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Study plan for graduate studies in the Department of Computer Science at TU Kaiserslautern

from 02. 12. 2015


Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Aims of graduate studies
3. Admission to graduate studies
4. Study Modules and Types of Impartment of Knowledge
5. Duration and scale of graduate studies
6. Organization of graduate studies
7. Study Schedule
Appendix: Study Schedule
Appendix 1: Graduate Studies course blocks
Appendix 2: Graduate studies time schedule


1. Introduction

This study plan provides information about aims, structure, duration, scale, organization, examinations, scheduled study modules and admission to the graduate studies course for “Computer Science”. It contains suggestions about a sensible order in which to take study modules.

The legal basis for the qualifying course of studies is presented in the PhD Degree Regulations of the Department of Computer Science dated 5 May 2011 (§5 Admission, §6 Qualification Assessment and §7 Qualification Studies). The PhD Degree Regulations describe the requirements for acceptance as a PhD student. The graduate studies defined in this study plan describe the organization of the Qualification Studies for B.Sc. degree holders in computer science.


2. Aims of graduate studies

The graduate studies program should enable excellent B.Sc. degree holders in computer science to carry out independent research in a chosen area of computer science. Upon successful completion of the graduate studies course the student is qualified to be accepted as a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science.

By successfully completing further study modules it is also possible to achieve a M.Sc. in computer science.


3. Admission to graduate studies

In order to be admitted to the graduate studies course the applicant must have an outstanding university degree in computer science (§5 Section 3c of the PhD Degree Regulations). The PhD board makes decisions about admission.

Students can also achieve a M.Sc. in computer science if they successfully complete further study modules.


4. Study Modules and Types of Impartment of Knowledge

Study modules (modules for short) are offered in the form of lectures, tutorials, seminars and projects. The purpose of the lectures is the interrelated presentation and communication of the basic principles, basic knowledge and the concepts of computer science. During tutorials students learn and practice the application of lecture material by independently solving tasks. The purpose of the seminars is the familiarization with a computer science topic by means of independent reading, the preparation of a written report and the comprehensible presentation of the subject. During projects students use the methods and techniques they have acquired to work in teams on more extensive computer science tasks.

There are different kinds of lecture modules: theory modules, specialization modules, guided research modules, required elective modules, advanced modules and research projects. Theory modules provide in-depth theoretical general knowledge. Specialization modules provide in-depth knowledge in the student’s subject area of interest (later PhD subject). Guided research modules prepare for the independent research project to be carried out for the PhD after the completion of the graduate studies. Advanced modules broaden computer science skills and are necessary for an additional master’s degree.

Each study module counts for a number of ECTS credits depending on its complexity. One credit corresponds to approximately 30 hours of work. This includes attendance times, subject preparation and follow up time, time spent doing exercises, exam preparation and examination times.


5. Duration and scale of graduate studies

The regular study time for the graduate studies course is three semesters. The graduate studies course includes study modules and research projects amounting to a total of 90 credits.

If the student also wants to do a master’s degree, the regular study time will be extended by one semester (a total of 120 credits).


6. Organization of graduate studies

The graduate studies course is made up of several blocks: computer science theory, specialization, guided research, required elective blocks, advanced and research projects. The computer science theory block provides in-depth theoretical knowledge, establishing an important foundation for the research projects. The main focus of the graduate studies course is a specialized area which is chosen by the student and must be approved by the advisor as well as the guided research which provides a foundation for one or more research projects. The advanced course is compulsory for students aiming to achieve a master’s degree.


7. Study Schedule

The study schedule (see appendix) provides information about the study modules (description, semester hours per week, ECTS credits), how they are related to the blocks and the options available. It also contains recommendations for an appropriate organization of studies. The study schedule is a part of this study plan. Changes are determined by the faculty council and are published on the faculty’s website.


Appendix: Study Schedule


Appendix 1: Graduate Studies course blocks

Computer Science Theory

This compulsory block includes a theory module amounting to 8 credits from the master’s degree course „Computer Science“.

Specialization

This required elective course consists of coordinated specialization modules amounting to at least 32 credits from a subarea of computer science. The modules are compiled individually together with the advisor. They have to be approved by the faculty’s PhD board.

In order to achieve a master, the student has to choose a project and seminar module from the specialization area. Alternatively, students can meet the requirements for project and seminar modules by attending an equivalent number of guided research course blocks.

Guided Research

This required elective block is made up of seminars (research) projects and publication modules. The block is compiled individually and must be approved by the advisor and the faculty’s PhD board.

If the student is doing a research project (see below), the guided research blocks amount to 20 credits. Students not doing a research project have to gain 30 credits.

Research project

This required elective block is made up of a research project amounting to 30 credits. If the student is doing a master’s degree in addition to the graduate studies course, the project must comply with the requirements for a master’s degree (§11 AMPO, §10 FPO).

Advanced course

This block is obligatory if the student is doing a master’s degree. It serves as an additional qualification so the studies can be counted towards a M.Sc. in computer science. The modules are compiled individually together with the advisor. This combination must be checked to see if it can be applied for a M.Sc. in computer science and approved accordingly. The examination is carried out by the master’s examination board.

