1st year courses
Block Methods,Skills and Introduction
- Math I
This course concentrates on complex numbers, functions of one variable (in particular exponential, logarithm, and trigonometric functions), graphs of functions and equations, limits and continuity, differentiation with applications, integration with applications, as well as brief introductions to series, differential equations (scalar and separable examples only), and vectors in two and three dimensions.
- Math II
This course offers a profound understanding in linear algebra (equations of lines and planes, matrix algebra, system of linear equations, matrix inverse, vector spaces, linear independence, basis, dimension, linear transformations, change of basis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization). Probability (basic notions of set theory, outcomes, events, sample space, probability, conditional probability, Bayes’ rule, permutations and combinations, random variables, expected value, variance, binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions, central limit theorem). Statistics (one-sample hypothesis testing, two sample hypothesis testing, chi-square hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, bivariate association, simple linear regression, multiple regression and correlation).
- Academic and Professional Skills
The Academic and Professional Skills (APS) module aims at broadening students’ key qualiﬁcations to increase academic success, foster career planning, and enhance employability. The APS module is mandatory for all students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), International Logistics majors and Global Economics and Management majors. APS consists of one obligatory course ”Academic skills in a nutshell: an introduction to writing an academic paper” (1.6 credits), which must be completed in the ﬁrst semester of studies, and a series of elective workshops (0.9 credits), which can be completed during the three years at Jacobs University. Students pass the APS module when they successfully obtain a total of 2.5 credits, including the obligatory course. ”Academic skills in a nutshell: an introduction to writing an academic paper” introduces students to the basic principles and procedures of scientiﬁc inquiry. Students will learn the essentials of writing an academic paper, which will prepare them for academic life at the university level and enable them to be more successful throughout their studies. On successful completion of the course students will be awarded 1.6 credits toward the overall APS module credit. The elective credits in the APS module cover a wide range of professional, academic, coping, and interpersonal skills. Workshops are offered by SHSS, Career Services, the Information Resource Center, the Counseling Center, Financial Services, and more. SHSS publishes a schedule and description of upcoming elective credits at the start of every semester. Students are able to choose workshops tailored to their needs and wishes (to a total of at least 0.9 credits).
- Statictical Concepts and Data Analysis
This course aims to provide an introduction to fundamental statistical concepts and tools for data analysis. It is intended as a one-semester course that combines selected topics from both the mandatory statistical methods courses for SHSS students (Statistical Methods I: Exploring Relationships and Comparing Groups and Statistical Methods II: Classiﬁcation, Modelling and Prediction) to offer the more relevant topics for logistics and SES major students. The course will focus on the understanding of statistical concepts and the application of statistical techniques. While some formulae might be used, no stringent mathematical derivation will be provided. The general objective is to become an intelligent user of the various univariate and multivariate statistical techniques and to acquire the knowledge for deciding which procedure is most suitable for the given business situation. We will discuss the theoretical aspects of the statistical methods, discuss the assumptions for their use, reﬂect on their limitations and the controversies they create. In practical sessions we will learn how to run the particular procedures using SPSS and/or R, how to interpret the computer output and how to skillfully communicate the results of statistical analyses
- SAP Lab
Distribution as well as application of standard business software continually increases demanding for fundamental knowledge in handling and operating these software. Especially SAP standard software like SAP ERP for supporting and optimizing complex business processes is applied not only in big enterprises but also in small and medium-sized companies all over the globe. Accordingly, more and more ﬁrms expect students to have ﬁrst experiences in SAP tools when they leave university. Current application requirements underline this trend. The course SAP Lab offers students the opportunity to gain and apply ﬁrst knowledge in the SAP ERP 6.0 software. In the course, the SAP ERP system will be introduced including basic terms of the system like organizational units, master data, transaction data, and documents. Afterwards, students will be trained in using and handling the SAP ERP system. This comprises an overview about the graphical user interface, system functionality, navigation etc. Additionally, students will work with different modules and execute tasks like entering master data, booking business transactions, or approve and release orders. In a nutshell, this course provides a basic and general overview and understanding of the SAP ERP 6.0 software suite and thus increases the attractiveness of students towards the relevant industries. The course will be conducted as a workshop based on speciﬁc course materials in form of slides, case studies, and accompanying literature.
Block International Logistics
- General Logistics I
After an introduction to the purpose / scope of logistics and future trends in the logistics industry, the following subjects will be covered, aligned to the logistics processes: Logistic market segments and customer base, modelling of logistic systems, overview of procurement, production, distribution logistics and strategies, transport systems overview, warehouse technology and engineering, packaging technology, parallel ﬂow of material and information, information systems for logistics, introduction to accounting/ﬁnance and resource management for logistics, international and transport law, customer requirements and service level management.
