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Examination Regulations

for the

Bionics / Biomimetics Master

Course of Study

at
Rhine
-
Waal

University of Applied Sciences
,

Department of

Technology and Bionics


O
f

July 29
th

20
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This English translation is for information purposes only. In the case of do
ubt, the German text of the
examination regulations shall be authoritative
.



Contents

Section

1
Scope of the examination regulations


Section

2
Aim of the course of study
;
purpose of the examination
;
Master

degree

Section

3
Prerequisites for study

Section

4
Standard period of study
;
course structure
;
volume of studies


Section

5
Organisation of the
Master

examination
;
credit points


Section

6

Examination board

Section

7

Examiner and observer

Section

8
Crediting of performances

Section

9
Placement examinati
on

Section

1
0

Evaluation of examination performances

Section

11

Retaking of examination performances

Section

12

Withdrawal
,
deception
,
infringement of
good

order

Section

13

Aim
,
scope

and form

of the examinations during the course of study

Section

14

Admis
sion to examinations during the course of study

Section

15

Undertaking of examinations during the course of study


Section

1
6

Written examinations

Section

17

Oral examinations

Section

18
Seminar papers,

projects or
assignments

Section

19

Attendance certifi
cates

Section

2
0

Master thesis

Section

21
Admission to the thesis

Section

2
2

Setting and completion of the thesis

Section

23
Submission and evaluation of the thesis

Section

24
Colloquium

Section

25
Result of the Master examination


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Section

26
Certificate
,
a
verage grade
,
annexes to the certificate

Section

27
Master degree certificate

Section

28
Additional examinations

Section

29
Inspection of the examination records

Section

30
Invalidity of examinations

Section

31
Effective date


Annex


Examination and study

schedule



3



Section

1

Scope of the examination regulations

These
e
xamination
r
egulations apply to the studies

in

Bionics / Biomimetics Master

course of
study at the
Department of
Technology and Bionics
of

Rhine
-
Waal

University of Applied
Sciences
.

.

Sec
tion

2

Aim of the course of study
;
purpose of the examination
;
Master

degree

(1)
The course of study, duly heeding the general aims of the course of study (Article 58 of
the University Act [HG]), is designed on the basis of academic findings especially to

impart
application
-
related

subject

matter, thus enabling the individual to apply economic methods
and to formulate practical solutions to problems while at the same time paying attention to
contexts in other fields
.

A good command of the English language
constitutes the basis for
the consolidation

and expansion of the specialist language skills which the student must
continuously endeavour to achieve during the course of study and is thus a prerequisite for
successfully completing the course of study
.



(2
) In addition, the aim of the course of study is that its graduates

-

gain an overview of the interrelations in the subject and the selected branch of study and
combine these in an interdisciplinary manner with specialist knowledge in other areas,

-

are r
endered capable of academic work and of applying academic methods, which includes
writing a doctoral thesis,

-

have in
-
depth expertise for the development of concepts for solutions in practice based on
academic findings,

-

can apply theoretical and analyt
ical skills to complex applications,

-

have the required specialist knowledge and key qualifications for professional practice.


The course of study is intended to convey and foster intellectual and social skills. This
includes particularly the following c
apabilities and/or characteristics:

-

abstract, analytical, dialectic and networked thinking,

-

rapid familiarisation with new subjects and tasks,

-

independence, creativity, openness and plurality,

-

communication skills,

-

critical faculties.


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(3) The course of st
udy is completed upon taking the Master examination. This examination
serves to determine whether the student has achieved the aim of the course of study when
assessing his/her individual achievements.


(4) On account of the passed Master examination, the

degree “Master of Science”,
abbreviated “M. Sc.”, is awarded.


Section 3

Prerequisites for study

(1) A prerequisite for admission to the course of study is

1. proof of a first qualification at higher education level for entry into a profession in a rele
vant
course of study comprising at least 180 ECTS points or six standard full
-
time semesters,

2. an overall grade achieved in the course of study concerned of at least
“good” (2.5) or
alternatively “A” or “B” based on the ECTS scale of grades,

3. proof of
an adequate command of the English language by means of a certificate at level
C1 according to the Common European Framework (CEF), unless the course of study which
led to the first qualification at higher education level for entry into a profession was al
ready in
English,

4. proof of relevant practical experience in an engineering activity lasting at least twenty
weeks or proof of one foreign study semester.


(2) If proof is furnished of a course of study comprising less than 180 ECTS points or six
standar
d full
-
time semesters, the applicant may be enrolled notwithstanding Paragraph 1 No.
1 on the condition that Bachelor modules are completed subsequently during the Master
degree course to the extent these are lacking. A learning agreement which the examina
tion
board usually enters into with the applicant suffices to define in detail the number of ECTS
points and the modules to be completed. Admission to the Master's thesis is made
dependent on the acquisition of the specified number of ECTS points (Section
21 Paragraph
1 No. 3). In addition to catching up on modules, it is basically possible to have Bachelor
-
adequate achievements subsequently credited to the required amount of study.


(3) The examination board decides on the proof in accordance with Paragra
ph 1 No. 4 and 5
based on the study records presented and possibly after a personal discussion on the
specific subject. Proof is considered furnished if the applicant has completed the course of

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study in a field equivalent to the Master specialisation or i
n a branch of study equivalent to it.
For any other kind of proof, it is necessary to prove a level of prior knowledge which is
comparable to the degree named in Sentence 2 as regards content
and scope.



