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SELF-ASSESSMENT report of professional bachelor`s study programme „jurisprudence” of Eihseba university college

Riga, 2012

Application for accreditation of the study programme

Name of the University College

EIHSEBA University College

Legal address and telephone numbers

Riga, 63 Stabu Street, LV 1011, tel.

67847063, 67272255

Number of the registration certificate of registration of the University College

3343802833

Name of the study programme

Professional Bachelor’s study programme “Jurisprudence”

Code of the study programme

42380

The duration and amount of credit points of the study programme

4-years long full-time studies and 4 years and 2-months long part-time studies,

160 LR credit points (240 ECTS)

Location, mode and form of studies

Riga, 63 Stabu Street and 8a Ezermalas Street

full-time studies, part-time studies and distance studies

Admission requirements

Secondary education

Degree and qualification awarded

Professional Bachelor`s degree in Law Science and qualification of a Legal Adviser

Name, surname and position of person who is authorized by the University College to organize the accreditation process

Evija Liepa, Acting Rector

eliepa2@, 29557195

CONTENT

1. THE objectives, tasks OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME and study results TO BE OBTAINED AFTER ACQUISITION of HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME 4

2. OrganiSation OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME and GRADING system 6

2.1. Conformity of the study programme to the objectives and tasks of the University College 6

2.2. The study content 7

2.3. Quality assurance in practical implementation of the study programme 8

2.3.1. Operation of internal quality mechanism of higher education programme 8

2.3.3. Methods and forms of studies 11

2.4. Assessment of the academic staff implementing higher education programme 12

2.4.1. Research work of academic staff and its influence on studies 12

2.4.2. The policy of selecting, reinstating, training and developing academic staff 13

3. Perspective assessment of higher education programme 15

3.1. Perspective assessment of higher education programme 15

3.1.1. Conformity to the standard of higher professional education 15

3.1.2. Comparison of the study programme with other similar Latvian study programmes 17

3.1.3. Comparison of the study programme with other similar foreign study programmes 21

3.2. Students`participation in the study process, research and poll results 23

3.2.1. Students` participation in improvement of study process 23

3.2.2. Students` participation in research projects 24

3.3. Sources of financing and provision of infrastructure 24

3.4. Foreign relations 26

3.5. The development plan of higher education programme 27

3.5.1. SWOT analysis 27

3.5.2. The directions of study programmes in development plan 28

ANNEXES 31

Annex 1. Licence of the study programme 31

Annex 2. Senate decision on the promotion of the accreditation of study programme 32

Annex 3. Agreement on opportunity of continuing studies at Turība University 33

Annex 4. Extract from the Senate decision on academic staff election 35

Annex 5. Sample of diploma and its supplements certifying acquisition of higher education programme 37

Annex 6. The list of study courses provided for part time studies of the higher education programme 46

Annex 7. Study course assessment questionnaire 50

Annex 8. The description of the study programme’s courses 52

Annex 9. Scientific biographies of the academic staff 201

1. THE objectives, tasks OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME and study results TO BE OBTAINED AFTER ACQUISITION of HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME

The objectives and tasks of the study programme “Jurisprudence” of EIHSEBA University College for obtaining professional bachelor degree in Law Science and qualification of a “Legal adviser” were drawn up in accordance with requirements of Regulations No. 481 of the Cabinet of Ministers of 20 November 2001 “Regulations regarding the State Standard for the Second Level Higher Professional Education” and in accordance with the level of duties, assignments, knowledge, skills, abilities and acquirements which are actualised in the professional standard for “Legal adviser” (code of profession 2619 01) and established in the professional standard for “Lawyer” (code of profession 2611 01), to prepare graduates of the study programme for successful professional activity and studies in professional master study programme.

The strategic objective of the study programme in accordance with the aims of EIHSEBA University College is to provide the students with the possibility of obtaining competitive high quality higher professional education in jurisprudence and to prepare students for practical work in the profession of a legal adviser.

The objectives of the study programme are as follows:

  • to ensure students’ theoretical and practical training in accordance with the fifth level of professional qualification which allows taking the position of a legal adviser;

  • to ensure acquisition of theoretical knowledge and skills in jurisprudence which allows graduates to study professional master study programme in the sphere of jurisprudence after acquisition of the programme;

  • to ensure up-to-date acquisition of general knowledge with the help of involving into work guest lecturers who can share their practical experience;

  • to encourage students to perfect their knowledge and improve their qualification independently, to improve their motivation for further education.

