Studies at the T.E.I. of Messolonghi last 7 semesters followed by one more semester of practical training. Before students graduate, they must have completed successfully all the compulsory course units of their Department and six elective course units. Also, they must have elaborated a dissertation and accomplished a six-month practical training.
Theoretically, students can attend the course units in the curriculum in any order they like, providing that they are not dependent on course units that must have been attended and successfully completed during previous semesters. Attendance at laboratory courses is compulsory. Whoever does not attend 80% of the sessions spent in laboratory work fails. A laboratory course is considered completed when at least 2/3 of the sessions scheduled for it have been taught. Since a semester consists of 15 weeks, a laboratory course is considered completed when at least 10 sessions have been taught. Laboratory examinations are administered after each lesson, after a set of lessons or at the end of the semester.
Attendance at theoretical subjects is also compulsory because during teaching, the students' way of thinking changes, different points of view are expressed, and a lot of questions are answered.
The six-month practical training starts after the seventh semester has ended and the students have completed successfully 2/3 of all the compulsory course units, among which all the course units of their specialty.
Practical Training / Dissertation
Practical training helps students relate the theoretical knowledge and laboratory experience that they have acquired during their studies, with the problems faced in production areas. They become familiar with the structure and function of production plants, and the factors that affect work conditions and actively influence the process and methods of production. Practical training is organized and supervised by the Department.
Students are given a subject for their dissertation when they are in the last semesters of their studies. The dissertation can be elaborated either at the T.E.I. premises or at organizations and enterprises, always with the help and under the supervision of the Academic Staff of the Department. The laboratories and equipment of the T.E.I. are also used, when it is necessary, for the elaboration of the dissertation. Moreover, students preparing their dissertation are financially assisted. On completion of their dissertation, students submit and present it orally in front of a committee which is composed of three members of the Academic Staff, one of which is their supervisor.
Every academic year, which starts on 1st September and ends on 5th July, is divided into two independent teaching periods, the winter semester and the spring semester. Each semester consists of 15 full-time weeks of teaching and two examination periods of two weeks duration each. The winter semester starts at the end of September and ends in mid-January and the spring semester starts at the end of February and ends in mid-June. The exact dates are announced every semester.
After the completion of the 15 weeks teaching period students have to write final exams in each course. A student in order to successfully complete a course has to get at least a grade of 5 in the grading scale 0-10. For laboratory work there is continuous assessment and/or oral examinations during the 15-weeks semester period. A subject is considered successfully completed, if the student obtains at least a grade of 5 in the grading scale 0-10. For courses that consist of lectures and laboratory work, students must obtain a grade 5 for each part. The average is the grade of this course.
Examinations for the winter semester take place during the last fortnight of January and the first fortnight of February. The first examination period of the spring semester takes place in the last fortnight of June and the second one the first fortnight of September of the next academic year.