Coordinated curriculum and cross-disciplinary flexibility

During the planning phase of a degree programme, instructors should already be thematically and structurally coordinating the desired skills profile, core content, the mandatory and elective course components and examination forms. One must also remember to take the academic workload into account. A reasonable workload is important so that students are capable of completing their degree programme within the standard period of study.

To ensure studyability, it is crucial that coordinators avoid course- and examination overlap, as well as excessive frequency of examinations – especially in dual-subject degree programmes. Cross-disciplinary coordination when allocating seminar places could be helpful in this respect.

Additional recommendation:
Integrating more flexibility in curricular structures promotes studyability and offers students greater freedom in their academic pursuits. This can be achieved by introducing optional alternatives for students, e.g. with regard to course types (lectures, seminars or colloquiums) and thematic focuses.