Structure of the Curriculum
Prof. Dr. techn. Susanne Boll-Westermann
Ani Withöft (Coordination Assistent)
Location: OFFIS, Room E04, Escherweg 2, 26121 Oldenburg
Consultation hour: Mo, 11 - 12 and by appointment
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Structure of the Curriculum
This program of study consists of a compulsory core component that provides fundamental competencies in computer science and psychology / neuroscience in the first semester, followed by electives drawn from one of three focus areas that the students are required to choose from in the second and third semesters. All students additionally take courses in the classical core areas of computer science in the second and third semesters. In the fourth and final semester, students work on a Master’s thesis. The focus areas are dedicated to design and analysis methods in the fields of:
(marked red or light green in thecourse catalogue) Compulsory courses worth 18 credit-points (CP).
- Graduates of a bachelor's degree in psychology or related subjects receive an introduction to the necessary foundations in (theoretical) computer science.
- Graduates of a bachelor's degree in computer science or related subjects receive an introduction to the necessary cognitive, psychological and empirical foundations.
These courses / modules are given in the first semester. The admission commission regulates the allocation of corresponding modules individually, taking into account the existing background of the student.
(marked blue in the course catalogue)
Compulsory courses worth 24 credit-points, dealing with the foundations of neuroscience, psychology, and computer science.
(sand-coloured / labelled‘Practical’ in the course calalogue)
The focus area with 12 credit points each in semesters 2 and 3 serves to specialize in one of three chosenfields, each with its set of required electives, which usually consist of 4 modules with 6 credit points each. Thus, while respecting the principle of interdisciplinarity, students can select modules from their chosen focus area and enhance them through team-oriented internships. The three focus areas currently on offer are:
- Embedded Brain Computer Interaction,
- Human-Computer Interaction and
- Systems Engineering
(marked brown in the course catalogue)
In semesters 2 and 3, the students of both computer science and psychology / neuroscience jointly take in-depth modules in computer science amounting to 12 CP. These modules focus on the classical core areas of computer science.
The last semester is dedicated to the Master’s thesis module of 30 credit points, in which the students works on a Master’s thesis related to one of the three above-mentioned focus areas / specializations. The students will be accompanied by regular supervision during their Master’s thesis module and will participate in an accompanying seminar, receive guidance on scientific work and defend their thesis in a final colloquium
The individual modules in the various areas conclude with an examination, which takes one of the many forms established in the Master programs in computer science and psychology at the University of Oldenburg, and thus may include (among others) written examinations, oral examinations, internship reports, seminar lectures and presentations, semester projects with related reports, papers or portfolios.