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Engineering Basics

Module name (EN): Engineering Basics
Degree programme: Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_A_1.07.ENB
SAP-Submodule-No.: P241-0244, P241-0245
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 1V+3P (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 5
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 90 min. + composition with examination + lab experiment

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
MAB_19_A_1.07.ENB (P241-0244, P241-0245) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 1, mandatory course
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
MAB_19_A_3.04.SKS Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Piston Engines, Compressors and Turbines
MAB_19_A_4.02.WFL Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
MAB_19_V_3.08.GBT Fundamentals of Biotechnology
MAB_19_V_4.08.BUV Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering (with Lab Course)

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Module coordinator:
Professoren des Studiengangs

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Learning outcomes:
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will be familiar with the curriculum.
They will be able to explain the curriculum, its structure and its relevance for an education in mechanical engineering.
Students will be aware of the interdisciplinary connections between the individual courses in the study program.
They will have insight into practical engineering work.
They will be able to integrate themselves into a group, organize projects and develop independent working methods. Students will be able to tackle and solve technical and learning problems.
Teaching methods:
In small groups, students will work on interdisciplinary projects based on simple tasks that demonstrate the spectrum of mechanical engineering.
Using simple structures, they will develop engineering-relevant topics and connections to the content of the curriculum will be established.
The projects will be accompanied by teaching staff. This can be seen as a form of mentoring. Project work: In small groups, students will work on interdisciplinary projects based on simple tasks that demonstrate the spectrum of mechanical and process engineering.
Using simple structures, built/developed by themselves, they will analyze engineering-relevant topics and thus, create connections to the content of the curriculum.
The project work will be accompanied and supervised by teaching staff in regular work meetings. The teaching staff thus also functions as a mentor for the students.
Students will be encouraged to actively seek any other knowledge they require from other teaching staff memebrs at the htw saar.
Professional skills:
In groups of ten, students will work their way through the various phases of the orientation for the mechanical and process engineering study programs. Simple structures will be used to establish a knowledge base with regard to what will be covered in the following semesters in terms of basic principles and focal points in the lectures (lecture plan). Each colleague will present his/her specific topic and outline how their topic is linked to the others.
After successful completion of the course, students will be proficient in the basic principles of mechanical and process engineering. They will be familiar with different focal points in the engineering curriculum, the lecture content, the structure of study program and its characteristics incl. the time schedule.
Methodological skills:
Through the targeted application of specific skills necessary for the successful execution of laboratory experiments, the teaching staff will enable students to carry out basic scientific work independently.  They will be able to handle basic engineering experiments and their connection with other engineering sciences in a theoretical-mathematical and practice-oriented manner. The logical sequence of preparing, carrying out, reviewing and presenting their work will help emphasize the strong connection to the areas of expertise mentioned above. This will link all of the topics discussed and promote social skills and open-mindedness in the students.
The synergy and symbiotic effects, as well as their value, will become apparent to the students at a very early stage and will shape their understanding of how to classify and understand the sequence of the lecture content.  
Supervision and mentoring are included in the 14 weeks of lectures and will be accompanied by exercises, experiments and presentations. With up to four guest lectures on selected topics related to the engineering profession, the groups will be brought together for discussions and the exchange of ideas enabling students to work on their personal competence skills.
Social skills:
Students will be able to discuss in small groups and develop solutions.
They will be able to define tasks independently, develop the knowledge they require based on the knowledge they have acquired, use suitable means of implementation and present their results.
These active practice units will deepen the learning and work techniques previously acquired and promote skills for independently reviewing the knowledge received during their studies (also in small study groups). Students will be able to deepen this knowledge with the help of the interactive exercise units, exchange information in study groups and confidently present their developments and findings.
Personal competence:
Students will be able to compare their results based on different approaches, explain and calculate different approaches, discuss the likelihood of implementation based on their knowledge of the natural, technical or financial limits to which a process may be subjected. They will be able to prepare and present their results clearly.
Professional and methodological skills 60%, Social skills 15%, Personal competence 25%

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Module content:
Informative, introductory lectures (approx. 4 lectures)
(e.g. What is a machine? What are typical engineer tasks? (Lecture: development of a coffee machine), How does a brewery/a wastewater treatment plant/a fish farm/steel production and processing work?)
Lectures from industry representatives (mechanical and process engineering).
Visit to the Konstrukta trade fair with guide.

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture / practical courses / lab experiments / documentation and evaluation of experiments / group work / discussion
Learning method model, the SQ3R method (1. Survey / 2. Question Xx / 3. Read: Secondary literature / 4. Recite: / 5. Review Xx

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Recommended or required reading:
Literature will be announced in the lecture.
-        Dubbel, Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau, latest edition
-        Düsentrieb, D.: Gesammelte Werke.
-        Da Vinci, L.: Lebenswerk

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