Faculty VII - Economics and Management
Faculty VII - Economics and Management

Module Processing at Faculty VII - Economics and Management

Module catalogs and module descriptions are maintained in a central database of the TU Berlin, the Module Transfer System (MTS). They are approved each semester by the committees and published in a legally binding manner in the official TU bulletin. 

On this page, a step-by-step explanation is provided on how module owners and their staff at Faculty VII can correctly create and adapt a module for teaching in the MTS and then submit an activation request so that the module is included in the requested module catalogs. 

To create / modify a module, please proceed as follows:

  1. You can create and/or modify modules in the Module Transfer System (MTS) at any time. 
    The following deadlines for submitting module activation requests, so that your module can still be included in the desired semester in the respective module catalog, must be taken into account: 
     - no later than October 31st for the following summer semester
     - by April 30th at the latest for the following winter semester.

    Note: Applications submitted later will automatically be considered in the respective following application period. 

  2. The MTS is accessed via the MOSES account. Login is in the upper right corner using the tubIT account credentials.
    Note: If you have a TU user account but not yet a MOSES account, it will be created automatically the first time you log in. 

  3. First, click on "MTS" (Module Transfer System) in the top menu bar. All modules assigned to you can be found in the navigation bar (left) under →Modules →My modules.
    Note: In the overview list displayed, you can edit your modules by clicking on the title of the module. This will take you to the module's cover page, so to speak.

  4. All module owners automatically have editing rights to their modules.
    Note: In addition, editing rights can be assigned to other members of the chair. More information on this can be found below in the section "Editing rights".

  5. Please note that all modules of Faculty VII must be created completely in German and English. Regardless of the language of instruction of the module.
    Note: If a module is not created in both languages, please make the entries in the missing language. You will be asked to do this at the latest during the next revision of the module. 

  6. The following list explains step by step how to create a new module including the integrated courses or how to change an existing module: 
    Note: A module usually includes several courses. That means: a module and a course are not the same!

Editing rights

All module owners automatically have editing rights to their modules.

In addition, there is a "rights group" for each subject area in which employees of the subject area can be included. They can then edit all modules of this subject area. To do this, you can simply send us a list of the people who are to be activated for a particular subject area. We will then enter them according to the "affiliation" to a faculty, an institute and a subject area specified in the module.

In principle, all employees of a chair can be editors, i.e. also student assistants, secretaries and research assistants. An adjustment of the rights is possible at any time.

Editors who have already been activated can also assign editing rights for individual modules themselves. To do this, enter the person under the item "Module editor" by writing the last name of the person you are looking for in the text field, then select one of the suggestions and confirm by clicking "+" in the right column. Please be sparing with your entries here. Only module editors should be entered here who are actually to be given editing rights exclusively for this one module. Otherwise, the entry via the subject area editing (see above) is preferable.

Create a new module

If you would like to create a new module, please email us, the curriculum team. We will then create a new pod for you to fill with drafts. For this we need the following information:

  • Working title of the module
  • Responsible person (see below > Fields of the module description > Responsible person)
  • Organizational unit (with cost center number)

Attention: To adapt an already existing module, please follow the instructions under change module.

Create new course / change course

Please note: New courses (LV) cannot be created by the module owners themselves. Therefore, please request new courses by emailing the course curriculum team with the following information:

  • Should a course be changed or should a completely new course be created?
  • If a course is to be changed, please state the course number as well as the name.
  • List the following data of the new course or the course to be changed:
    • Name of the course (e.g. "Fundamentals of Business Administration");
      Attention: Names of already existing LV cannot be changed! If you wish to do so, a new LV must be applied for.
    • Organizational unit (cost center number of the chair)
    • Name and number of the module or module pod in which the LV is to be used
    • Teaching format, semester hours per week, language and rotation of the course, credit points (LP)
    • From which semester will the new/changed course be offered?

We create the course for you, which you can then use in the module description, and assign it to the specified module. In doing so, the MTS automatically generates a text block under the heading "Workload and Credit Points". Standardized values are entered there, which you can change, delete and add to. Automatically, a standardized LV-No. is assigned, which is also used in the course optimization (LVO). This consists of the faculty (7), the institute (1 to 3), as fifth to seventh digit of the cost center, the letter L and the database ID of the course in MOSES.

Only when the course has been created and included in the module (module component), you can continue to edit the workload (see "Module description fields") in the module! Otherwise, the LPs would sum up incorrectly.

