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AIB Studienprogramm Spring 2021

Modul “Visualization”


Das Modul wird in Kooperation mit der Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) angeboten.

Ort: AIB, Wilhelmstraße 27, 53111 Bonn
Zeit: 17. Januar – 3. Mai 2021

Alle Kurse sind als Präsenzveranstaltung geplant.
All courses are taught in English.

Nähere Informationen zum Modul: Mara Theresa Minkler (AIB), minkler@aib-studyabroad.org

KURS 1: FIELD STUDIES IN DESIGN INNOVATION

This course focuses on coming up with innovative, visual design solutions in the context of animation, gaming and interactive graphic design. A semester-long project will focus on a specific socially relevant topic while also drawing upon the cultural, social, economic, geographical, climatic and technological factors influencing design solutions while being in an international environment. Additionally, the application of known and existing design techniques and principles to areas that are not classical fields of application are also an important aspect of the course. Hence, innovative design solutions are created locally which then can also be applied globally. 

KURS 2: FIELD STUDIES IN DESIGN COMMUNICATION

Students are introduced to a variety of different animation techniques, methods and tools. Special emphasis is placed on different variations of animation (e.g. realistic animation, cartooning, restricted animation, stop-motion techniques, but also VR and AR techniques), as well as on overarching techniques such as narration and storytelling.  A wide variety of outstanding European and international artwork and animations is examined and analyzed in detail to provide students with a solid understanding of the history of animation as art. 

Subject-related excursions and workshops enable students to directly apply the newly learned techniques and methods in small animation projects.   

Company visits enable students to interact with industry professionals, provide networking opportunities and help gain valuable insights into relevant fields and standard practices.  

The course complements, supplements and deepens the design and technical skills required for CARC 301 – Field Studies in Design Innovation. It requires basic knowledge of the principles of design, color theory and the drawing of two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional objects. 

KURS 3: FIELD STUDIES IN DESIGN PHILOSOPHY – GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

This course is intended for students who have not taken German before. The goal of the course is to provide students with the ability to speak, understand, read and write basic German, with the emphasis being placed on communicative skills in practical everyday situations. Students will speak German as much as possible in class. Students will learn the necessary basic vocabulary, common expressions and elementary grammatical structures, which will enable them to express ideas and ask  for/communicate necessary things in everyday situations. 

Special emphasis is also placed on embedding verbal exercises in authentic linguistic contexts, which are selected according to the immediate needs of the students, if possible. 

Secondly, the course addresses relevant questions, concepts and strategies from the field of intercultural communication, tailored to the specific challenges and conditions of the study abroad sojourn context. Students are introduced to fundamental strategies that help them improve their intercultural communication and cultural adaptation skills. Various exercises, simulations, independent research assignments and the study of fundamental intercultural concepts and terminology make up the contents of the related class sessions. 

The course also includes activities designed to help students gain an understanding of the geography, history and culture of Germany.  

KURS 4: DIRECTED STUDIES - VIDEOGRAPHY (ENGLISH)

In this course students go through all the steps of a successful video production. The course is split into two parts – videography and editing. A special focus is placed on the practical application of the theories and concepts learned. The video material obtained in the first part of the course is the basis for the editing and cutting techniques in the second part of the course. In this way, students learn to structure and plan their final video product with regard to intention, effect and narration from the very beginning.   

Cinematography:   
This part of the course gives an insight into the techniques of cinematography with all its creative possibilities and difficulties in dealing with all technical aspects and the social environment. Here, the focus is on the process of capturing moving images on electronic media.  Students are encouraged to train their skills in framing and lighting an image for video and to develop an eye for light, shadow, color and their influences on human emotions in composition. In this way, students gain practical experience in using the tools of cinematography, such as breaking a scene down into shots to create a logical narrative sequence and generating documentary and structured material on a specific topic.  

Editing:  
This part of the course provides insights into the most important different historical editing methods and film concepts, from expressive montage, the continuity concept, cinéma-vérité to single frame cinema. By gaining a basic understanding of established styles and methods, students will be given new opportunities to get the best out of the previously acquired raw material and, in addition, to find an individual approach and expression for editing their own material. Theoretical explanations with visual examples and practical demonstrations lay a foundation for working with the raw material. Rhythm, flow and composition are the focus of the work and give the student the freedom to put different styles into practice. 

AIB Studienprogramm Spring 2021

Modul “Biosciences”


Das Modul wird in Kooperation mit der Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) angeboten.

Ort: AIB, Wilhelmstraße 27, 53111 Bonn
Zeit: 16. Januar – 12. Mai 2021

Alle Kurse sind als Präsenzveranstaltung geplant.
All courses are taught in English.

