The exams are graded. The final grade will be made up by the graded modules (weighted by ECTS) and the Master exam (Thesis and Oral Defense).
On the basis of tests the candidate has to prove that he/she is capable of solving problems or working on subjects with the necessary fundamentals for a limited time, with limited means and with methods relevant to the module. Students will be notified about the results of the written exam via their registration number. Candidates may request explanations about the grading criteria and may inspect their examinations. The Module examination period lasts for 3 full hours.
In the oral presentation, the candidate has to prove that she/he is capable of reviewing and elaborating an academic topic, and presenting it comprehensively within a limited time. Thematic topics for oral presentations are provided by the course lecturers and will be announced before the end of the first module. Alternatively, students may propose an own topic of interest and seek for a supervisor of the ISATEC lecturers group. The students are guided through the process of the preparation of the presentation by the lecturers that have proposed or accepted their topic.
The talk will be given at the end of the first semester (usually within the scientific writing course) and is assessed by two examiners. The grade results from the arithmetic mean of the individual marks. The candidate is to be informed of the assessment of the talk immediately after the talk.
The essay is to show that the candidate is capable of reviewing and analysing a research topic, of searching for and identifying relevant literature on the subject and of writing a coherent, well structured scientific document, which articulates his/her findings and reflections. The subject of the essay will be agreed upon between candidate and supervisor/examiner and may be selected from a list of Essay topics provided by the ISATEC lecturers before the beginning of the second semester. Alternatively, students may propose an own topic of interest and seek for a supervisor of the ISATEC lecturers group. The essay needs to be delivered before the end of the second semester.
In the oral defense, the candidate is to firstly present her/his Master's Thesis in a 30-minute academic talk. Thereafter questions are asked by the examiners for a maximum of 60 minutes per candidate.
The oral defense should take place at the latest two weeks after assessment of the Thesis.
The oral defense is public, friends and colleagues are encouraged to participate. The second examiner puts on record essence and results of the oral defense. The grade of the oral defense results from the arithmetic mean of the examiners' individual assessments and will be communicated to the candidate after the oral defense.
Immediately after the oral defense the final grade of the Master's Thesis will be determined (considering 70% for the thesis and 30% for the defense) and communicated to the candidate.