International Relations Office

English Taught Lectures Catalogue

Courses are listed by School and Study Programme. Please be aware that choosing courses from multiple study programmes may result in timetable conflicts. Not all courses are available every semester. They are marked either "WS" for Winter Semester (September to February) or "SS" for Summer Semester (March to August). "WS/SS" courses are available in both semesters.

Important: Bachelor students will only be allowed to take Bachelor courses. Please note that admission to some of the Master courses is restricted to particular partner universities due to respective agreements. The following course list is NOT a contractual document. It is possible that there might still be changes to the courses by or at the beginning of the semester, or the course schedules might overlap.

In Germany the level of study is differentiated by semesters / years of studies. Bachelors run from Semester 1 to 7 and Master from Semester 8 to 10.
Semester 1 & 2 —> Level 1 (1st year of studies)
Semester 3 & 4 —> Level 2 (2nd year of studies)
Semester 5 & 6 —> Level 3 (3rd year of studies)
Semester 7 & 8 —> Level 4 (4th year of studies)
Semester 9 & 10 —> Level 5 (5th year of studies)

International Student Counselor: Prof. Dr. Dirk Flottmann - Dirk.Flottmann@htw‐aalen.de

ECTS: 4

Level: 3

Evaluation: Written Exam 90 min

Description: Discussion of current issues with in-depth adjusted theoretical foundations.



International Student Counselor: Prof. Dr. Christian Neusüss - Christian.Neusuess@hs-aalen.de

ECTS: 5

*details coming soon

ECTS: 10

Level: 4

Evaluation: Oral Exam, 30 minutes

Description: Modern techniques of analytical chemistry.

Course Content: Coupling techniques (LC-MS, GC-MS, LC-ICP-OES…) ; Special techniques of mass spectrometry, depression in selected separation techniques; Process analytics; Sensors; Lab-on-a-chip; Enantiomere analysis; Sampling and sample preparation; The application of analytical chemistry in diverse fields will also be addressed


ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description: Learn about modern bio-analytical topics, as well as methods in the field of protein analysis and related areas. Focus is on professional competence.

Course Content: Sample preparation for nucleic acids from biological material; Hybridization and blotting methods; Nucleic acids; Recovery, purification and isolation; Polymerase chain reaction; DNA sequencing; High density formats of nucleic acid analysis (DNA, RNA chips); Various tests for nucleic acid detection; Genomics




ECTS: 5

*details coming soon


ECTS: 29

Level: 5

Evaluation: Thesis

Description: Individual work on a theme relating to chemistry, undertaken in the Faculty of Chemistry, in an industry,or in another (possibly foreign) university. The aim is to use scientific methods to work on a comprehensive project and primarily to learn techniques and methodological approaches. Skills acquired in this field will be of the utmost importance. In addition, the social skills acquired will serve to extend communication in a business or academic environment.

Course Content: Individual work in the field of Chemistry / Biotechnology


International Student Counselor: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Klauck - Ulrich.Klauck@hs‐aalen.de

ECTS: 4

Level: 2

Evaluation: Written Exam, 120 minutes

Description: This course will focus on basic knowledge of software engineering and knowledge in the various areas of software, the ability to understand scientific texts and reproduce them in writing, the ability to orally present technical content, and time management.

Course Content: Project preparation and application; Project planning, Project structure plans; Estimating techniques for size, effort, and cost; Scheduling and dependencies; Project organization, resource management; Project monitoring, controlling; Team management and soft skills; Project completion; Risk management; Special features of IT project management; Special challenges (Agile projects, offshore, projects, etc.); Policies and practices


ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Evaluation: Written Exam, 120 minutes

Description: Acquire knowledge and skills related to the structure of software solutions

Course Content: Approach software architecting analytically and methodologically; understand the importance of architecture for achieving software qualities; Role and functions of a software architect, architectural process, concepts, principles, heuristics, methods, and a variety of architectural design patterns; create, describe, present, and evaluate a software architecture; Understand the influence of platform-specific architecture, middleware, and application frameworks to soften architecture and can justify related decisions; Current software architecture topics; software design patterns; software architecture governance; software structural metrics; quality construction

Prerequisite: Advanced object-oriented programming skills (e. g., Java, C++, C#)

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

*details followings soon


ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Prerequisite: Bachelor in Computer Science including advanced object-oriented programming skills (e.g., Java, C++, C#)

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Exam: Project-based.

Prerequisite: Bachelor in Computer Science including advanced object-oriented programming skills (e.g., Java, C++, C#)


ECTS: 5

Level: 5

*details followings soon


The courses are only open to students enrolled in the "International Business Studies" (IBW) study program.


ECTS: 5

Level: 1

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description:

Application of essential and advanced techniques of formal Business English. These include also written communication conform to today's technological requirements in consideration of the evoked reaction of audience:

    • Working out of the effective and precise letters as well as memos
    • Composition of the informal and formal reports
    • Proofreading and dealing with the correspondence copies
    • Preparation of exact, complete application papers and cover letter
    • Excellent behavior during the interviews and complete follow-up correspondence
    • Conflict resolution at the workplace with the application of ethic tools
    • Tools of successful scheduling and participation in meetings as well as the application of appropriatetechniques of telephone use

Competences:

    • Ability of internal corporate communication in English
    • Capability to understand and interpret the implicit messages in the communication
    • Capability to find out, when the communication turns to be ineffective and to solve the problem applying the alternative behavior pattern
    • Reinforced awareness of social aspects in the mutual work and therefore its social competence

Course Content:

Business English:

    • Basics of good English
    • Essay writing
    • correct writing

Business Communication:

    • Business communication
    • Business correspondence
    • Administration and miscellaneous
    • Departments intercommunication
    • Composition of press releases


Culture and communication

Learning goals of Culture & Communication:

    • Knowledge of the basic concepts and components of communication model
    • Knowledge of the principal communication arts in the economy
    • Knowledge of vocabulary, expressions, structures and sentence patterns in Business English
    • Knowledge of the essential basic terms of culture and its variables
    • To develop the knowledge of the culture role in the communication
    • Knowledge of the diverse values of intercultural communication and skills transfer for the successful human interaction
    • Knowledge of the best practices in the field of intercultural communication


Competences:

    • Ability of internal corporate communication in English
    • Capability to understand and interpret the implicit messages in the communication
    • Capability to find out, when the communication turns to be ineffective and to solve the problem applying the alternative behavior pattern
    • Reinforced awareness of social aspects in the mutual work and therefore its social competence


Course Content:

    • Challenge of intercultural communication
    • Cultural pattern and fluctuations
    • Multicultural identity
    • The unique role of language
    • Intercultural interaction: verbal communication styles
    • Intercultural communication practice: listening comprehension, writing, presentation, persuasion,
    • negotiation, etc.
    • Gender specific communication: why cannot a woman speak as a man and vice versa
    • Case studies from Germany, the UK, Japan, the USA, France and China


Please note, the module „67902 – Marketing“ is comprised of three lectures: „67404 – Marketing“, „67405 – Assignment project“ and „67406 – Logistics“ (German lecutre).

If you want to attend the lecture “67404 – Introduction to Marketing” you also have to attend “67405 – Assignment Project” because both of them form one exam.

Please put it as follows on your learing agreements:

Course Unit Code

Course Unit Title

ECTS Credits

67404 & 67405

Introduction to Marketing & Assignment Project

7

These two courses must be attended together.


67404 - Introduction to Marketing

ECTS: 5

Level: 2

Evaluation: Project work

Description:

Introduction to Marketing is in English, but Assignment Project is in German, however English course materials will be provided for self-study.

Learning goals/competencies:

Basic understanding of three key corporate functions, both internally and externally oriented.

The course covers:

      The conceptual foundations of three corporate functions

      The current behavior models and theoretical foundations of the relevant decisions of economic agents

      The basic tools of project management, logistics and marketing functions which help to influence decisions

      Embedding the single function in the entire business processes and organizational structure as well as the respective functional internal processes and structures

      The importance of informational basis for optimal functioning decisions

      The importance of the international context of the function and characteristics of decisions abroad

      Know and learn (self-control, and execute) to apply smaller and medium sized projects

Course Content:

    • Theoretical foundations and recent developments in the field of marketing
    • Consumer behavior
    • Marketing perspectives: inside-out versus outside-in
    • Marketing analyses: Situational analysis, marketing research
    • Strategic marketing: Markt segmentation, -positioning, targets
    • Operative marketing: 4 P’s
    • International marketing
    • Case studies


67405 - Assignment Project

ECTS: 2

Level: 2

Evaluation: Project

Description: Assignment Project is in German, however English course materials will be provided for self-study.

Course Content:

    • General introduction to project management
    • Phases of a project
    • Project planning and organization
    • Practical accompaniment

ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Learning goals:

    • Knowledge of essential characteristics and qualities of a successful manager in today's modern multicultural working environment
    • To get to know how the diverse cultures approach the leadership subject in the modern working milieu
    • To explain the big problems arising in the mutual work of several cultures as leader/employees or teams of executives.
    • Knowledge of such terms as: culture, virtue, cultural dimensions in proper organizations and beyond its bounds.
    • To realize the pros and cons of various types of work cultures.


Competences:

    • Capability to show the practical diversity management competences: organizational level, team level, individual level
    • Ability of effective leadership methods in various cultural circumstances
    • Capability to identify the problems in the relationships working together with people of different cultures in their proper organization and beyond its bounds

Course Content:

Intercultural behaviour:

    • "Intercultural competence"
    • Experience and comportment in organizations: goals, decisions, problems solving, work motivation
    • Standards of culture: impact on behaviour, self-reflection and strange-reflection, individual
    • Intercultural learning and behaviour: acculturation, moral concepts, workflows
    • Personal strategies:qualification test, success factors for assignments abroad, choice methods, support & management, reintegration


Diversity in organizations:

    • Social, cultural and psychological aspects of diversity: models and experiences
    • Diversity in organizations: team-building, coordination activities, process and project planning
    • Analysis of success factors and cost drivers: positive and negative impacts of cultural diversity
    • Leadership themes resulting from cultural complexities


Student team work:

    • Case studies

ECTS: 5

Level: 2

Evaluation: Project

Description: The learning objective is to provide students with a solid understanding of international marketing management. Upon completing the course, the student will obtain an understanding of global markets, some implications of international business transactions, and be able to recognize cultural differences in various global business settings and their impact on the conduct of international marketing, seen both from a strategic and operational perspective.

