Course types

Orientation course (OV)

Block course or course during the semester at the beginning of the study program. It is intended to reduce difficulties adapting that can occur at the beginning of the studies regarding subject and university as well as the social environment. An OV addresses questions and problems regarding the subject, job possibilities, university institutions, student representation and working in small groups. Here, you will get to know your future fellow students and contact persons at the department and learn everything that is important for the organization of your studies.

In addition to orientation at the beginning of the studies, some departments offer an orientation course at the beginning of the main studies regarding majors.

Information about dates, places and duration of the orientation courses can be found on the websites of the respective department or on the pages of the TU Darmstadt on the beginning of the studies here

Lecture (V)

It essentially consists of lecturing only. If it is an introductory course, it provides an overview of a specific field. There is the option of asking questions during the lecture; however, this can be difficult in large courses with several hundred people in the audience.

Experimental lecture

A lecture in the form of a demonstration with practical experiments in front of a larger audience.

Seminar (S)

Courses with a smaller number of participants in which students should actively work together on or exchange results using discussions or presentations. At the same time, some seminars are often overcrowded and the working conditions are not as ideal as presented above. It has to be distinguished between:

Proseminar (PS): for students in early semesters

Main and upper-level seminars (S): for advanced students

Doctoral seminar (DS): for doctoral candidates.

Upon completion, students receive a certificate. Students are usually required to sign in on a participant’s list before or at the beginning of the course.

Exercises (Ü)

They are mostly held in smaller groups as supplementary courses for lectures. Here, the contents of the lecture are practiced using exercises. Participation is usually the prerequisite for a certificate.

Colloquium (K)

-According the wording and original intention, a discussion between students and lecturers about a subject area specifically prepared by the student. Nowadays, they are also used for examinations only that are a prerequisite for being admitted to or allowed to continue an internship or even the program. In some cases, colloquia are conducted in writing.

-Also known as a particular form of courses without certificate, e.g. examination colloquium.

- Series of lectures about a specific topic with external experts.

Tutorial (T)

A supplementary course in small groups for working on a specifically defined subject area. The main work method is the discussion. Tutorials are lead by research assistants or students.

Course (Ku)

Series of courses in the form of lessons with consecutive topic areas.

Internship (P)

In an internship, theory and practice are learned in combination. Here, experiments are offered that introduce the specific work methods of the respective subjects. The theoretical skills the experiments are based on are acquired by reading. On the one hand, the students learn relationships of theory and practice by working independently, and on the other hand, it serves the promotion of group work. The course type “internship” is not to be confused with in-company internships.

Excursion (E)

This course type also belongs to the practice-oriented additions of some subjects. This may consist of a visit or a field internship. In some study programs, excursions are mandatory.