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Specialist Fields - Degree Programmes in Automation Technology

The Degree Programmes in Automation Technology are divided into seven specialist fields. Each field has a coordinator, who is responsible for interrelating organisational as well as content-related aspects (coordination of teaching goals and content of sequential course units *) in order to ensure an appropriate network of course units. Coordinators also contribute greatly to the development of the degree programme curricula. Every course unit in the Bachelor and Master degree programme is assigned to one of these fields.

 

*a number of course units that follow one another; must be taken in sequence so that the conveyed skills can build upon one another

Foreign Language and Personality

Coordinator: Udo Traussnigg

The field Foreign Languages and Personality consists of all course units that are dedicated to the English language – from General English and English for Engineers to Business English in the Bachelor’s; from Professional English 1 and Scientific Discourse in the Master’s. It also consists of all course units that are dedicated to personal development – from Time Management and Team Work to Conflict Ability in the Bachelor’s; Meeting and Negotiation Techniques as well as Leading Behaviour and Leading of Employees in the Master’s.

Every semester is assigned a course unit from this specialist field which is organised in a way that the acquired competences also add value to the whole degree programme.

Natural Sciences

Coordinator: Udo Traussnigg

The specialist field Natural Sciences encompasses, besides Basics in Physics and Selected Chapters in Physics in the Bachelor degree programme, all mathematics-related course units from Analysis Introduction and Statistics to Computer Algebra Deepening. The Master degree programme does not have course units related to this field.

Electrical Engineering

Coordinator: Manfred Pauritsch

The specialist field Electrical Engineering represents the first pillar of automation technology and unifies course units with an electrical and electronic focus in the Bachelor degree programme, e.g. from General Electrical Engineering and AC Technology to Measurement Technology, Analogue Basic Circuits, Power Engineering and Drive Engineering.

In addition to these course units, laboratory exercises help put the acquired knowledge into practice.

The Master degree programme does not have course units related to this field, since it exclusively focusses on interdisciplinary automation technology topics.

Informatics

Coordinator: Dieter Lutzmayr

The specialist field Informatics is considered the second pillar of automation technology and unifies course units with a focus on information technology in the Bachelor degree programme, e.g. from Technical Informatics, Microprocessor Technology, Programming and Software Development to Network Technology and Control Systems.

The Master degree programme does not have course units related to this field, since it exclusively focusses on interdisciplinary automation technology topics.

Mechanical Engineering

Coordinator: Christian Gasser

The specialist field Mechanical Engineering is the third pillar of automation technology and unifies course units with a focus on mechanical engineering in the Bachelor degree programme, e.g. from Technical Mechanics, Materials Science, Machine Elements and Construction to Fluid Technology.

CAD projects help apply this acquired knowledge to practical issues.

The Master degree programme does not have course units related to this field, since it exclusively focusses on interdisciplinary automation technology topics.

Automation Technology

Coordinator: Udo Traussnigg

The specialist field Automation Technology unifies the three pillars of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and informatics in interdisciplinary course units. In the Bachelor degree programme the course units range from Actuator and Sensor Technology and Systems Theory and Modelling to Control Engineering.

During the 3rd, 4th and 5th semester, students take the course unit Accompanying Projects, in which students are divided into small groups. In each of the three semesters they can choose from a range of topics and work on the chosen topic for a whole semester.

In addition, students have the chance to supplement their education with compulsory elective modules. In Technical Extension 1, students can choose between Digital Circuit Design and Handling Technology and in Technical Extension 2, between Industrial Robots and Mechanical and Thermal Process Engineering.

During the 5th and 6th semester, students have the chance to specialise in one of the following areas:

• Electronic system engineering – analogue and digital technology
• Simulation techniques in mechanical engineering and digital factory
• PLC and distributed systems
• Supplementary topic based on a current industrial focal point

Both the Bachelor theses and the internship belong to this specialist field.

In the Master degree programme, Automation Technology encompasses course units from Applied Data Communication Technology, Functional Safety, Modern Control Engineering, Model-Based Engineering and Identification and System Integration to Conveying Technology and Logistics.

In addition, students have the chance to choose between Environmental Engineering and Maintenance.

The Master theses also belong to this specialist field.

Business

Coordinator: Börge Kummert

The specialist field Business rounds off the content of the degree programmes. The Bachelor degree programme offers the business course units Project Management, Business Administration and Corporate Accounting.

Since the Master degree programme aims to train students for future management positions, students are expected to take the course units Industrial Management, Quality Management, Corporate Management as well as Corporate & Company Law.

In addition to regular course units, the Master programme offers the choice between QM-Manager and Business Planning.

 

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