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Courses, Grading and ECTS

Course Catalogue

The current course catalogue is published about 2 months before the beginning of the semester. It is available on the HISinOne homepage. In order to fill out the Learning Agreement earlier, you may refer to the course catalogue of the previous year.

 

 

Types of Courses

Lecture (Vorlesung): Here, the content of a course is presented by a lecturer. Active student participation is not in principle expected, but nevertheless appreciated by some professors. Regular attendance by students is not monitored. Erasmus students have the option of doing a written or oral examination on the content of the lecture at the end of the semester. It is not necessary to register in order to visit a lecture. However, it is necessary to register with the relevant professor to take part in an examination.


Exercise (Übung): Assessment of participation in an exercise is based on two pieces of work: a 2-3 hour written examination and an assignment, which has to be written during the semester holidays. The assignment involves solving a case and a multitude of legal problems. Generally, an assignment has to be 20-25 pages, with between three and six weeks allowed for its completion.
 
Seminar: Seminars provide a deeper understanding of an area of the law. Each participant is required to undertake independent research on a specific legal topic. The student must provide a 20-30 page seminar paper on his/her topic and give an oral presentation on it, followed by a discussion. Registration with the relevant professor is required. 

Work Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft): Work groups help students acquire the technique for solving cases. They prepare the students for participation in an Exercise (Übung). Work groups are run by the professor’s research assistants. 

 

 

Examinations

Examinations are generally held at the end of the semester. An examination may also be offered at the beginning of the semester holidays, as an exception. The individual professor determines whether a written or oral examination will be offered and whether students will be required to solve a case or answer questions on the content of the course.

 

 

"Schein" (Certificate)

The "Schein" provides a record of achievement. They will be issued to students after passing an examination. The Schein shows the mark and the number of ECTS points. Students who regularly visit a lecture but do not complete an examination may receive a so-called "Sitzschein" (certificate of attendance). This confirms participation in the lecture.

 

 

Grades

German Grade

Explanation

16-18 Points

Very good: an outstanding achievement

13-15 Points

Good: a considerably above average achievement

10-12 Points

Very satisfactory: an above average achievement

07-09 Points

Satisfactory: an achievement corresponding to the average

04-06 Points

Sufficient: an achievement, which despite shortcomings reaches average requirements

01-03 Points

Insufficient: an achievement with considerable shortcomings

00 Points

Inadequate: completely unserviceable achievement

 

Examinations are passed with 4 points or more. The average mark for written examinations is between 4 and 7 points. Only rarely, in the event of extremely high achievement, is a grade of 15 to 18 points awarded.

 

 

ECTS-Points

Course type  Credits      

Attending a lecture (without examination)

[credits depending on duration]

 1 ECTS

[1 hrs/wk]

 2 ECTS

[2 hrs/wk]

3 ECTS

[3 hrs/wk]

4 ECTS

[4 hrs/wk]

Attending a lecture (with oral or written examination)

[credits depending on duration]

 3 ECTS

6 ECTS 9 ECTS 12 ECTS
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Seminar 

10 ECTS 

 

 

 

Large Exercise (Übung)

10 ECTS        

 

 

 

Small Exercise (Übung) 

8 ECTS   

 

 

 

Work group

6 ECTS          

 

 

 

 

1 contact hour (hrs/wk = hours per week) corresponds to a duration of 45 minutes.

Please note remarks regarding course times that accompany all course announcements. For example, c.t. (cum tempore) means that the lecture starts 15 minutes after the given time; s.t. (sine tempore) means that the lecture starts at given time.

 

Grades according to the ECTS-System

German Grade

ECTS Grade

Allocation (%)

Explanation

13-18

A  

10

Very good: an outstanding achievement

10-12

B

25   

Good: a considerably above average achievement

7-9       

30 

Very satisfactory: an above average achievement

5-6       

D

25

Satisfactory: an achievement corresponding to the average

4

E  

10  

Sufficient: an achievement, which despite shortcomings reaches average requirements

1-3   
 

FX

-

Insufficient: an achievement with considerable shortcomings

-   

Inadequate: completely unserviceable achievement