The Summer School is conducted by a visiting professor of Bergische Universität Wuppertal, who worked at RWTH Aachen University for several years. The professor is well connected within research and the industry, allowing for a unique teaching experience covering the best of both worlds.
Academic Content & Certificates
The core area of study of the Summer School is agile innovation. The lectures provide students with an introduction to established cutting-edge methods, processes of product innovation, development design methodology and product life-cycle management. The theory taught will be applied in hands-on workshops featuring the analysis and improvement of real life products.
Theory of Design Methodology
In respect of the complexity of today’s mechatronic and cyber-physical products, competition on global markets and changing user needs, the development of new products becomes a challenging process. Design research aims at supporting industrial design engineers by providing methodologies, methods, tools and recommendations to bring innovative product ideas into market. In this Summer School, students receive an introduction to well-established methods and processes of product innovation, development design methodology and product lifecycle management. Based on procedural design methodologies students will learn how to carry out market research, identify and evaluate requirements, set up functions and their structures and to derive and vary concepts for product innovations.
Theory taught in the lecture will be applied in hands-on workshops featuring the analysis and improvement of a real life product. During the workshops, the main task of the students is to apply their scientific and engineering knowledge to innovate the product within the requirements and constraints set by material-, technology-, environment- or human-related considerations.
First, students determine the usage scenarios of the product and derive related requirements. During the analysis phase, a technical tear-down of the product is combined with a functional analysis to identify the products architecture. In the product planning phase, based on a market research and the application of heuristic and systematic methods, the students develop innovative concepts to enhance the user-feeling in a specific use scenario. Finally, these concepts will be transferred into a suitable embodiment design using conventional and agile methods including rapid prototyping technologies.
At the end of the program, students will take part in a written final exam or final presentation over the course. Upon successful completion, you will receive an Executive Certificate from RWTH Aachen University stating your final grade of the course.
Certificate and Workload
At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.
Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.
Have a look here at the workload of our Summer Schools:
|about 60 hours||2 ECTS credits can be awarded|
|about 90 hours||3 ECTS credits can be awarded|
|about 120 hours||4 ECTS credits can be awarded|
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!