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Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, 19.12.2005 1 DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, 1. 6. 2006 Curriculum at TU Graz A Case for a Broadly Based.

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1 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz A Case for a Broadly Based Curriculum in Informatics Graz University of Technology Ao.Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Eugen Brenner

2 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Structure of studies in Austria Bachelor: 3 years / 180 ECTS-Credits –30 Credits / Semester, 60 Credits per year (prof. or academic) Master: 2 years / 120 ECTS-Credits Doctorate: 3 years / 180 ECTS-Credits (?) Tuition fee € / semester –Every Austrian having A-level or equivalent can start studies (except Art, Sports, and new: Medicine, etc…); –Arbitrary number of students in the beginning… –Universities of Applied Sciences are allowed to have entry- procedures –Obtained credits are valid without time-limit –Credits from every accepted post-secondary educational institution can be accepted (national contracts…) –University laws 1975, 1993, 2002 (valid from ), ??

3 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Legal situation and structures 2 Curricula-commissions of the senate –Bachelor’s- and Master’s programs (yes, we changed the names!) –Doctorate- programs and University-Courses 1 working-group “Studienkommission” per program (BSc, MSc or Diploma) Schedule: –Working group develops the program according to the sample- curriculum –Curricula-Commission decides about acceptance or rejection –Rector and “Universitätsrat” give comments, guarantee the financial situation –Senate decides about the final version

4 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Structure of Bachelor’s in Telematics Duration: 3 years / 180 ECTS (legal situation in Austria) Orientation-year –First 2 semesters of studies (legal situation of a section of a program); some exceptions possible, introductory and orientation lectures –Every exam can be taken a second time until the end if 3rd semester –Characteristic contents for the program and basics of natural science and informatics –Students should be able to decide whether they are interested and/or able to finish the program Structured in courses and “subjects” (compulsory, elective) Semester plan, groups of elective courses 5% (ECTS) free elective courses Defined set of course-types (e.g. lecture, practical, laboratory, seminar…) Definition of prerequisites for exams

5 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Curriculum Bachelor‘s in Telematics Main subjects: –Basic Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Signal processing, System Modelling, …) –Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (El. Networks, Electronics, Communications Engineering, …) –Computer Science (Programming practical, Data structures, OOAD, Real-Time Systems, Distributed Systems, Computer Vision and Graphics, …) –Softskills, Human Science and Motivation (Seminar, Projects, presentations, scientific writing, group work, …) –Free elective subjects (form Universities in Austria and abbroad)

6 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Bachelor‘s in Telematics

7 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Structure of Master’s in Telematics Title: Master of Science (Dipl.-Ing.) Duration: 2 years / 120 ECTS (legal situation in Austria) Deepening in two selectable subjects Application of basic sciences Changeover to scientific work Preparatory training and professional qualification leading to executive position Broad offerings of specialized courses (including economics and management) Many selectable options 5% free selective courses Only possible because of broadly based Bachelor’s program

8 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Structure of Master’s in Telematics (2) Composition: –First and Second Subject (25 ECTS each) –≥ 18 ECTS laboratories, practices from selectable courses, ≥ 33 ECTS lectures –Seminar/Project (10 ECTS) (associated with First or Second Subject) –Elective Subject (24 ECTS) –Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) –Freely selectable courses (6 ECTS) –≥ 18 ECTS from Faculty of EE&IT and CS

9 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz List of selectable subjects i01Security in Information Technology i02System-on-Chip-Design i03Algorithm Design i04Computational Intelligence i05Computer Vision i05aComputer Graphics i06Information Systems i07Multimedia i08Software Technology i09Autonomous Robots it01Telecommunications it01aMobile Computing it02Design and Construction of Electronic Devices it03Microelectronics it04Biomedical Engineering it05Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics, and Neuroinformatics it06Smart Sensors it07Technical Informatics / Pervasive Computing it08Modelling, Simulation, and Control it09Mechatronics, Electrical Drives, and Control it10Control Systems and System Theory it11Digital Signal Processing it12Mechatronic Systems Design it13Computational Electromagnetics, Fields-Circuits-Systems it14Speech and Audio Communication it15Embedded Automotive Systems w01Management Basics in Telematics w02Management Tools in Telematics

10 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Alternatives of choice Three possibilities: –Two subjects from list – First Subject is associated with Master’s Thesis, name of subject is appended to the title e.g. “Master of Science in Telematics – System-on-Chip Design” lots of possibilities with only little bureaucracy –Individual subject – can be defined by the student with the help of a Mentor from the complete list of available courses –Studium irregulare – can contain every available course from the university (including exchange programs from abroad), is evaluated by the responsible Deans of Studies and permitted by the Vice-Rector Academics

11 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Course-descriptions Contained in Campus-Online (German and English) –Title, type, weekly hours –Position in program / ECTS-credits –schedule, exams –Prerequisites (formal, informal) –Contents (description in detail, practical abilities) –Learning outcomes (knowledge and competences) –Teaching- and learning-methods –Teaching language –Sample examinations / assessment method –Link to course material and additional information –Connection to administrative tools (participants, exams, evaluation, rooms, schedule, staff)

12 Informatics Education Europe Professor Horst Cerjak, DI Dr. Eugen Brenner Graz, Curriculum at TU Graz Quality-assurance Measurements: –Common structure of all programs –Defined formal criteria, therefore concentration on contents –Defined and controlled process for development of courses –Defined structure for course-description –Defined structure for course-evaluation –Examples for accreditation (CEAB, Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) in Mechanical engineering Only accepted when in accordance with guidelines Ongoing discussion: how to include evaluation-results


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