Purpose of the examinations, structure and aim of the study programme
1. The Bachelor and the Diploma examinations constitute professionally qualifying degrees of the Computer Science program. The study in the integrated study course Computer Science is divided into two compulsory sections and one optional section:
- The first part of the course (1st - 4th semester) provides the necessary basis for a scientifically sound study of computer science and concludes with the degree interim examination.
- The second study section (5th + 6th semester) serves to impart a broad spectrum of general scientific computer science knowledge and concludes with the bachelor's examination, which meets international standards. The industrial internship of a total of eight weeks also falls into this section. The 5th semester is designed in such a way that a semester abroad can be completed without any loss of time. This can replace the work experience.
- The third study section (7th - 9th semester) focuses on in-depth courses which, building on the preceding contents, impart specialised scientific knowledge. This research-oriented study phase is concluded with the final diploma examination. This degree is internationally comparable to the Master's degrees.
2. The purpose of the Bachelor examination is to determine whether students have acquired the thorough specialist knowledge necessary for professional practice, have an overview of the interrelationships of their subject and have the ability to recognise Computer Science problems, to select a suitable scientific method for solving them and to apply it appropriately.
3. The purpose of the Diploma examination shall be to determine whether, in addition to the knowledge and skills referred to in subsection 2, students are capable of analysing problems and adapting or developing scientific methods or findings to describe and solve them and to apply them.
4. In addition to the general study objectives of § 80 UG, the course of study provides students with the ability to apply the scientific methods of Computer Science in their work and to act responsibly with regard to the effects of technological change.
Bachelor and Diploma degrees
- If the Bachelor examination is passed, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards the Bachelor degree "Bachelor of Computer Science". (abbreviated "B. Comp. Sc.")
- If the diploma examination is passed, the Department of Mathematics Computer Science awards the diploma degree "Diploma in Computer Science" abbreviated "Dipl.-Inform" i.e. "Diploma Comp. Sci".
Standard period of study
- The standard period of study is 6 semesters for computer science studies with bachelor degree including the bachelor examination, and 9 semesters for studies with diploma degree including the degree examination.
- The course of studies includes courses of the compulsory and optional compulsory area with a total of 131 SWS for the bachelor's degree and 176 SWS for the diploma degree. In the first stage of studies almost exclusively compulsory courses (86 SWS) are offered, in the second and third stages almost exclusively elective courses (32 and 41 SWS). The study regulations describe the contents and regulations concerning the compulsory elective courses in such a way that the objectives of the second and third study sections defined under § 1 (1) are adhered to and can be achieved within the standard period of study. In addition, there is room for students to participate in additional courses of their own choice, also in other courses of study.
Examinations and examination deadlines
- The degree examination is preceded by the bachelor's examination and the latter by the degree interim examination.
- The degree interim examination consists of first-semester examinations in Computer Science and a minor subject. It should be completed before the beginning of the second stage of studies, i.e. before the fifth semester.
- In addition to the exams of the first stage of studies, the Bachelor exam consists of course-related subject exams of the second stage of studies in the major subject, subject exams in a minor subject and the student research project. It should be completed before the beginning of the third stage of study, i.e. before the seventh semester.
- In addition to the subject examinations of the second stage of studies, the degree examination consists of study-accompanying subject examinations of the third stage of studies in the main subject, a subject examination in the field of specialisation, the successful participation in a project group, subject examinations of the third stage of studies in the minor subject and the degree dissertation.
- The registration for the examinations should be made at least two weeks before the respective examination date. The written application for admission to the examination (§§ 9, 17, 26) shall be submitted with the notification of the first subject examination of the respective stage of study.
- As a rule, the subject examinations of the first and second stage of study are written, those of the third stage of study are usually oral. For the examinations during the course of study, three examination dates are generally scheduled by the end of the first semester following the course.
- Students who are more than one semester behind in taking their subject examinations in one study section are strongly recommended to attend a counselling interview. Further details are regulated by the study regulations.
- The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science appoints an Examination Board for the organization of the examinations and the tasks assigned by these examination regulations. The examination board consists of five members: three from the group of professors, one each from the group of research assistants and from the group of students. The chairman and his or her deputy must belong to the group of professors. They are elected together with the three other members by the Department Council of the Department of Mathematics/Computer Science. Deputy members are elected for the three other members. The term of office of members from the group of professors and from the group of research assistants is three years, the term of office of student members is one year. Re-election is permissible.
- The Examination Committee is an authority in the sense of the administrative procedure and the administrative process right.
- The Examination Committee ensures that the provisions of the examination regulations are observed, sets the examination dates and ensures that the examinations are conducted properly. It is also responsible for deciding on appeals against decisions made in examination procedures. In addition, the Examination Committee must report to the Department Council on a regular basis, at least once a year, on the development of examinations and study periods. It makes suggestions for the reform of the examination regulations, the study regulations and the curriculum. In consultations on these issues, the departmental council may appoint an additional advisory member from the group of students. The Examination Committee can delegate the execution of its tasks for all regular cases to the Chairperson; this does not apply to decisions on objections and the report to the Department Council.
- The Examination Committee constitutes a quorum if two members from the group of professors and one further voting member from the group of academic staff or from the group of students are present. It decides by simple majority. In the event of a tie, the vote of the Chairperson or, in his or her absence, the vote of the Deputy Chairperson shall be decisive. The student member of the examination board shall not participate in pedagogical-scientific decisions, in particular in the assessment, recognition or crediting of study and examination achievements, the determination of examination tasks and the appointment of examiners and assessors.
