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

Focus Mechanical Engineering

Degree programme Mechatronics
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2024
Course unit title Focus Mechanical Engineering
Course unit code 024515055102
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 8
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 18
Name of lecturer(s) Anupam AKOLKAR, Robert AMANN, Manuel KANITSCH, Ludwig KLEISER, Roman LÄSSER, Tobias WERNER
Requirements and Prerequisites
  • Design of simple mechanical components
  • Knowledge CAD-software Siemens NX
  • Design of parts, assemblies, parts lists, drawings, fully dimensioned drawings according to standard

Course content
  • Requirements analysis: determining requirements, documenting requirements, checking and reconciling requirements, requirements management, systems development life cycle, SysML
  • PLC: automation pyramid, PLC versus microcontrollers, PLC versus soft PLC, operation of a controller, introduction to IEC61131-3 applications, security
  • CAD: construction, 3D-printing
  • FEM: computer aided engineering, principle of the finite element method, types of structural analyses, function of structural analyses, finite element analyses, procedure, adjusting the geometry, boundary conditions, element types, material, mesh, common mistakes in modeling.
  • Fundamentals of plastics technology
Learning outcomes
  • The students can determine and document requirements.
  • The students can program a sequence control in the PLC programming language Structured Text.
  • The students can design and manufacture a simple manipulator.
  • The students can apply the FEM (finite element method) to a mechanical structure.
  • The students gain knowledge of plastics technology.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

written examination (40%, must be passed)
project results, specification, technical documentation (60%, must be passed)

Assessment methods and criteria

written examination (40%, must be passed)
project results, specification, technical documentation (60%, must be passed)



Recommended or required reading
  • Budynas, Richard G.; Nisbett, J. Keith; Tangchaichit, Kiatfa (2015): Shigley’s mechanical engineering design. Tenth. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Zienkiewicz, Olgierd C.; Taylor, Robert L.; Zhu, J. Z. (2006): The finite element method: its basis and fundamentals. 6th edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.
  • John, Karl-Heinz; Tiegelkamp, Michael (2010): IEC 61131-3: Programming Industrial Automation Systems: Concepts and Programming Languages, Requirements for Programming Systems, Decision-Making Aids. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  • Demant, Christian; Streicher-Abel, Bernd; Garnica, Carsten (2013): Industrial Image Processing: visual quality control in manufacturing. Berlin: Springer.
  • Karolina Zmitrowicz (2014): Requirements Engineering. Online: (accessed: 25.03.2021)
  • Michaeli, Walter (2006): Einführung in die Kunststoffverarbeitung. München (u.a): Hanser.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)