Mechatronics/Robotics: Curriculum

1. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 1 Ingenieurwissenschaftliche Grundlagen 1 (MOD1 )
German / kMod
6.00
-
Electronic (BEL)
German / ILV
3.00
1.00
Engineering mathematics (BIWM)
German / ILV
6.00
4.00
Module 2 Mechatronische Methoden und Systeme (MOD2)
German / kMod
24.00
-
Air- and Hydromechatronics 1 (BAHM1)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Industrial Robotics (BIRB)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00
Mechatronics 1 (BMECH)
German / ILV
6.00
4.00

Course description

The course covers relevant aspects of micro- and nano-technology with regard to mechatronics, automation – in particular production automation – and robotics (part 1)Additionally, fundamentals of power electronics are discussed (part 2)

Learning outcomes

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

  • part 1)
  • design, develop and improve automation systems – in particular regarding the application in a manufacturing environment – by systematically applying principles and methods of micro- and nano-technology
  • test and analyse basic micro- and nano-systemspart 2)
  • interpret the type plate of electrical machines and to extract important data
  • construct the circle diagram of induction machines
  • describe the functioning of electrical machines
  • choose the necessary power of the engine for different situations
  • evaluate and apply safety related measures

Course contents

  • part 1)
  • Introduction to micro- and nano-technology / -systems
  • fundamental models and laws of micro- and nano-technology
  • micro-manufacturing, manufacturing and robotics within micro- and nano-dimensions
  • analysis and testing approaches
  • reliability testing and evaluation for mechatronic systems
  • handling processes
  • micro-assembly and micro-roboticspart 2)
  • immersion in electrical machines: permanent excited and separately excited DC-machine, brushless DC-motor and synchronous machine, induction machine, reluctance machine, oscillating machines; important parameters of electrical drives, important data extracted out of name plates of machines
  • energy supply: three-phase system, security measures, faults in electrical systems, fuel cells, batteries, solar panels, energy harvesting devices

Prerequisites

Fundamental knowledge about actuators, sensors, electronics, automation and robotics

Literature

  • Bertsche, B. et al. (2009), Zuverlässigkeit mechatronischer Systeme, Springer
  • Gerlach, Gerald/ Dötzel, Wolfram, Einführung in die Mikrosystemtechnik - Ein Kursbuch für Studierende, (2006), Fachbuchverlag Leipzig im Carl Hanser Verlag München
  • Bumiller, Horst, et al., Fachkunde Elektrotechnik, (2008), Europa Lehrmittel
  • Mohan, N./ Undeland, T./ Robbins, W., Power Electronics (2002), Jon Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Zach, F., Leistungselektronik, (2009), Springer

Assessment methods

  • course-immanent assessment
Module 4 Automation (MOD4)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Modern Programming Concepts (BMPK)
German / ILV
6.00
4.00
Module 5 Intelligent Manufacturing (MOD5)
German / kMod
3.00
-
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (BIMS)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 6 Projektmanagement (MOD6)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Leading of project teams (BFPT)
German / SE
3.00
2.00

Course description

In the course the students get to know main principles of leading teams.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the role of leadership in the different stages of team development (for example by Tuckman) and to derive relevant leading actions (for example directive leadership in the forming phase).
  • diagnose dynamics in project teams using models (for example rank dynamics, drama triangle, TZI) and to develop and argue case-related concrete opportunities for activities (for example delegation of responsibility, critical discussion).

Course contents

  • leadership styles and actions (in leading projects teams)
  • leadership tools in project teams
  • consequences of not leading
  • role conflicts "colleague" and "project leader"
  • conflicts and difficult situations in leading project teams

Prerequisites

none

Literature

  • Cronenbroeck, Wolfgang (2008): Projektmanagement, Verlag Cornelsen, Berlin
  • DeMarco, Tom (1998): Der Termin – Ein Roman über Projektmanagement, München: Hanser
  • Kellner, Hedwig (2000): Projekte konfliktfrei führen. Wie Sie ein erfolgreiches Team aufbauen, Hanser Wirtschaft
  • Majer Christian/Stabauer Luis (2010): Social competence im Projektmanagement - Projektteams führen, entwickeln, motivieren, Goldegg-Verlag, Wien

Assessment methods

  • Case study (grade)