Tasks:

  • to ensure students' acquisition of the courses of general education, theoretical basic courses in the sphere of jurisprudence, the courses of information technologies and the courses of professional specialisation in the sphere of jurisprudence of the programme at appropriate level.

  • to form the skills of identification, evaluation and correct interpretation of legal norms which regulate behaviour of the participant of legal relations.

  • to form the skills of critical thinking and correct identification of legal problems for the purpose of their successful solution.

  • to form the skills of preparing legal documents.

  • to form students’ understanding about the development of the laws of Latvia, EU and foreign countries and activity of competent state institutions.

  • to form students’ skills to identify, prevent or successfully solve the conflicts.

  • to provide the students with the possibility of mastering foreign languages (English, German, Russian) which may be necessary for their successful professional activity, acquiring legal terminology and improving the skills of their application.

  • to develop the students’ abilities to work with different sources of legal information, to systematise them, to formulate correct conclusions and the needs of further research.

  • to prepare students not only for qualitative performance of research but also to facilitate synergy between the development of course papers and real legal activity.

  • with the purpose of ensuring bachelor programme students’ ability to meet the requirements of lawyer’s profession irrespectively of the sphere of activity and to perform respective work and official duties1, the students of the programme must be provided the possibility of starting acquisition of requirements of the professional standard for lawyers.

  • to support the student in formation of many-sided personality by the means of providing material and technical resources which are necessary for studies.

Planned results– competences which should be obtained by the graduates of the study programme:

  • ability to orient in the legal systems of Latvia, international legal systems and legal system of the European Union (Community).

  • ability to use legal sources independently.

  • ability to keep track of changes in political planning documents and legal acts independently.

  • ability to keep track of the court practice and legal literature.

  • ability to have good knowledge of legal methods.

  • ability to use the most efficient legal method for solution of the problem.

  • ability to consult people on legal issues.

  • ability to represent state and municipal institutions as well as people in settlement of legal issues.

  • ability to draw up legal documents.

  • ability to present informative reports and draft legal acts.

  • ability to provide arguments for legal opinions.

  • ability to study legal information.

  • ability to select necessary legal information.

  • ability to systematise obtained legal information, to use obtained information in preparation of decisions, decision-making and execution of decision.

  • ability to perform professional and/or scientific research in accordance with professional specifics and specifics of taken position.

  • ability to form independent skills of work with latest information technologies.

  • ability to communicate in the state language and two foreign languages.

2. OrganiSation OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME and GRADING system

2.1. Conformity of the study programme to the objectives and tasks of the University College

The mission of EIHSEBA University College is implementation of the study programmes of higher education and ensuring preparation of knowledgeable, creative, competent and competitive specialists which are in demand at labour market.

The study programme assists to implement the mission of the University College College because its study courses are organised in the way which allows students to become professionals and be in demand on the labour market.

The vision of EIHSEBA University College is prestigious, internationally known university; the supporting centre of European scientific research, academic and professional studies, innovation and business incubators.

To ensure transformation of EIHSEBA University College into university, study programme takes significant place in the system of study programmes.

Upon foundation of the University College the plan of development for the years of 2010-2018 was developed.

The strategic objectives of the University College are divided into six directions:

  1. Integration of Latvia Business College into EIHSEBA University College structure.

  2. Provision of effective organisation administration as well as formation and introduction of quality management system.

  3. Formation, implementation and regular actualisation of study programmes.

  4. Attraction of foreign srudents.

  5. Attraction and development of scientific potential.

  6. Formation and regular improvement of technologically developed environment which encourages scientific and practical research and ensures academic activity.

The strategic objectives of the University College (and achievements of the contribution of study programme):

  1. Until 01.09.2015. to ensure 75% of the lecturers with doctoral degrees in academic staff composition.

Comment: in academic year 2011./2012. the lecturers (8 of 19) involved in the study programme have a doctoral degree (42%).

  1. Until 01.09.2015. to involve at least 1200 students from foreign countries.

Comment: extensive advertising campaign on entrant attraction has been started in Russian and Lithuanian mass media, however, this programme`s feature is that the Latvian legislation is not actual for foreign residents.

