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Lecture with interactive elements (VUE)

Lectures with interactive elements (VUE) are courses with reduced attendance for students. The assessment in VUEs is based on at least two partial performances. This type of course is particularly suitable for courses that contain both interactive elements and a lecture part.

Presence and absence

The guideline value for student attendance is between 50 and 70% of the announced course units and is specifically announced by the lecturers in advance in the eVVZ.


The assessment of a VUE is based on at least two partial performances. Separate student achievements (e.g. homework, intermediate and final exams) that can be assessed individually are considered to be partial achievements. When weighting the partial achievements for the overall assessment, the focus can be on a partial achievement, but no partial achievement should be weighted with more than 80%.

If students miss the decisive partial performance due to an important reason (e.g. accident, illness, court hearing), they must be able to replace the missed partial performance within a reasonable period of time. Specifically, this means:

  • A partial performance is decisive for the overall assessment if it is impossible for students to successfully complete the course with only the other partial performance(s).

  • The student must prove the existence of an important reason without being asked, for example illness by means of a specialist doctor's certificate or a court date by showing the court summons. Professional activity, vacation trips, etc. are not considered important reasons.

  • As a rule, the respective semester is regarded as a reasonable period. If this is not possible - for example because the main date does not take place until the end of the semester - the alternative date should be offered at the beginning of the following semester at the latest. In the case of non-timely replacement services (e.g. submission of seminar papers), it is sufficient to postpone the date in coordination with the student.

  • A replacement date / service only needs to be offered once. If this / this is missed again, no further substitute option has to be offered.

If students are assessed negatively in the decisive part of the performance, they must also be offered the opportunity to repeat the course within a reasonable period (see above). However, this only applies to those students who have achieved at least 10% of the total number of points for this partial performance. (Note: this rule only applies to the LV type VUE)

If you would like to take the midterm or final exam during the exam weeks, you can find all relevant information here!

Assessment of Student Performance

The overall assessment of student performance in a Lectures with interactive elements is based on the combined total of the weighted assessments of the individual performance components. Students have to be graded if they have completed at least one performance component. Students who do not complete any of the required performance components are dropped from the Lectures with interactive elements because performance assessment is not possible in such cases.

Repeating a Positively Graded Exam

A positively graded exam may be repeated once within a period of 12 months from the exam date. With the new attempt, the previously earned positive grade becomes void. This means that the repeat examination may also result in a lower grade. Applications to repeat an examination have to be submitted by email to the Examinations Office.

Viewing Exam Results

You can view your exam results within six months of announcement of the grades. You can make photocopies of the exam papers when viewing your results, but you are not allowed to take the original documents home with you.

Your Legal Rights with Regard to Examinations

In principle, it is not possible to file an appeal against grades received for completed examinations. If any substantial shortcomings occur during an examination, however (e.g. a fire alarm or a similar incident), students with a failing grade may submit an application for annulment of the examination within four weeks of announcement of the grades. This application must be submitted to the Study Regulations & Credit Transfer office (Study Service Center, LC building, level 2, counter 3) within four weeks of announcement of the grades. The application must clearly state and explain the shortcomings that occurred during the examination. Examinations that are declared void will not be counted as an examination attempt. Click here for more information on your legal rights with regard to examinations.


If a student is found to be cheating or to have cheated during an exam (e.g. using a crib sheet or other unauthorized aids), invalidation proceedings for the exam will be initiated. Exams declared void because of cheating will count as a lost examination attempt. Invalidation proceedings are initiated by Study Regulations & Credit Transfer and implemented in cooperation with the Study Support office. If a student attempts to take an exam on behalf of another student, he or she will – without exception – be reported to the public prosecutor’s office on forgery charges, which may result in a criminal record. You can find the procedure for cheating on exams here!

Information on Continuous Assessment Courses for Proctors

Please make sure to familiarize yourself with current regulations on courses with continuous assessment of student performance. For detailed information, please see the relevant Legal documents & internal guidelines.


The applicable rates for conducting exams and assessing student performance are specified in an operational agreement negotiated between WU, in its capacity as employer, and the Academic Staff Council.

You can find all information about remuneration for teaching activities here!