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Work obligations at Department of Economics

It is the duty of the academic staff to engage in research, to teach and perform administrative duties, and to disseminate the results of their research. However, only teaching and administrative duties are recorded in the time sheet. This is what is meant by the term work obligations.

By ordered work is meant work that has been determined as necessary by a superior (usually the Head of Department) or others that have been authorized to make this decision. Other work as ordered or requested by other units at the University of Oslo can also be recorded, but this has to be agreed upon beforehand with the immediate superior.

Paid assignments are usually not recorded in the time sheet.

Determining the work duty

As a general rule all assigned work duty at the University of Oslo that is not research shall be recorded.

Teaching duties include planning, preparation and work related to the follow-up, exam-related work, grading, supervision and evaluation of PhD theses.

Administrative duties include teaching and research planning, evaluation of applicants for academic positions at their own unit, participation in committees, boards and assemblies.

Work duties at other units than the Department of Economics, and that has not been assigned by Rector or the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences can only take place by agreement with the Head of Department.

For regular work duties and assignments the Head of Department may determine guidelines for the number of hours that are recorded per work task. For other work tasks not included in the prescribed duties, the Head of Department will determine the number of work hours to be recorded.

Regulation for working hours 


Work duties Unit per semester
Ongoing academic work, such as simple administrative tasks, participation in internal meetings and events, membership of internal committees and councils. The hours are only given to staff in permanent positions (including tenure track) that are not on research leave.  30 hours per semester
Leadership positions  
Deputy Head of Department 140 hours per semester
Exam Coordinator 65 hours per semester
PhD programme Coordinator 90 hours per semester
Master programme Coordinator 140 hours per semester
Bachelor programme Coordinator 140 hours per semester
Recognition committee leader 40 hours per semester
Recognition committee member 25 hours per semester
Master thesis committee leader 40 hours per semester
Master thesis committee member 25 hours per semester
Course group leader 10 hours per semester
Quality assurance of exams  10 hours per semester
Resource personell (Scientific Worklplace, LaTex, OxMetrix/PcGive, Stata, Excel, Word) 10 hours per semester for each program
Library contact 35 hours per semester
Memo Editor 20 hours per semester
Board member (Department) 15 hours per semester
Board member (Faculty) 5 hours per meeting
PhD Committee, including PhD seminar (autumn) and assessment of PhD candidates (spring). The hours are only given to members, not the leader of the comittee. 20 hours per semester
Attending course in University pedagogy As many hours as the course includes
Member of the Frisch centre council 5 hours  (once a year)
HSE responsible 10 hours per semester
Placement Officer 15 hours per semester
Colleague feedback on teaching 3 hours pr lecturer given feedback
Recruiter (skolebesøk) 8 hours for first visit, 6 hours for further visits
Coordinating seminar/lectures  
Arranging research seminar 20 hours per seminar
Arranging Friday seminars 10 hours per semester
Lecture at Secondary Education day (faglig-pedagogisk dag) 6 hours per lecture
Lecture at "Open Day" (åpen dag) 6 hours per lecture

Assessment of applicants

Work duties Units per semester
Screening applications 0,5 hours per applicant in total for all participants, and up to maximum 100 hours
Assessment, 1- 5 candidates 20 hours 
Assessment, 5 or more candidates 30 hours
Assessment of promotion 10 hours per candidate
Screening amd assessment of lecturer Half the rate as noted above
Interview Committee AEA (only spring semester) 35 hours per semester


Work duties Units per semester
Make exam paper with grading guide 8 hours per exam 
Make exam papers with grading guide for courses that requires extra effort, for example mathematics, statistics and econometrics 12 hours per exam 
Quality assurance of exam paper and guideline 1 hours per exam 
Grading of written school exam 0,75 per answer
Larger assignments or similar 1,5 per assignment
Oral exam 1 hour per candidate
Grade complaint 0,75 per answer
Grading of ECON4951 - Economic History and Inequality 1,5 hours per home exam and  0,75 hours per oral exam