Modify module


If you want to make changes to an existing module, go to →Modules →My Modules and click on the title of the module in question, then scroll down to the "Drafts" section and click on the "Create Draft" button. This will add a new version of the module description in draft status, where you can then make your changes once you click on the second icon in the right column (paper sheet + pencil = "Edit module description").

The new blank version is created in the first step. You can now enter all the information or automatically import text 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 and to display"). You can also save temporarily during editing ("Save and continue editing"); saving is confirmed with a message. The "Check" button will check your draft for consistency (for example, whether all set mandatory information has been made). "Go to module" takes you back to the module cover sheet. You will find the buttons once at the top and once at the bottom of the editing page.

Module description fields

General note: Free text fields cannot be formatted, i.e. no highlighting can be done using underlining or bold/italics. When using bulleted lists, please copy the following two characters to the beginning of each line: - . This is an em dash and a tab so that all bulleted lists are uniformly designed and indented. It is not possible to enter a tab in the edit form, because the cursor automatically jumps to the next field. Tabs can only be used by copying and pasting from a text editor or Word.

Title of the module

German and English title

Each module must have a meaningful German and English title (§ 33 III AllgStuPO). Please note that the titles as given here will be printed on certificates or transcripts. Therefore, abbreviations and company names should not be used.

Certificate title

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 "(2014)" or other internal module identifiers from appearing on the certificate.

Title option

If the module is offered in English, for example, an additional title can be added. Subsequently, this will appear under "Module Title" and can be set as "Default" there, thus becoming 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.

Responsible person

"For each module, [exactly] one person responsible for the module is named. The person responsible for the module must be employed as main staff at the Technische Universität Berlin and, as a rule, belong to the group of university lecturers. Permanently employed teaching staff as well as teaching staff with special tasks can also be module supervisors within the scope of their independent teaching." (§ 45 I AllgStuPO)

If an honorary professor offers a module, the university lecturer to whose subject area the honorary professorship is assigned becomes responsible for the module.

Good to know: The person responsible for the module does not have to be identical with the examiner of the module.

E-mail address

The e-mail address of the person responsible, the contact person or a function address for the module can be entered here.

Contact person

Any contact person can be entered. Only one person can be selected as contact person. This person can be the responsible research assistant or the secretary's office. If no separate contact person is desired, the person responsible for the module must be entered here.

Secretariat

Please enter the postal code of your secretary's office here. All secretariats should be selectable. If your postal code is missing, please let us know.

Website

Please enter the website of the chair or - if available - of the module. Usually the indication of the chair's website is sufficient.

Default 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 understandable to people who do not speak German (e.g. exchange students or students on an international Master's program) and vice versa.

Multilingualism

All fields of the module description must be created in German and English. For this purpose there are corresponding buttons below the free text fields in the editing mask of the module description. The initial entry/ preselection of the text language depends on the selected standard language of the module. Elements in tables (e.g. effort) can be edited afterwards and do not have to be removed and added again.

We remind you here at irregular intervals to create the module description completely in both languages.

Learning outcomes

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 assessment objectives. Learning outcomes should therefore be formulated as measurable and verifiable activities. TU Berlin bases its description of qualification objectives on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF/EQF), which distinguishes learning outcomes into knowledge, skills and competences.

Remember: The learning outcomes are to be stated for each module in German and in English.

Knowledge

Knowledge = theoretical and factual knowledge of a field of knowledge.

  • for bachelor level: advanced knowledge in a field of learning using a critical understanding of theories and principles
  • for master level: highly specialized knowledge, partly linking to latest findings and reflecting critically

typical verbs: list, name, describe, represent, define, remember, narrate, collect, reproduce, show, associate, discuss, explain, contrast, identify, illustrate, interpret, reformulate, distinguish, ...

Example: Students will be able to

  • explain the social, economic and political impact of the First World War.
  • contrast the different subfields of inorganic chemistry.

Skills

Skills = the ability to apply knowledge and methods to solve tasks

  • for bachelor level: solving complex and unpredictable problems in a specialized field of knowledge
  • for master level: problem solving skills in research and/or development involving different fields of knowledge in order to develop new knowledge and new methods

typical verbs: apply, modify, assess, prove, evaluate, discover, develop, create, solve, produce, transfer to, complete, set up, develop, generate, integrate, categorize, construct, modify, summarize, compile, ...

Example: Students will be able to

  • apply innovative techniques for efficiency analysis of energy use in complex industrial processes.
  • translate concurrent algorithms from a given informal description into a formal model.

