Here you find an overview of our most current course programme offered in the International Semester at Schwenningen Campus. Please note: Course programmes differ slightly from semester to semester.

Students can choose courses in "Biomedical and Life Sciences" and in "Engineering Sciences". The course programme is not restricted to one of the two disciplines and may also include courses in management competencies and additional courses as listed below.  

For more information on company visits and excursions please scroll down.

Biomedical and Life Sciences

Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering Lab

BPT 10038(S, Lab / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Ulrike Salat and B.Sc. Tanja Paatsch
  • Lab work in molecular biology and genetic enginieering. Strategies and methods of cloning technologies. Recombinant expression of proteins in E. coli.
PrerequisitesLab experiences, at least 4 Semester lab courses. Basic knowledge in molecular biology, microbiology and cell biology.

Developments in Nanomedicine

FH 28919(Lc, S / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Deigner
  • Use, application and development of nanomaterial and nanoparticles in diagnostics and therapy; toxicity of nanoparticles and interaction with tissue and organisms; applications in the clinic.
  • Students will also prepare own contributions to various aspects; final written exam 60 min.
PrerequisitesKnowledge and interest in cell biology, chemistry and medical applications; willingness to actively contribute.

Population, Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics: A Primer (Guest Lecture 2016)

FH (TBA) (Lc, Lab, sdL / 3 ECTS/ Block)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Lawrence Hale, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada
  • Genetics plays a central role in organic evolution. Population genetics and evolutionary genetics are disciplines within which microevolution and macroevolution are studied, respectively. More recently, conservation genetics explores the genetical "health" and challenges of species/populations at risk, and is a key component of practice in conservation  biology. These disciplines rest on a largely common theoretical framework, and it is the goal of this course to introduce students to both the practice and interplay of/between them. Considerable time will be given over to problem solving, computer simulations and case studies.
  • An introductory genetics course, or any course in which basic Mendelian genetics and the structure of nucleic acids and proteins is covered.
  • Course starts Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.
  • Course ends Friday May 13th, 2016 at 17:15 p.m.
  • Link to flyer
Guest LectureSummer Semester 2016

Medical Imaging

FH (TBA)(Lc, S / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. med. Markus Niemann
  • Medical Imaging has seen tremendous improvements throughout the last years and decades. This course will discuss the basics of medical imaging and its recent progress and current challenges with a special focus on cardiac imaging. A wide range of imaging mechanisms and techniques like x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear techniques will be covered.
PrerequisitesKnowledge: anatomy, physiology, especially cardiac system.

Photochemical Purification and Desinfection of Water

FH (TBA)(Lc, sdL / 2 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Thomas Oppenländer
  • Coverage of topics: Chemical and physical processes/ Reaction Kinetics, Decay or Loss/ Microorganism sensitivity/ Drinking water applications/ Wastewater applications/ Reactor design/ Other uses.
  • Objectives: understand and apply photochemical principles and methods/ have a broad general knowledge of advanced water treatment processes/ be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each advanced water treatment process/ be able to choose appropriate water treatment processes for a given situation with contaminated water.
PrerequisitesBasics in general chemistry, physical chemistry and organic chemistry

Biomedical Optics, Optoacoustics and Spectroscopy (Guest Lecture 2017)

FH (TBA)( Lc, Lab, sdL / 3 ECTS/ Block)
Instructor: Prof. Dr. William Whelan, Faculty of Science, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • The field of biomedical optics involves the transmission, detection and manipulation of light in tissues to detect and treat different diseases, including cancers. Medical laser and optical technologies have undergone rapid advances in recent years. This course will provide students with a broad view of biomedical optics for disease detection and treatment, and a more comprehensive understanding of optoacoustic (also known as photoacoustic) imaging and spectroscopy. The course is designed for students interested in medicine and medical technologies, and the topics will include:
    • Basic design of medical lasers (and laser safety);
    • Features of living tissues that are important in optical propagation
    • Mechanisms of laser-tissue interactions including scattering, absorption, fluorescence and polarization;
    • Optical spectroscopy techniques including near-infrared, Raman and optoacoustic spectroscopy. ;
    • Various experimental/clinical systems;
    • Various analysis techniques for optical and optoacoustic signals;
    • Optical contrast agents, including molecular dyes, gold nanoparticles and encapsulated liposomes to improve image contrast;
    • Biomedical and clinical applications with a focus on cardiology and oncology.
PrerequisitesBasic knowledge and interest in anatomy and physics.

