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Modules & Courses

Vorlesungssituation im Hörsaalgebäude
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  • Modules

    At Philipps-Universität, all bachelor's, teacher training and master's degree programs consist of fields of study (e.g. "Mathematics Basic Modules", "Compulsory Elective Modules Computer Science", "Application Area"). Each field of study in turn is composed of so-called modules.

    Under degree programs, for each study program the study composition (i.e. the subdivision into areas and modules) is presented. Extensive further information can also be found there, e.g. the 'order of study' (as a recommended order of modules).

    A module is a thematically and temporally delimited study unit. Each module is characterized, among other things, by specific competencies to be acquired, the average amount of work required for this, the corresponding number of credit points, and an examination. Modules are either compulsory (compulsory modules) or it is possible to choose from several modules (compulsory elective modules). We have compiled a glossary of the most important terms relating to modularized studies.

    All modules of a study program with the above-mentioned features as well as further characteristics are listed in the online module guide of the department. It is sorted according to study programs and then according to study areas and, if applicable, also lists existing elective restrictions for modules in the respective study program.

  • Courses

    A module is usually composed of several courses. Most modules of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science consist of two courses, namely a lecture and recitation class (Übung or Tutorium in German, sometimes called exercise class), and are completed in one semester. On a separate page we have summarized the different types of courses that are common in our study programs.

    Depending on the scope of the module, the lecture takes place on one or two dates per week. The tutorials usually take place once a week, but there are - especially at the beginning of the study - several parallel exercise groups per module to keep the group size in the tutorials small.

    The course catalog contains all courses offered in a semester. In addition, the course catalog also contains information on the courses and areas of study in which the courses can be incorporated.

    The course catalog thus includes all courses (or modules) that can be offered and taken in a given semester. The module handbook, on the other hand, lists all modules that can theoretically be selected in a course of study, without specifying when they are actually offered (some modules are only offered sporadically).

    In the course catalog, the current semester is always displayed first. At the top of the page, however, it is also possible to switch to earlier or later (already released) semesters. If you are looking for a specific course (e.g. by course title or lecturer), you can search for it under Studies offered > Search for courses.