General Electives (AWPF)

Course Catalogue Winter Semester 2020/2021

On this page you will find all the necessary information on the enrollment process for the general electives at the Schweinfurt and Würzburg campuses.

General Information
Application Procedure
Explanations
Languages
Subjects with special admission processes

Information on general electives (AWPF)

  1. All bachelor’s programmes offered by FHWS include one general elective module (AWPM) with 4 credit hours per week (= SWS), which corresponds to 5 ECTS credits. One AWPM usually consists of two general elective courses (AWPF with 2 SWS or 2.5 ECTS credits each).
    However, students must take into account the requirements of their respective study and examination regulations.
    Some AWPF are blocked for certain degree programmes. This can be seen from the respective blocking notices in the online course catalogue.
  2. Students may also choose courses offered by Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (VHB), which are listed in the AWPF catalogue of FHWS in No. 7 “VHB courses”. These courses too will earn students 2 SWS or 2.5 ECTS credits. Other VHB courses will not be recognized as AWPF
  3. Exams usually take place one week before the general examination period and are conducted as written exams with a duration of 90 minutes. Deviating types of examination are indicated in the course catalogue. Presentations must be handed in in writing.
    Since registration for the exam takes place together with the registration for the AWPF, only students who have duly registered can take the examination (see also: application procedure).
  4. Switching an AWPF after the registration period is only possible in specially justified and exceptional cases.
  5. Each AWPF can be taken as an optional course (Wahlfach), as far as there are places left after the drawing of places in the main registration procedure.
  6. Foreign language AWPF:
    Please make sure to read the following exclusion criteria carefully!
    Should your prior knowledge exceed the course requirements, you will be removed from the course at the beginning of the course.
    Regarding native language or language of instruction at school:
    Foreign language AWPF are only open to non-native speakers!
    If, for example, you are a Russian native speaker, you are not allowed to take a Russian language AWPF. This also applies if your writing ability if low.
    If, for example, you went to school in a country where the language of instruction was French, you are not allowed to take the French language AWPF for the levels A2/B1.
    Basic courses A1a:
    These courses are designed for students without any prior knowledge of the language!
    Basic courses A1b:
    These courses are designed for students either having completed the A1a courses or for lateral entrants with a maximum of 2 years of prior knowledge of the language.
    If you have prior knowledge of the language from 6 months to 1 year of language learning, you can already take the A1b or A2 courses.
    If you have prior knowledge from 2 years of language learning, we rather recommend the courses for the level A2; however, you will also be accepted in A1b courses.
    Basic courses A2a:
    These courses are designed for students either having completed the A1b courses or for lateral entrants with a maximum of 3 years of prior knowledge of the language.
    If you have prior knowledge from 3 years of language learning, we rather recommend the courses for the levels A2/B1.
    Exceptions:
    Exceptions can only be made after personal consultation and approval by full-time foreign language lecturers of FANG (Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities). This consultation must take place BEFORE the registration for the AWPF.

AWPF Application Procedure

  1. At FHWS, the AWPF application procedure takes place as a lottery; excepted from this are the courses in subject group 7. This lottery is based on the requests you made online via https://studentenportal.fhws.de.

    1.1. Each student can initially only apply for one AWPF (a further AWPF can be selected during the period where vacant places can be reserved; see also no. 3). In the application form, you can choose up to four AWPF (1.-4. Wahl = 1st to 4th choice). If you select more than four AWPF, the selection is reset and you are back at selecting your first choice. During the lottery, the course marked as “1. Wahl” (1st choice) is considered first. If there are not enough places in the AWPF to fulfil all “1st choice”-requests, a lottery will decide whose “1st choice”-request is considered. For students whose"1st choice"-request could not be considered, their "2nd choice"-requests and, if necessary, the “3rd and 4th choice”-requests will be used. Please note: For AWPF that are marked as “Intensive Course” (Intensivkurs), a different registration procedure applies that is carried out later!

    1.2. The time of application has no influence on the success in the lottery. During the application period you can change your AWPF choices as you wish. Before making your final choices, please make sure that the choices you make have been well considered as well as no other obligations prevent your participation in the desired AWPF.
    AWPF exams take place from 16 January through 22 January 2021 (exams are generally written during the usual course session and cannot be changed/postponed).

    1.3. The results from the lottery can be viewed online in the online student portal. There, you can check which of your requests was successful.

    During the period where vacant places can be reserved, you will have the opportunity
    • to reserve a place in case none of your requests were fulfilled during the lottery;
    • to register for an additional AWPF;
    • to register for an AWPF as an optional course.

  2. Information on the application period are available in the online student portal: https://studentenportal.fhws.de.

    During the application period, you can enter up to four AWPF requests (1.-4. Wahl = 1st to 4th choice); however, the lottery will draw only one of your choices, i.e. you will be able to take only this one course from the four you selected. Please note: Before making your final choices, please make sure that they have been well-considered and that no other obligations prevent participation in the desired course.

    Attention! Only students who are properly enrolled or re-enrolled at FHWS can take part in this application process.

    Attention! Master’s students are generally excluded from participating in the AWPF programme.

    Please note: For AWPF that are marked as “Intensive Course” (Intensivkurs), a different registration procedure applies that is carried out later! Information on the application period for Intensive Courses are available from the online student portal: https://studentenportal.fhws.de.

  3. The results from the lottery are available in the online student portal about four hours after the application procedure was closed.

    There is not lottery for the registration for vacant places. Registration for vacant places takes place on a first come, first serve basis.

