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Study programme description:
- First cycle professional college programme Chemical Technology lasts 3 years (6 semesters) with a total of 180 credit points.
- Graduates are awarded the title(s):
- diplomirani inženir kemijske tehnologije (VS), - for male holders
- diplomirani inženirka kemijske tehnologije (VS), - for female holders
- Dipl.inž.kem.tehnol. (VS) –abbreviated title
Programme goals and general competencies
Chemical Technology represents a link between natural and mathematical sciences and engineering sciences. A characteristic of this programme is that it is focused on practical work of future graduates in a wide range of work positions in industry, research institutions, administration and elsewhere.
The reform and modernisation of the study programme has been conditioned by external factors, i.e. EU directives and directives of the Republic of Slovenia for higher education, as well as internal factors. Among the latter mention should be made of the need for continuous modernization of higher education programmes as a response to dynamic changes in the development of chemistry and chemical industrial production as well as the related fields of pharmacy, materials etc. Changes are necessary also due to increased concern for environment protection and higher safety requirements in transport and production of various chemicals etc. In view of that, the programme is a combination of fundamental chemical knowledge and applied knowledge directed into technology and engineering.
Professional college programme Chemical Technology provides students with a foundation of knowledge necessary for occupying workplaces in the above mentioned field with solid background in:
- General knowledge (mathematics, statistics, physics)
- Knowledge from the field of chemistry (general, inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry)
- Knowledge from the field of chemical engineering, technology and industrial chemistry
- Knowledge necessary for responsible environment protection, safety at work with dangerous substances and production of chemicals.
The Chemical Technology programme is designed to develop in students the abilities necessary for professional work such as:
- Ability to transfer and use general laws from natural sciences and engineering in the professional field and production
- Ability to solve problems in different fields from the more fundamental laboratory level to technical and technological level
- Ability for upgrading their knowledge and life-long learning
- Ability for organized individual work as well as ability to act in a team, communicate with other professionals in the company as well as within wider Slovene and international professional community.
The candidates will acquire these abilities and competences through a reformed programme that combines conventional forms of education in general and professional knowledge with a lot of practical and project work. In their project work, students will use modern information technology, process and evaluate the results, and prepare reports. They will then present their achievements in front of the faculty staff, invited professionals from industry and their colleagues, thus gaining an additional experience for their professional work after the completion of studies.
General competences acquired are:
- Wide professional knowledge acquired through the study of theoretical and engineering/technological topics.
- Ability to apply theoretical knowledge and transfer it into practice.
- Ability to understand the interdependence between fundamental natural sciences laws and engineering production in industrial systems.
- Ability to experiment, gather relevant data about an experiment or process and evaluate the results.
- Initiative and autonomy necessary for decision making and management of complex operations. laboratories or workshops,
- Ability to join and act in team work.
- Ability to communicate with co-workers and professionals from other disciplines to be able to cooperate in multi-disciplinary projects.
- Ability to communicate in the professional community on Slovenian and international scene.
- Ability to follow professional and scientific literature in their field and transfer the findings into practice.
- Develop professional ethics and responsibility to environment.
- Ability to cooperate and design new safer and more environment- friendly processes.
- Awareness for safe work with chemicals and their safe production.
- Development of learning capabilities in their professional field.
Professional knowledge acquired through the study of theoretical and methodological concepts from the field of general subjects, chemistry, biochemistry, technology, biotechnology and engineering.
Understanding the composition of matter, its close relationship with the properties of matter and materials
Knowledge of inorganic as well as organic systematics.
Knowledge of the fundamentals of chemical reactions, their thermodynamics and kinetics.
Knowledge and ability to use different procedures for the analysis and characterisation of matter ranging from simple analysis to complex instrumental methods.
Knowledge of the basic synthesis routes in organic and inorganic chemistry.
Competence for safe and high quality work in the laboratory including the knowledge of laboratory equipment and corresponding laboratory techniques.
Awareness about problems occurring when making the transition from the laboratory level to pilot and industrial level.
Knowing the basic types of industrial processes (catalysis, processing mineral resources, electrochemical processes, high temperature processes, cryogenics and other processes in technical gases, polymerisation and processing of plastics) and problem solving methods in industry.
Awareness of problems related to industrial process resources, their enrichment and processing,
Knowing the fundamentals of energy management in industrial processes and rational use of energy.
Awareness of the effects and interdependences between resources and energy, technological process and environment, and possibilities of reducing these effects.
Competence for transferring and applying theoretical knowledge into practice and solving problems.
Ability to work in and/or act as head of industrial workshops in chemical and processing industries.
Ability to use sophisticated laboratory equipment, instruments and devices.
Knowledge on process flow, methods of work and conditions for ensuring successful operation.
Performing supervising, analytical and similar activities, and acting as head of an operating laboratory.
Knowledge of occupational safety in laboratories and ability to cooperate in preparation of risk assessment studies.
Knowledge and abilities to meet the requirements of the first employment in chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries.
