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Implementing optics courses in dual engineering university programs: challenges and perspectives
Author(s): Janine Brennförder; Cornelius Hahlweg

Paper Abstract

Dual university programs in Germany gained impact over the last decade: companies are recruting high school students as employees and take care for their further training on the job inside the company, as well as for a university education running more or less in parallel. At the bbw University Berlin a dual university program in electrical engineering with focus on train control systems was introduced in 2013 for a main railway transport company. The curriculum had to be set up according to the special needs of the train control business in tight co-operation with the target company, being aware of the restrictions this process might introduce to academic freedom. In our case, an early victim of efficiency induced suppression could have been the intended inclusion of an optics course. Further, the dual program is scheduled over only six semesters, with an academic semester being limited effectively to 2 1/2 months, and the other 2 1/2 months being dedicated to training on the job. Such a time schedule implies the risk of extreme stress for the young participants during their transition from high school to university students and high potential junior employees. The present paper is understood as a follow-up of our previous paper on optics courses at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, where similar problems arise. We will give some insights into the development of our Dual Electrical Engineering Course with focus on the successful insertion of an optics course into the curriculum. In parallel, the problem of the ultra-fast academic and professional transition of the students is discussed. Finally, the integrating effects of the optics course in conjunction with the RF course, offering highly interdisciplinary insights and creative opportunities during the higher semesters, is analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2018
Proc. SPIE 10741, Optics Education and Outreach V, 1074104 (14 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2322360
Show Author Affiliations
Janine Brennförder, Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Cornelius Hahlweg, Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10741:
Optics Education and Outreach V
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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