Course Content:

1. Market-bases and competence-based perspective of marketing
2. Foundations of consumer behaviour:

  • Globalisation and multinational organizations;
  • Global markets and institutions; 
  • Consumer, industrial goods and services

3. Strategic marketing:

  • Marketing targets;
  • Foundations and strategic options in international marketing;
  • Market segmentation

4. Market entry strategies and market development:

  • Market entry and market development approaches;
  • Direct, indirect exporting; licensing, franchising, joint ventures, strategic alliances, subsidiaries;
  • Combination of market entry approaches;
  • Success factors

5. Tasks, framework and standardization potential of the marketing mix within an international context:

  • Internationalproduct policy;
  • International distribution policy;
  • International price policy;
  •  International communication policy;

6. Implementation of marketing mix
7. Brand management

5-7 Case studies will be discussed in detail

ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Evaluation: Project

Description: Students will understand relevant developments in markets of electronic business. An entrepreneurial mind set and idea assessment methodology will be practiced in current cases.

Course Content: Based on team briefings, an individual course process will be aligned at the beginning of each course. Regular progress tracking and discussions facilitate learning and complement individual project work and contributions


Prerequsite: Capital markets (see lecture „67407 – Capital markets“) 

ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Evaluation: Project

Description:

  • Learning Objectives
    • Knowledge of the activity fields of a CFO
    • Knowledge in practical methods requested for business evaluation
    • Knowledge of the main theoretical concepts and models in the field of corporate finance
  • Expertise
    • Ability to conduct a comprehensive business review with a critical choice of methods
    • Ability to derive recommendations for a CFO in order to optimize its capital structure and dividend policy
  • Methodological skills
    • Ability to safely use the methods of company evaluation
    • Ability to analyze the capital structure and dividend policy of a company
    • Mastery of the essential models and trade-offs in information asymmetries
  • Social skills
    • Ability to work in teams (working on case studies in a team and business simulation)
    • Ability to present the case study results

Course Content:

    • Fundamentals of Capital Market Theory
    • Review of uncertain cash flows (CAPM)
    • Business Valuation I (DCF, Adjusted Present Value)
    • Business Valuation II (Multiple)
    • Theory of optimal capital structure
    • Dividend Policy
    • Impact of information asymmetries
    • Mergers & Acquisitions

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Evaluation: Project

Description: Arrangement of the essential concepts and theories of company strategy, international business and economic globalization dynamics. At first, is the description and explanation of strategic processes in a global economy and the action fields of international companies. Building on progress, the function in shaping strategic decisions in an international context as a main point, as well as their enforcement, such as by leadership or negotiating processes. The module is in addition to the lecture focused on knowledge transfer parts and studying literature taught interactively with case studies and exercises for teamwork.

Course Content: 

Foundations of Strategy Analysis
1. Goals, Values, and Performance
2. Industry Analysis
3. Industry and Competitive Advantage
4. Resources and Capabilities


Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage
5. Sources and Dimensions of Competitive Advantage
6. Industry Evolution and Competitive Change
7. Management of Innovation
8. Competitive Advantage in Mature Industries


Corporate Strategy
9. Vertical Integration and the Scope of the Firm
10. Global Strategy and the Multinational Corporation
11. Diversification Strategy

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Evaluation: Project

Description:

  • Learning goals:
    • Knowledge of actual concepts and differencies between the institutions in diverse countries as well as their impact on the business practices of international enterprises
    • To know the essential components of functional institutional and industrial relations, the corporate responsibility, the role of state at the market and methods of corporate governance
    • To know the current trends of institutional change in forms of Business Systems
    • Knowledge of four big national Business Systems


  • Competences:
    • Capability to identify and solve the problems emerging from various functions of institutions in the international context
    • To identify the changes and trends in national Business Systems
    • To integrate the cultural and institutional methods by solution of practical problems emerging in the international context

Course Content:

I. Institutional environment of international enterprises:

    • What is an institutional framework?
    • Formal institutional environment
    • Informal institutional environment
    • Institutional framework of a globalized world
    • International Governance of International Business
    • Exertion of influence on the institutional environment

II. Globalization of business activities:

    • Motives for enterprises to go global
    • Actual situation of the world trade: globalization of markets
    • National, international and multinational competition
    • Driving forces of globalization: technology and institutional change


III. Components of National Business System

    • Definitions of functions of critical institutions
    • Institutional inter and intra networks
    • Labor markets and relations
    • Corporate governance. More as finance


IV. National Business Systems

    • East Asia
    • Anglo-Saxon
    • Rheinish
    • Scandinavian
    • et al.

This module consists of the two lectures “67708 – International Trade” and “67709 – Regional Studies”. There will be only one exam, hence you have to attend both of them.

Please put it als follows on your learing agreements:

Course Unit Code

Course Unit Title

ECTS Credits

67708 & 67709

International Trade & Regional Studies

5

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Evaluation: Project

Description:

  • To reach a deep understanding of:
    1) The relationship between the global economy and the strategies of multinational companies
    2) The causes, forms and gains from foreign trade (Terms of Trade)
    3) The Terms of Payment as well as the usual financing and insurance forms
    4) The causes and forms of Foreign Direct and Portfolio Investment (FDI/PI)
    5) The determinants of exchange rates and exchange rate systems
    6) The determinants of the world economic cycle and its implications for multinational companies
    7) The development and potential of Latin American markets in connection with the above points


  • The abilities to be acquired are:
    1) To interpret and use properly data and developments of the world economy from the perspective of business
    2) To perceive and anticipate competition advantages from world trade
    3) To take sound decisions on price, sales and payment forms
    4) To analyze and choose optimal locations
    5) To perceive exchange rate risks and react properly
    6) To analyze problems and development conditions in Latin America by applying the abilities listed above
    7) To competently do business in Latin America

Course Content: 

1) Development of the world economy - Multinationals - globalization
3) The international trade - payment and financing of foreign trade transactions
5) Commercial and non-commercial services
5) Foreign Investment: motives, location search and selection
6) Exchange rates and exchange rate systems
7) The international economy - the impact on businesses and products
8) Latin America: regions, markets, development and prospects, taking into account in (1-7) mentioned topics


Prerequisite: previous knowledge in Mathematics for Business, Statistics as well as Finance and Investment is requried.

Remarks: the lecture “67608 - Corporate Finance” builds on knowledge from this lecture

ECTS: 5

Level: 2

Evaluation: written exam, 90 Minutes

Description:

Objectives:

    • Knowledge of the economic functions and various forms of capital markets
    • Knowledge of the characteristics and features of security traded in the capital markets
    • Knowledge of the basic concepts and models of modern capital market theory to the valuation of securities

Expertise:

    • Ability to derive investment decisions (security selection, portfolio construction)
    • Ability to assess investment projects under uncertainty
    • Ability to perform a simple business valuation

Method of Competencies:

    • Ability to use the theory of rational decision in security and insecurity for valuing securities, projects and companies

Social skills:

    • Ability to solve problems in a team exercise with several students
    • Ability to present the exercises in plenary

Course Content:

    • Introduction and overview
    • Investment decisions under safety
    • Decisions at uncertainty
    • Portfolio theory
    • Market balance: Capital Asset Pricing model (CAPM)
    • Assessment of fixed-income securities
    • Forwards/futures
    • Options
    • Microstructure of capital markets

ECTS: 3

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description: With the help of current literature, lectures from experts, case studies, and concrete examples, current challenges in management in English will be discussed and the students will get a sense of the special characteristics and challenges of working in international settings with an emphasis on the health care industry.


International Student Counselor: Ms. Helga Herkommer-Wagner Helga.Herkommer-Wagner@hs-aalen.de

ECTS: 6

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Oral Exam, 20 minutes

Description: By dealing with strategic marketing planning, lead times and forecasting, students gain the ability to effectively to develop company sales and planning. It also focuses aspects of the operational sales planning and controlling. In addition, students will gain knowledge that will put them in a position to file and shape deals and customer relationships.

Course Content: Strategic sales planning—operative sales planning; Scopes of sales management; In-house
planning cycle; Sales goals—both qualitative and quantitative; Tier 1, 2, ect. Businesses; Sales types: one time sale, blanket orders, etc..; Lead times for orders in the corresponding business; Sales / Revenue forecasts: range of forecast; Prediction accuracy; Implementation of Planning; Reporting


Contact person for regular and international students: Mr. Philipp Ottenstein  Philipp.Ottenstein@hs-aalen.de

Only available to students from ESC Clermont-Ferrand Graduate School of Management, France and University of Maine, USA.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): Students of this module get skills in the areas of quantitative methods and research methods to independently be able to select and apply suitable methods for the occurring questions. In the area of quantitative methods, they are able to use maximized, regressed and / or randomized Methods. They are able to compare methods and to make the right choice adjusted to the case. Furthermore they are able to analyze and evaluate the significance of the results. Finally, they can critically assess methods and synthesize the results of quantitative research. As far as research methods are concerned, students are able to understand the nature and principles of scientific research and the most important qualitative methods of social sciences. They are also able to compare methods to evaluate them in their usefulness and to choose the most suitable method after weighing their advantages and disadvantages.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills" and "self-employment"): Students will be able to argue independently, quantitatively and research – oriented and to defend their arguments against criticism.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Students are able to independently examine quantitative models for consistency. They can choose a method for their master thesis and make a statistical application competently in other subjects. In the field of research, skills in planning and implementing own research work are gained through the corresponding research project design. Furthermore the students are able to select and apply the appropriate research methods.

