Soft Skills - Introduction to University Life (Key competencies for the start of studies)
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of WS 2017/8
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2022/3||WS 2017/8|
MW2347 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of soft-skill courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|60 h||16 h||2 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The course includes the following topics:
- Time management (methods for time management in studies, creation of a weekly schedule)
- Learning (how memory works, cognitive and metacognitive learning strategies, developing a learning concept)
- Motivation (intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, flow, procrastination, strategies to increase motivation)
- Presenting (goal and target group, selection of content, structure of the presentation, feedback)
- Participants will be able to make sense of their own learning process based on knowledge of different learning strategies such as dual coding.
- are able to set smart goals and know how to deal with procrastination due to background knowledge on motivation.
- are able to set priorities and apply time management methods, such as the Pareto principle.
- are able to prepare and present content in a way that is appropriate for the target audience and to apply structure and various visualization techniques. The participants have analyzed their own presentation style and can successfully apply presentation techniques.
- can give and accept feedback.
- The participants can evaluate and analyze the acquired knowledge in groups.
- the participants know what are conducive and obstructive factors in teamwork and know how to work successfully in a team.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
Learning and Teaching Methods
- to design their own learning process in a meaningful way
- set smart goals and know how to deal with procrastination.
- prioritize and apply time management methods, such as the Pareto Principle.
- prepare and present content in a way that is appropriate to the audience and apply structuring and visualization techniques.
- analyze their own presentation style and apply presentation techniques successfully.
- to give and accept feedback.
In addition, there is a mini-competition in which a problem-solving task (e.g. egg flying competition) is worked on in teams. By working on problem-solving tasks, participants can put themselves in exemplary team or project work situations. Afterwards, the experienced situations are evaluated and discussed by means of reflection rounds. After participating in a mini-competition, students are able to analyze teamwork in terms of facilitating and hindering factors and can consciously design successful teamwork using facilitating strategies.
Additionally, team spirit is fostered through participation in a mini-competition.
Deci & Ryan 1993, 225; Heckhausen & Heckhausen 2011, 7ff
Krengel Martin (2013): Golden Rules. Erfolgreich lernen und arbeiten: Alles, was man braucht. Eazybookz. Lauchhammer
Hasselhorn, M., & Gold, A. (2009). Pädagogische Psychologie–Erfolgreiches Lernen und Lehren, 2. Auflage, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart.
Garten, Matthias (2013): Präsentationen erfolgreich gestalten und halten. Wie Sie mit starker Wirkung präsentieren. Offenbach: GABAL Verlag (Business).
Description of exams and course work
Students create a short presentation and receive feedback from the other participants and the course instructor (peer feedback via Moodle and live feedback in the workshop).
The exam performance is passed if at least 60% of the expected scope has been completed in the learning portfolio and the short presentation has been presented.