Practical Training Project Integrated Systems

Module number: EIxx

Duration: 1 semester

Occurence: Winter and Summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 6


Professor in charge: Andreas Herkersdorf

Amount of work

Contact hours: 60

Self-study hours: 110

Total: 170

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

Individuals or teams up to 3 students have the possibility to work on varying topics / problem areas related to the research subjects of the institute. The student(s) are scientifically guided by a supervisor. Transfer from basic theoretical knowledge towards practical implementation takes the center stage. The workload is approximately 4.5 weeks fulltime.

Student(s) demonstrate their competence to understand a technical problem and to apply their knowhow to solve the problem practically. Student(s) gain a deeper knowledge of the specific technical field/application/equipment and use engineering methods by e.g. applying common norms, designing and developing technical systems and acquiring data with the aid of the test equipment. The achievements are documented in a project report (10 to 20 pages). A final presentation (15 minutes) followed by a technical discussion (15 minutes) concludes the PTP. The project report includes for example theoretical background, methods/processes used, description of analytical and simulation tools and evaluation of results. The presentation overviews the achieved results and serves as basis for the technical discussion. Student(s) demonstrate that they can document engineering work, present results and take part in technical discussions.

The grading takes into account the engagement, acquired technical knowhow, work organization, results dependent on difficulty of tasks, documentation and presentation and the communication with the supervisor.

Prerequisites (recommended)

BSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology resp. successful participation of at least the first four semester of the bachelor study program

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, the students will be able

• to make themselves familiar with new technical topics related to their studies

• to understand the technical background of the specific field

• to conduct project work independently by - organization of tasks and project phases by the use of schedule management - analysis of technical requirements - derivation of specification for the development of technical solutions - evaluation of concepts/architectures of technical solution with regard to achievement of the expected specifications - applying the gained know-how for creation of technical system/solution - documentation of relevant project contents and presentation of results - taking part in technical discussions

• to understand the importance of soft-skills required for successful project execution


This module is a project-related internship resp. a Practical Training Project (PTP). A student or a group of up to 3 students deal(s) with a dedicated topic/problem based on one of the research focuses of the institute. Technical guidance is provided by the supervisor. Although the particular subject is depending on the corresponding project, the execution of the Practical Training Project (PTP) follows a common sequence of activities:

1. Familiarization with the topic and related issues • Understanding of the requirements, literature research • Definition of boundary conditions • Specification of system/solution

2. Work out of theoretical aspects/basics • Read and understand fundamental literature • Apply analytical methods, calculate / estimate expected results • Test and verification planning

3. Design and simulation • HW/SW conceptual design, block diagrams, technical trade-offs • Modelling of targeted system / solution • Analyze functionality by model simulation

4. Development and test • Implementation of algorithms, programming (VHDL, C/C++, MatLab/Simulink, ...) • Assembly and integration of HW/SW system • Define and build test setup, • Perform tests, acquire test data 5. Evaluation and documentation • Evaluate test results • Compare test and simulation results • Documentation of project The transfer from architectural / conceptual definition, design and design analysis to the point of setting up a system, commissioning and test/verification will be performed; the transition from theory to practice will be experienced.

Teaching and Learning Methods

self-study, independent project work, reporting, peer review, feedback by supervisor


Technical discussions, practical exercises

FPGA Design - Best Practices for Team-based Design, P. Simpson, Springer

Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management, H. Eisner, Wiley