The new course catalog offers various ways to find courses quickly. You can access your course either via the institution-specific main navigation features, the search function, or the A-Z overview of subjects.
The institution-specific main menu allows users to navigate the courses offered by a department and access individual courses, based on the department (or another organizational unit at Freie Universität Berlin, such as a central institute or central service). To do this, you need to consider at each level which institute, study program, or module interests you. The blue bar above the main content area shows your current position in the structure. You can also use this bar to go back one or more levels..
Regardless of which level you are on, the quick search function is always located in the upper right on every page. Please note that the search function is dependent on the semester, so if you are in a past semester, the quick search will find exactly the courses that were held during that semester.
You can enter multiple search terms in the search field. You can also search for the just the start of a word. The search engine searches the “Title” (Titel), “Instructor” (Dozent), and “Course Number” (LV-Nummer) fields.
Entering “psychology” as a search term will find all entries containing this word.
Entering “Schneider” as a search term will find all courses held by any person with this last name.
If you enter a defined course number, that course is displayed right away.
If there are no entries containing the exact search term you entered, the search term is used as the start of a word. Examples:
Entering “national” as a search term finds all entries containing words that start with “national,” such as “nationalism.”
Entering “diet” as a search term will find all courses offered by instructors with names such as “Dieter,” “Dietmar,” or “Dietrich.”
If you search for “1200,” the system finds all courses starting with this number. Please note: If the number range you search for happens to be similar to a number contained in a course title (e.g. “1945”), just this course will be found.
You can also use the drop-down menu to access the advanced search function, which offers you more settings and filtering options. If there are a lot of results for your search, you can use filters to limit the results displayed. The page itself contains an overview of all search criteria.
You can also change your search results by using the menus on the right-hand side to
change to a different semester,
restrict results to a specific department, or
display only courses falling within a specific category (lecture (Vorlesung), seminar, etc.).
If you wish to search for courses in specific languages, select the language and the provider (Anbieter, generally the department). You do not need to enter a search term in this case.
If you as a user do not know where your program is located within the structure, you can also use the A-Z overview to select a program from any page. The application will then take you directly to the appropriate location in the structure.
Clicking just two links will take you to the “Subject” (Studienfach) level, where you can see all courses offered in this subject from within the study regulations selected. This page may be very long in some cases. To limit the results, use the filter functions to choose a specific “phase” or even a “concentration” (Schwerpunkt) for your program. This will shorten the list right away. The filter function also tells you how many modules are included in the relevant area.
You can access the print view by clicking the printer symbol at upper right in the application. The print view was designed specifically to show any hidden information or information from lower levels on a planar and printer-friendly basis for later printing. The print view opens all hidden text modules (comments, references to reading materials, etc.) and reformats them accordingly.
The print view is accessible from any level; you can even use it to generate a printer-friendly list of search results.