Module catalogues and module descriptions are maintained in a central TU Berlin database, the Module Transfer System (MTS). They are approved each semester by the committees and published in a legally binding manner in the Official Gazette of TU Berlin.
This page provides a step-by-step explanation of how module supervisors and their staff at Faculty IV can correctly create and edit a module in MTS and then submit an activation request so the module is included in the requested module catalogues.
In addition, you will find information below on the semester-by-semester appointment of examiners for the modules offered at Faculty IV. The examiners are proposed by the groups ("Fachgebiete") and appointed by the Examination Boards of Faculty IV.
To create / edit a module, please proceed as follows:
All module supervisors for each module automatically have editing rights to their modules.
In addition, every member of a group can be added as an editor. Editors who have already been added can also assign editing rights for their modules themselves. To do this, enter the person under the item "Bearbeiterinnen und Bearbeiter" by writing the surname of the person you are looking for in the text field, then select one of the suggestions and confirm by clicking on the "+" in the right-hand column. Please be sparing with your entries here. Only module editors should be entered who are actually to be given editing rights exclusively for this one module.
In principle, all staff members of a group can be editors, i.e. also student assistants, secretaries and research assistants. The rights can be adjusted at any time.
If you would like to create a new module, please contact us by e-mail at module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de. We will then create a new module for you, which you can fill with drafts. For this we need the following information:
Important: Modules at TU Berlin usually have 6, 9 or 12 credit points (AllgStuPO § 45 (2)). In justified exceptional cases, seminars with 3 credit points are approved at Faculty IV.
In order to edit an already existing module, please note the information under "Edit a module".
New courses can be applied for independently in MTS. Please proceed as follows:
Changes for already existing courses can also be made independently in MTS. Please proceed as follows:
Important: The approval of the courses is carried out by innoCampus and can take a few days. Therefore, please submit your applications as early as possible. You can view the status of the processing of your applications in the section "Module components" --> "My requests". As soon as your course has been approved, it still has to be assigned to your module in the section "Module components" by yourself. The workload of the module is then generated automatically. You can adjust this information as you wish in the next step. If you have edited the properties of an existing course, it must be replaced in the module description. A new draft is necessary for this (see section "Edit module").
If you want to make changes to an existing module, click on the title of the corresponding module under "Modules" --> "My modules", then scroll to the "Drafts" section and click on the "Create new draft" button. This will add a new version of the module description in draft status, where you can then make your changes as soon as you click on the second icon in the right-hand column (paper sheet + pencil = "Edit module description").
The new version is created empty in the first step. You can now enter all the information yourself or automatically import the texts from an existing older version via "Import" and then make your changes. Please always import only the last valid version. Attention: Importing is only possible until the first saving of the draft!
At the end of editing, please save your entries ("Save/ display"). You can also save temporarily during editing ("Save“); saving is confirmed with a message. The "Review" button checks your draft for consistency (for example, whether all set compulsory details have been made). "Go to modulepage" takes you back to the module page You will find the buttons once at the top and once at the bottom of the editing page.
New: If you want to change the credit points or the grading of your module, a new module must be created from now on. It is no longer possible to make this change via a new module version.
General note: Free text fields cannot be formatted, i.e. no highlighting can be done by underlining or bold/italics.
Title of a module
German and English title
Each module must have a meaningful German and English title. Please note that the titles as stated in MTS will be printed on certificates or transcripts. Therefore, abbreviations and company names should not be used.
An alternative certificate title can also be added to a title to be used later for certificate generation. The certificate title (German/English) only needs to be maintained if it differs from the module title. This field should be used to prevent all internal differentiation additions such as credit points "(9 LP)", StuPO "(2021)" or other internal module identifiers from appearing on the certificate.
If the module is offered in English, for example, an additional title can be added. This then appears under "Module title" and can be set there as "Default" and thus becomes the displayed module title. The title marked as the default is used as the module title and is always displayed. If a different language version is set, the title matching the display language also appears.
"A module supervisor is appointed for each module by the responsible faculty board. The module supervisor must be in full-time employment at TU Berlin and must be authorized to conduct exams pursuant to Section 51 (1). Generally, a module supervisor is a university professor; permanently employed lecturing personnel and lecturers with special tasks may also be module supervisors within the scope of their independent teaching“ (§ 46 AllgStuPO)
If an honorary professor („Honorarprofessor*in)“ offers a module, the university lecturer to whose group the honorary professorship is assigned shall be responsible for the module.
The e-mail address of the person responsible, the contact person or a functional address for the module can be entered here.
