Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe

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B.Sc. Elektrotechnik (B. Sc. Electrical Engineering)

Objectives and Contents of the Bachelor’s Program Elektrotechnik [Electrical Engineering]

While the first three semesters are primarily devoted to the establishment, consolidation and application of specialist fundamentals, the three fields of study automation technology, information technology and energy and drive technology, which students have to choose from from the fourth semester, have different requirements and main areas of activity:

  • In automation technology, the focus lies on the control, regulation and networking of systems. Graduates of this field of study master the model-based drafting of regulations in a professional and methodological way. Furthermore, they understand the programming of real-time machine-level digital computers and are familiar with the basic architecture of industrial communication systems, such as classic fieldbus techniques and current real-time communication systems.
  • In information technology, students are primarily concerned with aspects of data transmission and with typical communication technologies such as Ethernet, high-frequency technology and optical transmission technology. Graduates of this field of study are particularly capable of determining and evaluating properties of transmission channels. They know different modulation and coding methods as well as different concepts of signal processing and can apply them. Furthermore, they are able to assess the use of IT security mechanisms and integrate them into software.
  • In energy and drive technology, the storage and conversion of energy and the drive of electrical machines is of central importance. Graduates of this field of study are familiar with different ways of generating and distributing electrical energy. They master the model-based design of drive systems expertly and methodically. They know different electrical machines and can select suitable motors / generators for given applications. Furthermore, they know the characteristics and applications of different power converters and are able to select suitable components for regulated electrical drives.

Key competences such as team skills and communicative competence are strengthened in all technical and non-technical modules of the degree program through the integration of group work and presentation phases.

The bachelor's program in electrical engineering is oriented towards basic and methodological issues. It enables graduates to work successfully throughout their careers, as it does not confine itself to communicating up-to-date content, but theoretically substantiates fundamental concepts and methods that are consistent with current trends. This also helps to acquire the ability to quickly and independently become familiar with new areas and to prepare for lifelong learning.

The majority of electrical engineers are involved in the development of problem solutions. For this, independent work, abstraction and creativity are important prerequisites. The majority of tasks in a team requires additional cooperation and communication skills. The ability to deliver work results in a structured written form and to present them in a convincing manner is extremely helpful for the work of a graduate in electrical engineering. The labor market, which is increasingly characterized by mobility and internationality, also requires a sufficient command of the English language.

This analysis and objective is taken into account by this bachelor's program in its entire design. For this purpose, basic concepts are presented coherently and across disciplines, a well-founded education in mathematical fundamentals is taught, and expanding and in-depth modules of individual disciplines are offered.

The bachelor's program in electrical engineering qualifies highly skilled graduates to take up a Master's program, for example, the master's programs in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronic Systems and Information Technology offered by the department.

The standard period of study is 6 semesters, whereby one study work has to be done in addition to the bachelor’s thesis. The course has a modular structure and is assessed according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).