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Course Management

1. Academic calendar and class schedules

  1. 1) Academic calendar: Thirty weeks of classes per academic year (15 weeks per semester)
  2. 2) Class schedule: Full-time faculty are responsible for teaching nine hours a week thirty weeks per academic year (for a total of 270 hours per year) ※ Faculty who teach more than 270 hours per year will be paid overtime

2. Schedule planning

  1. 1) Schedule planning: Class schedules are assigned on a per-semester basis
  2. 2) Class schedules
    1. ① Class schedule units
      • H module - Mon. 1A1B2A(09:00-10:15)Wed. 2B3A3B(10:30-11:45)
      • I module - Mon. 2B3A3B(10:30-11:45)Fri. 1A1B2A(09:00-10:15)
      • R module - Mon. 5B6A6B(13:30-14:45)Fri. 5B6A6B(13:30-14:45)
      • S module - Mon. 7A7B8A(15:00-16:15) Fri. 7A7B8A(15:00-16:15)
      • J module - Mon. 8B9A9B(16:30-17:45) Wed. 7A7B8A(15:00-16:15)
      • K module - Tue. 1A1B2A(09:00-10:15)Thur. 2B3A3B(10:30-11:45)
      • L module - Tue. 2B3A3B(10:30-11:45)Thur. 1A1B2A(09:00-10:15)
      • M module - Tue. 5B6A6B(13:30-14:45)Thur. 5B6A6B(13:30-14:45)
      • N module - Tue. 7A7B8A(15:00-16:15)Thur. 7A7B8A(15:00-16:15)
      • O module - Tue. 8B9A9B(16:30-17:45)Thur. 8B9A9B(16:30-17:45)
      • P module - Wed. 1A1B2A(09:00-10:15)Fri.2B3A3B(10:30-11:45)
      • Q module - Wed. 8B9A9B(16:30-17:45)Fri.8B9A9B(16:30-17:45)
    2. ② By default, full-time faculty must teach at least four days per week. Classes should be spread over several days.
    3. ③ Faculty in departments that are related to the fields of liberal arts or education must be assigned to teach classes in those areas.
    4. ④ Labs and practical skills training must be separated into morning and afternoon sessions to maximize the use of both lab facilities and classrooms.
    5. ⑤ If possible, students should be given a break for about 1 hour after labs and practical skills training, and lunch time shall be given between noon and 1 PM.
    6. ⑥ When class schedules for intensive classes that take place during a specific time period are submitted (known as "intensive classes"), they must be accompanied by a syllabus submitted to the President of the university.
    7. ⑦ Classes taught by more than two faculty members require a team-teaching syllabus.

3. Syllabi

  1. 1) Contents: Office location, contact information, course introduction, class schedule (weekly plan), homework assignments, required and supplementary textbooks, methods of assessment and evaluation, and other important information. ※ The midterm and final exam schedule must be included in the course syllabus
  2. 2) Entry period: Syllabi must be entered at least seven days before course registration every semester
  3. 3) Entry method: Syllabi must be entered online via the KNU academic portal (Academic Information System, http://yes.knu.ac.kr)
View a good example of course syllabus

4. Student feedback and evaluation

  1. 1) Objectives: Student evaluations help improve the quality of education provided at KNU, determine if the goals of a particular course have been reached, and provide ideas for the development of both the curriculum and teaching methodology.
  2. 2) When it takes place: At the end of every semester, during summer and winter session
  3. 3) Courses where evaluation takes place: All undergraduate courses except for ROTC classes, on-site training courses (including training that takes place in rural farming villages and landscaping practice), clinical lab training, classes where students volunteer in the community, and one-on-one classes in the College of Art; evaluation is recommended for graduate school courses.
  4. 4) Students asked to provide evaluations: All students except for those from other universities, those who register by the credit hour, and honorary students
  5. 5) Evaluation method :
    1. ① Survey method: Students answer an online survey directly
    2. ② How the results are announced: The results of the student evaluations can be accessed and printed from KNU's academic portal (the Academic Information System, http://yes.knu.ac.kr)

