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Search for Courses

By using the search for Courses, you can find information about the courses offered at the University of Cologne. This information includes e.g. dates or details regarding teaching staff, as well as information about the specific curriculum versions (= study and examination regulations) for which a course is offered during a particular semester.

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Search Operators and Parameters

Search Criterion        Description Examples
Case Sensitivity             The search function ignores upper and lower case. Searching for “universität” will find "universität", “Universität” and “UNIVERSITÄT”.

You can use placeholder characters in order to search for text components. The following placeholders are applicable:

  • * or % = placeholder for more than one character
  • ? or _ = placeholder for exactly one character
  • Searching for "*raum" or "%raum" will find "Seminarraum", "Veranstaltungsraum", "Ausstellungsraum", etc.
  • Searching for "*raum*" or "%raum%" will find "Seminarraumnummer", "Veranstaltungsraumbelegung", etc.
  • Searching for "M?ller" or "M_ller" will find "Müller", "Möller", "Miller", etc.
Umlauts ä, ö, ü                         The search will show results for both ä, ö, ü and ae, oe, ue. Searching for "universitaet" will find "Universitaet" as well as "Universität".
"ss" and "ß" The search will show results for both “ss” and “ß”. Searching for "Straße" will find both "Straße" and "Strasse".
Other Diacritical Signs                                  If other diacritical signs are used (e.g. ^, °, ~, `, ´), the search will show results for spellings with or without these accents/signs. Searching for "Andre" will find "Andre" and "André".

Additional Tips for Searching for Courses and Degree Programmes

Search Criterion             Description Examples
Result Accuracy        All used search terms are interpreted as word components as if they were complemented by placeholders. The search for "Arbeit" will find "Arbeiten", "Arbeitsrecht", etc.
Combining Multiple Search Terms             Multiple words divided by blanks are used as multiple search terms combined by AND, i.e. all search terms must be included in the result. Searching for "Deutsch Zweitsprache" will only find results that include both "Deutsch" and "Zweitsprache".
Number of Characters                There is no minimum for the number of characters. A blank search is possible. In this case, all results are listed (taking into account all other given specifications).  

Search Instructions

The search for courses offers two search options: simple search and advanced search. You may switch between the simple and advanced search by clicking the respective link.

Please note: Switching between the search options will clear previously entered search criteria.

1. Choose the option “Courses” by clicking the pull-down menu Search in the upper right hand corner. This opens the page “Search Courses”.

2. Enter the Search Term into the search box. Please follow the instructions above regarding search operators and parameters.

3. Narrow down your results (see also “Simple Search Options” and “Advanced Search Options”).

4. Click Search. The results of the query will appear below the search area.

Simple Search Options

  • By checking or un-checking different Choice Boxes in the Search Area, you may decide if you want to include the critera Course No., Title or Course Content/Objectives in your search.

Please note: The options German and English refer to the chosen user interface language in KLIPS 2.0. It does not refer to the spoken language in the courses. The advanced search offers a search criterion for spoken language.

  • Choose the desired Academic Year.
  • Choose the desired semester by clicking the respective option (All, Winter, Summer). 

Example: Academic year “2017/18” and the option All includes both the winter semester 2017/18 and and summer semester 2018. Clicking the option Winter will only show results for the winter semester 2017/18. Likewise, clicking the option Summer will only show results for the summer semester 2018.

Additional Advanced Search Options

  • In order to look for a course taught by a specific Lecturer, enter the name into the respective search box (at least 3 characters). The search results will list all courses taught by a lecturer of that name. This includes tutors and research assistants.
  • You may choose the Language of Instruction of a course by clicking the respective pull-down menu.
  • While the simple search will only find approved courses, the advanced search allows you to filter your results according to the planning status of the courses by using the selection field Status. You may search for "genehmigt" (approved), "gemeldet" (registered) or "all" (not registered, registered, approved) courses.

Please note: Searching courses with the status "gemeldet" (registered) will also find courses of other institutes/departments.

Example: Show all courses that are still listed as"registered" (gemeldet) for the summer term 2018, are held in German and contain the search term "Literatur" in its title (see screenshot).

