TEACHNING "COUPLING COMPETENCE" BY MEANS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECTS
The paper describes two interdisciplinary student projects aimed at the improvement of a decisive key competency called “coupling competence”. In these projects senior students and master students of mechanical engineering, mechatronics, and applied physics were collaborating in order to develop mobile robots for different purposes. The students were jointly advised by professors of design in mechanical engineering, economics, applied computer science, and technology management. In the paper, the importance of project based learning (PBL) for the mediation of design capabilities as well as key competencies is highlighted and the student projects, their outcome, and observations in the projects are described.