In lecture-type courses, the course instructor plays a major and active role in conveying mainly theoretical knowledge and demonstrating practical applications to the students. In general, students are evaluated by means of a summative examination that is administered at the end of the course.
In tutorials, students are offered the opportunity to apply, test and train their recently acquired knowledge in the context of practical assignments and case studies provided by the instructor. This type of course format also allows the instructor to determine how well the students have grasped the studied concepts and, wherever necessary, give additional input by way of various didactic approaches. The students are usually evaluated over the duration of the tutorial (formative assessment).
Integrated courses (including those courses focused on personality development, in particular, social skills)
Integrated courses offer a dynamic environment focused on practically-oriented education and training. They are particularly valuable in preparing students to meet the demands of higher level courses in their studies and of the professional world. As determined by the course instructor, students are evaluated using either a formative or summative approach.
Projects and internship
For projects, students work in small groups (5-10 persons) on realistic assignments, which are generally defined by external clients such as companies and other organizations. The students take responsibility for the management of their project, and present their results in the form a project report or presentation. In this type of course the instructor takes on the role of project coach. In general, students are evaluated based on their performance as they progress through the project (formative assessment).
Seminars and workshops
In seminars, the students take a decidedly active role. Under the guidance of the instructor, students work independently or in small teams on specific problems in order to consolidate their knowledge of the subject matter. It is up to the students to select the problem-solving approach, apply the appropriate methods, and work on a solution to the problem. The students wrap up the process by writing a paper and doing a presentation in front of the class. The instructor, in the role of coach, provides support to the students as necessary. In general, students are evaluated by two or more partial examinations during the course (formative assessment). The Bachelor Seminars I and II are an exception: here the bachelor theses I and II represent the final examination papers (summative assessment) for the respective course.
Excursions (study week abroad) give students an intensive opportunity to refine their intercultural competencies. The students are given responsibility for organizing a large part of the excursion themselves. In cooperation with the partner institution that is the destination of the excursion, classes are offered and visits to companies are arranged, during which students learn about and discuss the cultural and economic particularities of the respective country.
Compulsory elective courses are offered as part of the curriculum in the master degree programs. Students choose from several available options to give their studies a specific focus, while also fulfilling the credit requirements for the degree. These electives are also open to qualified exchange students who have come to the FH Kufstein for their semester abroad.
For extra-curricular (non-credit), continuing education courses offered at the FH Kufstein, please visit the site of the Michelangelo-Program.
Examinations are to take place in a timely manner after the subject matter has been covered in the context of the course. The exact examination procedure – including contents, methods, and evaluation criteria – for a course as well as the possibilities for repeating failed examinations are transparently communicated (e.g., by way of the course syllabus) to the students by the instructor at the beginning of the course.
In general, examinations are either summative or formative. Summative examinations are comprehensive examinations that test students’ understanding of the material and concepts covered during the course, and are thus usually held at the end of the course. The grade a student achieves on the exam is also the grade the student is awarded for the course. For courses that use the formative approach, students are generally evaluated by means of two or more partial examinations, which might include some combination of a mid-term and final exam, written papers, homework assignments, and in-class presentations, etc.