Any contact person can be entered. Only one person can be selected as the contact person. This can be the responsible academic staff member or the secretariat. If no separate contact person is desired, the module supervisor must be entered here.
Please enter the house post code („Hauspostkürzel“; e.g. TEL 19) of your secretariat here. All secretariats should be selectable. If your house post code is missing, please report this to module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de.
Please enter the website of your group or - if available - of the module. As a rule, it is sufficient to enter the website of the group.
Standard display language
As a rule, a module should be offered either in German or in English. All fields should nevertheless be completed in both languages (German and English) so that, in the case of a module offered in German, the entire description is also comprehensible to persons who do not speak German (e.g. exchange students or students of an international Master's program) and vice versa.
Please formulate the qualification objectives as learning outcomes, i.e. describe what students will know and understand or be able to do after completing the module. Note that learning outcomes are also examination objectives. Learning outcomes should therefore be formulated as measurable and verifiable activities. More detailed instructions and examples can be found in the file "Ausfüllhilfe: Lernergebnisse formulieren" (see "Important documents").
Please note the distinction between the fields „Content“ and „Learning outcomes“. In the field „Content“ the topics of the module should be described or listed.
The corresponding courses can be added here by entering the title and selecting the correct course. A division into compulsory and elective courses within the module is possible. If the desired course cannot be found or if the data is incorrect, please proceed as described above in the section " Edit an existing course/ Create a new course (Lehrveranstaltung)" or contact module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de.
In addition to the standard display language, in which a module is always automatically displayed, it is possible to define languages for the courses. While the standard display language must be unique, it is possible to specify mixed languages such as "German/English" for courses. The language for courses cannot be set via the module description.
Workload and credit points
By adding a module component ("Lehrveranstaltung"), the workload is automatically created and filled in with a preset value. Each course therefore always has a workload. The credit points of a module are then calculated from the hours multiplied, added up over all lines and divided by 30 (the number of working hours per credit point).
Course-independent workload can also be created, for example to indicate the time for exam preparation. Please only create this course-independent workload when the course applied for has been integrated, as otherwise incorrectly totalled credit points would result!
Description of teaching and learning methods
The methods used can be described in this free text field. A list is sufficient.
Prerequisite for participation/ examination
In this free text field, desirable prerequisites for participation in the module (not in the examination) can be stated.
Mandatory prerequisites for exam registration means that only students who fulfil the relevant prerequisites can register for the exam. These must be automatically verifiable by the system. This can be a module status and/or a certificate of performance („Leistungsnachweis“).
Several prerequisites can be created, each of which is linked with an AND condition. Within a prerequisite, several parts can also be specified with OR conditions. The specification of a compulsory prerequisite also always implies that equivalent achievements at other universities or in other degree programmes count as fulfilment of the prerequisite.
Completion of the module
A module may be graded or ungraded. In the case of "ungraded", the module is only assessed, i.e. pass or fail is determined.
Form of examination
The following forms of examination are possible in the degree programs of Faculty IV:
The duration of the examination is at least 90 minutes and a maximum of 4 hours. Further regulations can be found in AllgStuPO (§ 53).
The examination lasts at least 20 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes. Further regulations can be found in AllgStuPO (§ 54).
Portfolio examinations are made up of several performances which together form a uniform examination. Within the examination performances, a written test may last a maximum of 60 minutes, an oral discussion a maximum of 20 minutes.
Furthermore, a maximum of 3 written tests may be required, which may not last longer than 120 minutes in total. Several oral consultations may not exceed a total duration of 40 minutes.
The type, scope and weighting of the examination elements must be specified in the module description. The concrete regulations as well as recommendations on portfolio examinations can be found in § 55 AllgStuPO.
The table of examination elements must be completed in such a way that the sum of the maximum points awarded is always 100
For the sake of transparency, the details must be as precise as possible, e.g. "Written exam, 50 points, written category, 75 min." and "Seminar paper, 50 points, written category, 20 p." and "Group presentation, 10 points, oral category, 10 min. per group".
Furthermore, the compensation principle applies in every case within a portfolio examination, i.e. it cannot be required that individual examination elements must be passed in every case in order to pass the overall examination. As soon as the total number of points achieved is greater than or equal to the pass mark, the module examination is deemed to have been passed. In addition to the default display language, in which a module is always automatically displayed, it is possible to define languages for the exam. While the standard display language must be unique, it is possible to specify mixed languages such as "German/English" for exams.
Other forms of examination (term paper, presentation)
For further regulations regarding forms of examination, please refer to AllgStuPO (§ 56, § 57).
Duration of the module
A module should be completed in one, but not more than two semesters.
