Studies Material: Students are provided with studies material for each unit of the offshore wind study programme. As an integral part of the distance learning course, they facilitate the students’ flexible learning in terms of time and place. The studies material are prepared by the main instructors exclusively for this study programme and updated every year. The studies material are arranged by subject and lead students through the lifecycle of an offshore wind farm and provide the theoretical input necessary to work on the case studies.
Classroom instruction periods: During a total of five four-day in-class periods, students will be instructed by the studies materials authors themselves. Students not only continue to work on the major topics in seminars but also have the opportunity to directly discuss issues with experts. In addition, co-instructors report on their experiences in the field. Lessons learned and examples from actual projects not only allow students to take a closer look at the industry but also inspire questions that can be discussed with the experts. In addition to specialist lectures, fireside chats are envisaged with pioneers and experts in the industry who will report about their personal experiences with offshore wind energy.
The online learning platform: An important communication tool is the online learning platform that provides a virtual learning environment and was specially developed for continuing education. All communicative processes are pooled on a single virtual platform. Students can get in touch with each other, the experts and the programme directors via email and on forums. There is a separate area for each module and team where files and materials for the case study work can be stored.
Field trips: During the course of studies, students can participate in field trips to institutes and companies in the wind energy industry. Various manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in the wind-rich north western region offer interesting destinations just around the corner. The field trips supplement the module content and link expertise to real-life insights that facilitate understanding.
Exams: These forms of examination are scheduled for the study programme:
- Exams (at the beginning of instruction phase)
- Final oral examination
- Case study paperwork
Time and effort: The work on the study units takes place by means of three different phases: Preparation, classroom instruction period and case study work.
Duration of studies: Scheduled ten months
Total time and effort (estimated): about 900 hours
Time and effort per week (estimated): about eight hours of which – Preparation of instruction period including exam: six hours – Case study work: two hours
Periods of preparation between the instruction phases: six weeks
It is spanly recommended to stay overnight at the locations during the classroom instruction periods.