Mechatronics/Robotics: Curriculum

1. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 1 Basics of Engineering Science 1 (MOD1)
German / iMod
6.00
-
Mathematics 1 (MAT1)
German / ILV
6.00
4.00

Course description

Introductory course on the mathematical methods of mechatronics and robotics focusing on vector spaces, matrices, elementary functions and complex numbers.

Methodology

- Representation of the theoretical basics- Guidance for the independent solving of examples- Independent solving of examples single or in groups

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • perform basic operations in abstract vector spaces (e.g. checking for linear independence, finding orthogonal projections, etc.) and solve basic problems in two and three dimensional Euclidean space;
  • perform basic operations with matrices and calculate determinants and inverse matrices;
  • solve systems of linear equations in matrix form using the Gaussian algorithm and determine the number of solutions with the help of the rank;
  • perform geometric operations (e.g., rotations, reflections) with the help of linear maps and to perform affine transformations with homogeneous coordinates.
  • compute eigenvalues, eigenvectors and eigenspaces;
  • analyze functions of one variable (e.g. invertibility, boundedness, growth properties, periodicity, etc.)
  • sketch and manipulate (e.g., shift, scale) elementary functions (polynomials, rational functions, trigonometric and exponential functions)
  • perform basic operations ;with complex numbers, change their representation (cartesian and polar form, Euler’s formula) and interpret them geometrically in the complex plane;
  • describe harmonic oscillations in trigonometric or complex form and apply complex numbers to represent and analyze AC circuits (e.g. impedance calculation);
  • solve simple application tasks in the field of AC circuits (for example, calculation of impedances, representation of root loci).

Course contents

  • Number sets and number systems
  • Vector spaces
  • Matrices and linear transformations
  • Elementary Functions
  • Complex numbers

Prerequisites

- Secondary school diploma- Warmup-course in mathematics is recommended

Literature

  • Vorlesungsmitschrift und Skriptum / lecture notes
  • Papula, Lothar (2011/12): Mathematik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 1-2, Teubner Vieweg, 13.Auflage

Assessment methods

  • Presentation of solved problems (at least 50%) and written final exam.
Module 2 Mechanics 1 (MOD2)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Introduction in design (EKON)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

The aim is to impart rules and generally accepted point of view, which must be observed when designing in mechanical engineering, in particular criteria for functional and according to standards perform construction and dimension. The participants gain knowledge about the standard and production proper execution of technical drawings for general machine components and the ability to independently carry out design tasks via CAD-systems.

Methodology

Lecturing of basic knowledge (5-6) Assigned examples (8)

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • outline one of the basic skills of technician
  • create a standardized representation technical elements and components
  • create appropriate drawings from bodies by means of descriptive geometry
  • make the design of components to perform, taking into account the functional requirements

Course contents

  • Drawing sheets, standard font, dimensions registrations
  • Representations of the work pieces, views
  • cuts, projections
  • threads, welding joints
  • chamfers, cones, pitches

Prerequisites

geometric drawing

Literature

  • Grollius, H.-W. (2013): Technisches Zeichnen für Maschinenbauer, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
  • Jorden, W. / Schütte, W. (2012): Form- und Lagetoleranzen, Carl Hanser Verlag, München
  • Frischherz, A. / Piegler, H. / Semrad, K (2010): Technisches Zeichnen – Fachzeichnen 1. Teil, Verlag Jugend &Volk GmbH, Wien
  • Frischherz, A. / Semrad, K. (2004): Technisches Zeichnen – Fachzeichnen 2. Teil, Verlag Jugend &Volk GmbH, Wien

Assessment methods

  • exercises in technical drawing
  • participation
  • end exam
Mechanics 1 (MECH1)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Introduction to Mechanics (Statics)

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • calculate Forces and Moments of statically determined models
  • calculate the Centre of Gravity and Moment of Inertia of bodies and cross-sections
  • calculate adhesion-sliding-tilting of simple models

Course contents

  • The model of forces and torques is derived from the basics of physics. The basic equations of classical mechanics (Newtonian axioms) are explained and illustrated by their application on examples . The derived method of force and torque equilibrium is introduced and applied to practical examples .
  • The method of deriving internal forces is explained on the bending beam . Calculation of the stress and strain of the bending beam are explained.
  • The dry Coulombian friction theory is explained and practiced with examples.
  • Geometrical (second) moment of inertia
  • Moment of inertia - Steiner's theorem

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge in:- Algebra- Calculus and analysis (vectors, sine, cosine, differntiation and integration of polynomial functons)

Literature

  • Vorlesungsfolien und Übungsaufgaben in elektronischer Form
  • Russel C. Hibbeler: Technische Mechanik 1 - Statik; Pearson Studium, 2005. ISBN: 3-8273-7101-5 (Siehe auch: http://www.pearson-studium.de/3827371015.html)
  • Weitere Literatur siehe Semesterplan

Assessment methods

  • Final written exam at the end of term (100%)
Module 3 Mechatronics and Robotics (MOD3)
German / kMod
3.50
-
Fundamentals in Mechatronics (GMEV)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

As part of the LVA, students should acquire basic knowledge in the fields of mechatronics, industrial robotics, mobile and service robotics, as well as humanoid robotics.

Methodology

Lecture

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • understand and to justify simple mechatronic relationships, to analyze basic mechatronic systems and to identify their functional dependencies.
  • define industrial robots, mobile robots, service robots and humanoide robots and explain their components, advantages and disadvantages, application areas and limits.

Course contents

  • Timeline of mechatronics and robotics as well as definitions and boundaries
  • Applications of robots like social, technical and economic aspects
  • Building a robot, assembly of industrial robots (drives, gears, grippers, control computer, external and internal sensors)
  • Confidence in dealing with the automated system as well as confidence in dealing with industrial robots
  • Fundamentals of mechatronic products
  • Properties of mechatronic systems
  • Basics of robotics and handling systems, definitions, kinematic structure of the industrial robot, safety, automation capabilities, application limits, advantages and disadvantages
  • Online and offline programming capabilities of an industrial robot, Move instructions (e.g., ABB and Epson)
  • Current status of robotics and trends
  • Applications

Prerequisites

Basic skills, according to access requirements (matriculation examination, university entrance)

Literature

  • Bernstein, Herbert. Grundlagen der Mechatronik, 2. Auflage, VDE Verlag GmbH, ISBN: 978-3-8007-2754-4, 2004.
  • Favre-Bulle, Bernard. Automatisierung Komplexer Industrieprozesse: Systeme, Verfahren und Informationsmanagement. Wien: Springer Wien New York, 2004.
  • Hesse, Stefan, Schnell, Gerhard. Sensoren für die Fabrikautomation, Funktion - Ausführung - Anwendung. 4. Auflage. Wiesbaden: Vieweg+Teubner, 2009.
  • Hesse, Stefan, Malisa, Victorio (Hrsg.). Taschenbuch Robotik - Montage - Handhabung. München: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2010.
  • Isermann, Rolf. Mechatronische Systeme, Verlag:Springer ISBN-10:3-540-32336-8, 2008.

Assessment methods

  • Final exam
Fundamentals in Robotics (GRO)
German / LAB
1.00
1.00

Course description

Advanced fundamentals in robotics in theory as well as On-line programming of industrial robots.

Methodology

Lecture as well as practical exercises including a number of project tasks.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • manipulate ABB and Epson industrial robot under the given safety requirements.
  • calibrate robot tools and work objects using a measurement normal.
  • program a motion paths of industrial robots based on on-line techniques.

Course contents

  • Movement of ABB and Epson robot in many coordinate systems.
  • Tool calibration.
  • Workobject calibration.
  • Creating of moving instructions.
  • Save and load movement instructions and programs into ABB and Epson Robot.

Prerequisites

Fundamentals of Mechatronics course

Literature

  • ABB AG, 2015, Bedienungseinleitung, RobotStudio 6, Robotics Products, SE-721 68 Västerås.
  • ABB AG, 2015, Bedienungseinleitung, Einführung in RAPID 6, Robotics Products, SE-721 68 Västerås.
  • ABB AG, 015, Bedienungseinleitung, IRC5 mit FlexPendant 6, Robotics Products, SE-721 68 Västerås.
  • Epson RC+ 5.0, 2004, User's Guide- Project Management and Development.

Assessment methods

  • active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
Module 4 Software Design 1 (MOD4)
German / iMod
5.00
-
Basic Programming in C/C++ (PAD1)
German / ILV
5.00
4.00

Course description

The basics of structured programming using the language C (C99). In this course you learn to analyze simple problems, derive algorithmic solutions and implement them in C using concepts of structured programming

Methodology

New topics are discussed in an interactive setting and immediately applied to practical (programming-)problems on the computer.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • After passing this course successfully students are able to... - implement C99 programs that read data from the keyboard, perform calculations and produce formatted output on the console. - implement text-menus, input validation and tabular output using branching and (nested) repetition control structures. - implement C99 functions that encapsulate previously implemented tasks. - develop functions and applications in C99 that read, process, and output structured data. - develop C99 functions that read numerical and structured data into arrays, perform searching, aggregation or filtering operations on arrays and produce formatted output. - develop and debug text-based console applications capable of reading, searching, filtering and displaying arrays of structured data records in various formats using elements of structured programming in C99.