- General Logistics II
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of different areas, which are relevant for logistics performance. Therefore, the course will address topics like human resources in logistics, supply chain management, environmental management, resource management for logistics, as well as customer requirements and service level management. Beside others, the course will provide deeper knowledge in areas like logistics and supply chain, supply chain planning and control, value and logistics costs, and managing internationally logistics.
- NatSciLab Unit Logistics I
The Natural ScienceLab Unit Logistics I substantiates and amends the technical concepts taught in the General Logistics I lecture by exercises, experiments and/or simulations. These include exercises to demonstrate the principles of logistics methods (e.g. business process modeling, computer simulation of a production process, distribution planning, safety stock calculation, operations research). Moreover, in order to get familiar with new technologies used in logistics, practical exercises will show an RFID experimental system. In addition, students will also gain practical knowledge by means of two business games. The Presto business game will help students understand how important the organization of production processes is. Furthermore, the Beer Game (a computer based business game) will address the bullwhip effect in supply chains and improve students’ understanding of logistics and supply chain management. Finally, an excursion to a logistic company in Bremen will be offered within one lab session in order to show how logistics works in the industry world.
- NatSciLab Unit Logistics II
During this lab the TOPSIM General Management II game will be played. TOPSIM General Management II is a business management game that establishes a link between business management theory and business management in practice. The simulation creates a realistic market situation for several companies acting as competitors. Groups of small students manage a (virtual) company and render typical business decisions (e.g. production amount, sales price) in a realistic environment. Thereby, they learn principles of business administration like how to use information in decision-making and how to handle risk and uncertainty. The decisions and according results are examined and discussed in class in order the reveal consequences of the student’s behavior and for identifying theoretical phenomena in practice. TOPSIM is learning business by doing business
Block Management and Economics
- Introduction to Economics
The course Introduction to Economics introduces students to the institution of the market. It reconstructs the micro-logic of market exchanges at the level of individual market participants (microeconomics), analyzes the resulting macro-patterns at the level of market aggregates (macroeconomics), and looks into the role that governments play in deﬁning, shaping, and destroying market relations.
- Managerial and Financial Accounting
Physical movements of goods leave a ﬁnancial trail. Accounting is the art of capturing this trail and transforming it into meaningful information for management and other stakeholders. This course provides an introduction to accounting principles. It focuses on measuring the ﬁnancial position and performance of a ﬁrm, on reporting cash ﬂows and on analyzing ﬁnancial statements. It consists of modules on strategic and operative planning as well as on controlling (target setting, feedback and feed-forward control, balanced scorecard). Cost allocation, full costing and cost-volume-proﬁt analysis are the focus of managerial accounting.
Block Engineering and ICT
- Fundamentals of Engineering Design
This course will provide a general understanding of innovation and development management and the processes and methods used to develop and design machines with its context to logistics engineering. Basic aspects of development methods will be explained: Development processes including speciﬁcation, conceptual design and detailed design as well as different types of modular approaches and development levels will be trained. The use and need of design standards DIN/ISO, patents/IP and CAD systems will be shown
- Basics of Manufacturing Technology
This course aims to provide students with a board view of operations within the factory and consists of 5 main themes. After brieﬂy introducing basics of manufacturing technology and processes such as casting, milling and welding, the course will move on to topics in operations management including manufacturing process ﬂow, inventory management, ordering, machine scheduling and forecasting.
- Strength of Materials
This course is intended to provide the theory and application of the fundamental principles of mechanics and strength of materials. A goal of this course is to develop the students’ ability to identify and analyze situations where the strength or the stability of a structure is critical. The scope of analyses and design will cover various structures and different types of loads.
- NatSciLab Unit Programming in Python I
This lab is a ﬁrst introduction to programming using the programming language Python. The course covers fundamental programming constructs and simple algorithms in a hands-on manner.
- NatSciLab Unit Programming in Python II
This lab unit is a continuation of the ﬁrst semester lab Programming in Python I. It covers advanced topics of Python programming such as object oriented programming, advanced data structures, ﬁle handling, debugging techniques and problem solving using frameworks.
Block Transdisciplinary Education
Although Jacobs University is international in its orientation and has chosen English as the primary language of instruction and campus communication, all foreign students are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn the language of their host country: Learning German or improving the language skills already acquired is not only an additional qualiﬁcation to round off the resume, but it is the (only) way to gain a deeper insight into German culture and to take part in it by using the media and communicating with Germans on and outside campus. At the same time being able to speak and understand German makes everyday life easier, more enjoyable, and much more interesting. Especially for the students of International Logistics it is strongly recommended to learn German. For a successful application for a Guided Industrial Project in Germany it is mandatory to be in sovereign command of the German language. Learning French, Spanish or Chinese improving the language skills already acquired is an additional qualiﬁcation to round off the language proﬁciency of the Logistics student. Jacobs University offers Spanish and French language courses for all learners, for the absolute beginners as well as for highly
Students in Logistics may count up to 10 ECTS credit points in these courses against the 180 ECTS
credit points necessary for graduation.