(
4
)
Admission to the course of study is excluded if the applicant has not passed in a final
and
non
-
appealable manner a required examination according to the examination regulations in
the same c
ourse of study at a university

which falls within the
area of application

of the
German Basic Law
.
Admission to the course of study is furthermore excluded if the applicant
-

in a related or comparable course of study
with
in

the
area of application

of the
German
Basic La
w

-

has not passed in a final and non
-
appealable manner a required examination
according to the examination regulations which must also be passed according
to
these
examination regulations
.
Related or comparable courses of study shall be reg
arded to be all
Master

and diploma courses of study at universities of applied sciences and universities
whose

teaching contents largely come

under the category of material sciences
.


Section

4

Standard period of study
;
course structure
;
volume of studies


(1)
The standard period of study, including the practical or foreign study semester, is seven
semesters
.


(2)
The course of study is divided into modules. A module generally denotes a group of
thematically related
course units

held at a specific time wh
ich are directed at the same
learning and qualification aim. The practical or foreign semester and the

thesis

and the
colloquium

constitute a module of their own. The modules of the course of study are
allocated a total of 210 credit points according to Se
ction 5, Paragraph 5
.


(3) In the course of study it is possible to focus on the field of bionics or on the field of
biomimetics by selecting related application
-
oriented research projects.


(4) The volume of study amounts to 44 semester hours per week.


(5) All further details on the structure of the course of study and on the type, form and scope
of the modules are provided in the examination and study schedule enclosed as an annex.
Details on the qualification aims, the contents taught and the types of

examination to be

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selected as a rule are defined in the module handbook which is on display for inspection by
all lecturers and students in the secretariat of the department.




Section

5

Organisation of the

Master

examination
,
credit points

(1)
As deter
mined in more detail by the examination and study schedule (annex), the
Master

examination is organised into

examinations and attendance certificates during the course of
study, the practical or foreign study semester and the final examination part, consis
ting of the
thesis

and
colloquium
.


(2)

Examinations and attendance
certificates

during the course of study refer in accordance
with the stipulation in the examination and study schedules either to a module as a whole or
to individual course units of a mo
dule and conclude the module or the part of the module in
full
.
The examination of the performance either takes place during or directly after the
conclusion of the module units.
The topic of the
thesis

is generally notified in the
undergraduate course of
study in the seventh semester and in the cooperative and part
-
time
course of study in the ninth semester, namely in due time in such a manner that the
colloquium

can be held before the end of the semester
.


(3)
The course of the studies and the examinatio
n procedure are to be organised in such a
way that the
Master

examination can be completed within the standard period of study
.



(4)
Examination procedures

must enable the availment of protected periods according to the
German Maternity Protection Act an
d the German Law on Parental Allowance and Parental
Leave and must also take into account lost periods due to the care of people as defined by
Article 48, Paragraph 5, Sentence 5 of the University Act
.
If it is necessary to adapt the time
of procedures, th
en the can
didate must generally make an application to the examination
board
.


(5)
The
Master

examination is taken according to a credit point system. All modules and all
course units are
evaluated

by credit points according to the European Credit Transfe
r and
Accumulation System (ECTS). The number of allocated credit points depends on the
learning and work volume which is generally required for the completion of the individual
course unit and the overall module
. In accordance with the agreements of the EC
TS, one

7


credit point corresponds to a work volume by the student of 25 to 30 hours. The basis for the
awarding of the credit points is the assumption that the work volume of one year of study is
to be
evaluated

by a total of 60 credit points. The credit po
ints of a module are awarded to
the student as soon as he/she

has rendered the prescribed examination or attendance
certificate performances in full
.
Acquired credit points are credited to the student on a credit
point account which the examination board k
eeps for him/her
.


(6) All further details on the structure of the course of study and on the type, form and scope
of the modules are provided in the examination and study schedule enclosed as an annex.
Details on the qualification aims, the contents taug
ht and the types of examination to be
selected as a rule are defined in the module handbook which is on display for inspection by
all lecturers and students in the secretariat of the department.



Section

6


Examination board

(1)
An examination board shall

be formed for the organisation of the examinations and for the
tasks allocated by these examination regulations. The examination board is an independent
body of Rhine
-
Waal University of Applied Sciences and an authority in terms of
administrative procedur
al law and administrative adjective law. It consists of the chairman,
his/her deputy and five further members. The chairman, the deputy chairman

and two further
members shall be elected from the body of
professors
, one member from the body of
assistant lec
turers and two members from the body of students

by the departmental council
.
The period of office of the members and their deputies

employed on a full
-
time basis at the
university is four years and of the student members and their deputies one year. Re
-
el
ection
is permissible
.



(2)
The examination board ensures the compliance with the examination regulations. It
organises the examinations and ensures that they are held in a due and orderly manner. The
responsibility of the dean according to Article 27, P
aragraph 1

of the University Act shall
remain unaffected. The examination board is especially responsible for the
decision

on
objections to decisions taken in the examination procedure. In addition, the examination
board must report every year to the depar
tmental council on the development of the
examinations and study periods. It makes suggestions regarding the reform of the
examination regulations and the study schedules. The examination board
may

assign the

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undertaking of its duties in standard cases to
the chairman; this
shall

not apply to the
decision

on objections.



(3)
The examination board shall constitute a quorum if in addition to the chairman or his/her
deputy and one further professor at least

two further
members with voting rights are present
.
At least half of the members who are present
and
who have voting rights must be professors.
It shall adopt resolutions by simple majority. In the case of an equality of votes, the chairman
shall have the casting vote. The student members of

the examination

board and the assistant
lecturer shall not participate in
academic decisions, especially regarding the crediting or other
evaluation of examination performances and the appointment of examiners and observers.
The student members do not take part in the co
nsultation and adoption of resolutions on
matters which concern the stipulation of examination questions or their own examination
.


(4)
The members of the examination board have the right to be present when examinations
are being held. Excepted are student

members of the examination board who must sit the
same examination on the same day
.


(5)
The members of the examination board, their deputies, the examiners and the observers
are subject to official secrecy. If they are not in the public service, they are

to be committed
to observe secrecy by the chairman of the examination board
.


