Professors care when their students fail

Computer science student council

What is a bachelor's degree? Because my English-German dictionary says that I have enrolled in a course in which I should be made a '' bachelor of computer science ''. And bachelor status in science can't really be my goal, can it? As always: don't panic! Bachelor is just a name that politics has adopted to sound more international. That's just how it is with university reforms. And what's more, what the Bachelor's degree is only important when you've finished.

First of all it is important that you can study meaningfully. And to do this, you should know a few basics.

Notice: The bachelor's degree is basically a screwed-up role play First of all there is the official set of rules for RPG fanatics and Munchkins: The Bachelor regulations.

Like every set of rules, it consists of a small part with rules and the part with the huge tables that describe things. But instead of cool armor and such, there are only skills. But they are called modules here and you only get them when you have earned them. There is also something like XP. But they are called CP here, because it's all bitter serious and therefore does not adhere to common role-play design conventions. And you get about one of them for every 30 hours of study. But that also works somehow differently than one is used to. Instead of getting XP, with which you get better skills and then have better chances in rehearsals, you first have to pass the exams, then get the module and with it the CP.

[XP] -> [skills] -> [exams]

[CP] <- [module] <- [exams]

Bachelor structure: So let's take a closer look at the system. The goal is to get a "Bachelor" degree. To do this, you must have received 180CP, which you received with the completion of modules. And as everyone knows, a good Munchkin has to be min-max. But the Bachelor is not good at that either. In order to complete modules you have to write an exam, take an oral exam, give a lecture, have submitted enough submissions or have shown in some other way that you really deserve the CP.

The module categories: As usual for skills, the modules are divided into different categories. This can restrict you as well as give you freedom. The first for you are the Basic modules interesting, because as a computer scientist you have to do all of them.

Then they come Specialization modules in the game. Here you can specialize your students in at least three out of five categories.

The Application modules are multi-class skills in which you should learn skills from other subjects.

Supplementary modules originated from the good idea that computer scientists should have done at least 150 hours of soft skills or social stuff. We don't want to build cranky anti-social students.

And finally there is this Final module, which contains the bachelor thesis and the advanced seminar on the work.

Basic modules: There are a few skills that every computer scientist should have. And there are basic modules. In the basic modules you will officially learn four things: Math, How computers work (also often called `` hardware ''), How to program computers and Theoretical Computer Science. These are all lectures, except for the programming internship and the hardware internship, which are internships. A total of 93CP can be obtained here.

Specialization modules: There are five specializations: BKSPP, ISWV, TS, ANI and GDI. '' Operating and communication systems and programming languages ​​and paradigms '' contains exactly what is in the title. '' Information systems and knowledge processing '' deals with word processing, databases and artificial intelligence. In '' Technical Systems '' you learn more about microcontrollers, computer architecture and chip design. '' Applied computer science '' is everything that could not otherwise be accommodated. Then there are things like computer graphics, stuff and clutter in there. But if you prefer to do something aloof instead of stuff and clutter, you can almost simulate a math course in '' Basics of Computer Science ''. There is more logic, more algorithm theory, and more evidence. And now comes the catch: You have to do at least 43CP and of which at least 16CP in one and at least 8CP in two others and you can do the other 11CP as you want. You have to inform the examination office of the three areas of specialization in which you want to level up before the first exam. All right? OK!

Application modules: The multi-class skills, also known as application modules, allow you to learn something other than computer science. Most of these minor modules are regulated. That means the basic set of rules `` The Bachelor's Regulations '' has ready-made solutions for how you can do the minor. If your minor is not included, you can still study it, but then just unregulated. To do this, our examination office has to “clarify” with the “opposing” examination office how the whole thing should be handled. But the fact is, you always need at least 24CP.

Supplementary modules: Some clever computer scientist once thought: We want Frankfurt computer scientists not only to be technical idiots, but also to be able to be '' social ''. They then have '' soft skills ''. Like '' ability to work in a team '' and so on. And that's good then. But since too many social issues do not fit into the study schedule, you do 5CP. The STO study orientation is also included. Which gives 2CP in the first semester, and later only half as much. There you will be handed again like one studies on the silver platter.

