Freshmen Guide

Bachelor Studyprograms

The freshmen guide is a summary of the most important information for freshmen. It should help you to find your way around in the first time at the university and give you an overview of the most important things.

The freshmen guide is divided into different sections that each deal with a different aspect of the first time at the university. The individual sections are:

The freshmen guide is not complete and cannot answer all questions. If you have further questions, you can contact the board of IT students (

Freshmen Introduction Presentation

Overview of the Studyprogram

The most important information about your studyprogram can be found on the corresponding information pages of the studyprograms. There you will also find the corresponding contact persons for further questions.

Among other things, you will find information about:

  • First semester modules and timetable
  • Study plan
  • Current modules in the semester
  • Study regulations

Before starting studying

You will quickly notice that studying is different from school. Therefore, you should prepare yourself for the new demands and make use of the various preparatory courses offered by the BTU. (Be aware that this is a voluntary offer.)

In computer science, basic programming skills and theoretical concepts are helpful. For mathematics, good knowledge from the Abitur and a little more is helpful. Also the learning behavior and learning strategies are important to successfully complete the study.

Creating a Timetable

The timetable is an overview of all events you attend in the semester. It is important to know when you are where and when you have which events.

The timetable is NOT created by the BTU and you are responsible for selecting your modules yourself. If you have questions about your modules, the board of IT students or the faculty study advice can help you.

  1. Navigate to the Infoportal Lehre → via the corresponding tab and go to the section "Events". There you will find the button "Timetable for course of study". Select this.
  2. Using the selection, you search for the option "Computer Science Bachelor (university profile)".
  3. Since you are in the first semester, you enter "from semester 1 to semester 1". You can ignore the other fields and start the search.
  4. If the timetable is empty, you are probably in the wrong week. Either choose a week in which lectures take place, or for example the option "Lecture time view".
  5. First of all, you select all lectures of the courses mentioned above. You should definitely attend these. In addition, you search for a suitable exercise time for the different modules, which does not overlap with other events as much as possible.
  6. You can select the corresponding dates via "reserve" and output them in your individual timetable using the button "reserve events". Using "Print version (PDF)" you will reach a comprehensive version of your weekly appointments.

  1. Go to the Faculty 1 Planner →
  2. Once you arrive on the page, select the "Computer Science / Bachelor" under the tab "Course of study" and the desired semester under the tab "Semester". If both are selected correctly, you only have to click on "Plan".
    Tip: To get an overview of which modules you could have in the following semester, you can select timetables of previous semesters in the lower area of the page. (Note: Not all modules of the previous semesters must be offered again.)
  3. Now you will be redirected to the timetable. At first glance, this appears quite full, which is not bad, because the events displayed there will not all be needed. Therefore, first select all lectures. You should definitely attend all of these.
  4. Now there are mainly events with the designation exercise or practice left. Now we choose an exercise or practice time for all modules (see overview above). It should be noted that no event overlaps in time. If there are problems here, contact the responsible person of the respective module by email.
  5. Now you have put together your timetable. When you have A- or B-week, you can find out from the semester schedule → .

BTU Account

With your enrollment at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, you have received your own BTU account. Only with it can you access the various IT offerings. Also remember that you have a university email address with it. You are obliged to regularly check your mailbox → , as important information is only shared with you this way. The password of the account must be changed annually. You can make these changes in the account portal → .

Using a private email address for communication is not only unprofessional: BTU members should not respond to emails from unknown (non-BTU) addresses (risk of phishing).

For the use of the University Library → (IKMZ) there is a separate account based on the user number on your student ID card. You will find more information on the corresponding websites.

Module Registration

Once you have put together a timetable, you must register for the module exams in the first weeks of the lecture period. This is only possible via the so-called online portal → . The module exams take place at the end of the semester after the lectures. You have between lecture and exam period another one to two weeks to review and learn the material.

If you find that you are not prepared for an exam at all, you can unregister from the module exam up to a week before the exam period, so that you officially withdraw from the exam. You should avoid, however, simply not showing up for the exam (in this case, your performance will be rated with a 5.0 and the exam will be considered failed).

After logging in with your BTU account, you can manage your registrations and cancellations in the "Exams" section. Select the corresponding module from the list and confirm your exam registration. A receipt will then be sent to you as confirmation by mail.

Learning Platform Moodle

Regardless of the registration in the online portal, many modules – especially if they take place online – require participation in the corresponding Moodle course. The learning platform Moodle → is used for communication with lecturers and other participants. However, many mandatory submissions are also submitted via Moodle or the corresponding tasks are uploaded for you there.

Attention: Registration for a Moodle course is not an official registration for the corresponding course itself. You are officially enrolled in a module only after you have completed the registration in the online portal.

First semester courses for all IT courses

Subject-specific first semester courses