Guidelines in the Quality Assurance System

This page contains guidelines that describe how to design study programme proposals, and what aspects are important when evaluating and revising study programmes and courses and developing the study portfolio.

Questions about the guidelines can be directed to the Education Quality Division, or to the Section of Student and Academic Affairs at your faculty administration.

Main page: Education Quality at NTNU
Norwegian version: Retningslinjer i kvalitetssystemet

See also: Policy for Quality and Development of the Study Programme Portfolio (pdf)

Guidelines for the Development of the Study Portfolio at NTNU

The document includes requirements that apply to all study offers giving credits at NTNU, and are used:

  1. when the faculty wants to develop new study offers
  2. in quality work and the study plan process, during maintenance of existing study offers
  3. in quality assurance of the study offer, for example through periodic evaluations.

The document operationalizes parts of NTNU's quality system for education that are relevant to portfolio development and describes in particular the two steps that the faculties use in connection with the establishment and closure of study offers.

Step 1: 1 February is the annual deadline for the faculties' registration of a short advance notice of desired establishments and closures. The notice must contain strategic justifications, including an overall description of the proposed study programme's profile and framework. This work takes place in the online tool KASPER.

Step 2: 1 June is the annual deadline for the faculties to complete their applications for establishments and closures. This work takes place in the online tool KASPER. The Educational Quality Division ensures the quality of the applications and submits the case for Rector's approval in August. Rector's accreditation approval presupposes that the new study offers meet the requirements of the study supervision regulations for study offers (“studietilsynsforskriften”), as well as NTNU's own regulations.

Guidelines for Design of Study Programmes and Courses at NTNU

The document is used to describe new study offers, and in the annual reviews and revisions of existing programmes and courses.

All study offers (both programmes that lead to a degree, shorter studies such as one-year studies, further education, etc.) must be described in a standardized format. A common description makes it easier to understand the content of the study offer and simplifies the work with the study plan design. This work takes place in the online tool KASPER.

Guidelines for Periodic Evaluation of Study Programmes

The document provides information and guidance to everyone who is involved in periodic evaluations at NTNU. The document must be seen in connection with the Portfolio Guide.

Guidelines for Applying for Change of the Name of a Study Programme

The deadline for applying for a change of the name of a study programme with effect from the academic year 2023/2024 is 15 September 2023. The application is submitted in KASPER.