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study semester
standard study semester
every semester
1 semester
teaching language
English or German


Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dean of Studies of the Department of Computer Science
Lecturers of the department

Assessment & Grades

entrance requirements

Basic knowledge of the relevant sub-field of the study program.

assessment / exams
  • Thematic presentation with subsequent discussion
  • Active participation in the discussion
  • short written report and/or project possible

Will be determined from the performance in the presentation and the written report and/or the seminar project. The exact modalities will be announced by the respective instructor.


course type /weekly hours
2 h proseminar
total workload
   30 h of lectures and exercises
+ 120 h project work
= 150 h (= 5 ECTS)

Aims / Competences to be developed

At the end of the proseminar, students have gained a basic understanding of current or fundamental aspects of a specific subfield of computer science.

In particular, they have gained basic competence in independent scientific research, classification, summarization, discussion, criticism and presentation of scientific findings.

Compared to the seminar, the focus of the proseminar is on the acquisition of basic scientific working methods.


With guidance, the following will be practiced hands-on:

  • Reading and understanding scientific papers
  • Discussion of the scientific work in the group
  • Analyzing, summarizing and reporting the specific topic
  • Presentation techniques

Specific in-depth study related to the individual topic of the seminar.

The typical procedure of a proseminar is usually as follows:

  • Preparatory discussions for topic selection
  • Regular meetings with discussion of selected contributions
  • if applicable, work on a project related to the topic
  • Presentation and, if necessary, writing a report on one of the presentations

Literature & Reading

Material is selected according to the topic.

Additional Information

The proseminars available will be announced prior to the beginning of the semester and will vary by study programme.


This module is part of the following study programmes:

Cybersecurity BSc (English): Seminare Cybersecurity
study semester: 3 / standard study semester: 6
Computer Science BSc (English): Seminare
study semester: 3 / standard study semester: 6