Examination Regulations for the Electronics Bachelor Course of Study at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Examination Regulations
                         for the Electronics Bachelor Course of Study
                        at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences,
                            Department of Technology and Bionics


                                          of August 3rd 2011


 This English translation is for information purposes only. In the case of doubt, the German text of the
                               examination regulations shall be authoritative




                                               Contents
Section 1 Scope of the examination regulations
Section 2 Aim of the course of study; purpose of the examination; Bachelor degree
Section 3 Prerequisites for study
Section 4 Standard period of study; course structure; volume of studies
Section 5 Organisation of the Bachelor examination; credit points
Section 6 Examination board
Section 7 Examiner and observer
Section 8 Crediting of performances
Section 9 Placement examination
Section 10 Evaluation of examination performances
Section 11 Retaking of examination performances
Section 12 Withdrawal, deception, infringement of good order
Section 13 Aim, scope and form of the examinations during the course of study
Section 14 Admission to examinations during the course of study
Section 15 Undertaking of examinations during the course of study
Section 16 Written examinations
Section 17 Oral examinations
Section 18 Seminar papers, projects or assignments
Section 19 Attendance certificates
Section 20 Practical semester
Section 21 Foreign study semester
Section 22 Thesis
Section 23 Admission to the thesis
Section 24 Setting and completion of the thesis
Section 25 Submission and evaluation of the thesis
Section 26 Colloquium
Section 27 Result of the Bachelor examination
Section 28 Certificate, average grade, annexes to the certificate
Section 29 Bachelor degree certificate
Section 30 Additional examinations
Section 31 Inspection of the examination records
Section 32 Invalidity of examinations
Section 33 Effective date


Annex      Examination and study schedule




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Section 1
                          Scope of the examination regulations
These examination regulations apply to the studies in Electronics course of study at the
Department of Technology and Bionics of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. They
regulate both the undergraduate, seven-semester course of study (undergraduate course of
study) and the cooperative, nine-semester course of study (cooperative course of study) and
the part-time course of study with nine semesters.
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                                          Section 2
       Aim of the course of study; purpose of the examination; Bachelor degree
(1) The course of study, duly heeding the general aims of the course of study (Article 58 of
the University Act [HG]), is designed on the basis of academic findings especially to impart
application-related subject matter, thus enabling the individual to apply methods engineering
and to formulate practical solutions to problems while at the same time paying attention to
contexts in other fields. A good command of the English language constitutes the basis for
the consolidation and expansion of the specialist language skills which the student must
continuously endeavour to achieve during the course of study and is thus a prerequisite for
successfully completing the course of study.


(2) The Bachelor examination constitutes the qualification which enables the successful
candidate to enter the profession. The Bachelor examination is designed to ascertain
whether the candidate has acquired the in-depth specialist knowledge which is necessary for
activity on his/her own in the profession and whether he/she is able to work on his/her own
on the basis of academic findings and methods.


(3) On account of the passed Bachelor examination, the degree “Bachelor of Science”,
abbreviated “B. Sc.”, is awarded.


                                          Section 3
                                    Prerequisites for study
(1) A prerequisite for admission to the course of study is proof of the general entitlement to
study at a university, of the subject-specific university entrance qualification, of the
entitlement to study at a university of applied sciences or of prior training recognised as
equivalent. In addition, proof of a twelve-week general work placement according to
Paragraphs 4 to 7 and proof of an adequate command of the English language pursuant to


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Paragraph 3 must be submitted.


(2) Notwithstanding Paragraph 1, Sentence 1, the entitlement to study at a university of
applied sciences is not required by applicants to the course of study who have acquired the
necessary qualifications by way of vocational training and who according to the regulations
on the regulation of the admission of vocationally qualified individuals to courses of study at
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences can either be directly admitted to the course of
study or have successfully sat the entrance examination or successfully completed the trial
period of study.


(3) An adequate command of the English language is generally proved by a certificate of
level B2.2 in accordance with the Common European Framework (CEF). A certificate need
not be submitted in the case of applicants who can demonstrate at least seven years’ school
instruction in the subject English and a grade of at least “good” in the leaving certificate.


(4) Eight weeks of the general work placement are generally to be completed before
commencing the course of study. Proof must be submitted that the general work placement
has been completed in full at the start of the fifth subject semester at the latest.


(5) The general work placement is to be undertaken outside the university in the context of
the subjects of the curriculum in a company, authority or organisation in the profit or non-
profit sector and is to familiarise the trainee with electronics sciences, engineering,
organisational and business management aspects and matters related to electronics. It can
cover the field of production, services or commerce.


(6) Relevant training and vocational activities shall be credited towards the general work
placement. Proof of the general work placement shall be deemed submitted if the applicant
has acquired the qualification for the course of study by the certificate of the entitlement to
study at a university of applied sciences of a senior technical school for engineering or in a
relevant subject area for the course of study.


(7) Proof of the general work placement need not be submitted if students of a foreign
university plan to continue their studies on the basis of existing partnership agreements at
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences for a limited period which may not include the
conclusion of the course of study itself.