Course Content:

Research methodology:

    • Fundamentals of science and science theory
    • Basic concepts of scientific research (research strategy, research question, research design)
    • Quantitative and qualitative methods in empirical social sciences.
    • Methods of primary research and secondary research
    • Preparation and presentation of scientific results


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): After taking part in the lecture, students will be able to identify the special features of international marketing, know the influence of the international economic environment and can identify the implications for market-oriented business management. Likewise, students are able to outline the fundamentals of international distribution management and to determine the features of international business negotiations and dealings. Students are able to solve complex problems in the area of international marketing and sales and are able to analyze appropriate solutions to problems within the framework of the case along the value chain and can present these. After participating in the lecture, students are able to predict the effects and problems of the international economic environment on marketing and sales processes and are able to make suggestions for solutions.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Through the combination of the types of examinations an optimal training of communicative skills is achieved (individual and group work within the scope of projects). In particular, the independent elaboration of complex matters is being trained.

Course Content:

1. International marketing - classification

2. International marketing environment

3. Commercial institutions and guidelines

4. Market entry and market development

5. International marketing mix

6. Global identity-based brand management

7. Fundamentals of international sales

8. Sales strategy

9. International business transactions


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Evaluation based on individual and group grades

Description: 

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): Students gain in-depth knowledge of the progress of market research projects in industry and are able to judge these critically. The application of suitable quantitative and qualitative methods, depending on the importance in industry, is of particular importance. In the context of team projects students are able to apply analytic methods by using standard statistical software, e.g. SPSS. In doing so, the students are also able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the analytical methods presented and they are thus enabled to plan and evaluate the appropriate methods for practical cases.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Through the application of acquired knowledge within market research projects the independent dealing with complex questions in the team is being trained.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Appropriate methods of data analysis and interpretation are conveyed and in particular their fields of application explained. In addition, the students are able to deepen the software - based application of the methods and can interpret the results.

Course Content: 

    • Introduction to data analysis and interpretation
    • Use of multivariate methods of interdependent and dependency analysis (e.g., mean value comparisons, regressions, etc.)
    • Analytical methods and fields of application in market research
    • Use of software in the context of market research

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: (Grade in Managerial Econ + Grade in Pricing) / 2

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): The students understand the methods and applications of the micro economy for management purposes and are able to successfully apply the game theory in competition issues. They can evaluate pros and cons of companies in the competition and are able to work independently on own solutions. Furthermore students are in a position to evaluate price strategies and redefine them. They are able to apply the principles of personnel economics independently, to assess errors and to develop solutions. In addition they can make organizational and personnel changes to improve the competitive position of the company.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): The treatment of topics in the team strengthens the social skills of the students. In addition, the elaboration of the subject requires a high degree of independent working.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Students can use economical methods to solve (operational and strategic) management problems and are capable of evaluating transaction costs and taking measures for their reduction.

Course Content:

1) Price and volume competition

2) Market leadership, cartel, conflict

3) Impact of product differentiation on competition strategies

4) Organization and planning as competitive factors

5) Economy of employment

6) Internationalization strategies


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): Students know the fundamental changes that occur in globally operating organizations. They are able to recognize and classify the issues that arise in these organizations. This allows them to assess the current organizational structures and to make own recommendations.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Independent access to new topics and a structured presentation of the results will be practiced.

Course Content:

1. Fundamentals of organizational development in a global environment

2. Special features in the service business (expansion of the offer with services)

3. Impact of this development on the organization (Marketing & Sales)

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description: 

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): Students know the basic theories of influencing persons and are empowered to use them in concrete practical questions. Through that they learn to assess and to cope with different negotiating situations.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Students of the module increase their communication skills in order to achieve good negotiation results.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: The students learn methods on how to influence persons in a targeted way in order to meet predetermined goals (Setting up focus groups, etc.).

Course Content:

1. Basics of negotiation

2. Negotiate and persuade

3. Methodology and application of focus groups

4. Processing of practice cases


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): The students understand and are in the position to use the four most important qualitative research methods - interviews, focus groups, participant observation and inductive case analysis- to analyze results and to derive recommendations for action, eg for the management. Through this module students understand the selection process of the four main qualitative methods, are able to identify the optimal method (s) and can perform these in a specific manner. Students also understand the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative research methods compared to quantitative research methods and are able to assess and differ the various metric characteristics of the qualitative methods. Students can use the methods within the framework of a cause analysis or event analysis and, if necessary, combine them. Special attention is put onto inductive data analysis, so that the students are qualified to perform qualitative problem analysis enterprise related and to optimize non-discrete processes. The students are enabled not only to carry out their own qualitative analysis, but to also assess the quality of other people, so that they can analyze and optimize real business processes in companies.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): The students are empowered to recognize non-discrete problems, building a logical framework to analyze the problem, and to defend the logic of its analysis in the qualitative framework.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Students are enabled to analyze the structure of arguments on the basis of clear and consistent logic. This is achieved by the use of peer review articles in trade journals. Students have to compare and synthesize facts, figures and arguments from different sources. By focusing on the active cooperation of the students, the students have to develop and defend effective and independent evaluations.

Course Content:

1. Epistemology of qualitative methodology

2. Inductive and deductive research methods and analysis

3. Commonalities and differences of selected qualitative methods

4. Selected qualitative methods:

A. Interviews

B. Focus Groups

C. Observation methodology

D. Inductive case studies

5. Inductive data analysis

6. Criticism and assessment of qualitative methodology

7. Case studies / company problems and qualitative methodology


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): After attending the lecture, students are able to show characteristics of industrial goods marketing, can name the influence of the brand management in the B2B area and are able to estimate the implications for the market-oriented company management. Students are enabled to solve complex problem solutions in the field of industrial goods marketing and B2B brand management, to find appropriate solutions to problems within the framework of the discussed case studies and to present them appropriately. After attending the lecture, students are able to solve problems within the framework of industrial goods marketing and brand management, and to provide suggestions for solutions.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Through the combination of the types of examinations, an optimal training in communicative skills is achieved (individual and group work within the scope of projects). In particular, the independent elaboration of complex subjects is practiced.

Course Content:

1. Classification industrial goods marketing

2. Special features of the industrial goods market

3. Purpose, calculation and application areas of customer lifetime value

4. Identity-based B2B brand management

5. Case studies

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): Students can efficiently and effectively make decisions in business life and use the methods of business intelligence. This ability is practiced on the basis of case studies.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): The ability to co-manage projects related to business intelligence, and in particular to manage team conflicts.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Ability to apply business intelligence methods.

Course Content:

Business Intelligence (BI) has the goal to transform raw data into useful knowledge for economic application. Today a variety of scientific theories, methods, architectures and technologies are available for this. The participants learn the basic methods of BI on practical examples. Main content is the suggestion, design and implementation of a suitable BI project in small teams.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): After participating in the lecture, students can present the special features of customer relationship marketing, know the concepts, models and CRM specific applications and are able to estimate the implications for the market-oriented company management. Students analyze complex problem solutions in the area of CRM, formulate appropriate solutions on problems within the framework of the case studies to be discussed and present these independently and reasonable. After attending the lecture, students are able to solve problems within the framework of CRM and to provide suggestions for solutions.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Through the combination of the types of examinations, an optimal training in communicative skills is achieved (individual and group work within the scope of projects). In particular, the independent elaboration of complex subjects is practiced.

Course Content:

1. Classification of CRM

2. Development of CRM

3. Customer lifetime value in customer relationship management

4. Strategic and operational CRM

5. Case studies


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): The students understand the determinants of international trade with goods as well as the transnational factual migration. They are capable to evaluate weaknesses and strengths of the countries in trade and in the factor endowment. They are capable of comparing exchange rate systems and identifying their advantages and disadvantages Furthermore they can classify/characterize countries according to their development level. They can evaluate regional integration processes according to cost / benefit criteria, and finally, they can integrate the objectives, tasks and activities of international organizations into the relevant overall context.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): As a team, the students sharpen their ability to independently develop solutions for international questions of markets and to represent their solutions internally and externally.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: The students can carry out a balance of payments analysis independently. They are able to independently evaluate countries with regard to their comparative advantages and disadvantages. They can successfully carry out a country or location analysis and are able to deal with exchange rates in their diploma thesis or in practical work.

Course Content:

1) Internationalization, regionalization, globalization

2) Determinants of international trade

3) Trade balance and prices

4) Terms-of-trade

5) Protectionism and regional integration

6) Factor mobility and reasons for its determination

7) Balance of payments analysis

8) Exchange rates and exchange rate systems

9) Macroeconomic adjustment at fixed exchange rates

10) Normal and abnormal reaction of the power balance

11) International organizations


Contact person for regular and international students: Mr. Philipp Ottenstein Philipp.Ottenstein@hs-aalen.de

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): The students get the ability to carry out extensive company evaluations. Various methods are developed and questioned critically. They can analyze a company's dividend policy and capital structure. In addition, the students can classify the fields of activity of a CFO.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills" and "self-employment"): In the "Corporate Finance" module, case studies must be solved in teamwork. Students can guide the professional development of others and are able to solve problems proactive within the team. The results must be presented in the plenum (presentation competences).

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Recognized methods of corporate and financial analysis and the interpretation of these analyzes and especially their areas of application are conveyed. In addition, the students can use the software -application of the methods and can deepen and interpret the results.

Course Content:

1. Basics of capital market theory

2. Valuation of uncertain cash flows (CAPM)

3. Company valuation I (DCF method, Adjusted Present Value)

4. Company rating II (Multiples)

5. Theory of optimal capital structure

6. Dividend policy

7. Impact of information asymmetries

8. Mergers & Acquisitions


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description: 

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): The students understand and are in the position to use the four most important qualitative research methods - interviews, focus groups, participant observation and inductive case analysis- to analyze results and to derive recommendations for action, eg for the management. Through this module students understand the selection process of the four main qualitative methods, are able to identify the optimal method (s) and can perform these in a specific manner. Students also understand the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative research methods compared to quantitative research methods and are able to assess and differ the various metric characteristics of the qualitative methods. Students can use the methods within the framework of a cause analysis or event analysis and, if necessary, combine them. Special attention is put onto inductive data analysis, so that the students are qualified to perform qualitative problem analysis enterprise related and to optimize non-discrete processes. The students are enabled not only to carry out their own qualitative analysis, but to also assess the quality of other people, so that they can analyze and optimize real business processes in companies.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): The students are empowered to recognize non-discrete problems, building a logical framework to analyze the problem, and to defend the logic of its analysis in the qualitative framework.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Students are enabled to analyze the structure of arguments on the basis of clear and consistent logic. This is achieved by the use of peer review articles in trade journals. Students have to compare and synthesize facts, figures and arguments from different sources. By focusing on the active cooperation of the students, the students have to develop and defend effective and independent evaluations.

