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Curriculum Energy and Environmental Engineering

The curriculum of your degree consists of different module types, which provide you with specialist knowledge, mathematical-scientific basics, practical experience as well as contextual knowledge from areas such as communication and business.

In the third year of study, depending on your interest, you can choose between three main areas and take the corresponding specialization and elective modules. Click on each module to learn more about choices, language of instruction and ECTS credits.

Module overview full-time

This module table is valid from 16. September 2019

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Context Modules

Project Modules

Subject-Specific Modules

Mathematics and Natural Science Modules

Semester 1 , Semester ECTS : 30 , Semester week lessons : 30

Communication Competence 1

Communication Competence 1

The Communication Competence 1 module focuses on the following aspects of communication training: Researching and processing information in a scientific context // Developing presentation skills // Organising communication and feedback in teams // Teaching language: DE/EN

Metrology in Solar Systems

Metrology in Solar Systems

Students learn methods for measuring the electrical performance of photovoltaic cells. Working in a team, students measure the electrical current and voltage of solar cells as an essential part of the lab project. Commercial software is used for data acquisition and analysis. // Teaching language: DE

Energy Efficiency and Policy

Energy Efficiency and Policy

This module includes: Energy Strategy 2050, Cleantech, UN Agenda 2030 // Swiss energy policy, energy and environmental law, CO2 Act // Calculation, interpretation and optimisation of energy and material flow systems // Indicators for the ecological evaluation of products/services // Teaching language: DE

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 1

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 1

This course teaches students the basics of electricity and semiconductor physics. They also learn the practical handling of electrical devices and measurement equipment. // Teaching language: DE

Computer Science Programming 1

Computer Science Programming 1

Introduction to software development with Python. // Teaching language: DE

Analysis 1

Analysis 1

Introduction to calculus. // Teaching language: DE

Algebra and Statistics 1

Algebra and Statistics 1

This module covers the topics of linear equations, matrix algebra and vector geometry as well as elementary probability theory and discrete random variables. // Teaching language: DE

Physics 1

Physics 1

Basic physics and methods for the following: 1) Kinetics and dynamics of one and two-dimensional motion of mass points (with circular motions and vibrations) 2) Wave propagation and related phenomena (transmission, reflection, refraction, interference) 3) Conservation principles and balancing. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 2 , Semester ECTS : 30 , Semester week lessons : 30

Communication Competence 2

Communication Competence 2

The Communication Competence 2 module focuses on the following aspects of communication training: Collaborative writing and peer feedback in a scientific/professional context // Developing research skills // Audience-oriented communication // Teaching language: DE/EN

Technology Assessment

Technology Assessment

Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment (ISO 14040/44) // Application of life cycle assessment methods using a concrete case study (energy technology) with the SimaPro® software // Presentation of the results in a technical report and in a final presentation // Teaching language: DE

Fluiddynamics

Fluiddynamics

In the Fluid Dynamics module, which forms part of the Fluid and Thermodynamics (FTH) series, students learn the basics of fluid dynamics at UAS Bachelor level. The overriding goal is the selection of pumps for the design of piping systems. // Teaching language: DE

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 2

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 2

Working on from the ELHL1 module, students acquire a more in-depth knowledge of electronics. This includes an understanding of important analog electronic components such as diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers, as well as the basic function of switching power supplies. // Teaching language: DE

Computer Science Tools

Computer Science Tools

Students solve technical and numerical problems with MATLAB software, and prepare, analyse, present and document data. They visualise mathematical relationships, prepare graphics for documentation, plot and simulate systems with differential equations, and solve symbolic equation systems. // Teaching language: DE

CAD for EU

CAD for EU

Students learn how to use a three-dimensional, architecture-oriented CAD system and apply it in practice. They take a look at heating and cooling load calculations based on this and also at pipe and duct planning. Students will be able to estimate the time necessary for CAD work. // Teaching language: DE

Analysis 2

Analysis 2

Advanced calculus // Teaching language: DE

Algebra and Statistics 2

Algebra and Statistics 2

This module covers linear transformations, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, continuous probability distributions, the Gaussian distribution, the central limit theorem, deductive statistics and also linear regression. // Teaching language: DE

