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Update! Special Edition 2018

Topic: New types of ex­am­in­a­tions to be in­tro­duced in the 2018/19 aca­demic year

The per­fect ex­am­in­a­tion for each course: New types of ex­am­in­a­tions to be in­tro­duced in the 2018/19 aca­demic year!

Lec­tures with a fi­nal exam, courses with con­tinu­ous assess­ment of stu­dent per­form­ance based on home­work and a fi­nal exam – this is by no means all WU has to of­fer in terms of teach­ing. There is great vari­ety in the course designs used at WU: Stu­dents are given di­verse tasks dur­ing classes, work in small pro­ject groups su­per­vised by teach­ers throughout the semester, use tech­no­lo­gies like tex­t-mes­sage vot­ing and click­ers, and work with case stud­ies – these are only a few of the tools used in dif­fer­ent teach­ing set­tings at WU. The three types of exams cur­rently in­cluded in WU’s cur­ricula – course ex­am­in­a­tions (LVP), courses with con­tinu­ous assess­ment of stu­dent per­form­ance (PI), and sub­ject ex­am­in­a­tions (FP) – rest on exam reg­u­la­tions that were developed 15 years ago and that do not ad­equately rep­res­ent the ex­ist­ing di­versity. For this reason, new ex­am­in­a­tion types have been cre­ated as the res­ult of a com­pre­hens­ive devel­op­ment pro­cess, with in­volve­ment of WU’s stu­dents union, to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing formats. The fol­low­ing new ex­am­in­a­tion types will be in­tro­duced in Oc­to­ber 2018:

Lec­ture with in­ter­act­ive ele­ments (VUE)
Like con­tinu­ous assess­ment (PI) courses, lec­tures with in­ter­act­ive ele­ments are courses that re­quire act­ive stu­dent par­ti­cip­a­tion. However, VUE courses al­low in­struct­ors to re­duce the num­ber of re­quired per­form­ance com­pon­ents to two and to lower at­tend­ance re­quire­ments. This type of ex­am­in­a­tion is well suited e.g. for courses with a lec­ture part and an in­ter­act­ive lab part. Please find more in­form­a­tion here.
Re­search sem­inar (FS)
A re­search sem­inar is a course held in a small set­ting, e.g. in­volving small-­group coach­ing ses­sions or pro­ject work. This means that the num­ber of con­tact hours in class and the re­quired levels of stu­dent at­tend­ance can be re­duced. Please find more in­form­a­tion here.
Work­shop-­type course (AG)
So far, work­shop-­type courses have only been avail­able as com­ple­ment­ary courses at WU, out­side the core cur­ricula. As of Oc­to­ber 2018, however, it will be possible to in­cor­por­ate them into the reg­u­lar cur­ricula. Work­shop-­type courses are graded on a pass/fail basis only, mak­ing this format well suited to courses in­cor­por­at­ing work­shop ele­ments. Act­ive course par­ti­cip­a­tion is the cent­ral grad­ing cri­terion. Please find more in­form­a­tion here.
Mod­ule ex­am­in­a­tion
A mod­ule ex­am­in­a­tion is a writ­ten or oral exam on the ma­ter­ial covered by at least two pre­par­at­ory courses. At­tend­ance of these courses is a pre­requis­ite for tak­ing the mod­ule ex­am­in­a­tion, but the pre­par­at­ory courses them­selves are not graded. Please find more in­form­a­tion here.

The new ex­am­in­a­tion types will be in­cor­por­ated into the cur­ricula step by step start­ing in the 2018/19 aca­demic year. In the course of the up­com­ing 2018 sum­mer semester, we will keep you in­formed about the planned changes to WU’s de­gree pro­grams.



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