Maximum number of participants
The maximum number of participants in a module can be limited. This is only permissible if there are objective reasons for a limitation. These can be, for example, the limited size of a laboratory or a computer pool, but also the maximum possible number of supervised seminar papers. Please only specify a limit here if such a reason exists and set the limit plausibly and appropriately in such a case.
In this field, information on the formalities for participation in the module can be entered. For modules with admission restrictions, it is necessary to provide information on, for example, an e-mail address under which students can register. The admission procedure itself is regulated in § 63 AllgStuPO, so no admission regulations or registration conditions deviating from this may be formulated!
Scripts in paper form
If lecture notes are available in paper form, this can be indicated here. The reference field should contain information on the source of supply, e.g. "Available in the groupsecretariat" or "Will be handed out in the first course".
Scripts in electronic form
If lecture notes or other lecture documents are available in electronic form, this can be indicated here.
The most important literature for the module should be listed here. Please use uniform bibliographic information. The literature list is automatically sorted alphabetically. If a different sorting is desired for content-related reasons, this can be achieved by prefixing the list with "1)", "2)", "3)" etc.
Assigned degree programs
In this section, the degree programmes linked to the module (in the respective StuPOs) will be visible later in the MTS. Please do not enter any degree programs in the free text field. If you wish to have the module included in one or more degree programmes, please contact module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de.
If the number of participants in the module is not limited, the check mark „Students in other degree programs can take this module without the module capacity being reviewed.“ must be set.
Conversely, if the number of participants has been limited, this tick must not be set. The two options are therefore mutually exclusive.
Allocation to degree programs
Modules can be assigned to one or more degree programs as compulsory or elective modules. This assignment is made when the module lists are created and not at this point in the module description. If a new module version is released, it is usually automatically included in the new versions of the module lists. Therefore, please do not use the free text field for the description to provide information on specific degree programs. This text field is only intended for general usability information, especially in the free choice, for example, "The module is suitable for Master's students." or "The module is suitable for all students of engineering degree programs."
This field can be used for additional information that does not fit into any of the above fields.
After editing and saving the new draft, please click on "To modulepage". There you now select the type of request ("Activate/ deactivate").
This opens the release request including comment field for the module description. You can write any questions or comments in the comment field or send the request without comment. Please note: No changes can be made in the current semester or for previous semesters! Please note the deadlines for the following semester (see point 1). Submit the application by clicking on "Create request". The draft can now no longer be edited by you. If there are any queries regarding your entries, we will contact you by e-mail as soon as possible.
Please note: If the activation of a new version for an existing module is approved and and implemented via the committee procedure („Ausbildungskommission“, „Fakultätsrat“), the previous version is automatically deactivated. You therefore do not have to submit a deactivation request for the previous version.
You can also request deactivation for modules via MTS. If old modules appear in your module list that you no longer offer or for which it is foreseeable that you will no longer offer them in the near future, click on the title of the module. Now you are on the module page, which lists, among other things, the different versions and their respective status. Now click on the button "Type of request" under the heading Activate/ deactivate and select "Deactivation". In the dialogue box that opens, you can now specify in which semester this module will be offered for the last time.
Please note: If you select that a module will be deactivated in the summer semester 2024, it will still be active until 30.09.2024. The module will only be deactivated after the end of the summer semester 2024. If you cannot offer modules in individual semesters (e.g. due to absence), no deactivation request needs to be submitted.
The versions shown here are approved and released with the respective validity. There should be only one approved version for each semester and module. The module is then no longer editable in the present version. Released versions can be deactivated under the heading „Deactivation requests“.
These versions can be edited and deleted there as desired by every editor oft he module. Attention: Deleting a draft cannot be undone.
Previous activations / deactivations
Here you can view the entire history of individual versions. Versions that are waiting for activation are available to the Department for Studies and Teaching ("Referat für Studium und Lehre") for preliminary review and forwarding to the appropriate committees („Ausbildungskommission“ and „Fakultätsrat“). In this status, the module version can no longer be edited. If changes are still desired or necessary, please contact module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de.
Adding a module to a degree program/ study area is possible after consultation with the module supervisor and the person responsible for the degree program or the study area. Please send your request within the above mentioned deadlines to module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de.
You can take a look at the structure of our degree programs in MTS at this link. First enter the name of the desired degree program (e.g. Computer Engineering) and click on "Search". Now select the degree program you are looking for (e.g. Computer Engineering, Master of Science) by clicking on the "Search" icon (magnifying glass) on the right-hand side.
On the following page, you will first receive individual information about the study program (e.g. program representative, website etc.). At the bottom of the page you can now view the structure of the study program. In most cases, the study programs consist of several elective areas.
