Guide to courses

Course organisation

refers to the form in which a course (LVA) is held for the most part. If individual appointments (e.g. preliminary discussion, online consultation hour) are held online, but all other appointments take place in presence, the basic format is still presence. Since the winter semester 2021/22, there are four possible formats in which courses can be held (face-to-face/online/hybrid/blended learning).

The format of the course is recorded in the course description in TISS. Courses that are held in a purely online teaching format are recognisable by their own icon.

describes courses that mainly take place on site at TU Wien. This mode does not include online teaching.

describes the delivery of a course without a classroom component. The central tool for online teaching is TUWEL (= the Moodle instance of TU Wien)

describes a format that combines on-site and online teaching. Partial attendance is possible for courses in this mode. This can take two forms: One part of the students is on site at the TU, the other part is connected from home via livestreaming and/or is provided with recordings of the course (both with the help of LectureTube).

This term covers teaching formats that are carried out synchronously and asynchronously as a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Blended learning means that learning content and activities are provided both in a traditional classroom environment and online. This allows students to access these flexibly and according to their own needs - when and how often they want. Interaction and exchange with students can then take centre stage in the face-to-face courses.

Where does the course take place?

Details on courses and their organisation can be found on TISS.

A map of the TUW premises can be found on TUW Maps (BETA).

Communication with the course

After selecting the desired course, all relevant information can be found in the course description in TISS. This includes information on the format of the course as well as the specified communication channel for each course.

These communication channels are essential in order to always receive the latest news from the respective lecturers or to be able to contact them. This usually involves one of the following variants:

  • TUWEL forums
  • Messages via TISS
  • E-mails (only via the TU Wien address)
  • Web conferences (e.g. Zoom)

Exam mode and assessment criteria

What does LV type mean? Which legal principles are relevant for the degree programme?

Students can find this information in the TUW statutes.

In principle, courses can be divided into two categories:

  • With immanent examination character
    • This includes LVAs with the designation UE (exercise), VU (lecture with exercise), etc.
  • Not immanent examination
    • Courses with the designation VO (lecture) are categorised here. These courses end with an examination.

More detailed information can be found in the TUW statutes and in the study regulations.

Courses can be held in a face-to-face format or in an online format. It is therefore important to check the special explanations on the mode of delivery and examination mode of the respective course in TISS.

At least three examination dates are announced in TISS at the beginning of the semester. The examination modalities and assessment criteria can be viewed transparently on the course page in TISS before the start of the course. The planned format of the examination (online or face-to-face) is also announced.

The Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching has developed a guideline for holding online examinations. This must be adhered to.

The legal basis and regulations of TUW can be found in the TUW statutes.

The grading system in Austria is divided into five grades, which are identified by the numbers 1-5 and a description.

excellent (1)

good (2)

satisfactory (3)

sufficient (4)

insufficient (5)

For courses without a grade, there are two ways to complete the course.

successfully completed

unsuccessfully completed

Whereby the grade insufficient (5) and unsuccessfully completed means a negative performance and thus a failure of the course. In any other case, you will receive the ETCS.