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(8) Admission to the course of study is excluded if the applicant has not passed in a final and
non-appealable manner a required examination according to the examination regulations in
the same course of study at a university which falls within the area of application of the
German Basic Law. Admission to the course of study is furthermore excluded if the applicant
- in a related or comparable course of study within the area of application of the German
Basic Law - has not passed in a final and non-appealable manner a required examination
according to the examination regulations which must also be passed according to these
examination regulations. Related or comparable courses of study shall be regarded to be all
Bachelor and diploma courses of study at universities of applied sciences and universities
whose teaching contents largely come under the category of engineering.


                                          Section 4
             Standard period of study; course structure; volume of studies
(1) The standard period of study, including the practical or foreign study semester, is seven
semesters.


(2) The course of study is divided into modules. A module generally denotes a group of
thematically related course units held at a specific time which are directed at the same
learning and qualification aim. The practical or foreign semester and the thesis and the
colloquium constitute a module of their own. The modules of the course of study are
allocated a total of 210 credit points according to Section 5, Paragraph 5.


(3) In the cooperative course of study the practical training, which is to be undertaken at a
company in parallel with the first four semesters of the course of study, is an integrated
component of the course of study. The recognised profession and the training company must
correspond to the chosen field of study in professional terms. The department shall decide
whether this is the case. In the cooperative phase the teaching contents of the first two
semesters are imparted over a period of four semesters. During this period, two days per
week are scheduled for attending course units at the university and three days for the
training at the company. The vocational training is generally to be concluded by the start of
the fifth semester with the examination before the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.


(4) In the part-time course of study the student carries out his/her profession in parallel with
the course of study. In the first four semesters of the course of study the teaching contents of
the first two semesters are imparted over a period of four semesters. During this period, two


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days per week are scheduled for attending course units at the university and three days for
the professional activity.


(5) The volume of studies is 139 semester hours per week over the course of study.


(6) All details of the structure of the course of study and of the manner, form and scope of the
modules are contained in the attached examination and study schedule. Details of
qualification aims, teaching contents and the examination forms which must generally be
selected are stipulated in the module handbook, which is available for inspection by all
lecturers and students in the department’s secretary’s office.


                                           Section 5
                  Organisation of the Bachelor examination, credit points
(1) As determined in more detail by the examination and study schedule (annex), the
Bachelor examination is organised into examinations and attendance certificates during the
course of study, the practical or foreign study semester and the final examination part,
consisting of the thesis and colloquium.


(2) Examinations and attendance certificates during the course of study refer in accordance
with the stipulation in the examination and study schedules either to a module as a whole or
to individual course units of a module and conclude the module or the part of the module in
full. The examination of the performance either takes place during or directly after the
conclusion of the module units. The practical or foreign study semester is scheduled to be
undertaken in the undergraduate course of study in the sixth semester and in the cooperative
and part-time course of study in the eighth semester. The topic of the thesis is generally
notified in the undergraduate course of study in the seventh semester and in the cooperative
and part-time course of study in the ninth semester, namely in due time in such a manner
that the colloquium can be held before the end of the semester.


(3) The course of the studies and the examination procedure are to be organised in such a
way that the Bachelor examination can be completed within the standard period of study.


(4) Examination procedures must enable the availment of protected periods according to the
German Maternity Protection Act and the German Law on Parental Allowance and Parental
Leave and must also take into account lost periods due to the care of people as defined by


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Article 48, Paragraph 5, Sentence 5 of the University Act. If it is necessary to adapt the time
of procedures, then the candidate must generally make an application to the examination
board.


(5) The Bachelor examination is taken according to a credit point system. All modules and all
course units are evaluated by credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and
Accumulation System (ECTS). The number of allocated credit points depends on the
learning and work volume which is generally required for the completion of the individual
course unit and the overall module. In accordance with the agreements of the ECTS, one
credit point corresponds to a work volume by the student of 25 to 30 hours. The basis for the
awarding of the credit points is the assumption that the work volume of one year of study is
to be evaluated by a total of 60 credit points. The credit points of a module are awarded to
the student as soon as he/she has rendered the prescribed examination or attendance
certificate performances in full. Acquired credit points are credited to the student on a credit
point account which the examination board keeps for him/her.


                                          Section 6
                                     Examination board
(1) An examination board shall be formed for the organisation of the examinations and for the
tasks allocated by these examination regulations. The examination board is an independent
body of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and an authority in terms of
administrative procedural law and administrative adjective law. It consists of the chairman,
his/her deputy and five further members. The chairman, the deputy chairman and two further
members shall be elected from the body of professors, one member from the body of
assistant lecturers and two members from the body of students by the departmental council.
The period of office of the members and their deputies employed on a full-time basis at the
university is four years and of the student members and their deputies one year. Re-election
is permissible.


(2) The examination board ensures the compliance with the examination regulations. It
organises the examinations and ensures that they are held in a due and orderly manner. The
responsibility of the dean according to Article 27, Paragraph 1 of the University Act shall
remain unaffected. The examination board is especially responsible for the decision on
objections to decisions taken in the examination procedure. In addition, the examination
board must report every year to the departmental council on the development of the


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examinations and study periods. It makes suggestions regarding the reform of the
examination regulations and the study schedules. The examination board may assign the
undertaking of its duties in standard cases to the chairman; this shall not apply to the
decision on objections.


