Forms of instruction and learning
In seminars students independently are confronted with topics
specific to their academic fields. The experiences and methodical
skills as well as the working techniques that are acquired during the
seminar are to be applied to self-dependent scientific research.
Therefore, the participants independently work on contributions of
varying lenghts (presentations, seminar papers), present their findings
in the seminar and offer them up for discussion. The seminars are also
designed to handle complex questions. Emerging problems are discussed
and evaluated by alternating between lecture and discussion by means of
scientific methods. Research seminars enable advanced students to
participate in special research projects.
The private study serves to prepare students for exams and reinforce
previous course work. It also serves to develop research skills and
acquire basic and contextual knowledge.
Mentored Private Study
Optionally, the contents of certain modules (module S6 and one from
K1-K5) can be compiled completely by means of private studying with a
supervising mentor or E-Learning (see below). Private study is
supervised by a mentor, and the results are reviewed by the mentor in a
Exercises serve to introduce certain topics. An instructor, who is in
charge of the course, assigns tasks, controls the student's work and
leads the discussion. Students practice skills and methods that are
related to a specific field, answer execises, independently work on
presentations and present those during the course.
Courses that are based on electronically provided working material
(usually via the internet) use multimedia presentations. Students read
material that is provided for them, they process footage, compile
solutions to questions and send answers (during exams as well) to their
examiners. The communication between students and teachers takes place
via e-mail. Quod vide: General information on ILIAS learning platform
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Seminar papers are written accounts of confined topics that are
independently chosen and compiled (after consultation with an
instructor and through the use of scientific working technologies) by
the student. In a limited period of time the students have to deal with
a topic scientifically, and present it in written form with the aid of
independently researched sources and secondary technical literature.
A colloquium serves to discuss scientific findings and to debate
current research problems. Colloquia are forums for students and
teachers to discuss the work associated with completing Master’s
degrees and other research papers.
In this research orientated degree programme internships serve to
sample acquired theoretical knowledge in research practices. Here,
skills relevant for practical research are acquired. An internship
includes the selection of the internship, the discovery-led activity
and the composure of an internship report, which is regulated by the