Physics 2

Physics 2

The Physics 2 module covers the basic physics and methods in the fields of electrostatics, magnetism, electromagnetism, optics and radioactivity. Using selected examples, students learn about and employ the physics way of thinking and working as part of the engineer’s modern technical thinking. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 3 , Semester ECTS : 30 , Semester week lessons : 30

Communication Competence 3

Communication Competence 3

The Communication Competence 3 module focuses on the following aspects of communication training: Communication in international and interdisciplinary settings // Mediation and transfer between English and German // Negotiation and discussion // Teaching language: DE/EN

Project Management in Energy Plant Construction

Project Management in Energy Plant Construction

In the Project Management in Power Plant Engineering module, students learn to apply project management techniques to areas of power plant engineering. The module forms part of the project modules in the course. // Teaching language: DE

Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics

In the Thermodynamics module of the Fluid- and Thermodynamics (FTH) series, students learn the basics of thermodynamics at UAS Bachelor level. The overall goal is to understand the changes of state of gases in technical processes. // Teaching language: DE

Transformation of socio-technical Systems

Transformation of socio-technical Systems

Students are enabled to think (self-)critically and embed technological and social science solutions in economic and social systems, to understand the challenges of the transformation of energy, mobility and resource systems and to substantiate these methodically and technically. // Teaching language: DE

Solar Technology Solar Power

Solar Technology Solar Power

The functional principles of solar cells and module technology are covered. Software tools are used in the engineering design of PV plants, starting with very basic simulation tools and progressing to commercial software tools in a project. Performance calculations and energy analysis are taught. // Teaching language: DE

Introduction to Electrical Power Grids

Introduction to Electrical Power Grids

Students learn the physical and technical fundamentals of AC circuit theory together with the frequency-dependent behavior of electrical circuits and networks. They also gain an understanding of the real behavior of the key components of AC circuits and related phenomena, like the skin effect. // Teaching language: DE

Analysis 3

Analysis 3

The topics covered by Analysis 3 are calculation with complex numbers and the solution of ODEs, including the Laplace transformation. In the second part, the focus is on multidimensional analysis and aspects of the vector analysis. // Teaching language: DE

Statics Strength of Materials Physics 3

Statics Strength of Materials Physics 3

A major objective of this module is to present the basic concepts and principles of statics for rigid and deformable bodies to engineering students. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 4 , Semester ECTS : 30 , Semester week lessons : 30

Business Administration

Business Administration

The engineers gain an insight into the most important business management principles and interrelationships. They are supposed to understand how companies operate, to be able to classify strategies and processes and to understand the basics of financial and operational accounting. // Teaching language: DE

Smart Grid and Electromobility

Smart Grid and Electromobility

The design and analysis of different supply profiles for renewable power sources and charging strategies for electromobility are the central elements of Smart Grid Electromobility (SMEM) solutions. A new innovative SMEM solution will be developed and presented by the different student teams. // Teaching language: DE

Applied Heat Transfer

Applied Heat Transfer

In the Applied Heat Transfer module of the Fluid- and Thermodynamics (FTH) series, students are taught the basics of heat transfer at UAS Bachelor level. The overall goal is the design of heat exchangers for technical applications. // Teaching language: DE

Technology Field Analysis

Technology Field Analysis

The Technology Field Analysis module provides prospective engineers with the essential methodical skills crucial for technically oriented companies to be able to identify promising development directions for service and product improvements in a dynamic market environment. // Teaching language: DE

Thermal and electrical Fundamentals of Power Plant Technology

Thermal and electrical Fundamentals of Power Plant Technology

This module comprises a thermal and an electrical part. The thermal part deals with the thermodynamic fundamentals of different types of thermal power plants and the function of individual system components. In the electrical part, the basics of electrical drive and generator technology are taught. // Teaching language: DE

Control Engineering

Control Engineering

In this course, the fundaments of the classical control theory are reviewed, including basic methods for analysis and controller design. // Teaching language: DE

Material Technology for EU

Material Technology for EU

Students acquire the ability to understand, analyse and answer current, problem-based questions of energy and environmental technology using materials science and chemistry models and tools. They study the relevant properties of materials and substances in combined theoretical and practical work. // Teaching language: DE

Numerics

Numerics

Introduction to numerical methods for engineers. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 5 , Semester ECTS : 30 , Semester week lessons : 30

Elective Module

Elective Module

You choose a context module according to your interests.