  1. Until 01.09.2015. to create 7 bachelor's and 5 master's professional study programmes.

Comment: study programme „Jurisprudence” is one of seven professional bachelor's study programmes which was planned to create. Licence received on July 13, 2011 (licence number 04065-6).

  1. Until 01.09.2015. to engage in professional associations activity.

Comment: we have started negotiations with the representative of the Latvian Collegium of Sworn Advocates on joining this organisation, students are invited to join the Latvian Association of Young Lawyers (LAYL).

2.2. The study content

The professional bachelor study programme “Jurisprudence” of EIHSEBA University College was made in accordance with requirements of Regulations No. 481 of the Cabinet of Ministers of 20 November 2001 “Regulations regarding the State Standard for the Second Level Higher Professional Education” (with amendments No.348 of 29 May 2007) and requirements of professional standards for Legal adviser (code of profession 2619 01) and Lawyer (code of profession 2611 01).

Contents of the programme are formed by:

    • study courses– 122 CP (183 ECTS), of which:

      • study course of general education– 20 CP (30 ECTS);

      • theoretical basic courses in the sphere of jurisprudence and information technology courses – 36 CP (54 ECTS);

      • professional specialisation courses in the sphere of jurisprudence– 60 CP (90 ECTS);

      • optional courses of the bachelor programme – 6 CP (9 ECTS);

    • practice – 26 CP (39 ECTS);

    • qualification examination and bachelor paper – 12 CP (18 ECTS).

In full-time studies these 160 CP (240 ECTS) are planned to be obtained during 4 years but in part-time studies – during 4 years and 2 months.

Detailed plan of the study programme see in 3.1.

2.3. Quality assurance in practical implementation of the study programme

2.3.1. Operation of internal quality mechanism of higher education programme

Compliance with the constantly increasing requirements of customers at the highest level of quality is vital to the future growth of any company in any sector of activity. "EIHSEBA University College" Ltd. strives for continuous improvement of management systems, quality management system has been developed and planned of its certification according to international standard ISO 9001:2008.

In accordance with requirements which were passed at Bergen conference of European ministers responsible for higher education on the 20th of May 2005 and approved in London on the 19th of May 2007 by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) which developed „Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher
Education Area” (ESG), EIHSEBA University College formed its quality assurance system for education on the basis of students and employers’ interest in qualitative higher education and its conformity to requirements of labour market with the purpose of encouraging improvement of the quality of higher education, transparency of information, collaboration of interested parties and ensuring regular quality assessment.

EIHSEBA University College has quality assurance system which includes:

  • developed policy and procedures for ensuring quality of higher education;

  • developed mechanisms for development and approval of own study programmes, ensuring their implementation and regular, periodic testing;

  • developed and included into course descriptions criteria for assessment of achievement of learning results which are made known to the students;

  • developed internal regulations and mechanisms of ensuring personnel’s qualification and quality of work;

  • ensured Intranet base which summarises information about students’ achievements, fee for studies and other indexes which are important for operation of the EIHSEBA University College and places different documents which regulate the activity of the University College and particular study programme.

The technical personnel regularly respond to the entrants and students’ questions (the website has the option “Ask a question”). In the course of the term 40-60 questions (mostly about the activities and possible accreditation terms) are sent every day and several hundreds of questions are sent in the course of enrolment period therefore, responses are provided within 1-3 days. The technical personnel consult students from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia about the possibilities of studies in Latvia and in collaboration with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of LR it explains the procedure for getting visas and residence permits.

The lecturers and students by e-mail are informed about news in the life of the University College and they are also sent SMS to the mobile phones about changes in the curriculum. The lecturers have the possibility of copying handouts and tests; the technician takes care of multimedia projectors, computers and TV sets.

In the case of need the students are provided with the place in a hostel.

The students who have not arrived to the examination or test are called to find out the reasons and are provided the possibility of asking questions about unclear things.

Survey results are regularly summarized and made known to interested respectives.

Planned discussion of strengths, weaknesses, changes, development possibilities and plans of the study programme takes place within the framework of continuous operation of the system of internal self-assessment and quality improvement.

