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Part 2: Information on Quality Management Program at the Faculty of Organisation Studies

Programmes within Quality Management at the Faculty for Organisation Studies in Novo mesto are based on the fundamentals of new organizational paradigms that are identifiable as results-oriented, centred towards consumers, leadership and consistency in its purpose, management of processes and facts, integration of employees, consistent improvements and innovativeness, mutual beneficial partnerships and an ever increasing social responsibility towards organizations.

Study programmes in Quality Management are oriented towards educating and training top professionals and leaders in the field of organizational studies with an emphasis on developing competences needed for continuous guidance and development of quality and business excellence.

1. Bachelor’s Degree

The first cycle professional degree in Quality Management lasts for three years (six semesters) and is awarded with 180 ECTS. The programme is formed between common compulsory/required courses (1st, 2nd, 3rd year) and elective courses (2nd and 3rd year). In the fifth semester students choose one of two recommended modules. Each module includes three courses. The sixth semester is intended for interning in a chosen organization as well as writing and defending the undergraduate diploma thesis. In the course of studies, students complete 25 courses, an internship, and the study concludes with an undergraduate diploma thesis. Complete course information is available here.

2. Master’s Degree

The programme lasts two years and is divided into four semesters. It is awarded with 120 ECTS. The first three semesters are designed for course workload, that is, each semester consists of five course subjects. The fourth semester is intended for students to write their Master’s thesis. The total study workload includes fifteen courses, consisting of ten compulsory courses, two elective, and three content module course subjects. The study concludes with a Master’s thesis. Complete course information is available here.

3. PhD Degree

The programme lasts three years and is divided into six semesters. It is awarded with 180 ECTS. The first semester is designed to provide a theoretical and methodological depth of prior knowledge that provides an opportunity to introduce doctoral studies. The second semester is designed to prepare the doctoral dissertation (thesis) proposal. The third and fourth semesters are devoted to individual work of the doctoral dissertation with the assistance of a mentor and a possible co-mentor. In the fifth semester, a seminar is provided for the preparation of the dissertation, in which doctoral students presents two continuous drafts of their dissertation and receive guidance for further editions. In the sixth semester the doctoral dissertation is completed. Complete course information is available here.


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Part 4: Recognition & Language Policy

Recognition Policy:

FOS respects in full the principles of non-discrimination set out in the Programme and ensures equal access and opportunities to mobile partcipants from all backgrounds.

FOS ensures full recognition for satisfactorily completed activities of study mobility and, where possible, traineeships in terms of credits awarded (ECTS or compatible system).

FOS accepts all activities indicated in the learning agreement as counting towards the degree, provided these have been satisfactorily completed by the mobile students.

FOS provides incoming mobile participants and their home institutions with transcripts containing a full, accurate and timely record of their achievements at the end of their mobility period.

FOS ensures full recognition of ECTS (or compatible credit system) recognition for satisfactorily completed activities of study mobility abroad. Before prospective outgoing students will go abroad, the Erasmus Coordinator will coordinate with the host institution with regard to details of the mobility along with the grading scale that is used. FOS has fully implemented ECTS, whereby one ECTS is equivalent to 30 learning hours. All credits the student earns during the mobility period and which were originally agreed in the Learning Agreement will be recognized by FOS without the need for the student to take any further courses or exams. With Third Countries that do not use ECTS, the Erasmus Coordinator will discuss the details with the host institution as well as examine the course catalogue with regard to the number of credits that will be approved. The Academic and Student Affairs Committee will examine the information provided by the Erasmus Coordinator and provide recommendations to the number of ECTS awarded. This will be noted in the Learning Agreement before a student’s mobility takes place. This way we can ensure that the student is fully aware of how many credit hours will be obtained with institutions that are not using ECTS. The ECTS User’s Guide (2009) will be respected and used as the principle document until a newer user guide is available (in 2015).

FOS together with the mobility participant, host and guest institution will prepare a Learning Agreement, where all items will be predefined, including credit hours that may be earned through individual courses and language classes. FOS fully recognises and allocates all credits that were successfully earned and were defined in the Learning Agreement towards the final degree. All successfully earned credits will be apparent in the student’s record and will be noted in the Diploma Supplement. Recognition of formal learning, informal learning and traineeship / work placements are also stipulated in the Rules for the Recognition of Knowledge and Skills available at: http://www.fos.unm.si/media/pdf/fos/SA_FOs_027_02_PRAVILNIK_O_PRIZNAVANJU_ZNANJA_IN_SPRETNOSTI_arhiv.pdf

Outgoing mobility language policy:

Assistance and counselling will be provided by the Erasmus Coordinator to prospective outgoing participants. Outgoing participants with insufficient language skills are strongly encouraged to attend language preparation courses at least one semester before departing. FOS’s Center for Teaching Excellence along with a private language school will provide academic language preparation courses as well as courses on how to cope, deal with cultural shock, daily living, study skills, exam preparation, and so forth. Also, the Programme provides on-line tools and or financial and technical support that may be utilized for participants to prepare linguistically before their departure. Participants need to be aware that the language level for host institutions may be at the B2 level (according to the CEFR framework), but the Erasmus Coordinator will assist outgoing participants with notification of language requirements and certificate of language level that is required by the host institution. Any necessary pre-departure language instruction will be provided before participant mobility takes place.

Incoming mobility language policy:

Incoming mobile participants will be provided with linguistic support on an individualized basis. FOS along with a private language school will provide appropriate language courses as well as survival skill courses. A tutor and an academic mentor will be assigned to each incoming participant. A local student(s) will be assigned to assist the participant in daily challenges. Before departure, both institutions will agree on allocation of credits for language classes in the Learning Agreement before departure.

For more information please visit the European Area of Recognition Manual.