The following basic conditions should be taken into consideration when choosing the advanced modules. The modules chosen should broaden computer science knowledge beyond the chosen research area. (Students should complete modules from two further subject areas). In addition students should complete modules in a minor subject suited to the PhD subject area amounting to at least 8 credits.

Required elective

If the student isn’t doing a master’s degree, this required elective can be taken as an alternative to a research project. In this case students are free to organize modules as they wish together with computer science modules (amounting to 20 credits in total).

Graduate studies alternatives

There are three alternatives for graduate studies:

  • Graduate studies without doing an explicit research project.
    Students broaden their computer science knowledge by attending required elective modules amounting to 20 credits. The research project amounting to 30 credits stipulated in the PhD degree Regulations (§6, Section 2a) is covered by the block “Guided Research”.
  • Graduate studies with an explicit research project
    Students concentrate on their PhD subject area and carry out a research project amounting to 30 credits under the guidance of their advisor. The research project amounting to 30 credits stipulated in the PhD degree Regulations (§6, Section 2a) is covered by this research project.
  • Graduate studies with additional master’s degree
    Students complete four semesters of graduate studies (120 credits). They do a master’s thesis (see §10 Examination Regulations for master degrees in computer science) and broaden their computer science knowledge by attending advanced and minor subject modules amounting to 30 credits. The research project amounting to 30 credits stipulated in the PhD degree Regulations (§6, Section 2a) is covered by the master’s thesis.

Graduate studies without research project
Responsible person

Chair of the PhD board.

Educational objectives

Students

  • have extensive knowledge reaching research level in a chosen subarea of computer science,
  • can research under supervision.
Examination prerequisites

B.Sc. in computer science.

Knowledge prerequisites

Focus in the chosen area of specialization.

Computer science theory

Students choose a theory module amounting to 8 credits from appendix 1 of the study plan for the master’s degree course “Computer Science”.

Specialization

Students should attain a total of at least 32 credits from a chosen area of computer science.

Guided research

Students should complete one or more of the below modules amounting to at least 30 credits:

Required elective

Students should select and complete specialization modules in computer science amounting to at least 20 credits.


Graduate studies with research project
Responsible person

Chair of the PhD board.

Educational objectives

Students

  • have extensive knowledge reaching research level in a chosen subarea of computer science,
  • can research under supervision.
Examination prerequisites

B.Sc. in computer science.

Knowledge prerequisites

Focus in the chosen area of specialization.

Computer science theory

Students choose a theory module amounting to 8 credits from appendix 1 of the study plan for the master’s degree course “Computer Science”.

Specialization

Students should attain a total of at least 32 credits from a chosen area of computer science.

Guided research

Students should complete one or more of the below modules amounting to at least 20 credits:

Research project

A research project amounting to 30 credits should be completed under supervision of the advisor.


Graduate studies with additional master’s degree
Responsible person

Chair of the PhD board.

Educational objectives

Students

  • have extensive knowledge reaching research level in a chosen subarea of computer science,
  • have knowledge at master level in further subareas of computer science and in a minor subject,
  • can research under supervision.
Examination prerequisites

B.Sc. in computer science.

Knowledge prerequisites

Focus in the chosen area of specialization.

Computer science theory

Students choose a theory module amounting to 8 credits from appendix 1 of the study plan for the master’s degree course “Computer Science”.

Specialization

Students should attain a total of at least 32 credits from a chosen area of computer science.

Guided research

Students should complete one or more of the below modules amounting to at least 20 credits:

Research project
Supplement

Students should complete specialization modules from at least two subject areas of the department and minor subject modules amounting to at least 30 credits. The chosen subject areas must be disjunctive to the area of specialization.

The minor subject mus have at least 8 cp.

The subject areas of the department are (c.f. module handbook):

  • Algorithmics and Deduction
  • Computer graphics
  • Embedded Systems and Robotics
  • Information Systems
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • Software Engineering

Appendix 2: Graduate studies time schedule

Graduate studies without research project

Semester Computer Science Theory Specialization Guided research CP
1

One theory module.

 

32 credits: lectures from a chosen area of computer science
20 credits: any computer science modules (in agreement with the advisor).

 

Seminars, projects and publications.

 
approx. 30CP  
2 approx. 30CP  
3   approx. 30CP  
CP 8 52 30 90

Graduate studies with research project

Semester Computer Science Theory Specialization Guided research CP
1

One theory module.

 

Lectures from a chosen area of computer science

 

Seminars, projects and publications.

 
approx. 30CP  
2 approx. 30CP  
3   Research project (30 CP)   approx. 30CP  
CP 8 62 20 90

Graduate studies with additional master’s degree

Semester Computer Science Theory Specialization Supplement CP
1

One theory module.

 

Lectures from a chosen area of computer science.

 

Seminars, projects and publications.

 

Required elective computer science modules and a minor subject of choice amounting to a total of 30 credits.

 
approx. 30CP  
2 approx. 30CP  
3   approx. 30CP  
4   INF-81-11-L-7 "Master's Thesis" (15P; 30CP; de,en)       30 CP  
CP 8 62 20 30 120