2.3.2. Grading system

The basic principles of evaluation in the study programme:

    • the principle of summing up positive achievements – the acquired education shall be evaluated, by summing up positive achievements;

    • the principle of mandatory evaluation – it shall be necessary to acquire a positive evaluation for the acquisition of the mandatory content included in the primary components of programmes;

    • the principle of openness and clarity of requirements – according to the aims and objectives set out in programmes, as well as the aims and objectives of study courses an aggregate of the primary requirements is specified for the evaluation of the education acquired;

    • the principle of diversity of means utilised in evaluation – various means of evaluation shall be used in the evaluation of the acquisition of a programme;

    • the principle of appropriateness of evaluation – in an examination the opportunity is given to affirm analytical and creative capabilities, knowledge, abilities and skills in appropriate tasks and situations for all levels of acquisition. The scope of the content included in an examination shall comply with the content specified in the course programmes and the requirements for abilities and knowledge specified in the professional standard.

Every lecturer must provide precise definition of the requirements and specifics of evaluation system in a full course description and introductory lecture.

The University College EIHSEBA evaluates study courses which envisage examination or test in accordance with 10-point grading scale, the mark should be put in accordance with the following system:

Level of

acquisition

Mark

Meaning

Explanation

very high

10

with distinction

Knowledge, skills and abilities exceed the requirements for acquisition established in description of the study course

very high

9

excellent

Knowledge, skills and abilities fully meet the requirements for acquisition established in description of the study course

high

8

very good

Requirements for acquisition of the study course are executed in full, however, lecturer sometimes notices inability to apply knowledge independently in difficult situations

high

7

good

Requirements for acquisition of the study course are executed, however, lecturer sometimes notices inability to apply acquired knowledge independently

medium

6

almost good

Requirements for acquisition of the study course are executed, however, lecturer sometimes notices insufficiently deep understanding of the problem and inability to apply acquired knowledge

medium

5

satisfactory

Lecturer notices insufficient knowledge of some problems and inability to apply acquired knowledge

medium

4

almost satisfactory

Minimum requirements for acquisition of the study course are executed

low

3

weak

Shallow knowledge of the most important basic problems of the study course

2

very weak

Shallow acquisition of several issues of the study course

1

very, very weak

There is no understanding of basic problems of the study course

The main forms of assessment of the results of the study course are established in the curriculum of the study programme. They are:

    • term control–passing examinations and tests on subjects which were acquired during the term, execution and presentation of practice, presentation of course paper, pre-defence and defence of bachelor`s paper;

    • interterm control– assessment of execution of tests, independent works and reports (essays) as well as assessment of participation in practical classes and seminars.

In accordance with specifics of the course there are 4 basic variants of assessment of study results:

  • “short” regular tests about themes which were considered during the lectures, their results affect final mark;

  • 1-2 “big” tests which are the part of final mark;

  • in the course of the term students perform 2-4 independent assignments which are submitted to the lecturer for checking; quality of solution and time of execution affect final mark to the extent which is established in course description;

  • a student or group of students develop independent project, implement and present it, thus demonstrating the results to lecturers or the commission. Mark for the project is the part of final mark.

Written examinations and tests allow using modern technology for assessment of students’ knowledge in accordance with ECTS grading scale. For this purpose some subjects have control tests but the other subjects have individual assignments which get changed every term.

Only those students who have not more than 3 academic (study course) debts are promoted to the next term in accordance with Study Regulations. Enrolment is planned twice a year, therefore, some part of students will continue repeated studies in the same term but with other group. After acquisition of every study course students fill in questionnaire (sample questionnaire is available in Annex 7), its results are summarised and made known to a certain lecturer.

2.3.3. Methods and forms of studies

Final assessment of the study course consists of 2-4 marks for tests and the mark for examination or test (every studied subject has defined its requirements and percentage of specific weight), therefore, the students in the course of the term are informed about the degree of acquisition of study achievements. After every study course finishes the students fill in the questionnaire (see Annex 7), its results are summarised and made known to respective lecturer. Description of every course formulates expected results and in accordance with them the lecturer chooses methods which he/she uses at the lecture.

To acquire knowledge the following methods are used: lecture, seminar, situation research and analysis, colloquiums and consultations.

To acquire and solidify skills the lecturers use discussions, debates, group work, method of competition, solution of situations (cases), independent work (reports, essays). The students acquire and improve competences by the means of such methods as self-confrontation, imitation and simulation of situations (the students are involved into situations which provide them experience on the basis of which the students can later make fundamental conclusions).

Planned study results formed in each study course, which graduates have to achieve for obtaining the qualification. In the end of the study course the lecturer and students assess if they have achieved planned results.

