Targeted practice transfer and promotion of action competences

The core element of the practice-integrated Bachelor's programme (PiBS), in addition to imparting specialist skills, is the promotion of the ability to put into practice what has been learned.

The combination of work and study gives you a new perspective on computer science. It is not all about theoretical programming models, mathematics and simulated case studies, but rather about the direct application of code and models in the productive environment of a company that produces direct results. Computer science becomes tangible, exciting and varied. The FFHS actively promotes this transfer:

  • Reflection on the practical application and the concrete request to search for practicable solutions on the basis of theoretical models.
  • Integration of the questions and challenges of everyday professional life in the studies and their discussion in the lectures.
  • Transfer work supervised by lecturers and practice partners, in which the students scientifically process how they could implement tasks and/or projects in practice with the help of the theory learned during their studies. The transfer work is evaluated. With a total of 18 ECTS credits, they make up 10% of the study programme and thus effectively integrate practice into the study programme.
«It is not enough to know, one must also apply. It is not enough to want, one must also do. (Goethe)»

The aim of PiBS is to train professionally competent, practice-oriented specialists and managers who are capable of questioning solutions independently and critically and thus developing them further. The students should learn to use their acquired knowledge in their daily work, to recognize and develop their strengths. This requires the promotion and development of action competences.

The FFHS gives PiBS students the opportunity to measure their skills and thus identify their strengths and weaknesses. The measurement is carried out as a self-assessment of the students with the help of the recognized system Kode®, which supports companies and schools in the development of action competences both in human resources and in the education sector in Germany.
As a comparison parameter and basis, the FFHS, with the help of practice partners, defined a competence target profile for a Fachhochschule graduate in computer science.

The individual result of the measurement is presented to the student and is then incorporated anonymously into an overall result. This general overall result of the measurement provides the FFHS with information as to which competencies need to be further strengthened. The university adapts and enriches its theoretical modules accordingly with learning activities that promote these competencies. The students can discuss the results with their supervisors in the personnel interview and also define goals and tasks that will support them in their further development.

The measurement of action competences takes place at the end of the first semester, at the end of the fourth semester and in the eighth semester on the basis of a self-assessment. Continuous measurement makes it possible to promote development.

The FFHS is thus one of the first universities in Switzerland to actively promote the development of action competences in addition to imparting specialist know-how and making them part of the course of study. Of course, results are grade-independent and are not evaluated.