MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Each module contains 3 ECTS. You choose a total of 10 modules/30 ECTS in the following module categories: 

  • 12-15 ECTS in technical scientific modules (TSM)
    TSM modules teach profile-specific specialist skills and supplement the decentralised specialisation modules.
  • 9-12 ECTS in fundamental theoretical principles modules (FTP)
    FTP modules deal with theoretical fundamentals such as higher mathematics, physics, information theory, chemistry, etc. They will teach more detailed, abstract scientific knowledge and help you to bridge the gap between abstraction and application that is so important for innovation.
  • 6-9 ECTS in context modules (CM)
    CM modules will impart additional skills in areas such as technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc.

In the module description (download pdf) you find the entire language information per module divided into the following categories:

  • instruction
  • documentation
  • examination 
Smart systems for building (TSM_SmartSys)

In this module, students shall become acquainted with smart systems that are already or soon to be found in buildings. Those include Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS), Smart Home, IoT-solutions, Energy Management Systems and building security. The students will get to know the purpose, functionality and applications of these systems. In addition, they will perform hands-on experiments with some of them. Also, necessary fundamentals will be addressed including system components, communication technologies and protocols.


Basic knowledge about building technology

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives. The students shall:

  • Become acquainted with smart systems for buildings. Notably Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS), Smart Home, IoT-solutions, Energy Management Systems (EMS) and building security
  • Understand the purpose, functionality and applications of these systems
  • Acquire the necessary fundamentals. I.e. system components, communication systems and protocols

Acquired competenciesThe students shall be able to:

  • Select and understand smart systems for buildings
  • Devise smart systems for a given building

Contents of Module

  1. Introduction: History of (smart) buildings, definition and structure of a smart building system, applications overview
  2. Fundamentals. System components, communication technologies (wired and wireless), protocols
  3. Applications. Building Automation and Control Systems, Smart Home, Internet of Things, Energy Management Systems, building security
  4. Trends. Future trends in technologies, applications, processes
  5. Case study

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • 3 lecture periods per week, with blended exercise sessions and hands-on exercises (case study)
  • Teaching: Frontal teaching and storytelling. Discussion of practical examples. Guided learning using lecture notes and textbooks
  • Exercises: Solving practical problems under the guidance of the tutors (coaching)



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