Nähere Informationen zum Modul: Mats Liedhegener (AIB) liedhegener@aib-studyabroad.org

KURS 1: HISTORY OF HUMAN AND VETERINARY MEDICINE IN EUROPE

This course is designed to teach students about major accomplishments in the area of medicine that have occurred in Europe between antiquity and the present. Along with a descriptive survey of some of the key events and figures in the development of human and veterinary medical practices in Europe during this period, this course will also explore the historical backgrounds of several issues of modern-day biomedical concern including animal rights, the ethics of human experimentation and the application of biomedical research for military purposes. On completion of this course, students should have the ability to place these critical present-day issues into an historical context allowing them to consider them in a more sophisticated and novel way.

KURS 2: BIOMEDIAL PHYSIOLOGY I

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic physiological significance of cells, organs and organ systems in maintaining homeostasis of the mammalian organism. Emphasis will be put on the physiological processes of the central nervous system, the muscular system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory as well as the renal systems. The academic outline of the course is directly linked to a medical device design project that is realized in cooperation with a German medical device company.

KURS 3: APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY

This course is an introduction to modern themes about therapeutic drugs in animals and people including drug discovery and development, clinical use of drugs, and drug regulation. Additionally, this course will look at the basic mechanisms of how drugs enter, manipulate and leave the body and by doing so both the physiological as well as the psychological effects of medication will be discussed.

KURS 4: DIRECTED STUDIES

The student will receive credit for completing a directed study on a specific aspect of the current European veterinary or human medical environment. Specific topics could include (but are not limited to): (a) the euthanasia debate within the EU and the United States focusing on the historical antecedents for the varying legal and ethical positions taken by different governments; (b) the developing health care crisis in Europe resulting from the current global economic downturn; (c) comparative aspects of human stem cell research issues within the EU and between EU countries and the United States; (d) the history of research involving human subjects particularly the role played in the development of current concepts of informed concept after the formulation of the Nuremberg Code; (e) the debate in Europe over GM (genetically modified) crops and animals; (f) recent changes in German (and other EU) animal rights legislation and the effects of these changes on farm animal production methods.

KURS 5: PHYSIOLOGY FOR BIOENGINEERS II

This course is designed to provide students with a detailed grounding in cellular and organ system anatomy and physiology. The semester will cover the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal systems as well as critical aspects of temperature regulation and metabolic physiology. Emphasis will be placed on engineering/functional design considerations in understanding biological function.

KURS 6: SIGNALS AND SYSTMS FOR BIOENGINEERS

This course covers methods of quantitative analysis of biomedical and physiological signals. By using electrical circuits as analog representations of physiological systems as model systems the functions of physiological systems will be analyzed and discussed. Describing signals mathematically as well as mathematical operations on signals are one major emphasis but also the introduction of the most commonly used signals (e.g. unit step, ramp, impulse, sinusoidal, and complex) is of great importance in this course. Furthermore, classifying signals (continuous vs. discrete time, periodic vs. aperiodic, energy vs power signal, even vs odd), describing signals by using linear constant coefficient differential equations or using their impulse response, identifying various system properties such as linearity, time invariance, presence or absence of memory, causality, bound-input bounded-output stability and inevitability are all foci of attention during this course.

KURS 7: MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN I

This course presents current FDA as well as European regulations for the design and development of medical equipment. Working as a team and following a systematic process of planning for the design of a medical device and with that finding solutions to medical problems will be one center of attention. Additionally, the course will help establish and follow official guidelines for businesses in preparing a plan for medical device development.

KURS 8: ELEMENTARY GERMAN

This course is aimed at students without any pre-knowledge of the German language. The goal is to give students the ability to speak, understand, read and write German on a basic level. Especially every-day conversational skills that students will need outside of the classroom are highly emphasized. Additionally, the academic contents of the course will cover aspects of German history and culture and by doing so will directly link the learning of the language with a better understanding of it surrounding historical factors.

KURS 9: DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS” (ONLINE COURSE)

This course covers the basics of the field of Differential Equations. Differential Equations finds its application not only in mathematics but also in the areas of natural sciences and engineering. Thus, the learned skills are an important framework for solving mathematical equations and translating them for the use on natural phenomena. The course is accompanied by a tutorium.

KURS 10: BIOMEDICAL GENETICS” (ONLINE COURSE)

This course is an introductory study of modern genetics intended for students interested in health and biomedicine related careers or pursuing graduate education within these fields. The academic course work will cover classical genetics and mammalian genomics by looking at the basic structure and functions of genes as well as chromosomal aberrations and genetic diseases.