Course Content:

1. Epistemology of qualitative methodology

2. Inductive and deductive research methods and analysis

3. Commonalities and differences of selected qualitative methods

4. Selected qualitative methods:

A. Interviews

B. Focus Groups

C. Observation methodology

D. Inductive case studies

5. Inductive data analysis

6. Criticism and assessment of qualitative methodology

7. Case studies / company problems and qualitative methodology

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): Students gain in-depth knowledge of the detailed problems of corporate governance mechanisms in specific contexts. Examples therefore can be defensive measures against hostile takeovers, corporate governance in emerging markets as well as corporate governance in the context of turnarounds, but also individual aspects, e.g. shareholder activism and diversity. Students are familiar with the basic problems of the governance of non-corporations. These include, inter alia, family business and numerous medium-sized companies, but also non-profit organizations (NPO). In many cases, students practice both the instruments and the control of their knowledge of the subject, as well as the great importance of the cultural historicality of corporate governance mechanisms. The module consists of many case studies, smaller projects in individual and group work as well as at least one housework, the results of which are presented and discussed.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): The students are empowered to independently argument qualitatively and quantitatively and to defend the situational optimal governance mechanisms in the discourse.

As the circumstances require special methodological competence: Students are able to check theories, systems and mechanisms of governance independently for freedom of consistency. In the field of research, the ability to apply the different theories in the context of current problem areas of corporate governance is trained. Another focus is on the methodical application of mathematical and theories of play theory models.

Course Content:

1. Current individual problems of corporate governance

2. Family Business Governance

3. Governance of non-enterprises (eg NPO, associations)



ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): 

Students are able to:

1. Identify and analyze the sectoral, functional, regional impact of digitalization on financial services.

2. Identify and evaluate the changes of the business processes and the interaction with the customers in the form of a systematic risk analysis and derive recommendations for minimizing risks.

3. Identify and understand the innovation in open-source-based data processing, as well as in the areas of big data, blockchain as well as explain further innovations in the financial sector from a business perspective.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): The students work together in teams on application-oriented cases of the digitalization of the financial sector. In addition, students are taught how to assimilate new information into their conceptual framework, thereby their ability to work independently is improved.

Course Content:

1. The Information Economy

2. Platform Economics

3. Bundling

4. Data Models

5. Finance processes

6. Open Sourcing, Big Data, and Blockchain

7. Pricing Shifts

8. Case Studies



ECTS: 5

Level:5

Evaluation: Written Exam

Description:

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"):

Students recognize risk and chances as inevitable aspects of corporate management. They acquire knowledge about central instruments and methods to measure, evaluate and counteract business and economic risks. Furthermore students are familiar with the process of risk management in corporations as well as its regulatory framework.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills" and "self-employment"):

Within the framework of case studies, student groups learn to evaluate risk, understand the impact of group processes and the consensus about handling risks.

Course Content:

1. Uncertainty and risk

2. Risk measurement

3. Risk-adjusted valuation

4. Scenarios, decision trees and simulations

5. Measures of risk: value at risk and beyond

6. Real option valuation

7. Risk management: idea, concept, process

8. Counteracting economic and financial risks

9. Management of strategic risks and chances

10. Principles, application and critical evaluation of risk management

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Project

Expertise ("knowledge and understanding" and "skills"): The competences acquired are determined by the focus of the respective lecturer.

Interdisciplinary qualification („social skills "and" self-employment"): Independence in solving complex business issues, discussion and problem solving in groups.

Course Content:

The concrete contents depend on the respective lecturer. They serve to deepen and also to expand the knowledge for the students of the main focus. In the area international accounting:

    • Emerging Issues in International Accounting
    • Financial Instruments (IFRS 9)
    • Revenue (IFRS 15)
    • Leasing (IFRS 16)
    • Conversion Project from local GAAP to IFRS (IFRS 1)

In the area company management:

    • Management Compensation
    • Corporate Compliance



Description:

Lecture contents:

Event management and marketing, design and planning

sustained development, basics, subjects, applications, indicators

sustained subjects of events

Practical concepts in shaping a sustained development

Management systems, auditing, certification, ISO 20121, ISO 26000, ISO 14001

Psychological, economic, technological, academic, ecological and legal frameworks,


Project tasks:

Textbook research and stakeholder analysis,

Including subjects of experience and lastingness

Event planning and analysis of requirements, quality and lastingness management, risk analysis

Project realisation, evaluation

Discussion of the project and academic rating

Documentation and preparation for publication (press report, poster)


Project subjects:

Assessment or planning of activities (event, educational strategies) including experience and lastingness. Analyses with regard to financial, cultural, ecological, social or technological topics.


Course Content:

Lecture and presentation complement the projects of the portfolio here that are essential parts of the methodology of teaching. The content is developed and extended not only by own projects but also by dealing with the projects of fellow students. Therefore, participating in the project presentations is compelling for all students.


Only a limited number of international students can sign up for this course.

ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Evaluation: Exam

Description:

International Deals, Introduction of International Marketing, Importance of cross-cultural differences, International Marketing Strategies, Entry in international Markets, Segmentation, International Brand Management/Positioning, International Product Policy, International Communication Policy, International Pricing Policy, International Distribution Policy. 

Subject and method competences will be received through this course. 


ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description:

Advanced principles of marketing performance measurement, new product development, brand management and positioning, customer loyalty, social media

Subject and method competences will acquired through this course.



ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Description:

Tools of Sales, Distribution Channels, Customers, Orders, Schedules, the sales process, Organisation forms of sales, Advertising in Technical Sales, Supply Acquisition and Laying Up, Sales Planning, Operational Planning, International Aspects, PPS, SCM, CRM, TCO, Strands of Sales.

Subject, method, and social competences will be received through this course. 

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description:

Difference Strategic sales planning - operational sales planning
Methods of Sales Controlling
Internal Planning Cycle
Sales goals - both qualitatively and quantitatively
Business: Tier 1, Tier 2, etc.
Order Types: single sale, blanket orders
Lead times for orders in the business
Sales / revenue forecasting: Range of prognosis, prediction accuracy
Implementation Planning
Reporting



ECTS: 5

Level: 2

Evaluation: Exam

Description:

Management as an institution and as a function
Backgrounds, objectives and content of corporate governance; Management and Ethics
Strategic planning:
Management process
Corporate / environmental analysis
Strategy Formulation
strategy Implementation
strategy control
Strategic leadership
Operational Planning: Budgeting, Balanced Scorecard

Subject related competences will be acquired through this course.



International Student Counselor: Prof. Dr. Achim Frick - Achim.Frick@hs‐aalen.de

ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam 90 min

Description: Polymers as construction materials; understanding plastic material nature and basic properties

Course Content: Introduction to macromolecular materials; polymers compared to other materials; molecular build
up and structure; type of polymers; polymer properties, viscoelasticity, additives, fillers and reinforcing materials

Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes; Presentation, 15 minutes

Description: General: students will learn the polymer testing methods and their application to the study of plastics and mouldings. Technical competence: students will learn the basics of polymer testing. Method competence: students should distinguish the material and the technical quality coherences and learn the appropriate test methods.

Course Content: Test methods for polymeric materials and moulded parts; tensile, creep, relaxation and impact test; DMA, DSC, TGA, TMA; heat resistance; hardness measurement; determining moisture content; density measurement; fibre content determination; capillary viscosimetry; microscopy, microtome, cut production


Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes; Presentation, 15 minutes

Description: In the lecture the students should learn selected topics of extrusion processes. Herein mainly the single- screw extruder is being treated. Also the co-rotating twin-screw extruder is treated. The students should be able to know the most important processes within the single screw extruder. Physical models of the extrusion processes are also discussed. The students should learn important polymer production processes and know to make remedies of machine troubles.

Course Content: Processes in a single screw extruder; pressure flow and drag flow; operational behaviour of extruders; processes in polymer production; twin screw extruder; Practical trail in the lab: extrusion blow moulding with wall thickness control; film extrusion; thermoforming of films/sheets


Please note: these two courses must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description: General: The students will learn in solving different tasks in the field of polymer physics; they are expected to understand the important concepts of macromolecular physics in order to have a better evaluation of the polymers properties; exercises are provided as part of the lecture to be discussed with the students. Technical competences: students are expected to be able to analyse and process tasks and problems in relation to polymer physics; they should be able to combine the specialized knowledge of the different areas of plastics technology in working out a solution; they should also be capable in representing these solutions and results in an appropriate form and implement them. Method competences: students are encouraged to analyse the given tasks and problems. Through this, it will train their understanding of physical concepts. Social competences: tasks can also be done in group. The group work requires communication skills, exchange in knowledge and experiences. This will deepen the social skills and cross-disciplinary

Course Content: Mechanics of linear deformation of polymers; simple phenomological models; place exchange model; free volume theory; gummy elasticity, crystallization and melting behaviours of polymers; permeation and diffusion theory; x-ray structural investigation of polymers


Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes; Presentation, 15 minutes; Lab

Description: Understanding and interpreting determining factors and process parameters, process analysis of selected processes, and interpreting processing defects.

Course Content: Selected methods of injection moulding (ex. MID-technique, micro-injection moulding, WIT/GITtechniques, embossing techniques); Selected methods of extrusion technology, eg. Rotational moulding, coextrusion, and 3D blow moulding; Process visualization, determination and calculation of most important process parameters and influence factors, shrinkage forecast, processing errors, and solution strategies


Please note: these two courses must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 120 minutes

Description: The students will learn a comprehensive design methods and procedures using polymer while taking technical, economic, environmental aspects into account.