5. Grading

  1. 1) Grading
    1. ① Students should be evaluated based on their exam results, attendance, assignments, and attitude, among other factors.
    2. ② Students who fail to attend at least three-fourths of all class hours (at least fifteen hours per academic credit) shall receive a grade of "F" or "U."
    3. ③ Curved grading: All undergraduate courses, as well as graduate courses in the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Law School are subject to curved grading
      • Curved grading is also recommended for: courses taught by foreign faculty, courses taught in another language, classes with fewer than ten students, courses that include practical, hands-on training, classes for juniors and seniors in the College of Veterinary Medicine, classes in Global Leaders School, major courses in the College of Pharmacy, and those in the Department of Farm Management.
      • Students exempted from curved grading: Students on a leave of absence, students who have special athletic skills, honorary students, exchange students from other universities, graduate school students, and foreign students
    4. ④ Curved grading ratios
      • Letter grade ratios (out of 100%)
        A (30%), A+B (70%), C (30%+)
      • Please note that courses in the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Law School have different curved grading ratios
    5. ⑤ Individual faculty and each college will receive a notice every semester specifying if they have followed the regulations regarding curved grading. If they have not followed the regulations:
      • They will receive a notice encouraging them to follow the regulations regarding curved grading
      • Adjunct faculty who fail to follow the regulations more than two times consecutively will no longer be able to teach at the university
      • During general college evaluations, faculty who fail to enter grades before the deadline and those who fail to observe the guidelines regarding curved grading may be mentioned in the evaluation index
  2. 2) Letter grades and GPA
    1. ① All grades above D- are recognized as passing grades in the letter grade/GPA table below. Students who wish to graduate, however, must have a GPA of at least 1.7.
      Letter grades and GPA
      Letter grade GPA Letter grade GPA Letter grade GPA Letter grade GPA
      A+ 4.3 B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 D+ 1.3
      A0 4.0 B0 3.0 C0 2.0 D0 1.0
      A- 3.7 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7
      F 0
    2. ② Graduate school independent research seminar grades ("S" and "U") do not affect a student's GPA.
      • S(Satisfactory) : Recognized as credit
      • U(Unsatisfactory) : Not recognized as credit
  3. 3) Method of evaluation: Student performance must be evaluated at least twice during the semester, according to a grading criteria established by the professor teaching the course.
  4. 4) Additional evaluations : Students who miss exams due to illness or other reasons may be evaluated separately with the permission of the Dean.
  5. 5) Entering grades : Grades are entered online directly by the professor teaching the course via the academic portal, (Academic Information System, http://yes.knu.ac.kr)
  6. 6) Changing grades
    1. ① Grade change requests : Grades may not be changed once they have been submitted. In the event of a miscalculation or error by a faculty member, a grade change request form may be submitted before the deadline with the necessary documentation (attendance roster, grading sheet, exam paper, etc) to the Dean of the department who will forward it to the Dean of the college. (Grade change requests for previous semesters must be approved by the President of the university).
    2. ②Permission to change grades : After reviewing the provided documentation, if the Dean feels that there is sufficient evidence to approve the request, approval for a grade change will be given.
  7. 7) Grading students who have applied for a leave of absence: Students who applied for a leave of absence before three-quarters of the semester has elapsed will have their course registration cancelled. Students who have attended the course for at least three-quarters of the term but apply for leave before the final exam must be allowed to take the final exam early.
  8. 8) Exceptions for students with special athletic abilities
    1. ①Students with special athletic abilities must receive at least a C-. Even if they receive a lower grade than C- (less than 70% out of 100%), they must still be awarded a C-. If they receive lower than 30% out of 100%, they should receive an F.
    2. ②Students with special athletic abilities who do not develop or maintain their athletic performance will not receive the grading exception. The chair of the department where the student with special athletic abilities is studying will issue a notice every semester confirming the grading exception that must be submitted to the faculty member who is teaching the course in which the student with special athletic ability is enrolled.
  9. 9) Grading honorary students Honorary students who fail to take exams but do meet attendance requirements should still receive at least a C-. If they sit for exams, they must receive at least a C0.

6. Exams and testing

  1. 1) Exam frequency: Exams must be given at least twice a semester
    1. ① Midterm period - Before and after the halfway mark during the semester
    2. ② Final period - Two weeks before the end of the semester
  2. 2) Make-up exams
    1. ① Students who are unable to take the regular exams due to illness or other circumstances may be given make-up exams.
    2. ②Students who take make-up exams may not receive a grade higher than B+. Students who missed the regular exam through no fault of their own are not subject to this rule, however.
  3. 3) Early exams Students who have attended more than three-quarters of the semester but take leave before the final exam must take an early exam
  4. 4) Cheating Students will be disciplined according to KNU regulations.

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