Course contents

  • Course Contents [bitte überarbeiten] - IT basics - Variables - Types - Expressions - Control structures - Functions - Arrays - Structures - Pointers - IDEs and debugger

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • - Kernighan, Ritchie: The C Programming Language. 2nd edition (Prentice Hall International) - K.N.King: C Programming: A Modern Approach. (W W Norton & Co, 2008) - Robert Sedgewick: Algorithms in C Parts 1-5. (Addison-Wesley Longman, Amsterdam. 2001) - Dausmann, Bröckl, Schoop, Goll. C als erste Programmiersprache. Vieweg + Teubner 2011 Verlag

Anmerkungen

-

Module 5 Elektrotechnik 1 (MOD5)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Digital Automatons (DIA)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Digital Systems Basics

Methodology

- Distance learning- Lecture- Practice session

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • LE1 : use basic laws of logic for transforming and simplification of logic functions
  • LE2 : use the most important technical terms within the field of digital systems properly
  • LE3 : design simple logic systems using disjunctive normal form, binary decision diagrams and development software
  • LE4 : describe sequential systems with suitable description methods (graphic, hardware description language)
  • LE5 : use finite state machines (FSMs) and their common hardware models to implement specific tasks

Course contents

  • Basic logic functions
  • Theory of logic functions
  • Synthesis of logic functions with disjunctive normal form and binary decision diagrams
  • Sequential logic systems
  • Finite state machines
  • Mealy and Moore automatons

Prerequisites

High school mathematics

Literature

  • Lecture notes
  • Simulation tool espresso
  • Vivado (WebPack Edition) or Altera Quartus II Web Edition
  • Contemporary Logic Design, Randy H. Katz, University of California, Berkeley

Assessment methods

  • Written end exam
  • Grading of tasks performed during practice sessions

Anmerkungen

Both written end exam and practice session need positive grading

Electical engineering (ETE)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

The course Electrical Engineering presents the fundamentals of electrical engineering (voltage, resistance, inductor, capacitor, current, Ohm's law, ... ), the DC technology (voltage divider, current divider, Kirchhoff laws, replacement sources, bridge circuits, superposition theorem of Helmholtz ... )

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain basic terms such as electrical voltage, electrical current, ohmic resistance.
  • explain the technical connection requirements for connection to public supply networks with operating voltages up to 1000 volts.
  • applying methods of DC technology (such as voltage divider, current divider, Kirchhoff laws, replacement sources, superposition theorem of Helmholtz, bridge circuits, delta – wye conversion ) in the analysis and dimensioning of electrical circuits, particularly to calculate voltages, currents and values of resistors.
  • design simple electronic circuits with the help of a simulation program.

Course contents

  • Basic terms of electrical engineering
  • Ohm's law
  • Electrical sources
  • current / voltage measurements
  • Voltage divider, current divider
  • Kirchhoff's laws
  • Superposition principle of Helmholtz
  • Replacement sources
  • bridge circuits
  • delta – wye conversion
  • Inductor / Capacitor
  • Installationstechnik

Prerequisites

Numeracy (equivalence transformations of equations, calculating with fractions, solving linear systems of equations), Calculus

Literature

  • Seidel, Heinz-Ulrich (2003): Allgemeine Elektrotechnik: Gleichstrom - Felder – Wechselstrom, Hanser Verlag
  • Weißgerber, Wilfried (2013): Gleichstromtechnik und Elektromagnetisches Feld. Ein Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch für das Grundstudium, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden Verlag
  • Bieneck, Wolfgang (2014): Grundlagen der Elektrotechnik ; Informations- und Arbeitsbuch für Schüler und Studenten der elektrotechnischen Berufe, Holland und Josenhans Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Antestate
  • Written exam
Module 6 Social- and economic skills 1 (MOD6)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Business Administration 1 (BWL)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

This course gives a brief introduction to the area of business administratihon with special emphasis on financial and cost accounting.

Methodology

lecture, discussion, exercises, flipped classroom

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • differentiate between management and controlling
  • explain the concept of double entry bookkeeping
  • provide an overview of company taxation
  • prepare short-term decisions using cost data

Course contents

  • management
  • controlling
  • bookkeeping
  • financial accounting
  • financial statements analysis
  • company taxation
  • cost accounting

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • compulsory: Wala/Groblschegg: Kernelemente der Unternehmensführung, Wien 2016, Linde-Verlag
  • recommended: Zihr/Paier: Kostenrechnung, 2. Auflage, Sollenau 2016, Grelldenk-Verlag
  • recommended: Hangl/Arminger: Grundlagen der finanziellen Unternehmensführung. Band 1. Externes Rechnungswesen, 3. Auflage, Wien 2015, Linde-Verlag

Assessment methods

  • course immanent assessment (10%) + final written exam (90%)

Anmerkungen

furhter details to be found on moodle

Communicative English (ENG 1)
German / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

Starting from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B1+, we aim at developing and strengthening narrative and language skills required for personal and social interaction

Methodology

Seminar

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • act and respond appropriately in private situations and in international contexts;
  • initiate and cultivate professional contacts;
  • successfully apply the four dimensions of communication (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in professional situations.

Course contents

  • Autobiography
  • Initiating and sustaining professional and social interaction
  • Appropriate language for managing everyday situations
  • Discussions of topics of general relevance
  • Persuasive speaking and writing

Prerequisites

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B1+

Literature

  • Maderdonner, O. / et al (2014): Personal and Social Communication, Skriptum
  • Connolly, P. / Kingsbury, P. et al. (2014): eSNACK, Lernplattform
  • Aktuelle Handouts und audiovisuelle Unterstützung
  • Additional current handouts and audio-visual support

Assessment methods

  • Active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
Time- and Selfmanagement (ZSM)
German / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

In the course the students get to know techniques and methods for effective work organisation and systemic planning.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • prioritize activities by using various methods (e.g. ABC analysis , ALPEN-method), to schedule their time sequence and to define a list of objectives (by SMART).
  • denote disturbing factors, personal stress triggers and behaviors and to develop and to describe appropriate strategies to deal with.
  • identify roles and role expectations and reflect the resulting role conflicts (inter- and intrapersonal conflicts).

Course contents

  • Personal Goals
  • Principles of time & self management and associated instruments e.g.: activity list, daily activity log
  • Interruptions, faults, time thieves
  • Personal strategies of implementation

Literature

  • Knoblauch, Jörg/Hüger, Johannes/Mockler, Marcus (2005): Ein Meer an Zeit: Die neue Dimension des Zeitmanagements, Frankfurt/Main: Campus
  • Nussbaum, Cordula (2007): 300 Tipps für mehr Zeit: Soforthilfe gegen Alltagsstress. Von Perfektionismus bis Energieräuber, München: gu
  • Seiwert, Lothar (2002): Life Leadership (Verlag Gabal)

Assessment methods

  • Reflection paper (grade)

Anmerkungen

none

2. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 10 Softeware Design (MOD10)
German / kMod
3.50
-
Programming, Algorithms and Datastructures (PAD2)
German / LAB
3.50
3.00

Course description

This is the second course on programming in C90.

Methodology

Theoretical topics are presented in class and immediately after put into practice in lab classes. Additional programming assignments solved by the students between sessions further deepen understanding. Bi-weekly programming assignments to be completed in class (CUE).

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • create, use, and delete two-dimensional, dynamic arrays of arbitrary data types in C90
  • use the C string library in applications (copy, compare, search for substrings, etc)
  • read, set and flip single bits using masks and bit operators in C99
  • create, build, search and delete linked lists for any primary data in C99
  • import and export data to/from CSV files in C99
  • organize larger projects in header and implementation files. Create and integrate static and dynamic libraries in C90
  • create a console-based, text-menu C99 application which allows creating, editing, exporting, importing and analyzing data using self-created and provided libraries. (final project)

Course contents

  • pointer & dynamic memory in C
  • C-String library
  • File I/O in C
  • dynamic list
  • bit operators
  • projects & libraries
  • command line interface

Prerequisites

C99-basics (course contents PAD1):- types, variables, operators- control structures- functions- arrays- structures

Literature

  • Kernighan, Ritchie: The C Programming Language. 2nd edition (Prentice Hall International)
  • K.N.King: C Programming: A Modern Approach. (W W Norton & Co, 2008)
  • Robert Sedgewick: Algorithms in C Parts 1-5. (Addison-Wesley Longman, Amsterdam. 2001)
  • Jürgen Wolf. C von A bis Z. Galileo open book http://openbook.galileocomputing.de/c_von_a_bis_z/

Assessment methods

  • 3 parts:
  • final exam: 80 (minimum to pass: 50)
  • 7 CUE which are autmatically tested against privided testcases. Account for max. 10 bonus points on final
  • final project (code and screencast) 20 (minimum to pass: 10)
Module 11 Elektrotechnik 2 (MOD11)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Electrical engineering and electronics (ETE)
German / LAB
2.50
2.00

Course description

Design and experimental set-up of electronic circuits and digital bidirectional counters, as well as their validation and characterization with modern measuring instruments.Practical assembly and validation of electrical three-phase current controls under the terms of the latest safety regulations.