Course Content: Preparation of drawings (basics); design process; material pre selection; rules for designing with plastics; design principles; simulation techniques; FE-analysis; design case studies


Please note: these two courses must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Presentation; Lab

Description: General: students should prepare and plan an experiment of producing multi-layer cast by extrusion. The students should learn the difficulty in designing an experiment. The experiment is carried out in groups. After the experiment, students should submit a written report with discussion. Technical competences: The students will learn how to plan and execute an experiment. Later on, they should be able to carry out the experiment systematically in order to collect samples for the micro testing lab. Method competence: The planning and execution of scientific experiments. In case of problems, the group should be active and independent in solving the problem. Social competence: the experiments are carried out in groups. With this the pros and cons of group work are being tested.

Course Content: Design of Experiments; Selection of suitable raw materials for film extrusion; Operation of the coextrusion; Learning how to operate the machine; Conducting experiments


Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Description: Students are introduced into thermal–mechanical testing techniques, and the application of these testing techniques in the identification and study of polymers. The role of these analysis methods in the evaluation of the lifetime and performance of the polymeric material is also emphasized.

Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Description: Students will find out about the topics of optimization of the mould design and process optimisation with 3D simulation programmes.

Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes; Lab

Description: Optimisation of tool quality to improve process capability; gate technology. The students will learn about additional measures to ensure that the tools and processes can be improved. Rheology based forecasts, process conditions. Moreover, they will learn methodology of constructing tool with CAD support. Students are able to avoid or detect errors and also to design tool independently

Course Content: Gate technology: gate position and their optimisation by filling simulation, gate types, dimensioning, automatic gate separation, gateless production, hot runner moulds; Tool design, definition of tool dimensions, slide preparation, cooling system etc.


Please note: these two courses must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description: General: after a repetition of the measurement and basic technical control, students will learn to moniter process-related parameters and tool-specific control loops to improve the reproducibility and process ability Professional competences: Students are able to select appropriate pressure and temperature sensors and evaluate their mounting position. You can model controlled and uncontrolled thermal and hydraulic processes. Students will learn various methods of mould temperature control and be able to assess their importance for the product quality. Method Competencies: Students are able to develop digital control strategies for batch manufacturing processes, simulate and evaluate their importance for quality importance.

Course Content: Process Monitoring; Modelling and Simulation of Controlled Mould Cooling Devices; Development of Control Algorithms using LabVIEW; Implementation, test and comparison of conventional and variothermal temperature control systems for injection moulding


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description: General: Polymeric materials and their properties in application. Students are able with the help of their technical and theoretical knowledge of polymer material properties to compare functional properties of conventional structural materials, evaluate and select polymeric materials for technical applications purposefully.

Course Content: Polymeric materials and their properties

Plastics, rubber, composites

Polymeric materials and competitive materials

Material selection

ECTS: 5

Level: 2

Evaluation: Exam written, 90 minutes

Course Contents:

Presentation of composite technology in consideration of high-performance materials explaining the matrix systems, fiber materials, prepregs, hybrids and their applications describing particular manufacturing and application-related selection criteria characteristics and test methods, typical process parameters and error design guidelines and profitability assessments calculation and interpretation of selected examples


Application Examples:
Laboratory exercises to demonstrate manufacturing and composite properties Composite materials, nano-composite, elastomers, thermoplastic elastomers, manufacturing, material properties, processing, use of materials, processing


ECTS: 30

Level: 5

Evaluation: Thesis

Description: Individual work in the field of polymer technology under the supervision of a professor.

Course Content: Varies based on topic


ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Evaluation: Exam

Course Content: Beam propagation, Focus diameter, Beam propagation product, reflectivity of metals, volume efficiency, process efficiency. Thermodynamics: thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, phase transformations, melting and vaporization. Joining, cutting and corresponding system technology. Surface treatment, drilling, forming and ablation.







ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Evaluation: Exam

Course Content: Beam propagation, Focus diameter, Beam propagation product, reflectivity of metals, volume efficiency, process efficiency. Thermodynamics: thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, phase transformations, melting and vaporization. Joining, cutting and corresponding system technology. Surface treatment, drilling, forming and ablation

Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4/5

Description: Students will find out about the topics of optimization of the mould design and process optimisation with 3D simulation programmes.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: To be announced soon.


Please note: this course has a required lab. They must be taken together in order to receive credit.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: To be announced soon.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: To be announced soon.


ECTS: 5

Level:2

Evaluation: Written Exam, 120 minutes

Description: After taking the course students are able to describe the fundamentals of differential equations, Integral Transforms, Discrete Fourier Transform and Statistics. Students are able to apply these topics to the engineering disciplines.

Students get a toolbox of mathematical methods needed in subsequent lectures. They are able to describe the basic notion of each topics and can apply it to various fields of use. German students may improve their skills in technical english.

Students learn various methods of higher mathematics and understand how these methods are applied in technical applications.


International Student Conselor: Prof. Dr. Peter Zipfl - Peter.Zipfl@htw-aalen.de

ECTS: 5

Level: 1

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description:The students know the mechanical, electrical and optical properties of different materials and are capable to select the appropriate material for an application (eg. casing, printed circuit board). The choice of materials is based on an engineering calculation in which it is determined whether the material properties meet the respective requirements.

Students will have a general overview of the applicable manufacturing process to select a company according to the specifications for the respective materials.

This module will be offered in English, students acquire in addition the ability to communicate in technical English and to use the appropriate vocabulary.

The exercises take place in small groups, so that students can train their transferable skills by teamwork. Results are presented and discussed the other groups.

ECTS: 10

Level: 2, 3

Evaluation: Presentation

Description: Students will get profound knowledge in project management by working on a complex project theme. They have to find innovative solutions for a complex project task through detailed planning and execution. The students will train their conflict and organizational abilities in a team by completing a task with no known solution under high time pressure.


Students will take ownership and responsibility for a project by presenting the project progress regularly to a steering committee and get to explain deviations from planning. Students will work in small groups of 2 to 6 participants on projects from the field of optoelectronics. This may include the following tasks:
- Execute scientific measurements in areas such as biomedicine, medical technology, optical engineering, Optoelectronic Devices, Imaging
- Design tasks in the fields of: Optical Systems, Optoelectronic devices, image processing, optical measurement and sensor technology, electronics hardware, software (PC and Embedded Controller)
- Design or reengineering of laboratory experiments
- Preparation and implementation of scientific exhibition projects on topics of optoelectronics
The results of the project work will be presented as part of the examination procedure.

Course Content: Students will work in groups of 2 to 6 to complete a project in the fields of optoelectronics. The results will be presented in a lecture followed by a discussion.


ECTS: 12

Level: 4

Evaluation: Self Study/Projectwork/Presentation

Description: Students work deeply on the given theme and apply the acquired skills to solve the task. They document their work results in the thesis.
Students work out the solutions independently and defend their findings in a colloquium. Students apply methods for writing scientific papers, develpop systematically a solution and plan the timeline of there work. The given task relies to field of Opto-Electronic Systems, Laser Technology or Product Management.

Course Content: Various tasks in the fields of optical-electronic systems, laser technology, product management.


ECTS: 5

Level: 3

Evaluation: Written Exam

Description: Students are able to validate different laser systems with methods of optics and electronics and to develop products in the field of laser technology. Based on the principles of laser theory students are able to apply these to specific laser systems in practice to optimize laser parameters systematically and target-oriented. The laboratory work enables students to apply theoretical knowledge within a group in a self-reliant way and to prepare the necessary knowledge for the experiments together.


International Student Counselor: Prof. Dr. Anna Nagl - Anna.Nagl@htw‐aalen.de

ECTS: 2

Level: 1

Evaluation: Technical Report

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): The students know the basic optical effects of refraction and reflection in the model of geometrical optics. They can calculate the effects of basic optical elements (thin and thick lenses, two lens systems). They can judge the influence of aperture stops on ray paths and distinguish field and aperture planes. They can determine the effect of anamorphotic systems and can transform obliquely crossed cylinders to the appropriate sphero-cylindrical representation. The students can set up and adjust basic optical experiments on an optical bench. They are enabled to perform basic optical measurements with proper evaluation of the data. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): In the lab course the students form teams of two persons. They learn to communicate effiencently, define and distribute tasks and to generate an agreed technical report p.r.n. Methods Competence: The students develop efficient learning strategies during their first term. This is encouraged by self-study phases. They apply methods for information retrieval and literature study.

Course Content: Phenomenology and definitions

ECTS: 5

Level: 1

Evaluation: Written exam, 60 minutes

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): The students are able to select different calculation methods. They can define methods of differential-, integral-, matrice optics, and series calculus. The students can recall these methods when calculating problems in optometrie and audiologie. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): The students are strongly motivated to activily participate during the courses and to convey social and intellectual interactions in groups and tutorials. Independence is supported by the part of the self-study. p.r.n. Methods Competence: The students of the first semester will remember different problem-solving abilities and they can recall new interdisciplinary approaches of methodological learning by different methods of information retrieval, e.g. literature research.

Course Content: Functions, logarithm, dB, exponential function, power function, Random and systematic error, mean and standard deviation, Differential calculus, error propagation, Integrals, Series, power series, convergence, expansion in series: Taylor series and Fourier series, for acoustic signals, Matrix and matrics optics, Matlab

ECTS: 2

Level: 1

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes (together with Wave Physics)

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): The students are able to memorise and identify different fundamentals of waves particulary with optical and acoustic examples to acquaint the students with the fundamentals of mathematic and physic functions. The students can recall the methods of e.g. the Fourier transform to label the applications of interference and diffraction especially in respect to light and sound waves. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): The students are strongly motivated to activily participate during the courses and to convey social and intellectual interactions in groups and tutorials. Independence is supported by the part of the self-study. p.r.n. Methods Competence: The students of the first semester will remember different problem-solving abilities and they can recall new interdisciplinary approaches of methodological learning by different methods of information retrieval, e.g. literature research.

Course Content: Waves, sound waves, light waves, interference, diffraction, complex numbers, Fourier transform.

ECTS: 3

Level: 1

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes (together with Mathematical Methods of Wave Physics)

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): The students are able to memorise and identify different fundamentals of waves particulary with optical and acoustic examples to acquaint the students with the fundamentals of mathematic and physic functions. The students can recall the methods of e.g. the Fourier transform to label the applications of interference and diffraction especially in respect to light and sound waves. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): The students are strongly motivated to activily participate during the courses and to convey social and intellectual interactions in groups and tutorials. Independence is supported by the part of the self-study. p.r.n. Methods Competence: The students of the first semester will remember different problem-solving abilities and they can recall new interdisciplinary approaches of methodological learning by different methods of information retrieval, e.g. literature research.