(3) The examination board shall constitute a quorum if in addition to the chairman or his/her
deputy and one further professor at least two further members with voting rights are present.
At least half of the members who are present and who have voting rights must be professors.
It shall adopt resolutions by simple majority. In the case of an equality of votes, the chairman
shall have the casting vote. The student members of the examination board and the assistant
lecturer shall not participate in academic decisions, especially regarding the crediting or other
evaluation of examination performances and the appointment of examiners and observers.
The student members do not take part in the consultation and adoption of resolutions on
matters which concern the stipulation of examination questions or their own examination.


(4) The members of the examination board have the right to be present when examinations
are being held. Excepted are student members of the examination board who must sit the
same examination on the same day.


(5) The members of the examination board, their deputies, the examiners and the observers
are subject to official secrecy. If they are not in the public service, they are to be committed
to observe secrecy by the chairman of the examination board.


(6) Negative decisions by the examination board or its chairman must be notified to the
candidate without delay. The candidate is previously to be given the opportunity to be heard
in accordance with the law.

                                           Section 7
                                  Examiners and observers
(1) Those lecturing at the university are authorised to hold examinations. In exceptional
cases, also persons with experience in vocational practice and training are authorised to hold
examinations if this is necessary and proper to achieve the purpose of the examination (for
example, as the second examiner of the thesis). The examiners themselves must have at
least the same qualification which is to be ascertained by the examination or an equivalent
qualification; this also applies to the expert observers present in the case of oral



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examinations. The examiners and observers are appointed by the examination board. They
are independent of instructions in their activity.


(2) The examination board shall ensure that the examination obligations are spread as
evenly as possible over the examiners.


(3) The chairman of the examination board shall ensure that the candidate is informed of the
names of the examiners in good time. Notification is to be effected at the same time as the
admission to the examination, generally at least two weeks before the examination, or, in the
case of the thesis, at the latest with the setting of the topic. Notification by posting on the
notice board is sufficient.


                                            Section 8
                                      Crediting of performances
(1) Performances which have been rendered at another university within the area of
application of the German Basic Law in the same course of study are credited ex officio.
Performances in other courses of study or at other universities and at state or state
recognised universities of cooperative education within the area of application of the German
Basic Law are to be credited if they are equivalent; this shall also apply on application to
performances at universities outside the area of application of the German Basic Law.


(2) On application, the university can credit other knowledge and qualifications to the course
of study on the basis of submitted documents.


(3) The examination board shall decide on credits according to Paragraphs 1 and 2, in the
case of doubt after hearing the examiners responsible for the modules.

                                            Section 9
                                    Placement examination
(1) Applicants who have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills for successful studies
in a manner other than by undertaking a course of study are entitled according to the result
of a placement examination to commence their studies in a corresponding phase of the
course of study, provided this is not counter to regulations on the awarding of places at
university.




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(2) According to the result of the placement examination, a practical activity according to
Section 3, the attendance at course units and the corresponding examination or attendance
certificate performances may be waived in whole or in part for the applicant. The candidate
shall receive confirmation of the decision.


(3) Details of the manner, form and scope of the placement examination are regulated by the
placement examination regulations of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.


                                           Section 10
                          Evaluation of examination performances
(1) Examination performances are to be evaluated in a differentiated manner by the awarding
of grades. The grades for the individual examination performances are determined by the
respective examiner.


(2) If several examiners are involved in an examination, then they jointly evaluate the
complete examination performance, provided nothing to the contrary is stipulated hereafter. If
the examiners do not agree on the grade, then the grade is determined from the arithmetical
mean of the individual evaluations.


(3) The following grades are to be used for the evaluation of the examination performances:
1 = very good                  = an outstanding performance;
2 = good                      =     a   performance     which     markedly   exceeds   average
                              requirements;
3 = satisfactory               = a performance which meets average requirements;
4 = fair                      = a performance which still meets requirements in spite of its
                              deficiencies;
5 = unsatisfactory            = a performance which no longer meets requirements due to
                              considerable deficiencies.
By way of further differentiation of the evaluation, grades reduced or increased by 0.3 may
be used; the grades 0.7, 4.3, 4.7 and 5.3 cannot be awarded.

(4) When forming grades from interim values, an arithmetical value
up to 1.5              results in             the grade “very good”,
over 1.5 up to 2.5     results in             the grade “good”,
over 2.5 up to 3.5     results in             the grade “satisfactory”,



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over 3.5 up to 4.0    results in             the grade “fair”,
over 4.0              results in             the grade “unsatisfactory”.
Only the first decimal place is taken into account with regard to the interim values; all further
places behind the point are deleted without being rounded up or down.


(5) An examination is passed if the examination performance was evaluated at least as “fair”
(4.0).


(6) The grade of a module in which several examinations must be taken during the course of
study is formed from the mean of the individual grades achieved in these examinations. The
credit point values shall be taken as a basis as grade weights in this respect.


(7) The evaluation of written examination performances shall be notified to the student after
six weeks at the latest. Notification by posting on the notice board is sufficient. The
evaluation of the thesis shall be notified to the student after eight weeks at the latest. The
evaluation of the oral examination performances shall be notified to the student following the
examination.