(6)
Negative
decisions by the examination board or
its

chairman

must be notified to the
candidate without delay. The candidate is previously to be given the opportunity to be h
eard
in accordance with the law
.


Section

7


Examiners and observers

(1)
Those lecturing at the university are authorised to hold examinations. In exceptional
cases, also persons with experience in vocational practice and training are authorised to hold
e
xaminations

if this is necessary and proper to achieve the purpose of the examination (for
example, as the second examiner of the
thesis
). The examiner
s

themselves
must have at
least the same qualification which is to be ascertained by the
examination or a
n equivalent
qualification; this also applies to the expert observers present in the case of oral
examinations. The examiners and observers are appointed by the examination board. They
are independent of instructions in their activity
.


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(2)
The examination

board
shall ensure

that the examination obligations are spread as
evenly as possible over the examiners
.


(3)
The chairman of the examination board
shall ensure

that the candidate is informed of the
name
s

of the examiners in good time. Notification is to
be effected at the same time as the
admission to the examination, generally at least two weeks before the examination, or, in the
case of the
thesis
, at the latest with the
setting

of the topic. Notification by posting on the
notice

board is sufficient
.


S
ection

8


Crediting of performances

(1)
Performances which
have been

rendered at another university within the
area of
application

of the German Basic Law
in the same course of study
are credited

ex officio.
Performances in other courses of study or at oth
er universities and at state or state
recognised universities of cooperative education within the
area of application

of the German
Basic Law

are to be credited if they are equivalent
;
this shall also apply on
application

to
performances at universities ou
tside the
area of application

of the German Basic Law
.


(2)
On application, the university can credit other knowledge and qualifications to the course
of study on the basis of submitted documents
.


(3)
The examination board shall
decide

on credits accordin
g to Paragraphs 1 and 2, in the
case of doubt after hearing the examiners responsible for the modules
.


Section

9


Placement examination

(1)
Applicants who have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills for successful studies
in a manner other than by un
dertaking a course of study are entitled according to the result
of a placement examination to commence their studies in a corresponding
phase

of the
course of study, provided this is not counter to regulations on the awarding of places at
university
.



(
2)
According to the result of the placement examination,
a practical activity according to
Section 3, the attendance at course units and the corresponding examination or attendance

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certificate performances may be waived in whole or in part for the applican
t. The candidate
shall receive confirmation of the decision
.



(3)
Details of the manner, form and scope of the placement examination are regulated by the
placement examination regulations of Rhine
-
Waal University of Applied Sciences
.


Section

1
0


Evaluat
ion of examination performances

(1)
Examination performances are to be evaluated in a differentiated manner by the awarding
of grades. The grades for the individual examination performances are determined by the
respective examiner
.




(2)
If several exami
ners are involved in an examination, then they jointly evaluate the
complete examination performance
, provided nothing to the contrary is stipulated hereafter. If
the examiners do not agree on the grade, then the grade is determined from the arithmetical
m
ean of the individual evaluations
.



(3)
The following grades are to be used for the evaluation of the examination performances
:

1 =
very good




=
an outstanding performance
;

2 =
good


=
a performance which markedly exceeds average
requirements
;

3 =
s
atisfactory



=
a performance which meets average requirements
;

4 =
fair


=
a performance which still meets requirements in spite of its
deficiencies
;

5 =
unsatisfactory


=
a performance which no longer meets requirements due to
considerable deficiencies
.

By way of further differentiation of the
evaluation
, grades reduced or increased by 0.3 may
be used
;
the grades

0
.
7, 4
.
3, 4
.
7
and

5
.
3
cannot be awarded
.


(4)
When forming grades from interim values, an arithmetical value


up to 1.5



results in


the gr
ade


very good

,

over

1.5 up to 2.
5

results in



the grade

“good”
,

over

2
.
5
up to

3
.
5

results in


the

grade

“satisfactory”
,

over

3
.
5
up to

4
.
0

results in


the

grade

“fair”
,

over

4
.
0


results in


the

grade

“unsatisfactory”
.


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Only the first decimal p
lace is taken into account with regard to the interim values
;
all further
places behind the point are deleted without being rounded up or down
.


(5)
An examination is passed if the examination performance was evaluated at least as “fair”
(4.0)
.



(6)
The

grade of a module

in which several examinations must be taken during the course of
study is formed from the mean of the individual grades achieved in these examinations. The
credit point values shall be taken as a basis as grade weights in this respect
.


(7)
The evaluation of written examination performances shall be notified to the student after
six weeks at the latest. Notification by posting on the notice board is sufficient. The
evaluation of the
thesis

shall be notified to the student after eight week
s at the latest. The
evaluation of the oral examination performances shall be notified to the student following the
examination
.



(8)
The average grade of the
Master

examination

is supplemented by an ECTS grade which,
in addition to the absolute evaluati
on, also reflects a relative evaluation of the examination
performance. The ECTS grade puts the individual performance of a graduate in relation to
the performances of the other graduates of the course of study
.
Accordingly, the graduates
who within their
comparative group


belong to the best

10 %


receive the grade

A,

belong to the next best 25 %


receive the grade

B,

belong to the next best 30 %


receive the grade

C,

belong to the next best 25 %


receive the grade

D,

belong to the poorest

10 %


rece
ive the grade

E.




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Section

11


Retaking of examination performances

(1)
Examinations during the course of study can be retaken twice. The
thesis

and the
colloquium

can each be repeated once. Failed attempts to take corresponding examinations
which were
undertaken in a related or comparable course of study shall be counted
.



(2)
Passed examinations cannot be retaken
.