In the end of every term it is planned to analyse students’ achievements to find out lecturers’ ratings and their relation to the given assessment (see Annex 7)

2.4. Assessment of the academic staff implementing higher education programme

In the academic year 2011/2012 the study programme is implemented only 19 lecturers of whom 13 (68,4%) are elected at University College (see Annex 4) and with other lecturers engagement agreements concluded (stored at Rectorate).

2.4.1. Research work of academic staff and its influence on studies

Study programme is implemented by such leading scientists in the sphere of jurisprudence as Dr.iur.Aivars Fogels, Dr.iur.Aleksandrs Baikovs, Dr. habil. phil. and corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences Ivans Vedins who have published their monographs and read lectures on respective subjects providing knowledge and forming skills and competences (A.Fogels reads lectures on the subjects of public law in the sphere of human rights, A.Baikovs reads lectures on the subjects of private law, I.Vedins reads lectures on logic and scientific research). The associate professor of the study course “Labour law” Dr.iur.Vizma Dubure took part in development of the Labour Law of the Republic of Latvia.

Leading researchers in the sphere of jurisprudence have shared their knowledge and experience with Latvian students in the course of many years. In accordance with their taught study courses academic staff offers themes of study research.

2.4.2. The policy of selecting, reinstating, training and developing academic staff

The University College EIHSEBA understands that the academic staff of higher education programme must be highly-qualified and competent to ensure proper acquisition of students’ research skills, theoretical knowledge, abilities and competences. One of the strategic objectives is to ensure the proportion of lecturers having scientific degree at the level of 75% till 1 September 2015., at the moment there are 31,6% proportion of elected lecturers with doctor degrees.

The University College selects personnel with the help of placing advertisements at the website of personnel selection company CV Online Latvia and with the help of internal competition.

Academic positions in the University College EIHSEBA are taken in accordance with the procedure of the law “On institutions of higher education”.

To be selected for position of lecturer the applicant must meet the following requirements:

1.

Master’ s or doctoral degree or higher education without academic degree if the applicant has at least 5-year long practical experience in the sphere of subject to be taught *;

2.

Experience of work with audience;

3.

Prepared** teaching aids for the study course (-s);

4.

it is desirable to have knowledge of foreign language (Russian, English) at the level of colloquial speech;

5.

computer skills of work in Moodle environment.

To be selected for position of associate professor the applicant must meet the following requirements of adequacy for the job:

1.

Doctoral degree or higher education without academic degree if the applicant has at least 7-year long practical experience in the sphere of subject to be taught *;

2.

Experience of work with audience;

3.

At least 3 years of pedagogical work experience of which at least one year of work in a higher educational institution;

4.

Prepared** teaching aids for the study course (-s);

5.

Knowledge of foreign languages and skill to use it in academic and research work;

6.

Skills of work with computer;

7.

Qualification improvement in accordance with the study programmes of the University College;

8.

At least 3 publications in the course of previous 6 years;

9.

Speaking at international conferences (at least once every 2 years);

10.

The experience of giving lectures for international audience;

11.

Participation in the projects on development of higher educational institution.

(The applicant should execute all the criteria of clauses 1-8 and at least 2 criteria of clauses 8-11.

* in field-specific subjects of professional study programmes the position of associate professor or lecturer can be taken by a person with higher education without academic degree if the person has sufficient practical work experience in the sphere of subject to be taught.

** teaching aids of the study course which are prepared in accordance with requirements of the University College).

Employees are appointed to their academic positions by Senate. Selection is performed in 2 stages:

1) acting rector assesses applicant’s CV and selects applicants for interview;

2) Senate in voting decides which applicant will conclude labour contract.

If a guest lecturer or guest associate professor wants to be selected for work in the University College he/she must write application and submit it to the acting rector, after that at the meeting of Senate in an open voting this applicant is or is not appointed to the position.

The plan of personnel training and development is drawn up for every future academic year, it plans financing for participation in conferences, seminars and career development courses.

In future University College plans to collaborate with the EU higher educational institutions for the purpose of lecturer and student exchange.

To support doctoral students the University College encourages their participation in international conferences.

To simplify work and improve its organisation the University College provides different support to the staff: effective exchange of information, simplification of organisational procedures, explanation of requirements, sharing of experience, adaptation of new colleagues.



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