Final Exam

The Final Exam (or State Exam) is the final act of finishing your studies.

On the Final Exam you will have to defend your Thesis Work, and take the Final Exam about the entire BSc material before the Examination Board gathering 3 teachers from our Faculty and 1 external member (from another University).

The Defence means basically presenting the Board your Thesis Work using a computer (preferably a lab PC; if reasonable, your own laptop is allowed): what it is about, how it works, show your code, answer the Board's questions. You will have about 10–15 minutes.

Then the actual Final Exam part is similar to a regular oral exam. The Board will assign you one (or two) topic(s) from the List of Topics covering the whole BSc material. Then—after some time of preparation—you will have to discuss the topic with the Board: present your knowledge, answer their questions. Download the List of Topics below:

You will receive 3 grades: (1) the thesis work, (2) the defence of the thesis work, (3) the oral exam part. Your final grade is put together from these 3 grades (as a rounded average).

The Final Exam usually takes place during the last week of the exam season; you will be informed about the exact date by your student coordinator.

Some Hints…

…to guide your preparation.

When defending your Thesis Work, you will have about 10–15 minutes to present your program. So be sure that you can talk enough about your topic and software, but don't make it too long. Talk understandably, be calm, use nice whole sentences, let your presentation be well-structured.

The Final Exam is not a regular exam, so you do not have to learn all the proofs and too much detail, but you have to be able to recall the basic definitions and theorems, noteworthy examples, counterexamples, diagrams etc. You will have to show the Board that you are familiar with the given area of Computer Science. You should be able to have a conversation in each topic. The most important keyword is: overview. You'll not be asked for tiny details of difficult proofs, but you'll have to show that you understand the basic problems and solutions at a bachelor level in any area of Informatics. You should be able to tell a few correct sentences about each phrase in the List of Topics. Having no idea at all about a topic means failing the exam.

In any case, be confident and show the Board what you know.