Modeling Competencies of Mechanical Engineering Students in the Areas of Construction, Design and Production Engineering

Project description

The cooperative project of the Technical Universities of Darmstadt and Dortmund and Jena University focuses on students’ competencies of in the areas of mechanical and process engineering – in particular, their modeling, assessment, and validation. The project aims at establishing a basis for the evaluation of the design of teaching methods in the engineering sciences. While taking into account the high priority given to engineering education in Germany, the project contributes to ensure the quality of university-level education by establishing a basis for its future-oriented and competitive improvement. From a didactical perspective, the project focuses on innovative teaching methods in mechanical engineering education (e.g., design projects). The project aims to psychometrically ground these teaching methods, to assess their effectivity, and to improve them systematically. In contrast to more traditional methods (e.g., lectures, seminars) these innovative methods are expected to jointly foster technical and generic competencies. These competency facets are mirrored in task content. By integrating technical, didactical, and psychometric expertise in competency modeling and assessment, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration, specific recommendations will be derived to further strengthen competency-oriented education in mechanical engineering. These didactical modifications can be systematically transferred to other programs of engineering education.

Project data and contact information

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Duration: 01/11/2011 - 31/10/2014
Support code: 01PK11005A
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Augustin Kelava ( tino[at]
Tanja Gerlach ( gerlach[at]

Project director

Prof. Dr. Augustin Kelava, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Cooperation partner

Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Engell, Technische Universität Dortmund
Prof. Dr. Ralf Tenberg, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Staff members

Tanja Gerlach, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Benjamin Anders, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Thomas Lösch, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Jochen Steimel, Technische Universität Dortmund
Kerstin Seitz, Technische Universität Darmstadt