Master thesis

Work duties Units per semester
Supervision (thesis passed) 30 hours per thesis
Supervision (thesis not passed) 10 hours per thesis
Supervision when revising a thesis 15 hours per thesis
Grading - master thesis 5 hours per thesis
Grading - oral exam 1 hour per candidate
Additional assessment - master thesis 2 hours per thesis
Additional assessment - oral exam 1 hour per candidate

PhD and disputations

Work duties Units per semester
Supervision 180 hours for 1 student for 3 years. 120 hours are distributed the first 3 years, the rest are granted when the candidate completes the thesis
Secondary supervisor The hours are distributed in advanced after agreement with the main supervisor and the secondary supervisor(s)
Assessment 20 hours. A 10 hour supplement will be given, if the internal member of the assessment committee has to enter as an opponent.
Disputation 8 hours per disputation
Disputation leader 8 hours per disputation


Work duties Units per semester
Course Coordinator 10 hours per course
Significant changes of a course (example major changes in the curriculum, new ways of teaching seminar or lectures 15 hours per course
Development of pedagogical work ( development og new courses or ways to teach a course) Invidual assessment
Visiting hours for students 20 hours per semester
Lecture 5 hours per teaching hour
Seminar 3,5 hours per teaching hour
Attendance at seminar teacher meeting. Meeting with all the departments student seminar teachers, admin and academic staff. 2 hour per meeting
Employees in temporary positions (research fellows and post docs) receive extra hours for new teaching tasks 10 hours per new teaching task (ex. lectures)
Term paper, make and go through 8 hours per term paper
Grading of term paper 0,75 hours per term paper (this includes all kinds of term papers)
Solution sketch for seminar problems 1 hour per sketch

Surplus hours

The surplus hours are estimated on a yearly basis as the difference between the assigned duties and the work obligations. In other words there are surplus hours (deficit hours) if the number of assigned hours are larger than (smaller than) than the work obligations.

The surplus hours are limited to the amount of one semester's work duties, any extra hours beyond this are deleted from the balance.

The extent of total work obligations

For academic staff under the age of 60 who are employed in full-time positions the amount of work hours per year is set at 1 695 hours.


These hours are to be split in the following manner, with 6 percent for administration, 47 percent for teaching and 47 percent for research. This means that 53 percent of the work hours are to be devoted to assigned duties related to teaching and administration. The distribution of hours between teaching and administrative duties is not a set one and will in reality show great variation among individual staff members, as well as over time.


Total work hours/semester

Teaching and administration/semester

Academic staff under the age of 60 who are employed in full-time positions

847,5 hours

449 hours

Academic staff between 60-62 who are employed in full-time positions

828,75 hours

439 hours

Academic staff over the age of 62 who are employed in full-time positions

783,75 hours

415 hours



PhD candidates are normally employed for 3 years without any work obligations. In some cases the fellows may be offered a fourth year with a stipulated work duty of 75 percent of the work duty, that is 635 hours per semester.

Reduction in work obligations

In cases of long absence, such as the result of illness, leave of absence or other reasons, the extent of work obligations may be reduced. Any reduction in the work duties will be deteremined by the Head of Department. Normally the reduction in work obligations will be dependent on the lenght of absence, regardless of when during the year that absence takes place.

In cases of short-term absence due to illness leading to the staff member not being able to fulfill his or her work duties (f.i. missing one or two lectures), the work duties will be considered to have been fulfilled, if it is not possible to make up for this.

Some practical guidelines

The work is to be recorded in the time sheet in the semester it has been carried out, with the following exceptions:

  • Teaching taking place during the summer is to be recorded in the spring semester prior to the teaching.
  • Work duties related to exams are to be recorded in the semester when the exams take place.
  • Work related to grade complaints is recorded in the following semester.
  • Tuition in relation to master's thesis is to be recorded in the semester when the thesis is approved.
  • PhD supervision is distributed over 4 years, with an equal amount of work hours per year.
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Published Oct. 31, 2015 3:30 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2020 8:45 AM