Getting Started (E-Scouts)
This is the website of your E-scouts in English and American Studies. We would like to welcome you to our Department of English and American Studies and wish you a pleasant start here at the FAU.
We are two advanced students of English and American studies and are here to guide you through your online learning. Due to COVID-19, things will be different this semester but don’t worry, we are here to help!
You probably already have lots of questions and we have tried to answer the most common ones below. But don’t hesitate to get in touch if you can’t find what you’re looking for.
In order to know what courses you need for your studies, you need to check your Prüfungsordnung. The Prüfungsordnung is a document with all the important information for your entire studies. It lists all the modules and courses you need to take, in which semester they are recommended, what type of examination the courses require and much more.
Depending on your studies, there is a different Prüfungsordnung. Students for Lehramt Englisch, need to look at the LAPO Englisch. Lehramt Gymnasium, Realschule, Grund- and Mittelschule are all included within these documents, please pay attention to your school type as the courses vary.
BA students need to look at the FPO. You should save and/or print the Prüfungsordnung because the current version is relevant for your entire studies and it contains all the relevant information for courses and examinations. You can also check the module specifications (Modulhandbuch) for detailed information on the different modules, which you will find on the ANGAM website for your specific degree.
ECTS is the abbreviation for European Credit Transfer System and refers to the credit points you get for passing a course. Within your first semester, most courses have 5 (or 4) ECTS credits. 1 credit point equals 30 hours of work (including preparation and follow-up). You should aim for a course load of around 30 ECTS each semester. That way, you will keep good progress in your studies but not be unduly overloaded.
Within your first three semesters, you need to pass the GOP (Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung). This is not an exam itself but there are certain courses you need to have passed by the end of the 2nd semester in order to continue your studies. Eligible courses vary from degree to degree and they are listed in your Prüfungsordnung. Usually, you can possibly apply for an extension of your GOP of one more semester. It is important to keep in mind that modules can only count towards your GOP if you pass them in no more than two attempts (rather than the usual three).
Creating your own timetable for the first time might seem a little bit difficult but once you understand the basic idea, it’s really easy. Once you have become familiar with FPO/LAPO and know which modules are recommended for your first semester, go to UnivIS. It is basically a course catalogue where you can find all the seminars and lectures, with the name of the teacher, time and place.
Navigate to: Vorlesungsverzeichnis > Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie (Phil) > Anglistik und Amerikanistik for the courses of the B.A. English and American Studies and Lehramt Englisch für Gymnasien, or: Vorlesungsverzeichnis > Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie (Phil) > Fachwissenschaftlicher und fachdidaktischer Bereich (Nürnberg) > Unterrichtsfach Englisch: Anglistik/Amerikanistik und Fremdsprachendidaktik Englisch for Lehramt Englisch für Grund-, Mittel- und Realschulen.
Please note that courses which are provided by the Sprachenzentrum can be found here: Vorlesungsverzeichnis > Sprachenzentrum > Sprachkurse in Erlangen / am Campus Regensburger Straße > Englisch im Rahmen eines philologischen Fachstudiums.
When you have found the seminar or lecture you want to take, you tick both boxes next to the name of it and press the button Auswahl zur Sammlung hinzufügen at the bottom of the page. When you have marked all your chosen courses, click on Sammlung/Stundenplan at the top of the page to find all your seminars and lectures at one glance. Then click Stundenplan > PDF Queransicht on the navigation bar (left hand side) and your timetable is ready to save and/or print.
For all your literature, linguistics and culture courses, you register via Mein Campus. You select Veranstaltungen > Veranstaltungen der gesamten Universität and then select the current semester. Now you can type in the name of the course you want to register for and see whether there are still some spare places.
Most course registrations use the Windhundverfahren, which basically means first come, first served. If a course is already fully booked, you can register for the waiting list. However, it is advisable to also look for an alternative course as you are only guaranteed a place in a course for which you are registered on the participants list, not the waiting list. You will always receive a confirmation for your registration by mail.
For language courses, you need to register via Oktis, as they are not offered by the English and American Studies department but by the Sprachenzentrum. Registration on Oktis is also first come, first served.
Because of COVID-19, many things will be different this semester. But don’t worry, your teachers will do everything to make your start as easy as possible. Nevertheless, it is still a good idea that you familiarise yourself with all the platforms you need for online study at FAU.
First, you need to activate your student ID (IdM-Kennung). For that, please go to https://idm.fau.de/, click on the big green “Los eght’s” button and then on “Aktivieren.” Your student ID is very important, because you need it to access many of the FAU’s resources, among them the course and exam registration platform Mein Campus, the e-learning platform StudOn, and your university e-mail address.
It is strongly recommended that you use your university e-mail address, because some of the FAU’s platforms (e.g. Mein Campus and StudOn) automatically send information to this address. After you have activated your FAU ID and chosen an e-mail address, please go to FAUMail and check, if your new e-mail address is working. For more information on how to use your FAUMail address, see here.
