Smart Products, Services and Engineering

Smart Products, Engineering and Services

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SPES – Smart Products, Engineering and Services

Lecturers Language
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Kirchner
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Rinderknecht
Prof. Dr. Alexander Kock
The lecture is held exclusively in English. The corresponding lecture notes are also only available in English.
Nature and scope of the event Lecture
Presence event
2 SWS (Lecture + Exercise)
2,5 SWS (Project)
Lecture in summer semester: week 15 until week 19
Wednesdays 1:30 – 5:00 PM in L4|02 201
Project Exercise
10-week project work in teams of 5 to 6 (depending on the total number of students) with production of components in the institute's own Maker Space in L1|10 112 + 102 Free exercise in teams of 5 to 6 (project group), depending on the total number of students
Presentation of the results in the Flipped Classroom
(1 date)


The number of participants is limited to 60 students.

The English-language master's course SPES (6 CP) is the continuation of the bachelor's courses “Machine Elements and Mechatronics” and “Product Design Projects”. In SPES, basic knowledge and initial project experience from the bachelor's degree are deepened and supplemented by elements of smart engineering and future trends. Furthermore, market and business aspects are covered.

In a nine-week project phase, students apply what they have learned and refine their soft skills and ability to work in teams. In small groups, the students solve a development task that involves the design of a kinematic system and the development of a control system for vibration compensation of a test mass. The constructive solutions are realized in a Maker Space (3D printer and laser cutter) and the control algorithms are implemented on a microcontroller. Subsequently, the solutions found will be tested on a vibration test bench. Beforehand, the students have the opportunity to prepare for the practical part of the project phase in flipped-classroom exercises. The course is concluded with a written exam.

SPES is a cooperation between Faculty 1 (FB 1) Law and Economics and Faculty 16 (FB 16) Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) of FB 1 and the Institutes of Product Development and Machine Elements (pmd) and of Mechatronic Systems (IMS) of FB 16 jointly provide the content. The project phase is supervised by pmd and IMS.


The lecture notes as well as information about the exam can be found on Moodle under “Smart Products, Engineering and Services”. The organization of the flipped-classroom exercises and the project phase also takes place in Moodle.


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