(8) The average grade of the Bachelor examination is supplemented by an ECTS grade
which, in addition to the absolute evaluation, also reflects a relative evaluation of the
examination performance. The ECTS grade puts the individual performance of a graduate in
relation to the performances of the other graduates of the course of study. Accordingly, the
graduates who within their comparative group
belong to the best 10 %              receive the grade A,
belong to the next best 25 %         receive the grade B,
belong to the next best 30 %         receive the grade C,
belong to the next best 25 %         receive the grade D,
belong to the poorest 10 %           receive the grade E.




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Section 11
                         Retaking of examination performances
(1) Examinations during the course of study can be retaken twice. The thesis and the
colloquium can each be repeated once. Failed attempts to take corresponding examinations
which were undertaken in a related or comparable course of study shall be counted.


(2) Passed examinations cannot be retaken.


(3) A candidate who does not retake a failed examination during the course of study within
two semesters shall lose his/her examination right for this attempt at retaking the
examination. Details are regulated in Paragraph 4.


(4) If the candidate has not yet undertaken an attempt at retaking the examination before the
last examination date remaining for the candidate within the stipulated period and if he/she
once again does not apply for admission to the examination, then the candidate shall be
compulsorily registered by the examination board for this last examination date. If the
candidate does not appear on this date without good reason, then the examination
performance in question shall be deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0). Any
reasons asserted for missing the examination must be notified to the examination board
without delay in writing, duly furnishing credible evidence. If the candidate is ill, the
submission of a medical certificate from a medical officer or an independent examining
doctor named by the examination board may be demanded. If the examination board
recognises the reasons, then the period for retaking the examination shall be extended until
the next offered examination date. In other respects, Article 8, Paragraph 3 of the Tuition
Fees and University Charges Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the period for retaking the
examination.


                                        Section 12
                      Withdrawal, deception, infringement of good order
(1) An examination performance shall be deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0) if
the candidate after the start of the examination withdraws from the examination without good
reason. Sentence 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis if the candidate without good reason does
not submit the thesis in due time or any other seminar paper, project or assignment which is
to be completed within the scope of an examination during the course of study.




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(2) The reasons asserted for the withdrawal or the failure to effect submission in due time
must be notified to the examination board without delay in writing, duly furnishing credible
evidence. If the candidate is ill, the submission of a medical certificate from a medical officer
or an independent examining doctor named by the examination board may be demanded. If
the examination board recognises the reasons, then the candidate shall be informed that
he/she can apply once again for admission to the corresponding examination performance.


(3) If the candidate tries to influence the result of his/her examination performance by
deception or by using inadmissible aids, then the examination performance in question shall
be deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0). A candidate who disturbs the due and
orderly holding of the examination can be excluded from the continuation of the examination
performance by the respective examiner or invigilator, generally after a warning. In this case,
the examination performance in question shall be deemed to be evaluated as
“unsatisfactory” (5.0). The reasons for the exclusion are to be placed on record. If the
candidate is excluded from the further rendering of the examination performance, then
he/she can demand that the decision is reviewed by the examination board. This shall apply
mutatis mutandis in the case of deception or the use of inadmissible aids.


                                          Section 13
              Aim, scope and form of the examinations during the course of study
(1) The examinations during the course of study are designed to ascertain whether the
candidate masters the contents and methods of the respective subject area in its
fundamental contexts and can independently correctly apply acquired knowledge and skills.


(2) The examination requirements are based on the contents of the course unit. There in
principle only exists an entitlement to retain the examined material for three consecutive
examination dates.


(3) Examinations during the course of study are generally taken in the form of a written
examination (Section 16), in the form of an oral examination (Section 17) or in the form of a
seminar paper, project or assignment (Section 18). A combination of these examination
forms is possible with the agreement of the examination board.

(4) The examination board shall generally stipulate in a uniform and binding manner at least
two months before an examination date the form of the examination and, in the case of a



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written examination, its duration in agreement with the examiners for all examination
candidates.


                                         Section 14
                     Admission to examinations during the course of study
(1) Only those candidates can be admitted to an examination during the course of study who
1. have the prerequisites for study according to Section 3,
2. at the time of the examination are matriculated at Rhine-Waal University of Applied
   Sciences or are admitted as visiting students.


(2) The application for admission to an examination is to be made by the date stipulated by
the examination board, generally using the online function, otherwise in writing to the
chairman of the examination board.


(3) The documents by way of proof of the admission prerequisites stated in Paragraph 1
must be enclosed with the application in so far as these documents were not submitted at an
earlier date.


(4) Admission to the examination is to be refused if
a) the prerequisites stated in Paragraph 1 are not met or
b) the documents are incomplete and are not subsequently submitted in full by the date
   stipulated by the examination board or
c) the candidate within the area of application of the German Basic Law has not passed in a
   final and non-appealable manner a required examination according to the examination
   regulations in the same course of study or has not passed in a final and non-appealable
   manner an examination which corresponds to the examination stated in the admission
   application in a related or comparable course of study.


(5) The chairman of the examination board and, in the case of doubt, the examination board
shall decide on the admission to the examination. Notification by posting on the notice board
is sufficient.


(6) Attendance certificates can be acquired if the prerequisites of Paragraph 1 are met.