(3)
A candidate who does not retake a failed examination during the course of study within
two semesters shall lose his/her examination

right for this attempt at retaking the
examination
.
Details are regulated in Paragraph

4.
Examinations which are not passed in the

2009/2010
winter semester
and in the 2010 summer semester must be retaken for the first
time in the 2011/2012 winter semeste
r at the latest
.
Sentence 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis
to the second attempt at retaking the examination
.


(4)
If the candidate has not yet undertaken an attempt at retaking the examination before the
last examination date remaining for the candidate
wi
thin the stipulated period
and if he/she
once again does not apply for admission to the examination, then the candidate shall be
compulsorily

registered by the examination board for this last examination date. If the
candidate does not appear on this date
without good reason
, then the examination
performance in question shall be deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0). Any
reasons asserted for missing the examination must be notified to the examination board
without delay
in writing, duly furnishin
g credible evidence. If the candidate is ill, the
submission of a medical certificate from a medical officer or a
n independent examining
doctor named by the examination board may be demanded
.
If the examination board
recognises the reasons, then the period

for retaking the examination shall be extended until
the next offered examination date. In other respects, Article 8, Paragraph 3 of the

Tuition
Fees and University Charges Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the period for retaking the
examination
.


Sect
ion

1
2


Withdrawal
,
deception
,
infringement of good order

(1)
An examination performance shall be deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0) if
the candidate after the start of the examination withdraws from the examination without good

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reason
. Sente
nce 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis if the candidate without
good

reason

does
not submit the
thesis

in due time or any other

seminar paper, project or
assignment

which is
to be completed within the scope of an examination during the course of study.


(2)
T
he reasons asserted for the withdrawal or the failure to effect submission in due time
must be notified to the examination board without delay in writing, duly furnishing credible
evidence. If the candidate is ill, the submission of a medical certificate f
rom a medical officer
or an independent examining doctor named by the examination board may be demanded
.

If
the examination board recognises the reasons, then the candidate shall be informed that
he/she can apply once again for admission to the correspondi
ng examination performance
.



(3)
If the candidate tries to influence the result of his/her examination performance by
deception or by using
inadmissible

aids
,
then the examination performance in question shall
be deemed to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory
” (5.0)
.
A candidate who disturbs the due and
orderly holding of the examination can be excluded

from the continuation of the examination
performance by the respective examiner or invigilator, generally after a warning. In this case,
the examination perfor
mance in question

shall be deemed to be evaluated as
“unsatisfactory” (5.0). The reasons for the exclusion are to be placed on record
.
If the
candidate is excluded from the further rendering of the examination performance, then
he/she can demand that the d
ecision is
reviewed by the examination board. This shall apply
mutatis mutandis

in the case of deception or the use of inadmissible aids
.



Section

1
3


Aim
,
scope

and

f
orm
of the examinations during the course of study

(1)
The examinations during the cours
e of study are designed to ascertain whether the
candidate masters the contents and methods of the respective subject area in its
fundamental contexts and can independently correctly apply acquired knowledge and skills
.



(2)
The examination requirements
are based on the contents of the course unit. There in
principle only exists an entitlement to retain

the examined material for three consecutive
examination dates
.



(3)
Examinations during the course of study are generally taken in the form of a written
examination (Section 16), in the form of an oral examination (Section 17) or in the form of a
seminar paper, project or
assignment

(Section 18)
.

A combination of these examination

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forms is possible with the agreement of the examination board
.


(4)
The exa
mination board shall generally stipulate in a uniform and binding manner at least
two months before an examination date the form of the examination and
,

in the case of a
written examination
,

its duration in agreement with the examiners for all examination
candidates
.


Section

1
4


Admission to examinations during the course of study

(1)
Only those candidates can be admitted to an examination during the course of study who


1.
have the prerequisites for study according to Section 3
,

2.
at the time of the ex
amination are matriculated at Rhine
-
Waal University of Applied
Sciences or are admitted as
visiting student
s
.



(2
)
The application for admission to an examination is to be made by the date stipulated by
the examination board
, generally

using the online f
unction
, otherwise in writing to the
chairman of the examination board
.



(3
)
The documents by way of proof

of the admission prerequisites stated in Paragraph 1
must be enclosed with the application in so far as these documents were not submitted at an
ea
rlier date.



(4
)
Admission to the examination is to be refused if


a)
the prerequisites stated in Paragraph 1 are not met or


b)
the documents are incomplete and are not subsequently submitted in full by the date
stipulated by the examination board

or

c)
the candidate within the area of application of the German Basic Law has not passed in a
final and non
-
appealable manner a required examination according to the examination
regulations in the same course of study or
has not passed in a final and non
-
appeal
able
manner
an examination which corresponds to the examination stated in the admission
application in a related or comparable course of study
.



(5
)
The chairman of the examination board and
,

in the case of doubt
,

the examination board
shall decide on the

admission to the examination
.
Notification by posting on the notice board
is sufficient
.


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(6
)
Attendance certificates can be acquired if the prerequisites of Paragraph 1

are met
.


Section

1
5


Undertaking of examinations during the course of study


(1)
E
xamination dates are to be arranged in such a way that no course units are cancelled
due to the scheduling
.


(2)
The examination date shall be notified to the candidate in good time, generally at least
two weeks before the exa
mination in question. Notific
ation by posting on the notice board is
sufficient
.


(3)
The
candidate

must at the request of the examiner or invigilator furnish proof of his/her
identity by
his/her

student card together with an official identity document with a photograph
.