Course Content: Waves, sound waves, light waves, interference, diffraction, complex numbers, Fourier transform.

ECTS: 3

Level: 2

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): This module is based on the module "Optical Fundamentals" of the 1. semester. The students know to calculate spherical spectacle lenses for ametropic eyes and they can determine the resulting magnification. They can describe the main optical aberrations of spherical lenses. The students know several geometric-optical eye models and different lens types and they can explain various problems in respect to these topics. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): The students are strongly motivated to activily participate during the courses and to convey social and intellectual interactions in groups and tutorials. p.r.n. Methods Competence: Analysis of optical systems, Optics of single-vision spectacle lenses

Course Content: Eye models, vertex focal length, full correction, variation of corneal vertex distance, conditions of the rotation center of the eye, magnification of a spectacle lens, system magnification of lens and eye, magnifiers, simple and advanced Prentice equation, decentration, toric lenses, higher order aberrations, static and dynamic distortion, meridional and sagittal ray bundles, spherical error, astigmatism of oblique bundles, Tscherning

ECTS: 2

Level: 2

Evaluation: not graded

ECTS: 3

Level: 2

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): One of the major concerns of this module is the improvement of skills in respect to the topics of Wave Physics (based on the module "Fundamentals of Physics" 1. Semester) to acquaint the students with the issues of ophthalmic optics. The students are able to interpret the properties of optical waves. They can explain the topics of diffraction and interference due to ophthalmic optics, e.g. the resolution limit of the eye, diffractive intraocular lenses, antireflection coatings and polarisation of spectacle lenses. The students can discuss any problems using the english language to consolidate their skills of wave optics and English. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): Independence is motivated by the self-study. The main focus of social competence is the capacity for teamwork and the capability of conflict management. The students are strongly motivated to activily participate during the courses and to convey social and intellectual interactions in the practical course to consolidate their skills. p.r.n. Methods Competence: It is intended to convey problem-solving abilities and to gain new interdisciplinary approaches of methodological learning by different methods e.g. providing technical reports, literature research ect. Hence the students develop the basic skills for further scientific research and project management. Organising ability, management skills, and goal-oriented proceeding is conveyed.

Course Content: Diffraction: slit, aperture, grating (resolution limit, visual acuity, coherent light, multifocal intraocular lenses, Fresnel- and Fraunhofer diffraction) Interference (thin films, AR and mirror coatings, single- and multi-layer coatings on spectacle lenses, retinometer,interferometer, laser safety, laser) - Polarisation (Fresnel equations, spectacle lenses, polarisator, phase shift, applications for opticians) - Reflection, absorption and transmission (Fresnel equations, continuous conditions, reflectance of single and multi-layer coatings on spectacle lenses) - Waveplates, Speckle


ECTS: 2

Level: 2

Evaluation: Technical report

Course Content: Experiments due to diffraction (slit, grating, aperture), Spectroscopic measurements, interferometer

ECTS: 3

Level: 2

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): The students consider the variety and choose the adequate technique to assess (monocular) ametropias, including the selection of an adequate methodological approach (with especial reference to [streak] retinoscopy) and related sources of error. The students also consider the variety of underlying (ophthamological) diseases, leading to ametropia and their impact on the related examination technique, including disturbance factors, such as accommodation, fixation instability etc.. The students know and can differentiate between various manual and automated devices for assessment of refraction
They develop and prove an adequate, empathic behaviour, taking the special psychological situation of visually impaired patients into consideration. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“):
The students estimate the specific problems of individuals with (advanced/excessive) ametropia and communicate adequately with this group of patients. p.r.n. Methods Competence: The studients act as a competent advisors for all questions regarding ametropia and its potential impact on work related and social activities. They validate their activities in this concern.They diffentiate between different methods of retinoscopy (i.e. plus cylinder retinoscopy, minus cylinder retinoscopy, dynamic retinoscopy) and are able to describe, explain and apply the specific methodologies. The students support, judge and justify their own acitivies in this field by information retrieval, literature search and paper presentation.

Course Content: Spherical and astigmatic ametropias


ECTS: 2

Level: 2

Evaluation: Practical exam, not graded

ECTS: 2

Level: 3

Evaluation: not graded

Description: General: The students know the systematic procedure in fitting rotational symmetrical rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Technical Competence: The students know anatomical and physiological basics of contact lens fitting. They know the technical terms, contact lens materials, and their properties. They apply this knowledge during fitting rotational symmetrical rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Methods Competence: The students know all relevant technical parameters and how to determine them. They are able to adapt the contact lens fitting procedure to the individual patient's conditions and wishes and to verify the result. Social Competence: The social competences are trained especially in the fields of teamworking and conflict resolution due to mutual practical work. The possibility to perform contact lens fitting procedures in real life settings and towards persons outside of the familiar study group improves the interaction with future customers. In addition, patient instruction and presentation techniques are trained.

Course Content: short historical overview; definitions and nomenclature in contact lenses; indications and contraindications for contact lenses; anatomy and physiology of the lacrimal apparatus and the cornea including the interaction with contact lenses; chemical buffer solutions; instrumental requirements for contact lens fitting; fluorescence patterns in contact lens fitting; movement and centration of contact lenses on the eye; contact lens fitting schemes; fitting rotational symmetrical rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses; contact lens solutions; optics of contact lenses; permeability for oxygen; topography and topometry of the cornea

ECTS: 3

Level: 3

Evaluation: Written exam, 60 minutes

Description: Professional Competence („Knowledge and Understanding“ and „Skills“): The students consider the variety of all (monocular) ametropias and their related impacts. The are able to estimate and to assess ametropias by the help of subjective refraction. They are able to explain, select and apply the appropriate methodological approach and the related sources of error. The students choose the most adequate procedure for distant and near refraction as well as fine related adjustment methods. The students estimate and apply the methods related to binocular refractions and know related sources of error. They also consider the variety of underlying (ophthalmological) diseases, leading to ametropia and their impact on the related examination technique, including disturbance factors, such as accommodation, fixation instability etc.. The students are sensitive with regard to individual needs, sources and indicators of problems in the course of subjective refraction. They develop and prove an adequate, empathic behaviour, taking in to account the special psychological situation of subjects with advanced/excessive ametropias. Interdisciplinary Competence („Social Competence“ and „Independence“): The students estimate the specific problems of individuals during the procedure of subjective refraction. The know about the chief complaints and risks in persons suffering from (advanced/excessive) ametropia. They communicate adequately with the afore mentioned groups of patients. p.r.n. Methods Competence: The studients act as a competent advisors for all questions regarding ametropia and its potential impact on work related and social activities. They validate their activities in this concern.They diffentiate between different methods of retinoscopy (i.e. plus cylinder retinoscopy, minus cylinder retinoscopy, dynamic retinoscopy) and are able to describe, explain and apply the specific methodologies. The students support, judge and justify their own acitivies in this field by information retrieval, literature search and paper presentation.

Course Content: Spherical and astigmatic ametropias

ECTS: 2

Level: 3 

Evaluation: Practical exam, not graded

Course Content: Application of the complete contents of the relevant previous teaching modules on “real” customer; Analysis and documentation of the care sequence; Complete advise of the customer regarding the selection of the frame and glass with consideration of the individual vision problems

ECTS: 1

Level: 3

Evaluation: Practical exam, not graded


ECTS: 2

Level: 3

Evaluation: not graded

Description: General: The students know the systematic procedure in fitting rotational symmetrical rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Technical Competence: The students know anatomical and physiological basics of contact lens fitting. They know the technical terms, contact lens materials, and their properties. They apply this knowledge during fitting rotational symmetrical rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses. Methods Competence: The students know all relevant technical parameters and how to determine them. They are able to adapt the contact lens fitting procedure to the individual patient's conditions and wishes and to verify the result. Social Competence: The social competences are trained especially in the fields of teamworking and conflict resolution due to mutual practical work. The possibility to perform contact lens fitting procedures in real life settings and towards persons outside of the familiar study group improves the interaction with future customers. In addition, patient instruction and presentation techniques are trained.

Course Content: short historical overview; definitions and nomenclature in contact lenses; indications and contraindications for contact lenses; anatomy and physiology of the lacrimal apparatus and the cornea including the interaction with contact lenses; chemical buffer solutions; instrumental requirements for contact lens fitting; fluorescence patterns in contact lens fitting; movement and centration of contact lenses on the eye; contact lens fitting schemes; fitting rotational symmetrical rigid gas permeable and soft contact lenses; contact lens solutions; optics of contact lenses; permeability for oxygen; topography and topometry of the cornea


ECTS: 2

Level: 4

Evaluation: Technical report

Description: Students gain basic competences in optical and technical aspects of spectacle lenses.

Course Content: The module teaches the basic optical and technical aspects of aspheric single vision and progressive addition lenses, of materials and coatings, and production processes.


ECTS: 2

Level: 4

Evaluation: not graded

Description: General: The students know the geometry and construction principles of different toric contact lens types. They know the standard technical terms. The are able to apply the standard schemes in fitting toric contact lenses in a systematic way (rigid gas permeable and soft lenses). The students posses applicable knowledge for special contact lens fitting problems as bifocal lenses, depositions on contact lenses, and special videotopographic questions. Technical Competence: videotopography, toric lenses, bifocal lenses, special contact lens fitting questions Methods Competence: The students know all relevant technical parameters and how to determine them. They are able to adapt the contact lens fitting procedure to the individual patient's conditions and wishes and to verify the result. SocialCompetence: The social competences are trained especially in the fields of teamworking and conflict resolution due to mutual practical work. The possibility to perform contact lens fitting procedures in real life settings and towards persons outside of the familiar study group improves the interaction with future customers. In addition, patient instruction and presentation techniques are trained.

Social Competence: The social competences are trained especially in the fields of teamworking and conflict resolution
due to mutual practical work. The possibility to perform contact lens fitting procedures in real life
settings and towards persons outside of the familiar study group improves the interaction with future customers.
In addition, patient instruction and presentation techniques are trained.

