Term Explanation
Colloquium Colloquium modules are small group teaching modules. These modules have a limited number of students. Colloquia require reading, presentation, oral participation and regular attendance. Students are expected to work independently and be motivated.
Continuous assessment Continuous Assessment are evaluations that takes place throughout the semester/academic year. Examples include midterm essays, class tests, group assignments
Discipline An academic discipline is a branch of knowledge that is taught and researched at university level. Examples of academic disciplines – French, Anatomy, Mathematics, Physics etc
ECTS ECTS is based on the convention that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study programme in Europe amounts in most cases to 36/40 weeks per year and in those cases one credit stands for 25 to 30 working hours. Workload refers to the notional time an average learner might expect to complete the required learning outcomes. An ECTS users guide can be downloaded at
Erasmus Programme The Erasmus Programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students), is a European Union student exchange programme. The Erasmus programme aims at enhancing the quality and reinforcing the European dimension of higher education as well as at increasing student and staff mobility. NUI Galway has in the region of 200 Erasmus bilateral agreements, and Erasmus links with some 130 European universities, providing opportunities for study and teaching abroad in a wide range of disciplines.
Essay A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author. Essay lenghts are advised by the academic disciplines and may vary from 1500 – 5000 words.
Examintion An examination is an assessment intended to measure a student’s knowledge of a particular academic mod- ule. Written examinations at NUI Galway are normally of 2 hours duration.
Extended Essay Extended essays may range from 3000 – 5000 words and provide students with an opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic
Lecture A lecture is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject. Most lectures take place in lecture theatres on campus and student numbers are not restricted when enrolling.
Module A unit of education or instruction in which a single topic or a small section of a broad topic is studied for a given period of time.
Occasional Arts You are an Visiting/Occasional Student if: You have been admitted to undertake a programme of study that is a sub-element of a recognised full-time programme. You may be a ’Visiting Student’ who is registered in another University which will give you credit in their programme for academic work you complete in NUI Galway. As an Occasional Student however, you are not on a programme leading to a Degree, Diploma or any other award of this University. Normally only stu- dents of another University, in good standing, or graduates are admitted as Occasional /Visiting students.
Prerequisite In order to be eligible for admission, students must demonstrate they have a suitable academic back- ground in a give subject area as set out by the Discipline.
Seminar Seminar modules are small group teaching modules . These modules have a limited number of students. Seminar modules are designed to facilitate intensive study of specific subject areas. Seminars require students to participate in class discussions. There may be a separate registration procedure for seminars to ensure that class size is not exceeded.
Tutorial An interactive class in which a tutor gives intensive instruction in a subject to a small group of students.
Visiting Student Students currently enrolled at another university who have permission from their university to take specific courses at NUI Galway. Visiting students normally enrol at NUI Galway for a semester or one academic year.