(4)
If a c
andidate with a disability as defined by Article 3 of the
German Equal Opportunities
for People with Disabilities
Act proves by a medical certificate or in another manner that
he/she due to his/her disability is not in a position to take the examination in

the scheduled
form in whole or in part, then the chairman of the examination board can permit

equivalent
examination performances to be rendered in another form
.
He/she must ensure that
discrimination against students with disabilities is ruled out if pos
sible by the structuring of
the examination conditions
;
in the case of doubt, he/she can demand further proof of the
disability. Measures to compensate for a disability may especially be
:

-

the extension of the duration or

completion

time of examinations


-

the interruption of time
-
critical examination performances by individual breaks


-

the splitting of examination performances into part performances


-

the replacement of written performances by oral performances

and vice versa


-

the admission and if ap
plicable also the provision of aids, assistance, adapted examination
papers
,
separate examination rooms
.


Section

1
6

Written examinations

(1)
By examination performances in the form of a written examination the candidate is to
prove that he/she can recogn
ise and solve problems from the respective examination field
with common methods of the subject area in a restricted period and with limited aids. Written

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examinations may with the agreement of the examination board also be undertaken by
computer if the re
quirements regarding data protection and data security are met

by the
technical framework conditions
.



(2)
The
completion time

of a written examination

is dependent on the number of semester
hours

per week

of the respective course unit.

A guideline is a d
uration of 60

minutes for
every two semester
hours per week
.



(3)
A written examination is held under supervision. The examiner shall decide on the
admission of aids
.



(4)
The examination question
of a written examination
is generally set by only one e
xaminer.
In cases justified by their subject

matter, especially if several subject areas are being
examined in a combined manner, the examination question can also be set by several
examiners. In this case, the examiners shall jointly stipulate in advance
the weighting of the
shares of the examination question
.


(5
)
If it is the last opportunity to retake the examination, written examinations must be
evaluated by two examiners. Evaluation by one examiner is sufficient in all other cases. In
the cases of Pa
ragraph 4, Sentence 2
,

the examiners shall generally only evaluate their own
part of the question
;
Sentence

1
shall remain unaffected
.


Section

1
7

Oral examinations

(1)
Oral examinations are generally taken before one examiner in the presence of an expert

observer or before several examiners (
examination before a
panel of examiners) as group
examinations or individual examinations
.

In the case of an examination with an observer, the
examiner must hear the observer before determining the grade
.
In the case
of an
examination before a panel of examiners, the examiners shall jointly evaluate the
examination performance
.


(2)
An oral examination lasts at least 30 minutes and 45 minutes at
the
most
.



(3)
A record shall be kept of the fundamental topics

and resu
lts of the examination
,
especially
of
the authoritative facts for the grading.


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(4)
Students who wish to sit the same examination at a later period shall be admitted to
observe the examination if there is sufficient room
,

provided a candidate does not rais
e
objection
.
The admission does not cover the discussion and notification of the examination
result
.


Section

1
8


Seminar papers
,
projects or
assignments


(1)
Examination performances in the form of seminar papers, projects or assignments refer
to tasks wh
ich are delimited in terms of subject

matter from the theoretical and practical
context of the respective examination field
.
They may be supplemented by a presentation or
a discussion of the matter

or by a combination of both
.
The examination can be held a
s a
group
examination

if the candidate’s individual performance can be recognised and proved to
an adequate degree. The topic and task must be designed in such a

manner that the
seminar paper, project or assignment can be completed within the scheduled per
iod
.


(2)
The
completion

time of a seminar paper, project or assignment shall be four months at
the most
.
The work is to comprise around 30 A4 pages

(
without

annexes
).


(3)
The task, submission date and submission location of the seminar paper, project or
assignment are to be notified to the candidate in writing or by posting on the notice board by
the chairman of the examination board

or by the examiner setting the task
.


(4)
Section

16
,

Paragraph

5
,

Sentences

1
and

2
shall apply mutatis mutandis
.


(5
)
Whe
n submitting the

seminar paper, project or assignment, the candidate must assure in
writing that he/she has independently produce
d

his/her work


in the case of group work,
his/her
correspondingly marked share of the work



and has not used any sources
and

aids
other than stated, with quotations duly marked as such
.


Section

19

Attendance certificates

(1)
Attendance certificates especially confirm performances within the scope of

tutorials,
practical courses or seminars
.
The attendance certificate is issued

if the student regularly
and actively participated in the respective course unit and has proved that he/she knows how

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to apply the imparted knowledge and skills and has practised the subject
-
specific methods
.
The attendance certificate is issued by the pe
rson responsible for teaching the respective
course unit
.



(2)
The performance checks with regard to an attendance certificate are not formalised

and
are not subject to any registration and admission procedures. Test reports, written
evaluations, calculat
ions, programming exercises, constructions, draft designs and sketches,
papers and oral discussions of the subject may, for example, serve as proof of the
demanded performances
.


(3)
Attendance certificates are not graded and can be repeated an unlimited
number of
times
.



Section 20

Master thesis

(1) The Master's thesis is designed to show that the candidate is capable of independently
completing a practical piece of work within a set period from his/her subject field according to
academic and applicatio
n
-
oriented methods. The candidate

must prove through the Master

thesis that he/she systematically and methodically became acquainted with the task, applied
abstract, analytical thinking going beyond an individual case for the solution and took due
account
of both the subject
-
specific details as well as the multidisciplinary interrel
ations of
the task. The Master

thesis is generally an independent examination on the basis of the set
task with a detailed description and explanation of its results.



(2) The M
aster

thesis can be set and mentored by every professor who can be appointed as
an examiner according to Section 7, Paragraph 1. On the application of the candidate, the
examination board can also appoint an honorary professor or a lecturer entrusted with
corresponding tasks as mentor. The Master's thesis may with the agreement of the
examination board be undertaken at an institution outside the university if adequate
mentoring can be provided there. The candidate is to be given the opportunity to make
sugg
estions for the subject field of the thesis.



(3) On application, the chairman of the examination board shall ensure that the candidate
receives a topic for the thesis in good time.


