Corona Pandemic - Teaching

19th November 2021

Dear Students,

 

In view of the rapidly increasing number of infections, the Robert Koch Institute has appealed to all of us to reduce our contacts. In order to protect the health of faculty members – students, faculty and all other staff – and to contribute to the fight against the pandemic, we have decided to limit face-to-face teaching at the WiSo faculty.

 

The measures in detail:

  1. According to the CAU rules adopted before the start of the winter semester, large courses already take place online. The WiSo faculty has previously designated courses as large if more than 200 students attend in presence. We have now decided to reduce the limit to 50 students starting next Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Therefore, for the time being, there will be no face-to-face courses at the WiSo Faculty with more than 50 participants. Courses may be exempted from this if they are held in a lecture hall large enough for students to sit with sufficient spacing, and at least in a checkerboard pattern. The decision about this exception is made by the instructors, if necessary after consultation with their supervisors, department heads, or the Deans. As an alternative, these courses will be offered either as pure online formats or as hybrid formats, which are designed in such a way that no more than 50 participants are present in the lecture hall. This is also decided by the instructors.

 

  1. If a course is only attended by a very small number of students, the lecturers are free to switch to an online format for this course. In this way, we want to create space for successful online teaching in areas where the vast majority of students obviously no longer prefer face-to-face teaching in view of the pandemic. We emphasize that this is an exceptional rule in view of the current pandemic situation and by no means the start of permanent online teaching. As soon as the pandemic subsides, we want to return to full-scale face-to-face teaching.

 

We have communicated these decisions to all faculty members today and asked them to notify you as soon as possible if the teaching format changes as a result of the new rules. I sincerely ask for your understanding if the necessary changeover to online teaching leads to temporary adjustment frictions due to the short notice.

 

We will be consulting intensively with the President's Office and the other faculties in the coming week to determine what additional measures need to be taken, whether due to legal requirements or pandemic-related considerations.

 

Get through the winter half-year in good health and help us all by applying the hygiene rules even more strictly than before and heeding the appeal of the Robert Koch Institute. 

 

Best regards

Kai Carstensen

Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

 

TEACHING IN THE WINTER TERM 2021/22

 

Teaching at the WiSo-Faculty in winter term 2021/22

In the winter semester 2021/2022, we will return to face-to-face teaching at the WiSo Faculty as far as possible. However, this will not yet be possible in every single course. In this respect, there will be a "transition semester".

We are planning our teaching for the coming winter semester under the following guidelines:

  • Large lectures will probably be offered online, in digital form. In particular, all lectures of the first and third semester (according to the study plan) of the Bachelor's degree programmes of our faculty are considered large.
  • The exercises that belong to the large lectures are offered in smaller groups and, if possible, also in presence.
  • The courses (lectures, exercises, seminars) in the higher semesters of the Bachelor's degree programmes and in the Master's degree programmes will probably be offered in attendance in the vast majority of cases.
  • In the international Master's degree programmes* in economics, pure online study is possible.

 

For specific information on the organisation of teaching in the courses offered in the winter semester 21/22, please refer to the respective announcements in UnivIs and especially the course descriptions in Olat.

In general, participation in face-to-face courses requires that participants provide proof of complete vaccination protection, recovery or a current negative corona test result (max. 48 hours old) with regard to the corona virus (so-called 3G rule).

 

Equipment required for online formats:

In order to participate in online courses and online examinations at the WiSo Faculty, students need the following equipment:

Laptop/computer

a stable internet connection

Webcam

microphone and loudspeaker or headset

 

We recommend that you take care of this as early as possible, as under the current conditions, the quality of your studies depends on it more than usual.

Most online lectures will take place via zoom or BigBlueButton or videos will be made available. Enrol early in the relevant courses in OpenOlat and pay attention to the information on univis.


 

 

* International Master's degree programmes:

 

Master Economics: All modules take place online or hybrid - in both cases pure online studying is possible. An excemption are possibly minor/supplementary modules:

  • FPO 2014: The modules in the Minor Empirical Economics are certainly offered online or hybrid, so that the program can be studied completely online. For courses offered by other faculties in the minor, the regulations of those faculties apply.
  • FPO 2021: Supplementary modules can also be fully replaced by economic modules with a module code starting with "VWL". Those subjects are certainly offered online or hybrid, so that the program can be studied completely online.

 

Master Environmental and Resource Economics: All modules take place online or hybrid - in both cases pure online studying is possible. An excemption are possibly minor/supplementary modules:

  • FPO 2014: For offers of other faculties in the minor, the regulations of the faculties apply. An overview can be found on the pages of the program under Minor Subject.
  • FPO 2021: Supplementary modules can also be fully replaced by economic modules with a module code starting with "VWL". Those subjects are certainly offered online or hybrid, so that the program can be studied completely online.

 

Master Quantitative Economics: All modules take place online or hybrid - in both cases pure online studying is possible. An excemption are possibly minor modules in the FPO 2014:

  • FPO 2014: The modules in the Minor Economics and the Minor Empirical Economics are certainly offered online, so that the program can be studied completely online. For offers of other faculties in the Minor, the regulations of those faculties apply.
  • FPO 2021: Minor modules are not relevant, so that the program can be studied completely online. 

 

Master Quantitative Finance: All modules take place online or hybrid - in both cases pure online studying is possible. An excemption are possibly minor/supplementary modules and the mathematical modules.

  • The following mathematical finance modules are offered:
    • Mathematical Finance: hybrid (online participation is possible)
    • Risk Management: hybrid (online participation is possible)
    • ...?
  • Minor/supplementary modules:
    • FPO 2014: The modules in the Minor Economics and the Minor Empirical Economics are offered online or hybrid, so that the Minor can be studied online. For courses offered by other faculties in the Minor, the regulations of those faculties apply.
    • FPO 2021: Supplementary subjects can also be fully replaced by modules from Financial Economics & Corporate Finance or Specialization in Mathematical Finance. Financial Economics subjects with a module code starting with "VWL" are certainly offered online or hybrid.