Module
Title  Engineering Basics 
Competency  Understanding fundamental engineering
principles used in RE technologies 
Courses  Title  Teaching Method  SWS  Credits  Performance
requirements/Examination 
Electrical Engineering
Fundamentals  lecture,
labs, project work in groups  3  3  written
exam 
Control Systems  lecture,
group discussions  2  2  written
exam 
Technical Mechanics
 lecture  2  2 
written exam 
Engineering Mathematics 
lecture 
3  3  written exam 
Semester 
summer 
Responsible 
Dahlhaus 
Site 
Kassel 
Lecturer(s) 
Dirk
Dahlhaus, Ubaid Ur Rehman Martin Jilg, Konstantin Schaab Ammar
Abid Dirk Dahlhaus, Ubaid Ur Rehman 
Language 
English 
Workload 
150
hours course attendance
100 hours selfstudy 
Credits 
10 
Recommended
Qualifications   
Learning
Outcomes 
a) Electrical Engineering
Fundamentals After the successful participation
in the course Electrical
Engineering Fundamentals the students are able to:
 analyse
electrical circuits and using measuring instruments and sensors
 apply
principles of energy conversion (mechanical / electrical).
b) Control Systems After
the successful participation in the course Control Systems the
students are able to:
 understand the
specific terms and problems of control theory
 analyse
simple linear control systems.
c) Technical Mechanics After
the successful participation in the course Technical Mechanics
the students are able to:
 calculate flow
of forces in static systems
 solve simple dynamic
issues (e.g. problems between turbines and ground).
d) Engineering Mathematics After
the successful participation in the course Engineering Mathematics
the students are able to:
 understand
functions and their differentiation and integration
 describe
systems based on linear and nonlinear operators (deterministic and
stochastic)
 analyse system design and simulation
using numerical methods.

Contents 
a) Electrical Engineering
Fundamentals
 Fundamental
elements in electric circuits
 Basic loads
 DC
and AC circuit analysis
 Power electronics (DC/DC
and DC/AC topologies)
 Energy conversion
 Rotating
machines
 Laboratories: measurements (with
instruments and sensors), exercises
b) Control Systems
 Fundamental
definitions in control circuits
 Signal flow charts
 Basic
elements of block diagram models
 Simulation of
systems using MATLAB
 Linear system overlay
techniques
 Step response
 Feedback
performance, stability of linear feedback control systems
 Frequency
response of control circuits
 Industrial PID
controllers
c)
Technical Mechanics
 Fundamental
definitions in technical mechanics
 Flow of forces
in static systems
 Simple dynamic problems e.g.
between turbines and ground
d) Engineering Mathematics
 Fundamentals
of linear algebra, basics in probability and statistics
 Functions
and its differentiation and integration
 Functions
of more than one variable
 System description based
on linear / nonlinear operators (deterministic and stochastic)
 System
design and simulation using numerical methods
 Calculus:
 single
variable calculus (differentiation, integration)
 multivariable
calculus (partial differentiation, multiple integration)

Media 
Black
board and beamer, lectures and presentations, problem based teaching,
experimental measurements, use of simple computer programs. 
Literature 
 U.A.
Bakshi and V.U. Bakshi, Basic
Electrical Engineering,
2nd edition, Technical Publications Pune, 2009.
 P.H.
Lewis, Basic Control
Systems Engineering,
Prentice Hall, 1997.
 Lecture notes on Control Systems.
 S.C.
Chapra, Applied
Numerical Methods with MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists,
Tata McGraw Hill, 2nd edition, 2008.
 A. Papoulis
and S. U. Pilllai,
Probabilty, Random Variables
and Stochastic Processes,
4th ed., McGraw Hill,
2002.  Further
literature will be announced by the lecturers.