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(4) The Master

thesis can also be admitted in the form of group work i
f the contribution which
is to be evaluated as an individual performance can be clearly differentiated and evaluated
by stating sections or page numbers or on the basis of other criteria which enable clear
differentiation and if this performance meets the
requirements according to Paragraph 1.



(5) The volume of the written part of the Master's thesis is generally to be at least 80 A4
pages and is generally not to exceed 180 A4 pages. In addition to the text version, other
media may be employed for the cr
eation of the thesis if they are suitable and helpful for the
documentation of the work in accordance with the set task. In this case, it is possible to
deviate from the lower guideline for the volume of the written part.



Section 21

Admission to the Mas
ter

thesis

(1) Candidates can be admitted to the Master's thesis who:

1. meet the prerequisites for study according to Section 3,

2. during the thesis are matriculated for the course of study at Rhine
-
Waal University of
Applied Sciences or are admitted as

visiting students according to Article 52, Paragraph 2
of the University Act,

3. have acquired at least 50

credit points from the Master

course.



(2) The application for admission is to be made in writing to the chairman of the examination
board. A de
claration on previous a
ttempts at completing a Master

thesis is to be enclosed
with the application. It is furthermore to be stated which examiner is prepared to set and
mentor the thesis.


(3) The application for admission can be withdrawn in writing unt
il the notification of the
decision on the application without counting towards the number of the possible examination
attempts.



(4) The chairman of the examination board and, in the case of doubt, the examination board
shall decide on the admission. Ad
mission is to be refused if

a) the prerequisites stated in Paragraph 1 are not met or

b) the documents are incomplete or


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c) the candidate within the area of application of the German Basic Law has not passed in a
final and non
-
appealable manner a require
d examination according to the examination
regulations in the same course of study or has not passed in a final and non
-
appealable
manner a corresponding
Master

thesis in a related or comparable course of study.




Section

22


Setting

and

completion

of the

thesis

(1)
The
thesis

is set through the chairman of the examination board. The time of setting shall
be regarded to be the day on which the chairman of the examination board notifies the topic
set by the mentor to the candidate
;
the time is to be placed
on record
.



(2)
The completion

period (time from setting until submission of the
thesis
) shall be four

months. The submission of the
thesis

before the expiry of an eight
-
week completion period is
not permissible. The topic and the task must be designed i
n such a manner that the
thesis

can be completed within the set period. In exceptional cases, the chairman of the
examination board can extend the completion period by up to four weeks on account of a
justified application made before the expiry of the
set

period
. The mentor is to be heard with
regard to this application.




(3)
The topic of the
thesis

can only be given back once and only within the first four weeks of
the completion period without stating the reasons. If the
thesis

is being retaken, it is
only
permissible to give back the topic

if the candidate made no use of this possibility when
undertaking his/her first
thesis
.




(4)
If a candidate has a disability, then

Section

15
,

Paragraph

4
shall apply mutatis mutandis
.


Section

23


Submission and
evaluation of the
thesis

(1)
The
thesis

is to be submitted
in good time
in triplicate as a printed copy and additionally
on a
CD
-
ROM data carrier, which contains the complete work in PDF
or Word format
, to the
chairman of the examination board
. The time of

submission is to be placed on record; if the
work is sent by post, the time of
posting

shall be authoritative
.
When submitting the
thesis
,
the candidate must assure in writing that he/she has independently produced his/her work


in the case of group work
, his/her correspondingly marked share of the work


and has not

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used any sources
and

aids other than stated, with quotations duly marked as such
.


(2)
The
thesis

is to be evaluated by two examiners. One of the examiners is to be the mentor
of the
thesis
.

If the mentor is an honorary professor,
a visiting lecturer or a specialist subject
teacher, then the second examiner must be a professor of the

Department
of
Technology
and Bionics
. If the examiners cannot agree on the evaluation, the grade of the
thesis

shall be
formed from the arithmetical mean of the individual evaluations if the difference between the
two grades is less than 2.0. If the difference is 2.0 or greater, a third examiner shall be
appointed by the examination board
. In this case, the grade
of the
thesis

shall be determined
from the arithmetical mean of the two better individual evaluations. The
thesis

can then,
however, only be evaluated as “fair” (4.0) or better if at least two of the grades are “fair” (4.0)
or better. Reasons are to be giv
en in writing for all evaluations
.


(3)
Twe
nty
-
seven
credit points shall be awarded for passing the
thesis
.


Section

24


Colloquium


(1)
The
colloquium

complements the
thesis
, is to be independently evaluated and is to take
place within two months after
the submission of the
thesis
. It serves to ascertain whether the
candidate is able

to orally ex
press the results of the
thesis
,
their

subject
-
related contexts and
their

wider references, to independently justify them and to assess their practical
significa
nce. The treatment of the topic of the
thesis

is accordingly to be discussed with the
candidate
.
With the agreement of the examination board, the
colloquium

can be held in a
foreign language
.


(
2
)
Candidates can be admitted to the
colloquium

who
:

1.
meet t
he prerequisites for study

according to Section 3
,

2.
at the time of
the
colloquium

are matriculated for the course of study at Rhine
-
Waal
University of Applied Sciences or are admitted as visiting students according to Article 52,
Paragraph 2 of the Univ
ersity Act
,

3.
have acquired 87

credit points.




(3)
The application for admission is to be sent to the chairman of the examination board. A
declaration on previous attempts to s
i
t
a

colloquium

is to be enclosed with the application.
The candidate can al
so already apply for admission to the
colloquium

at the time of the

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registration for the
thesis
; in
this case, admission shall be effected as soon as the
prerequisites according to Paragraph 2 are applicable
.
In other respects,
Section 23,
Paragraph 4 shal
l apply mutatis mutandis to the admission to the
colloquium

and its refusal
.