Anmerkungen

none

Warm-Up Elektronik (WUE_VZ)
German /
-
-
Warm-Up Informatik (WUI_VZ)
German /
-
-
Warm-Up Mechanik (WUM_VZ)
German /
-
-

2. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Current Topics in Mechatronics and Robotics (ATMR)
German / SO
1.00
0.50
LabView (LABV)
German / SO
3.00
1.00
Module 2 Mechatronische Methoden und Systeme (MOD2)
German / kMod
24.00
-
Air- und Hydromechatronik (BAHM)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Mechatronics 2 laboratory (BMELAB)
German / LAB
3.00
2.00
Mechatronik 2 (BMECH)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Mobile and Service Robotics 1 (BMUS)
English / ILV
3.00
2.00
Optomechatronics (BOPT)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 3 (MOD3bb)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Computer Aided Engineering (BCAE)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Generative Fertigungsverfahren (BGFE)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 4 Automation (MOD4)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Advanced Automation (BAAU)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 6 Projektmanagement (MOD6)
German / kMod
9.00
-
International project management (BIPM)
English / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 8 (MOD8bb)
German / kMod
16.00
-
Planning and controlling (BPUC)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Rapid Prototyping (RPT)
German / ILV
1.00
0.50

3. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 2 Mechatronische Methoden und Systeme (MOD2)
German / kMod
24.00
-
Mobile and Service robotics 2 (BMUS)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 3 (MOD3bb)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Industrial Handling (IHA)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 6 Projektmanagement (MOD6)
German / kMod
9.00
-
Processmanagement (BPZM)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Industry, economic life, but also research, development, teaching and public administration rely on efficient operations and processes to successfully provide products or services for their customers. This course gives an insight into basics and methods of process management – in corporate activities within supply networks (value networks), in operations of corporations / organizations as well as in operational production and service processes.The course covers strategic aspects (management of operations and processes) and operational execution (design, planning, controlling) of processes.

Learning outcomes

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

  • summarize and explain basics and definitions of supply networks, operations and processes
  • describe basics, goals and methods of strategic operations management (e.g. stakeholder, vision, performance objectives, business models, life-cycle) and transfer them on selected practical examples
  • identify and apply concrete procedures (positioning, analysis, design) and adequate process modeling methods (e.g., definition of sourcing, capacity, inventory, process types and layout, configuration, variability) on examples in supply networks and (innovation) processes;
  • develop exemplary planning and controlling of ongoing operations with adequate methods of Supply Chain Management, demand, capacity and inventory management as well as resource planning and control

Course contents

  • Basics of operations and process management
  • Strategic operations management
  • Process modeling (positioning, analysis, design)
  • Supply chain management
  • Demand and capacity management
  • Inventory management
  • Resource planning and control
  • Lean synchronization

Prerequisites

- basics of quality management - manufacturing - economics

Literature

  • Slack, N./ Chambers, S./ Johnston, R./ Betts, A., (2012) Operations and Process Management - Principles and Practice for Strategic Impact, Pearson

Assessment methods

  • Course immanent assessment method and end exam
Module 7 Production Systems (MOD7)
German / kMod
3.00
-
Production planning (BPPL)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00
Module 8 (MOD8bb)
German / kMod
16.00
-
Business Management (BUNF)
German / ILV
4.00
2.50

Course description

Operating as well as strategic business. Business Case: The most obvious reason for developing a business case is to justify the resources and capital investment necessary to bring the project or investment to fruition. In this part of the course the students focus on how to write a business case.

Methodology

LectureDiscussionExamples studentes will create a Business Case, lecturer will coach

Learning outcomes

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

  • interpret business key data
  • develop a business case

Course contents

  • Business Case:
  • purpose, applicability and limitations of a business case
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • investment calculation
  • financing
  • operating and strategic business

Prerequisites

Economic basics: - accounting- investment budgeting- financing

Literature

  • Malik, F. (2014), Führen, leisten, Leben: Wirksames Management für eine neue Welt, campus

Assessment methods

  • business case (30%)Written exam (70%)
Innovation management (BINN)
German / ILV
3.00
2.00

Course description

Introduction to the principles of innovation management, based on Joseph Schumpeter's theory, certain issues will be covered in-depth