Admission requirements and selection criteria in case of admission restrictions
Admission to the programme Chemical Technology is granted to candidates who:
a) Completed the Matura exam, or
b) Completed vocational Matura exam in any of the secondary school programmes
c) Who had completed a four year secondary school before June 1 1995.
The programme foresees 120 places for full-time study and 60 places for part-time study. Admission is limited if the number of candidates exceeds the foreseen number.
In the case of admission restrictions, the candidates under a) and c) will be chosen according to:
- General results from the Matura or school leaving exam 60%
- General learning results in the 3rd and 4th year 40%
The candidates under b) will be chosen according to:
- General result in vocational Matura 40%
- General learning results in the 3rd and 4th year 40%
- Result in one of the Matura subjects 20 %
The programme foresees 120 places for full-time study and 60 places for part-time study.
Criteria for recognition of knowledge and skills acquired before admission to the programme
The knowledge the candidate had previously acquired through various forms of education may be recognised if it is compatible with the teaching contents of the Chemical Technology programme. The recognition of knowledge and skills acquired prior to admission depends on the decision of the Study Commission of FKKT. The applicants should submit a written application and provide certificates and other documents as evidence of successfully acquired knowledge and adequate contents.
The Study Commission will validate previous knowledge against the following criteria:
- Adequacy of admission conditions (required previous education necessary for admission to the programme)
- Comparability of the extent of previous education (number of contact hours per subject for which the knowledge is to be recognised.
- Adequacy of the contents of the subject for which the knowledge is to be recognised.
Previously acquired knowledge can be recognized if the admission conditions were similar to the admission conditions of Chemical Technology, and if previous education included minimum 75% of the extent of the subject and minimum 75% of the contents of the subject to be recognized. If the Commission approves and recognizes previously acquired education in a certain subject, the subject is allocated the same number of ECTS points as the corresponding subject in the Chemical Technology programme.
Course progression requirements.
For enrolment into the higher year the student needs to have the teacher’s signature certifying enrolment and attendance for all subjects in a particular year. In addition the following progression requirements need to be met:
• For progression into the second year, the candidate has to achieve 60 credit points.
• For progression into the third year, the candidate has to pass all the exams from the first year (60 CP) and achieve 60 credit points in the second year.
The FKKT Study Commission may exceptionally approve progression to a higher year if in the previous year the student has achieved a minimum 50 credit points according to ECTS, and if the student can provide justifiable reasons for the missing points. As justifiable are considered the reasons listed in the Statute of the University of Ljubljana.
Progression from the 1st into the 2nd year may exceptionally be granted if the candidate lacks 10 credit points (two exams) but not Mathematics with Statistics, Physics and General Chemistry.
Progression from the 2nd into the 3rd year may exceptionally be granted if the candidate lacks 10 credit points (two exams) but not Physical Chemistry I, and Practicum from Chemistry.
The student may repeat the year if he/she has achieved 30 credit points from those required for a particular year. During the course of the studies, the student may repeat the year once, or change the study programme once due to non- fulfilment of requirements in the previous study programme.
After 3rd year the student may be granted a prolongation of the student’s status by one year if he/she can provide justifiable reasons for it (see Statute UL), and has met all the requirements from the first two years.
Consultation and guidance in selecting elective subjects will be provided by mentors and tutors in each particular year.
* the subject can be chosen as general elective subject in the 1st or 2nd year but only once in the entire
**the subject can be chosen as professional elective subject in the 2nd or 3rd year but only once in the entire period of studying.
P – lectures; S – seminar; V – exercises; D – other forms of pedagogical work (e.g. project work); ECTS – credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (1 ECTS equals 30 hours of student load)
Requirements for completion of studies
To complete the first-cycle of the study, the student has to fulfil all obligations in all subjects of the programme, achieve 180 CP, and prepare and successfully defend his/her diploma work according to the Rules on Diploma Work, adopted by the Senate of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana.
Transitions between study programmes
To students from other programmes who wish to join the programme of Chemical Technology, the Study Commission, on the basis of a written application and certificate of passed exams in the previous programme, defines the year into which they can enrol and additional bridge exams they have to take.
Student’s performance is verified and assessed for each individual course by knowledge testing for each subject at the end of the course. Assessment and testing are carried out in the form of oral and written exams, midterm tests, seminars and project work. Student’s obligations and forms of assessment are defined by the syllabus of each individual subjects. A variety of continuous assessment forms defined in the syllabus may form part of the final grade. Testing and grading procedures are regulated by the Rules on Examinations of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, adopted by the Faculty Senate.
Grading scale for final exams and other forms of assessment:
10 Excellent (exceptional results with negligible mistakes)
9 Very good (above average knowledge, with some mistakes)
8 Very good (solid knowledge)
7 Good (good knowledge with major mistakes)
6 Sufficient (knowledge meets minimum criteria)
5-1 insufficient (knowledge does not meet minimum criteria)
The marks from the grading scale are converted into ECTS assessment system as follows:
10 = A 7 = D
9 = B 6 = E
8 = C 5 -1 = F (fail)