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

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Energy Project - Idea Generation
Course unit code 072722010701
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 3
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6
Name of lecturer(s) Anna KNORR, Michael VOGT

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Student teams each develop an energy technology product from the idea to the prototype. They carry out all phases of product development including project management, internal and external communication and documentation in three semesters. In the 1st semester the following topics have priority:

  • Creativity methods
  • Brainstorming
  • Defending the project idea in the form of a project proposal and before the jury
  • Project planning
  • Technical conception
  •     Methods of project management
  •     Budget estimation

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course (Energy Project 1 - Idea Finding and Project), students can develop a project including a technical concept from an idea and, building on this, draw up a project plan including a budget estimate. The students

  • gain experience in brainstorming and are able to carry out various creativity techniques
  • are able to present their project idea, explain the technical concept and defend it in front of a jury
  • can describe methods of project management
  • can create a project plan with work tasks for all project members.
  • are able to create a budget plan for their own project
  • can develop an idea into a technical concept

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Independent project work (learning by doing) in teams
  • Team and individual coaching
  • Business games
  • Exchange between projects (presentations, team feedback)
  • Methodological/technical inputs as required

Assessment methods and criteria

The grade is composed of an assessment of the group and an assessment of the performance of the individuals. The group evaluation is made by written submissions (documentation, activity report, reflection or similar), written presentations (e.g. flyers, posters, ...), or oral presentations (lectures, defense before jury) on the following topics:

  • Project Proposal
  • Technical Concept
  • Project Management Plan
  • Project Results / Project Status

The individual assessment is carried out by submitting written documentation of the activities carried out at the end of each semester, which is summarized in project documentation for the entire team. If necessary, a reflection discussion will also be held.



Recommended or required reading
  • Bessant, John R. (2009): Innovation: creativity, culture, concepts, process, implementation. London: Dorling Kindersley (= Essential managers).
  • Gloger, Boris; Margetich, Jürgen (2018): Das Scrum-Prinzip: agile Organisationen aufbauen und gestalten. 2., aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag.
  • Meyer, Helga; Reher, Heinz-Josef (2016): Projektmanagement: von der Definition über die Projektplanung zum erfolgreichen Abschluss. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler (= Lehrbuch).
  • Patzak, Gerold; Rattay, Günter (2014): Projektmanagement: Projekte, Projektportfolios, Programme und projektorientierte Unternehmen. 6., wesentlich erweiterte und aktualisierte Auflage. Wien: Linde international (= Linde international).
  • Paufler, Alexander (2019): Führung - Kreativität - Innovation: Ein Leitfaden mit Denkstrategien und Denktaktiken für innovative Köpfe. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Ponn, Josef; Lindemann, Udo (2011): Konzeptentwicklung und Gestaltung technischer Produkte: systematisch von Anforderungen zu Konzepten und Gestaltlösungen. 2. Aufl., [gründlich überarb.]. Berlin: Springer (= VDI-Buch).
  • Simschek, Roman; Kaiser, Fabian (2018): SCRUM: das Erfolgsphänomen einfach erklärt. Konstanz München: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.

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

Presence event with compulsory attendance