Methodology

Lectures and supplementing exercises organized in distance learning (material for cases will be distributed), plus preparation of an elaboration and presentation on an individually selected topic.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain design and structure of typical innovation processes
  • explain and utilize cross connections between technology resp. innovation management and enterprise planning and strategy
  • design and implement innovation processes for standard applications
  • explain social implications of Innovation

Course contents

  • definitions within an innovation context
  • basic concepts of innovation management
  • interrelations between innovation management and strategic management
  • implementation of innovation initiatives in various industries
  • Innovation in Austria and EU
  • exercises and in-depth study of selected topics

Prerequisites

basics of economics and general management

Literature

  • Christensen C.(2011): The Innovator's Dilemma, Harper Business; Reprint
  • Hauschildt J./ Salomo S. (2007): Innovationsmanagement, Vahlen, Auflage: 4.
  • Schnetzler N. (2006): Die Ideenmaschine: Methode statt Geistesblitz, Wiley-VCH
  • Strebel H.(Hg) (2007): Innovations- und Technologiemanagement, UTB, Auflage: 2.
  • Vahs D., Brehm A.(2015): Innovationsmanagement, Schäffer-Poeschel; Auflage: 5.

Assessment methods

  • 50% elaboration and presentation on an individually selected topic
  • 50 % final written exam
Taxation Law (BSR)
German / ILV
2.00
2.00
Technical English (BENG)
English / SE
3.00
2.00

Course description

The students acquire skills required for their master’s studies such as writing scientific abstracts and papers, and techniques for successful project presentations in English

Methodology

Seminar

Learning outcomes

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

  • write abstracts and scientific papers in English in compliance with given formal and language-related guidelines
  • present and defend technical projects and papers such as the master’s thesis in English before an exam committee;

Course contents

  • English for scientific writing
  • structure and language of an English abstract
  • writing an abstract for the 3rd semester project
  • structure of a technical project presentation
  • presentation techniques and relevant language
  • presentation of the 3rd semester project

Literature

  • Göschka, M. et al (2014) Guidelines for Scientific Writing
  • Handouts on current themes and topics

Assessment methods

  • You will be assessed on the quality of your oral presentation and written abstract, and on your participation in class discussions.
Module 9 Wissenschaftliche Arbeit (MOD9)
German / kMod
6.00
-
Project (PRJ)
German / PRJ
6.00
4.00

Course description

Self-dependent execution and solving of an individual project task in the field of mechatronics/ robotics

Methodology

Project work

Learning outcomes

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

  • define a project based on a rough conceptual assignment
  • develop a concrete phase approach for the assigned project based on generic system engineering models; according to the assigned topic this may also include (rapid) prototyping methods
  • create a project plan (Gantt-chart and project structure plan (PSP)) with regard to the dimensions of time, financial requirements and resource allocation
  • perform a feasibility evaluation according to project progress (if applicable twice – once after having finished the logical system model, and a second time after having completed the physical system design); this includes the modification of the initial Gantt-chart and PSP according to the findings of these feasibility considerations
  • implement the respective project starting with kick-off via customer requirement analysis and 1-2 progress report(s)/ -presentation(s) up to technical set-up, final project presentation and technical documentation, within the course timeframe (scheduled project presentations and meetings)

Course contents

  • project definition, requirement specification, feasibility
  • kick-off
  • project planning und -execution
  • functional model
  • system design
  • prototype development
  • progress reports, final presentation
  • writing of a scientific project report

Prerequisites

- basic knowledge scientific writing- project management- technical knowledge in the field of mechatronics/ robotics (depending on project topic)

Literature

  • Anglia Ruskin University, (2010), Guide to the Harvard Style of Referencing, 2nd edition
  • Teschl S., Göschka, K.M., (2010), Leitfaden zur Verfassung einer Bachelorarbeit oder Master Thesis, Version 3.0 und Institut für Mechatronics, Änderungen zum Leitfaden, V4, August 2011
  • Skern, T., (2009), Writing Scientific English: A Workbook, UTB, Stuttgart
  • further topic-specific literature

Assessment methods

  • Assessment of the results of the project and of the project report.

4. Semester

Name ECTS
SWS
Module 10 Master Thesis (MOD10)
German / kMod
30.00
-
Master's Thesis (MTbb)
German / BE
27.00
0.00
Seminar for Master´s Thesis (DISBB)
German / SE
3.00
2.00