Erasmus and Incoming Students

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Welcome to the overview of courses that the Smart Building Bachelor Programme offers in English for incoming exchange students.

For further information on academic issues, courses, course selection and provisional learning agreements, please, contact the international coordinator of the Smart Building Programme, Ulrike Szigeti (contact detail below).

For administrative issues, please, contact the Incoming Students Coordinator at the International Office.


Course Title: Introduction to Engineered Wood Products
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents: Students are familiar with the most frequently used materials made from wood, their identification, the relevant production volume, their composition as well as the basic production principles. Structure, properties and range of application for engineered wood products made of solid wood, boards and other composites made from squared timber, veneer. Structure, properties and range of application for engineered wood panels containing chips and fibres: Particle boards, Wafer boards, Oriented Strand Boards(OSB), Fibre boards (HDF, MDF, soft fibre board insulation panels). Structure, properties and range of application for engineered wood products: Laminated veneer lumber, laminated strand lumber (beams). Structure, properties and range of application for mineral-bonded wood composites containing wood-wool, chips and fibres. Structure, properties and range of application for wood plastic composites.

Course Title: Wood Chemistry
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 1,5 ECTS
Course Contents: Elements and molecules in wood. Distribution in the cell. Photosynthesis and combustion. Cellulose and hemicelluloses. Lignin and aromatics. Extractives. UF and PF adhesives. Rayon (Regenerated cellulose).

Course Title: Introduction to Pulp and Paper
Course Code:
Number of Credits: 1 ECTS
Course Contents: History of pulp and paper, developments of last centuries, introduction in pulping process (types) and the use of different pulp, Introduction in paper process (types) and the use of different paper; market aspects of the pulp and paper industry (incl. recycling and environmental issues).

Course Title: Project 3 – Construction, Technology or Furniture
Course Code: HTBB3PROPT
Number of Credits: 3 ECTS
Course Contents: General description of the course “Project 3 - Construction, Technology or Furniture:
The project encompasses a complex task relating to a theme of the field of specialisation, which can only be carried out and completed in group project work. Wood Constructions Main Option/Specialisation: Draft of a building considering the requirements of the specific location and including basic mechanical services. The project work encompasses a detailed analysis of the various factors necessary to the task and demands that students focus on a highly complex construction project, which includes solving spatial, strategic, contextual and design problems and applying the correct structural physical methods. Forest Products Technology Main Option/Specialisation: The task is to plan and evaluate various processing and material options in the forest products industry by analysing and integrating technological, economic and social aspects. The project is carried out in close cooperation with companies and therefore promotes professional growth. The contents of scientific and technical lectures, as well as those of project management are essential in fulfilling the aims of the project. Furniture and Interior Design Main Option/Specialisation: Draft of an interior or a piece of furniture for a specific building area or room, including basic functional demands. The main tasks relate to the various aspects of the draft, the planning and the model making. Spatial, strategic and contextual factors are determined and evaluated regarding the production and application of the object or design.

Course Title: Statistics
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents: Descriptive statistics and regression (graphic procedures, location and scattering parameters, correlation analysis and regression); principles of the calculus of probability and convergence in probability (deductive principles, basic space, event, probability, random variable, distributions and their properties); experimental execution of standard statistics procedures with software support and commenting on results.

Course Title: English 1
Course Code:
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: B1/B2 (CEFR)
Course Contents: Refresher course on basic linguistic elements, such as grammar, sentence structure and style.
Introduction to the language of the forest products and construction industries, using texts concerning globalisation and sustainability.
Students are required to discuss general business and ecological topics, using phrases and vocabulary practised.

Course Title: English 3
Course Code:
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: B2 (CEFR)
Course Contents: Describing a company.
The language of presentations: Students give presentations on topics of interest to them from their future professional field.
Differentiating between various styles using authentic material e.g. company literature, advertising material, technical instructions.
The use of the passive voice in formal technical and scientific descriptions.
Vocabulary exercises relating to the forest products industry, the furniture and building industry and advanced business English.
Students prepare general conversation topics using relevant phrases.