Methodology

Lab work in small Groups based on lecture notes.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • proper measure voltages and currents with multimeters and oscilloscopes.
  • generate and validate waveforms with function generators.
  • design and experimental set-up basic electronic circuits and validate and characterize them with modern measuring instruments.
  • debounce rotary encoders and count the pulses with bidirectional synchronous counters, as well as switch higher loads with discrete power transistors.
  • design, assemble and validate electrical three-phase current controls under the terms of the latest safety regulations.

Course contents

  • Safety regulations, laboratory rules, technical reports
  • Voltage, current, resistors, relays, diodes/rectifiers, multimeters, oscilloscopes, function generators
  • Rotary encoders, debouncing with low pass filter, Schmitt trigger, state-machines as bidirectional counter, field effect transistors as switch for high loads.
  • Latest safety regulations, electromechanical devices (safety devices, switch, contactor), three-phase current supply, three-phase motors, switch cabinets, motor controls

Prerequisites

Knowledge of:- Mathematics 1- Electrical engineering- Digital automation

Literature

  • Böhmer, E. (1990): Elemente der angewandten Elektronik. Vieweg-Verlag, Braunschweig
  • Baumann, W. et al. (1984): NS-Schaltgeräte-Praxis: Funktion, Auswahl, Einsatz. (Redaktionell bearbeitet von Roland Werner), VDE-Verlag, Berlin, ISBN 3-8007-1353-5
  • Beuth, K. (1992): Elektronik 4: Digitaltechnik. Vogel, Würzburg, ISBN 3-8023-0584-1
  • Boy, G. / Flachmann, H. / Mai, O. (1983): Die Meisterprüfung Elektrische Maschinen und Steuerungstechnik. 4. Auflage, Vogel Buchverlag, Würzburg, ISBN 3-8023-0725-9
  • Hösl, A. / Ayx, R. / Busch, H.W. (2003): Die vorschriftsmäßige Elektroinstallation, Wohnungsbau-Gewerbe-Industrie. 18. Auflage, Hüthig Verlag, Heidelberg, ISBN 3-7785-2909-9
  • Rieder, W. (2000): Elektrische Kontakte. VDE-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8007-2542-7
  • Schmelcher, T. (1982): Handbuch der Niederspannung, Projektierungshinweise für Schaltgeräte Schaltanlagen und Verteiler. 1. Auflage, Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (Abt. Verlag), Berlin und München, ISBN 3-8009-1358-5
  • Seyr, S. / Rösch, G.: Elektroinstallation, Blitzschutz, Lichttechnik. Schulbuch-Nr.58, Verlag Jugend&Volk GmbH Wien, ISBN 978-3-7100-2032-2
  • Springer, G. (1989): Fachkunde Elektrotechnik. 18. Auflage, Verlag - Europa - Lehrmittel, Wuppertal, ISBN 3-8085-3018-9.
  • Tietze, U. / Schenk, C. (1986): Halbleiter-Schaltungstechnik. Springer, New York, 3. Auflage, ISBN 3-540-06667-5Weiters: umfangreiche Skripten zu jeder Übung.

Assessment methods

  • Laboratory notes
  • Laboratory reports
  • Grading of practical session

Anmerkungen

The laboratory complements the theoretical lectures of the 1st semester.

Electronics (ELK)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

In the Electronic course students acquire basic knowledge of fundamental rules in Electrical an Electronics Engineering of AC circuits and understand physical laws and abstractions applied to semiconductor devices.

Methodology

- Lectures- Examples- Calculation on the blackboard

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • applying the methods of complex alternating current technology (e.g. calculation with complex resistors and pointers as well as phasor diagrams) for calculating peaks of voltages and currents as well as phase shifts and to dimension the values of resistors, inductors and capacitors in AC circuits.
  • understand the context between voltage and current in circuits with inductors, capacitors, transistors, resistors and diodes, also the dimensioning.
  • understand and simulate a buck converter circuit.
  • design transistor circuits (transistor as switch, amplifier).

Course contents

  • Inductor / Capacitor in DC / AC circuits-Complex alternating current calculus
  • Filter Circuits (low-pass, high-pass, band-Resonanpass, …)
  • Resonance circuits
  • Power
  • Phasor diagram
  • Diode, rectifier
  • Transistor, Mosfet
  • DC-DC Converter, transformer
  • Operational amplifier

Prerequisites

Electrical Engineering

Literature

  • Weißgerber, Wilfried (2013): Wechselstromtechnik, Ortskurven, Transformator, Mehrphasensysteme. Ein Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch für das Grundstudium, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
  • Seidel, Heinz-Ulrich (2003): Allgemeine Elektrotechnik: Gleichstrom - Felder – Wechselstrom, Hanser Verlag
  • Tietze-Schenk (2012): Halbleiter- Schaltungstechnik, Springer Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Antestate
  • Written examination at the end of the semester
Module 12 Social- and Economic Skills (MOD12)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Business Administration II (BWL2)
German / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

Companies take investment decisions on a regular basis. Managers must systematically evaluate different investment alternatives in order to select the most profitable ones. Furthermore, they have to determine the best way to finance these investments.

Methodology

lecture, exercises

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • evaluate wether a potential investment project is financially adantageous or not
  • determine an optimal investment program
  • distinguish between different forms of financing
  • analyse the capital structure of a company
  • to prepare a short-term financial plan

Course contents

  • investment process
  • financial mathematics
  • investment appraisal methods
  • investment program
  • forms of financing
  • capital structure
  • financial plan

Prerequisites

Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting

Literature

  • Wala/Grobelschegg: Kernelemente der Unternehmensführung, Wien 2016,Linde [Kap. 16, 17 und 18].
  • Wala/Haslehner/Kreidl: Investitionsrechnung und betriebliche Finanzierung, 4. Auflage, Wien 2014, LexisNexis-Verlag.
  • Losbichler: Grundlagen der finanziellen Unternehmensführung, Band III, 3. Auflage, Wien 2015, Linde.

Assessment methods

  • end exam in written form (90%) + immanent performance (10%)

Anmerkungen

Further information regarding this course as well as accompanying materials (e.g. slides, exercise book etc.) can be found on moodle.

English II (ENG2)
English / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

Starting from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B1+, we aim at developing and strengthening the vocabulary of the students’ field of study along with the language skills required for technical and creative communication

Methodology

Seminar: Discussions, presentations, writing assignments, partner and group workAttendance required.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • structure and describe a technical process in English for a given target group;
  • illustrate and explain abstract technical concepts through real-life examples;
  • analyse and interpret literary texts in the English language.

Course contents

  • distinguishing the three main types of discourse
  • audience adaptation in terms of language and content
  • impact analysis
  • technical process descriptions
  • use of persuasive language
  • analysis and interpretation of literary texts

Prerequisites

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B1+ Completion of previous semester course

Literature

  • Maderdonner, O. / et al (2014): Technical and Creative Communication, Skriptum
  • Connolly, P. / Kingsbury, P. et al. (2014): eSNACK, Lernplattform
  • Aktuelle Handouts und audiovisuelle Unterstützung
  • Additional current handouts and audio-visual support

Assessment methods

  • active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
Working in Teams (AIT)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

The course prepares students for team work in their studies and in their professional work.

Methodology

Introductory course for teamwork

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain models of team development (for example Tuckman ) and to derive interventions for their own practice.
  • explain team roles (for example Belbin ) and to identify them in simple practical examples.
  • use constructive feedback in team conflicts.

