When do the introductory days take place?
This winter semester 2020/21, the introduction days will take place mainly digitally in the period from September 28 to October 30, 2020.
Which events can I attend during the introductory week?
Usually after our THM and our EI department's official welcome, you can attend first sample lectures, inform yourself about Moodle, our online university platform, and ask questions about BAföG (German Federal Training Assistance Act, which our student's can apply for in order to finance their studies). A tour of our campus gives our new students initial insights into our university's library and cafeterias.
At the same time, you will get to know most of your future classmates – that is, if you have not met them in one of your bridging courses before.
Since we cannot start this semester face-to-face, the courses are planned in digital format. We have prepared a Moodle course "EI-Erstsemester WS20/21" (link will be available here soon), which should give you an overview of the STEP events and important information for a good start at our department.
What is GettING Started?
For the bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the GettING Started option is alternatively offered. Here, the standard period of study is extended to nine semesters (eligible for BAföG funding) and students are offered additional professional support and individual assistance.
Dates, deadlines, registrations
When do classes begin and when does semester break begin?
A complete list of class times and breaks of THM's current and future semesters can be found on the THM main site.
Which deadlines must I take into account at the very beginning?
Particular attention has to be paid to the short-dated registration deadlines for the MuK department's courses (German abbreviation for Management and Communication). In winter semester 2020/21, online registration times are from September 1 to October 30, 2020. For more information, please refer to: https://studien-sb-service.th-mittelhessen.de/docu/online.html
Our department's current registration times and deadlines can be found here.
How do I sign up for courses?
The relevant information and documents for all of our courses can be found on Moodle. At the beginning of each course, our teaching staff will provide you with the respective course name on Moodle as well as a password for registration.
You can log into Moodle at moodle.thm.de (no www!) using your THM user credentials; you can change the language settings to English at the top right hand side of the web page, and then click on "Courses" on the navigation bar. After clicking on "Department: 02 Electrical Engineering and Information Technology", an alphabetical list of all courses appears – or you can simply enter course names into the search bar.
When do I register for exams?
The exam regulation (Prüfungsordnung) of your degree program determines the fundamental rules for your exams. The accompanying module manual determines the requirements, learning objectives and examination methods for each of our modules. Each of the modules' written examinations can be repeated three times. A degree program cannot be continued after three failed attempts.
Please note: The number of retries per module examination are reduced to three since 1 October 2019!
For our ELT1 and IFI1 modules we offer two examination dates each semester. You may receive further information via mail while attending the respective courses.
In total, the examination period is 3 weeks long: Two at the end of each semester, one at the beginning of the following semester. The examination schedule is made public 6 weeks prior to the end of the semester. For the exams, online registration is mandatory. Registration deadlines are made available here.
Since you can only register for exams of subsequent modules if you have participated in the exam of the preceding semester's module at least one time, it is advisable to always make use of your first attempt.
How do I register for exams?
You can register for examinations via our ONLINE services for students; you can change the language settings to English at the top right hand side of the web page. Log in with your regular THM user credentials.
After logging in with you user credentials, navigate to "Administration of exams" > "Apply for exams" and accept the terms of agreement by checking "I accept" and clicking on the "Next" button.
You can now select your degree program – "Bachelor of ..." or "Master of ..." – to receive a list, either of the basic modules or the key qualifications. Then select a module, click "registration of exam", enter a TAN number (from the TAN list you received at the beginning of your studies), and lastly confirm your inputs.
How do I cancel my exam registrations?
If a student fails to appear to an examination she or he is registered for, the exam will be graded as "failed". Because of this, it is necessary to cancel any exam registration at least one week before the exam takes place if you do not feel prepared enough.
You can chancel exam registrations via our ONLINE services for students. After logging in with your user credentials, navigate to "Administration of exams", "Apply for exams" and accept the terms of agreement by checking "I accept" and click on the "Next" button (for a screenshot of this procedure, please refer to the slide How do I register for exams?). You can now select your degree program – "Bachelor of ..." or "Master of ..." – to receive a list, either of the basic modules or the key qualifications. Then select a module, click "deregistration of exam", enter a TAN number (from the TAN list you received at the beginning of your studies), and confirm your inputs.
You cannot cancel exam registrations after the deadline has expired. In general, the deadline set by the bachelor's program examination regulations (§11, sec. 1) is 1 week prior to the examination date. In case of problems, please consult our secretary's office.
If a student is unable to take an exam due to illness, the THM’s own "medical certification" form must be used to verify. This form must then be handed in at our department secretary’s office within the next three business days after the examination date.
Re-registration for each semester: Do not forget
Each semester, our students must re-register to continue their studies. The semester fees must be transferred prior to the end of the respective deadline or your student's registration will be automatically terminated. This is your own responsibility as a university student. THM does not send out written reminders.
How do I create my study schedule with the THM Organizer?
After logging in with your user credentials, you can use our THM Organizer to create interactive schedules for all of our EI department's study programs.
