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Curriculum of the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology
valid from the academic year 2021/2022

 

The concept of the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology (DSBUT):

The idea of the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology (DSBUT) is interdisciplinary preparation of doctoral students for scientific development through independent and tailored to scientific needs selection of courses taught by highly qualified and socially competent staff. The DSBUT graduates are persons planning and realizing their scientific career, prepared to meet the role of a contemporary scientist – an authority in a chosen scientific discipline and a respected educator with social trust.

Education and conditions for graduation:

Education in the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology is conducted in Polish and English and lasts 4 years (8 semesters). The education in the School ends with the submission of a doctoral thesis. It is allowed to complete the education earlier, provided that the education programme is implemented with the obtained set of learning outcomes, in accordance with the Polish Qualifications Framework at the 8th level (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 2218), and the doctoral thesis is submitted.

With the approval of the Director of the DSBUT, an individual mode of study is available at the request of a doctoral student in special, justifiable cases.

The DSBUT provides education in the following academic disciplines:
1) automation, electronic and electrical engineering;

2) information and communication technology;

3) biomedical engineering;

4) civil engineering and transport;

5) mechanical engineering;

6) environmental engineering, mining and energy;

7) management and quality studies.

The curriculum of the DSBUT includes learning modules that can be grouped as follows:

  • obligatory courses – marked with O;
  • optional academic courses – marked with F;

professional training involving teaching or participating in the teaching of undergraduate or postgraduate courses. A participant of the doctoral school may teach or participate in teaching during the winter or summer semester, not exceeding 60 teaching hours per year. Settlement of professional training shall be made on an annual basis, after the end of classes in the summer semester.

Types and forms of classes:

Both obligatory and optional courses implemented within the DSBUT educational programme may have the following forms of classes: lecture, tutorial, laboratory classes, project classes, specialist workshop, seminar.

The aim of obligatory courses is to prepare a doctoral student for his/her future role as a researcher or a researcher and a lecturer. Optional courses, on the other hand, are designed to provide doctoral students with the necessary, up-to-date and targeted subject knowledge directly related to their scientific development, as well as to the completion of their theses. Optional courses will be presented to doctoral students in the form of a single database of optional courses (BPF) available for all scientific disciplines represented in the DSBUT.

The BPF can be corrected at the latest six months before the beginning of the next academic year. Proposals for courses to the BPF can be submitted by both Bialystok University of Technology employees and researchers from other universities or scientific research units.

A specialist lecture (1 ECTS credit), delivered by eminent specialists, intended for all the DSBUT doctoral students, will be held at least once per academic year.

Classes in the DSBUT are taught by researchers or lecturers whose scholarly achievements in the represented academic discipline are significant. Both the teachers and the courses included in the BPF should receive a positive opinion from the DSBUT Curriculum Committee.

Selection of courses:

A doctoral student, at the latest four months before the beginning of the academic year, selects the optional courses, for the following two semesters, from the BPF provided. It is required that the choice of courses is approved by a supervisor and also enables the fulfilment of the required learning outcomes. In justified cases, a doctoral student, with the approval of a supervisor, may apply to the Director of the DSBUT to change the chosen optional subjects.

A doctoral student is obliged to pass the obligatory courses, in accordance with the curriculum. It is required that a doctoral student documents the acquired competencies (all required learning outcomes) when submitting his/ her thesis.

ECTS credits:

A student completes a study plan equivalent to 36 ECTS credits. Throughout his/ her course of study, a student is obliged to complete courses in English, from the base of optional courses and from outside the represented discipline, respectively for at least 2 and 1 ECTS point.

The Director of the DSBUT may agree to credit participation in foreign research internships, academic exchanges, short-term research stays, summer or winter schools and similar activities as optional courses – but not more than 4 ECTS credits throughout the course of study.

Completing courses:

Doctoral students at the beginning of the first semester of the DSBUT are required to complete “Occupational Health and Safety Training” (4 hours) and “Library Training” (3 hours).
Examinations and final tests in courses included in the study plan end with ZAL (pass) or NZAL (fail) grade. A student is obliged to complete all courses which allow him/her to gain a sufficient number of ECTS credits necessary to complete an academic year of study. The conditions and form of completing each course are described in a course description card.

Other matters related to studies are regulated by the Regulations for the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology..

