StOEHn Results

The workload assessment serves to review the Bachelor and Master courses of study and see whether their workloads are appropriate and achievable. Students in a course of study enter their actual workload for each module. These entries are compared to the theoretical predefined workload, which is determined on the basis of ECTS points. This way, theory and practice can be compared. Every year the survey is evaluated, and a StOEHn report for each course of study is produced. Results from this report serve as the foundation for optimizing each course of study.

The StOEHn survey is one of the central quality evaluation processes with the areas of teaching and learning. These are established in an ordinance and are carried out in every faculty of RWTH Aachen.

Report of Results

The StOEHn report offers valuable information on the relationship of the theoretically accepted target workload to that which student actually put forth. The StOEHn report encompasses different areas.

The participation of all students in each course of study is first evaluated, for example for the current semester. The participation quotas for respective semesters are available under Download.

The workload overview outlines the core of the report. Here, the average actual workload is shown along with the targeted workload per module for a certain course of study. These are compared with each other, in order to obtain indicators, whether or not the workload is an appropriate amount. It also states whether an overload or underutilization occurred in a module.

Finally a list is composed for every module from the students' suggestions for improvement. This may include suggestions for optimizing classes, for example, which contribute to reducing the workload.

What happens to the report?

At the end of every academic year the StOEHn report is sent to those responsible for courses of study, if the participation quota for a course of study was at least five percent. Individuals responsible for courses of study include faculty administration, representatives for the departments, the chair of the examination board, and the student representative councils. RWTH Aachen students and teachers who wish to view the report, can contact one of these people.

In addition to other quality evaluation processes for teaching and learning, StOEHn supports individuals responsible for courses of study in the implementation of optimization measures. This is also regulated in the corresponding evaluation regulations (de). RWTH Aachen assumes that the entries for the workload of a course of study are representative, if at least five percent of students participate in the survey. Deficits can only be corrected and positive cases used as models if students actively participate.