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Designing study programs

Designing study programs

Interweaving research and teaching

The University of Bremen promotes research-based learning in all disciplines. Extensive experience of interdisciplinary cooperation strengthens the research orientation of teaching. The subsequent internal culture of consensus promotes implementation. Characteristic of study-program design at the University of Bremen is therefore the pronounced focus on research-based learning from the beginning, the curricular anchoring of a comprehensive General Studies section, and the supportive integration of eLearning elements in teaching programs.

Modular Studies

A central component of the development of study programs is their modular design.

Degree programs consist of several modules, which are designed to allow optimal feasibility of achieving program goals.

A module is a coordinated teaching unit with clearly defined content, workload, and learning objectives. Students learn a set of cohesive contents and acquire corresponding competences. Modules usually conclude with an exam that is tailored to the targeted competencies.

Modules are qualitatively (content) and quantitatively (credit points) definable and must be assessable (examination). The contents of a module are designed to be covered within one semester. In particularly justified cases, a module may be spread over several semesters. If a module extends over more than one semester, the effects on feasibility and mobility have to be carefully examined.

General Studies

The area of General Studies bundles courses that are complementary to the subject-specific program content. Depending on the program, students can also choose elective courses to acquire knowledge and skills appropriate to their individual and heterogeneous learning requirements. In addition, this area also includes offers for general academic education and career orientation.

In the course of profile sharpening – and against the background of the University’s overall teaching profile of research-based learning – students acquire the following specializations in General Studies to support their self-dependent learning:

  • The acquisition of knowledge, competencies, methods and techniques as a grounding for research-based learning.
  • Acquisition of cross-sectional soft skill-sets to promote self-reliance and personality development
  • Acquisition of profile-forming content; for example, from the fields of science theory and ethics, gender and diversity

Determining Capacity

The University of Bremen wants to enable a maximum number of students to study. At the same time, the quality of studies and teaching is to be continuously improved. An integral part of university development is capacity and resource planning.

The responsibility of the Unit for Higher Education Development and Capacity Planning includes:

  • Capacity calculation to identify and fix the annual intake capacity of study programs
  • Advising the Faculties in capacity matters
  • Examination of resource planning for the establishment of new degree programs
  • Capacity planning is based on the Kapazitätsverordnung (KAPVO).

The planning of new study programs or the modification of existing study programs takes capacity and resource planning into account. Templates for resource planning can be found here.