Class Operation Guide for Spring Semester 2021

. Overview and Goals:

  • In response to the spread of COVID-19 (hereinafter referred to as the “infectious disease”), a plan for the operation of both offline and online classes has been established to ensure a stable academic environment throughout the first semester of 2021.


  • To minimize the spread of the infectious disease and to maintain an appropriate amount of students, classes will be conducted in a manner that ensures the safety of all members in accordance with the government’s social distancing regulations.


. Spring Semester 2021 Plans for Class Operation

  • Classes will be conducted between 2021.3.2~6.14.(15 weeks) / 6.15.~6.21. (time for supplementary classes)
  • Course registration period and Course Add/Drop period

– Registration period:

(Currently enrolled students)2021.1.28.~2021.2.3.


– Course Add/Drop period: 2021.3.2.(Tue) ~ 2021.3.8.(Mon), (1 week)

※ In order to ensure a smooth course registration process (as well as course cancellation, course Add/Drop, etc), an online system has been implemented.


  • General Guidance

– To ensure the safety of members and to give students the opportunity to attend their course of choice, classes will be conducted in a number of different ways.


General Education classes

– These classes will be conducted online with the exception of experiments, practical classes (including language classes). These exceptions will be divided accordingly into offline and online classes.

Major classes

– Departments will individually determine whether the classes at a Major and Minor level are conducted online and offline and adjusted accordingly.


Departments with special class implementation plans

– In the case of the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Pharmacy, classes will be conducted online and offline in a manner that is compliant with the social distancing measures of each department.

– In the case of the College of Music, College of Fine Arts, College of Education (Physical Education) classes will be conducted offline in a manner that is compliant with the social distancing measures of each department when necessary, given that some classes require offline attendance in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

– Offline classes will be conducted according to social distancing regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

– Online classes will be conducted over Zoom and through eTL. Professors should implement the following suggestions to enhance the educational process.

Classes conducted through eTL

– Faculty must utilize the eTL platform to conduct online and offline classes.

– Faculty must utilize the eTL platform to assign and collect coursework and/or assignments.

·Announcements or notices regarding assignments and coursework shall also state their purpose (i.e. if they are being used as a substitute for exams, or if they are individual assignments).

·Faculty must provide feedback on all assignments or coursework submitted by their students, without exception.

Online classes support and quality control measures

– (Center for Teaching and Learning) Educate faculty on video content production and copyright regulations

– (Center for Teaching and Learning) Support faculty through workshops and manuals on how to conduct online classes

– (Faculty) Lectures and video content produced by faculty should be saved individually

– (Office of Academic Affairs) Support the establishment of a smart classroom system for online classes

Strengthen the communication and support for online classes

– TFT, Zoom and email consultation, eTL bulletin board, and a call center will be utilized to provide a support system for online classes

– In addition to the existing lecture evaluation form, students and faculty members will be required to complete a class survey that will be conducted twice throughout the semester

– Information regarding classes will be made available through videos, bulletin boards, email and SMS announcements

– (Tentative) Three students will be selected to participate in the Class Environment Improvement Committee that will collect student opinions on how online classes are being conducted.


. Detailed Plan for Conducting 2021-1 Semester Classes

  • Each instructor shall grade their classes according to the A~D operating system mentioned below. They must choose the most suitable operating method for their course. They shall announce their chosen method before the course registration period starts.

– In order to ensure the safety of SNU members, Group B-D courses will be conducted online and only Specialized courses in Group A will be conducted offline during the first two weeks of the term (2021.3.2. ~ 3.15.)

※ Specialized offline courses: Courses that require offline attendance in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

Timetable for Course Structure and Operation

Time period

Course division

<Applicable: Social distancing levels 1 ~ 1.5>
First third of the term Midterm


Final third of the term




Course which include Experiment, Practical and Training A group: Offline classes for 15 weeks Experiments, Practicals, Training
[Specialized offline] [Offline]
B group: Offline classes for 5 weeks or more, Online classes under 10 weeks Theory + Experiments, Practical and Training
[Online] [Online] [Offline] [Online]
[Online] [Offline]


C group: Offline classes under 5 weeks, Online classes more than 10 weeks

(First-year classes, student-participated classes, etc.)