  • By using the date boxes period from/to, the search results are limited to courses during the specified period. 

Please note: This search typically yields a large number of results. Therefore, combining different search criteria is recommended.

  • By using Options you can look for courses with a series of dates or at least one date. Select the preferred option. Additionally, you can limit your search results by selecting the search options on (weekday) and in the time from – to.

How to Use the Results

After explaining the table of results’ different columns, this section will give instructions for accessing course details and dates.

Reading the Table of Results

The Results of your search are displayed in the following table:

Column                 Description
Cs. No. The course number consists of a nine digit series of numbers. The first five digits refer to the organisation offering the course (e.g. faculty, institute, seminar), the final four digits refer to the actual course. Course numbers cannot be assigned twice.
Time / Location Scheduled dates when the course takes place. Clicking on the link opens a new window “Course Dates”. It lists all information regarding dates, times, and location of a course. See “Look up Course Dates” (below) for more information.
Title Clicking the title of a course opens the window “Course – Detailed View”. It provides all listed information about a course. Specifically, this view gives information about the course’s position in the curriculum. See “Look up Course Details” (below) for more information.
Duration Duration of the course (semester hours).
Type Type of course, e.g. VO (lecture/Vorlesung), SE (seminar/Seminar). The types of courses are defined in the central settings.
Reg. States whether registration for a course group is currently open or not. All courses in KLIPS 2.0 are divided into “course groups”. The simplest of cases will list exactly one course group per course, the “standard group”.
  • , (grey): There are no active course groups for this course. No course registration periods have been set. It is not possible to register for this course.
  • , (yellow): Course registration periods for course groups have been entered for this course, but registration has not yet begun. Registration is not yet possible.
  • , (red): Course registration periods for course groups of this course have ended. Registration is no longer possible.
  • , (green): The course registration period for course groups of this course is currently active. Students may register for one of the course groups if web registration is open and students meet the prerequisites for registration.
SPO C/E/PhD Shows the course’s number of allocations to different curriculum versions. The linked letter opens the window “Position within Curricula”.
  • C = Number of allocations to SPO-versions
  • E = number of allocations as elective or compulsory elective courses
  • PhD = number of allocations to PhD programmes
Please note: KLIPS 2.0 does not yet provide this data consistently. If you want information regarding the course’s position within curricula, please click the course’s title, as described above.
Lecturers Shows the name of the lecturer/s.
Offered by Shows the organisation offering the course.
Course Cat. Shows course category.

How to Look up Course Dates

1. Click the link referring to the semester in the column “Time/Location”, next to the title of the course you are interested in.

2. The window “Course Dates” opens. The table in this window lists all scheduled dates, sorted by course groups. Apart from dates and times, the table also lists the assigned room for this course. Clicking the link referring to the place opens the respective floor plan.

How to Look up Course Details

1. Click the title of the course you are interested in.

2. The window “Course – Detailed View” opens. The provided information is sorted as follows:

Please note: How much information is provided, is entirely up to the lecturer/s.

General Information

  • This section comprises information regarding Title, Course Number, Type of Course (e.g. lecture (VO), seminar (SE)), Semester Hours, the Semester during which the course is offered, Lecturer/s (click the name of the lecturer to open his or her the personal business card), and the Organisation offering the course.
  • Curriculum/ECTS Credits lists the allocations to current and soon to be discontinued curriculum versions (= study and examination regulations) during the specified semester. Click the "+/-"-Symbol to open this section.

  • By clicking the “+/-“-Symbol in the column “Allocation to Module” you can open the path beginning with the “root node” of the SPO-version to which the course has been allocated.

Course description

  • This section provides information regarding the Content, the Expected Previous Knowledge, the Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences), the Languages of Instruction, Teaching and Learning Methods, as well as the Expected Workload for students.  
  • Clicking Details next to Scheduled Dates opens the window „Course Dates“ (please see "How to Look up Course Dates" for more information).
  • Clicking Details next to Course Criteria & Registration opens the window „Course Registration – Course groups of course”.

Further Information

The section „Further Information“ may provide additional information e.g. regarding Recommended Reading, Online Information or other Notes.