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ECIU University Micro-Modules


The core of the ECIU University is the challenge-based approach – the model where students, learners and researchers cooperate with cities and businesses to solve real-life challenges. Next to participating in the challenge, students will be able to choose from a variety of micro-modules which support them to better solve the challenge. The micro-modules will enable students:

  • to learn more about regional and international societal issues related to different aspects of making cities and regions sustainable and therefore addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11);
  • to learn foreign languages;
  • to learn skills that are vital in solving challenges in international teams (e.g., intercultural communication).


Any questions? Please write to us: challenges@eciu.org



Available micro-modules:

Kaunas University of Technology


Computational Intelligence and Decision Making-P170M109

6 ECTS

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to computational intelligence through the machine learning and intelligent decision making systems

Computing


Lithuanian for Foreigners (level A1) - H592B014

6 ECTS

The study module is designed to develop communicative competence in the Lithuanian language

Language Studies


Urban Sociology-S240M101

6 ECTS  

Assimilating knowledge about the sociological development in urban planning, the urban sociology theory, the sociological research methods and the exceptional urban environment characteristics, urban lifestyle features, the cultural differences and life in the city and its impact on urban populations

Urban Planning


Innovative Production Technologies - T130M023

6 ECTS

Modern manufacturing methods of mechatronic systems and their application in high tech enterprises

Environmental Science


Component Based Software System Design-T120M156

6 ECTS

Extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of software component and services design methods, as well as development principles

Information Technology and Communication Sciences


Business Process Management-S189M011

5 ECTS

Students obtain knowledge of operations management in order to design, manage and improve operations systems and supply chains, methods for strategic alignment of operations systems, identification and modelling of value chains and organizational processes

Management


Productivity Management-S189M015

6 ECTS

Acquire knowledge on systemic view of productivity management in connection with manufacturing technologies and organization processes

Production technology


Environmental Biotechnology-T490M110

6 ECTS

Aquire knowledge on environmental biotechnology and it’s application in wastewater treatment, solid waste treatment, contaminated soil treatment, air pollution reduction and sustainable resource management

Bio -Technologies


Sustainability Management and Law-T270M135

6 ECTS

The module covers the principles of sustainability management, environmental legal system of European Union, management and control of environment protection

Environmental Technology

Linköping University 


InGenious : Cross Disciplinary Project-799G52

8 ECTS

Students independently develop a cross disciplinary project that meets a challenge posed by an external client

Economics and Business Administration

 

Elements of AI- ETE318

2 ECTS

The course gives an introduction to AI. What is AI? AI in problem solving. Real world AI. Machine learning. Neural networks. Implications.

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 


Looking at the World: Transdisciplinary Projects-105045

12 ECTS

Provides students with knowledge, analysis and understanding of the sociocultural, scientific and humanistic context that is shaping the present, allowing them to adopt a critical and constructive position of the current reality and the transformations that have occurred in all these areas in recent times

Education

 

Integrated Practice-102550

6 ECTS

Develop independent learning skills that will allow students to devise professional solutions to psychosocial problems, always taking into account the sociocultural context in which the individuals concerned live.

Psychology

  

Economy core concepts for business management (English)-3823/3

15 ECTS

Students learn how to build modern and flexible management models to give the best response to the increasingly globalized world of companies and businesses.

Economics and Business Administration 

 

Economy Advanced Concepts for Business Management (Track International Business)- 3825/2

15 ECTS

Students learn how to build modern and flexible management models to give the best response to the increasingly globalized world of companies and businesses.

Economics and Business Administration


Language studies - Catalan (Basic 1; Basic 2; Basic 3 )

2 ECTS

The UAB Language Service organizes courses in Catalan language to develop foreign students’ linguistic and intercultural skills with the aim of helping them to integrate into the Catalan social and academic context

Language Studies

 

Language studies - Spanish (Levels A1 - B2 )

4 ECTS

The UAB Language Service offers classroom-based courses in Spanish language organized in different levels to develop students’ linguistic and intercultural skills

Language Studies


University of Aveiro 

Natural Resources Economics

6 ECTS

Introducton to key concepts of the economy of exploitation and conservation of natural resources

Economics

 

Renewable Energy Conversion

6 ECTS

The course comprises the analysis of the fundamental processes, and research developments, related to the conversion of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, ocean thermal energy, and bioenergy.

Energy 

 

Urban Metabolism

6 ECTS

Urban metabolism is a deeply multi-disciplinary research domain focused on providing important insights into the behavior of cities for the purpose of advancing effective proposals for a more humane, resilient and sustainable future

Environmental Technology


Advanced Production Technologies

6 ECTS

Advanced Production Technologies (APT) are all the innovative forms of transforming raw materials or components in new products, whatever applying conventional processes or making use of the most recent and cutting-edge science breakthroughs. 