Important: In order to be able to assign a module to a study program or study area, we need to know the exact area (e.g. elective area "Embedded Systems").
After an activation request for a module version has been submitted, it will be checked by the Department for Studies and Teaching. If there are any queries, a coordination with the module editors will take place. The collected amendments are first discuss in the Academic Education Commission („Ausbildungskommission“) and then finally approved by the Faculty Board ("Fakultätsrat"). The changes are then approved and implemented by Division I in the campus management system. The same procedure is followed with the module lists for the individual degree programs.
With the entry into force of the new AllgStuPO on October 1, 2021, it is specified that students must have demonstrably dealt with content on aspects such as social responsibility, ethics and sustainability to the extent of at least 12 credit points by the time they complete their studies. This has to be ensured curricularly (AllgStuPO § 44 (3)). Please make sure that you add appropriate content to your module descriptions if suitable content is covered. Detailed information on this can be found in the document "Sustainability goals" (Nachhaltigkeitsziele) (see "Important documents").
Examiners are appointed at the beginning of each semester. The examiners are proposed by the groups and appointed by the Examination Boards of Faculty IV.
The groups are requested to:
Note: The listing of examiners does not automatically result in an appointment. The additions submitted by the module supervisors will be reviewed according to the "Gesetz über die Hochschulen im Land Berlin" (BerlHG) or the faculty. Should there be any changes on the part of the examination board, the group will be informed of these.
The options to enter a new examiner or to edit an existing examiner authorisation („Prüfungsberechtigung“) can be found on the module page ("To the modulepage") of your module (section Examiners: „Prüferinnen und Prüfer“). Please select the current semester first.
If you want to enter a new examiner, please click on + Add examiner („Prüfenden hinzufügen“). Now enter the last name in the field "Linked person" („Verknüpfte Person“). The following information will be entered automatically if the person already has a Moses account:
The title and secretary details can (but do not have to) be added afterwards. If the person does not have a Moses account, he or she can also be entered as an examiner. The minimum information required is the first name, surname and gender.
You can also enter persons as examiners who return in the course of the semester, e.g. from a leave of absence.
Now add the examiner (via the button "Add PrüferIn"). Important: You must now create an examination authorisation („Prüfungsberechtigung“) for the registered person. Without this authorisation, appointment as an examiner is not possible! To do this, click on "Add exam authorisation" („Prüfungsberechtigung hinzufügen“).
You now have the option of specifying from which semester on (e.g. summer semester 2023) the examiner should be appointed and whether the authorisation should be valid indefinitely. Likewise, examiners can only be appointed up to a certain semester or only for the second repeat examination.
Examiners can have the following characteristics:
Please save your data now.
Changes can be made until 30.04. (for the summer semester) or 31.10. (for the winter semester). Please note: Examination authorisations created for past semesters will not be approved!
In addition to registering new examiners, you can also edit already confirmed examination authorisations („Prüfungsberechtigungen“). On the module page of your module, you will find the previously appointed examiners and can view and edit their respective examination authorisations.
To do this, click on the person whose examination authorisation you would like to edit. Under the tab "Examination authorisations" you can edit the property "Unlimited" as well as the final semester. Please note: if you select the winter semester 2023/24 as the end semester, for example, the examination authorisation is still valid for the entire winter semester. If the examination authorisation is to end on 30.09.2023, please select the summer semester 2023 as the end semester.
After the processing deadline, the Examination Boards will check your changes and contact you if anything is unclear.
If you have any questions about the content of the examiner appointment, please contact us by e-mail at module(at)eecs.tu-berlin.de.
Eligible for module examinations are:
Full-time teaching staff who are commissioned to teach as a matter of course
Since a lecturing assignment ("Lehrauftrag") is generally only valid for one semester, the examination authorisation may only be issued for one semester and must be renewed in MTS if another lecturing assignment is awarded in the coming semester.
Own lecturers (ELben)
The Faculty Board decided on 21.09.2016 that all PostDocs (financed by budget and third-party funds) who belong to a group of Faculty IV will be commissioned to independently perform lecturing tasks for the duration of their employment at TU Berlin. In this sense, PostDocs are all academic staff members who have successfully passed their PhD defense by the respective deadline for the appointment of examiners for each semester. In this function, they are referred to within the faculty as EECS or own lecturers, ELb for short.
Please note: Non-doctoral research assistants are not entitled to take examinations. At most, they can act or participate in the taking of examinations in accordance with instructions.
Please note the following for the appointment of examiners:
Note: Appointment as an examiner for a module examination does not automatically entitle the student to set assignments for theses or to act as a second examiner for theses.