Innovative elective offering
Profit from our innovative elective offer (FLEX)
The new offer of flexible electives allows you to give your studies an individual grade. For this you have at least 12 ECTS at your disposal.
A variety innovative electives are available to you:
- Technical majors that are not part of your major (4th and 5th semesters)
- "Short Advanced Programs" (International courses in the course of Run-EU) or other courses that are not part of the Mechatronics curriculum (recognition)
- Overcurricular involvement (e.g., involvement in ÖH)
- Target group-specific offerings (advanced lab practice, math training, etc.)
- Transdisciplinary additional offerings (managerial accounting, intercultural awareness, personality development, creative engineering, technology assessment, professional writing tools, etc.)
- Practical relevance (field trip, Applied Control Engineering)
- Expanding your technical horizons (Digital Signal Processing, Fluid Mechanics, Stochastic Systems, Numerical Simulation, Heat Transfer, Embedded C++, etc.)
In the programme structure, 2 ECTS are scheduled per semester. However, you can do as many electives with as many ECTS in each semester as it suits you. To describe this a little better, I introduce you to three virtual students:
Alex had enough of learning after compulsory school and completed an apprenticeship. In order to advance professionally and enter the field of technical product development, the decision was made to pursue part-time studies in Mechatronics. This way, the accustomed standard of living and independence can be maintained in the best possible way.
Kim has enjoyed a very good general education and graduated from an AHS. She is talented in many fields such as languages, science - especially mathematics - and physics. Because of her interests, she has chosen to study Mechatronics at FHV. Kim is a student of the University of Applied Sciences.
Nikita has dedicated herself to technical passion at an early age and attended a HTL. She wants to deepen her knowledge and study Mechatronics at the FHV. In order to learn as much as possible beyond the mandatory curriculum, only full-time study is an option for her. This gives her more time for intensive study of technical content.
The different demands and paths to study show that there are a wide variety of competencies that should be promoted individually. For example:
Science application skills
Kim and Nikita have been practicing higher level mathematics for at least three years longer and more intensively through high school. Apprenticeship training, on the other hand, focuses more on practical application. In AHS and BHS, the focus is often not on comprehensible problem solving, but rather on learning how to operate complex tools. However, basic technical and scientific skills include the ability to deal confidently with simple mathematical solution methods. With the flex-subject "Mathematical work placement" they can consolidate their competences.
After successful completion, they will be able
- to solve mathematical solution procedures, which belong to the standard of the university entrance qualification, comprehensibly and step by step.
- Find and correct errors in solutions of mathematical problems (self-control).
(Incomplete excerpt from the learning outcomes of the FLEX subject "Mathematical Work Placement")
Technical Application Skills
Alex and Nikita have experienced a lot of technical applications due to their prior education and are comfortable with the application. Kim is a little further away from Engineering and Technology application. With the FLEX subjects "Manufacturing Technology - Laboratory Training", "Electronics - Laboratory Technology" and "Applied Control Technology", Kim can acquire the skills she is lacking.
Upon successful completion, she will be able to
- apply standard manual mechanical manufacturing procedures on a routine basis.
- routinely perform simple electrical measurements using standard measurement equipment.
- implement and test simple control algorithms on embedded systems.
- describe the industrial implementation of production and manufacturing processes.
- to implement and test control engineering systems based on embedded systems or programmable logic controllers.
(Incomplete excerpt from the learning outcomes of the FLEX subjects "Manufacturing Technology - Laboratory Training", "Electronics - Laboratory Technology" and "Applied Control Engineering")
Specialisation in technical skills
With both practical and science application skills not a concern for Nikita, her focus is on intensive technical specialisation. She can use the 12 ECTS electives to attend other non-selected technical specialisations or to consume other technical specialisation offerings within the FLEX subjects. The competencies acquired through this are very different and specific.
Upon successful completion, she will be able to
- Explain effects of digital signal processing based on the mathematical background and minimize their undesirable effects.
- Explain heat transfer mechanisms, dimension and analyze systems.
- Select and apply appropriate numerical methods for engineering problems and evaluate their results qualitatively.
(Incomplete excerpt from the learning outcomes of the FLEX subjects "Digital Signal Processing", "Heat Transfer" and "Applied Numerical Methods")
During his studies, Alex finds pleasure in working on new, unexplored things. A master's degree should provide a pathway to more in-depth scientific work. To be best prepared for this, Alex decides to invest half of the 12 FLEX ECTS for the following transdisciplinary competencies:
Upon successful completion, he will be able
- use tools for scientific research and writing (LATEX, ZOTERO, etc.) purposefully and efficiently.
- to prepare a topic in a scientifically correct way in the form of a paper or poster.
- to deal with criticism, to assess themselves correctly, to recognize and use their own potential...
(Incomplete excerpt from the learning outcomes of the FLEX subjects "Professional Writing Software", "Writing Scientific Articles" and "Personality Development" )