Classes and exams during COVID restrictions

Classes at NCU Collegium Medicum
Directives no. 109 and 110 of the Rector of the NCU determined the principles of conducting classes as well as crediting classes and performing examinations. Due to them, the following principles need to be followed until the end of the academic year:


  • Classes for all the years of the Faculty of Medicine must be conducted in a remote form even if such form was not specified in the curriculum. This applies to both theoretical and practical learning outcomes. There is no limit on the number of ECTS points for practical outcomes. This means that all practical teaching can be carried out remotely. It is possible to record practical procedures at the Centre for Medical Simulation, and then provide instruction to students, and give credit for skills on this basis. PLEASE TREAT THIS POSSIBILITY AS A BASIS OF CLASSES.
  • In exceptional cases, if the lecturer finds that the practical learning effect cannot be obtained remotely, it is possible to conduct classes at the Centre for Medical Simulation. Please, treat this option as an exception, due to the significant workload of Centre for Medical Simulation.
  • Rector's directive gives the possibility to carry out practical classes at the University's facilities, if necessary. If the epidemic situation does not deteriorate, in exceptional cases it will be possible to organize classes at the University Hospital No. 1 and No. 2, subject to significant rigors: 3 students per supervisor, a maximum of 12 students at the clinic, protection with personal protective equipment delivered by the hospital, movement ban between clinics, pre-class CoVID interview.
    Classes in clinics will be available from June 15. Please, consider this option as an exception, due to the constant epidemic risk. Classes in this form require the consent of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.


Credits and examinations can be performed in four forms:

  • Remote asynchronous off-line form (essays, reports, case studies sent for review to the examiner).
  • Remote synchronous on-line collective form. Credit or test exam is carried out for the whole group or year, using one of the platforms. Recommended platforms are Microsoft Teams and Moodle. It is necessary to meet the condition of identification and supervision of candidates. One of two options should be chosen:
    • Setting a time limit to solve each question without returning to the question. The scale of difficulty of the question should then be taken into account.
    • Setting a time limit for the entire test. The option of "shuffling" questions should be used so that each student receives a set of the same questions, but in a random order. Microsoft Teams has this option. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS POSSIBILITY AS A BASIS FOR ASSESSMENT AND EXAMINATIONS.
  • Remote, synchronous online individual form for those students who, due to quarantine or hospitalization, could not take the exam on the initial date.
  • Direct form. For this form, a prior booking of a room is necessary, with a limit on the number of candidates. Observe the recommendations arising from the Directives of the Nicolaus Copernicus University Rector and attachments.

To avoid collision of dates of credits and exams, a timetable will be launched, available to Remote Teaching Coordinators and, in read mode, to all students of the Faculty of Medicine. Persons responsible for carrying out the credit or the exam, please enter, in agreement with the students, the appropriate data into the timetable: credit or exam, subject, group, remote or direct form (if remote - a platform, if direct – a place), date and time.
Example of an entry:

4th year
12 pm

Detailed instructions pertaining to the access and data entry will be published on Faculty’s website.

Credit or exam in a direct form should be organized for students who do not have the technical possibilities of connecting via on-line video.

Detailed principles can be found in the following NCU internal acts: Directive of the NCU Rector No. 109 and 110 of May 27, 2020, and Appendix No. 1 and 2 to Regulation No. 109.

Prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Włodarczyk
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine