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

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2021

Course unit title Laboratory
Course unit code 072722020203
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Babette HEBENSTREIT, Gerhard HUBER, Miriam KADINGER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

The students carry out various experiments on energy-related topics in teams (2-4 persons) and record them. They visit an energy plant in practice. The following topics are given priority:

  • Heat pump
  • Fuel Cell
  • Photovoltaics
  • Accumulators
  • Hydropower
  • Calorimetry
  • Thermography
  • Power electronics
  • Measuring chains
  • Control, Automation

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the students are able to record, evaluate, interpret and present measurement data. Through practical application, they achieve a deeper understanding of different energy technologies. The students

  • can carry out experiments in a team and record them correctly.
  • can set up a measurement chain, including sensors and an interface to the computer, and record and process the measurement data on the computer.
  • are able to display measurement data in diagrams and tables according to scientific standards.
  • can interpret measurement data and compare it with theoretical content.
  • gain an understanding of measurement uncertainties, error calculation and misinterpretation of measurements.
  • understand the basics of control and automation.
  • gain a practical understanding of selected energy technologies and their typical characteristics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Excursion
  • Selected topics of lecture course

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Brief oral examinations
  • Laboratory protocols



Recommended or required reading

Information material and background knowledge on the individual experiments will be made available in advance online. General literature on technical-scientific writing and error calculation:

  • FH Vorarlberg (o. J.): Schreibzentrum: Vermittlung von Informations- und Schreibkompetenz als Schlüsselkompetenz für Lebenslanges Lernen. Schreibzentrum. Online im Internet: URL: (Zugriff am: 03.09.2019).
  • Hering, Heike (2019): Technische Berichte: verständlich gliedern, gut gestalten, überzeugend vortragen. 8., vollständig überarbeitete Auflage. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.
  • Weiss, Martin; Newman, Alexandra M. (2011): „A guide to writing articles in energy science.“ In: Applied Energy, 88 (2011), 11, S. 3941–3948. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.04.007 (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Karmasin, Matthias; Ribing, Rainer (2017): Die Gestaltung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten: ein Leitfaden für Facharbeit/VWA, Seminararbeiten, Bachelor-, Master-, Magister- und Diplomarbeiten sowie Dissertationen. 9., überarbeitete und aktualisierte Auflage. Wien: Facultas (= UTB Schlüsselkompetenzen).
  • Taylor, John Russel (1988): Fehleranalyse: eine Einführung in die Untersuchung von Unsicherheiten in physikalischen Messungen. 1. Aufl. Weinheim: VCH.
  • Drosg, Manfred (2006): Der Umgang mit Unsicherheiten: ein Leitfaden zur Fehleranalyse. Autorisierte dt. Ausg. Wien: Facultas.


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

Presence event with obligatory attendance