Curriculum of the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology

Semester 1:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
O Protection of intellectual property, commercialization of research results 10 1
O Professional ethics 10 1
O Fundamentals of methodology of teaching at the University level 10 1
O Research laboratory
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

Semester 2:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
O Fundamental skills of a scientist’s workbench 20 2
O Doctoral seminar 10 1
O Research laboratory
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

Semester 3:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
O Research project management 12 1
O Scientific publications: motivation, principles, good practices 10 1
O E-learning methodology 10 1
O Research laboratory
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 52 4

Semester 4:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
F Optional academic module 20 2
O Doctoral seminar 10 1
O Research laboratory
O Professional training
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

Semester 5:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
F Optional academic module 30 3
0 Research laboratory
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

Semester 6:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
F Optional academic module 20 2
O Doctoral seminar 10 1
O Research laboratory
O Professional training
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

Semester 7:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
F Optional academic module 30 3
O Research laboratory
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

Semester 8:

Type
of classes
Course Number
of hours
ECTS
credits
F Optional academic module 20 2
O Doctoral seminar 10 1
O Research laboratory
O Professional training
O English for Academic Purposes 20 1
SUMA 50 4

* Specialist lecture (8 hours – 1 ECTS) – at least once per academic year.

 

Learning outcomes for the Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology:

The table below summarizes the learning outcomes adopted in formulating the DSBUT curriculum and defining the programme content of individual courses. The learning outcomes designations used in the description are a composite of the following symbols: SD_ – Doctoral School of Bialystok University of Technology; W – knowledge; U – skills; K – social competences; Number of the learning outcome.

Symbol Learning outcomes Qualifications code*
Learning outcomes (LOs) – knowledge
SD_W1 Knows and understands, to a degree which enables the revision of existing paradigms, the world’s achievements, including theoretical foundations and general issues and selected specific issues – appropriate to a given scientific or artistic discipline. P8S_WG

P8_UW

SD_W2 Knows and understands the main developmental trends of the scientific or artistic disciplines in which the education is given.
SD_W3 Knows and understands the methodology of scientific research.
SD_W4 Knows and understands the principles of dissemination of the results of scientific activity, including in open access mode.
SD_W5 Knows and understands the fundamental dilemmas of a modern civilization. P8S_WK
SD_W6 Knows and understands the economic, legal, ethical, and other relevant considerations of scientific activity.
SD_W7 Knows and understands the basic principles of knowledge transfer to the economic and social sphere and commercialization of the results of scientific activity and know-how related to these results.
Learning outcomes (LOs) – skills
SD_U1 Is able to use knowledge from different fields of science or arts to creatively identify, formulate and innovatively solve complex problems or perform tasks of a research nature, in particular:

  • define the purpose and object of scientific research, formulate a research hypothesis,
  • develop research methods, techniques and tools and apply them creatively,
  • draw inferences based on scientific findings.
P8S_UW

P8U_U

SD_U2 Is able to critically analyse and evaluate the results of scientific research, expert activities and other works of a creative nature and their contribution to knowledge.
SD_U3 Is able to transfer the results of scientific activity to the economic and social sphere.
SD_U4 Is able to communicate on specialized topics to a degree that enables active participation in the international scientific community. P8S_UK
SD_U5 Is able to disseminate the results of scientific activity, including popular forms.
SD_U6 Is able to initiate debate and participate in scientific discourse.
SD_U7 Can use a foreign language at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to the extent necessary to participate in an international scientific and professional environment.
SD_U8 Is able to plan and implement individual and team research or creative endeavours, including in an international environment. P8S_UO
SD_U9 Can independently plan and act for their own development and inspire and organize the development of others. P8S_UU
SD_U10 Is able to plan a class or group of classes and implement them using modern methods and tools.
Learning outcomes (LOs) – social competences
SD_K1 Is ready: to critically evaluate achievements within a given scientific or artistic discipline; to critically evaluate his/her own contribution to the development of a given scientific or artistic discipline; to recognize the importance of knowledge in solving cognitive and practical problems. P8S_KK
SD_K2 Is ready: to fulfil social obligations as a researcher and creator; to initiate public interest activities; to think and act in an entrepreneurial manner. P8S_KO

P8U_K

SD_K3 Is prepared to uphold and develop the ethos of the research and creative communities, including:

  • conducting scientific activity in an independent manner,
  • respect the principle of public ownership of the results of scientific activity, taking into account the principles of intellectual property.
P8S_KR

P8U_K

* Reference to qualifications obtained at level 8 according to the Regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of 14 November 2018 on the characteristics of the second level of learning outcomes for qualifications at levels 6-8 of the Polish Qualification Framework and the Act of 22 December 2015 on the Integrated Qualification System.

Obligatory course description cards:

Professional ethics (PDF, 135 KB)

Protection of intellectual property, commercialization of research results (PDF, 135 KB)

Fundamentals of methodology of teaching at the university level (PDF, 137 KB)

English for Academic Purposes (PDF, 203 KB)

Research laboratory (PDF, 115 KB)

Fundamental skills of a scientist’s workbench (PDF, 125 KB)

E-learning methodology (PDF, 117 KB)

Scientific publications motivation principles good practises (PDF, 114 KB)

Professional training (PDF, 114 KB)

Doctoral seminar (PDF, 130 KB)