Course Title: English 5
Course Code:
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: B2/C1 (CEFR)
Course Contents: Interview questions and answers – clarity, accuracy and verbal self-confidence.
The language of academic and technical presentations.
Formulating definitions from the forest products industry, the furniture and construction industry.

Course Title: Cambridge Advanced English 1
Course Code:
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: C1 (CEFR)
Course Contents: Exercises to help students develop high-level skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as training students’ word power. Therefore there are regular detailed vocabulary exercises relating to specific themes, including idioms and phrases, all of which are practised in conversation. Grammar is also a focal point, whereby students are expected to have Cambridge First Certificate level knowledge of grammar before enrolling on this course.  Grammar training is in the form of refresher exercises covering aspects such as tenses, prepositions, the passive voice, indirect speech etc. Students will be required to practice writing skills and revise and consolidate their knowledge of register and style by writing letters, reports, articles and summaries.

Course Title: Second Foreign Language 1: Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Course Codes:

Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: A1 (CEFR)
Course Contents: The use of everyday expressions and simple sentences, both spoken and written, in order to be able to describe people, places and countries, to be able to give a detailed account of themselves and their own environment, as well as the ability to express their objectives and interests.

themselves and their own environment, as well as the ability to express their objectives and interests.

Course Title: Second Foreign Language 3: Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Course Codes:

Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: A2 (CEFR)
Course Contents: Developing communication skills; different topics such as: describing a usual day; describing places/destinations; talking about preferences, clothes, travel, means of transport, climate etc.

Course Title: Second Foreign Language 5: Italian, Swedish, Spanish
Course Codes:

Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Language Level: A2 (CEFR)
Course Contents: Advanced conversation skills. Particular attention is paid to developing language improvisation techniques. The application of past tense is further expanded.

Course Title: Engineered Wood Products 2
Course Code: HTBB4THWIL
Number of Credits: 3 ECTS
Course Contents: These lectures provide insight into the processing technology behind the manufacture of composite wood products and the specific subdivisions for each material covered. The most significant connections between the properties of raw materials, the production process and the product properties acquired in such manufacturing steps are described for various composites. Industrial plants for the production of selected boards are described and factory and plant tours are also an important factor in this course. Students produce various boards in the laboratory which they test according to EN regulations and then compare their specific properties.

Course Title: International Wood Production
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Observation: Only open  for students with a background in Wood Technology / Wood Science
Course Contents: The worldwide development of the forest products industries - the sawmilling, panels, furniture till pulp&paper and pellets production - including the wood construction are presented. Specific aspects about the raw materials availability, installed production capacities and trade streams including the specific environmental regulations are explained. Some of the market leading groups, research centers and higher education institutions in this field as well as an introduction to the certification of raw materials and products are included.

Course Title: International construction projects: Best practice
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents: In this course, the course contents that are covered within the framework of the 'smart building' topic are illustrated and discussed on the basis of examples that demonstrate the best practices that are used domestically and internationally. The students are trained to analyse and assess construction projects. They also become familiar with national and international standards, and the differences between them.

Course Title: Structural Design Workshop
Course Code: 
Observation: 3 – 5 places available. Kick-off meeting mandatory!
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents: In teams of two, develop an architectonical concept and a structural design draft for a permanent structure. The type of concept an construction may be freely chosen. The design takes into consideration the specific characteristics of the place. Parallel to the draft sketches it will be important to study and document the architectonical impact (Model 1:2000). The final version of the construction will be presented in a secon model (model 1:100/1:50). The model is part of the workshop. Materials to be used must be considered with particular care as they contribute substantially to the success of the workshop studies and has a particular influence on the construction model. 