The remaining 15CP: There is a bachelor thesis.

The bachelor thesis: This is like a real scientific work. If you have done that, you will get 15CP in the final module.

The rules of the exam: And now the tension rises. The exam phase begins. While weeks can go by in the semester without a lot happening, the exam phase is more like rounds of combat. A mega-second that goes by in real life feels like a mega-second at university. But don't panic, there are a few tricks and a few rules that you can use to get through the exam phase meaningfully and with a few more CP.

Registration: You have to register for exams two weeks in advance. And before the first exam you have to register for the Bachlor. If you write the exam and have not been registered, there is no XCP

Timing: First of all, it is important to plan when you will take exams. You can't change the dates themselves, but a good Munchkin has read the bachelor's regulations and has noticed that many exams are offered every semester. But how will it help me to postpone the exam? The next semester will be exams again, right? But it is important to know how the professors interpret this rule with each semester. Professors were all students at one time and are therefore almost as lazy as we are. And almost always re-exams have to be offered for students who have failed or were unable to take part. While the lectures usually start in the third week of April or October, the semester starts punctually on the first. And that's why the post-exams are usually at the end of the semester break but in the new semester. The experienced Munchkin does not need to write all of his exams at once, but learns at the beginning and at the end of the semester break. Otherwise applies: Focus on a few exams instead of failing all of them.

Free attempts - rerolls for exams: And now come the little subtleties of the rulebook that should interest every Munchkin. Rumor has it that some students took exams and failed miserably. There's nothing special about that yet. But for these students it was as if they had never written the exam and just sat down for the exam the next time. And much better. Others who had just passed sat in the exam and were able to take notes again and in the end had a better grade. How does it work? Well, actually there is nothing special about it. If you write an exam within the free trial period, you can fail the first time without it being counted as a failed attempt. The free trial period is stipulated in the Bachelor's regulations and is adapted to the course of study. This should motivate you to write down the exam the first time or in the post-exam. But that only works in the basic modules. Unfortunately, this does not work in the specialization and application modules. But the basic modules make up over half of the degree, so that's not bad at all. And those who, contrary to expectations, pass the exam and are not satisfied with their grade can take the exam again. To do this, you have to register for the next exam after the exam. But you can only do that in the basic modules and only five times in total. But since there are only 9 exams in the basic modules, that's still a lot. But you will be told the exact rules in good time in the course guide.

Study orientation: The study orientation is soooo important that we wrote an extra article. Do that in the first semester and everything will be fine. We have also printed this paragraph in extra bold!

FAIL - The Howto: Sometimes you just have to leave all bridges behind. And sometimes you don't want to go, you just want to be kicked out. That's how it works:

FAIL - the economical method: Don't pay your tuition fees. It's that simple. You usually pay for it in January or July. But if you really want to get out, thrift is an effective method.

FAIL - The Lazy Method: Do less than 15CP in the first three semesters. That's roughly two modules out of ten. Then all you have to do is ignore the inquiries from the examination office and not apply for an extension of the deadline. Then you're out.

ULTRAFAIL - The True Method: If you don't just want to be kicked out, but no longer want to be able to study computer science at all, you should fail an examination in a basic module three times (four times if you start during the free trial period). If you fail an exam three times, you have `` definitely failed ''. And if that's something fundamental like programming, you can no longer study computer science, not even anywhere else in Germany. Here, too, you have to be careful to reject all consultations.

Useful tips: blah, blah, exercise deliveries, yadda, yadda, learning, blah, blubber, timing, blah, being there regularly, trololo, perseverance, blah, generic motivational speech

And now? Look around a little. Here on this page, in your studies and so on. Above all, it is important to settle in at the university if you want to study successfully. And it looks different for everyone. Some graduate quickly and others take their time. And more important than the skills you get here is experience. When you're done here, you'll have to learn new things anyway.