Corona Pandemia Special Regulations
Corona-Pandemie Special Regulations summer term 2021
The below information gives an overview over all special regulations that occur due to the Corona Pandemia in summer term 2021 and are related to the MBA Program at Darmstadt Business School.
For general exam-related questions, please consult the FAQ of the Examination Board.
For the Corona special regulations of summer term 2020, please see this document (Pdf-Datei, 456,9 KB).
In summer semester 2021 the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt will most likely offer all courses in a hybrid format. This also applies, of course, to the IBWL and MBA programs.
This means, that courses will be held online as far as possible. However, if necessary, single courses units can be held on campus after approval of the deans office. In particular, this opportunity will be used for exams and for first semester courses.
Presence-free teaching or hybrid courses can be designed in very different ways. Some examples can be found in a short video on the FBW website (German Language). All MBA lecturers summarized their course design and exam formats in a Syllabus, which can be found here. (You need to be logged in to see the link. The login data has been sent to you via E-Mail)
In the MBA courses, all lectureres offer an accompanying Moodle course for the course. In addition, you will be sent a textbook, if the lecturers have ordered such.
In order to be able to offer as many examinations as possible without the need for attendance and to coordinate courses and examinations in a meaningful way, the examination formats will frequently deviate from those listed in the respective module handbook.
The lecturers will involve the examination boards in the design of the courses and will announce the respective examination performances in the Syllabi and in more detail at the beginning of the courses.
As of now, it will be possible to offer written exams on campus in summer term 2021. However, since the further development of the pandemic is very uncertain, we are striving to reduce the number of exams by using alternative examination formats where possible and advisable.
Differing from the university-wide semester dates, the courses will start in beginning of April as usual. The lectures will end in Mid-August. The retry-exam will take place on 18th September 2021.
The timetables for summer semester 2021 will show the format of the course unit to cover the special formats of the hybrid semester. Course dates marked with (C) will be held on campus, marked with (O) will be held online but synchronous (e.g. web-meetings), marked with (A) will be offered online and asynchronous (e.g. lecture recordings). Please find the MBA timetabales here.
Due to the fact that the concepts of the courses will be revised, it is possible that the proportions of 'lecture' and self-study as well as exam formats will differ from the formats shown in the module handbook. Please find the syllabi for further information on the course formats here. (You need to be logged in to see the link. The login data has been sent to you via e-mail)
The lecturers will inform you about further details on the lecture mode and communication channels at the beginning of each course.
If the lecturer of a module for which you have registered has ordered a printed book from the Department of Advanced Education, we will send it to your home address by post. Please make sure, that your contact data is up to date to avoid delay.
If the lecturer has ordered an e-book, the link or file will be given to you by the lecturer before or at the beginning of the respective lecture. Please make sure to check your student e-mail account regularly.
You will receive all scripts, presentations and additonal documents in electronic form via the Moodle course of the respective course.
Registrations for examinations must be made regularly via QIS. From summer term 2021 on, the latest date for registration is 48 hours prior to the first (part-)examination. The schedules show the exam dates as well as the registration deadline. Please make sure to meet the deadline!
We strongly recommend registering for examinations at the beginning of the semester as cancellations can be done without difficulties. However, registrations after the registration deadline has expired are not possible!
If it is not possible to register via QIS, please send an e-mail including a screenshot to email@example.com to meet the deadline. Please also note: You will receive a confirmation e-mail for each registration successfully completed via QIS. If you do not receive it, a problem has occurred. Please clarify this point immediately in order to meet the deadlines.
Cancellation of registration to an exam up to 24 hours before the exam is done as usual via QIS.
Under certain circumstances withdrawal from the exam registration is possible on the exam date during the Corona Pandemia. Please see the h_da FAQ for further information.
As soon as the special regulations on cancellations terminate, cancellation within the 24 hours prior to the examination require a medical certificate as usual. This can be sent as a scan or photo by e-mail as long as the special regulations occur. Submission of the original certificate is mandatory as soon as the situation allows it.
Written exams will continue to be held on-site, as to date there is no legally secure way of taking exams online. Examinations can be held in attendance if all measures have been taken to minimise the risk. We comply with this with the hygiene concept of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the specific hygiene concepts for the individual exam dates.
If you belong to a risk group and are therefore unable to take part in a scheduled on-site exam, you can apply for compensation for disadvantages (Nachteilsausgleich). For this purpose, a qualified medical certificate must be submitted. If you wish to apply for compensation for disadvantages, please inform your lecturer directly and submit an informal application to the examination board. Your lecturer will then, in consultation with the examination board, search for an adequate alternative form of examination in order to ensure equal treatment of all students.
The Corona special regulations of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, which are valid as of 01.02.2021, provide for a failed attempt regulation for examinations in §5 (4):
"Regulations on failed attempts for the winter semester 2020/2021 and the summer semester 2021: Examinations which have been taken and failed and which cannot be repeated are deemed not to have been taken; the failure of a corresponding examination is not detrimental. This failed attempt regulation applies once for the respective performance record to be achieved per module. Attempts at cheating are excluded from this regulation."
This regulation is intended to counteract the particular hardship of having to decide in the current semester to suspend attendance examinations and replace them with alternative forms of examination. If this regulation applies to you, please contact the administration of your degree programme directly.
