Core courses (Acceptance guaranteed)

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Biomass and Waste Utilization

Credits  5 ECTS                                                     


Biomass and biogenious wastes are important sources for a sustainable (green) energy production. The module contents „Biomass and Waste Utilization“ will focus on biological, thermochemical and as well as chemical and physical processes to transform, utilize and treat biomass and waste for energy purposes.

Learning Outcomes and Competences:

Objective of the module is to provide knowledge to the students about conventional and advanced technologies for bioenergy utilization and the basic concepts of sustainability. The major (Bio-) energy systems will be introduced and the specifics in their applications explained.


Credits 5 ECTS                                                          


- 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

Credits 2 ECTS                                                

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

Credits 2 ECTS                                                                 

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

Credits 2 ECTS                                                              

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.

Building Automation / Building Energy Service Project

Credits:  10 ECTS                                                                   

Building Auomation: 

Students plan the automation of a building according to the VDI 3814 and IOS/EN/DIN 16484 norm, program the automation stations and realize the design. This includes the precise  control of eneryg-efficient technical building equipment, interfacing the information technology systems of safety engineering and other information systems (such as facility management systems, ERP systems, booking systems, ticket tools), connect and visualize these functionalities, for example, using the BACnet protocol and making it compliant and accessible to users.

Students implement the energetic aspects by linking the individual systems of the technical building equipment to one another and design ergonomic visualization interfaces. The overall functionalitiy is created both in the form of functional descriptions and specifications as well as documentation according to VDI 3814 (such as GA function lists, plant and control schemes, sensor and actuator lists).

Students develop a function address key (AKZ, KKS, etc.) for the designation of the data points taking into account facility management requirements according to GEFMA 100 as well as VDMA 24196 and VDI 3814.

Building Energy Service Project:       

Students apply basic knowledge of the essential physical concepts from thermodynamics and fluid mechanics as part of the project. They determine the loads and dimension the systems necessary for removal also considering requirements from the point of view of comfort and control aspects of the energy-effcient operation of diverse technical building equipment.

German as a Foreign Language

Credits: 4 ECTS

Course Details:

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)

Credits 2 ECTS                                          

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:

  • Making Music with the Synthesizer
  • International Standardization
  • Design Thinking and Human Values
  • Becoming a Global Graduate
  • Introduction to Japanese Culture

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

  • Wissenschaftliches Schreiben und Präsentationstechniken
  • Rhetorik
  • Blockchain-Workshop
  • Energiespeichersysteme
  • Soft Skills im Dienstleistungsmanagement
  • Rendering-Seminar (Automobildesign)

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.