Organisational aspects: Courses
In the lecture, a lecturer (usually a professor) will teach you the theoretical basics and the subject matter that you should master. You will receive an overview of all topics relevant to the exam.
In the tutorial, an instructor will present sample exercises to accompany the lecture material. The lecture material is therefore practically applied.
Similar to the exercises, the tutorials are used to calculate exercises. However, this is done in small groups so that you have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with your tutor. In subjects where you have to work on exercise sheets, these will be corrected by your tutor. At the beginning of the semester you have to register for the tutorials. The registration procedure will be explained in the first lectures and tutorials of the semester.
Most of the lecture notes can be found in the ILIAS system. However, some documents can also be found on the pages of the individual institutes. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact the respective lecturer.
The following practical courses are offered after the first semester:
BIW: General Chemistry and Chemistry in Aqueous Solutions
CIW: General and Inorganic Chemistry OR: Practical Course in Process Engineering
At the end of the lecture period there is a safety briefing for the practical course, which is obligatory for all participants of the practical course.
In the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Process Engineering you have to choose an internship in advance. As soon as you have selected an internship, you can register for the obligatory safety instruction.
ATTENTION: By registering for the safety instruction you are not automatically registered for the internship! This is only possible after you have passed the exam "General and Inorganic Chemistry".
Organizational matters: Exams
However, there are no regulations as to when which exams must be written. Exceptions: Rules regarding orientation exams must be followed. All examinations must be completed by the end of the 12th semester.
If you have valid reasons for not taking part in examinations and thus cannot meet deadlines (e.g. orientation examinations), please contact the Bachelor Examination Board as soon as possible, who can grant you an extension of the deadline, e.g. in the case of illness. www.ciw.kit.edu/bpa.php
In principle, participation without registration is not possible.
Registration is obligatory. This means that unexcused absence from an examination will result in a grade of 5.0.
Frequent problems with registration:
Prerequisite not met: (e.g., practice sheets for HM I exam). If you are sure you have passed the prerequisite, there may be an error. Please contact the responsible instructor.
No choice made yet: Sometimes registration is not possible because you have to make a choice first, e.g. the choice between the practical course "General and Inorganic Chemistry" and the "Practical Course in Process Engineering".
If you cannot solve the problems yourself, please contact the student advisory service Barbara Freudig.
TIP: In the student portal under FAQ you will find many useful tips and video tutorials concerning the registration for exams!
You can either deregister online. Alternatively, you can deregister in person directly before the exam in the lecture hall before the exam papers are handed out without giving any reasons.
If you are unable to deregister for any reason, please contact the examiner as soon as possible.
The exact modalities are regulated in § 9 of the Study and Examination Regulations (SPO): CIW(PDF) BIW( PDF)).
You are free to decide when you want to repeat the exam.
Important: If it is an orientation examination, the time limits must be observed. If there are good reasons why you cannot comply with these conditions, please contact the examination board!
Higher Mathematics I (for both CIW and BIW).
General Inorganic Chemistry (for CIW)
Biology in Engineering I (for BIW)
Students who have not successfully passed both examinations of the orientation examination with all repetitions (i.e. two written examination attempts and one oral re-examination) by the end of the third subject semester have definitively failed the orientation examination.
IMPORTANT: A further examination attempt - in contrast to other examinations (application for a second repetition) is excluded in the case of orientation examinations.
Legal basis, further information
Achievements that you have already completed can be recognised in another degree programme, provided that this achievement is required/optional in both degree programmes and the content and scope are equivalent. The responsible examination board (of the degree programme you want to change to) decides on the recognition of achievements.
If you are a BAföG recipient, it is advisable to enquire about the conditions for funding after a change of degree programme.
Before you actually discontinue your studies or change your course of study, you should inform yourself in detail about the right course of action. A counselling interview is highly recommended.