Elective Module

Elective Module

You choose a context module according to your interests.

Project Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

Project Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

  • ECTS : 6

In their project thesis, students perform their individual analyses of a topic centred on the study specialisation they have chosen for their energy and environmental technology studies, working in close collaboration with partners from industry and the supervising lecturer. // Teaching language: DE/EN

Specialisation Module 1

Specialisation Module 1

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Specialisation Module 3

Specialisation Module 3

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Specialisation Module

Specialisation Module

  • ECTS : 4

Module from group

  • Exhaust Gas and Wastewater Treatment
  • Business Dynamics
  • Electrical Power Systems - Power Grids
  • Electrical Storage Systems and Power Electronics
  • Foresight and Scenarios
  • Refrigeration and Heat Pumps

You choose a elective module based on your interests. The selection varies depending on the chosen focus.

Specialisation Module

Specialisation Module

  • ECTS : 4

Module from group

  • Exhaust Gas and Wastewater Treatment
  • Business Dynamics
  • Electrical Power Systems - Power Grids
  • Electrical Storage Systems and Power Electronics
  • Foresight and Scenarios
  • Refrigeration and Heat Pumps

You choose a elective module based on your interests. The selection varies depending on the chosen focus.

Elective Module

Elective Module

  • ECTS : 4

Module from group

  • Höhere Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Photonics – Angewandte Optik
  • Mathematik: Kryptologie
  • Moderne Physik
  • Sensors
  • Statistik 2

You choose a elective module based on your interests.

Semester 6 , Semester ECTS : 30 , Semester week lessons : 30

Elective Module

Elective Module

You choose a context module according to your interests.

Bachelor Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

Bachelor Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

  • ECTS : 12

Within this bachelor thesis you perform your individual analyses of a topic which is centred in the topic of your chosen study specification of the energy and environmental technology studies in close collaboration with the partner from industry and the supervising lecturer. // Teaching language: DE/EN

Spectalisation Module

Spectalisation Module

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Spectalisation Module

Spectalisation Module

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Specialisation Module

Specialisation Module

  • ECTS : 4

Module from group

  • Business Models
  • Photovoltaic Power Electronics and Systems
  • Photovoltaic Technology and Memory Production
  • Smart Solutions
  • Photovoltaic Power Electronics and Systems
  • Wind and Water Power and Thermal Solar Energy

You choose a elective module based on your interests. The selection varies depending on the chosen focus.

Specialisation Module

Specialisation Module

  • ECTS : 4

Module from group

  • Business Models
  • Photovoltaic Power Electronics and Systems
  • Photovoltaic Technology and Memory Production
  • Smart Solutions
  • Photovoltaic Power Electronics and Systems
  • Wind and Water Power and Thermal Solar Energy

You choose a elective module based on your interests. The selection varies depending on the chosen focus.

The list of elective modules reflects the current state of the offer. It can change until the third year of study.

Module overview part-time

This module table is valid from 16. September 2019

Module legend

Context Modules

Subject-Specific Modules

Mathematics and Natural Science Modules

Project Modules

Semester 1 , Semester ECTS : 22 , Semester week lessons : 22

Communication Competence 1

Communication Competence 1

The Communication Competence 1 module focuses on the following aspects of communication training: Researching and processing information in a scientific context // Developing presentation skills // Organising communication and feedback in teams // Teaching language: DE/EN

Energy Efficiency and Policy

Energy Efficiency and Policy

This module includes: Energy Strategy 2050, Cleantech, UN Agenda 2030 // Swiss energy policy, energy and environmental law, CO2 Act // Calculation, interpretation and optimisation of energy and material flow systems // Indicators for the ecological evaluation of products/services // Teaching language: DE

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 1

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 1

This course teaches students the basics of electricity and semiconductor physics. They also learn the practical handling of electrical devices and measurement equipment. // Teaching language: DE

Computer Science Programming 1

Computer Science Programming 1

Introduction to software development with Python. // Teaching language: DE

Analysis 1

Analysis 1

Introduction to calculus. // Teaching language: DE

Algebra and Statistics 1

Algebra and Statistics 1

This module covers the topics of linear equations, matrix algebra and vector geometry as well as elementary probability theory and discrete random variables. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 2 , Semester ECTS : 22 , Semester week lessons : 22