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Section 15
                    Undertaking of examinations during the course of study
(1) Examination dates are to be arranged in such a way that no course units are cancelled
due to the scheduling.


(2) The examination date shall be notified to the candidate in good time, generally at least
two weeks before the examination in question. Notification by posting on the notice board is
sufficient.


(3) The candidate must at the request of the examiner or invigilator furnish proof of his/her
identity by his/her student card together with an official identity document with a photograph.


(4) If a candidate with a disability as defined by Article 3 of the German Equal Opportunities
for People with Disabilities Act proves by a medical certificate or in another manner that
he/she due to his/her disability is not in a position to take the examination in the scheduled
form in whole or in part, then the chairman of the examination board can permit equivalent
examination performances to be rendered in another form. He/she must ensure that
discrimination against students with disabilities is ruled out if possible by the structuring of
the examination conditions; in the case of doubt, he/she can demand further proof of the
disability. Measures to compensate for a disability may especially be:
- the extension of the duration or completion time of examinations
- the interruption of time-critical examination performances by individual breaks
- the splitting of examination performances into part performances
- the replacement of written performances by oral performances and vice versa
- the admission and if applicable also the provision of aids, assistance, adapted examination
 papers, separate examination rooms.


                                          Section 16
                                     Written examinations
(1) By examination performances in the form of a written examination the candidate is to
prove that he/she can recognise and solve problems from the respective examination field
with common methods of the subject area in a restricted period and with limited aids. Written
examinations may with the agreement of the examination board also be undertaken by
computer if the requirements regarding data protection and data security are met by the
technical framework conditions.


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(2) The completion time of a written examination is dependent on the number of semester
hours per week of the respective course unit. A guideline is a duration of 60 minutes for
every two semester hours per week.


(3) A written examination is held under supervision. The examiner shall decide on the
admission of aids.


(4) The examination question of a written examination is generally set by only one examiner.
In cases justified by their subject matter, especially if several subject areas are being
examined in a combined manner, the examination question can also be set by several
examiners. In this case, the examiners shall jointly stipulate in advance the weighting of the
shares of the examination question.


(5) If it is the last opportunity to retake the examination, written examinations must be
evaluated by two examiners. Evaluation by one examiner is sufficient in all other cases. In
the cases of Paragraph 4, Sentence 2, the examiners shall generally only evaluate their own
part of the question; Sentence 1 shall remain unaffected.


                                              Section 17
                                       Oral examinations
(1) Oral examinations are generally taken before one examiner in the presence of an expert
observer or before several examiners (examination before a panel of examiners) as group
examinations or individual examinations. In the case of an examination with an observer, the
examiner must hear the observer before determining the grade. In the case of an
examination before a panel of examiners, the examiners shall jointly evaluate the
examination performance.


(2) An oral examination lasts at least 30 minutes and 45 minutes at the most.


(3) A record shall be kept of the fundamental topics and results of the examination, especially
of the authoritative facts for the grading.


(4) Students who wish to sit the same examination at a later period shall be admitted to
observe the examination if there is sufficient room, provided a candidate does not raise




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objection. The admission does not cover the discussion and notification of the examination
result.


                                         Section 18
                            Seminar papers, projects or assignments
(1) Examination performances in the form of seminar papers, projects or assignments refer
to tasks which are delimited in terms of subject matter from the theoretical and practical
context of the respective examination field. They may be supplemented by a presentation or
a discussion of the matter or by a combination of both. The examination can be held as a
group examination if the candidate’s individual performance can be recognised and proved to
an adequate degree. The topic and task must be designed in such a manner that the
seminar paper, project or assignment can be completed within the scheduled period.


(2) The completion time of a seminar paper, project or assignment shall be four months at
the most. The work is to comprise around 30 A4 pages (without annexes).


(3) The task, submission date and submission location of the seminar paper, project or
assignment are to be notified to the candidate in writing or by posting on the notice board by
the chairman of the examination board or by the examiner setting the task.


(4) Section 16, Paragraph 5, Sentences 1 and 2 shall apply mutatis mutandis.


(5) When submitting the seminar paper, project or assignment, the candidate must assure in
writing that he/she has independently produced his/her work – in the case of group work,
his/her correspondingly marked share of the work – and has not used any sources and aids
other than stated, with quotations duly marked as such.


                                         Section 19
                                  Attendance certificates
(1) Attendance certificates especially confirm performances within the scope of tutorials,
practical courses or seminars. The attendance certificate is issued if the student regularly
and actively participated in the respective course unit and has proved that he/she knows how
to apply the imparted knowledge and skills and has practised the subject-specific methods.
The attendance certificate is issued by the person responsible for teaching the respective
course unit.


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(2) The performance checks with regard to an attendance certificate are not formalised and
are not subject to any registration and admission procedures. Test reports, written
evaluations, calculations, programming exercises, constructions, draft designs and sketches,
papers and oral discussions of the subject may, for example, serve as proof of the
demanded performances.


(3) Attendance certificates are not graded and can be repeated an unlimited number of
times.


