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Engineering Basics

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Engineering Basics
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_A_1.07.ENB
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
P241-0244, P241-0245
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
1V+3P (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
This module is based on projects described in a "guideline" (scope of work approx. 60 time hours for 6-7 work meetings with preparation / follow-up) from the fields of mechanical and process engineering:
Each student must prepare a documentation / an experiment protocol / a report for each project:
5 to 6 pages of content (= text in font size 11 with informative illustrations, at least one table with explanations, at least one diagram with explanations) plus indexes. To do so, students will use what they have learned and the WORD template from the "Technical Documentation" module. Deadline: 31.03.2024.
Students must create an informative, entertaining video clip (duration 1 to 2 minutes) for each project. The clip should be suitable for an "application". The video clip is teamwork.
Feedback discussion with supervisor.
In a presentation (duration 15 minutes) students will present the results of their second project to an audience (= students of the semester and teachers) in an appealing manner and show the video clip of their first project. Each member of the project group must present something during the presentation.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MAB_19_A_1.07.ENB (P241-0244, P241-0245) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 1, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
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)

[updated 21.01.2022]
Module coordinator:
Professor/innen des Studiengangs

[updated 27.11.2023]
Learning outcomes:
Students will be familiar with the curriculum and be able to explain its structure and contribution to mechanical/process engineering education.
Students will be aware of the interdisciplinary connections between the individual courses in the study program (modules).
They will receive initial insight into practical engineering activities.
They will be able to integrate themselves into a group, organize projects and develop independent working methods.
Students will be familiar with the standard work methodology and be able to apply it.
Students will be able to approach simple technical problems, solve them, and reach a conclusion.
Students will be able to give a short presentation in front of an audience.

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Module content:
Informative, introductory lectures:
“Introduction to mechanical engineering" lecture (90 - 120 minutes)
“Introduction to process engineering" lecture (90 - 120 minutes)
"Engineering activities in professional mechanical engineering practice" company lecture (90 - 120 minutes)
"Engineering activities in professional process engineering practice" company lecture (90 - 120 minutes)
Several short presentations (45 - 90 minutes) from faculty members outlining the content and importance of the subject/modules represented in the degree program for the students engineering education. If possible, further presentations from professional engineering practice.
Two projects per team as described above.

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Teaching methods/Media:
In small groups, students will work on projects described in a "guideline" by means of simple tasks that demonstrate  the range of mechanical engineering / process engineering content and typical activities carried out in the fields.
The projects promote creativity and analytical skills. They are designed to allow students to experience how much fun these activities are and the how rewarding it is to achieve results.
With simple structures, built/developed by themselves, they will analyze engineering-relevant topics and thus, create connections to the curriculum’s content. Students will be encouraged to actively seek any other knowledge they require from other teaching staff members at the htw saar.
The projects will be accompanied and supervised by teachers who, as a point of reference, can also provide mentoring.

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Recommended or required reading:
Project-specific literature
Johannes Müller: Arbeitsmethoden der Technikwissenschaften

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