Small Class Size
[Online] [Online] [Offline] [Online]
[Online] [Offline]
D group: Online 15 weeks

(In case of General Education classes, Class of a larger size, etc)

Theory Courses

※ Specialized offline courses: Courses that require offline attendance in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

※ Small class-size: If the number of registered students is less than 20, then offline classes will be held in accordance with social distancing procedures. (Classrooms will be assigned to ensure that there is 2m distance between all participants.)

※ The schedule for offline classes is subject to change according to the attendance of students registered for the course.

※ In order to accomodate student choices, each department will divide lectures that have the same curriculum into C and D groups.

※ If there is a consensus among students, the chosen approach for conducting Major courses can be altered within the first week of the term.


  • Classes will be held according to the social distancing level set by the government.
  Level 1 Level 1.5 Level 2 Level 2.5 Level 3
Group A Offline Offline Offline Specialized Offline* Online
Group B Specialized Offline* Online
Group C Online Online
Group D Online

※ Specialized offline courses: Courses that require offline attendance in order to fulfill graduation requirements.


. Assessment and Exams

  • Method for conducting exams

– Students should be graded according to the requirements of the individual course and this can take the form of offline and online examinations, quizzes and assignments, etc. Faculty should announce the evaluation method and ratio of grades prior to the start of the semester.

– Course grades should not be awarded based on a single exam. Instead, faculty should use a mixture of the recommended grading methods.

– Offline examinations will be conducted according to social distancing regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Faculty should also take into account each student’s individual circumstance and prepare an online alternative where necessary.

– Measures should be taken to ensure online exams are conducted in a fair manner.

  • Grading methods

– Based on Article 3 (3) of the “Seoul National University Regulations on the Processing of Academic Performance”, the ratio of grades can be adjusted according to the requirements of each course (absolute grading is also possible)

  • Offline class attendance policies and class attendance recognition

– Online class alternatives should be provided for students who are unable to attend offline classes

  • Prerecorded video lectures or live lectures over Zoom should also be provided.

Cases in which the student’s remote class attendance will be recognized:

  • If a student is subject to government quarantine guidelines and policies, including being recognized as confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • If an international student has not been able to enter Korea but has participated in classes remotely by utilizing the online lecture system.
  • If a student is unable to attend offline classes due to health considerations or location of residence, but has attended the supplementary online classes, the student’s class attendance can be recognized at the discretion of the faculty member.


. Guidance on Course Scheduling and Progression

  • Each faculty member should choose the most suitable operating system from the list above (Groups A~D군) and reflect it in the syllabus.

– Please upload the course syllabus before the course registration period on the Sugang (Course Registration) website (01.27)

※ Please refer to the sample syllabus provided below.

– Please make sure that the syllabus for each course reflects the two-week mandatory self-quarantine which international students (freshmen, global admission, etc) have to undergo, so that they can participate in the class.

  • Please be prepared to provide supplementary online (prerecorded or live Zoom) classes for students who can not attend offline classes, so that their attendance can be recognized.
  • Each department shall announce the applicable policies on the university’s website and student bulletin board before the Preliminary Course Registration:


Course name Course # Lecture # Faculty member Classroom Grading System Course Online class methodology offline class date Midterm exam Final Exam Final day of classes Evaluation methods

(On a curve, Absolute)


Experiment, Practice,


Team Project

Real time class,

Class recording,

Quiz, Assignment, Other

  No Exam,

Offline, Online,


No Exam,

Offline, Online,







(Syllabus Sample)

– This course consists of ten weeks of offline classes and five weeks of online classes.

– Please refer to the schedule for offline classes below for further information regarding the classes scheduling and make sure to participate accordingly.

– The manner in which classes are conducted is subject to change according to changes in the required level of social distancing. Any changes will be announced via email when appropriate.

Week Class type Classroom/Website Remarks
Weeks 1~3 Online etl Classroom ZOOM
Week 4 Online etl Classroom Video+Assignment
Week 5 Online etl Classroom ZOOM
Weeks 6~14 Offline Bldg. 204 Room 102  
Week 15 Final exam TBC Offline exam


– Exams will be conducted offline.

– Exams will be conducted in a classroom selected according to the number of students who registered for the class. All preventative measures(including disinfection) will be taken in order to ensure the staff and students’ safety during the exam. Classroom locations will be announced prior to the exam.

– Students will be graded as follows: Exam (30%), eTL quizzes (20%), assignments (40%), and attendance and participation (10%).



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