Master Overview for New Students

Some useful information for new students
Prof. Dr. Stefan Deßloch
[email protected]
• This presentation is for informational purposes only. It is
not a legal document (please see our examination
regulations for that!)
• All regulations are suspect to change. Please consider
that, if you are using a printed or electronic copy of this
Overview – Master CS (CS)
Your core area of
interest! 46 ECTS
• Algorithmics
• Computer
Graphics and
• Development of
• Information and
• Intelligent
• Robotics
• Software
• Verification
Choices are
listed in the
Study Plan
Broaden your CS knowledge!
Any Master-level CS courses
outside your specialization
16 ECTS outside
CS, one of:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Electrical
• Mechanical
• Mathematics
• Physics
• Economic
• Psychology
• Regional and
• Social
Overview – Master Applied CS (ACS)
• Specialization
• Focusses on a specific application area
• CS specialization, Interdisciplinary studies, application field, and
modelling and simulation block are all tailored to the specialization
• Choices:
Ambient Systems, Embedded Systems, Automotive Systems, Computer
Science in Life Sciences, Information Management, Communication
Systems, Mathematical Modelling, Production and Construction
Overview – Erasmus Mundus in Software
Engineering (EMSE)
• Not provided here – given by your local EMSE coordinator
First Steps
• Pick a specialization (CS, ACS)
• Does the specialization profile match your interests?
• Any restrictions in your admission letter?
• Do you have the prerequisites?
• Check the descriptions in the study plan and module handbook for details!
• You have to make a choice within your 1st semester
• Ask for mentor assignment (CS, ACS)
• Your mentor is your primary contact for planning your studies
• Professor of CS department active in your field of specilization
• Let me know your choice of specialization
• You may also suggest a mentor
• Register at the examination office (CS, ACS, EMSE)
• For general master examination (one-time registration)
• Deadline is half way through the lecture period (May, November)
• – see "important dates" and
"Informatik – Master – Erstanmelder"
Plan your studies
• First semester
• Check which courses are offered and pick those interesting for you
• Which courses are offered?  KIS system
then click on "Informatik" to see the list of all courses
• Give preference to your specialization
• Try to look ahead
• Most courses are offered either every two or every four semester,
some only sporadically (see module handbook for details)
• CS Course/lecture plans for current and 2 subsequent semesters at
• Choice of minor subject
• Make sure you have the prerequistes from previous studies
• Courses are mostly at the master studies level!
• Bachelor-level courses can be picked on an exceptional basis, to a limited
extent. But they usually are in german.
• If in doubt, ask your mentor!
Additional Prerequisite Courses
• Goal: make up for bachelor courses you need in your master
studies but were not covered in your bachelor
• Were assigned by the admission committee and listed in your
admission letter
• Course preparation
• Courses are in german (bachelor-level)
• Our goal: provide literature, excercise sessions and examination
questions in english
• Please contact the professor giving the course early on to clarify
details and obtain information
• Deadlines
• You need to pass exams for all courses within the first two semesters
of your master studies (unless specified otherwise)
• option 1: regular CS Bachelor exams
• Make sure you register for the exams in time, usually these are written exams
• option 2: "equivalence test" – oral test arranged with the professor
• Written exams
• Examination dates are published at the beginning of the semester
• See KIS: Informatik -> Prüfungen
• There‘s a registration deadline!
• See the "important dates" document referenced earlier
• Make sure you register for the correct date!
• There may be two exams offered in the same examination period
• Oral exams
• Obtain examination date from the professor holding the exam
• Register with the examination office 2 weeks before the examination
date (or earlier)
• Cancelling an exam
• Up to 1 week before the exam, no questions asked
• Up to the day of the exam due to illness or other important reasons
• Contact examination office no later than the day of the exam
• Provide documentation (e.g., statement by medical doctor)
Failing an exam
• You have a maximum of 3 attempts to pass an exam
• If you fail, you need to retake the exam
• For written exams: the remaining two exams need to be placed
within the next three dates offered
• Means: you can skip the next date and repeat the (yearly) lecture before
retaking the exam
• For oral exams: not earlier than 1 month, but not later than 6
months after the previous attempt
• Make sure to register!
Examination Plan
• Document that lists all the courses you‘d like to get
examined in and the block you‘d like to place them in
(specialization, supplementary, ...)
• Please include all required course details (course identifier and
title, # of ECTS)!
• Your aid for structured planning of your studies
• Can be completed/modified step-by-step
• Any change needs to be approved/signed by your mentor
• Formal document for the examination office to coordinate
your exams
• Approved plan has to be submitted to the examination office before
you can register for any individual exams
Examination Plan - Modifications
• Possible modifications
• Add new courses
• Reassign to different block
• Remove course, if no examination has taken place yet
• Replace course, if you have already failed an exam (exceptional
• Only for optional courses, needs to be replaced by course with the
same # of ECTS!
• Failed attempts (including deadlines) are carried over!!
• Not possible to remove a course, once you‘ve passed the
Study Progress
• Standard period of study is 4 semesters
• Maximum study period and progress deadlines
• You need to register all exams for the theory block (for CS students) or
for the simulation and modelling block (for ACS students) no later than
at the end of your third semester
• You need to register the start of your master thesis no later than at the
end of your fifth semester
• You need at least 60 ECTS from courses to register!
• You have to pass all exams and obtain all required certifications for
seminar and project no later than at the end of the sixth semester
• You need to complete and submit your master thesis not later than at
the end of the seventh semester
• You may request to adjust this timeline, if you had a significant
amount of additional prerequisite courses to pass
German Language Test - DSI
• DSI test is a general requirement for all foreign master
students (as defined by the university), if you don't hold an
equivalent certificate!
• Please don't take this requirement lightly!
• The first exam needs to be taken in semester 1 or 2, can
be repeated in 3rd semester
• You have 2 or 3 attempts, depending on whether you take an
attempt in 1st semester.
• You can place the DSI course in your examination plan!
• CS: in the general fundamentals section of the supplementary
• ACS: as an interdisciplinary course
• 89-8303 General Fundamentals: German Language
Course A2 (6 ECTS)
Information Resources
• CS department master program web pages
for CS
• for
• There look in the following sections for the master
• Study plan – overview, descriptions of specializations and minor
• Regulations – Examination regulations, english translation
• Module handbook at

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