Mandatory participation in class and mandatory assignments

Mandatory participation in class
Attending classes is generally not mandatory. However, many courses (practical courses, laboratory courses, etc.) require active participation to pass the course. In connection with projects, giving presentations and acting as a critic in relation to presentations given by other students may be mandatory. If participation in class is mandatory, this must be specified in the course description.

Mandatory assignments etc.
A course coordinator may decide that the submission and approval of written assignments, oral presentations, etc. during the course are a prerequisite for the students being allowed to take the course exam. In such case, this must be stated in the course description.

Assignments must meet the learning objectives for the course in terms of form and content, and it is expected that the course coordinator provides the students with feedback on the assignments.

The individual course coordinators decide on the criteria for approval of mandatory assignments and inform the students.

Mandatory assignments are not included in the assessment, but are to be regarded as a course element.

Mandatory assignments in relation to re-exams are described in further detail at DTU Inside under ‘Courses with mandatory assignments as a prerequisite for exam participation’ under ‘Re-exams’.

Illness or other legitimate reasons for absence from mandatory activities
Students who are prevented from participating in mandatory teaching modules or completing laboratory or workshop activities, due to illness or for other legitimate reasons, are obligated to notify the lecturer responsible as soon as possible. The student must be able to document the reason for being absent if requested from the lecturer.

The student can agree with the lecturer to retake the mandatory activity or have it replaced by a similar activity. If this is not possible, the student is entitled to take the activity again the next time the course is offered.

If the student is unable to participate in the exam in the course due to legitimate absence, the student must submit documentation for the reason for the absence. If the students does not submit documentation, the exam will count as an exam attempt (see more on ‘Structure and rules’ / ‘Exam ‘ / ‘Illness in connection with exams’).