(4)
The
colloquium

is held as an oral examination and is jointly taken and evaluated by the
examiners of the
thesis
. In the case of Section 25, Paragraph 2, Sentence 5, the
coll
oquium

is taken by the examiners from whose individual evaluations the grade of the
thesis

has been

formed
.

The
colloquium

lasts around 45 minutes. In other respects, the regulations valid for
oral examinations (Section 17) shall apply mutatis mutandis to
the holding of the
colloquium
.



(5)
In the case of a permanent physical disability of the candidate, Section 15, Paragraph 4
shall apply mutatis mutandis
.



(6)
Three credit points shall be awarded for passing the
colloquium
.


Section

25


Result of the

Master

examination

(1)
The
Master

examination is passed

if the student has obtained 90

credit points
.



(2)
The
Master

examination is not passed if one of the prescribed examinations during the
course of study, the
thesis

or the
colloquium

is evaluated a
s “unsatisfactory” (5.0) or is
deemed

to be evaluated as “unsatisfactory” (5.0). A notice shall be issued on the failed
Master

examination or on the final loss of the examination entitlement
according to Section
11, Paragraph 3
,

which is to include instruc
tions about available legal remedies
.
On
application, the chairman of the examination board shall issue confirmation after
the
student’s removal from the university register which contains the rendered examination
performances and their grades as well as t
he examination performances which are still
required for the
Master

examination.

It must be clear from the confirmation that the candidate
has not passed the
Master

examination in a final and non
-
appealable manner or has lost
his/her examination entitlemen
t according to Section 11, Paragraph 3
.


Section

26


Certificate
,
average grade
,
annexes to the certificate

(1)

A certificate (
leaving certificate) shall be issued on the passed
Master

examination
without delay, if possible within four weeks after the
coll
oquium
. The certificate contains a list

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of the modules based on course units and their grades, a reference to the undertaken
practical or foreign study semester, the topic, the grade and the names of the examiners of
the
thesis
, the grade of the
colloquium

and the average grade of the
Master

examination. In
the case of an examination performance rendered at another university which is credited
according to Section 8, its origin shall be noted.



(2)
The average grade of the
Master

examination is formed from

the mean of the individual
grades stated in
Paragraph 1
,

Sentence 2 according to
Section

1
0
,

Paragraph

4.
The
following grade weightings are taken as a basis in this respect
:

Mean of the grades of the modules based on course units
,

each weighted with the

credit point value of the module





65

%

-

grade of the
thesis










30

%

-

grade of the
colloquium









5 %


(3)
The certificate is signed by the chairman of the examination board and bears the seal of
the examination board. It bears the date of
the day on which the
colloquium

took place
.



(4)
Every graduate shall receive a diploma supplement and a transcript of records

as English
annexes to the certificate
.



(5)
A student who leaves the university without passing the
Master

examination shall r
eceive
on application a certificate on the examination performances rendered in the course of study

(
premature
leaving certificate
).

Paragraph

3
,

Sentence

1
shall apply mutatis mutandis
.


Section
27


Master

degree certificate


(1)
At the same time as the c
ertificate and on the same date, the graduate shall be issued
with the
Master

degree certificate
.
This certificate records the awarding of the
Master

degree
acc
ording to Section 2, Paragraph 4
.




(2)
The
Master

degree certificate is signed by the presiden
t, the dean of the department and
by the chairman of the examination board and bears the seal of Rhine
-
Waal University of
Applied Sciences
.




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Section

28


Additional examinations


The candidate can take an examination in further modules and course units wh
ich are not
prescribed
.
The
result of these examinations shall on application of the candidate be
included in the leaving or
premature leaving certificate, however shall not be take
n

into
account when stipulating the average grade
.




Section

29


Inspectio
n of the examination records

(1)
After the conclusion of the examination procedure, the candidate shall
on application
be
granted inspection of his/her written examination papers, of the related evaluations of the
examiners and of the examination records
.


(2)
An application for inspection is to be made within one month after the issuing of the
leaving or premature leaving certificate

or the notice o
f

the failed
Master

examination to the
chairman of the examination board. Article
32 of the
Administrative P
rocedure Act for the
state of North Rhine
-
Westphalia on restitution to the previous condition

shall apply mutatis
mutandis
.
The chairman shall determine the place and time

of inspection
.



(3)
Inspection of the examination documents which refer to an exam
ination during the course
of study shall be granted to the candidate on application already after undertaking the
respective examination attempt
.
The application is to be made within

one month after
notification of the examination result
.
In other respects
, P
aragraph 2 shall apply mutatis
mutandis
.


Section
30


Invalidity of examinations

(1)
If the candidate has cheated during an examination and if this fact only becomes known
after the issuing of the leaving or premature leaving certificate or the confirm
ation according
to Section 27, Paragraph 2, Sentence 3, then the examination board can subsequently
amend the grades accordingly for those examination performances where the candidate
cheated and state that the
Master

examination has been failed in whole o
r in part
.



(2)
If the prerequisites for the admission to an examination were not met without the
candidate intending to deceive

and if this fact only becomes known after the issuing of the

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leaving or premature leaving certificate or the confirmation acc
ording to Section 27,
Paragraph 2, Sentence 3, this defect shall be remedied by passing the examination. If the
candidate wrongly obtained the admission with intent, the examination board shall decide on
the legal consequences, duly heeding the Administrat
ive Procedure Act for the state of North
Rhine
-
Westphalia
.



(3)
The incorrect leaving or premature leaving certificate, the incorrect
Master

degree
certificate or the incorrect confirmation according to Section 27, Paragraph 2, Sentence 3 is
to be withdr
awn and reissued if applicable
.
A decision according to

Paragraph

1
and

Paragraph

2
,

Sentence

2
is no longer possible after a period of five years after the issuing of
the leaving or premature leaving certificate or the confirmation according to

Section

27
,

Paragraph

2
,

Sentence

3
.