The FAU’s e-learning platform is StudOn. There you can find course materials, for example the course syllabus, required and additional reading, or links to video conferences. StudOn is basically a large toolbox for online teaching and depending on your class you may get to use some of these tools, such as interactive videos, online quizzes, discussion forums, or wikis.
Most online courses at FAU use the video conferencing tool Zoom for live sessions. Your teachers will provide you with the links and passwords to their classes’ Zoom meetings. We recommend that you register on Zoom well before courses start. You can find detailed instructions for Zoom here. When you participate in a video conference, please keep in mind that this is still a virtual classroom and therefore, appropriate classroom behavior is expected of you. So please:
- Log into your class or meeting from a distraction-free, quiet environment
- Close unneeded applications on your computer to optimize performance.
- Consider using a headset with an external mic for best hearing and speaking capabilities.
- Consider to turn your webcam on so your teacher and fellow students can see you. This makes for a more class-like meeting and helps to improve the meeting’s atmosphere.
- Be mindful of your background lighting.
- Open your Zoom meeting a little bit earlier, so that you are ready when the course starts.
- Please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak.
- If you would like to speak or answer a question, use the “Raise Hand” feature.
- Remember to sign out or “leave the meeting” when the session is finished.
Yes, you do need to register for your exams and this is very important! Exam registration is separate from course registration, and signing up for a course does not include registration for the exam. In the period of November 30, 2020 to December 13, 2020, registration for exams is open on Mein Campus. There, you need to go to Prüfungen > Prüfungsanmeldungen and select the courses you have done during the semester and for which you wish to take the exam. Make sure that you register for the right course and lecturer. After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you want to withdraw from an exam, you can do so until 3 working days before the exam. You cannot withdraw from an exam less than 3 days before. For each exam you have three attempts (except for GOP exams where it is only two). If you fail an exam, retakes in English studies usually take place towards the end of the semester break.
Written assignments are also exams and therefore you must register for them as well. For the preliminaries, please see this document about written assignments in English and American Studies.
The entry to the departmental library is room C602, in Bismarckstraße 1, Erlangen. In order to borrow books, you first need to activate your FAUcard for library access. For your access, the 11-digit UB ID on your FAUcard is important, which is not equal your student ID. It is usually printed on the back of your ID above the barcode.
For activation, you first need to log in via IdM. Then please select Anfragen/Aufgaben > Bibliothekszugang freischalten and follow all the steps. Your FAUcard library access will be activated the following day.
For research, you can use the OPAC, which is the online catalogue of the university’s library. For accessing electronic resources from outside of the FAU’s network, you can use VPN (virtual private network). You can find all necessary information on how this works and how you can use it here.
During your studies you need to prove you possess other language skills. This means for:
- B.A. English and American Studies: You must provide evidence of sufficient knowledge (ausreichend Kenntnisse) in at least one other foreign language by the end of your 4th semester (Vollzeitstudium) or your 8th Semester (Teilzeitstudium).
- Lehramt an Realschulen und beruflichen Schulen (nicht vertieft): Knowledge of Latin or a Romance language at level A2.
- Lehramt an Grundschulen und Mittelschulen (nicht vertieft): Knowledge of Latin or a Romance language at level A2.
- Lehramt Gymnasium (vertieft): assured knowledge (gesicherte Kenntnisse) in Latin and another modern foreign language at level A2 by the time that you register for your final exam.
If you are not sure what the difference is between sufficient and assured knowledge, or whether your foreign language is at level A2, please see here.
It is perfectly normal that you might be confused during the first weeks of your study. Even without Corona, there is a lot to handle – various platforms, new people and a lot of information you have to keep in mind. Apart from your e-scouts, you can also contact our student counsellors, especially when you have questions concerning the structure of your studies. But before you do so, please make sure that you have read your study guide carefully:
- B.A: https://www.angam.phil.fau.de/files/2020/09/studienplaner-ba-english-and-american-studies-2020-21-30-09-20.pdf
- Lehramt Gymnasium: https://www.angam.phil.fau.de/files/2020/10/infoblatt_lag_englisch_2020-10-01.pdf
- Lehramt Grundschule, Mittelschule, Realschule: https://www.angam.phil.fau.de/files/2020/09/studienplaner_luf_englisch_oktober_2020.pdf
Do you want to get in touch with other fellow students? Visit the FSI website. It’s a group of students, who represent all those studying English and American Studies and Lehramt Englisch on the university committee. Furthermore, they connect and communicate with students and teachers.
- IdM Portal (activation and management of your student ID): https://www.idm.fau.de
- FAUMail (university e-mail): https://faumail.uni-erlangen.de/
- UnivIS (the FAU’s online course catalogue): https://univis.fau.de/
- Mein Campus (course and exam registration): https://www.campus.fau.de/
- Oktis (course registration for Language Centre classes): https://sprachkurse.fau.de/
- StudOn (the FAU’s e-learning platform): https://www.studon.fau.de/
- OPAC (the FAU’s online library catalogue): https://ub.fau.de/recherchieren/kataloge/katalog/