I am a dual student at DHBW Mosbach and TecAlliance, my name is Adrian and I am currently in the fifth semester of the Business Informatics course.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all courses in the past theory phase were held online using the “Moodle” and “BigBlueButton” tools. This did not make the lectures any less exciting than those held on site, and the majority of them were at least as good. Some lecturers made a point of communicating with their lectures via webcam and headset, while other lecturers preferred to receive questions about their lectures via the chat function.
Although all lectures were held from home, the exams were conducted in presence at the university. This meant that every student had to travel to Mosbach for the exam period. In order to reduce the frequency of contact among the students as much as possible, the examination period was reduced to just three days. The learning stress was therefore pre-programmed and this assessment then unfortunately also proved to be true.
However, the semester itself started directly with an exciting project! Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this project, which was actually supposed to be carried out in the fourth semester, had to be postponed to the fifth. The project itself was about doing a simulation of a project. The goal was to design a roller coaster and we were the project managers for that. So decisions had to be made, schedules had to be adhered to and risks had to be weighed up. While at the beginning everything seemed manageable and simple, towards the end of the simulation it was just a matter of not falling into the red and running behind schedule. Every project participant was certainly able to take away valuable experience from this simulation.
Another highlight of the semester was definitely the portfolio exam. In this type of exam, you and other group members had the task of developing a prototype over the course of the entire semester. This semester, the task was to develop an economic simulation using web interfaces. For example, the group I was in simulated a fiscal year of a bicycle manufacturer under seasonal sales fluctuations and unforeseen costs.
Even though it got a bit stressful towards the end of the theory phase, I felt that this semester was valuable due to various projects and lectures and I am also really looking forward to my last semester where I will also write my bachelor thesis, which will start soon.