Competencies

Competency = the ability to independently apply knowledge, skills to solve complex problems by integrating knowledge from other fields. This ability is characterized by thinking and acting with a focus on social responsibility and sustainable development.

typical verbs: construct, analyze, plan, (independently) determine, make decision, design, figure out, identify, find solutions, critically evaluate, ...

Example: The students are able to

  • independently develop alternative methods of energy storage, plan them as a prototype and analyze them with regard to CO2 emissions.
  • independently prepare and conduct driving tests and evaluate them with regard to the optimization of the interaction between driver and vehicle (statistical evaluation of test data) and submit optimization approaches.

Teaching content

Please note the distinction between the fields Teaching contents and Learning outcomes. In the field Teaching content the topics of the module should be described or listed.

Please remember: The teaching contents should also be given in German and in English for each module.

Module components

Here the related courses can be added 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 "Create new course".

In addition to the default display language, in which a module is always automatically displayed, it is possible to define languages for the courses. While the default 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, but has to be requested via the curriculum team, like e.g. the change of the SWS specification.

Workload and credit points

By adding a module component, an effort group is automatically created and filled in with a preset value. Each course therefore always has an effort group. The credit points for a module are then calculated from the hours multiplied by the multiplier, summed over all lines and divided by 30 (the number of working hours per credit point).

Course-independent effort groups can also be created, for example, to indicate time spent preparing for exams. Please create this course-independent effort group only after the requested course (LV) has been integrated, otherwise the LPs would be summed up incorrectly!

The following effort groups should be described by default (please use the terminology):

  • Each course consists at least of "Präsenzzeit"/"Class attendance" with the multiplier 15 (number of weeks) and the hours corresponding to the indicated SWS. It is irrelevant whether the course is offered in a block or weekly.
  • „Vor-/Nachbereitung“/„Class preparation and follow-up“
  • „Hausaufgabenbearbeitung“/„Preparation of homework“
  • „Prüfungsvorbereitung“/„Exam preparation“

The typical distribution of a module with 6 LP, consisting of a lecture and an exercise of 2 SWS each, would look as follows:

  • Lecture: Attendance time 15 × 2 = 30 h = 1 LP
  • Exercise: Attendance time 15 × 2 = 30 h = 1 LP
  • Course-independent: Preparation/post-work 15 × 4 = 60 h = 2 LP
  • Course-independent: Exam preparation 1 × 60 = 60 h = 2 LP

Description of teaching and learning methods

In this free text field the methods used can be described. A list is sufficient.

Prerequisite for participation/ examination

Desirable prerequisites

In this free text field desirable prerequisites for participation in the module (not in the examination) can be indicated, e.g. "Basic knowledge of microeconomics" or similar.

If no knowledge is required, the following sentence should be inserted: Es bestehen keinerlei Voraussetzungen zur Teilnahme am Modul. There are no prerequisites for the participation in this module.

Mandatory prerequisites

Mandatory prerequisites for exam registration means that only students who fulfill the corresponding prerequisites can register for the exam. These must be automatically verifiable by the system. These can be module statuses and/or certificates of achievement. It is not possible to specify "Basic knowledge in XYZ".

  • As a rule, the proof of passing modules on which the present module is based is used as module status. Alternatively, only registration for another module may be required.
  • Proofs of performance are e.g. exercise certificate, homework assignment, laboratory report or similar (applies only to oral and written examinations). Please note that these certificates of achievement are automatically mapped in the examination administration system (currently: QISPOS) and must be entered there by you (creation of a so-called organization record necessary, uploading or entering the data in good time before the start of the examination registration period). If you have any questions, please contact the QISPOS team (Tel. -24624).

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, if, for example, one of several possible basic modules is required. The specification of a mandatory prerequisite always implies that equivalent achievements at other universities or in other courses of study count as fulfillment of the prerequisite.

Completion of the module

Grading
A module can be graded or ungraded. In the case of "ungraded", the module is only evaluated, i.e. passing or failing is determined.

Types of examination
The following examination types are permitted in the study programs of Faculty VII:

oral
see § 43 AllgStuPO.

written
see § 44 AllgStuPO.

Portfolio examination
When using this type of examination, please check whether the presentation of the individual examination elements meets the requirements of the AllgStuPO. The type, scope and weighting of the examination elements must be specified in the module description. The concrete regulations as well as recommendations for portfolio examinations can be found in § 45 AllgStuPO.