                                           Section 20
                                     Practical semester
(1) The practical semester is designed to familiarise the student by concrete tasks and
practical work in relevant companies of the practical sector in question with the later
professional activity. It is especially designed to enable the application of the knowledge and
skills acquired in the course of study to date and to enable the student to reflect on and
evaluate the experience gained during the practical activity and to make this experience of
use for the subsequent phase of studies.


(2) The practical semester is generally undertaken in the undergraduate course of study in
the sixth semester and in the cooperative course of study in the eighth semester. It generally
comprises a block period of 20 weeks and is to be completed without interruption. The
practical semester can also be undertaken abroad.


(3) Those candidates who have acquired at least 153 credit points shall be admitted to the
practical semester on application.


(4) The examination board shall decide on the admission to the practical semester and the
authorisation of the work placements. The department shall ensure that there is an adequate
number of company work placements available for the students. Notwithstanding the above,
students can and are firstly to endeavour to obtain a work placement themselves.


(5) If the student has demonstrably endeavoured in vain on several occasions to obtain a
work placement, then the department is obliged to actively support the student. If the
department is also unable to obtain a work placement, duly applying all reasonable
endeavours, then an application-oriented project can be completed at the university instead


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of the external practical activity. The regulations on the practical semester shall apply mutatis
mutandis to the application-oriented project.


(6) The student shall be mentored by a professor or specialist subject teacher determined by
the examination board during the practical semester. If possible, a suggestion made by the
student regarding who is to undertake the mentoring function is to be taken into account.
After completion, the experience gained in the practical semester is to be summarised in a
written report.


(7) The mentoring professor or specialist subject teacher shall recognise the successful
participation in the practical semester by confirmation if he/she ascertained that the practical
vocational activity met the purpose of the practical semester and that the student completed
the work assigned to him/her in a satisfactory manner; the reference of the training company
and the report which must be submitted are to be taken into account in this respect.


(8) If the practical semester is not recognised by the mentoring professor or specialist subject
teacher, then it can be repeated as a whole one more time.


(9) 30 credit points shall be awarded for the successful completion of the practical semester.


                                          Section 21
                                   Foreign study semester
(1) A study semester at a university instructing in a foreign language abroad can also be
undertaken instead of the practical semester. The study abroad is especially to serve to


1. consolidate the theoretical and practical knowledge in the chosen field of study and to
attend course units in selected subjects and to conclude them by examinations,


2. promote intercultural competence and global thinking, especially to learn to work together
with teachers and students of other nationalities and culture groups, thus enabling the
student to prove himself/herself in a foreign education structure,


3. improve the knowledge of the language of the host country.




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(2) Section 20, Paragraph 3 shall apply mutatis mutandis regarding the admission. A further
prerequisite is that the student can furnish proof of a suitable place of study abroad. An
entitlement to the allocation of a place of study abroad shall not exist.


(3) The examination board in consultation with the department’s international liaison officer
shall decide on the suitability of a place of study abroad in line with the aims stated in
Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 and on the admission to the foreign study semester.


(4) Section 20, Paragraph 6, Sentences 1 and 2 shall apply mutatis mutandis regarding the
mentoring.


(5) The mentoring professor or specialist subject teacher shall recognise the successful
participation in the foreign study semester by confirmation if he/she ascertained that the aims
stated in Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 have been met and the student furnishes proof that
he/she rendered examination performances in the scope of at least ten ECTS points during
his/her foreign study; a lower number of ECTS points may be accepted if the success of the
study abroad is clear on the basis of other assessment criteria.


(6) If the foreign study semester is not recognised by the mentoring professor or specialist
subject teacher, then it can be repeated as a whole one more time. If it must be repeated,
then a practical semester can also be undertaken.


(7) 30 credit points shall be awarded for the successful completion of the foreign study
semester.


                                           Section 22
                                             Thesis
(1) The thesis is designed to show that the candidate is capable of independently completing
a practical piece of work within a set period from his/her subject field both in its specialist
details and in the multidisciplinary contexts according to academic and application-oriented
methods. The thesis is generally an independent examination on the basis of the set task
with a detailed description and explanation of its results. In suitable cases with regard to the
subject matter in question, it may also be an assignment with specialist literary content.




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(2) The thesis can be set and mentored by every professor who can be appointed as an
examiner according to Section 7, Paragraph 1. On the application of the candidate, the
examination board can also appoint an honorary professor, a visiting lecturer entrusted with
corresponding tasks or a specialist subject teacher as mentor. The thesis may with the
agreement of the examination board be undertaken at an institution outside the university if
adequate mentoring can be provided there. The candidate is to be given the opportunity to
make suggestions for the subject field of the thesis.


(3) On application, the chairman of the examination board shall ensure that the candidate
receives a topic for the thesis in good time.


(4) The thesis can also be admitted in the form of group work if the contribution which is to be
evaluated as an individual performance can be clearly differentiated and evaluated by stating
sections or page numbers or on the basis of other criteria which enable clear differentiation
and if this performance meets the requirements according to Paragraph 1.


(5) The volume of the written part of the thesis is generally to be at least 60 A4 pages and is
generally not to exceed 150 A4 pages. In addition to the text version, other media may be
employed for the creation of the thesis if they are suitable and helpful for the documentation
of the work in accordance with the set task. In this case, it is possible to deviate from the
lower guideline for the volume of the written part.