Course Title: Interior Design Project / Timber Construction Project
Course Code: 
Observation: Topic announced several weeks before the term starts. For more information contact the International Academic Coordinator (Ulrike Hofmann,
Number of Credits: 6 ECTS
Course Type: Project
Course Contents: The aim of this course is to guide the students to develop the concept, organisation and compilation of a complex, interdisciplinary project with clearly defined individual tasks, which should be finalised in their first bachelor thesis. Typical tasks or projects are: Production planning and development; Product development and branding; The further development of technological procedures and their holistic evaluation; Planning tasks in a specific location. It is permitted to develop a project which can be processed and completed with other degree courses.

Course Title: Organic Chemistry
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents: Chemistry of carbon. Carbon-Hydrogen compounds. Concept of polymer. Aromaticity. C-H- and Oxygen comp., basis of carbohydrates.

Course Title: Advanced Wood Chemistry Lab
Course Code: HTBB2AWCUB
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents:
Workshop themes:
- Extraction (multistage extraction process)
- Introduction into spectral analysis & applying FT-IR (Fourier-Transform-Infrarotspectrometer)
- Synthesis (vanillin obtained from lignin sulphonic acid)

The LAB provides students with the possibility of deepening their knowledge of wood chemistry by carrying out a multistage extraction process as well as using FT-IR spectro analysis.

Workshop programme:
First workshop day: introduction into the field of extraction (theotretical background). Subsequently you carry out a multistage extraction process based on wood samples (sawdust); build up a Soxhlet extractor and extract the first stage. While extraction stage 1 is being carried out, you receive an introduction into the field of spectrometry. You learn how to use the FT-IR spectrometer.

In the afternoon: practice units – you carry out several spectrometric analysis, eg. based on solid wood samples, cellulose, lignin sulphate, tannin extracts and terpenes. Afterwards you finalize the first extraction stage.
Second workshop day: you carry out a synthesis, turning lignin sulphonic into vanillin. Afterwards you measure the spectrum of the synthetic substances you obtained using the FT-IR spectrometer. Additionally you continue the multistage extraction process (second solvent). After finalizing the extraction process you apply a Rotavapor and calculate the overall level of organic extract substances and then analyse them using spectral analysis (tannin etc.).

Course Title: Study trip
Course Code: HTWM4EXKUB
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Observation: Approximate costs 200 €
Course Contents: The student excursion should provide an insight into the wide field of the wood industry. Following production methods are described: production of sawn timber, wood by products like pellets and energy production, production of wood based panels like chipboards, fiberboards, OSB and the finish of the boards, production of :doors, art furniture, music instruments. The excursion should also give an idea of traditional and high end production plants.

Course Title: Social Hackaton
Course Code: DPMB0SHKPT
Number of Credits: 2 ECTS
Course Contents: The Objective of the Hackathon is to develop ideas and first protoypes for digital projects and present them to a Jury on the last day.
In the best case, the project is developed further (eg. by MultiMediaTechnology students who make it their semester project) and then participate in the EYA award.

Course Title: Smart Buildings – Excursion 
Course Code: 
Number of Credits: 1 ECTS
Course Contents: Different topics related to energy-optimised construction are emphasised upon during day trips. The relevant technical, ecological and economic components are demonstrated to the students. Best-practice examples are analysed and demonstrated with the help of the objects implemented.

Course Title: Smart Building – Research Project - Bachelor thesis 2: Accompanying seminar
Course code: SMBB6BA2SE
Number of Credits: 12 ECTS
Course Contents: The theses are based on the knowledge that has been acquired and make it possible to develop innovative solutions to the problems that currently exist within the domain of planning the construction of sustainable buildings. The topics and contents are defined by the respective teachers, or in a collaborative process involving the students and the teachers.

International Departmental Coordinator

Porträt von: Mag. Szigeti Ulrike
  • Vice Rector, Rectorate
  • Academic Coordinator of 2. Fremdsprache, Design & Product Management
  • International Departmental Coordinator, Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction
  • Senior Lecturer, Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction
  • International Departmental Coordinator, Design & Product Management
  • International Departmental Coordinator, Smart Building
Standort: Campus Kuchl
Raum: Kuchl - 1.03
T: +43-50-2211-2019