Multilevel Interfaces in the Engineering Profession – Mastering Complexety through Active Learning

The students take the role as developers on a multidisciplinary engineering team. A real-world application acts as a connecting project objective, to which all groups contribute with an individual task. Based on the example of an electrocardiograph the students acquire an understanding of different levels of interfaces in technical systems. With this example interfacing occurs at the body/electrode, electrode/measurement-equipment, measurement-equipment/software, software/developer, and developer/project level. Like in academia or industry, this requires collaboration and specialized subdivision into smaller tasks. Ultimately, despite the complex multi-level nature, the students shall be able to successfully complete the project objective by active learning.

Dr. Enno Lage, Institute of Materials Science

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