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Frequently Asked Questions

Before contacting us, please check the following answers to frequently asked questions.


Getting Started

I am a new student and want to take one of VSR'S modules in this semester. How do I get started?

  1. Find the corresponding module homepage here: Current Educational Modules.
  2. Carefully read the information on that homepage.
  3. Register for the module in the corresponding OPAL course. The link to the course can be found on the module homepage or here: VSR's Courses in OPAL
  4. Carefully read all information provided in the OPAL course.
  5. Subscribe to the "Announcements" section in OPAL to receive notifications from the course via Email.
  6. Frequently check the Module Homepage and OPAL course for any relevant updates.
  7. Regularly check your emails for any course notifications.
  8. Routinely check our news for any relevant posts: VSR News
  9. Consider the Digital Student Mentoring services offered to all of our students
  10. For lectures and tutorials, please follow our VSR Calendar.

Lecture/Tutorial Materials

Where do I find materials for the lectures/tutorials?

Materials for lectures and tutorials can be found on the websites of the corresponding modules listed here: Current Educational Modules. Materials for tutorials are available for registered students in the corresponding OPAL courses: VSR's Courses in OPAL.

Digital Student Mentoring

The Digital Student Mentoring Service

As an additional service for our students, VSR provides a Digital Student Mentoring. Any of our students seeking assistance in their studies with regard to organizational aspects and online education can contact our Student mentor to get help on a student-to-student level by an experienced student studying in a higher semester. For further information, please check the Digital Student Mentoring Homepage.

Consultation Sessions

To discuss about study-related matters directly with our Student Mentor, we invite you to the Digital Student Mentoring consultation sessions offered every week on Friday between 3:00pm and 4:00pm via BBB.


Digital Examinations

Exam Procedure:

  • The exams are conducted digitally in presence on the premises of TU Chemnitz (PC pools, seminar rooms).
  • You are responsible for familiarising yourself with the TUCexam platform and the Safe Exam Browser before you take the exam.
  • Be at the examination room on time (at least 30 minutes before the official start of the exam, or as separately announced before your exam).
  • Have your student ID ready, which is required for the ID check before the exam.
  • Go to the workstation assigned to you and start the device.
  • Log in with your URZ login and open this exam course.
  • Start the Safe Exam Browser (SEB) on your device, then you will see an entry for the exam code. You will receive this code from the exam proctor at the start of the exam.
  • Once all participants in your examination room have been authenticated, the invigilator will instruct you about the examination and give you the examination code at the common start time.
  • Enter the exam code and wait for the invigilator to release the test. Each test has its own test code, which is not identical to other passwords. The test will not start until all students are ready the invigilator has released it.
  • You will then be taken to a waiting room to be released for the exam. This will only be released by the invigilator when all students are ready.
  • During the exam, only work with the Safe Exam Browser on the TUCexam platform. Opening it in parallel in another device, browser or browser tab will result in your exam being canceled!
  • Only ask questions about the exam to the invigilator by raising your hand.
  • If the test is interrupted due to technical problems, contact the invigilator.
  • To exit the Safe Exam Browser, you must enter the following password for confirmation: QUIT1304

Which materials are allowed during the exam?

Permitted aids:

  • Pen and paper
  • all printed material e.g. lecture notes, books, material from the exercises, handwritten notes, dictionaries
  • normal watch

Forbidden aids:

The following items must not be on your desk or used during your exam:

  • mobile phone
  • smart watch
  • calculators
  • digital materials or digital notes of any kind (PDF, Word, etc.)

Anything not listed under "Permitted aids" is forbidden! This includes any communication with other people.

Additional time or special allowances:

If you have a disability and need additional time or specific accommodations to take the exam, consult your disability resources (e.g., doctors certificate) the course proctors some days prior to the exam. The exam advisors must approve your request and make any adjustments before you start your exam.

Tutorial to add English Keyboard to Windows

Step 1: Start your PC and you'll be on the initial login page.

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Step 2: Navigate to the right-left corner of the screen and select "Virtuelles Windows."

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Step 3: Upon selection, you will land on a new page and select "Windows 10."

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Step 4: Log in to the PC using your student credentials.

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Step 5: After a successful login, you will see the Windows screen.

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Step 6: To add the English keyboard along with German, search the following in the Windows search bar: "Sprache und Tastaturoptionen." and enter to select.

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Step 7: The “Sprache” page would be visible.

