Electronics riga technical university faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications




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2. CHARACTERIZATION OF THE CURRICULA



The "Electronics" curriculum for the Doctoral degree lays out the contents and a plan of the "Electronics" studies, it specifies detailed requirements and procedures for student evaluation and the academic, material and financial resources available to the "Electronics" program (See: Supplement 1). The course description of the program is given in Supplement 2.

The doctoral study program "Electronics" has been developed in accordance with the regulations of the Senate, the Studies Department and the Study Profile of Computer systems, Electronics and Power engineering of the RTU. The curricula have been approved at the Councils of the Institute of Radioelectronics and at the Senate of the RTU. At the RTU, credit points (CP) are used to evaluate the amount of studies necessary for obtaining a degree. The number of CP in one study year is 48.


Doctoral Study Program in Electronics

Doctoral Studies at the RTU are determined by the RTU Senate decision "Regulations of Doctoral Studies in RTU" on 27.03.1995 and its latest supplements. The aim of the doctoral studies is to provide theoretical and practical basis for an academic and scientific career in electronics.

The goals of the Doctoral Study Program are achieved by:

  • teaching sciences related to Radio Electronics;

  • asking the doctoral students to formulate and solve independently scientific and practical problems;

  • including methods of experiment and processing their results into the study process;

  • involving the doctoral students in pedagogical work.


Contents of the Doctoral study program

The distribution of the study subjects into groups is determined by the "Resolution of the RTU Senate on the Doctoral Studies" approved on 30.10.2000 and by its subsequent supplements. The Promotion Council approves the compulsory study subjects.

The Doctoral study program in radioelectronics envisages mastering the theoretical subjects related to the appropriate course (Basics of Solid State Electronics, Electrodynamics for Radio Engineering, Signal Processing Theory, Analysis Methods of Microwave Systems), specialization subjects for managing experimental work in Electronics and Computer Applications, humanities (foreign language, philosophy), and subjects determined by the Institute of Radio Electronics and approved by the Promotion Council. A more detailed description of program subjects is given in Supplement 2.


The duration of studies and credits for the subjects

The overall amount of academic credits for the Doctoral degree at RTU is 144 CP, and the normal duration is 3 years.


The proportions between course categories

The subjects of the Doctoral study program are divided into the following groups:

A Compulsory electronics-related study subjects 15 CP (10.4 %)

B Limited Electives in specialization 15 CP (10.4 %)

C Optional specialization study subjects 6 CP (4.2%)

D Humanities Electives 6 CP (4.2 %)

E Doctoral Thesis 102 CP (70.8 %)


The specialization subjects can be regarded as limited electives because the doctoral student chooses them from all the possible subjects on the recommendation of the scientific supervisor of his Doctoral Thesis. The list of specialization study subjects can be supplemented according to need. Subjects determined by the Council of the Institute of Radio Electronics are included in the same category since by the decision of the scientific supervisor they can be replaced by some other specialization subjects.

Doctoral students have their individual plan where all the tasks to be accomplished are included. As a rule, pedagogical practice has to be included there, too.


Doctoral Thesis

In order to receive the Doctoral degree in Electronics one has to accomplish the study program and present successfully the Doctoral Thesis. The Doctoral Thesis gives 102 CP.

In the process of completing the Doctoral Thesis students have access to the necessary scientific and study laboratories, they can use the computers and software of the Institute of Radio Electronics and scientific literature from different libraries.

The State Scientific Qualification Commission (SSQC) determines the requirements and evaluation principles of Doctoral Thesis. The criteria concerning the approval of the Doctoral Thesis are formulated in special regulations elaborated by the SSQC and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia (06.04.1999.). A doctor's scientific degree is conferred for very significant, original, independently elaborated scientific qualification work, evaluated as a substantial contribution to the development of the respective science field. The results of Doctor's Thesis have to be published in at least 5 recognized scientific journals (approved by the Council). Also, the results of the Doctor's Thesis have to be presented to at least 2 international conferences. The doctoral work can be presented as a Thesis, as part of a thematically united series of scientific publications or a monograph. The doctoral work has to be submitted to the SSQC and after its positive evaluation it is forwarded to an international expert. If the evaluation is negative, the doctoral work has to be revised. Only then does the Promotion Council (list of the Council is approved by the Latvian Council of Sciences according to proposals of the Senate of the RTU) appoints 3 official reviewers and organizes a public presentation. Apparently, the decision is not completely entrusted only to the University. The evaluation and defence of the work is determined by the "Resolution on Conferring a doctor's scientific degree at the RTU" that is based on the decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers of the LR and the Science Council of Latvia and was approved in March 2003. The Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications has a Promotion Council in Engineering Sciences "Electronics and Telecommunications."

To facilitate for the doctoral students' compliance with the above requirements, the RTU has taken the following measures:

  • it has allowed the doctoral students to take academic leaves twice during the study period, thus increasing the time of doctoral studies to 5 years;

  • it arranges for RTU international scientific conferences and regularly issues Scientific Proceedings of RTU in which the doctoral students can publish the results of their work;

  • the annual international scientific conferences in Kaunas and every even year in Tallinn are also accessible to the doctoral students.


Other Electives

By the decree of the RTU Senate from Limited Electives 6 CP are given to foreign languages, 6 CP are envisaged for subjects chosen by the student.


Advertisements and information about the curriculum

Information on the possibilities of doctoral studies at the RTU is carried in the Latvian press releases. In practice the best graduates from the masters' programs and promising specialists from the industry are invited for doctoral studies.


The Curriculum Assessment by the Students and Employers

Because of the limited number of state supported study places for doctoral students, the program assessment is essentially based on the assessment of the basic study programs.

To find out the students’ assessment of the Electronics programs’ quality and the practical execution of Electronics study programs the students are regularly asked to fill out anonymous questionnaires. More than 60 % of the respondents are satisfied with the program chosen, more than 80 % of the respondents are motivated to study electronics, more than 80 % of the respondents are satisfied with the quality of the programs and with the way they are implemented. From the questionnaires it transpires that in the Faculty there is a basis for implementing the doctoral study program.

Employers and graduates are satisfied with the quality of the knowledge of the prepared specialists and of the study programs. Employers point to the wide intellectual range of vision of the graduates from the Electronics programs and their ability to adjust themselves to changing technologies in electronics. The graduates from Electronics programs are well-educated and knowledgeable specialists and they easily develop a team spirit.


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