Module Administration

General information

Module administration is the responsibility of the Student Services section of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Central Services. It is in turn supported by the Examination Affairs section.

The duties included under module administration are

  • assistance and consultation in creation of new modules (creation of dummy modules online, checking module descriptions, module clearance, issuing module numbers, integrating the modules in course curricula),
  • assistance and consultation in the amendment of modules and their descriptions,
  • clearance of modules for inclusion in the course curricula of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as export modules for other departments,
  • random checking of module descriptions requirements of the HRSL (Hochschulreferat Studium und Lehre).

If you have any questions regarding modules and module descriptions, please contact

Please note: Requests with module descriptions in Excel format can no longer be accepted! Although this format could be uploaded onto TUMonline in the past, this is no longer possible for technical reasons.

Deadlines and time limits


In line with Attachment 1 of the examination regulations (FPSO) for Bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, changes to course modules in the course catalogue (Bachelor degree foundation and subsidiary subjects) must be notified to TUM at the latest by the beginning of the semester concerned (i.e. by 1 October or 1 April).

In line with Attachment 1 of the examination regulations (FPSO) for Master degrees at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, changes to compulsory modules in the course catalogue (Master modules) and subsidiary modules (supplementary courses and university internships) must be notified to TUM at the latest six weeks before commencement of lectures (i.e. by the end of August or the end of February).

In addition, paragraph 12, sub-paragraph 8 of the general examination regulations (ASPO) lays down that deviations from provisions outlined in the appropriate attachment to the FPSO must be notified in an appropriate manner at least four weeks before commencement of lectures in the semester which precedes the examination. If only a few students have registered for an examination, the examiner may hold an oral examination, on condition that written notification has been given at least four weeks before the examination date.

Time limits

When a new module is to be included in the course catalogue, not only the institute staff members who are responsible for the module are involved but also the Central Services’ sections Student Services (uploading dummy modules onto TUMonline, checking the module description conforms with the requirements of the HRSL (Hochschulreferat Studium und Lehre) and clearance of the module) and Examination Affairs (issuing of module numbers, inclusion in degree course curricula).

In order to keep within the time limits set by the statues, any intention to make an alteration, e.g.

  • creation of a new module
  • change of the type or duration of an examination for a pre-existing module (except in the case of an oral examination being substituted for a written one due to the low number of participants, see APSO, §12, Abs. 8)
  • substantial changes to the content of a pre-existing module
  • changes to the courses of a pre-existing module

must be notified by

  • 31 January (for inclusion in the following summer semester) or
  • 31 July (for inclusion in the following winter semester)

by contacting Any notification of an intended alteration, which is received after 31 January for the following summer summer semester will not be included until the following winter semester. Likewise, notifications received after 31 July for the following winter semester will not be taken into consideration until the following summer semester. Please allow enough lead time.

Clearance of modules

If a new module, together with a module description, has been created or an existing module has been modified according to the requirements of the HRSL, the Student Services section will give clearance for the module. The clearance process is carried out by the staff of the Student Services section itself. If necessary, the section will request the approval of the Dean of Studies and/or the professors responsible for degree course curricula.

When a module receives clearance, it may be included not only in degree courses of the department itself but also in the degree curricula of other TUM departments.

After clearance, the Student Services section will inform the Examination Affairs section, which will assign the module a new module number, if necessary, and include the module in the Department of Mechanical Engineering's degree courses. Please note that clearance for a module can only be obtained from the Student Services section.

If you wish to save a module description on TUMonline, please click on "Speichern" (save) or "Speichern und schließen" (save and close). For technical reasons, do not click on "Speichern und Freigabe der Beschreibung" (save and clear module description). This is intended for official clearance of the module and only the Student Services section may authorise this.


In the following pdf documents you will find information on the process of creating a new module and altering the description of a pre-existing module, together with information on who is responsible for the various steps. The documents also show the precise procedure (using screen shots) for creating a module description for a new module and amending a pre-existing one on TUMonline.

Support in creating a module description

The HRSL has put together guidelines on creating a module description. It outlines the important points that must be included in the description, using examples for clarity.

If you have any questions, please contact

Corrections and amendments often need to be made in the following three areas in particular:

Description of examination/study performance

Please note: Marks must be given for an examination but not for study performance. In the latter case, the student either passes or fails. The types of examination, recognised by TUM, together with explanations, are to found at the moment, for example, in the sample regulations of the TUM in paragraph 41 (dated 10.2017). Examinations may take the form of (German terms in brackets):

  • essay exam (Klausur)
  • laboratory assignments (Laborleistungen)
  • exercises, test where applicable (Übungsleistung, ggf. Testate)
  • report (Bericht)
  • project work (Projektarbeit)
  • research paper (wissenschaftliche Ausarbeitung)
  • presentation (Präsentation)
  • oral examination (mündliche Prüfung)
  • learning portfolio (Lernportfolio)
  • parcours exam (Prüfungsparcours)

Please always include the following information (see guidelines on creating a module description, page 12):

  • How will the student's performance be examined (type of examination)?
  • Why will the student's performance (please indicate a direct relationship to the learning performance) be examined in this way?
  • What aids will be allowed during the examination?
  • What will the examination cover and how long will it last, in order to achieve the examination/study performance required (no. of pages, examination time in minutes, etc.)?
  • How is the overall mark made up (weighting)?

Study outcomes

When formulating the study outcomes, please use the verbs in Illustration 3 in the guidelines on creating a module description. Please also note that the study outcomes are promises and not, as with study goals, a desired outcome.

Teaching and study methods

Which teaching and study methods will be employed to ensure that the required study outcomes are achieved? Create a direct relationship to the study outcomes. The methods employed should not only be described but also justified (briefly).