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Tools for curriculum planning and development – CONGA

The tool CONGA is a database application for the administration of courses and the provision of information for students. Within CONGA, data on courses such as kind, areas of specialisation, offered lectures, tutorials and exercises, are stored. With the help of the CONGA system, it is possible to plan and administrate university courses. Furthermore, the administration of data on lecturers, students and last but not least, on the capacities of available rooms is integrated in CONGA. On the basis of the stored data, CONGA provides the possibility to generate curricula and timetables that can have both general (for courses) and individual-related (for students) characters. The generation of curricula and timetables allow for inferences on the expected burden on both lecturers and students, such that the temporal and spatial planning of a course can be optimised. The system provides twofold information:

  • On-line-Information is information on the lecture content and course offerings that is provided on the internet. This information can be used by prospective students in their respective home countries already for the organisational and content-wise preparation for studies.
  • Off-line-Information is information that is used for the planning and administration of courses, but is not directly public.

With an increasing number of courses, the effort needed for the organisation of events, individuals and room capacities rises enormously. Even for the eleven Bachelor and Masters courses of the “International Studies in Engineering” (ISE) programm offered at the university of Duisburg-Essen, faculty of engineering, the CONGA system was an essential tool during the planning and introduction phases of the courses.

Furthermore, functions for the comparison of already earned credit points and the subjects of the curriculum of a course are integrated. A proposal for a study plan for the remaining activities of the students is being generated by means of: the credit points approved as a result of pilot studies, the resulting categorisation in a particular study term and the generated exam achievement.

With this system there is a possibility of:

  • to plan and administrate new courses
  • to generate curricula and timetables,
  • to carry out simulations with different courses, ·
  • to generate computations on the burden of lecturers and students
  • to compare timetables in order to detect hiatuses for overlapping events and ·
  • to perform temporal and spatial planning.

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Contact (Dipl.-Ing. Frank Schwarz)

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