- The members of the examination board have the right to attend the acceptance of the examinations.
- The meetings of the examination board are not public. The members of the examination board, their deputies, the examiners and the assessors are subject to official secrecy. If they are not in public service, they shall be bound to secrecy by the chairman of the examination board.
Examiner and observer
- The examination committee appoints the examiners and the assessors. It may delegate the appointment to the chairman. Anyone who has passed at least one corresponding degree examination or a comparable examination may be appointed as an observer. As a rule, only those may be appointed as examiners who, in addition to this, have held an independent teaching position at the University of Paderborn in the period of study preceding the examination. The board of examiners may allow exceptions to this rule if compelling reasons require this or in the case of a second examiner in accordance with §12, paragraph 2.
- The examiners are independent in their examination activities.
- The candidate may propose the examiners or, if necessary, a group of examiners for the course work, the degree dissertation and the oral examinations. If possible, the candidate's suggestions should be taken into account. However, the proposals do not constitute grounds for a claim.
- The chairman of the examination board shall ensure that the names of the examiners are made known to the candidates in good time, at least one week before the date of the respective examination.
- Section 5, Paragraph 6, Sentences 2 and 3 apply accordingly to the examiners and assessors.
Recognition of study periods, study and examination credits, placement in advanced semesters
- Periods of study in the same course of study at other academic universities within the scope of the Framework Act for Higher Education and the credits earned in the course of such study shall be credited ex officio.
- Periods of study in other courses of study or at other than academic universities within the scope of application of the Framework Act on Higher Education and the credits earned in the process shall be credited ex officio, provided that equivalence is established. Periods of study as well as study and examination achievements at universities outside the scope of the Framework Act for Higher Education shall be credited upon application, provided that equivalence is established. The equivalence of periods of study and study achievements at foreign universities shall be governed by the equivalence agreements approved by the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and the West German Rectors' Conference. In the absence of equivalence agreements, the Examination Committee will decide. Otherwise, the Central Office for Foreign Education may be consulted in the event of doubt as to equivalence.
- The degree interim examinations and corresponding examinations as well as individual examination performances which the candidate has passed in the same course of study at academic universities within the scope of the Higher Education Framework Act shall be credited ex officio. Diploma interim examinations and individual examinations taken in other courses of study or at other academic universities within the scope of application of the Framework Act for Higher Education shall be credited ex officio, provided that equivalence is established. Instead of the degree interim examination, other examination achievements may be credited in justified exceptional cases, provided that equivalence is proven. Paragraph 2 sentences 3 to 5 shall apply accordingly.
- Examination achievements in degree examinations which the candidate has completed in the same course of study at universities of science and humanities within the scope of application of the Framework Act for Higher Education shall be credited ex officio. The same shall apply to graded pieces of work in final examinations of other courses of study or at other academic institutions of higher education within the scope of application of the Framework Act on Higher Education, insofar as equivalence is established.
- Proof of performance acquired in state-recognised distance learning courses or in distance learning units developed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in conjunction with the other states and the Federal Government shall be credited ex officio as study or examination performances, provided that they are equivalent. In determining equivalence, joint resolutions of the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and the West German Rectors' Conference shall be observed.
- Performances which have been achieved with a successfully completed education at the Versuch Oberstufenkolleg Bielefeld in the optional subjects, mathematics or technology will be credited as academic achievements to the basic study period as far as the equivalence is proven.
- Applicants who, on the basis of a placement examination in accordance with § 66 UG, are entitled to take up the course of study in a higher semester will be waived in accordance with the result of the placement examination, examination achievements of the degree interim examination or the Bachelor examination. The findings in the report on the placement examination are binding for the examination board.
- The examination board is responsible for credits in accordance with paragraphs 1 to 7. Before the findings on equivalence are made, competent subject representatives are to be heard.
- If examination performances are credited, the grades - insofar as the grading systems are comparable - are to be adopted and included in the calculation of the overall grade. If the grading systems are not comparable, the remark ''passed'' is included. The crediting is marked in the transcript.
- If the requirements of paragraphs 1 to 6 are met, there is a legal claim to crediting.
Failure, withdrawal, deception, breach of regulations
- An examination performance is deemed to be graded "insufficient" (5,0) if the candidate fails to appear at an examination date without good reason or if he or she withdraws from the examination without good reason after the examination has begun. The same applies if a written examination is not completed within the specified time. For each subject examination, it is possible to cancel the registration at least 7 days before the examination date without giving reasons.
- The reasons given for withdrawal or failure to attend must be notified immediately in writing to the examination board and must be substantiated. In case of illness of the candidate, a medical certificate may be required. If the board of examiners accepts the reasons, the candidate will be informed in writing and a new date will be set. In this case, the examination results already available will be taken into account.
- If the candidate attempts to influence the result of his or her examination performance by deception, e.g. the use of unauthorised aids, the examination performance in question shall be deemed to have been graded as "insufficient" (5,0); this determination shall be made by the respective examiner or supervisor and recorded. A candidate who disturbs the proper conduct of the examination can, as a rule, be excluded from continuing the examination after a warning by the respective examiner or supervisor; in this case, the examination performance in question is considered to be graded "insufficient" (5.0). The reasons for the exclusion must be recorded. In serious cases, the board of examiners may exclude the candidate from further examination performances.
- The candidate may demand within 14 days that decisions in accordance with paragraph 3, sentences 1 and 2 be reviewed by the examination board. The candidate must be informed immediately in writing of any incriminating decisions of the examination committee and reasons must be given. Before the decision is made, the candidate must be given the opportunity to be legally heard.