Core courses (Acceptance guaranteed)

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Plant Engineering and Construction


Learning Outcomes and Competences: This module enables the latest topics in electrical engineering to be integrated into lectures. It is generally designed in collaboration with industry or other research institutions.


  • Plant design phases
  • Cost estimation and contract negotiation
  • Risk management - Project management
  • Time-line & cost tracking
  • Contract management
  • Sub-contracting & EPCs
  • Acceptance Test – Safety

Advanced Control Engineering

ECTS 5:                                                                                                          

Learning Outcomes and Competences:

Understanding the key concepts and methods of advanced control engineering, such as model-based design, pole placement, observer design, observer based state-space controller, and Kalman filter design. Ability to apply the methods to develop model-based control systems for real world problems.


  • Review classic control methods
  • Introduction in time discrete control
  • Linear algebra review
  • State-space models
  • Continuous-time linear state-space models
  • Discrete-time linear state-space models
  • Canonical forms
  • Controllability, observability
  • Pole placement method
  • Linear quadratic regulator approach
  • Observer design (full and reduced models)
  • Computer aided system design using Matlab
  • Controller validation with assessment criteria




  • Passive building elements: (discrete and integrated building elements), ohmic resistance, coil and capacity
  • Semiconductor technologies: terms and principles of IC design and production, pn junction, semiconductor technologies
  • Active building elements: bipolar transistor, CMOS transistor
  • Principles of analogue technology: basic circuits, biasing, static and dynamic behaviour, 2-port network theory, simulation techniques

Project Laboratory in Sciences and Technology


Learning Outcomes and Competences:

Under the supervision of the lecturer and potentially under the instruction of a tutor, students work in small groups on a scientific or engineering project chosen from the areas of physics, electrical engineering or software engineering that can be implemented with the available resources (time frame, facilities and equipment).


As the final outcome, the students develop a functioning circuit, build a device or conduct an experiment. Students are responsible for theoretical preparation, practical implementation and documentation of circuits/protocols and evaluations of experiments. Students will acquire any missing knowledge by studying relevant literature during the semester or from the lecturer if necessary. The results of the project must be presented. Different presentation forms can be chosen following discussion with the lecturer.

Research and Development Laboratory


The students carry out subsequent research and development work. On the basis of the previously developed device or experiment, students apply scientific methods to systematically look for new findings or practically implement the first concrete application. The available resources (time frame, facilities and equipment) must be taken into account.

First, the project groups have to devise a theoretical or applied research question. On this basis, a concept must be developed and documented in a requirements specification. The requirements specification is then submitted to the supervisor and discussed. On the basis of the devised concept, the students conduct experiments or further develop the implementations, analysing their findings with a theoretical or applied research approach. The results must be presented as a research poster or research paper or as a documented system or acceptance test to provide functional verification. In addition, the students must give a final presentation.

Scientific Writing with LaTeX


Learning Outcomes and Competences:

This module provides students with a basic knowledge of LaTeX. A key focus is the application of LaTeX to create texts with mathematical formulas and implement algorithmic methods of numeric mathematics. They also use the Scientific Notebook tool. Students learn how to independently create texts with LaTeX.

Project Health Technology

ECTS 10:

Learning outcomes and competences:

  • Students will apply their knowledge to the design of a system in the area of health technology.
  • Students will investigate one of several topics in the area of health technology, e.g. medical acoustics or sensor technology, imaging technology, telemonitoring, or data analysis.
  • Students are able to systematically plan and realize a project from start to finish.
  • During the implementation phase, students will use tools from software (building, testing, versioning, documenting) or hardware engineering (modeling, synthesizing, simulating).
  • Students will create all the documents and work products required for the realization of the project (e.g. specification, design, circuit, program, test, configuration).
  • Students will document their work, write up a final report on their project, and present their project in class.
  • The specific content of this module is dependent on the selected topic from the above mentioned health technology areas. It can be hardware- or software-specific or a combination thereof. For software-specific topics, students may apply tools, for instance for writing, testing and debugging a program, or manipulating data. For hardware-specific topics, students may apply tools to design a circuit, for instance for designing and layouting a printed circuit board or for constructing a model printed with a 3D printer. A combination of software and hardware may encompass designing a circuit, creating a printed circuit board, and programming a microcontroller used in the design.
  • Concepts from project managements required to realize the project will be taught during class and e-learning lessons.

German as a Foreign Language


At the beginning of the Welcome Weeks, two weeks prior to the start of the lecture period, we will offer a language test that determines the level for the ensuing two-week German intensive course.

Based on their level in the intensive course, students will then be able to enroll for one or more German language classes during the semester, lasting between 16 and 18 weeks.

Our language department offers a wide range of courses - from General German classes, focusing on the basics of grammar and conversation, to more advanced German courses with specializations in the fields of Design, Business and Technology.

More information on the German language course offering can be found here.

General Courses (AWEs)

ECTS 2:                                        

Every Semester students are able to choose from a list of general courses in order to complement their regular curriculum courses. As the specific topics of these courses are not determined before the Welcome Weeks (March for Summer Term and September for Winter Term) it is not possible to publish a reliable list here.

Some examples of General Courses taught in English from previous semesters are:

  • International Standardization
  • Design Thinking and Human Values
  • Becoming a Global Graduate
  • International Entrepreneurship

Additionally around 70-80 varying General Courses are offered in German (B2 German recommended) every semester, such as:

  • Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Präsentationstechniken
  • Rhetorik
  • Karrieremanagement für Frauen
  • Film Workshop / Von der Idee zum fertigen Film
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign

As the specific topics are not published yet at the time of the application, students can simply select "AWE - General Course" on their learning agreement and then apply for their specific General Course(s)  after their arrival.

Please note that some General Courses might have a limited places and therefore the acceptance is subject to the respective capacity and cannot be guaranteed.

If students cannot find a suitable course from the list after their arrival, it is of course possible to amend their learning agreement and to remove/replace one or more courses.