Labs and business simulations

The Faculty of Business Administration and Engineering has well-equipped labs where our students can put theory into practice throughout the course of their degree.

Physics Lab

Purpose of Lab

  • Experiments in the area of mechanics, optics and thermodynamics
  • Practical experience with measurement equipment and methods
  • Teaching and practice of error analysis methods

Lab Equipment

  • Grating spectrometer
  • Prism spectrometer
  • Spectral lamp 
  • Diode laser with single and double layer and grating
  • Optical benches with lenses
  • Pohl's wheel (rotating pendulum)
  • Spring pendulum
  • Wave tank
  • Temperature and pressure measurement instruments
  • Thermal house
  • Instruments to measure thermal expansion
  • Digital multimeter measuring instruments
  • PCs with special measurement programmes

Electrical Engineering Lab

Purpose of Lab

  • Learn how to use various standard measuring devices such as analogue and digital multimeters, oscilloscopes and measuring devices for special physical dimensions
  • Carry out current and voltage measurements, resistance measurements, temperature measurements and measurements of properties of fluctuating signals
  • Work out the characteristic curves of passive/active components and sources of current, such as mains supply and solar modules

Lab Equipment

  • Analogue and digital lab mains power supply equipment
  • Analogue and digital multimeter measurement equipment
  • Digital oscilloscope
  • Frequency generator
  • Variable and isolation transformers
  • Temperature measurement facilities
  • PCs with software for test evaluation
  • Laser printer

CAD Lab

Purpose of Lab

  • Learn CAD technology
  • Carry out design tasks
  • Visualize and check design results
  • Manufacture CAD models
  • Carry out project work

Lab Equipment

Hardware

  • 8 high-performance workstations
  • HP Designjet Z 2100 Photo DIN-A0 plotter
  • 3D Dimension bst 768 plotter
  • 3D Objet 30 printer

Software

  • CAD programmes: ProEngineer and SolidWorks
  • FEM programmes: ANSYS, SolidWorks Simulation, ProMechanica

Case Study Workshop

Description

The case study method, which was introduced as a teaching method in American Business Schools over 100 years ago, has advantages over normal lectures when teaching "narrative knowledge", e.g. marketing or management.

Using this method, students first meet in the lecture room to read and discuss the case study (e.g. product launch, marketing concept). Then, working in groups of 4 to 6, they conduct internet research to solve the problem. The professor is also present at this time to answer questions. In the end the groups come together again in the lecture room to present their solutions and to discuss their reasoning.

Thus, besides practical knowledge, students are learning social skills such as teamwork and presenting and defending their ideas.

Facilities

The Case Study project rooms are adequately equipped with modern hard- and software. The facilities enable students to work and learn effectively.

General Management Business Simulation

Description

As an interactive teaching and learning method, business simulations make it possible to gain practical experience sustainably and without risk.

The model of the company and the realistic simulation of procedures and competing goals in a company show the students which internal and external factors influence the business success of a company. As all participants are highly involved, they discover that behavioural aspects also play an important role. The focus is on team-oriented, collective, networked thinking and actions.

Content

  • IT-supported capital goods simulation which involves all areas within a business. Company focus: production cost accounting, logistics, HR, sales.
  • Application of specific business methods
  • Formulation of goals and strategies to meet objectives
  • Application of strategies and measures
  • Awareness, analysis and evaluation of critical situations