First, select your respective study program:
- General EI department events: Diverse FB EI Veranstaltungen
- Electrical Engineering for Renewable Energies (B.Eng): Elektrische Energietechnik für Regenerative Energiesysteme (B.Eng.)
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (B.Eng.): Elektro- & Informationstechnik (B.Eng.)
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.): Elektro- & Informationstechnik (M.Sc.)
- Information and Communication Engineering (M.Sc.)
- Management & Communication Services: Management & Kommunikation Dienstleistungen
- Language center services: Sprachenzentrum Dienstleistungen
In the drop-down menu to the right of the previous one, you can then select between the basic studies (German: Grundstudium) from semester 1 to 3 as well as group A and group B (German: Zug A1, Zug B1). For your main studies (German: Hauptstudium), you can select your respective specialization field and the correlating obligatory and supplementary modules (German: Pflichtmodule, Vertiefungsmod.). As the elective modules (German: Wahlpflichtfächer) are not limited to a specific study program, you can select them independently. For further information regarding our courses and their respective abbreviations, please refer to our module codes.
For example: A first semester student could select the Electrical & Information Technology Bachelor's program (German: Elektro- & Informationstechnik (B.Eng.)) and the 1. Semester, Group A1 (German: 1. Sem., Zug A1). A schedule with all relevant modules is now being displayed. If you click on the + sign within the frame of a specific module, it is added to your schedule (German: Mein Stundenplan). (Important: For courses consisting of multiple time blocks, you have to add each one independently to your schedule)
If you have accidentally selected the wrong module or if a module has been replaced by another one because of curricula adjustments, you can remove the respective module by clicking on 'x'.
After setting up your schedule, make sure to save it. You can also download it in PDF format and/or print it out.
Financial and legal aspects
Exams: What to do in case of illness?
In the case of a student being unable to take an exam due to illness, all university departments follow uniform protocols. For the exact course of action in case of illness, please refer to the information here. Also, THM's pre-printed medical certificate must be signed by the respective doctor. This form has to be handed in to our department's secretary's office or sent to THM via mail within three business days.
When can I contact professors outside of lectures?
In general, all of our professors have consulting hours in their offices once per week. Individual consulting hours can be found on the respective teacher's profile on our website: Department > Team > Professors
What are the opening times of the secretary's office?
During lecture and lecutre-free periods the opening times of the secretary's office are as follows:
- 09:00-12:00 o'clock from Monday to Friday
Of course, special appointments can be made via phone or e-mail.
As long as there is a prohibition in contact due to Corona, the secretary's office is closed but you can reach it by telephone in the morning or by e-mail.
Where can I find the student council and with what can they help me?
Our department's student council consists of elected students and serves as the go-to place for their fellow students if any issues arise. The members are elected annually. The student councils' meetings are held in public during the consulting hours.
Here one of the members tells a story about why he decided to join the student council and what benefits he enjoys as a member.
Cafeteria, library, university sports
Chip card: Where to get one and how to use it
You can get your free chip card at our Information Desk. A valid ID or passport is required. The chip card then has to be activated and charged. All relevant information and short video clips about the initial activation, functions, charging terminals as well as important steps in case of loss or theft can be found here.
The same chip card can be used as your university library ID, allowing you to lend books from Campus Giessen as well as Campus Friedberg. The pin required for this can be generated here.
Lunch break: Cafeteria or city center?
THM's cafeterias open right as the second lecture unit ends. The menus of the large cafeteria in Building A and the CampusTor cafeteria in the glass building at Platz der Deutschen Einheit are updated online daily. Alternatively, you can use the related smartphone app, which can be downloaded via the accompanying QR code.
If you happen to have a longer break in between your lectures, you can visit Giessen's city center. One of our sophomores gives his personal recommendations for Giessen's most delicious restaurants here.
University sports: More than 60 courses available
During the semester and semester break our university sports club offers a variety of fitness, team sports and dance courses that are either low-priced or free. Please refer to our current sports program and register in time during business hours.
What is an "evaluation" and what is its purpose?
From about mid-semester onward, online-surveys are handed out during the respective courses, affording our students the opportunity to evaluate the quality of our courses and teachers. Evaluation criteria include the respective course's structure (e.g.: Is a connection made between theory and practice?), the lecturer's presentation style (e.g.: Are the course's contents brought forth in a clear and concise manner?) and the student-teacher interaction (e.g.: Does the lecturer encourage the students to ask questions?).
The purpose of these surveys is to guarantee the quality of both our courses and teachers, as well as to further improve our department's and our university's degree programs via periodic evaluations. The results are then used as student feedback discussed with our students in the individual courses. Some of the results are also published on our website.
As a result, our current students both benefit from preceding evaluations and help future students by voicing their own opinions.
Additionally, students have the option to use our anonymous online suggestion box for any non-scheduled criticism and/or praise.
For further information, please refer to: go.thm.de/evalweb