Study Regulation 2014

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Important Organizations

  • INFOTECH has, in part, its own organizations, mirroring central University functions.
  • The main University functions are the Office of Office of Student Affairs ('Studierendensekretariat'), the Office of International Affairs ('Akademisches Auslandsamt') and the Office of Examinations.
  • The INFOTECH functions are
    • The INFOTECH OFFICE, which is your premier support function, with its sub functions
      • Course counseling (always bring along your current transcript from LSF)
      • Visa prolongation (always bring along your current transcript from LSF)
      • Admissions

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Admission

  • Once you have been admitted (Official Letter of the University), this admittance allows you to register - University Registration, 'Einschreibung'.

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University Registration

  • Each and every student needs to register with the University (Einschreibung, Immatrikulation) with the - Studierendensekretariat'
  • Then every semester you need to re-register yourself. This may be denied if the program you are in has informed the administration of the University, that you have lost the right for further study in the program.
  • At the end of the program you have to de-register yourself ('Exmatrikulation').

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University (German) Marking/Grading System

see also Examinations

  • The University Marking System uses marks from 1.0 to 4.0 and 5.0, with 1.0 being the best. Intermediate values as .3 and .7 may be used, for Master Thesis also .1, .2. A marking of 5.0 is equal to "FAIL" mark. Markings (Grades) are given as verbal/numerical Grades:
    • Very Good (1.0 to 1.5)
    • Good (1.6 to 2.5)
    • Satisfactory (2.6 to 3.5)
    • Sufficient (3.6 to 4.0)
    • Not-Suffcient (5.0) - Not shown in final Transcript of Examination
  • At the end the final transcript will show an 'overall average' which is equal to a GPA and calculated according to the formula Sum of (CreditPoints*Marking)/Sum of Credit Points, with the markings/grades:
    • Very Good with Distinction (1.0 to 1.2)
    • Very Good (1.3 to 1.5)
    • Good (1.6 to 2.5)
    • Satisfactory (2.6 to 3.5)
    • Sufficient (3.6 to 4.0)

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Major (Focus,Specialization)

  • You have to select your major during application. In case you want to change your major, you have to request the change latest before registering for your first exam in Infotech. The major determines the list of Modules available. Non-Technical courses, Lab, Seminar and Master Thesis are equal for all majors.

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Examinations

    • Seen from the perspective of the study regulation anything which receives a marking is an examination, e.g. an exam related to a course/exercise, the lab course, the seminar and the Master Thesis (MT).
    • Pass marks (i.e. marks between 1.0 and 4.0) are necessary in order that these exams can be credited towards your Master Examination account. The study regulation tells how many or which exams (e.g. Basic Modules, Core Modules, Lab, Seminar) are necessary to pass the Master Examination (a total of 120 ECTS credit points),
    • There are three types of Examinations
      • Lecture-related Exams. Typically the examinations are held after the lecture course during the Spring or Fall lecture break as written or oral examination.
        • Students studying according the INFOTECH study and examination regulation 2014 must register with the central examination office (Prüfungsamt) via LSF during the 'Exam Registration Week'. These are for now PY14 and PY15.  The dates are published in the News Ticker and on the 'Important Dates' page.
        • Cancellation and Non-Attendance Policy
          Exam registrations for lecture related exams can be cancelled until 7 calendar days before the exam w/o giving any reason for (see PO [Def] §16(1)3 ( i.e. exam date should be later than exam cancel date +6, e.g. exam cancel date is 1-Aug-13 than exam needs to be later than 7-Aug-13). This is like never registered.
          In case of cancel request due to medical reasons within the 7-days period or in exceptional cases after the exam, the chairman of the examination commission has to accept the request see PO [Def] §16(2). If accepted, the exam is classified as Non-Attendance Excused. In that case, the exam has to be done the next possible date. It is treated like a Repeat without increasing the repeat count for the exam. To cancel see.
        • If an exam attempt is marked as 'FAILED' or 'EXEMPTED' (medical certificate necessary), it has to be repeated the next possible date - in most cases the next semester - and becomes a REPEAT ATTEMPT. REPEAT ATTEMPTS have to be registered like first time attempts, however cancellations are NOT possible.
        • Each Failed exam can be repeated one (1) time, in a total of two (2) cases also two (2) times. Exempted cases do not count.
      • Labs and Seminars
        • Labs and Seminars have to be registered with the Institute offering it.
        • Secondly they have to be registered with the INFOTECH Office of Examinations see LSF.
        • After start they cannot be cancelled anymore
        • The statements on 'Fail', 'Repeat' and 'Multiple Repeats' as given on 'Lecture Related Exams' apply as well
      • Master Thesis Projects
        • Master Thesis Projects have to registered first with the institute offering it and then with the Office of Examinations. In all cases, even if the project is actually done outside the faculty, the first examiner has to be one of the 'INFOTECH' professors marked as 'Appointed as Examiner for 'Full''in the INFOTECH Lecturers list
        • The Master Thesis Topic can be returned within the first four (4) weeks without any consequences.They can be repeated once.

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Master Thesis

  • The Master Thesis (MT) project of 6 months is the last piece of work, and one of the most important, of your study program. Master Thesis Topics are issued by one of the INFOTECH Professors, which are listed under the respective link.
  • External Master Thesis are not possible. However, the Master Thesis issued by one of the INFOTECH professors may be part of an industry related project and you may spent part of your time at an industry location.
  • Besides the procedures applied by the issuing party, MT have to be registered with the Office of Examinations.
  • The Master Thesis can be returned within the first 4 weeks without any consequences. Premature termination of a MT after that time is formally possible but may be considered as an offence. Not neglecting the fact that a MT can be repeated once, this is considered as extreme case under very special conditions.
  • A MT can be started earliest upon completion of 78 ECTS and latest after acquiring 90 ECTS. If you start after 78 ECTS already: Pending examinations may be tolerated on request, if the topic is not related to the MT. Pending repeat examinations do not allow to start the MT.

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Master Examination

  • To pass the Master of Science Examination and to receive the Master of Science Degree you need to have passed (grading of 4.0 or better or 'passed' mark)
    • all Basic Modules
    • the selected 5 Core Modules from the list
    • 3 Supplementary Modules from the list
    • Lab
    • Seminar
    • Non- technical Modules (see list)
    • Master Thesis Project
  • together 120 Credit points

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Credits

  • The European education system is based on the aquisition of credits to pass the degree examination. Credits are aquired by passing the pertinent examinations. Credits are expressed by ECTS Credit Points (ECTS)=European Credit Transfer System), or short CP. In Germany, one (1) CP reflects a 'workload' of 30 time hours. Workload refers to in-class hours, hours spent for preparation and post class rehearsals or the hours spent for a project. The total workload per year is limited to 60 and consequently all semesters/terms are planned with 60 CP. In INFOTECH modules have
    • typically 9.0 CP for Basic Modules
    • 6 CP for Core Modules, Supplentary Modules, Labs and the Non-Technical Module
    • 3 CP for Seminar
    • 30 CP for Master Thesis Project

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Program Duration and Language of Instruction

  • The regular study time of the program is 2 years
  • The Means of Instruction throughout the program is English

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Official Regulations