The autumn semester stretches from September to mid
January. This is the first half of the academic year.
The ## corresponds to the actual calendar year.
The spring semester stretches from mid January to the
beginning of June. This is the second half of the academic
year. The ## corresponds to the actual calendar year.
The lecturer is responsible for the course, decides the
contents, literature, the contents of the assignments and
the final exam. Sometimes the actual creation of
assignments are handed over to the course assistant.
The course assistant holds seminars and lectures, most often
with the aim to help the students with assignments rather
than presenting new course material. It is not uncommon that
the lecturer presents the theoretical contents of a course
and the course assistant presents the practical
parts. E.g. The concept of object oriented programming
vs. the Java programming language. As course assistant one
may also be responsible for the creation of assignments and
some questions for the final exam.
The lab assistant helps students during labs and corrects
assignments. Sometimes the lab assistant also helps in
correcting the final exam.
Instruction is a form of seminars where the students get
a chance to discuss the course contents. The seminars are
held in small groups (around ten students). The mentor leads
the discussion and guides the students to where to find the
answers to their questions.
A "lots" is an older student (usually a PhD student) with
the assignment to help and care for the first year
students. Each lots gets assigned two groups of about eight
students each and meet with these students a couple of times
each month to follow up on their experiences of being a
student in Uppsala. The lots project also includes training
in different study techniques and time planing for the
students. "Lots" has changed name and is nowadays called "Vägvisarprojektet".