As a first-year student, we recommend that you attend both the “Brückenkurs Mathematik” (preparatory course mathematics) and the introductory course prior to the start of the lecture period. During this introductory period, you will receive information on your degree program and on necessary steps, such as how to register for courses and examinations on JOGUStINe.
Modules and courses
The program is a so-called modularized program, meaning that it is structured into different modules. A module describes a combination of teaching units that are self-contained and coordinated in both topic and time. The modules’ contents are geared towards a targeted qualification. A module normally consists of different courses, e.g. lectures, practice classes, internships/lab courses, and/or seminars and is usually completed by passing one or more examinations.
At the beginning of your program, you are required to attend so-called compulsory courses – these consist of mandatory lectures and practice classes. The compulsory courses serve as a foundation for your program, and once you have completed your third academic semester, you will be able to register for so-called compulsory elective courses. These are advanced lectures in Experimental Physics, Applied Physics and Theoretical Physics. These courses allow you focus on your specific fields of interest. Compulsory and elective courses are marked as such in your examination regulations (in the attachment) or the module catalog.
Courses are usually marked with so-called credit points (CP), also referred to as ECTS credits. Multiplied by 30, their value adds up to the total hours of work invested in a course. 5 CP equates to roughly 150 hours. As 30 CP is the recommended amount per semester, you can expect a high weekly workload.
During the first academic semester in particular, students often register for more courses than recommended. Please keep in mind that, on top of lectures and practice classes, you have to put a lot of time into working on the weekly worksheets as well. At the beginning of the degree, a lot of students tend to struggle with the mathematical requirements. This should by no means be underestimated.
If you have any questions concerning, for example, your semester schedule, please contact the departmental advisory services (Studienfachberatung).
Registration for courses and examinations on JOGUStINe
You have to register for all your courses before the lecture period starts! You need to register via JOGUStINe. You can log in to JOGUStINe with your password – which is sent to you by the Data Center (Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung, ZDV) – and register for modules, courses and examinations.
For a detailed description of the registration process, please click on the link below:
www.info.jogustine.uni-mainz.de/studierende/lehrveranstaltungsanmeldung (available in german only)