Course contents

  • Hallmarks of and criterias of success in teamwork
  • Team development
  • Team roles
  • Structure of personalities in team processes
  • Preferred team roles and personal potential for development
  • Constructive feedback in conflicts

Literature

  • Haug, Christoph V. (2009): Erfolgreich im Team. Praxisnahme Anregungen für effizientes Teamcoaching und Projektarbeit, 4.überarbeitete Auflage, München: dtv-Verlag
  • Niermeyer, Rainer (2008): Teams führen, 2.Auflage, Freiburg: Haufe Verlag
  • Van Dick, Rolf van/ West Michael A. (2005): Teamwork, Teamdiagnose, Teamentwicklung, Göttingen: Verlag Hogrefe
  • Werth, Lioba (2004): Psychologie für die Wirtschaft. Grundlagen und Anwendungen [S. 253-309: Arbeit in Gruppen], Heidelberg: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag

Anmerkungen

Course immanent assessment method (grade)

Module 7 Ingenieurwissenschaftliche Grundlagen 2 (MOD7)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Material science (MAK)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00
Mathematics II (MAT2)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Introductory course on the mathematical methods of mechatronics and robotics focusing on sequences, (power) series, limits, differential und integral calculus and applications.

Methodology

- Representation of the theoretical basics- Guidance for the independent solving of examples- Independent solving of examples single or in groups

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • determine if a sequence is bounded, convergent or monotonic;
  • find out if a series is convergent (i.a., ratio test, comparision test,..) and to determine the convergence radius of power series;
  • analyze and sketch functions i.a. with the help of differential calculus (monotony, zeroes, local and global minima/maxima; inflection point, asymptote, domain of definition and codomain, symmetry)
  • compute taylor series or polynomials and use them to approximate function values;
  • calculate limits of functions with the help of de l’Hospital’s rule.
  • calculate (in)definite and improper integrals (by substitution, integration by parts, or partial fraction decomposition).

Course contents

  • sequences, (power) series, limits, continuity
  • differential calculus and applications (taylor series, de l’Hospital’s rule)
  • integrals (indefinite, definite, improper)

Prerequisites

Mathematics 1

Literature

  • Vorlesungsmitschrift und Skripten / lecture notes
  • L. Papula (2011): Mathematik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler Band 1, 13. Auflage, Vieweg und Teubner

Assessment methods

  • Presentation of solved problems (at least 50%) and written final exam.
Module 8 Mechanics 2 (MOD8)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Machine Elements (MAL)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

The aim is to present students without prior technical knowledge the fundamentals of machine parts (shafts, holes, screws, etc.). Imagine the possibilities within the mechatronic design and demonstrate the use of simple calculations of individual machine elements.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the mode of action and the development of selected machine elements and to dimension these corresponding to the required functions
  • calculate the required dimensioning of machine elements, including any required safety
  • estimate various solutions for building a machine (eg detachable or fixed connection) and accordingly also select from the standpoint of usability and efficiency

Course contents

  • Important machine elements:
  • Bolt (application and calculation)
  • Mounting screws (application, calculation)
  • Movement screws (application, simple calculation)
  • Axles and shafts (design details, calculation)
  • Clutches and brakes (application types)
  • Storage (bearing types, design of bearings)
  • Belt drives (application)
  • Chain drives (applications, types of chains)
  • Gears (overview of the types and gear)

Literature

  • Wittel, H. (2013): Roloff/Matek Maschinenelemente: Normung, Berechnung, Gestaltung, 21. Auflage, Vieweg + Teubner Verlag
  • Wittel, H. (2010): Roloff/Matek Maschinenelemente: Aufgabensammlung, 15. Auflage, Vieweg + Teubner Verlag

Assessment methods

  • active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
  • End exam
Mechanics II (MEC2)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Mechanics of Materials

Methodology

- Lecturs where the theoretical background of mechanics of materials is presented and applied to practical problems- Studens have to solve examples and the solutions are discussed

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • calculate Strain and Stresses for simple models
  • calculate Forces and Moments of statically over-determined models
  • calculate bending Moments and deflection lines.
  • calculate stresses due to torsion of beams
  • calculate forces of springs

Course contents

  • Mechanics of Materials:
  • Stress
  • Strain
  • Hooke's Law
  • Axial loading of streight members
  • Torsion of streight members
  • Bending of streight members

Prerequisites

Mathematics: - Basics in Calculus- Algebra- AnalysisStatics: - Forces- Moments- Equilibrium

Literature

  • Vorlesungsfolien und Übungsaufgaben in elektronischer Form
  • Russell C. Hibbeler: Technische Mechanik 2 - Festigkeitslehre. Pearson Studium, 2005. ISBN: 3-8273-7134-1
  • Weitere Literatur siehe Semesterplan

Assessment methods

  • Mid term test (30%)
  • Final written exam at the end of term (70%)
Module 9 Industrielle Robotik (MOD9)
German / kMod
5.50
-
CAx (CAx)
German / ILV
3.50
3.00
Industrial Robotics (IRO)
German / ILV
2.00
2.00

3. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 13 Ingenieurwissenschaftliche Grundlagen 3 (MOD13)
German / kMod
6.50
-
Basics of technical reports (ETA)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

As part of this course students learn the rules how to write a scientific paper.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • independently write a scientific paper according to the IMRAD structure.
  • research in scientific sources (journals, textbooks, conference proceedings, databases, libraries) targeted and understandable, summarize relevant results and apply recognized formal criteria such as IEEE, Harvard and DIN in the use of external sources correctly, consistently, and uniformly.

Course contents

  • Scientific Writing - Structured content of a thesis - Writing of thesis, papers - Laboratory protocols
  • Citations
  • Writing of a scientific article
  • Preparation of a scientific poster

Literature

  • S. Teschl, K.M. Göschka, G. Essl, Leitfaden zur Verfassung einer Bachelorarbeit oder Masterarbeit, 2016
  • Institut für Mechatronics, Änderungen zum Leitfaden, 2016
  • S. Teschl, K.M. Göschka, G. Essl, Guidelines for Writing a Bachelor’s paper or Master’s Thesis, 2016
  • Tim Skern, Writing Scientific English: A Workbook, UTB, Stuttgart, 2009

Assessment methods

  • Final exam (30%), Paper (60%), Poster (10%)
Mathematics 3 (MAT3)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Introductory course on the mathematical methods of mechatronics and robotics focusing on Fourier series, Fourier transform, Laplace transform, multivariable calculus and differential equations.

Methodology

- Presentation of the theoretical basics- Guidance for the independent solving of examples- Independent solving of examples single or in groups

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • determine the Fourier series representation of periodic functions;
  • find the Fourier transform and the Lapace transform of functions;
  • classify ordinary differential equations of first order and apply a suitable method to solve them analytically (e.g. by separation) and to solve linear ordinary differential equations of second order, in particular by applying the Laplace transform;
  • determine the gradient and the Hessian of scalar fields, as well as the divergence and the curl of vector fields and to find local extrema of scalar fields;
  • evaluate multivariable integrals as well as line- and surface integrals, and apply the integral theorems of Gauss and Stokes;
  • decide, whether a linear partial differential equation of second order is of elliptic, parabolic, or hyperbolic type.

Course contents

  • Fourier series, Fourier transform, Laplace transform
  • Multivariable calculus (vector calculus, multivariable integration, integral theorems)
  • Ordinary differential equations of first and second order
  • Partial differential equations of second order

Prerequisites

Mathematics 1 and 2

Literature

  • Mitschrift der Vorlesung / lecture notes
  • Ch. Lang, N. Pucker (2005): Mathematische Methoden in der Physik, 2. Auflage, Spektrum
  • P. Stingl (2009): Mathematik für Fachhochschulen, 8. Auflage, Hanser

Assessment methods

  • Written examination at the end of term
Operating Systems and Networks (BES)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Introduction into theoretical concepts and practical aspects of operating systems and networks.

Methodology

- Lecture - Programming homework assignments - Student project

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • enumerate and explain the responsibilities and services of operating systems,
  • identify the responsibilities of the individual layers of the TCP/IP stack,
  • explain the need for synchronization of processes and characterize the related technical terms,
  • use semaphores in abstract examples,
  • implement simple system-level programs complying with C99 and POSIX.

Course contents

  • Principles of operating systems (history, structure, responsibilities)
  • Command line usage/Introduction to UNIX
  • Process management and scheduling
  • Memory management
  • Synchronisation
  • Interprocess communication
  • Ethernet, TCP/IP stack (incl. DHCP, DNS, IPv6), if time allows: VPN and NAT

Prerequisites

- C programming language - Basic understanding of computer architectures

Literature

  • Stevens, W. Richard / Rago, Stephen A. (2013): Advanced Programming in the UNIX environment, third edition, Addison-Wesley - 978-0321637734
  • Elmenreich, Wilfried (2002): Systemnahes Programmieren, UBooks - 978-3939359852
  • Stallings, William (2014): Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles, 8th edition, Prentice Hall - 978-0133805918
  • Tanenbaum, Andrew S./ Bos, Herbert (2014): Modern Operating Systems, fourth edition, Pearson - 978-0133591620
  • Stevens , W. Richard (): UNIX Network Programming Volume 1, third edition: The Sockets Networking API, Addison-Wesley - 9780321637734

Assessment methods

  • Points achieved on weekly home work assignments/recaps
  • Written test at the end of the term
  • Group project
Module 14 Mechatronische Systeme 1 (MOD14)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Mechanics 3 (MECH3)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Mechatronics Lab1 (MELAB1)
German / LAB
3.50
3.00

Course description

Within this lab, students learn to solve and handle in a team different tasks independently. This is done in the context of individual lab exercises covering selected content material of the 2nd and 3rd semester.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • analyze in the team a predefined mechatronic task and design a solution.
  • implement the approach as a team and successfully implement within a fixed schedule and with specified resources
  • document, interpret and discuss in a laboratory protocol the approach and the results obtained.
  • analyze and discuss mechatronic relationships between the various disciplines.
  • identify alternative solutions and to analyze and discuss the resulting solution variants.

