Regulations & Documents
The formal frame of study, specifying degree and exam regulations as well as the prescribed course programme for the masters course in International Software Systems Science is laid down in the following documents:
- General Examination Regulations(177.6 KB) (Allgemeine Prüfungsordnung APO, official German version)
This document describes the general regulation as they apply to all the degree programmes at the WIAI Faculty.
- Study and Subject Examination Regulations(263.9 KB) (Studien- und Fachprüfungsordnung StuFPO, official German version)
This document describes the particular regulations pertaining to the masters degree programme in International Software Systems Science.
In appendix 1(A) of this document you find information on which modules fall within which of the module groups A1-A5 and appendix 1(B) specifies which area of specialisation S1-S4 each module in A1 and A2 belongs to.
Note: Only the German versions of the above regulatory documents are university-official and legally binding.
Module Handbooks and Module Tables
In order to find out which module offerings are available in the WIAI Faculty for your degree course you can consult the module handbook.
The module handbook lists all course modules offered within the degree programme and gives detailed description of the contents, ECTS credit volume, mode of delivery, form of assessment etc. The module handbook also contains the module tables. These tell you which modules you may take (elective units) or must take (mandatory units) to fulfil your study requirements in a particular module group A1-A5.
- Module Handbook including Module Tables - version valid for summer semester 2020
The module handbook is currently updated every academic year. Additional information and occasionally also short-notice announcements of new course offerings can be found at the web pages of the degree examination board.
Also, read the information on learning agreements.
Course flyer and further documents
- Course flyer M.Sc. International Software Systems Science (coming soon)
Sample Study Plans
The study plans below give exemplary schedules of modules that you may follow in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree programme within the regular study period of four semesters. The four versions cover different study scenarios, distinguishing whether you start in the winter or summer semester and whether you study full-time or part-time.
Exemplary study plans (full-time studies) beginning in the summer semester (Summer 2020)
However, note that these study plans are examples only. You may and should make your own personal choice of electives according to your study and specialisation interests.
Important note: In case of doubt please contact the degree programme advisor (Fachstudienberater) or the degree programme representative (Studiengangsbeauftragter) at the beginning of your first semester. They will help you setting up your own personalised study plan in accordance with the programme examination regulations.
Once you have laid down your study plan you can get it approved by the degree examination board (Prüfungsausschuss) using a formal Learning Agreement.
In the masters programme International Software Systems Science you may exercise considerable freedom as to which specific study path to take. There are many decisions you can make to personalise your studies. You can select you own electives within each of the module groups A1 and A2, determine the order in which you attend the classes and decide in module group A5 whether you want to study abroad or conduct an internship. If you study abroad you will have to select suitable modules at the partner university. If you go on an internship you must ensure that it has sufficient international context and the work you do has sufficient relevance for Software Systems Science.
This is where Learning Agreements are useful. These are formal written agreements between you and the degree examination board on the recognition of ECTS credit points which you intend to acquire as part of your degree studies. Learning agreements are meant to give you the extra peace of mind that the modules you plan to attend or the internship you intend to do fall within the scope of the degree regulations.
Learning agreements are merely a safety net and optional for you:
- You do not need to have a learning agreement to attend a module or take an exam.
- If you have a learning agreement for a particular module, then you are not forced to attend the module.
- Learning agreements can always be changed and you can have as many as you want.
Typically, learning agreements are entered before you leave for a study abroad period or start the internship. However, we strongly recommend that you also use a learning agreement to get your module selections in A1 and A2 approved at the beginning of the first semester.
The procedure of entering a learning agreement differs depending on the kind of crediting. The learning agreement forms and an overview of the procedure can be found on the virtual campus web pages (log in with your student user account) of the degree examinations board.