Engineering Sciences

Bioprocess Engineering Seminar

BPT 20068(S / 2 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Volker Hass, Prof. Dr. Holger Schneider
  • Planning and dimensioning of biotechnical production processes and experiments; Study of literature, description of processes and experiments; Simulation; Evaluation, mass and energy balances, process kinetics, assessment of dynamic process information, documentation and presentation.
  • The modules of Process Engineering, Unit Operations 2, Chemistry 3 and Biology 3 from the third semester curriculum, or equivalent knowledge and skills. 
  • required Corequisites: Bioprocess Engineering Lab (BPT 10037). The course contents and outcomes of BPT 10037 and BPT 20068 form one complete module. The two courses must be completed simultaneously.

Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory

BPT 10037(L / 4 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Volker Hass, Prof. Dr. Holger Schneider
  •  Implement production processes on a pilot scale (Examples: yeast production; ethanol production, bio refinery processes); Production of culture media; Cultivation in stirred tank bioreactors; Product processing;
  • Process analytics, automation and monitoring
  • Simulation: Dynamic (training) simulation of cultivation methods and rectification processes.
  • The modules of Process Engineering, Unit Operations 2, Chemistry 3 and Biology 3 from the third semester, or equivalent knowledge and skills. 
  • required Corequisites: Bioprocess Engineering Seminar (BPT 20068). The course contents and outcomes of BPT 10037 and BPT 20068 form one complete module. The two courses must be completed simultaneously.

Engineering of Processing Plants

FH (TBA)(Lc, S / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Ing. Richard Erpelding
  • The course gives an introduction into the workflow during the projecting phase of a processing plant. The students are guided through a fictive project i.e. cement grinding plant. The following tasks have to be performed by the students (groups of 3 – 4 students): Flowsheet design, mass- and energy balances, dedusting concept and basic design; basic design of main equipment; warranties concept.
  • During the course lectures alternates with presentations from the groups.
PrerequisitesKnowledge in solids processing, Basics of process engineering

Control Systems and Actuators

FH 26268(Lc, S, SdL / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Ing. Gunther Ketterer

Plasma Thin Film Technology

IEB 26220(Lc, Lab, sdL / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Volker Bucher
  • Basics of vacuum, plasma and thin films (Hard coatings for tools, functionalization of medical products.
  • Basics in Physics, Chemistry
  • Recommended co-requisites: Basics in material science

LabVIEW Programming

FH 26294(Lab, sdL / 3 ECTS / Online-Course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Edgar Jäger
  • Academic contents: Virtual Instruments, SubVIs, Documentationof Vis/ Loops, Arrays, Debugging/ Case Structure, Sequences, Formula Nodes/ Calling External Code from LabVIEW: Dynamic Link Libraries, ActiveX Controls, MATLAB scripts/ Data Acquisition: Analog Input-Output, Instrument Control.
PrerequisitesYou should be familiar with the basics of programming and with one text based programming language.

Mobile Application Development

FH 28620(Lc, Lab / 2 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Edgar Seemann
  • This course teaches the basics of app development for the Android OS. At the end of the course students are required to complete a programming project where they develop their own Android application.
  • Learning objectives: Understanding the basic elements of an Android application/ Applying memory efficent programming techniques/ Developing own user interfaces


  • Practical programming experience
  • Good knowledge in object oriented programming  (prefereably Java)

Renewable Energies

FH 26320(Lc / 3 ECTS / weekly)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Gerald Higelin
  • The course covers technical and economical aspects of renewable energies under consideration of future world wide demand, climate change aspects,  and technological potentials. Technical efficiencies and economic feasibilities are discussed
  • Topics of coursework are: Physical Basics, Production, Conversion, Transport, and Storage of Energy .  Renewable energies means solar, wind, water resource, and biogas systems.
  • Objectives: Gain knowledge in economical and technical relationships in energy markets. Understand principles of technical and physical boundary conditions. Application of methods in simulation and assessment of different approaches.
PrerequisitesBasics in general physics and chemestry, mechanical and electrical engineering

