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Summer/Winter Block Seminars

"Intensive Technical Knowledge"

The Faculty of Management and Technology  regularly offers a two-week, full-time course in Technical Knowledge for Management students during the semester break. We switched to online classes and exams, which means that you can participate in our courses via Webex and Moodle, and we offer an open-book online exam at the end.

Timetable 2022:

  • registration is closed
  • self lern time: starting 11th July
  • live online exercises: starting 25th July
  • exam: 5th August

Our block seminar is quite similar to a summer/winter school and is designed for international students who have taken few or no technical courses so far, but are pursuing a technical business degree or who need technical knowledge for their future professional carreer.

For young people who are not yet sure which course to study, the block seminar can offer an insight into daily student life. Furthermore, students can gain 6 ECTS credits for their regular studies in Esslingen if they pass the exam.  

For students from our partner university in Gannon, USA, the block seminar is mandatory. The seminar provides the  technical knowledge they need to achieve their double degree in International Industrial Management in Esslingen.

The majority of our participants are international students from all over the world. Therefore, all courses are taught in English.

Jakov Cordas from Bjelovar University of Applied Sciences in Bjelovar, Hungary, had a great experience in our block seminar:

"The winter block seminar was an interesting experience which showed me how much I know or don't know about material science and processing, statics and international exchange.  The lecturers, Mr Hoover and Ms Bot-Schulz, approached the current problem of Zoom-lectures with much care and creativity using every tool at their disposal to make our learning as easy and effective as possible. I'm more than grateful  for their effort. Materials that were used in lectures (presentation, pdf) were very useful to me. I can confidently recommend this block seminar to anyone who does not have an engineering background, but also to non-native English speakers: I think this seminar is an excellent 'learning tool' to improve your English skills."

Last semester, Natalee Stinebiser from Gannon University, USA, took part in the seminar:

The summer block seminar of Material Science/Processing and Statics was an eye-opening experience. Through this, I had the opportunity to learn more about subjects that I did not have much knowledge about in a short amount of time and how they can be applied to my studies as a business student. I believe that the professors, Mr. Hoover and Ms. Bot-Schulz, were very creative in how they approached the online classes, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, and quite helpful when we had questions regarding the subject matter and examinations. They also had an easy system, where we could access the class materials prior to the lecture and then ask questions during class time. I would recommend this to students if they are looking to learn a lot of information in a short amount of time!

Our next block seminar will take place

in summer 2022: 25th of July to 5th of August 2022.

An introduction session as well as your self study part will start two weeks before that on 11th July 2022.


Short facts

Summer Block Seminar in technical knowledge

- all courses are at bachelors's level, full-time and worth 6 ECTS.

- all course content will be available asynchronus (self learning) via Moodle and the following excercises take place live online via Webex.

- contents:

  1. Fundamentals of Material Science and their application in Vehicle and Mechanical Engineering
  2. Fundamentals of Statics and Strength Theory and their application in Vehicle and Mechanical Engineering
  3. Manufacturing Technology and its application in Vehicle and Mechanical Engineering

- at the end there will be an online open-book exam.

- students need sufficient command of the English language as well as basic mathematical knowledge.

Teaching Method

All courses have a self-learning part with the videos and additionally an extra live part for the exercises which is taught online via Webex Meetings. We use Moodle as Learning Management System.

So your work starts 2 weeks before the actual start of the seminar, because you need to watch the provided videos and get to know the content. During the live sessions you are able to ask questions, do exercises with the lecturers and consolidate your knowledge.

  1. Please before registration watch the introduction video thoroughly!
  2. Shortly after your registration you will receive an invitation to an introduction session with possibility for FAQs.
  3. self learning time: starting 11th July
  4. live online exercises: starting 25th July
  5. exam: 5th August

Content / Topics

We prepared a short video which presents the topics.

Manufacturing Technology

Students will

  • learn the six main groups of manufacturing processes (casting, forming, separating, joining, coating, modifying material properties)
  • get to know the subcategories of the first three main groups of manufacturing processes (casting, forming, separating)
  • learn both traditional and innovative processes and their respective characteristics
  • identify boundary conditions for the technical and economical use of processes
  • assemble several manufacturing processes to process chains for typical automotive components in tasks
  • understand the relationship of Manufacturing Technology to Material Science and Statics and Strength


Material Science

Students will

  • understand the structure of atoms and how the major crystal structures are build
  • be introduced to important materials and their construction, properties, meaning and applicability with a focus on ferrous materials
  • understand the relationship between internal structure and their effect on functional properties of materials
  • assess opportunities to further process materials
  • understand the possibilities and limitations of different material groups


Statics and Strength of Materials

Students will

  • analyze systems of forces (decomposition and assembly of forces)
  • recognize and calculate the resulting effect of multiple forces and torques
  • mathematically and graphically determine unknown forces in even central force systems
  • determine unknown forces in even general force systems
  • calculate internal stresses in components for the base load cases
  • understand and assess component’s failure mechanisms


You need sufficient command of the English language as well as basic mathematical knowledge.

All courses have a self-learning part before the exam takes place. Additionally, a live part for the exercises which is taught online via Webex Meetings. We use Moodle as Learning Management System.

Videos have to be watched before an exercise. They are available one week before the course starts. The online meetings with the lecturer built on the videos, you can ask questions and consolidate your knowledge.


How does the exam take place?

it will be an open book exam, which will take place online. You need a reliable internet connection, a camera and a microphone on your computer. During a live online meeting, you will receive the exam paper in the moodle course. After filling in all answers, you upload your exam into the moodle course.


How many credits can I earn?

total credits: 6 ECTS

- Material Science                                 2 ECTS

- Materials Processing                          2 ECTS

- Statics and Strength of Materials     2 ECTS


Do I have to finish the whole seminar including all three courses?
For TBB, TAB and Gannon students all three courses have to be passed. A certificate will be given after the course has been successfully passed.


I am an international student - can I take the exams at my home university?
It is an live online open book exam, you can do it anywhere. You just need a stable internet connection, camera and microphone. And you should be alone in the room in order to work concentrated.


How much does the seminar cost?

We charge nothing, it is free of charge.


How are the courses taught?

We offer a hybrid lecture model. The theory of the seminar is offered through videos that can be viewed via Moodle – exercises are mandatory and are offered live online.


I am an international student – how does the exam take place?

The exam takes place in an online format. You need a good and stable internet connection, a web cam and a printer.


The time frame for registration will be announced in advance to each block seminar. Registration for 2022 is closed.

If there are question, please contact Christiane Höger-Riedel


Christiane Höger-Riedel
International Coordination Outgoings and Incomings
Faculty of Management and Technology
University of Applied Sciences
Flandernstrasse 101
D - 73732 Esslingen


Apply for summer semester 2023!

The application phase for the summer semester 2023 begins on October 15th 2022.

Start in the winter semester 2022/2023:  Direct enrolment in our open-admission programmes until 15 September 2022.

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