Course Content: video-/topography, contact lens fitting in case of astigmatism, geometry and construction of different contact lens types, optics of toric contact lenses, control of contact lens fitting and contact lens parameters, presbyopia and contact lenses, identification and removal of contact lens deposits, special questions


ECTS: 2

Level: 4

Evaluation: Presentation, 30 minutes

Description: Mastery of marketing and product management knowledge, so as to use this knowledge for the internship in optometry and audiology practices and industry; Mastery of the economic, optometric and audiology terminology in English, and application of the management skills for working in international companies, communication skills in English; Competence for analysing the request of vision for an ideal adaption of glasses and a commendation for the choice of glasses. Alternatively analysing the requests for an ideal adaption of hearing aid

Course Content: To make phone calls, to write business letters and e-mails, letters to apply and résumés, presentations; Structures of management, forms of organizations and project / product management basics represented; in international groups using the example of optometry and audiology industry Technical information for products, especially in optometry and audiology; Terminology of optometry in English, especially for advice and sale; Terminology of audiology in English, especially for advice and sale


ECTS: 2

Level: elective

Evaluation: Written exam, 60 minutes

Description: The student shall learn how to use their theoretical knowledge and practical competence in an actual research project

Course Content: Planing and realizing projects with current issues in audiology, in audiovisual interactions and in physiological optics. Research and evaluation of literature and presentation of research results.Updating of knowledge about progress ind physiological optics and audiology.


ECTS: 5

Level: elective

Evaluation: technical report, project work

Description: The student shall learn how to use their theoretical knowledge and practical competence in an actual research project

Course Content: Cooperation in an actual research project


ECTS: 2

Level: elective

Evaluation: not graded

Description: General: Students of Optometry deepen their insight in the trade of German eye optics. Technical Competence: Students deepen their knowledge in patient specific needs regarding the selection of eye glasses, materials, coatings, and frames. Students gain practical knowledge in fitting and centration of lenses, in manufacturing of spectacles of different frame materials, and in edging of different lens materials. The students learn different ways of production flow. Methods Competence: Additionally to their optometric point of view, the students learn how to select the proper eye glasses and how to manufacture spectacles. Social Competence: The social competence is developed by working together in the lab and during visits of selected German eye optics stores and production plants.

Course Content: Properties of eye glass lenses, materials, hard coatings, anti-reflex coatings. Measuring of lenses, manual edging, automatic (cnc) edging, anatomic and optical fitting, machine engineering


ECTS: 2

Level: elective

Evaluation: not graded

Description: General: Students of Optometry deepen their insight in the trade of German eye optics. Technical Competence: Students deepen their knowledge in patient specific needs regarding the selection of eye glasses, materials, coatings, and frames. Students gain practical knowledge in fitting and centration of lenses, in manufacturing of spectacles of different frame materials, and in edging of different lens materials. The students learn different ways of production flow. Methods Competence: Additionally to their optometric point of view, the students learn how to select the proper eye glasses and how to manufacture spectacles. Social Competence: The social competence is developed by working together in the lab and during visits of selected German eye optics stores and production plants.

Course Content: Properties of eye glass lenses, materials, hard coatings, anti-reflex coatings. Measuring of lenses, manual edging, automatic (cnc) edging, anatomic and optical fitting, machine engineering


The Programme is available in each winter semester for selected universities having a bilateral cooperation with the Faculty of Optics and Mechatronics only. In case of incertitude please address Prof. Dr. Arif Kazi (arif.kazi@hs-aalen.de).

ECTS: 10


Level: 3


Description:


General: The students gain experience in project work in a selected area.

Technical Competence: They are deepening their technical skills and knowledge in the selected area of the project.

Method Competence: Process oriented projects will support the students in gaining practical experiences in the selected area of the project and in project work in general.

Social Competence: The project improves the students' competences in knowledge transfer and teamwork.


Course Content:


Depending on availability, projects can be performed in one of the following areas:

- Ophthalmic Optics Workshop

- Contact Lens Fitting and Technology

- Spectacles Technology

- Technical Optics

- Research

- Refraction Lab


ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Evaluation: Oral Exam

Description: Ray optics, Wave optics, Image formation, Introduction to ZEMAX, Aberrations and their corrections

Course Content:

General Target:
-Understanding of the fundamentals of physical optics and optical engineering
-Realization of acquired knowledge in self-reliant project work
-Ability to work in small teams.


Technical Competence:
-Ability to design and analyse simple optical systems
-Ability to simulate and optimize optical systems with an optical design program (ZEMAX)
-Getting an overview of aberration theory

ECTS: 10

Level: 3/4

Evaluation: Project

Description:

a)
-Each semester, a number of project tasks is offered by the professors of the Mechatronic Department. Students can choose between projects according to their preferences. Projects are typically addressed by small teams (ie. 2-3 students).
-The students work out the project plan and the division of labour between them. Problems are solved in a self-directed manner. Progress is discussed with the supervising professor in regular intervals (eg. once every week)
-The results of the project are documented in a final report.


b) Oral presentation and demonstration of project results at the end of the project

Course Content:

General Target:
Students are able to apply skills and competences acquired in the course of their studies in a realistic engineering task.


Technical Competence:
Students are able to analyze a typical mechatronic task, to identify and assess possible solutions and to realize the most appropriate technical solution.


Methodological Competence:
Students are able to display and develop their problem-solving skills. They organize and structure the task at hand in a self-directed fashion. Work is performed in a highly systematic way. Students also able to improve their presentation skills.


Social Competence:
The social competence of the students is stimulated by working in a team. Students understand the value of good working relationships and an adaequate team structure.



ECTS: 5

Level: 3/4

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description:

a) Actuators and sensors based on smart materials
- Piezoelectric elements
- Magnetostrictive elements
- Shape Memory Alloys (thermal and magnetic)
- Electro-Rheological Fluids
- Magneto-Rheological Fluids
- Electro-Active Polymers
Mechanical structures that adapt the actuator / sensor motion to the application at hand
Electronics and control for "smart structures"


b) Practical exercises covering the contents of the lecture

Course Content:

General Target:
After taking the course, the students are mastering the fundamentals of innovative actuators and sensors based on smart materials. They are able to assess the suitability of smart material actuators to different mechatronic application fields.


Technical Competence:
Students are able to describe and explain the physical principles underlying smart material actuators and sensors. For a given mechatronic application, they can
- select the appropriate physical working principle,
- predict the performance of an element based on basic mathematical calculations and models,
- dimension actuators, sensors and mechanical structures and
- identify suitable power electronics and control schemes.


Social Competence:
The social competence of the students is stimulated by working in teams during the lecture as well as the tutorial

ECTS: 5

Level: 3/4

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description:

a)
Introduction
Fundamentals of human anatomy
- Terms in human anatomy
- Anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system
- Tissue (cartilage, bone)
- Function of the human musculoskeletal system
Admission to the market and certification
- Intended use
- Classification
- Risk analysis
- Hygiene
- Biocompatibility
- Essential requirements
- Conformity assessment procedure
- CE certification
Quality management systems I
Development process
Requirements management
- Risk management
- Validation
- Documentation
Biocompatibility I
- Introduction to biocompatibility
- Biocompatible materials
Sterilisation I


b)
Example of the development of a medical device, focussing on the key elements: development plan, requirements engineering, system architecture and risk management.

Course Content:

General Target:
After taking the course, the students are able to understand the development and certification process of medical devices.

Technical Competence:
Students understand the fundamental approach of the European Directives and the corressponding national laws. They know the main topics of the development and certification process.


Methodological Competence:
Students know the following methods and being able to apply them:
-Requirements Management
-Risk Management
-Validation and Qualification
-Technical Documentation


Social Competence:
The social competence of the students is stimulated by working in teams during the lecture as well as the tutorial

ECTS: 5

Level: 3/4

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description:

a)
-Recapitulation: electronic networks, passive elements and filters, diodes, transistors, operational amplifiers
-Fundamental circuits: diode, transistor, operational amplifiers
-Analog: voltage and current sources, audio amplifier, power bridge circuits, active filters, oscillator circuits, protection circuits, charge pumps, dc/dc converter, multivibrator circuits
-Digital: fundamental logic operators, Boolean algebra, KV diagrams, de-multiplexer, multiplexer, flip flops, shift registers, counters


b) Practical exercises covering the contents of the lecture

Course Content:

General Target:
After successful participation of this course, the students are mastering the calculation, design and simulation of fundamental electronic circuits. They are able to select appropriate electronic components and can build up their designed circuits on prototype boards.


Technical Competence:
Students are able to describe and explain the function of fundamental electronic circuits. For a given circuit, they can
- dimension and select appropriate electronic components,
- predict the performance of the circuit based on basic mathematical calculations and models,
- simulate and virtually verify the function of electronic circuits,
- build up electronic circuits on prototype boards.


Social Competence:
The social competence of the students is stimulated by working in teams during the lecture as well as the tutorial


ECTS: 5

Level: 1

Evaluation: Written Exam, 90 minutes

Description:

-Atomic structure and interatomic bonding
-Structures of metals and ceramics
-Polymer structures
-Imperfection in Solids
-Mechanical properties
-Deformation and strengthening mechanisms
-Failure
-Phase diagrams
-Electrical properties
-Optical properties
-Composites

Course Content:

General Target:
-Good understanding of the fundamentals of materials for optics and mechatronics and the related manufacturing processes.


Technical Competence:
-The students know the properties of different materials and are able to select a suitable material for a given application.
-Material selection is based on a solid engineering calculation ensuring that the material properties match the requirements.

