Project Work in Bachelor Courses
Students who started their bachelor degree course in the ISE program as from winter semester 2008/2009 must take a compulsory practical project, for which 6 ECTS-Credits are attributed.
Within this practical project, a group of students receive a well-defined technical task. This task should be solved in a team under supervision and should be handled like an industrial project including specification, conception, interface co-ordination, scheduling, scientific literature research and the presentation of the results.
The practical project aims at providing practically-oriented, basic skills as well as an environment for acquiring experience in work-sharing and autonomous handling in a social context. Besides a technical deepening, which can be seen as a preparation for the later bachelor thesis, the students should also acquire through this, soft skills in the following fields: ability to work in a team, ability to communicate (agreements in team, presentation), self-learning aptitudes (literature research, self-organized work) and the use of project management methods.
The practical project is done in parallel to the lectures during the lecture period.
The practical project must be done in a team, meaning involving at least two students. Depending on the task to be solved, the size of the group can be respectively adjusted.
Through appropriate supervision, the students should be urged to achieve the soft skills listed in their corresponding examination regulation. For that, attending team-meetings and seminars, in which intermediate and final results should be presented is compulsory. This must be followed by a final documentation.
The targeted 6 ECTS-Credits mean a complete workload of 180 working hours for each student. Here, the time allocated to preparation, literature research, team meetings, seminars, documentation etc. should be taken in account. These working hours can be spent, depending on the task, outside the supervising department. Nevertheless, meetings and seminar’s attendance is mandatory.
At the end of the project, each project participant receives an individual grade following the usual marking schemata.
No registration at the examination office is necessary. The project is directly surveyed by the supervising department. The grades will later be sent to the examination office, provided the project has been evaluated as successful.
The corresponding project documentation will uniquely be submitted at the department and not at the examination office. The form, content and size of the documentation should be agreed with the project supervisor. It is possible to submit a common documentation and not a single documentation per student, but it should be stated, which student was responsible for which chapter.