Types of Courses
Most courses are conducted in units of two semester hours per week (90 minutes). The semester is comprised of 15 weeks. Due to organizational reasons or the nature of the course material, some courses will be held in block form (for example, 3 hours every two weeks or intensive weekends).
These are the most common types of courses:
Lectures usually last 90 minutes (2 semester hours per week) but can also last 45 minutes (1 semester hour per week). Lectures can also be held in the form of compact blocked courses and are usually taught by professors. Austrian students are not subject to examinations on course contents as the material covered is part of their extensive Diploma Examinations. Students do no have to register in advance in order to attend lectures.
If you require course credit, please make arrangements with the instructor in advance to take an examination at the end of the semester which covers the course content.
Intensive courses are often attended by a large number of students. These courses not only cover basic elements in the area of "Business and Economics", but also focus on detailed and specialized information on the topic. Students are subject to an examination at the end of the semester which covers the material taught during the semester.
Intensiv Course (IK)
Interactive courses are designed to build on the material covered in a previously attended course. Students learn to apply theoretical knowledge to complete concrete tasks as well as refer to and apply material learned in other courses. Students are graded on participation.
Proseminar (PS) or Tutorial (UE)
Proseminars or tutorials usually last 90 minutes (2 semester hours per week). Students are often subject to passing an entrance examination at the beginning of the proseminar or tutorial in order to qualify to attend the class. The entrance examination grade may be included in the students’ final grade.
Proseminars and tutorials are often accompanied by a lecture on the same subject. The form of the examinations varies as they are determined by the individual instructor and/or the institute. These courses require active student participation. Class papers, team papers and/or team projects are common for these courses.
Most tutorial courses last 90 minutes (two semester hours per week). The type of course examination will be individually determined by the course instructor and/or the institute.
Practical Course (PR)
Students focus on practical applications of previously studied theories (field studies).
Examination Preparation (RE)
These classes are often offered in a block format for approximately one semester hour per week. The course is designed to serve as preparation for an examination on a particular subject.
Tutorial (no examination) (KO)
These are courses that have been designed to accompany a lecture. Students have an opportunity to ask questions and work on exercises and practical examples.
Seminars usually last 90 minutes (2 semester hours per week). Students are normally subject to passing an entrance examination at the beginning of the semester in order to qualify to attend the course.
Seminars are usually held by professors (with contributions by assistant professors). These courses tend to be for students who are in the second part of their studies. Successful completion of the introductory course allows students to continue on to courses in a specialized field.
The type of examination varies as is determined individually by the course instructor and/or the institute. These courses require active student participation as well as term papers, team groupwork papers and/or team projects.
Project Studies (PJ)
These courses (4 semester hours per week) are one academic year and have been designed for students in the second part of their studies. The course objective is for students to apply theory to practical situations and complete a project in collaboration with local companies and businesses. Students are often required to work in small team groups and submit a final detailed written paper and presentation.
Private Doctorate Tutorial (PV)
These courses are for PhD students only.