Course contents

  • Fundamentals of Manufacturing Technology
  • Electronic Circuit Design
  • Electrical Connectivity
  • Sensor Systems
  • Electric actuators

Prerequisites

- Fundamentals of Robotics, Industrial Robotics- Control Theory, Actor Systems- Electronics, Electrical Engineering- Programming, Algorithms and Data Structures- Metrology and Sensor Systems

Literature

  • Depends on lab projects

Assessment methods

  • participation
  • protocolls
Simulation engineering in production (SIMP)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Principles and methods of simulation technology using simulation software.

Methodology

- Lectures- Exercises

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain advantages and disadvantages, specifics, application areas and limits of simulation systems.
  • design mechanical component of an automotive robot cell.
  • simulate/ optimize the manufacturing tasks within a robot cell (for example cycle time optimization, energy efficiency).
  • create and evaluate a possible simulation scenarios as well to present the simulation results.

Course contents

  • Examples of Application, application areas and limitation of simulation systems on the automotive industry.
  • Requirements list (technical specifications), design methodology, creativity techniques, morphological box, technical and economical evaluation of robot cells.
  • Design, modelling and simulation of mechanical components of robot cell using simulation tools (for example RobotStudio).
  • Creating and optimizing of simulation scenarios.
  • Evaluation, presentation and interpretation of simulation results.

Prerequisites

- Basic computer skills- Basics about robot programming

Literature

  • ABB AG, 2015, Bedienungseinleitung, RobotStudio 6, Robotics Products, SE-721 68 Västerås.
  • ABB AG, 2015, Bedienungseinleitung, Einführung in RAPID 6, Robotics Products, SE-721 68 Västerås.
  • ABB AG, 015, Bedienungseinleitung, IRC5 mit FlexPendant 6, Robotics Products, SE-721 68 Västerås.
  • Epson RC+ 5.0, 2004, User's Guide- Project Management and Development.

Assessment methods

  • CooperationAssignment
Module 15 Automatisierungstechnik 1 (MOD15)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Actuator engineering (AK)
German / ILV
3.50
3.00

Course description

Basics of actuatorics with electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic means.

Methodology

Lectures with examples

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • perform process analysis
  • formulate and analyse automation concepts
  • implement automation concepts practically
  • to dimension and evaluate an electric drive systems for a given application.
  • to compare and evaluate different electric drive concepts.

Course contents

  • Application of Industrial robots in automation technology
  • Application of sensor technology in automation technology
  • Implementation of pneumatics and electro-pneumatics
  • control engineering in automation technology

Prerequisites

- Basics in mathematics- fluid dynamics- mechanics

Literature

  • Hess, S., Malisa, V., 2009.Robotik - Montage - Handhabung, Fachbuchverlag Leipzig: Carl Hanser Verlag
  • Langmann, R., 2004.Taschenbuch der Automatisierungstechnik, München: Carl Hanser Verlag
  • Schmid, Dietmar 2015. Automatisierungstechnik: Grundlagen, Komponenten und Systeme. 11. Aufl. Haan-Gruiten: Verl. Europa-Lehrmittel Nourney, Vollmer. (Bibliothek des technischen Wissens).

Assessment methods

  • active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
  • End exam
Control systems technology and Field Bus Systems (STUF)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Fundamentals of field bus communication

Methodology

- Distance learning- Lecture- Exercise

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • Apply standards relevant to control technology in the basic configuration of PLC (programmable logic controller)
  • Explain the characteristics of different types of controllers; consider the differences of PLC for its selection
  • Develop a PLC program to solve problems of control and industrial communication technology.
  • Perform practical PLC programming with Siemens SIMATIC (programming with TIA Portal)
  • Explain the different aspects of feldbus communication and consider these for the selection of the appropiate communication
  • Implement and configure a bus communication on a practical example

Course contents

  • Programming in accordance with IEC 61131.3
  • Types of industrial controllers
  • Basic programming in control technology
  • Structure and function of a PLC
  • PLC programming
  • Programming with Siemens TIA Portal
  • Structure, function and configuration of communication system for field automation

Prerequisites

BMR 1: Digital machines (number systems and codes, laws of Boolean algebra)

Literature

  • Schmid Dietmar, Steuern und Regeln für Maschinenbau und Mechatronik, Europa Lehrmittel
  • Wellenreuther, Zastrow, Atomatisieren mit SPS - Theorie und Praxis, Springer Vieweg
  • Schnell, Gerhard & Wiedemann, Bernhard 2008. Bussysteme in der Automatisierungs- und Prozesstechnik: Grundlagen, Systeme und Trends der industriellen Kommunikation. 7., durchges. u. verb. Aufl. Wiesbaden: Vieweg, F. (Vieweg Praxiswissen).
  • Schmid, Dietmar 2015. Automatisierungstechnik: Grundlagen, Komponenten und Systeme. 11. Aufl. Haan-Gruiten: Verl. Europa-Lehrmittel Nourney, Vollmer. (Bibliothek des technischen Wissens).

Assessment methods

  • Examination
  • Grading of the exercises
  • Moodle Tests
Sensor Technology and Metrology (SENS)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Basic principles in metrology and sensor technology.

Methodology

Lectures and exercises.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • define and explain terms of the electrical and physical metrology.
  • construct a D/A and an A/D conversion characteristic for a given problem.
  • design and dimension an OPV-based electronic measurement amplifier circuit for signal conditioning of the sensor outputs.
  • design and dimension a suitable bridge circuit for measuring with physical sensors (e.g. for force sensors).
  • discuss for a given automation task the advantages and disadvantages of the use of a sensor system, and to select and evaluate a suitable system for this task.
  • discuss for a given testing task the advantages and disadvantages of the use of imaging sensor systems, and to evaluate and select a suitable for this application.

Course contents

  • Basics of metrology
  • Sensor concepts
  • Examples

Prerequisites

Mathematics, Electrical engineering

Literature

  • P. Azad, T. Gockel, R. Dillmann, Computer Vision - Das Praxisbuch, Elektor-Verlag, 2007
  • S. Hesse, V. Malisa (Hrsg.), Taschenbuch Robotik -- Montage -- Handhabung, Hanser Verlag, 2010
  • S. Hesse, G. Schnell, Sensoren für die Fabrikautomation, Funktion - Ausführung - Anwendung, Vieweg+Teubner, 4. Auflage, 2009
  • R. Patzelt, H. Fürst (Hrsg.), Elektrische Messtechnik, Springer Verlag Wien New York, 1993
  • U. Tietze, Ch. Schenk, Halbleiter-Schaltungstechnik, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York, 11. Auflage, 1999

Assessment methods

  • antestate
  • examinations
Module 16 Sozial- und Wirtschaftskompetenz 3 (MOD16)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Business English (ENG3)
German / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

Starting from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B2, students engage with global economic and technical developments and their impact on society, and with the internship/job application process, thereby acquiring relevant terms and concepts together with the appropriate narrative and language skills

Methodology

Seminar

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • recognise connections between economic theories and forms of government
  • analyse the impact of a globalizing economy on society and the environment
  • analyse and compare local, national, international and global economic strategies
  • demonstrate their qualification in the job application process

Course contents

  • Economic concepts and theories
  • Utopia or dystopia? Reflecitons on technology, economics and social justice
  • Winners and losers of globalization
  • Local, national, international and global economic strategies
  • CV, Covering letter, job interview

Prerequisites

Completion of previous course

Literature

  • Maderdonner, O. / et al (2016): Economy, Technology and Society, Skriptum
  • Aktuelle Handouts und audiovisuelle Unterstützung
  • Additional current handouts and audio-visual support

Assessment methods

  • Active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
Presentation and Application (PRAES)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

In the course the students learn to present issues and facts in a target oriented way and to compose a written application.

Methodology

Introducing speech, single and group work, presentations

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • present a given set of facts in free speech in a structured manner (optionally with a keyword-list).
  • create a CV and letter of motivation.

Course contents

  • Preparing, structuring and reducing information
  • Targets and structure of a presentation
  • Media and media use
  • Structuring subsidies
  • Body language, language and voice
  • Personal application folder (motivation letter, personal record, certifications...)

