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Key Competences

What are key competences?

Key competences include a complex of abilities, proficiencies, and knowledge that are relevant to personal and social development in modern society, to overcoming complex requirements in the professional world, to the discovery and exercise of skills adequate for professional activities within the European and international labor markets, and to the task of life-long learning. The acquisition of key competences in StudiumPlus is custom-made for the requirements of professional fields as well as the specific content for each subject.

The acquisition of key competences is an essential component of a bachelor's degree at the University of Potsdam and consists of 30 credit points.

How do you acquire key competences?

Key competences can be acquired either in subject-specific courses or in the Studiumplus area. Studiumplus is a centrally organized component of bachelor's degree programs that facilitates the acquisition of interdisciplinary key competences. The subject-specific regulations set out the scope of services that are interdisciplinary or in Studiumplus.

When planning the acquisition of key competences, it is important to note which rules apply to learning key competences. An essential point here is the point in time at which you enrolled at the University of Potsdam.

Please note that if you change your discipline, the regulations governing your degree program may also change the rules for acquiring key competences.

1. BAMA-O Catalog Studiumplus from Winter Semester 2013/14 (right column)
These regulations apply to bachelor’s students who enrolled under regulations that went into force as of the winter semester 2013/14.

2. Regulation for Studiumplus from Winter Semester 2009/10 (left column)
The following regulations apply to bachelor’s students who enrolled at the University of Potsdam beginning in the winter semester 2009/2010 at the University of Potsdam and whose regulations specify that key competences must be acquired in an interdisciplinary mode (at least 16 CPs).

For bachelor’s students who enrolled in a course of study as of the winter semester 2009/2010 at the University of Potsdam, and whose regulations went into force between the winter semester 2006/2007 and winter semester 2011/2012 (inclusively), and whose regulations generally require less than 16 CPs of interdisciplinary key competences, then the regulations specified under Item 3, starting in the winter semester 2006/2007, apply.

KEY COMPETENCES

Regulations for Studiumplus from Winter Semester 2009/10

BAMA-O Catalog Studiumplus from Winter Semester 2013/14

The acquisition of key competences is organized into two phases:Key competences include:
  • A foundation phase, in which competences are acquired that create the basic conditions for successful university studies and individual career planning
  • An expansion phase, that teaches competences related to respective professional fields.
  • Basic academic competences for a total of 12 credit points; these are taught on an interdisciplinary basis and are defined in the discipline-specific regulations
  • Profession-specific competences for a total of 18 credit points

The mandatory basic phase includes the following modules:
Profession-specific key competences** include the acquisition of:
  • Self-assessment and planning  
  • Academic work and writing 
  • Communication, presentation, mediation
  • Foreign languages  
  • Digital information processing and visualization

On the basis of the study regulation you can choose between two options:

Option 1 (Modules à 3 cp)

  • Module: Self-assessment and planning
  • Module: Academic work and writing
  • Module: Communication, presentation, mediation
  • Module: Digital information processing and visualization

Option 2 (Modules à 3 cp)

  • Module: Self-assessment and planning
  • Module: Academic work and writing
  • Module: Foreign languages / Communication, presentation, mediation

Discipline-specific regulations set the rules for completing the basic phase.

  • interdisciplinary skills and abilities with direct benefit for various professional fields as well as university studies
  • methods and strategies of interdisciplinary and problem-solving-oriented thinking and working
  • knowledge related to your professional field
  • the ability to orient oneself in social situations and to participate in an appropriate way.
**The key competences specific to a professional field can be acquired in Studiumplus modules, which offer from 6 to 18 credit points. The number of modules and the scope of credit points planned for Studiumplus are governed in the discipline-specific course regulations. We recommend that you plan the acquisition of key competences in accordance with the requirements of the professional field you are studying to enter. The following modules are available in Studiumplus to students for the acquisition of profession-specific key competences.
The advanced phase* in Studiumplus includes the following modules:Module catalog:
  • Culture, history, interculturality
  • Art, religion, philosophy 
  • Matter, environment, energy
  • State and law
  • Politics, economics, and society
  • Gender, origin, age
  • Animus, anima, corpus
  • Digital information processing and visualization
  • Foreign language
  • Communication, presentation, mediation
* In the advanced phase of Studiumplus, from 6 to 18 credit points can be earned in coursework. The number of modules and the scope of credit points planned for Studiumplus are governed in the discipline-specific course regulations. We recommend that you plan the acquisition of key competences in accordance with the requirements of the professional field you are studying to enter
  • A successful start in university studies for international students
  • Student projects
  • Intercultural communication
  • Foreign language I
  • Foreign language II
  • Docendo discimus II
  • Politics, economics, and society
  • Literatures, languages, religions, and cultures
  • Introduction to the natural sciences
  • Law for non-lawyers
  • Education, society, culture
  • Introduction to gender research
  • Gender in text and context
  • Gender in interdisciplinary fields
  • Internship
  • Internship preparation and review module
  • Instruments for quality assurance
  • Digital information processing, design, and visualization

3. Regulations for Key Competences as of Winter Semester 2006/2007
These regulations apply to all bachelor’s students who enrolled before the winter semester 2009/2010 and whose course regulations require interdisciplinary key competences.

The courses for interdisciplinary key competences must be categorized in the following fields:

  • International and intercultural competences
  • Language and media
  • Computer and presentation techniques
  • Law, politics, and economics
  • General content on nature, culture, history, and society

Students may select freely from among these modules, yet the subject-specific regulations may stipulate different rules or make recommendations. If the subject-specific regulations for bachelor’s studies do not specify interdisciplinary key competences, then these are typically earned through interdisciplinary courses.