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Study and teaching quality

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One of the central instruments for checking quality in teaching is the routine and regular evaluation of all courses at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. At the end of each semester we survey student satisfaction with the respective courses. The focus of the survey is on both subject and didactic quality. The results of the surveys are made available to all teaching staff in writing. The Dean of Studies also enters into direct exchange with teachers if the results of the surveys make this appear necessary.


Through the teaching evaluations we were able to significantly increase the quality of courses, better identify student needs and initiate or implement improvements ourselves. We therefore continue to support and promote active participation in the evaluations in the interests of all lecturers and students. Our long-term strategy for maintaining and increasing the quality of teaching is briefly outlined below.

  • Definition of terms of competence
  • Development of a questionnaire and surveys within the faculty
  • Inclusion of a competence map in the course and module catalogues
  • Formulation of learning objectives and learning outcomes based on competences
  • Recording the results in a target matrix



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The questionnaire for the evaluation was developed on the basis of the defined terms and made available to all teachers of the courses offered at the faculty. With the help of the evaluation system EvaSys the questionnaire was created, sent and evaluated. On the basis of approximately 320 evaluated questionnaires it was possible to obtain a comprehensive overview of the competences taught and to formulate comprehensive learning outcomes and learning goals.


In the target matrices that are created, the results are summarised and presented in detail in a diagram. In this way, it is possible to see in detail which competence fields or modules contribute to which extent to the areas of competence surveyed. The goal matrices thus illustrate at a glance the achievements contributed by the modules to the programme goal.


Due to the illustration of the competence profiles in the course and module catalogues as well as in the detailed presentation of the competences in the target matrices, a comprehensive picture of the qualifications of the study programmes exists. Based on the specific competence profiles, individual learning objectives and learning outcomes can now be formulated for each degree programme. In addition, the specific way in which the knowledge imparted or the skills and abilities learned can be more clearly assigned to each module and the respective field of competence, making them more visible to students.


The future presentation of competences in the course and module catalogue will make it easier for students to identify their individual competence profile. In addition, an applicable competence grid will be developed which will enable students' performance to be assessed according to the competences acquired. As a result, recognition processes will also be facilitated by using the competence grid to enable an improved assessment of competence-oriented achievements.

The project "Competence development in mechanical engineering" was taken up by the nexus project of the German Rectors' Conference as an example of good practice. At the nexus project's interim balance conference on the topic of competence orientation, it was presented to the public for the first time in a poster exhibition.


M. A. Anna-Katharina Mosimann
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