Section

31


Effective date

These examination
r
egulations came into force on 16

July 2011
.








Curriculum for the

Bionics / Biomimetics

Master

Course of Study

of the Department of
Technology and Bionics.




Annex

Examinatio
n and Study Schedule

Bionics / Biomimetics Master

Course of Study

of the
Department of
Technology and Bionics.




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V /L
S
Ü/E
Pra/PT
Pro
M_BB_1
Bionics of Locomotion and Control
Bionik der Bewegung und Steuerung
M_BB_1.1
Bionics of locomotion and control
Bionik der Bewegung und Steuerung
2
2
2
M_BB_1.1
Bionics of locomotion and control
Bionik der Bewegung und Steuerung
1
1
1
M_BB_1.2
Case studies of bionic implementations
Fallstudien über bionische Umsetzungen
2
T
2
2
M_BB_2
Energy and Materials
Energie und Materialien
M_BB_2.1
Energy in biol. and techn. Systems
Energie in biol. und techn. Systemen
1
2
1
M_BB_2.1
Energy in biol. and techn. Systems
Energie in biol. und techn. Systemen
1
1
1
M_BB_2.2
Elastic materials
Elastische materialien
1
2
1
M_BB_3
Mechanics and Control
Mechanik und Regelung
M_BB_3.1
Mechanics and control
Mechanik und Regelung
1
2
1
M_BB_3.1
Mechanics and control
Mechanik und Regelung
1
1
1
M_BB_3.2
Locomotion in animals and technology
Fortbewegung in Tierwelt und Technik
1
2
1
M_BB_4
Computation and Modelling
Berechnung und Modellbildung
M_BB_4.1
Modelling and simulation
Modellbildung und Simulation
1
2
1
M_BB_4.1
Modelling and simulation
Modellbildung und Simulation
1
1
1
M_BB_4.2
Artificial Intelligence
Künstliche Intelligenz
1
2
1
M_BB_5
Development and Management
Entwicklung und Management

M_BB_5.1
Biomimetic product design
Biomimetisches Produktdesign
1
2
1
M_BB_5.2
Design and patenting
Design und Patente
1
1
1
M_BB_5.3
Patenting
Patentwesen
1
2
1
M_BB_6
Applied Research Project A
Angewandtes Forschungsprojekt A
Applied Research Project A
Angewandtes Forschungsprojekt A
5
5
5
3
P
5
5
T
5
3
P
5
WS
SS
3rd
semester
5
5
M_BB_13 Master Thesis (27 CP) M_BB_14 Colloquium (3 CP)
P
3
Ex
3
P
5
CP
Sum CP
P
5
Code No
Fachl.
Zuord.
Module /Subjects
CH
Typ









27


V /L
S
Ü/E
Pra/PT
Pro
M_BB_7
Bionics of Sensing and Structures
Bionik der Sensoren und Strukturen
M_BB_7.1
Bionics of sensing and structures
Bionik der Sensoren und Strukturen
2
2
2
M_BB_7.1
Bionics of sensing and structures
Bionik der Sensoren und Strukturen
1
1
1
M_BB_7.2
Case studies of bionic implementations
Fallstudien über bionische Umsetzungen
2
T
2
2
M_BB_8
Materials and Function
Material und Funktion
M_BB_8.1
Finite element modelling
Finite Elemente Methode
1
2
1
M_BB_8.1
Finite element modelling
Finite Elemente Methode
1
1
1
M_BB_8.2
Intelligent materials
Intelligente Materialien
1
2
1
M_BB_9
Structures and Evolution
Strukturen und Evolution
M_BB_9.1
Evolutionary algorithms
Evolutionäre Algorithmen
1
2
1
M_BB_9.1
Evolutionary algorithms
Evolutionäre Algorithmen
1
1
1
M_BB_9.2
Materials and structures
Materialien und Strukturen
1
2
1
M_BB_10
Sensors
Sensoren
M_BB_10.1
Biomimetic sensors
Biomimetische Sensoren
1
2
1
M_BB_10.1
Biomimetic sensors
Biomimetische Sensoren
1
1
1
M_BB_10.2
Ambient intelligent systems
Verteilte intelligente Systeme
1
2
1
M_BB_11
Applied Research
Angewandte Forschung
M_BB_11.1
Scientific methods and writing
Wissenschaftliche Methoden und
wissenschaftl. Schreiben
1
2
1
M_BB_11.2
Science and project management
Wissenschafts- und Projektmanagement
1
2
1
M_BB_11.3
Innovation project
Innovationsprojekt
1
T
1
1
M_BB_12
Applied Research Project B
Angewandtes Forschungsprojekt B
Applied Research Project B
Angewandtes Forschungsprojekt B
5
5
5
total credit hours
gesamt-SWS
44
CP
60
22
22
30
3
P
5
3
5
P
5
T
5
P
5
3
P
5
WS
SS
3rd
semester
M_BB_13 Master Thesis (27 CP) M_BB_14 Colloquium (3 CP)
Code No
Fachl.
Zuord.
Module /Subjects
CH
Typ
Ex
5
5
P
CP
Sum CP
3
Abkürzungen,
abbreviations:
Ex =
type of examination
, Art der Prüfung
CH =
credit hours per week
, Semesterwochenstunden
WS = Wintersemester,
winter term
SS = Sommersemester,
summer term
CP = credit points ( = ECTS-points)
V/L = Vorlesung,
lecture
S = Seminar
Ü/ E = Übung,
exercise
Pra/PT = Praktikum,
practical course
Pro = Projekt,
project
P = Prüfung,
examination
T = Testat,
certificate