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Step 8: Choose "English (United States)" from the options, and go to its settings by clicking on "Optionen." If not available, download it by clicking "Sprache hinzufügen."

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Step 9: On the "Sprachoptionen" page, download a new keyboard layout by clicking "Tastatur hinzufügen." For the English keyboard layout, select "Englisch (USA, International)" and download it.

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Step 10: Once downloaded, you will see the English keyboard layout in the Windows taskbar’s right-down corner, alongside the DE layout.

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Step 11: To switch to the English keyboard, select it as needed.

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Note: It is recommended for all students planning to appear in exams to log into the PC Pools beforehand to avoid any delays in the login or profile creation process.

Third Attempt Exams

I have failed an exam several times and this is my last attempt. How can I proceed?

You can request an oral exam through our secretary's office as detailed below.

Oral Exams

How can I request an oral exam?

If you are having one of our exams as final attempt, you can request to take the exam as oral exam. Please contact our secretary's office stating your name, the subject for which you request an oral exam and the semesters in which you have previously failed that exam: Dajana Herklotz

Previous Exams

Where can I get previous exams for exam preparation?

The computer science students' representatives (FSR IF) maintain a collection of exams, which is available under https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/fsrif/home/exams.html.

**Kindly Note: The above collection is not official/authorized by us, meaning that there is no guarantee for the correctness of the reported exam tasks and solutions. In particular, it has been observed that some of the provided materials include wrongly copied tasks and wrong solutions. For that reason, it is recommended to use the collection to get a general idea about how the exam can look like, but to not rely on these materials and in case of solutions try to solve the tasks on your own to see if the provided solution are right or not.

Exam Reviews

What is the purpose of the exam reviews?

With the exam reviews you can have a deep check as well as on your assessment as on your mistakes done in the exam. Therefore and due to data protection compliances, you can only review the exam you have written yourself. Please note that during the exam reviews we can not give out any sample solutions nor answer questions trying to circumvent this.

What is the process of the presence exam reviews?

Please bring your student ID, so that we can check your identity. You may wait in front of the presence room and will be let in one by one. You then can review your graded exam on a computer of the university. You can not bring your own device for the exam review.

In the exam review you have 10 minutes to review each exam. It is not allowed to talk with the other students in the room or to disturb them while they are reviewing their own exams. Your exam review will be ended if you do not comply with these rules or misbehave in any other way.

What is the process of the online exam reviews?

You need to register for the exam reviews via the provided survey link for the semester's exam reviews. Only then you are allowed to join in the planned sessions by the given session link.

When you click on the session link, you will be placed in a waiting room, which states “Wait until the moderator gives you permission”. This is a first come first serve procedure. If you receive a timeout notification, please refresh the page. Don't worry if there is no change in the waiting room status for some time! Once it is your turn, the moderator will let you in the BBB-room automatically.

Once you are in the BBB room, select participation with microphone and provide your webcam, and please prepare your student ID. After successful ID check, the moderator will place you in a breakout room where the review itself will take place. You will have maximum 10 minutes to review each exam.

What are the rules applying to the online exam reviews?

Only participate in the exam review if you agree with the following conditions. If you violate the online exam review rules, the exam review will end immediately.

  1. Ensure a quiet and undisturbed environment. Sounds such as music or television are not permitted.
  2. Communication with any other person by any means is forbidden!
  3. Taking screenshots, notes or photos of the exam questions is strictly forbidden.
  4. Programs such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Communication programs such as Skype, Whatsapp, Telegram, etc. are strictly forbidden.
  5. You are only allowed to have the Big Blue Button session open.

Bachelor/Master Thesis and Practical Courses (Forschungspraktika, Teamorientierte Praktika)

Thesis Topics

I am looking for a topic for doing my Bachelor/Master thesis or Practical Course (Forschungspraktikum, Teamorientiertes Praktikum), where can I find available topics and whom should I contact?

You can find the list of available topics here: Proposed Topics. For more information about a topic, contact the adviser listed first with that topic.


I need a quiet and distraction-free place to work on my Bachelor/Master thesis. How can I get that?

You can book a workplace in the library using the workplace reservation form. This service is provided by the university library and subject to the regulations of the library. You will need to upload a confirmation of working on a graduation paper. For theses that are already registered, that is the confirmation that you received by the examination office (ZPA). If you have not yet registered your thesis, but are working on the vision document or task description, please contact your advisor to get a confirmation by the professorship.

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