The study plan lists all courses which the students have to pass in order to complete their degree course, including a recommendation on the semester arrangement of the courses (i.e. which course to take in which semester). You are free to divert from this recommended study plan in terms of which course to take in which semester, even though compliance to the study plan is the best way to finalize your studies in an appropriate time. In addition to the courses listed in the examination regulation, you also have to do an industrial internship and a final thesis. Please note that the examination regulation for your degree course may have received amendments over the time, so you need to be careful to consult the examination regulation that is relevant for you. As a rule, you are subject to the examination regulation that were in charge at the time of your enrolment.
A course of the study plan is usually divided in the following parts:
- Lectures (Vorlesung) have the purpose of presenting theoretical knowledge and give an overview of a specific subject area or topic.
- Exercises (Übung) give students the opportunity to practice the theories learnt in the lectures.
- In a Seminar (Seminar) the students work in small groups on a scientific topic.
- In Laboratories (Praktikum) the students can bring their knowledge to practical application.
Every course is offered once a year. There is no need to register for a regular lecture or exercise (for exceptions see non-technical and language courses). For the laboratories, a registration is necessary. The registration is done during the first week of the semester at the institute that is offering the lab. Usually, information on the registration is given in the first lecture to which a laboratory belongs. Please note that later registrations cannot be considered and students risk to be obliged to postpone the lab to another semester if they miss to register.