constitutes the weighted average grade.

Since the number of completed higher education credits have higher
priority during the selection than the weight average grade, it is
advantageous for the student to conclude a course (even in the case
that the final grade of the course is lower than the weighted average
grade of the included elements)
 
Conditionally optional courses

At the end of the fall term, the students choose to take EF1100
Engineering Science which is evaluated using the Pass/Fail grading
scale or the course DH1602 Communication which is evaluated using the
A-F grading scale.

At the time of selection, both courses are handled equally.  Grades
A-E in DH1602 will receive 6 grade points, i.e. the same value as
P(pass).

Recognition of previous academic studies

What applies for recognition of previous academic study courses or
exchange cour ses?

Courses in Open Entrance can be recognised for previous academic study
or exchanged according to previous formulated principles, in
accordance with KTH’s praxis.

Observe that it is the nominal number of higher education credits in
Open Entrance courses which applies: if, for example, a course with 9
higher education credits from another higher education institution is
recognised for previous academic studies corresponding to a course of
7.5 higher education credits in Open Entrance, this is counted as 7.5
higher education credits during the selection procedure.  The
corresponding applies for courses taken at KTH.

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Courses passed in previous academic studies are always counted in the
selection procedure as grade E, i.e. 6 grade points.

If more than two courses are recognised for previous academic study or
are exchanged in accordance with individual study plans, then all
recognised previous academic studies and exchanged courses are
counted, except for the two with the highest nominal number of higher
education credits, with half of the higher education credits.  The aim
of this rule is to inhibit Open Entrance to be utilised as a short-cut to
the Master of Science in Engineering programmes by students which have
already taken the majority of the courses earlier.

Example: A student starts Open Entrance and has already taken a lot of
mathematics, and is able to receive recognition for previous academic
studies in three mathematics courses: SF1659 4,5 higher education
credits, SF1624 7,5 higher education credits and SF1625 7,5 higher
education credits.  In the selection process, SF1624 and SF1625 are
counted with the full number of higher education credits, 7,5 higher
education credits and 7,5 higher education credits, respectively, but
the third course, SF1659, is counted as 2,25 higher education credits
(half of the original 4,5 higher education credits).  All three
recognised courses are counted with the grade of E in the weighted
average grade, regardless of which grades the courses had at the time
of recognition of previous academic studies.

Studies abroad

While studying in KTH’s Master of Science in Engineering programmes,
there is an opportunity to study a half or an entire year at a
university abroad without paying the course fees which are paid by the
foreign students studying there.  More information about this can be
found in the respective Master of Science in Engineering study
programmes.

Degree project

Master of Science in Engineering studies are concluded with a degree
project consisting of 30 higher education credits.  More information
can be found in the respective Master of Science in Engineering study
programmes.

Degree

Open Entrance leads towards a Master of Science in Engineering degree
consisting of 300 higher education credits in one of KTH’s Master of
Science in Engineering programmes.  All courses during the first year
in Open Entrance may be counted in the degree.
 
Information about what applies for the different programmes can be
found in the respective Master of Science in Engineering study
programmes and in KTH’s local degree ordinance
http://intra.kth.se/regelverk/utbildning-forskning/grundutbildning/examina/1.27227?l=en_UK