The option "100 points total" must be selected as "type of portfolio examination" (grade key 4 in the selection list). The Faculty Board (FKR) has decided that this grading key is to be used for portfolio examinations on a mandatory basis. (For written exams, a different grading key can also be applied).

The following text module is to be inserted in the "Examination form description" field:
Die Portfolioprüfung besteht aus den folgenden Elementen, in denen in der Summe maximal 100 Punkte erreicht werden können. Die Benotung erfolgt nach dem gemeinsamen Notenschlüssel der Fakultät VII (Beschluss des Fakultätsrates vom 28.05.2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).
Englisch:
The portfolio examination consists of the following elements, adding up to a maximum of 100 credits. The grading follows the joint conversion key of the School of Economics and Management (decision of the school's council dated May 28, 2014 - FKR VII-4/8-28.05.2014).

The table of examination elements must be completed in such a way that the sum of the maximum points awarded is always 100. The minimum details shall include "Einzelheiten zu den Prüfungselementen werden zu Beginn des Moduls bekannt gegeben." or "Details of the required portfolio elements will be given in the first session of the module" as well as the possible examination elements.

  • Mündliches Prüfungselement (e.g. oral discussion, paper, presentation, etc.) or Oral portfolio element
  • Schriftliches Prüfungselement (e.g. essay, protocol, written test, homework or similar) or Written portfolio element
  • Praktisches Prüfungselement (e.g. model, design, poster or similar) or Applied portfolio element

For the sake of transparency, you must give as much information 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". Please refrain from using the "flexible" and "practical" category.

Furthermore, the compensation principle within a portfolio examination applies in all cases, 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 considered 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 default display language must be unique, it is possible to specify mixed languages such as "German/English" for exams.

No exam
Usually all modules end with an exam, so this option has no relevance.

Duration of the module

A module should be completed in one, but no more than two semesters. Exceptions to this must be justified (§ 33 II AllgStuPO).

Maximum number of participants

The maximum number of participants in a module may 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 PC pool, but also the maximum possible number of supervised seminar papers. Please specify a limit here only if such a reason exists and set the limit plausibly and appropriately in such a case. In the case of modules consisting only of large courses and a written examination, the limit on the number of participants is not permissible.

Registration formalities

This field can be used to provide information on the formalities for participation in the module. 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 § 36 AllgStuPo, so that no admission regulations or registration conditions deviating from this may be formulated!

For modules without admission restriction, please insert the following sentence:
Zur Teilnahme am Modul ist keine Anmeldung erforderlich. / Participation in this module requires no registration.

Please note: In this field, no information regarding registration for the examination is to be entered. These are already generally regulated in the AllgStuPO or the deadlines can be viewed each semester in the electronic registration system.

References, scripts

Scripts in paper form
If lecture notes are available in paper form, this can be indicated here. The reference field should contain information about the source of supply, e.g. "Available in the chair secretary's office" or "Will be handed out in the first lecture".

Script in electronic form
If lecture notes or other lecture materials are available in electronic form, this can be indicated here. The reference field should contain information about the source of supply, usually "www.isis.tu-berlin.de".

Literature
In this list the most important literature concerning the module should be listed. 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 an enumeration "1)", "2)", "3)", and so on. If there are more than nine titles, the numbering must be two digits, with a leading zero if necessary.

Linked study programs

In this section, the study programs linked to the module (in the respective StuPOs) are visible later in the MTS. Please do not enter any degree programs in the free text field. If you wish to include the module in one or more study programs, please contact the respective Studies & Teaching Office.

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For the study programs of faculty VII please write an e-mail to lehrplanung(at)wm.tu-berlin.de.
Instructions on the procedure for the Industrial Engineering and Management program can be found via quick access 165343.

Capacity check

If the number of participants in the module is not limited, the check mark must be set for "Students from other programs can take this module without a capacity check".
Conversely, if the number of participants is limited, this check mark must not be set. The two options are therefore mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, this has not yet been implemented in the software. In concrete terms, the check mark means that a further release of the module examination registration for the free choice or the additional area by signature of the module responsible is not necessary and a bureaucratic step can be saved. If, on the other hand, the number of participants is limited, each registration in the free choice or as an additional module must always be approved so that the maximum capacity cannot be exceeded.

