MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Ogni modulo equivale a 3 crediti ECTS. È possibile scegliere un totale di 10 moduli/30 ECTS nelle seguenti categorie: 

  • 12-15 crediti ECTS in moduli tecnico-scientifici (TSM)
    I moduli TSM trasmettono competenze tecniche specifiche del profilo e si integrano ai moduli di approfondimento decentralizzati.
  • 9-12 crediti ECTS in basi teoriche ampliate (FTP)
    I moduli FTP trattano principalmente basi teoriche come la matematica, la fisica, la teoria dell’informazione, la chimica ecc. I moduli ampliano la competenza scientifica dello studente e contribuiscono a creare un importante sinergia tra i concetti astratti e l’applicazione fondamentale per l’innovazione 
  • 6-9 crediti ECTS in moduli di contesto (CM)
    I moduli CM trasmettono competenze supplementari in settori quali gestione delle tecnologie, economia aziendale, comunicazione, gestione dei progetti, diritto dei brevetti, diritto contrattuale ecc.

La descrizione del modulo (scarica il pdf)riporta le informazioni linguistiche per ogni modulo, suddivise nelle seguenti categorie:

  • Insegnamento
  • Documentazione
  • Esame
Lifecycle Management of Infrastructures (FTP_Life)

In this module, students are introduced into basic concepts of lifecycle management of infrastructures with respect to costs vs benefit. Established cost and benefit models of infrastructures are discussed. Based on lifecycle costs analysis, we introduce different methods for the assessment of maintenance strategies, and for decision making with respect to construction, preservation, and replacement. The cost-based approaches are complemented with methods for the analysis of reliability, availability, and risk.


Basic knowledge in mathemetics (introductory lecture in analysis and linear algebra)

MS Excel (implementation of formulae, graphs)

Obiettivi di apprendimento

  • the students understand the function and the benefit of infrastructures, and their effect on society, economy, and environment
  • the students are familiar with the challenges for sustainable development of infrastructures
  • the students are familiar with concepts to derive requirements for infrastructures, their verification and validation. 
  • the students are familiar with the most important methods for decision making in infrastructure management, and are able to apply those methods in concrete cases; for example the calculation of life cycle costs or socio-economic impact, or the simulataneous minimization of costs and risks at maximum benefit. 
  • the students are familiar with the different maintenance strategies (reactive, preventive, condition-based)
  • the students know different models of failure and wear behavior, and can apply them
  • students know the concepts of reliability theory
  • the students know the methods of risk analysis and risk management and can apply them
  • the students are familiar with the method of risk-based maintenance, and can apply this method for maintenance management 

Categoria modulo

  • basic concepts
    • introduction into the infrastructure networks of electricty, water, road, and rail
    • social, political and economic dimension and relevance of infrastructures
    • concepts of cost and benefit assessment
    • standards for life cycle management
  • infrastructure costs
    • life cycle costing
    • concepts, methods, and instruments for the analysis of economic performance
    • state and state dynamics 
    • monetary models of benefit and their limits
    • maintenance strategies and replacement 
  • assessment methods
    • cost-benefit analyses
    • utility analysis
  • processes and activities during the lifecycle
    • requirements for infrastructure assets
    • failure and degradation behavior of systems and components, and modeling
    • methods and models for reliability and maintenance
    • condition-based and preventive maintenance, optimum maintenance cycles
  • risk analysis and risk management of infrastructure
    • what is risk?
    • risk analysis, risk mitigation, and risk acceptance
    • risk management
    • risk-based maintenance

Metodologie di insegnamento e apprendimento

Lecture: Introduction in the relevant concepts with examples

Exercises: applications and use cases



Supplementary publications.

Note: Since part of the module content is based on Swiss standards, some literature is provided in German/French only. 

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