The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:
Study program structure
The ﬁrst study year is characterized by a university-specific offering of disciplinary education that builds on and expands upon the students’ entrance qualifications. Students select introductory modules for a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 15-30 CP will be from their intended major. A unique feature of our curriculum structure allows students to select their major freely upon entering Jacobs University. The Academic Advising Coordinator offers curricular counseling to all Bachelor students independently of their major, while Academic Advisors support students in their decision-making regarding their major study program as contact persons from the faculty.
Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.
To pursue Intelligent Mobile Systems as a major, the following CHOICE modules (22.5 CP) need to be taken as mandatory modules:
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Programming in C and C++ (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Algorithms and Data Structures (7.5 CP)
The Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems module lays the foundation for intelligent systems, the core of the program. Programming in C and C++ and Algorithms and Data Structures introduce students to imperative and object-oriented programming and basic algorithms and data structures.
The remaining CHOICE modules (22.5 CP) can be selected in the first year of studies according to interest, and with the aim to allow a change of major until the beginning of the second year, when the major choice becomes fixed.
In their second year, students take a total of 45 CP from a selection of in-depth, discipline-speciﬁc CORE modules. Building on the introductory CHOICE modules and applying the methods and skills acquired so far (see 2.3.1), these modules aim to expand the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major for the current state of knowledge and best practice.
To pursue Intelligent Mobile Systems as a major, 45 CP from the following mandatory and mandatory elective CORE modules need to be taken:
- CORE Module: Robotics (m, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Machine Learning (m, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: RIS Lab (me, 5CP)
- CORE Module: Automation (me, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Embedded Systems (me, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Control Systems (me, 5 CP)
- CORE Module: Computer Vision (me, 5CP)
- CORE Module: Artificial Intelligence (m, 5CP)
- CORE Module: RIS Project (m, 5CP)
Students who aim to pursue a minor can substitute 15 CP of the mandatory elective modules with CORE modules from a second field of studies.
During their third year, students prepare and make decisions about their career path after graduation. To explore available choices and to gain professional experience, students undertake a mandatory summer internship. The third year of studies allows IMS students to take Specialization modules within their discipline, but also focuses on the responsibility of students beyond their discipline (see Jacobs Track).
The 5th semester also opens a mobility window for a diverse range of study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the students’ research experience by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
In the third year of their studies, students take 15 CP from major-specific or major-related, advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge and to be exposed to state-of-the-art research in the areas of their interest. This curricular component is offered as a portfolio of modules, from which students can make free selections during their 5th and 6th semester. The default specialization module size is 5 CP, with smaller 2.5 CP modules being possible as justified exceptions.
To pursue Intelligent Mobile Systems as a major, at least 15 CP from the following mandatory elective Specialization modules need to be taken:
Specialization Modules offered inside Intelligent Mobile Systems
Modules from Computer Sciences
- Specialization: Human Computer Interaction (5 CP)
- Specialization: Marine Robotics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Optimization (5 CP)
Modules from Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Specialization: Distributed Algorithms (5 CP)
- Specialization Computer Graphics (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Software Engineering (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Databases and Web Services (7.5 CP)
Modules from Mathematics
- Specialization: Digital Design (5 CP)
- CORE Module: PCB design and measurement automation (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Information Theory (5 CP)
Modules from Industrial Engineering and Management
- Specialization from MATH: Stochastic Processes (5 CP)
- Specialization from MATH: Stochastic Methods Lab (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module Operations Research (5 CP)
The Jacobs Track, an integral part of all undergraduate study programs, is another important feature of Jacobs University’s educational model. The Jacobs Track runs parallel to the disciplinary CHOICE, CORE, and CAREER modules across all study years and is an integral part of all undergraduate study programs. It reﬂects a university-wide commitment to an in-depth training in scientific methods, fosters an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, enhances employability, and equips students with augmented skills desirable in the general ﬁeld of study. Additionally, it integrates (German) language and culture modules.
Methods and Skills modules
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of the Methods and Skills area in their curriculum. The modules that are specifically assigned to each study programs equip students with transferable academic skills. They convey and practice specific methods that are indispensable for each students’ chosen study program. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods and Skills area. The size of all Methods and Skills modules is 5 CP.
To pursue Intelligent Mobile Systems as a major, the following Methods and Skills modules (15 CP) need to be taken as mandatory modules:
- Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra I (5 CP)
- Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra II (5 CP)
- Methods: Probability and Random Processes (5 CP)
For the remaining 5 CP, IMS students can choose between the Methods module
- Methods: Numerical Methods (5 CP)
and the Mathematics CORE module:
- CORE Module: Discrete Mathematics (5 CP).
Big Questions modules
The modules in the Big Questions area (10 CP) intend to broaden students’ horizons with applied problem solving between and beyond their chosen disciplines. The offerings in this area comprise problem-solving oriented modules that tackle global challenges from the perspectives of different disciplinary backgrounds that allow, in particular, a reflection of acquired disciplinary knowledge in economic, societal, technological, and/or ecological contexts. Working together with students from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, these modules cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines.
Students are required to take 10 CP from modules in the Area. This curricular component is offered as a portfolio of modules, from which students can make free selections during their 5th and 6th semester with the aim of being exposed to the full spectrum of economic, societal, technological, and/or ecological contexts. The size of Big Questions Modules is either 2.5 or 5 CP.
Community Impact Project
In their 5th semester students are required to take a 5 CP Community Impact Project (CIP) module. Students engage in on-campus or off-campus activities that challenge their social responsibility, i.e., they typically work on major-related projects that make a difference in the community life on campus, in the campus neighborhood, Bremen, or on a cross-regional level. The project is supervised by a faculty coordinator and mentors.
Study abroad students are allowed to substitute the 5-CP Community Impact Project with 5 CP of Big Questions modules.
Communication skills and foreign language abilities foster students’ intercultural awareness and enhance their employability in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Jacobs University supports its students in acquiring and improving these skills by offering a variety of language modules at all proﬁciency levels. Emphasis is put on fostering the German language skills of international students as they are an important prerequisite for non-native students to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into their host country and its professional environment. Students who meet the required German proﬁciency level (e.g., native speakers) are required to select modules in any other modern foreign language offered (Chinese, French or Spanish). Hence, acquiring 10 CP in language modules, with German mandatory for non-native speakers, is a requirement for all students. This curricular component is offered as a four-semester sequence of foreign language modules. The size of the Language Modules is 2.5 CP.
The curriculum of the study program is outlined in the schematic study plan: