Experts in Teamwork - for students
This page contains information about how to register for Experts in Teamwork, rules for attendance and exemptions, useful teaching materials, as well as what you should do if you are unable to take the course.
Norsk versjon - Eksperter i team - for studenter
Table of Contents [-]
- When does the teaching take place?
- Learning material
- Reference groups
- Attendance rules
- What should I do if I get ill, or by other pressing reasons, am unable to attend the village?
- I am going to be absent for more than 20 % of the time. Is there anything I can do?
- Why is attendance obligatory in EiT?
- Why is absence on the first or second village day not allowed?
- Do we have to stay in the village room the entire day?
- How do I register for EiT?
- What should I do if I have to change my village type?
- What should I do if I am unable to attend EiT?
- Village assignments
Experts in Teamwork students are divided into work groups called villages (student groups of approximately 30) and the teaching takes place at the different NTNU campuses.
When does the teaching take place? #
Learning material #
Guide for EiT students #
The guide for students is an important document that you should read at the beginning of the semester. The guide contains the course description and an elaboration on EiT's learning outcomes and assessment criteria. The guide describes the framework of the course, such as attendance and compulsory activities.
The guide also contains a chapter that elaborates on what is expected regarding the content of the process report, and is intended to help in the writing process.
We recommend that all students read this guide during the first village days.
- Guide for Students in EiT Spring Semester 2017 (English version)
- Veiledning for studenter i EiT våren 2017 (norsk versjon)
Book for reflections #
Every student in EiT is given a book for reflections. The book contains mostly blank pages where you can write down your personal reflections. These form the basis for the reflections that are made at the group level, and for the team’s process report. The book of reflections also contains a few pages on EiT and facilitation, as well as a guide to writing reflections.
EiT compendium #
The EiT compendium is digital and in English. It is accessible by following a link on the individual village's It's Learning page. The compendium is a collection of texts whose aim is to provide a theoretical framework, and form a basis for reflections on group phenomena. The texts describe and discuss group dynamics from different perspectives, as well what is characteristic of, and what develops, effective groups.
Video lecture about Group Psychology ABC #
We in the EiT staff recommend that you watch the video lecture called Group Psychology ABC, with Turid Suzanne Berg-Nielsen. The lecture provides you with concepts and examples of typical group dynamic phenomena, which you can use when reflecting on the cooperation in your team.
Video lecture: Group Psychology ABC (in English and Norwegian)
Reference groups #
In EiT reference groups are used to ensure the quality of the course. One the webpage for village supervisors, you find normal procedures and templates for referance group reports.
Attendance rules #
Attendance is obligatory in Experts in Teamwork, and a minimum attendance record of 80 % is required to pass the course. Since you work together in groups, absence is not accepted unless you are ill. If you are absent for more than 20 %, or do not show up the first village days or do not participate in the final presentation, you will fail the course.
What should I do if I get ill, or by other pressing reasons, am unable to attend the village? #
If your absence does not exceed 20 %, it is enough to inform your village supervisor and your team, and come to an agreement with your team regarding what you have to do to catch up on the work.
I am going to be absent for more than 20 % of the time. Is there anything I can do? #
The village supervisor does not have the permission to give dispensation from the attendance rules. If you have especially good reasons for your absence, we recommend that you contact the village supervisor’s faculty. Present your case, and the faculty will consider if it is possible to find a solution.
Why is attendance obligatory in EiT? #
EiT is a course that prepares you for work life, and where you will gain experience in interdisciplinary teamwork. A basis for this is that the team works together on the village days (08.00 – 16.00). Since the course is experience based, and the experiences form the basis for a common report, it will be bad for the team if some of the group members are absent.
Why is absence on the first or second village day not allowed? #
The foundation for the work in the teams is naturally laid down at the start of the semester. As members of a team, you are mutually dependent of each other’s efforts, contributions and presence. Certain rules need to be laid down to ensure healthy cooperation in the team. Through negotiations the students decide what rules should apply in their team, and this decision is recorded in a cooperation agreement. This activity is compulsory, and must be completed during the first two village days to pass the course. Absence is only allowed under special circumstances, and an application must be sent to the village supervisor’s faculty, not the village supervisor.
Do we have to stay in the village room the entire day? #
It is the village supervisor who decides how much time each day the team needs to be present in the village room and how much time the team can choose where they will work. This will probably vary during the semester / intensive period.
Because one of the outcomes of EiT is writing a team process report, a facilitator will observe the team as they work together. He or she has the task of helping team members to reflect on all aspects of the team's cooperation. It is important that most of the work in the team is done together in the village room to enable the facilitator to observe and assist your understanding of cooperation issues.
How do I register for EiT? #
Choose a village #
When choosing which village you would most like to attend, you have to select 5 villages in preferred order. In addition you must:
- Choose the village type required by your programme of study
- Choose at least two villages offered by another faculty than your own
- Choose only villages where you have a good command of the language of instruction. (Exception: Students on a few specific master's programmes at the Faculty of Social Science and Technology Management may only choose villages where English is the village language, labeled ENG in the overview below)
- Register your five village priorities on Studentweb from 1 October – 1 November.
- You may change the order of priorities as many times as you would like before the deadline
- Guide to registering on Studentweb
What should I do if I am unable to register on Studentweb? #
If you are not following a normal study progression, Experts in Teamwork might not show up on your Studentweb pages. If that is the case, you must contact your faculty before 1 November, so that they can help you by registering your priorities manually.
What are my village options? #
There are two village types: Intensive villages are taught every day for three weeks in January, while semester-based village are taught for fifteen Wednesdays during the spring semester. Both village types are equal in scope and number of teaching days.
Your faculty or department decides if you can choose semester-based or intensive villages, or if you are free to choose between them. The overview below shows which village type(s) you can choose.
Please note: If your programme of study is listed under both intensive and semester-based villages, this means that you may choose freely between the two types of villages.
|Faculty of Humanities||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Comparative Studies of Literature||Yes||Yes|
|Drama and Theatre||Yes||Yes|
|Equality and Diversity||Yes||Yes|
|Media Studies: Visual Culture||Yes||Yes|
|Music Performance Studies||Yes||Yes|
|Scandinavian Language and Literature Studies||Yes||Yes|
|Science and Technology Studies (STS)||Yes||No|
|Faculty of Medicine||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Exercise Physiology and Sport Sciences||Yes||No|
|Human Movement Science||Yes||No|
|Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Real Estate and Facilites Management||Yes||Yes|
|Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Cybernetics and Robotics||No||Yes|
|Electronic Systems Design and Innovation||No||Yes|
|Electric Power Engineering||No||Yes|
|Energy and Environmental Engineering||No||Yes|
|Energy Use and Energy Planning||No||Yes|
|Telematics - Communication Networks and Networked Services||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||No||Yes|
|Engineering and ICT||No||Yes|
|Geotechnics and Geohazards||No||Yes|
|Industrial Design Engineering||No||Yes|
|Natural Gas Technology||No||Yes|
|Petroleum Geosciences and Engineering||No||Yes|
|Product Design and Manufacturing||No||Yes|
|Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Aquatic Food Production - Safety and Quality||No||Yes|
|Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 2-year||No||Yes|
|Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 5-year||No||Yes|
|Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry||No||Yes|
|Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering||No||Yes|
|Light Metals, Silicon and Ferroalloy Production||No||Yes|
|Marine Coastal Development||No||Yes|
|Materials Technology, 2-year||No||Yes|
|Materials Technology, 5-year||No||Yes|
|Physics and Mathematics||No||Yes|
|Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management||May choose intensive villages?||May choose semester-based villages?|
|Childhood Studies ENG||Yes||No|
|Clinical Programme in Psychology||No||Yes|
|Development Studies ENG||Yes||No|
|Economics, 2 years||Yes||No|
|Economics, 5 years||Yes||No|
|Industrial Economics and Technology Management||No||Yes|
|Media, Communication and Information Technology||Yes||No|
|Project Management ENG||Yes||No|
|Safety, Health and Environment||No||Yes|
ENG: Students from these study programmes must choose English speaking villages
What should I do if I have to change my village type? #
EiT is normally compulsory in all programmes of study at the second-degree (master's) level at NTNU and your study programme decides which village type (intensive or semester-based) you must complete, but under certain conditions it may be appropriate for you to apply for a different type of village.To apply for a change of village type you must send an application to your faculty before 1 October.
How can I change from intensive to semester-based villages or the other way around? #
Your study programme decides which village type (intensive or semester-based) you must complete, or if you are free to choose between them. See the list above for an overview.
You can apply for a change of village type if you have good reason to do so. The application is sent to the EiT contact at the faculty where you belong through your master’s programme. The faculty can also give you more information, and answer questions regarding the application procedure.
Please note that even though you apply for a change of village type, you must also register five village priorities on Studentweb before 1 November.
What should I do if I am unable to attend EiT? #
EiT is normally compulsory in all programmes of study at the second-degree (master's) level at NTNU, but under certain conditions it may be appropriate for you to apply for an exemption. You must send an application to your faculty before 1 October. You can find the rules governing exemptions and information about the application procedure below.
Who can apply for an exemption? #
You can apply for an exemption from EiT if one of these criteria applies to you:
- Completed examinations that confer knowledge equivalent to what you experience in EiT
- Acquired knowledge equivalent to EiT through professional and/or work experience
- Absence related to your study programme
- Compelling practical reasons that can be documented
- Physical or psychological reasons for exemption
If you believe it is relevant for you to apply for exemption based on one or more of these criteria, read the exemption rules in full text.
How do I apply for an exemption? #
You must send an application where you state why you think you are eligible for an exemption to the EiT contact person at your faculty. The faculty can also give you more information, and answer questions regarding the application procedure.
Please note that even if you apply for an exemption, you must also register five village priorities on Studentweb before 1 November.
Village assignments #
By 12 December you will be able to see which village you have been assigned to by logging on to Studentweb. If you can not find the information on Studentweb, please contact the Experts in Teamwork staff.
Please note that when you have been assigned to a village, you are automatically registered for the EiT course and examination.
Welcome message from village supervisor #
The village supervisor in the village you have been assigned to will send you a welcome message by email by 13 December. This email will contain information about when and where you have to meet up for the first day of EiT.
What if you don't get an email from you village supervisor, or are missing information about meeting place? #
We then recommend that you contact:
- The village supervisor directly
- The department that provides the village
- The faculty of the department that provides the village
Please note: Information about meeting places in the schedules you find on NTNU's web pages may be unreliable, because room assignments can change. Therefore, you should rely on the confirmation you get from the village supervisor, or the department, about where you are supposed to meet on the first village day.
The allocation process #
The main rule is that there should be a maximum of two students from the same programme of study in an EiT team. The EiT staff distributes the students into different villages according to this principle, and the priorities that have been entered by EiT students on Studentweb, as well as the need for technical expertise in the village.