How and when will there be 20/21 examinations in the winter semester?
As usual, two examination periods are planned for the module final examinations (see semester schedule). Here, both attendance and online examinations are conducted. As usual, dates for oral exams within a certain timeframe will be arranged individually.
Attendance examinations in particular require careful planning in the winter semester. Hygiene and distance regulations have to be observed, so rooms may not be occupied by the usual number of people. The exact examination dates are therefore set successively from the beginning of the lecture period and announced in the course catalogue. All dates should be fixed and published by mid-January at the latest. Further information on examination matters can also be found on the website of the Student Service "Examinations".
Are there any special features regarding exam registration and deregistration?
The registration period for modules was extended by one week to four weeks in the winter semester. This also means that the deregistration deadline for modules with MCA has been extended by one week.
On the recommendation of the Senate, the University Management has decided that examination attendance is also voluntary in the winter semester 20/21. This means that failure to appear for the examination will be regarded as withdrawal. Nevertheless, all students who already know within the applicable deadlines that they will not take part should cancel their registration in good time. This makes planning easier for the lecturers.
Please note that this does not result in any changes in the duration of validity of the prerequisites for MAP examinations already completed (§ 13 (2), sentence 2 RahmenO). As always, the prerequisites expire after two semesters. There are also no changes to the deadlines for taking free attempts (§ 17, sections 1 and 2 RahmenO).
How are the examination attempts evaluated?
In the winter semester 20/21, participation in the examinations is also voluntary. If a student does not appear for the examination despite registering, this will be counted as a withdrawal.
Nevertheless, all students are requested to withdraw as usual within the applicable deadlines in order to enable the lecturers to plan the examinations realistically.
Module examinations of the winter semester 20/21 (MCA and MAP) that have not been passed will be considered as not having been taken. The result will not be evaluated and the attempt count will not be continued. This does not apply to examinations that were assessed as failed due to an attempt at cheating. The regulation for an additional free attempt, which was initially adopted in November, is replaced by this current regulation.
Please note that when exam results are reported, a "failed" or "did-not-show" is initially recorded. The post-processing of the entries by the Student Services may take a while until the entries are "cleaned up".
Are there special regulations for final theses?
The processing period for theses (Bachelor's/Master's) is extended by three months. This applies to all theses that were registered after 01 October 2020 and have not yet been submitted. If a further extension is required in individual cases for ongoing theses that do not fall under this, students can submit a corresponding application to the Student Services.
Will invitations to academic advisory sessions be sent out again in the winter semester?
Yes, students who have not passed module examinations within the deadlines will be invited to attend an academic advisory sessionin the winter semester 2020/21. Please note that the deadline according to § 10, section 6 of the Framework Regulations for Bachelor's/Master's degrees (RahmenO Bachelor/Master) is increased by one semester to five semesters on the basis of the University Pandemic Regulation. The academic advisory session is intended to give students the opportunity to reflect on the course of study to date together with the counsellor, to identify problem areas and to discuss possibilities for the further course of study. If necessary, further counselling and support services can also be discussed. At the end of the advisory session, an agreement on the further course of study is concluded together.
Depending on the possibility and taking into account the currently applicable pandemic action guidelines, counselling is provided either in person or via video conference.
Will invitations to subject-related counselling be sent out again in the winter semester?
Yes, in the winter semester 2020/21, invitations to subject-related counsellingwill be sent out again in accordance with § 10 section 5 RahmenO Bachelor/Master. The subject study counselling is intended to offer students with a delayed course of study support for the further organisation of their studies and, if necessary, to point out further support options for students in special circumstances. If required, an individual study plan can also be drawn up together with the counsellors.
The counselling takes place either in person or via video conference, depending on the possibility and taking into account the currently valid pandemic action guidelines.
Where can I find support if I have problems in organising my studies?
In addition to the mentors, subject related counsellors and the Central Student Guidance and Counselling Service, students can also contact other advisory offices
Where can lecturers find advice on how to conduct examinations in online formats?
The multimedia centre's e-learning team has compiled extensive information on alternative examination formats and online examination options.