TU Braunschweig is a member of the alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany (TU9) and offers three MOOC´s (Massive Open Online Courses) within the fields of research on “Mobility” and “City of the future” as part of the project MOOC@TU9.
The didactical concept behind MOOCs aims at conveying expertise through different learning activities, such as video-lectures, expert-interviews, self-evaluation and online-discussions in forums, thereby facilitating exchange and communication among participants. Additional in-class lessons, some mandatory, provide further insight into the respective subject and help intensifying the student-tutor relationship.
Studentsobtain an understanding of the process of developing technical systems for all kinds of products. They will get to know how to apply generally universal procedure models that help plan, implement and review tasks of the development process. Moreover they are intodruced to basic methods for defining tasks, finding general solutions and determining the product’s form. In addition, they learn about simple evaluation methods for the selection of solution variants as well as about cost-efficient design and can apply them when needed.
The students acquire an understanding of technical and legal aspects of engine design. Based on mission analysis and further fringe conditions, the students learn to design the essential components and to solve questions on engine integration. Furthermore, they will be able to evaluate the potentials of novel engine concepts.
“Making City - Fundamentals of Urban Design” conveys the basics of contemporary urban development: knowledge on the creation, evolution and conception of cities and urban districts in a national and an international context. Urban development is an important factor in directing urbanization tendencies towards a more sustainable future. Hence, the course will begin with an introductory overview of the most pressing global challenges and the phenomenon of worldwide urbanization: climate change, population growth and migration movements, rapidly expanding cities in developing countries and the handling of resources are at the center of a global perspective on urban transformation processes.
Using Berlin as an example, the course give ostensive insight into the complex interconnections within a city(region) through urban planning, urban construction and urban development in theory and in practice. Moreover, concepts of the city-discourse such as culture and landscape, public sphere and private life, centrum and periphery, past and future will be discussed. Students will learn about foundational structures and types within an urban context and will get to know instruments to control the urban development process. Intense attention will be given to the parameters that contribute to the dynamic shape of our cities and to the regulatory frameworks that allow for effective and sustainable intervention.
Finally, the thematic building blocks will be brought together in concrete projects, thus enabling a deeper understanding of what was learned so far. Current trends in contemporary urban development will be presented through examples and brought to discussion. These will then be transferred to techniques and approaches of urban development practices.
No prior knowledge is necessary. The MOOC is part of the obligatory module “Stadt und Landschaft” for BA Architecture of TU Braunschweig. It is directed towards all students of the Fakultät Architektur, Bauingenieurwesen und Umweltwissenschaften. Apart from that it is open for everyone interested!
60 hours, including in-class sessions, 2 LP for the written exam
The course starts in winter semester 2018/2019.
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Registration will be activated in time before the course starts. The password will be announced in the first in-class session. If you would like to have access to the MOOC of the previous winter semester, please contact mooc(at)sustainableurbanism.de.
This project was funded from 2015 to 2016 within the framework of the Innovations Programme Good Teaching at the TU Braunschweig as part of the BMBF project teach4TU under the funding code 01PL12043 and then continued at the TU Braunschweig.