Communication Competence 2

Communication Competence 2

The Communication Competence 2 module focuses on the following aspects of communication training: Collaborative writing and peer feedback in a scientific/professional context // Developing research skills // Audience-oriented communication // Teaching language: DE/EN

Fluiddynamics

Fluiddynamics

In the Fluid Dynamics module, which forms part of the Fluid and Thermodynamics (FTH) series, students learn the basics of fluid dynamics at UAS Bachelor level. The overriding goal is the selection of pumps for the design of piping systems. // Teaching language: DE

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 2

Electrical Engineering and Semiconductors 2

Working on from the ELHL1 module, students acquire a more in-depth knowledge of electronics. This includes an understanding of important analog electronic components such as diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers, as well as the basic function of switching power supplies. // Teaching language: DE

Computer Science Tools

Computer Science Tools

Students solve technical and numerical problems with MATLAB software, and prepare, analyse, present and document data. They visualise mathematical relationships, prepare graphics for documentation, plot and simulate systems with differential equations, and solve symbolic equation systems. // Teaching language: DE

CAD for EU

CAD for EU

Students learn how to use a three-dimensional, architecture-oriented CAD system and apply it in practice. They take a look at heating and cooling load calculations based on this and also at pipe and duct planning. Students will be able to estimate the time necessary for CAD work. // Teaching language: DE

Analysis 2

Analysis 2

Advanced calculus // Teaching language: DE

Algebra and Statistics 2

Algebra and Statistics 2

This module covers linear transformations, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, continuous probability distributions, the Gaussian distribution, the central limit theorem, deductive statistics and also linear regression. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 3 , Semester ECTS : 22 , Semester week lessons : 22

Communication Competence 3

Communication Competence 3

The Communication Competence 3 module focuses on the following aspects of communication training: Communication in international and interdisciplinary settings // Mediation and transfer between English and German // Negotiation and discussion // Teaching language: DE/EN

Metrology in Solar Systems

Metrology in Solar Systems

Students learn methods for measuring the electrical performance of photovoltaic cells. Working in a team, students measure the electrical current and voltage of solar cells as an essential part of the lab project. Commercial software is used for data acquisition and analysis. // Teaching language: DE

Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics

In the Thermodynamics module of the Fluid- and Thermodynamics (FTH) series, students learn the basics of thermodynamics at UAS Bachelor level. The overall goal is to understand the changes of state of gases in technical processes. // Teaching language: DE

Transformation of socio-technical Systems

Transformation of socio-technical Systems

Students are enabled to think (self-)critically and embed technological and social science solutions in economic and social systems, to understand the challenges of the transformation of energy, mobility and resource systems and to substantiate these methodically and technically. // Teaching language: DE

Analysis 3

Analysis 3

The topics covered by Analysis 3 are calculation with complex numbers and the solution of ODEs, including the Laplace transformation. In the second part, the focus is on multidimensional analysis and aspects of the vector analysis. // Teaching language: DE

Physics 1

Physics 1

Basic physics and methods for the following: 1) Kinetics and dynamics of one and two-dimensional motion of mass points (with circular motions and vibrations) 2) Wave propagation and related phenomena (transmission, reflection, refraction, interference) 3) Conservation principles and balancing. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 4 , Semester ECTS : 22 , Semester week lessons : 22

Business Administration

Business Administration

The engineers gain an insight into the most important business management principles and interrelationships. They are supposed to understand how companies operate, to be able to classify strategies and processes and to understand the basics of financial and operational accounting. // Teaching language: DE

Technology Assessment

Technology Assessment

Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment (ISO 14040/44) // Application of life cycle assessment methods using a concrete case study (energy technology) with the SimaPro® software // Presentation of the results in a technical report and in a final presentation // Teaching language: DE

Applied Heat Transfer

Applied Heat Transfer

In the Applied Heat Transfer module of the Fluid- and Thermodynamics (FTH) series, students are taught the basics of heat transfer at UAS Bachelor level. The overall goal is the design of heat exchangers for technical applications. // Teaching language: DE

Material Technology for EU

Material Technology for EU

Students acquire the ability to understand, analyse and answer current, problem-based questions of energy and environmental technology using materials science and chemistry models and tools. They study the relevant properties of materials and substances in combined theoretical and practical work. // Teaching language: DE

Numerics

Numerics

Introduction to numerical methods for engineers. // Teaching language: DE

Physics 2

Physics 2

The Physics 2 module covers the basic physics and methods in the fields of electrostatics, magnetism, electromagnetism, optics and radioactivity. Using selected examples, students learn about and employ the physics way of thinking and working as part of the engineer’s modern technical thinking. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 5 , Semester ECTS : 22 , Semester week lessons : 22

Elective Module

Elective Module

You choose a context module according to your interests.

