The most important terms related to your studies

Credit points, modules, learning rooms – here you will find explanations for the most important terms in the study programme

In the first three semesters, the general compulsory modules teach basic mathematical-technical-scientific skills and knowledge for the following semesters. Hereby, one focus is on education in the subjects of mathematics and technical mechanics.

These subjects are accompanied by scientific education in the subjects of physics and chemistry. In addition, subject-specific basics are taught in the fields of surveying and engineering informatics, materials and descriptive geometry. These subjects are accompanied by the interdisciplinary project seminar “Fundamentals of Planning, Design and Construction”. Within the framework of these modules, interdisciplinary project tasks from the fields of civil engineering and geodesy are used to teach technical engineering working methods, to present the different disciplines and possible job descriptions and to learn how to work on projects in a group.

The general electives modules are reserved for the versatilely educated student in the sense of a Studium Generale. You can therefore choose from the offering of the departments as modelled in TUCaN (except FB 13) for all students of TU Darmstadt as well as from the study programmes of the interdisziplinäre Studienschwerpunkte (interdisciplinary study foci, iSP). With a view to an interdisciplinary oriented study programme, we recommended that students choose modules from the range of courses offered in the humanities or social sciences, foreign language courses or other interdisciplinary courses. Both the subject-related and the general elective area can be integrated into the course of study with regard to the semester, depending on your personal study planning.

Credit Points (CP) were introduced within the framework of the Bologna Process for Bachelor and Master programmes in Germany. The credit points are intended to measure and reward the achievements already made during the course of study. One credit point corresponds to 30 working hours. The credit point corresponds to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). At least 30 credit points should be achieved within a semester in order to complete the course of study within the standard period of study.

An field trip means a field trip accompanying a lecture, which can last one or more days.

Building on the knowledge acquired in the general compulsory area, the respective competences and knowledge required for the later subject-specific specialisation are taught from the fourth semester onwards in the subject-specific compulsory modules. Part of the subject-specific compulsory area is also the bachelor's thesis in the sixth semester.

In the subject-specific elective area, you will take modules from a given range of courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in order to expand your respective elective area in accordance with your own interests and the future career profile you wish to pursue.

At the university you have different possibilities to follow your self-study. There are numerous rooms available for group and individual work.

A final module examination (module examination, written examination, subject examination, etc.), is an examination on the module accompanying the semester. The final module exams can be taken in oral or written form and should take place shortly after the completion of all courses of the module. A final module examination is offered for one module in each semester. So if you are unable to take an exam in the first semester or fail it, you can repeat it in the following semester.

The module comprises the courses (lectures, exercises, seminars) as well as the corresponding subject examination and (if available) course achievements.

Before registering for the bachelor's thesis, proof of a 60-day internship in at least one subject-specific professional field must be provided. Practical work on a construction site, in a workshop, in an engineering office or in a technical authority is considered to be an internship activity. Vocational training with a technical reference may, where appropriate, be recognised as an internship.

In a seminar, students work independently on contributions to a topic and then present their results. In contrast to most exercises and lectures, attendance is generally compulsory in a seminar.

For most modules (subjects), a consultation hour is offered at least once a week. In this consultation hour you can ask questions about the lecture material or exercises. These consultation hours are very helpful.

Course achievements are the performances that must be achieved during the semester. In contrast to written examinations, performance is to be achieved through oral examination, presentations, partial examinations, other written work (homework) or recorded practical work within the framework of the courses. Where applicable, it is also sufficient to attend only the event/seminar (attendance). The course achievement to be completed will be announced in the respective module at the beginning of the course. Course achievements at Department 13 are usually ungraded, but can also be graded.

Exercises usually accompany lectures. In them the lecture material is usually applied in exercises. The exercises take place in groups of 20 to 30 students, with a tutor answering questions on current exercises.

In the past, a lecture was actually to be understood as the lecturer reading from a book, usually a textbook. Today, lecturers explain the material to their students in a free-speaking manner, supported by PowerPoint, Internet, scripts and e-chalk in frontal teaching.

Parallel to the compulsory subject area, you will specialise in the fourth to sixth semester in the optional compulsory subject area by choosing one of four specialisations in Civil Engineering or a combination of specialisations in Environmental Engineering. Thus, all relevant areas are covered as a basis for your further master studies. In principle, a change of specialisation is possible, provided that all course achievements gained so far can be brought into the new specialisation.

You need the general qualification for university entrance, the subject-bound higher education entrance qualification or an equivalent educational qualification to study with us. Our study programmes do not have a numerus clausus.