Literature

  • Hartmann, Martin/Funk, Rüdiger/Nietmann, Horst (2012): Präsentieren, 9. Auflage, Verlag Beltz, Weinheim
  • Hesse, Jürgen/Schrader, Hans Christian (2006): Das perfekte Vorstellungsgespräch, Eichhorn Verlag, Frankfurt am Main
  • Hierhold, Emil (2005): Sicher präsentieren, wirksamer vortragen, 7. Auflage, Redline Wirtschaft, Ueberreuter, Heidelberg
  • Lehner, Martin (2013): Viel Stoff - wenig Zeit; 4. Auflage, Haupt Verlag, Bern, Stuttgart
  • Püttjer, Christian/Schnierda, Uwe (2009): Souverän im Vorstellungsgespräch, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York
  • Schilling, G. (2006): Angewandte Rhetorik und Präsentationstechnik, Berlin: Schilling
  • Will, Hermann (2006): Mini-Handbuch Vortrag und Präsentation, Verlag Beltz, Weinheim

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment (grade)

Anmerkungen

none

Project Management (PJM)
German / SE
2.50
2.00

Course description

The students will get to know all project-phases. They will define the structure of a project, assess risks, estimate the effort, schedule the project, and plan the resources and the costs with the help of different project management tools. Tools and methods will be applied to a practical project.

Methodology

Integrated Lecture

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • analyse and structure projects
  • plan dates, resources and costs of a project
  • understand how to use the basic management and steering mechanisms in projects

Course contents

  • Project – the term
  • The project phases
  • Stakeholders, their attitude to the project, their Influence and their expectations and fears
  • The content of a project assignment
  • What are SMART objectives?
  • Which project organizations for which project
  • Roles in projects
  • Structuring projects
  • Risk management: identifying and assessing risks; defining preventions of risks
  • Work estimation methods in projects
  • Planning of dependencies and scheduling using a GANTT diagram
  • Resource planning and leveling
  • Calculation of project costs
  • Change management in projects
  • Project controlling and suitability of controlling tools
  • Reports in projects
  • Leading project teams in different project phases
  • Closing a project

Prerequisites

Basic economic knowledge

Literature

  • PATZAK, Gerold / RATTAY, Günter (2014): Projektmanagement. Leitfaden zum Management von Projekten, Projektportfolios und projektorientierten Unternehmen, 6. Auflage, Wien: Linde
  • PROBST, Hans-Jürgen / HAUNERDINGER, Monika (2007): Projektmanagement leicht gemacht, 2. Auflage, Frankfurt
  • RATTAY, Günter (2007): Führung von Projektorganisationen, 2. Auflage, Wien
  • ZUGSCHWERT, Axel (2016): MS Project 2016 – Erste Schritte
  • ZUGSCHWERT, Axel (2017): Skriptum Projekt Management - Grundlagen, 13. Ausgabe

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment and final written exam

4. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 17 Mechanical Engineering (MOD17)
German / kMod
5.50
-
Mechanics IV (MEC4)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Basics of Fluid Dynamics

Methodology

- Short introductory lectures- Followed by independent editing projects

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • calculate lifting forces in static fluids
  • calculate velocity-pressure realtions for flows in tubes
  • calculate pressure losses and power consumption of pumps in tubes
  • calculate forces due to fluid pressure
  • use the theorem of conservation of energy also for compressible fluids

Course contents

  • Basics
  • Hydrostatics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Pressure Losses
  • Flow in tubes
  • Theorem of conservation of Momentum
  • Theorem of conservation of Energy

Prerequisites

All previous semesters

Literature

  • Bohl, Technische Strömungslehre, Vogel Fachbuch
  • Böge, Technische Mechanik, Vieweg+Teubner
  • Böge, Aufgabensammlung Technische Mechanik, Vieweg+Teubner
  • Böswirth, Technische Strömungslehre, Vieweg+Teubner
  • Oertel jr. H., Böhle M., Reviol T., Strömungsmechanik, Vieweg+Teubner

Assessment methods

  • Assessment is based on project work of students.

Anmerkungen

All documents and information, see the Moodle course this LVA; the download section is not used.

Production engineering (PROD)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00
Module 18 (MOD18)
German / kMod
10.50
-
Design of roboters (AURO)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

- Modeling and design of robots- Kinematic and dynamic design of robots

Methodology

Integrated Course

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • describe the kinematics of a robot with the DH-method
  • use the inverse kinematics in order to calculate the joint parameters due to a given movement
  • calculate the forces and torques of the server motors due to a given trajectory and select a servo from a catalog
  • simulate the behaviour of a given manipulator as a model in matlab.
  • linearize the model in given points.
  • set up formal mathematical models of a given robot.

Course contents

  • Development phases and the calculation methods, design and optimization of robots and robot subsystems (kinematic structures, transmissions, drives,...)
  • Robot kinematics (parallel and serial)
  • Fundamentals of position description (Euler quaternions,..)
  • Forward and reverse transformations
  • Robot dynamics
  • Lagrange-Euler formulation
  • Control algorithms
  • Trajectory control strategies and programming.
  • Setting up simulation models of serial robots in matlab

Prerequisites

- Engineering Science Fundamentals I, II, III- Fundamentals of Mechatronics- Fundamentals of robotics- Industrial robotics- Mechatronic systems I

Literature

  • Spong, M., Hutchinson, S., Vidyasagar, M., 2006. Robot Modeling and Control. Verlag: Wiley & Sons; Auflage 1 ISBN-10: 0471649902
  • Sciavicco, L., Siciliano, B., 2005. Modelling and Control of Robot Manipulators; Springer Verlag
  • John , J. C., 2003. Introduction to robotics - Mechanics and control second edition; Addison Wesley Publishing Company ISBN 0-201-09528-9
  • Murray, Richard M., 1994. A mathematical introduction to robotic manipulation Verlag: Crc Pr Inc; Auflage: 0002 ISBN-10: 0849379814
  • Brillowski, K., 2004. Einführung in die Robotik. Auslegung und Steuerung serieller Roboter. Shaker Verlag ISBN-10: 3832234160

Assessment methods

  • Extrapolated review examples in the context of a project
  • Written examination at the end of the course
Mechatronical Systems and Rapid Prototyping (EMSRP)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Mechatronics Lab II (MLAB2)
German / LAB
5.00
4.00

Course description

Within this lab, students learn to solve and handle in a team different tasks independently. This is done in the context of individual lab exercises covering selected content material of the 3rd and 4th semester.

Methodology

Laboratory

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • analyze in the team a predefined mechatronic task and design a solution.
  • implement the approach as a team and successfully implement within a fixed schedule and with specified resources
  • document, interpret and discuss in a laboratory protocol the approach and the results obtained.
  • analyze and discuss mechatronic relationships between the various disciplines.
  • identify alternative solutions and to analyze and discuss the resulting solution variants.

Course contents

  • robotics
  • circuitry
  • PLC
  • programming of a uC
  • network engineering
  • control engineering
  • optical inspections

Prerequisites

- Industrial Robotics - Control Theory, Actor Systems - Electronics, Electrical Engineering - Programming, Algorithms and Data Structures - Metrology and Sensor Systems - Control Theory - Signal- and Image Processing

Literature

  • Dependant on laboratory

Assessment methods

  • participation
  • protocolls
Module 19 (MOD19)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Control engineering (RE)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Basics in control engineering theory, system identification, controller concepts, stability of a system, linear and switched control systems, SISO

Methodology

Lectures and exercises.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • draw a standard control loop and its individual components and signals and to explain and discuss it.
  • analyze and specify a linear technical system (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic or hydraulic) to the (complex) and calculate its transfer function, root locus and Bode diagram.
  • suggest from the step response of a linear system to its technical control basic structure and thus on its (complex) transfer function.
  • check and discuss its stability for a loop by means of the transfer function, the root locus or the Bode plot.
  • dimension, evaluate and optimize a P / PI / PD / PID controller as well as a switching regulator for an existing linear control system based on a predetermined quality criterion.

Course contents

  • Open and closed loop
  • system identification
  • design of controllers
  • stability
  • special controllers
  • digital controllers

Prerequisites

- Mathematics - Sensor Technology and Metrology

Literature

  • P. Busch, Elementare Regelungstechnik, Allgemeingültige Darstellung ohne höhere Mathematik, Vogel Buchverlag, 2005. ISBN 978-3-8343-3046-8

Assessment methods

  • antestate
  • examinations
Process Automation (PRA)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00
Module 20 Signalverarbeitung (MOD20)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Embedded Systems and Realtime (EMB)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Lowlevel software development for embedded Systems

Methodology

Integrated course

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • completely control external and internal peripheral modules interfaced by memory mapping, IO-mapping or serial interfaces like I2C, SPI and UART in the programming language C, while utilizing API functions;
  • understand, develop on their own, debug and test the control of such modules;
  • implement correct and efficient solutions utilizing interrupts and associated concepts (nesting, non-nesting, priority);
  • integrate micro-controllers in Sensor/Actuator Systems to form a reactive System

Course contents

  • Embedded Systems Survey
  • Software for Embedded Systems
  • Microcontroller
  • Ports
  • Timer
  • Interrupts
  • further peripheral units
  • Driver-Software
  • API
  • Software modularisation

Prerequisites

Proper knowledge of programming using the C language. Autonomous development of solving algorithms for easy Problems.

