If you are accepted into the minor subject of Psychology, you will take an oral, portfolio examination at the end of both the bachelor's and master's degree programmes, which will give you the opportunity to devote yourself to topics that are of particular interest to you and which you would like to deepen.
Students create a portfolio based on their studies. The portfolio documents the progress of their studies. The main focus of this documentation is:
- motivation to study and personal interests the development thereof
- learning and gaining knowledge in Psychology
- special achievements of the student (term papers, examinations, presentations, position papers, documented software, experiments, practical projects, etc.)
Contents of the portfolio:
- Bachelor: (For information on Products “pieces of work / projects”* see above)
3 achievements here. These will usually be performance certificates from the courses, but can also be work produced that go beyond this. In the case of group work, each individual’s contribution must be clearly marked. Each of these “products” will be reflected upon with regard to its goals, working methods and steps taken and what has been achieved (so-called cover sheet)
- Master: Two products from the Master's programme complement the portfolio
Portfolio examination in the Bachelor
- 2 products are selected for the test.
- For the exam, the candidate will prepare an essay on the factual aspects of the two selected products. References to the academic goals should also be established. The essay should contain a list of questions, theses and topics for a scientific discussion as well as literature suggestions for the examination (at least 3 papers).
- Experimental subject hours: For the portfolio examination in Psychology, 3 hours (180 minutes) of participation in experiments are required. These can be fulfilled by participation in experimental studies (e.g. in the psychology of perception) and by participation in questionnaire studies, interviews, etc. You can find current information about the various possibilities and contact persons here.
Portfolio examination in the Master
- An essay based on a product must be written. The candidate describes learning and knowledge growth in the Master's programme. References to educational goals should also be established. The essay contains a list of questions, theses and topics for a scientific discussion as well as a bibliography of at least 3 papers.
- Experimental subject hours: For the portfolio examination in the minor subject Psychology of the M.Sc. program, 2 hours (120 minutes) of participation in experiments are required. These can be fulfilled by participation in experimental studies (e.g. in the psychology of perception) and by participation in questionnaire studies, interviews, etc. You can find current information about the various possibilities and contact persons here.
Procedures of portfolio evaluation
- On the basis of the selected products and the essay, a preliminary discussion is held in which one of the works is determined as a starting point for the examination. It will be discussed as to which direction the examination interview should move. The following points should be discussed:
- psychological reference theories
- strategies of gaining knowledge in Psychology
- the importance of Psychology for Computer Science
- perspectives of comparison regarding the sciences; Psychology and Computer Science
- In the exam itself, the candidate presents his/her essay and some related deliberations. This is followed by a review of the project and the literature. The exam lasts 25 minutes; in addition to the examiner, an assessor will take part.
The rules previously applicable to the non-standard minor subject of Psychology for both Bachelor/Master and DPO4 continue to apply accordingly to students who are already advanced. Names of courses and types of examinations etc. may change if necessary - in case of any doubt, please contact the responsible contact person for the minor subject Psychology.