Heat Integration (Guest Lecture 2017)

FH (TBA)(Lc, Tu / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Dr. Andy Durrant, School of Engineering and Computing, University of the West of Scotland
  • The course covers the important topic of energy conservation in process systems. Topics of the coursework are: the concept of “Pinch” technology, thermodynamic targets for heat exchanger networks, economic targets of heat exchanger networks, optimisation of utilities, including zero heat consumption.
  • Objectives: Gain insight into trade-offs between cost and benefit in energy recovery. Understand limiting nature of target energy consumption. Application of numerical techniques to propose heat recovery schemes.
PrerequisitesBasics in general physics (especially thermodynamics laws) and chemistry, mechanical and electrical engineering.

Management Competencies

Strategic Innovation Management

FH 26280(Lc, S, Tu / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Paola Belloni
  • Innovation management (Improvement und innovation/ Origin of innovation/ Diffusion of innovation/ Models of innovation/ Open innovation/ Change management). Technology strategy (Strategic technology planning/ Technology and competitive position/ Technology and product portfolio/ Technology roadmapping). Cases studies (Open innovation at Degussa (D) and Procter and Gamble (USA)/ Partnerships involving early-stage technology firms/ Technology roadmapping, delivering business vision: Philips).
  • understanding of technical  product management principles
  • Recommended co-requisites: Working experience in a technical field

Several courses of Business School


Additional Courses

Workshop: Industry and Innovation Environment in Germany

Workshop is planed for 2018.

Team project

(S / 6 ECTS)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Fasol

Orientation Programme and German Seminar

FU 18448(LC, Lab / 3 ECTS / block course)
Instructor:Prof. Dr. Ulrike Fasol, Brigitte Minderlein
Learning Objectives
  • Get a general idea about Germany, the Black Forest Region and the German University system
  • Master administrative issues in Germany
  • German language training on on two levels (depending on the prerequisites):
  • Level A1: Learn basic communication skills in German for everyday tasks (introducing oneself, giving basic information about oneself, asking the time, asking for basic information such as prices, shopping for groceries)
  • Level A2/B1: Learn intermediate communication skills in German for everyday tasks: introducing oneself, giving information about oneself and one’s family, talking about one’s course of studies, making travel plans, asking for and giving directions, doctor’s visits, visits to official institutions
Course Content
  • Introduction to Germany and the German University System
  • Adminsitrative issues like opening a bank account, registering at the town hall, health insurance, enrolment etc.
  • 45 contact teaching hours of Basic or Advanced German language classes (depending on the prerequisites)
  • Field trips in the region
  • None
  • a Placement test in German before classes start, so that the students are registered in the system NEO

German Language Classes

Click here for a complete current list of courses offered by the Language Center on the Schwenningen Campus. Language courses are free of charge for exchange students. Below you find a list of our German courses. For more information about the language courses offered at HFU, please contact the Language Center.


German for:




DaF 2

everyday-life and university




DaF 3

everyday-life, university and internship 1




DaF 4

everyday-life, university and internship 2




DaF 5

business and technology




DaF 6

advanced German





TBAto be announced      
1 ECTS  25 – 30 hours workload      
LCLecturesS     Seminar
Lablab/practical courseTU


sdLself-directed learningOConline course

Company Visits & Excursions

Excursions to different regional companies are planned:

  • Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG (Brewery) (half-day)
  • Aesculap AG (half-day) 
  • Carl Zeiss AG and PAUL HARTMANN AG (full-day) 
  • Audi Forum Neckarsulm and Xenios AG Heilbronn (full-day) 
  • Gambro Dialysatoren GmbH Hechingen (half day)
  • Sto AG Stühlingen (half day)

Price: for each excursion € 5 will be charged.

For further information please contact Mrs Lützow (lues[at]

or check Felix Course "FISTAS Excursions 2017"

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