                                          Section 23
                                       Admission to the thesis
(1) Candidates can be admitted to the thesis who:
1. meet the prerequisites for study according to Section 3,
2. during the thesis are matriculated for the course of study at Rhine-Waal University of
   Applied Sciences or are admitted as visiting students according to Article 52, Paragraph 2
   of the University Act,
3. have acquired at least 183 credit points which include the completion of the practical or
   foreign study semester.


(2) The application for admission is to be made in writing to the chairman of the examination
board. A declaration on previous attempts at completing a thesis is to be enclosed with the




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application. It is furthermore to be stated which examiner is prepared to set and mentor the
thesis.


(3) The application for admission can be withdrawn in writing until the notification of the
decision on the application without counting towards the number of the possible examination
attempts.


(4) The chairman of the examination board and, in the case of doubt, the examination board
shall decide on the admission. Admission is to be refused if
a) the prerequisites stated in Paragraph 1 are not met or
b) the documents are incomplete or
c) the candidate within the area of application of the German Basic Law has not passed in a
   final and non-appealable manner a required examination according to the examination
   regulations in the same course of study or has not passed in a final and non-appealable
   manner a corresponding thesis in a related or comparable course of study.


                                         Section 24
                              Setting and completion of the thesis
(1) The thesis is set through the chairman of the examination board. The time of setting shall
be regarded to be the day on which the chairman of the examination board notifies the topic
set by the mentor to the candidate; the time is to be placed on record.


(2) The completion period (time from setting until submission of the thesis) shall be three
months. The submission of the thesis before the expiry of an eight-week completion period is
not permissible. The topic and the task must be designed in such a manner that the thesis
can be completed within the set period. In exceptional cases, the chairman of the
examination board can extend the completion period by up to four weeks on account of a
justified application made before the expiry of the set period. The mentor is to be heard with
regard to this application.


(3) The topic of the thesis can only be given back once and only within the first four weeks of
the completion period without stating the reasons. If the thesis is being retaken, it is only
permissible to give back the topic if the candidate made no use of this possibility when
undertaking his/her first thesis.




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(4) If a candidate has a disability, then Section 15, Paragraph 4 shall apply mutatis mutandis.


                                           Section 25
                          Submission and evaluation of the thesis
(1) The thesis is to be submitted in good time in triplicate as a printed copy and additionally
on a CD-ROM data carrier, which contains the complete work in PDF or Word format, to the
chairman of the examination board. The time of submission is to be placed on record; if the
work is sent by post, the time of posting shall be authoritative. When submitting the thesis,
the candidate must assure in writing that he/she has independently produced his/her work –
in the case of group work, his/her correspondingly marked share of the work – and has not
used any sources and aids other than stated, with quotations duly marked as such.


(2) The thesis is to be evaluated by two examiners. One of the examiners is to be the mentor
of the thesis. If the mentor is an honorary professor, a visiting lecturer or a specialist subject
teacher, then the second examiner must be a professor of the Department of Technology
and Bionics. If the examiners cannot agree on the evaluation, the grade of the thesis shall be
formed from the arithmetical mean of the individual evaluations if the difference between the
two grades is less than 2.0. If the difference is 2.0 or greater, a third examiner shall be
appointed by the examination board. In this case, the grade of the thesis shall be determined
from the arithmetical mean of the two better individual evaluations. The thesis can then,
however, only be evaluated as “fair” (4.0) or better if at least two of the grades are “fair” (4.0)
or better. Reasons are to be given in writing for all evaluations.


(3) Twelve credit points shall be awarded for passing the thesis.


                                           Section 26
                                          Colloquium
(1) The colloquium complements the thesis, is to be independently evaluated and is to take
place within two months after the submission of the thesis. It serves to ascertain whether the
candidate is able to orally express the results of the thesis, their subject-related contexts and
their wider references, to independently justify them and to assess their practical
significance. The treatment of the topic of the thesis is accordingly to be discussed with the
candidate. With the agreement of the examination board, the colloquium can be held in a
foreign language.




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(2) Candidates can be admitted to the colloquium who:
1. meet the prerequisites for study according to Section 3,
2. at the time of the colloquium are matriculated for the course of study at Rhine-Waal
  University of Applied Sciences or are admitted as visiting students according to Article 52,
  Paragraph 2 of the University Act,
3. have acquired 210 credit points.


(3) The application for admission is to be sent to the chairman of the examination board. A
declaration on previous attempts to sit a colloquium is to be enclosed with the application.
The candidate can also already apply for admission to the colloquium at the time of the
registration for the thesis; in this case, admission shall be effected as soon as the
prerequisites according to Paragraph 2 are applicable. In other respects, Section 23,
Paragraph 4 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the admission to the colloquium and its refusal.


(4) The colloquium is held as an oral examination and is jointly taken and evaluated by the
examiners of the thesis. In the case of Section 25, Paragraph 2, Sentence 5, the colloquium
is taken by the examiners from whose individual evaluations the grade of the thesis has been
formed. The colloquium lasts around 45 minutes. In other respects, the regulations valid for
oral examinations (Section 17) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the holding of the colloquium.


(5) In the case of a permanent physical disability of the candidate, Section 15, Paragraph 4
shall apply mutatis mutandis.


