Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Engineering Design / CAD

Degree programme Mechatronics
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Engineering Design / CAD
Course unit code 024515054105
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 3
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Jullius Nde CHO
Requirements and Prerequisites

To follow the course effectively, basic knowledge of object oriented programming as well as of CAD modelling will be of great advantage

Course content

The course will cover the basics of Knowledge-Based Engineering with emphasis on Knowledge-Based Product Configuration. To enable students effectively work on their projects, we will cover object oriented techniques as used by KBE in general and in particular in the computer language C# to support KBE implementation. Moreover, the integration of CAD, KBE and PLM will be covered.

Learning outcomes

In this course, students will have the chance to learn about an alternative approach to engineering design that relies on automation of design tasks in order to reduce time required and cost, among other things. After completing this course, students will understand the basic concepts of Engineering Knowledge and Knowledge-Based Engineering. They will be able to gather the Engineering Knowledge required and implement knowledge based configuration models for basic to complex products using the Tacton Design Automation software and SolidWorks as examples. Moreover, students will also have general competence in the human aspects of using KBE, how KBE effects engineering work processes, as well as an overall understanding of the whole engineering process.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

In conjunction with integrated lectures and laboratory exercise, students will carry out industrial projects which will be presented and evaluated at the end of the semester. In addition, there will be guest lectures by external experts on KBE use and development.

Assessment methods and criteria

The course will be assessed through a written examination and an evaluation of the project work.

Written exam (20%, must be passes) and

Project work (80%, must be passed).


Than language of instruction is the English language

Recommended or required reading

Title = {Knowledge-Based ConfigurationFrom Research to Business Cases},
Editor = {Alexander Felfernig and Lothar Hotz and Claire Bagley and Juha Tiihonen},
Booktitle = {Knowledge-Based Configuration},
Publisher = {Morgan Kaufmann},
Year = {2014},
ISBN= {978-0-12-415817-7},
doi = {}


OOP + C#

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

The course is a combination of lectures and  integrated laboratory exercises