Depth Oral Colloquium


PADS Depth Oral Colloquium (Schwerpunktkolloquium)

If you would like to do the PADS Depth Oral Colloquium (Schwerpunktkolloquium), please read the following information carefully.

Course Combinations

The Depth Oral Colloquium should comprise at least three modules (comprising 12 - 18 credits). Two of them have to be PADS courses, i.e. Business Process Intelligence (BPI), Advanced Process Mining (APM), and Introduction to Data Science (IDS). Note that these should have been taken at the Master level (i.e., BPI should not be taken as a Bachelor course). The third module can be one more of these electives, or your seminar or practical lab topic organized by PADS.

Registering an Exam Date

Dates for the Depth Oral Colloquium need to be planned carefully. For requesting an exam slot, contact the PADS secretariat per with the subject “Depth Oral Colloquium” (“Schwerpunkt-kolloquium”) and provide the following details:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Matriculation number
  • Study program
  • Semester
  • The planned courses to be examined
  • If you are writing a Master thesis at our chair, then please mention your topic name and the advisor name
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • Preferred time interval in which you would like to do the Depth Oral Colloquium
  • Grades of the taken courses and relevant artifacts.

Please do so well in advance - availability of exam slots is limited and needs to be planned. Please also indicate the grades for the courses you took and provide all artifacts (reports, etc.) you created in these courses (next to the grades). Note that the courses, seminars, and labs are given by different people and that the content changes over time, so it is good to provide sufficient information. Without complete information, your request is not handled.

Assuming all is correct and complete, the PADS secretariat confirms the course combination subsequently and will offer you an exam slot.

Registering the Exam with ZPA

After reserving an exam slot, register at ZPA (Central Exam Registry, Zentrales Prüfungsamt) for the Depth Oral Colloquium! A registration with ZPA is mandatory before the exam date. Note that for the Depth Oral Colloquium you have to register personally in ZPA. If you are not registered, there will be no exam.

Examination Sheet

Please download our examination sheet, fill it in, and bring it with you to the exam. Note that on the examination sheet you have to sign that you are registered with ZPA.


Please bring the following documents with you to the exam:

  • Your official identification document (identity card, passport or driving license) ,
  • RWTH student identity card,
  • Examination sheet which you have filled out.

In the exam the student should show that he/she is able to comprehend the topics, explain the overall relationships of the focal subject, recognize content-related references, and combine results from different areas.

In case of questions, contact the PADS Secretariat