Project Management in Energy Plant Construction

Project Management in Energy Plant Construction

In the Project Management in Power Plant Engineering module, students learn to apply project management techniques to areas of power plant engineering. The module forms part of the project modules in the course. // Teaching language: DE

Solar Technology Solar Power

Solar Technology Solar Power

The functional principles of solar cells and module technology are covered. Software tools are used in the engineering design of PV plants, starting with very basic simulation tools and progressing to commercial software tools in a project. Performance calculations and energy analysis are taught. // Teaching language: DE

Introduction to Electrical Power Grids

Introduction to Electrical Power Grids

Students learn the physical and technical fundamentals of AC circuit theory together with the frequency-dependent behavior of electrical circuits and networks. They also gain an understanding of the real behavior of the key components of AC circuits and related phenomena, like the skin effect. // Teaching language: DE

Statics Strength of Materials Physics 3

Statics Strength of Materials Physics 3

A major objective of this module is to present the basic concepts and principles of statics for rigid and deformable bodies to engineering students. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 6 , Semester ECTS : 22 , Semester week lessons : 22

Elective Module

Elective Module

You choose a context module according to your interests.

Smart Grid and Electromobility

Smart Grid and Electromobility

The design and analysis of different supply profiles for renewable power sources and charging strategies for electromobility are the central elements of Smart Grid Electromobility (SMEM) solutions. A new innovative SMEM solution will be developed and presented by the different student teams. // Teaching language: DE

Thermal and electrical Fundamentals of Power Plant Technology

Thermal and electrical Fundamentals of Power Plant Technology

This module comprises a thermal and an electrical part. The thermal part deals with the thermodynamic fundamentals of different types of thermal power plants and the function of individual system components. In the electrical part, the basics of electrical drive and generator technology are taught. // Teaching language: DE

Control Engineering

Control Engineering

In this course, the fundaments of the classical control theory are reviewed, including basic methods for analysis and controller design. // Teaching language: DE

Technology Field Analysis

Technology Field Analysis

The Technology Field Analysis module provides prospective engineers with the essential methodical skills crucial for technically oriented companies to be able to identify promising development directions for service and product improvements in a dynamic market environment. // Teaching language: DE

Semester 7 , Semester ECTS : 24 , Semester week lessons : 18

Elective Module

Elective Module

You choose a context module according to your interests.

Project Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

Project Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

  • ECTS : 6

In their project thesis, students perform their individual analyses of a topic centred on the study specialisation they have chosen for their energy and environmental technology studies, working in close collaboration with partners from industry and the supervising lecturer. // Teaching language: DE/EN

Specialisation Module 1

Specialisation Module 1

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Specialisation Module 3

Specialisation Module 3

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Elective Module

Elective Module

  • ECTS : 4

Module from group

  • Höhere Analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Photonics – Angewandte Optik
  • Mathematik: Kryptologie
  • Moderne Physik
  • Sensors
  • Statistik 2

You choose a elective module based on your interests.

Semester 8 , Semester ECTS : 24 , Semester week lessons : 12

Bachelor Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

Bachelor Thesis: Energy and Environmental Engineering

  • ECTS : 12

Within this bachelor thesis you perform your individual analyses of a topic which is centred in the topic of your chosen study specification of the energy and environmental technology studies in close collaboration with the partner from industry and the supervising lecturer. // Teaching language: DE/EN

Spectalisation Module

Spectalisation Module

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

Spectalisation Module

Spectalisation Module

You decide on one of three focal points: thermal energy technology, sustainability and technology, electrical renewable energies. You take all 4 focus modules in the same focus.

The list of elective modules reflects the current state of the offer. It can change until the third year of study.