ECTS:

Level: 3/4

Evaluation: Written Exam, 60 minutes

Description:

a)
-Laser physics
-Pulsed lasers
-Resonators
-Gaussian beams
-Semiconductor lasers
-Laser safety
b) Laboratory experiments covering the contents of the lecture

Course Content:

General Target:
-Understanding laser principles
-Overview of laser types


Technical Competence:
-Design of laser optics (Gaussian beams, resonators)
-Laser safety analysis
-Practical experience in laser lab


International Student Counselor: Prof. Dr. Herbert Schneckenburger -  Herbert.Schneckenburger@htw‐aalen.de

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The student achieves a particular knowledge in a certain area of photonics, how to organize and structure the solution path of a specific problem. The students are able to determine fundamental data concerning signal power and noise by evaluation. They know how to set up basic measurements and their application.
The laboratory work enables students to gain practical experience. They should perform experiments, create measurement setups etc. in a self-reliant way or within a small team.
The students analyse corresponding literature and differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information. The students organize and structure the solution path of a specific problem. They present the results to their fellow students.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: 

Through examples and given exercises the students understand the basic concepts and applications of interferometry and optical metrology. They discuss the results as well as alternative methods and solutions.

They learn state of the art of interferometry and measurement techniques in order to discuss possible future developments.

The Students are able to choose and specify suitable interferometric setups for different applications, choose and specify suitable light sources, sensors and components for interferometric setups and applications and design an interferometric setup for different applications by means of the learned methods and information.

They learn the principles of fringe analysis and know how to specify and select the appropriate evaluation techniques.

They are able to select a suitable calibration technique to qualify an interferometer and are able to specify the range, resolution and accuracy of an interferometric setup.

In groups the students discuss specific problems concerning best solutions and applications related to a specific

measurement problem.

They are enabled to systematically select the suitable metrology setup for various measurement problems.


ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The student analyzes corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and gets access to the quantumlogic nature of modern physics to modell the behaviour of photonic devices.
The students reach an enhanced level of the understanding of logic and randomness through the concepts of quantum optics and stochastics.
Students are able to describe and understand quantum optical phenomena mathematically, to interpret the theoretical predictions in terms of experimental relevance, to apply quantum physical principles to technical applications e.g. to reduce noise effects.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The student analyzes corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and gets access to the quantumlogic nature of modern physics to modell the behaviour of photonic devices.
The students reach an enhanced level of the understanding of logic and randomness through the concepts of quantum optics and stochastics.
Students are able to describe and understand quantum optical phenomena mathematically, to interpret the theoretical predictions in terms of experimental relevance, to apply quantum physical principles to technical applications e.g. to reduce noise effects.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: Students are able to describe and understand non-linear optical laser phenomena mathematically, to interpret the theoretical predictions in terms of experimental relevance, to analyse tolarances and specify non-linear crystals.
The student analyzes corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and is able to design and specify non-linear optical devices on his own.
The Students are able to search specifications and physical properties of non-linear crystals in groups to design non-linear laser devices for industrial applications.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: The students achieve a consolidated knowledge in optical fiber networks, including structure, functionality, and characteristics of corresponding components. The students compare sustainable network concepts. They understand the principles of coherent optical transmission.
The student analysis corresponding literature and differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information. Students present corresponding information to each other in brief seminar reports.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: The students learn to deal with optical systems, especially how to tolerate such systems and how system testing is performed. In parallel to the theoretical lecture the students carry out experimental setups in order to apply their theoretical knowledge.
Thereby they have to illustrate, analyse and debate different experimental solutions.
The students learn to convince their team partners by a scientific discussion to come to a common accepted solution.
Setting up experiments enables the students to transfer their theoretical knowledge and to realize problems to be faced in a practical environment.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: Students will understand wave optics in a fundamental way. They will deepen their knowledge in phenomenons describing the interaction of light waves with material. This will clarify the difference between ray optics and wave optics. Thus the students will be able to see the boundaries of ray optics and are able to describe enhanced optical effects using wave optics.
The student analyses corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and establishes a high level of confidence in their ability to evaluate and judge optical phenomenons.
During the lecture advantages and disadvantages of different approaches are discussed in a team. This enables the students to express themselves in a scientific manner and deepen their knowledge.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The student achieves a detailed knowledge in optical fiber communication systems, the structure and charateristics of corresponding components. The students are able to determine fundamental data concerning signal power and noise by evaluation. They know how to set up basic measurements and their application.
The laboratory work enalbes students to apply theoretical knowledge. They should perform experiments in a self-reliant way or within a small team.
The student analysis corresponding literature and differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The students are capable of analysing as well as building electronic circuits or systems with emphasize
on photonic applications (i.e. driver circuits for LED and Laser diodes, trans-impedance and limiting amplifiers,
specialized circuits for processing signals

Course Content: Linear Systems in Laplace- and Time-domain; Linear and nonlinear photonic circuits for analogue
signal processing; Noise sources and transfer functions; Compensation on feedback circuits and electromagnetic
interference; Simulation techniques using SPICE

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The students learn the functional principles of the generation of images with a camera and the transmission to image processing systems. They know the difference between firewire, USB and framegrabber as well as the application of the technique. Over professional competence (social skills und ability to work independently): Laboratory work enables the students to discuss different techniques to solve the same problem. Special (methods) skills, if applicable: The students are able to practice image processing methods for pattern recognition.

Course Content: Detailed knowledge of the hardware components of image processing systems, Evaluate and applicate various algorithms for image smoothing, image sharpening and for extracting the border of image objects, Segmentation of images and measuring objects, Evaluate image statistics.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The goal of the course is an understanding of "Laser Applications". The course is split into two parts. Part 1: Fundamentals of laser materials processing with the relevant physical phenomena. Part 2 gives an overview of the most common applications (cutting, welding, and drilling) including the most important laser beam sources and the most important manufacturing and production technology. The relevant physical properties of beam to material interactions are taught. Further laser applications like hardening, cleaning and generating are introduced

Course Content: Beam propagation, Focus diameter, Beam propagation product, reflectivity of metals, volume efficiency, and process efficiency. Thermodynamics: thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, phase transformations, melting and vaporization. Joining, cutting and corresponding system technology. Surface treatment, drilling, forming and ablation.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: The students learn how to use programming language Matlab which can be used for solving mathematical problems and image analysis.
This enables the students to evaluate measurement data or results of an optical imaging system as it is needed for industrial applications.
Additionally they learn how to use Simulink to fulfil basic simulation tasks.
Using a programming language like Matlab helps to solve applied problems and forces the students to enlarge their skills in splitting up a problem into structured subparts. This enables the students to solve complex problems.
Setting up a program using the languages Matlab and Simulink is the focus of this lecture.

ECTS: 5

Level: 4

Description: Students are able to design and analyze simple optical systems in paraxial approximation, to evaluate and interpret interference, polarization, total reflection and other basic optical effects in order to develop simple optical systems.

The learning goal of the students' self study is to reach the level of optical knowledge regarding paraxial optics and optical instruments addressed in:

Introduction to optics, F.L. Pedrotti, Pearson Prentice Hall (2013)

The student analyzes corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and is able to design simple optical devices according to given specifications on his own.

The laboratory work enables students to apply theoretical knowledge.

They are able to perform experiments in a self-reliant way within a small team to set-up and validate optical systems in practice.


ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: The Students are able to design optical systems and analyze optical aberrations to optimize optical system performance and to compare and validate different approaches. They are able to handle tool elements of the optical design program ZEMAX to design, simulate and analyse optical systems.
The learning goal of the students' self study is to reach the level of optical knowledge regarding optical aberrations and physical optics addressed in:
Introduction to optics, F.L. Pedrotti, Pearson Prentice Hall (2013)
The student analyzes corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and is able to design, simulate and optimize simple optical devices according to given specifications on his own.
The project work enables students to design various parts of an optical system and combine them within a team for development of optomechanical devices.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: The Students are able to design optical systems and analyze optical aberrations to optimize optical system performance and to compare and validate different approaches. They are able to handle tool elements of the optical design program ZEMAX to design, simulate and analyse optical systems.
The learning goal of the students' self study is to reach the level of optical knowledge regarding optical aberrations and physical optics addressed in:
Introduction to optics, F.L. Pedrotti, Pearson Prentice Hall (2013)
The student analyzes corresponding literature, differentiates between relevant and non-relevant information and is able to design, simulate and optimize simple optical devices according to given specifications on his own.
The project work enables students to design various parts of an optical system and combine them within a team for development of optomechanical devices.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: Professional competence (professional knowledge and skills, professional expertise):

The Students get acquainted with light initiated molecular and cellular mechanisms and learn about photonic methods for detection and curing of diseases. They acquire knowledge about environmental impacts on cells and organisms.

Over professional competence (social skills und ability to work independently):

The student pursue self-reliant literature studies and acquire their ability to work in a team within the frame of laboratory and research projects.

Special (methods) skills, if applicable:

The students get a deep comprehension of complex photonic systems (e.g. lasers, spectrometers and microscopes) as well as their application in practical laboratory work and research projects. They elaborate and documentate self-reliant their experimental scientific results.

Course Content: Molecular physics and biophysics, optical spectroscpy and microscopy, light propagation intissue, interaction of laser radiation with cells and tissues, diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: Students are able to design advanced optical systems with the optical design program CodeV, simulate physical optical phenomena, design and simulate illumination systems.
Students are able to select and apply methods for the analysis and validation of optical systems to optimize and develop innovative solutions.
The Students simulate, design and validate optical systems with an optical design program to develop optomechanical systems. The results are presented by the respective groups.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: Students are able to design advanced optical systems with the optical design program CodeV, simulate physical optical phenomena, design and simulate illumination systems.
Students are able to select and apply methods for the analysis and validation of optical systems to optimize and develop innovative solutions.
The Students simulate, design and validate optical systems with an optical design program to develop optomechanical systems. The results are presented by the respective groups.

ECTS: 5

Level: 5

Description: Students are able to design advanced optical systems with the optical design program CodeV, simulate physical optical phenomena, design and simulate illumination systems.
Students are able to select and apply methods for the analysis and validation of optical systems to optimize and develop innovative solutions.
The Students simulate, design and validate optical systems with an optical design program to develop optomechanical systems. The results are presented by the respective groups.

The “Master of Science in Vision Science and Business in Optometry” degree programme offers a broad range of study modules to choose from in the optometric curriculum. The Master’s Degree Programme can be taken on a part‐time basis and allows one to continue full‐time practice. The programme takes place every two years. Applications are accepted all year round. Programme only available for students of partner universities of the department of optometry. Please contact Prof. Dr. Anna Nagl for further information (anna.nagl@hs-aalen.de).