The Department of Law places great emphasis on evaluation. It evaluates courses and conducts surveys among graduates as well as among students who have changed their degree program.
The Department has regularly carried out course evaluations since 2002. They constitute paper-and-pencil surveys among students. These surveys evaluate lectures, seminars, courses teaching key competences, and the exam preparation course (“Rep2”) every semester. Data is collected anonymously and analyzed by the Department. After that it is forwarded to the competent bodies in compliance with the Evaluation Statutes of the University of Mannheim.
In 2014, the Department of Quality Management of the University of Mannheim developed a cross-school graduates survey in cooperation with all schools and departments. Two years after they have left with a degree, graduates are asked to provide the University of Mannheim with information on their labor market entry and their professional career. Graduates also evaluate the study conditions and the curriculum by taking their own professional situation into account. The overarching goal is for the University of Mannheim to gain insights into the quality of education and to identify potential for improvement.
The University of Mannheim continuously strives to improve the conditions for studying, teaching and the support for our students. It prides itself on taking every opportunity to make such improvements. Therefore, the university conducts a survey among all former students, including both graduates and students who have either dropped out of their program or gone to another higher education institution. They are asked for their opinion on study conditions and their plans for the future after their disenrollment. This survey also helps the university to learn about the reasons why students drop out or change the program or university.
The Department also conducts surveys among students currently pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees to measure their overall workload and its distribution during the semester. The workload is measured in hours and includes all time spent on activities directly related to achieving a program’s course requirements. Time spent in courses such as lectures, seminars, exercise courses, and study groups, as well as time that is required for self-study, writing term papers, mandatory internships, and preparing for and taking exams is taken into account. The workload is expressed in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. Students should obtain 60 ECTS credits per academic year, that is 30 ECTS credits per semester. The Department uses the results from the workload surveys to systematically improve its programs.
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