Explanations and Definitions

A module is a well-rounded set of academic activities on a specific subject area. Modules can be composed of different forms of teaching and learning activities (e.g. lectures, exercises, lab experiments, internships, seminars etc.). Successful completion of each module is credited with credit points (CP). Detailed description of modules can be found in the module handbook.

Credit points (CP) are, according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), units to measure the learning achievements and workload of a course. These standardised units make it easier for students to move between different universities in different countries. A credit point is equivalent to a workload of about 30 hours. The standard workload in an academic year is about 60 credit points. In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics a total of 210 credit points is required.

Credit hours (CH) are the number of academic hours per week during a semester, which are spent in a lecture, lab course or seminar. A semester is normally 13 to 15 weeks long. Number of credit hours multiplied by number of weeks per semester is defined as number of contact hours. In German university system the terminology of Semesterwochenstunden (SWS) is used for credit hours.