Applicability

Modules can be assigned to one or more study programs as compulsory or elective modules. This assignment is made when the module lists are created. You can not assign study programs at this point in the module description. If a new module version is released, it is usually automatically transferred to the new versions of the module lists. Therefore, please do not use the free text field for applicability description to provide information on specific study programs. This text field is only intended for general applicability, especially in the free choice, for example "The module is suitable for master students." or "The module is suitable for all students of engineering programs.".

Other

This field can be used to enter additional information that does not fit into any of the above fields. Please use this field sparingly.

Set module examiners

It is mandatory to enter the persons authorized to examine a module. To do this, please click on "To module page". Now click on the button "Add examiner" under the heading "Examiners". Now enter each person individually who is to be authorized to examine the module. This can be yourself, visiting professors, research assistants and/or lecturers. Employees of the department administration as well as student assistants / student tutors are not authorized to take examinations.

In the next step you have to apply for the examiner's authorization.

To do this, please click on the name of the examiner you have just created (red font). You can now create the period in which the examiner authorization should be available under "Examination authorizations": "Add exam authorization", specify semester, "Save exam authorization".

The curriculum team will now check the testing authorization of the persons entered and submit the list to the respective examination board for confirmation. Only after confirmation by the examination board the examiners are entered fully authorized to examine for this module.

Further information especially for examiners can be found here.

    Remove module examiners / revoke examination authorization

    In the mentioned mask for examination authorizations you can also terminate them. Please do not delete any examiners! If an examiner authorization is to be terminated, please enter the current semester (or a semester in the future) as the last semester in which the examiner is authorized to take exams. A specification in the past is not permissible, since the module lists including these examiners have already been adopted.

    To do this, click on the name of the examiner again and edit the line with the examination period (small pen-on-paper symbol at the very end) in the section "Examination authorizations". There you can indicate, as just mentioned, which should be the last semester in which the exam authorization was available. Please do NOT delete the examination authorization here either, but save the examination authorization.

    Activation requests

    After editing and saving the new design, please click on "to module page". There you now click the type of request activation/ deactivation under the heading "Activate/Deactivate". This opens the activation request including the comment field for the module description. You can write any questions or remarks in the comment field or send the request without comments. However, a short summary of the changes in the comment section will make our work easier. Please also indicate in the dialog box the semester for which the new module version should be released. Please note: No changes can be made in the current semester! Please note the deadlines for the following semester. (see point 1.)

    Submit the request by clicking on "Create request". The module draft can now no longer be edited by you! It is only visible to the curriculum team. If there should be any queries regarding your input, they will be sent to you either via the comment field or by e-mail. Unfortunately, since there is no automatic notification via e-mail in the MTS, we will contact you elsewhere if there is still a need for clarification.

    Please note: When the activation/release of a new version is approved and implemented via the committee path, the previous version is automatically deactivated. You therefore do not need to submit a deactivation request for the previous version.

    Deactivation requests

    You can also request deactivation for modules via the 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 cover sheet (module page), where among other things the different versions and their respective status is listed. Now click the "Type of request" button under the Activate/Deactivate heading and select Deactivation. In the dialog box that opens, you can now specify in which semester this module will be offered for the last time. After confirmation by the curriculum team, the module will automatically be set to inactive at the end of the specified semester.

     

    Status of a module description

    Module descriptions

    The versions displayed here are approved and released with the respective validity. There should only be one approved version for a semester. The module is then no longer editable in the present version. Released versions can be deactivated under the heading deactivation requests.

    Drafts

    These versions are only accessible by the person responsible for the module and can be edited and deleted there as desired. Attention: Deleting a draft cannot be undone.

    Previous activations / deactivations

    The entire history for individual versions can be viewed here. Versions that are waiting to be activated are available to the curriculum team for preliminary review and forwarding to the appropriate committees (Education Commission (AK), Faculty Board (FKR), etc.). In this status, the module can no longer be edited by the module owner. If changes are still desired or necessary, the module can be reset to the "Draft" status by the curriculum team.

    Versions waiting for deactivation are with the curriculum team for confirmation. Waiting deactivation requests cannot be processed by the module owners. If a change to the last active semester is still desired, please contact the curriculum team.

    Committee Chain

    After an activation request for a module version has been submitted by the person responsible for the module, it is checked by the curriculum team. If there are any queries, the module editors will be consulted. The collected amendments are first discussed in the Education Commission (AK) and then approved by the Faculty Board (FKR). The changes are then approved and implemented by Department I in the campus management system. The same procedure is followed with the module lists for the individual degree programs.

    Due to constant optimizations in MTS, this website will be updated regularly.