The B.Sc. Industrial Engineering & Management (IEM) program at Constructor University offers a diverse and adaptable approach to engineering that emphasizes the integration of people, materials, and energy in productive ways. The program covers a range of subjects including process engineering, operations research, supply chain management, engineering design, logistics, and project management. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of management and engineering business functions, preparing them for successful careers in industry. This Bachelor's program in Industrial Engineering & Management has received high rankings in recent university rankings conducted by the Center for Higher Education (CHE), attesting to its outstanding quality and reputation.
The undergraduate program at Constructor University is a three-year, 180-credit-point program designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths.
The “4C Model” is the program's backbone, with disciplinary content grouped into three themes according to study years: CHOICE-CORE-CAREER. Additionally, the “CONSTRUCTOR Track”, an integral part of the program, runs parallel throughout the program. It provides students with multidisciplinary content and essential skills such as argumentation, data visualization, societal engagement, and communication.
The curriculum allows students to tailor their education to their goals and to explore different fields of study, with the flexibility to change their major within the first year. Moreover, the programs include a mandatory internship and a study-abroad opportunity in the fifth semester to provide students with hands-on experience and a global perspective.
The first year of study is characterized by a broad range of disciplinary education that builds upon and extends students' entrance qualifications. IEM students select introductory modules totaling 45 credit points (CP) from the CHOICE area of various study programs, of which 30 CP will be from their intended major.
Students have the option to change their major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have completed the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year.
IEM students will take the following CHOICE modules:
- General Logistics (7.5 CP)
- General Industrial Engineering (7.5 CP)
- Introduction to International Business (7.5 CP)
- Introduction to Finance and Accounting (7.5 CP)
Through these modules, students will gain a solid understanding of industrial engineering and management, manufacturing technology, logistics systems and supply chains, and essential business functions in the globalized world.
In their second year, students take modules totaling 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speciﬁc CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students' critical understanding of their major's fundamental theories, principles, and methods at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
IEM students take 45 CP from the following CORE modules:
1) "Advanced Industrial Engineering”, consisting of the modules:
- Production Planning & Control (5 CP)
- Product & Production System Design (5 CP)
- Data Management and Analytics in Industry 4.0 (5 CP)
This unit takes an in-depth look into production systems, providing the students with an understanding of product development and design activities, production planning and control methods, and modeling and simulation of the entire manufacturing process.
2) “Advanced Industrial Management”, consisting of the modules:
- Operations Research (5 CP)
- Lean Supply Management (5 CP)
- Production & Technology Management (5 CP)
In this unit, students will learn to model decision-making problems, develop purchasing strategies, employ advanced lean methods for eliminating waste in industrial processes, and manage innovation and technologies.
3) “Project & Strategic Management”, consisting of the modules:
- CORE Module: Applied Project Management (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: International Strategic Management (7.5 CP)
This unit prepares students to set up, organize, manage and control projects and evaluate and design strategies in international management.
Students prepare and make career decisions after graduation during their third year. They take a mandatory summer internship to explore options fitting individual interests and gain professional experience.
The 5th semester also opens a mobility window for comprehensive study-abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering students' research experience by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
IEM students take 15 CP of major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge of the current state of research in areas of their choice.
IEM students choose 15 CP of the following Specialization Modules:
- Industry 4.0 and Blockchain Technologies (5 CP)
- Advanced Product Design (5 CP)
- Supply Chain Design (2.5 CP)
- Integrated Decision Making in Supply Chain Management (2.5 CP)
- Distribution & E-Commerce (2.5 CP)
- Law of Transportation, Forwarding, and Logistics (2.5 CP)
As part of Constructor University's commitment to student employability, all students are required to participate in a mandatory internship program. The 4-month program-specific internship for the Industrial Engineering & Management (IEM) program, which takes place during the 5th semester, is a crucial component of the curriculum. It provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a professional setting, allowing them to apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major to employment and society, and gain professional guidance. This experience can also serve as a stepping stone for their Bachelor's thesis project or future employment after graduation. The program also includes career advising and several career workshops throughout all six semesters to further prepare students for the transition from student life to working life and their future careers. As an alternative, students interested in starting their own company can opt for a startup option, which focuses on developing their business plan and reduces the full-time internship to 8 weeks (15 CP).
The Jacobs Track is a unique and integral component of Constructor University's educational concept, running parallel to the disciplinary modules throughout all years of study. It reflects the university's dedication to providing in-depth training in scientific methods, promotes an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, improves employability, and equips students with additional skills that are desirable in the general field of study. It also includes (German) language and culture modules.
Methods and Skills modules
These modules provide students with the tools to acquire and improve essential skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills. All students are required to take 20 credit points in the Methods/Skills area to develop and expand these skills which are crucial for their academic and professional growth.
IEM students take the following Methods modules:
- Methods: Applied Calculus (5 CP)
- Methods: Finite Mathematics (5 CP)
- Methods: Programming in Python (5 CP)
- Methods: Applied Statistics with R (5 CP)
Constructor University supports its students in developing language skills by offering a range of language modules at various proficiency levels. A special emphasis is placed on fostering German language skills for international students, as they are a vital prerequisite for non-native speakers to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into the host country and its professional environment. All students are required to take four language courses during the first and second years.
The IEM program's blend of management and engineering modules equips graduates with a versatile and in-demand skill set, suitable for a wide range of career options. Graduates from Constructor University have a strong track record of securing management-related positions in top industry and tech companies, particularly in the field of logistics management.
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This study program is part of the School of Business, Social & Decision Sciences.
The School of Business, Social and Decision Sciences focuses on interdisciplinary research and education in business sciences, finance and economics, political sciences, as well as in fields related social interactions and to cognitive processes underlying behavior of individuals, groups, or institutions.
Key disciplines in the school include Management Science, Finance, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Political Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Sociology.
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