(6) Three credit points shall be awarded for passing the colloquium.


                                         Section 27
                            Result of the Bachelor examination
(1) The Bachelor examination is passed if the student has obtained 210 credit points.


(2) The Bachelor examination is not passed if one of the prescribed examinations during the
course of study, the thesis or the colloquium is evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0) or is
deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0). A notice shall be issued on the failed
Bachelor examination or on the final loss of the examination entitlement according to Section
11, Paragraph 3, which is to include instructions about available legal remedies. On
application, the chairman of the examination board shall issue confirmation after the


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student’s removal from the university register which contains the rendered examination
performances and their grades as well as the examination performances which are still
required for the Bachelor examination. It must be clear from the confirmation that the
candidate has not passed the Bachelor examination in a final and non-appealable manner or
has lost his/her examination entitlement according to Section 11, Paragraph 3.


                                           Section 28
                   Certificate, average grade, annexes to the certificate
(1) A certificate (leaving certificate) shall be issued on the passed Bachelor examination
without delay, if possible within four weeks after the colloquium. The certificate contains a list
of the modules based on course units and their grades, a reference to the undertaken
practical or foreign study semester, the topic, the grade and the names of the examiners of
the thesis, the grade of the colloquium and the average grade of the Bachelor examination.
In the case of an examination performance rendered at another university which is credited
according to Section 8, its origin shall be noted.


(2) The average grade of the Bachelor examination is formed from the mean of the individual
grades stated in Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 according to Section 10, Paragraph 4. The
following grade weightings are taken as a basis in this respect:
Mean of the grades of the modules based on course units,
each weighted with the credit point value of the module                             80 %
- grade of the thesis                                                       15 %
- grade of the colloquium                                                                    5%


(3) The certificate is signed by the chairman of the examination board and bears the seal of
the examination board. It bears the date of the day on which the colloquium took place.


(4) Every graduate shall receive a diploma supplement and a transcript of records as English
annexes to the certificate.


(5) A student who leaves the university without passing the Bachelor examination shall
receive on application a certificate on the examination performances rendered in the course
of study (premature leaving certificate). Paragraph 3, Sentence 1 shall apply mutatis
mutandis.




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Section 29
                                 Bachelor degree certificate
(1) At the same time as the certificate and on the same date, the graduate shall be issued
with the Bachelor degree certificate. This certificate records the awarding of the Bachelor
degree according to Section 2, Paragraph 3.


(2) The Bachelor degree certificate is signed by the president, the dean of the department
and by the chairman of the examination board and bears the seal of Rhine-Waal University of
Applied Sciences.


                                          Section 30
                                  Additional examinations
The candidate can take an examination in further modules and course units which are not
prescribed. The result of these examinations shall on application of the candidate be
included in the leaving or premature leaving certificate, however shall not be taken into
account when stipulating the average grade.


                                          Section 31
                          Inspection of the examination records
(1) After the conclusion of the examination procedure, the candidate shall on application be
granted inspection of his/her written examination papers, of the related evaluations of the
examiners and of the examination records.

(2) An application for inspection is to be made within one month after the issuing of the
leaving or premature leaving certificate or the notice of the failed Bachelor examination to the
chairman of the examination board. Article 32 of the Administrative Procedure Act for the
state of North Rhine-Westphalia on restitution to the previous condition shall apply mutatis
mutandis. The chairman shall determine the place and time of inspection.


(3) Inspection of the examination documents which refer to an examination during the course
of study shall be granted to the candidate on application already after undertaking the
respective examination attempt. The application is to be made within one month after
notification of the examination result. In other respects, Paragraph 2 shall apply mutatis
mutandis.




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Section 32
                                 Invalidity of examinations
(1) If the candidate has cheated during an examination and if this fact only becomes known
after the issuing of the leaving or premature leaving certificate or the confirmation according
to Section 27, Paragraph 2, Sentence 3, then the examination board can subsequently
amend the grades accordingly for those examination performances where the candidate
cheated and state that the Bachelor examination has been failed in whole or in part.


(2) If the prerequisites for the admission to an examination were not met without the
candidate intending to deceive and if this fact only becomes known after the issuing of the
leaving or premature leaving certificate or the confirmation according to Section 27,
Paragraph 2, Sentence 3, this defect shall be remedied by passing the examination. If the
candidate wrongly obtained the admission with intent, the examination board shall decide on
the legal consequences, duly heeding the Administrative Procedure Act for the state of North
Rhine-Westphalia.


(3) The incorrect leaving or premature leaving certificate, the incorrect Bachelor degree
certificate or the incorrect confirmation according to Section 27, Paragraph 2, Sentence 3 is
to be withdrawn and reissued if applicable. A decision according to Paragraph 1 and
Paragraph 2, Sentence 2 is no longer possible after a period of five years after the issuing of
the leaving or premature leaving certificate or the confirmation according to Section 27,
Paragraph 2, Sentence 3.



                                         Section 33
                                        Effective date
These examination regulations came into force on August 16th 2011.




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Curriculum for the Electronics Bachelor Course of Study of the Department of
Technology and Bionics.
Annex Examination and Study Schedule Electronics Bachelor Course of Study




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