MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Jedes Modul umfasst 3 ECTS. Sie wählen insgesamt 10 Module/30 ECTS in den folgenden Modulkategorien:

  • ​​​​12-15 ECTS in Technisch-wissenschaftlichen Modulen (TSM)
    TSM-Module vermitteln Ihnen profilspezifische Fachkompetenz und ergänzen die dezentralen Vertiefungsmodule.
  • 9-12 ECTS in Erweiterten theoretischen Grundlagen (FTP)
    FTP-Module behandeln theoretische Grundlagen wie die höhere Mathematik, Physik, Informationstheorie, Chemie usw. Sie erweitern Ihre abstrakte, wissenschaftliche Tiefe und tragen dazu bei, den für die Innovation wichtigen Bogen zwischen Abstraktion und Anwendung spannen zu können.
  • 6-9 ECTS in Kontextmodulen (CM)
    CM-Module vermitteln Ihnen Zusatzkompetenzen aus Bereichen wie Technologiemanagement, Betriebswirtschaft, Kommunikation, Projektmanagement, Patentrecht, Vertragsrecht usw.

In der Modulbeschreibung (siehe: Herunterladen der vollständigen Modulbeschreibung) finden Sie die kompletten Sprachangaben je Modul, unterteilt in die folgenden Kategorien:

  • Unterricht
  • Dokumentation
  • Prüfung
Market Analysis and Forecasting (TSM_MarkFor)

A proper understanding of the current state and probable future development of a market is key to any successful business development. The module Market Analysis and Forecasting provides the foundations of analysis of complex socio-economic systems. It puts students in place to autonomously plan, design and execute their own qualitative and quantitative analysis. Development of well-founded forecasts and scenarios completes the understanding of customer data, markets and the socio-economic environment. Tools for the definition and the analysis of company reactions to potential future market scenarios will complete the module, allowing for transformation of market inputs into strategic choices.


Good knowledge of English.
Bachelor degree in Business Administration or Engineering.


Students have the knowledge and the ability to understand and analyze a market as a complex socio-economic system. They are able to identify the most relevant factors determining the market behavior, to identify the causal relation between these factors and to describe socio-economic systems by means of qualitative modelling. Students understand and apply key concepts of the theory of complex systems such as observability, controllability, time variance or invariance, randomness or determinacy of factors, linear or nonlinear, static or dynamic behavior and their impacts on the overall system behavior. Students apply qualitative and quantitative methods for model validation, including basic behavior analysis and statistics. In practical examples they learn to analyze, predict and steer such systems. Finally students are able to present the analysis results in terms of descriptive scenarios using different visualization techniques.


The module includes the following topics:

1. Market modelling

    • Understanding the market as a complex, socio-economic system
    • Outlook: system modelling in a broader context
    • Identification of key factors determining the dynamic, time variant and stochastic behavior of a market
    • Systemic market analysis
    • Experiencing complex market behavior, steering complex systems
    • From qualitative to quantitative models
    • Model validation
    • Developing scenarios describing the market future
    • Prospects and limits of modelling

2. Case studies that cover topics in market analysis such as

    • Customer segmentation for marketing campaign planning
    • Customer feedback analysis for service improvement planning
    • Demand prediction for electricity production planning and agricultural planning
    • Credit card default prediction
    • Applicant rating for HR decision making

using basic quantitative methods such as

    • k-Means Clustering
    • k-Means Clustering
    • Linear Regression
    • Logistic Regression
    • Time Series Forecasting

The use and benefits of each discussed topic will be explained, methods for solving the analysis tasks will be presented in an accessible and non-technical manner. The focus will be on the validity and generalizability of the results/conclusions and how they will be included in decision making.

Lehr- und Lernmethoden

The module is taught by theory inputs, case studies and a software tool.


[1] Sterman, J. D. (2000). Business Dynamics. Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World. Boston: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0071241076. (Recommended.)

[2] Rob J. Hyndman, George Athanasopoulos, Forecasting: principles and practice, OTexts, 2013. The book is freely available as an online book at Alternatively, a print version is available: ISBN # 0987507109. (Required.)

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