Literature

  • API zur TIVAWARE Treiberbibliothek, Texas Instruments (2014)
  • ARM Infocenter - elaborierte Dokumentation zu ARM CPUs, (http://infocenter.arm.com/)
  • C Programming for Embedded Microcontrollers, Warwick A. Smith (2008), Elektor International Media BV
  • Joseph Yiu, The Definitive Guide to ARM Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4 Processors (2014) (ISBN-13:978-0-12-408082-9)
  • Michael Barr, Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++ (1999), O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Assessment methods

  • Constantly rated with controlled distance learning assignments
  • a rated Programming project.
Signal and image processing (SIUBI)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

This course enables students to implement visual inspection systems in production lines. Image processing and object detection are discussed in detail.

Methodology

- Lectures and practical sessions- Self teaching with group puzzle

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • name the terms of image processing
  • process images and videos in MATLAB
  • apply mathematical operation to images
  • select appropriate systems and algorithms of industrial image processing for real applications

Course contents

  • Analog and digital signals
  • digital filters
  • Fourier transformation
  • camera technology
  • illumination technology
  • computer vision
  • image processing
  • segmentation
  • object detection
  • data compression

Prerequisites

MATLAB programming

Literature

  • Burger, Wilhelm / Burge, Mark J. (2005): Digitale Bildverarbeitung, Springer
  • Gonzales, Rafael, C./ Woods, Richard E. / Eddins, Steven L. (2009): Digital Image processing using Matlab, Prentice Hall
  • Jähne, Bernd (2012): Digitale Bildverarbeitung, Springer
  • Sonka, Milan / Hlavac, Vaclav / Boyle, Roger (2008): Image processing, Analysis, and Machine Vision, Thomson

Assessment methods

  • Grading of simulation exams
  • Final assesment
Module 21 Social and Ecomomic Skills (MOD21)
German / kMod
4.00
-
Communication and Conflictmanagement (KOKM)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

In the course the students reflect on and practice communicative abilities in a vocational context on a scientific basis. Emphasis is placed on conversation techniques and written communication as wll as conflict behaviour and management.

Methodology

Seminar on basics of communication: - Theory Inputs- Case Studies- Group work- Exercises<- Discussions

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • • analyze their own communication and conflict behavior in relation to relevant models (e.g. Schulz v . Thun, Schwarz) and to identify alternatives.• make contact with discussion partners (e.g. rapport) and to find an adequate conversation started.• describe the various stages of a conflict (for example escalation model of Glasl ) and the respective handling (for example self-help , facilitation, mediation).

Course contents

  • Basic theoretical knowledge of communication: Four-sides model and others
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Conversation promoters, conversation disturbers
  • Question techniques and active listening
  • Handling criticism and difficult situations in conversations
  • Goal-oriented communication
  • Causes and development of conflicts
  • Reflection on personal conflict behaviour
  • Types of conflicts and conflict diagnosis

Literature

  • Glasl, Friedrich (2008): Selbsthilfe in Konflikten, 5. Auflage, Verlag Freies Geistesleben/Haupt, Stuttgart
  • Haeske, Udo (2008): Team- und Konfliktmanagement, 3. Auflage, Cornelsen Verlag, Berlin
  • Schulz von Thun, Friedmann (2009): Miteinander reden – Band 1, Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt
  • Schwarz, Gerhard (2005): Konfliktmanagement, 7. Auflage, Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden
  • Simon, Walter (2007): GABALs großer Methodenkoffer: Grundlagen der Kommunikation, Offenbach: Gabal Verlag
  • Weisbach, Christian-Rainer (2003): Professionelle Gesprächsführung, München: dtv-Beck Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method (grade)
English IV (ENG4)
English / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

Starting from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B2, students acquire relevant terms, concepts and language skills necessary for successful project presentations and negotiations in an international context

Methodology

Seminar

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • compare and contrast corporate innovation models
  • present and negotiate projects successfully in English
  • conduct various forms of business communication

Course contents

  • Innovation: Established and alternative models
  • Advertisement and marketing: Analysis of the interplay of image and word
  • presenting and negotiating project concepts and business plans
  • business communication

Prerequisites

Completion of previous course

Literature

  • Maderdonner, O. (2014): English for Business, Skriptum
  • Aktuelle Handouts und audiovisuelle Unterstützung
  • Additional current handouts and audio-visual support

Assessment methods

  • active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments
Marketing and Sales (MAG)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

5. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 22 Internship (MOD22)
German / iMod
21.00
-
Internship (BORP)
German / BE
21.00
37.50
Module 23 Seminar Course: Internship (MOD23)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Proseminar with first BA thesis (PS)
German / SE
8.00
2.00

Course description

The seminar will be held parallel to the internship and takes the form of regular reports on the progress of the project (bachelor thesis) to the supervisor. After completion of the internship, the work presented and discussed an audience.

Methodology

LV continuous assessment

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • independently write a bachelor paper on a specific project topic according to the IMRAD structure and e.g., using the Harvard citation notation.
  • present the results of their internship in a concise, detailed and understandable way as a bachelor paper.

Course contents

  • Parallel to the internship
  • Regular reporting on the progress of the project (bachelor thesis)
  • Presentation of bachelor thesis
  • Reflection of the internship

Prerequisites

Based on all already completed modules.

Literature

  • S. Teschl, K.M. Göschka, G. Essl, Leitfaden zur Verfassung einer Bachelorarbeit oder Master Thesis, 2014
  • Institut für Mechatronics, Änderungen zum Leitfaden, August 2014
  • S. Teschl, K.M. Göschka, G. Essl, Guidelines for Writing a Bachelor’s paper or Master’s Thesis, 2014
  • Tim Skern, Writing Scientific English: A Workbook, UTB, Stuttgart, 2009

Assessment methods

  • LV continuous assessment
Writing technical articles (TAR)
German / SE
1.00
1.00

Course description

As part of this course students learn the rules how to write a technical article.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • independently write a technical article on a specific project topic according to the IMRAD structure and using e.g., the Harvard citation notation.
  • present the results of their internship in a short, concise and understandable way as a technical article.

Course contents

  • Structured content of a technical article
  • Preparation of an article on a project
  • Feedbacks to the article (Peer Review and Review from the Lecturerers)

Prerequisites

Erstellen technischer Arbeiten (BMR3)

Literature

  • S. Teschl, K.M. Göschka, G. Essl, Leitfaden zur Verfassung einer Bachelorarbeit oder Master Thesis, 2014
  • Institut für Mechatronics, Änderungen zum Leitfaden, August 2014
  • S. Teschl, K.M. Göschka, G. Essl, Guidelines for Writing a Bachelor’s paper or Master’s Thesis, 2014
  • Tim Skern, Writing Scientific English: A Workbook, UTB, Stuttgart, 2009

Assessment methods

  • Assessment of the technical report

6. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 24 Systemintegration (MOD24)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Design of Mechatronic Systems and Rapid Prototyping (EMSRP)
German / ILV
3.00
1.00
Drive engineering (ANTEK)
German / ILV
2.00
1.00
Operation and assembling technology (HUM)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Introduction to the fundamentals of workpiece handling, grippers and analysis of mechanical assemblies in parts manufacturing and assembly.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • handling tasks describe, evaluate and classify,
  • automation levels and their assemblies - from the manual assembly through to fully automated assembly - to explain,
  • end-effectors to know and define their areas of application,
  • solutions for typical tasks of handling and assembly technology and robot peripherals to develop and also
  • Fundamentals of kinematic analysis for assemblies apply.

Course contents

  • Development of the topics of the handling and assembly technology
  • Handling properties and handling operations as well as their characteristics
  • Assemblies, such as Function carrier, feeding, moving units
  • Criteria and conditions for different end-effectors
  • Transfer systems and kinematic analysis of simple basic modules
  • Sample questions and exam of the topics of Handling equipment and assembly

Prerequisites

Mechanical engineering basics

Literature

  • Hesse: Grundlagen der Handhabungstechnik; 2. Aufl. Hanser Verlag 2010
  • Hesse, Malisa: Taschenbuch Robotik, Montage, Handhabung; Hanser Verlag München 2010
  • Hesse, Monkman, Steinmann, Schunk: Robotergreifer. Carl Hanser Verlag München Wien, ISBN 3-446-22920-5
  • Lotter, Bruno; Wiendahl, Hans-Peter [Hrsg.]: Montage in der industriellen Produktion - Ein Handbuch für die Praxis. Verlag Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2006, ISBN 978-3-540-21413-7
  • VDI 2860: Montage- und Handhabungstechnik – Handhabungsfunktionen, Handhabungseinrichtungen; Begriffe, Definitionen, Symbole. Düsseldorf: VDI-Verlag, 1990
  • Volmer, Johannes [Hrsg.]: Getriebetechnik – Grundlagen. Verlag Technik. Berlin: München, ISBN 3-341-00934-5
  • Warnecke, H. J. [Hrsg.]: Die Montage im flexiblen Produktionsbetrieb. Springer Verlag – Berlin – Heidelberg - New York, ISBN 3-540-60231-3

Assessment methods

  • Written examination in two parts: 90 minutes
  • 30 min (Part 1: Multiple Choice)
  • 60 min (Part 2: questions, boundary conditions are specified)
Reflection of Bachelor Thesis (BAR)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00

Course description

Students present and discuss selected mechatronic probems and solutions with regard to their bachelor projects and theses

Methodology

presentation

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • present objectives, solution approaches and results of their bachelor projects
  • briefly discuss results of their bachelor projects to an expert audience
  • extract promising ideas and optimization issues from the process of creating the presentation/ from the presentation

Course contents

  • Selected topics in mechatronics and corresponding sample apications
  • Status bachelor project and thesis presentation and discussion

Prerequisites

BMR1-BMR5 courses and respective literature sources

Literature

  • depending on the topic

Assessment methods

  • course-immanent evaluation, presentation
Module 25 Mechatronical Systems 3 (MOD25)
German / iMod
10.00
-
Mechatronical systems and 2nd BA thesis (MES)
German / BE
10.00
18.00
Module 26 Advanced Mechatronics (MOD26)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Energy Storage (ESP)
German / VO
2.00
2.00

Course description

The course has the goal to give the student a basic understanding about the electric energy storage systems. The course describes the main laws of the electric energy storage systems and their use for designing simple application.

Methodology

- Lecture- Self-Study

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • enunciate the characteristic parameters of a cell/battery and the way for assessing their values (i.e. Test methods).
  • roughly estimate the energy storage parameters by selecting the suited test procedure.
  • explain the simulation models/approaches used for simulating battery system.
  • classify the different application as well as the different chemistry (e.g. use a Ragone Plot).
  • describe, partly with mathematical tools, the fundamentals governing laws of an electric energy storage.
  • analyse and compare the data sheets of different battery.
  • set the operation and safety limits for the management of a battery system (e.g. maximal voltage, current and temperature limits).

Course contents

  • Explanation of the different chemistries (Lead Acid, Nickel Metal Hydride, • Lithium Ion, ect.).
  • Identification of the requirements for each application.
  • Safety.
  • Battery selection and sizing.
  • Battery monitoring and balancing.
  • Modelling and parameter identification.
  • Testing Methods.

Prerequisites

- Basic of electrical engineering.- Basics of physics and scholar understandings of chemistry.

Literature

  • A. Jossen (2006): Moderne Akkumulatoren richtig einsetzen: 36 Tabellen , Ubooks..
  • M.Sterner, (2014) „Energiespeicher – Bedarf, Technologien, Integration“, Springer Vieweg
  • AA.VV. (2012): Linden's Handbook of Batteries, Mc Graw Hill,
  • G. Pistoia (2008): Battery Operated Devices and Systems, Elsevier.

Assessment methods

  • Assessment with a Seminar paper and its presentation
Mobile and service robotics (MOR)
German / ILV
2.50
2.00

Course description

Introduction to the basics in mobile robotics and of the main components: mechanics and kinematics, control and behaviours, and navigation.

Methodology

Slides with the basics and examples.

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • Understand mobile robots and their components
  • Understand navigation and ist parts of plans, lokalisation and trajectory planning
  • Basic understanding of methods to control robots and behaviour methods for direct sensor-actor coupling
  • First introduction to the potential of machine vision

Course contents

  • Kinematics, actors, odometrie for mobile robots
  • Control: classical and with behaviours, fusion of behaviours
  • Navigation including trajectory planning, types of plans and lokalisation, short overview of cognitive navigation
  • Examples to machine vision
  • Example robot systems

Prerequisites

- Mathematics- Sensors

Literature

  • Erweitertes Material / Further reading: http://ais.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/teaching/ss14/robotics/
  • Jean-Claude Latombe: Robot Motion Planning, Springer Verlag

Assessment methods

  • Exam
  • protocols;
Service- and object-oriented algorithms in robotics (ROS)
German / ILV
1.50
1.00
Module 27 Social and Economic Skills (MOD27)
German / kMod
5.00
-
Labor and Company law (ABR)
German / VO
1.50
1.00

Course description

imparting basic knowledge of Austrian labor law

Methodology

- lecture - exercises

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • illustrate and explicate the Austrian legal framework
  • utilise selected web-based legal data-banks in simple cases
  • by given constellations assert if certain requirements of the Austrian labor law are fulfilled

Course contents

  • main features of the Austrian labor law

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Brodil, Wolfgang/Risak, Martin/Wolf, Christoph (2010): Arbeitsrecht in Grundzügen, LexisNexis
  • Brodil, Wolfgang/Windisch-Graetz, Michaela (2013): Sozialrecht in Grundzügen, Facultas.WUV
  • Eichinger, Julia/Kreil, Linda/Sacherer, Remo (2009): Basiswissen Arbeits- und Sozialrecht, Facultas.WUV

Assessment methods

  • end exam
Quality management (QM)
German / VO
1.50
1.00

Course description

The course provides basic concept of quality, explains the practical benefit of quality management systems and standards (e.g. ISO 9000) and gives an overview of methods, techniques and tools concerning quality and process management (Quality Engineering), in order to enable the students to apply the acquired knowledge in simple examples.

Methodology

Lecture

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain the basic quality management concepts (e.g. quality definition, control, assurance, improvement, control loop (PDCA), Kano model) and interpret the comprehensive approach of TQM/EFQM (success-orientation, customer-focused, process-centered, fact-based decision making, continual learning, innovation and improvement) in the context of concrete application areas
  • transfer and demonstrate principles and methods (e.g. process management, document management, verification/measurement, certification) of QM systems and norms (e.g. ISO 9000) to concrete organizations
  • implement, apply and verify in practice basics methods, techniques and tools of quality and process management (e.g. process analysis, modeling, improvement, 7Q&7M, FMEA, QFD, SPC)

Course contents

  • Basics of QM - definitions, quality prinziples, development of quality management
  • Quality management systems (QMS)
  • Norm ISO 9000ff (basic principles, standards, documentation architecture, certification)
  • Process management - analysis, modeling, design, control, improvement (CIP, Kaizen, Lean ...)
  • Total Quality Management (TQM), EFQM (Excellence Modell, RADAR, Self Assessment)
  • Quality Engineering, QM tools (7Q&7M, FMEA, QFD, SPC)

Prerequisites

Basis knowledge concerning - Business administration- Mathematics and statistics- Project management and organization theory

Literature

  • Primär-) Literatur / (Primary) Literature
  • Brüggemann H., Bremer P., Grundlagen Qualitätsmanagement, Springer Verlag, 2012
  • Koch S.; Einführung in das Management von Geschäftsprozessen; Springer-Verlag, 2011Lehr-/Lernunterlagen Teaching-/ Learning Documents
  • Präsentationen, Foliensätze / Presentation slides

Assessment methods

  • Grading of elaborations and presentations
  • End exam
Technical English (ENG)
English / SE
2.00
2.00

Course description

Starting from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages B2+, students discuss ethics concepts in their personal, social and professional spheres and analyse real-life case studies and write their bachelor thesis abstracts according to the language-related and formal criteria given.

Methodology

Seminar: Writing workshops, discussions, individual and team presentations, writing assignments

Learning outcomes

After passing this course successfully students are able to ...

  • explain fundamental ethics concepts in English
  • formulate and justify a rationally defendable position on basic ethical problems
  • analyse ethical dilemmas in case studies
  • structure and write abstracts and/or short scientific papers according to the language-related and formal criteria given

Course contents

  • Principles of ethical judgement
  • Different approaches to ethics
  • Case studies
  • Responsibility, Sustainability
  • The three phases of writing
  • Abstract vs. Executive Summary

Prerequisites

- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B2 - Completion of previous semester course

Literature

  • Maderdonner, O. / et al (2014): Ethics, Skriptum
  • Aktuelle Handouts und audiovisuelle Unterstützung
  • Additional current handouts and audio-visual support

Assessment methods

  • active participation in class activities and timely completion of assignments