  4. When the assignment process is closed, you can cancel your registration by an e-mail from your FHWS student account:

    For cancelling courses in Würzburg write to: awpf.fang-wue[at]fhws.de
    For cancelling courses in Schweinfurt write to: awpf.fang-sw[at]fhws.de

    This procedure also applies if you want to register for (again) vacant places.

  5. Registration for courses offered by the virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (VHB) takes place exclusively online (http://www.vhb.org). Please note relevant information in the respective course description.

  6. AWPF courses start on

    Monday, 12 October 2020,

    at the announced times and places.

    Please bear this information in mind! All information is subject to change!

    The electronic info-boards in FHWS buildings usually display only the information relevant for the respective building.

  7. If you realize later that you cannot attend an AWPF, please cancel the AWPF officially. Important: Cancellation per e-mail is only accepted if sent from an FHWS e-mail account, because only these accounts can be clearly verified. Cancellation from other e-mail accounts will not be accepted.

  8. Fully booked AWPF
    The maximum number of participants in an AWPF cannot be exceeded. To make optimum use of available seats, procedure is as follows: If you miss the first course session without prior excuse, you can be removed from the list of participants. Excuses can be sent informally by e-mail to the dean’s office of the respective course location:
    For courses in Würzburg write to: dekanat.fang-wue[at]fhws.de
    For courses in Schweinfurt write to: dekanat.fang-sw[at]fhws.de

  9. All AWPF offered at our University can be taken by all properly enrolled students, regardless of their study location (Würzburg or Schweinfurt).
    Please take into account any travel time.

 

 

Explanations

Abbreviations used:

Münz12 - Course takes place in Münzstraße 12, Würzburg.
RöRi - Course takes place in Röntgenring 8, Würzburg.
SHL - Course takes place in Sanderheinrichsleitenweg 20, Würzburg.
Z.P. - Course takes place in the Pavilion, Münzstraße 19.
Campus 1 - Course takes place in Ignaz-Schön-Straße 11, Schweinfurt.
Campus 2 - Course takes place in Konrad-Geiger-Straße 2, Schweinfurt.
Campus 3 - Course takes place in the (new) Building 20, Niederwerrner Straße/Franz-Schubert-Straße, Schweinfurt.

This is a course offered by the virtuelle Hochschule Bayern. Registration and information exclusively via https://www.vhb.org

Use the link below to view current course information displayed on the electronic info-boards in the various FHWS buildings.
https://infoboard.fhws.de

Only courses listed here are considered approved AWPF. Please also note the blocking notices!

Languages

Information about language course levels

The language courses at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities (FANG) follow the CEFR, i.e. the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Course names indicate the desired language level (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

For more information about the CEFR and possible self-assessment, please see
http://www.goethe.de/Z/50/commeuro/303.htm
http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/LanguageSelfAssessmentGrid/de

We expressly ask you to make use of consultations at the beginning of the semester or to arrange consultations:

Students in Würzburg may contact Prof. Dr. Maike Hansen  and for Spanish Ms Andrea Kreiner-Wegener.
Students in Schweinfurt may contact Ms Maria Weikl.

The following course levels are offered and lead to certificates:

Level (CEFR) UNIcert®
Level A1a
Level A1b
Level A2a UNIcert® Basis
Level A2b
Level A2/B1 UNIcert® I
Level B1
Level B2 UNIcert® II

Overview of desired levels:

A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Language programme

The labour market increasingly demands qualified foreign language skills. The Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Humanities meets this demand by continuously expanding and intensifying its foreign language programme. In the context of general elective courses, students enrolled at FHWS can acquire an extended qualification by successful participation in course packages, which is confirmed by a certificate.

Basic language programme: UNIcert Basis®, I, II

  • UNIcert® Basis: French, Spanish, Italian
    Target group: Participants without prior knowledge or lateral entrants after consultation (Prof. Dr. Maike Hansen)
    Course package includes: Three courses with 2 credit hours per week (SWS) each, ungraded reading comprehension exam and a short graded oral exam
    Contents: basic speaking situations, textbook contents
    Stages: consecutive (Levels A1a, A1b, A2a)

  • UNIcert® I: French, Spanish, Italian
    Target group: Participants without prior knowledge or lateral entrants after consultation (Prof. Dr. Maike Hansen)
    Course package includes: Five courses with 2 credit hours per week (SWS) each, graded oral exam in the last course level
    Contents: basic speaking situations, textbook contents
    Stages: consecutive (Levels A1a, A1b, A2a, A2b, A2/ B1)

  • UNIcert® II: French, Spanish
    Target group: Participants with prior language knowledge at the level B1 or with UNIcert® I
    Course package includes: for lateral entrants two courses with 2 credit hours per week (SWS) each (for B1 and B2) as well as a graded oral exam
    Contents: current texts, speaking situations, intercultural matters and more

    For more information, please visit our UNIcert® pages.

    Information on “VHB-Kurse”

    VHB courses are offered by the virtuelle Hochschule Bayern.

    Registration and information: https://www.vhb.org.

    Important: Only those courses listed in the AWPF catalogue at FHWS are recognized as AWPF.

    VHB courses by Mr Nacke and Prof. Scherer are recognized automatically. For the recognition of other VHB courses as AWPF, please present the credit certificate as soon as possible.

    Please note: One VHB course corresponds to one AWPF (especially with regard to the ECTS credits and SWS if not stated otherwise).