Bologna criteria

Criteria for the accreditation potential of study programmes

The University of Konstanz has system accreditation. It is responsible for guaranteeing the accreditation potential of its study programmes.

When designing the study programmes, it is importat that the qualification goals for the study programmes and individual modules are described precisely.

Study programmes, modules and exams must focus on teaching competencies.

Furthermore, there are various formal criteriathat the study programmes have to abide by. The most important criteria are listed on this page.

Credit points (ECTS credits)

Standards of the KMK structural guidelines of the federal states
Total points required for bachelor study programmes
Bachelor programme with 6 semesters = 180 credits (8 semesters = 240 credits)
Total points required for master study programmes
Master with 4 semesters = 120 credits (2 semesters = 60 credits)
Distribution of credit points during the study year
Per study year = 60 credits (30 per semester). Deviations are possible, with a maximum of 3 credits per semester (30 ± 3 credits)

Module

Standards of the KMK structural guidelines of the federal states

usually completed in one to two semesters

usually completed with an examination

Minimum size: 5 ECTS credits

Standard for the University of Konstanz: 5-20 ECTS credits

Module guides

Standards of the KMK structural guidelines of the federal states

necessary information when describing the module in the module guide:

- Contents and qualification goals of the module

- Teaching Methods

­ Requirements for participation

- Usability of the module

- Requirements for awarding credit points

- Credit points and grades

- Frequency that modules are offered

- Workload

- Length of the modules

Examinations

Standards of the KMK structural guidelines of the federal states

  • in-course examinations instead of final examinations
  • preferably only one examination per module
  • module examinations are usually incorporated into the final grade
  • competency-oriented examination
  • congruence with the quality goals of the module
  • diverse examination options
  • maximum of 5-6 examinations per semester

Theses

Standards of the KMK structural guidelines of the federal states

Bachelor programmes: 6-12 credits

Master programmes: 15-30 credits

Standards for the University of Konstanz

Bachelor programmes: completion in approximately 5-9 weeks; up to 20% of the final grade

Master programmes: completion in approximately 3-6 months; up to 50% of the final grade

Mobility

Legal provisions:

The recognition of credits earned abroad according to the Lissabon Convention

Guidelines of the University of Konstanz:

either an obligatory semester abroad

or a presentation of a mobility windowthat will allow the student to go abroad for a semester without the loss of study time.

International study programmes

Quality principles of the University of Konstanz when designing international study programmes:

- European partners have an Erasmus Charta (ECHE)

- the accreditation is checked

- participation in the framework agreement of the ENQA

- if applicable, verification through external experts

- if applicable, verification of the organisation of studies and the administrative processes