Theses are currently being written under exceptional challenges. Situations concerning the cooperation with your practice partner should be discussed with your supervisor, as well as possible problems in obtaining literature (closed libraries etc.). Due to the special circumstances, it is possible, in consultation with your supervisor, to modify the topic if necessary, e.g. to convert a practical thesis into a literature thesis. Upon reasoned request, the processing period can also be extended.
The colloquium will be held without attendance until further notice. Please coordinate the procedure, the use of online tools and the prior submission of presentation slides (PDF format) with your supervisor.
Please find further information on the current situation in the h_da FAQ.
Please use the usual forms available in the form center and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the thesis. An electronically completed form without the student's signature is considered a binding registration during the validity period of the Corona special regulations. The printed form must be submitted as soon as the situation allows it.
The signatures to be obtained from the lecturer or supervisor are deemed to have been provided with a scanned/electronic signature or, if this is not possible, as a simple e-mail confirmation. The signatures must be obtained by the student.
If everyone has agreed, the Department of Advanced Education and the Examination Board will confirm the registration by means of an approval. The date of submission will also be reconfirmed.
If you do not meet the requirements for admission to the final thesis due to Corona-related reasons, please inform us in good time by e-mail. In any case, we will find an individual solution so that you will not be disadvantaged by the current situation.
The submission of your thesis must be done in pdf format (this also applies to attachments) via the student email address to the university email address of the (co-)supervisor and at the same time to the Department of Advanced Education (email@example.com). The latter will then confirm that it has been received in due time.
A printed copy must be submitted without further request as soon as the situation allows it. You are welcome to send the printed copy by post to Hochschule Darmstadt, Weiterbildung und Duales Studienzentrum, Schöfferstraße 10, 64295 Darmstadt.
This procedure also applies if the work is marked with a non-disclosure notice and a confidentiality agreement has been signed. Please agree the way in which the work is to be handed over to your company's advisor in confidence with him/her.
The file size must not exceed 10 MB. If larger files have to be handed in for an important reason, the files must be split up or uploaded to the h_da cloud (please ask your supervisor to create a folder). If the work contains parts that cannot be converted into a pdf (Excel with calculation logic, program code, etc.), please discuss with your supervisor individually how to proceed. Please do not send such attachments to the Department of Advanced Education.
Teaching staff, administration, university management or IT services will contact you exclusively via your student e-mail address until further notice.
Please also contact us only via your student e-mail address. This applies in particular to contact with the administration. Due to the high number of e-mails, it is not possible to search for your correct e-mail address for a reply. We therefore reserve the right not to answer e-mails coming from external mail accounts or to answer them only when we have free resources.
Please make sure that you check your e-mails regularly. Information that reaches you in this way is considered to have been delivered by post.
These measures serve the purpose of IT security, as we are currently particularly dependent on stable systems and at the same time we are registering an increasing number of attacks on the infrastructure.
If you do not want to use the web client Roundcube to manage your e-mails, you are welcome to set up an account in your e-mail program. You can find instructions for this at https://webmail.stud.h-da.de/manual_imap4.pdf.
Please note that until further notice we are only allowed to open PDF files. File attachments in e-mails that have other formats will not be opened and are therefore considered undelivered. Instructions on how to convert various file formats into PDF can be found in the respective help section of the program or on the Internet.
Questions that are not answered here are regulated at departmental level by the faculty of economics: https://fbw.h-da.de/studium/hybrides-wintersemester-202021/ (German information only). Please note that the adminstrative regulations mentioned here do firstly address full-time study programs and differ considearbly from the MBA regulations.
All questions going beyond this are regulated on a university-wide basis: https://h-da.de/index.php?id=19270
If regulations differ from the above described Corona-Special-Regulations, the ones more specific for your program of study applies. This ranking is necessary, as there are several reasons to specify or deviate from gereneral regulations.
An overview of the availability and accessibility of the university's services and facilities can be found at https://h-da.de/hochschule/corona.
Most of the general information is available in German and English language. However, if any questions apply, which are only answered in German language, feel free to consult the department of advanced education for further information via firstname.lastname@example.org or. All contact data of the administrative staff can be found here.
Contact Information for Individual Questions
If there are individual questions about cases that we have not considered so far or for which the descriptions here are not clear, we will be happy to answer them. You can find all contact information here. Please contact
- the Examination Board for all exam-related aspects (Prof. Knoll)
- the Academic Director for all general questions regarding teaching (Prof. Schellhase)
- for course-related questions the respective lecturer(s)
- for all other questions concerning administration the team WBDS
If possible, please contact the WBDS Team by e-mail via email@example.com.
The telephone availability of the administration is guaranteed as far as possible, but maytemporarilybe limited. If your concern can only be clarified by telephone, please contact the staff member in charge for your issue directly until further notice. Please find all contact data here.
If you have any corona-realted issues concerning your studies, feedback on lectures or suggestions for online lectures, please write a note to the suggestion box.
All teachers and staff are working with great commitment to ensure that teaching and administration are of the usual quality. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that there will not be a "hitch" in some areas.
For this reason, the academic director and the examination board have introduced a suggestion box for your suggestions and criticism in connection with the presence-free teaching. Please do not hesitate to use this channel for constructive feedback. Only in this way can we together make the best out of this situation, which still is exceptional for all of us.
h_da Special Regulations
Tips for studying at home
As studying at home can be challenging, the Faculty of Economics offers some helpful tips and advice (German only)