Mechanical Engineering


Traffic and Road Safety

6 ECTS

Traffic and Road Safety curricular unit is particularly focused on the study of aspects related to mobility, accessibility, transportation, and road safety.

Civil Engineering


Portuguese as a Foreign Language – Beginners – A1

6 ECTS

The Portuguese Language online course is aimed at beginners who intend to develop linguistic and intercultural skills at an initial level, in speaking and writing.

Language Studies


 

University of Trento 


Circular economy for materials processing-145572

6 ECTS

CEMP is a project-based introductory course to circular economy

Materials and Production Engineering 

 

Renewable Energy and Meteorology-145605

6 ECTS

Learn about fundamental meteorological concepts particularly those affecting the availability of renewable resources, methodologies and tools for the assessment of solar and wind energy resources

Energy Engineering 

 

Bioenergy-140491

6 ECTS

The course focuses on Bio-Energy and in particular on the exploitation of biomass and biomass waste for energy recovery.

Energy Engineering 


Business Strategy in the Digital Economy-121424

6 ECTS

The course sets the scene to apply a business model thinking to the analysis of firms and the design of new ventures. It investigates platform business models and explores how platforms develop their strategies.

Strategic Management  


Italian intensive courses - A1a

3 ECTS

Course in Italian Language and Culture to develop foreign students’ linguistic and intercultural skills with the aim of helping them to integrate into the Italian social and academic context.

Language Studies 


Italian intensive courses - A1b 

3 ECTS

Course in Italian Language and Culture to develop foreign students’ linguistic and intercultural skills with the aim of helping them to integrate into the Italian social and academic context.

Language Studies

 

Italian intensive courses - A2a

3 ECTS

Course in Italian Language and Culture to develop foreign students’ linguistic and intercultural skills with the aim of helping them to integrate into the Italian social and academic context.

Language Studies 

 

Italian intensive courses - A2b

3 ECTS

Course in Italian Language and Culture to develop foreign students’ linguistic and intercultural skills with the aim of helping them to integrate into the Italian social and academic context.

Language Studies

University of Stavanger 


Strategies for Innovation Management-MØA416

10 ECTS

Develop a critical perspective of the firm strategies for the management of the innovation proces in real private or public organizations

Business and Innovation 

                                                                                    

The geopolitics of energy transition-MEE200

10 ECTS      

Explores the relationship between the energy transition and international energy politics and governance. In particular, the course explores the geopolitics of renewables.

Energy



Multidisciplinary industrial project - I4GMPJ81t

12 ECTS 

Eco-design of an industrial system

Mechanical engineering


Functional safety - MSSEFS11

5 ECTS 

Eco-design of an industrial system

Safety engineering

 


Safety management – MSSEMA11

5 ECTS 

Safety Management System to control risks including ISO 31000, 9001, 14001, 45001

Safety engineering

 

Structural safety – MSSESS11

3 ECTS 

The module deals with main methods for assessing structural safety with a focus on probabilistic approaches.

Safety engineering

 

Defining and discussing accessibility in society

1 ECTS 

The thematic module introduces the student to the definition of accessibility and discussion in society, but also to the role of disability legislation. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

 

Picture communication

1 ECTS 

The thematic module introduces the student to aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) techniques such as the use of pictures or symbols.

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

 

Social haptic communication

1 ECTS 

The course gives an overview of social-haptic communication as a communication approach for people with sensory loss (visual impaired, hearing impaired, dual sensory impaired), other client groups (dementia, learning difficulties etc.) with friends, family and professionals.

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Easy language

1 ECTS 

The thematic module covers the basic principles and methods of writing easy language or translating standard texts into texts in easy language. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

   

Easy spoken interaction

1 ECTS

The thematic module covers the basic principles of easy spoken interaction. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Spoken interfaces

1 ECTS 

The thematic module covers the main principles of speech-based human-technology interaction, focusing on spoken interfaces which facilitate accessibility. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Accessability and user experience

1 ECTS

The module introduces the very basics of user experience evaluation in the context of human-technology interaction. 

Information Technology and Communication Science 

 

Visuals to text

1 ECTS 

The course covers the basic principles and methods of translating visual information into text. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Speech and audio to text

1 ECTS 

The course covers the basic principles and methods of translating speech and audio to text. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Web accessibility I (technical)

1 ECTS 

The thematic modules Web accessibility I and II introduces guidelines and other standards related to web accessibility, such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Web accessibility II (content)

1 ECTS 

The thematic modules Web accessibility I and II introduces guidelines and other standards related to web accessibility, such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Speech to text (subtitling)

1 ECTS 

The course covers the basic principles and methods of translating speech to text.  

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

  

Games, gamification, serious games and accessibility

1 ECTS 

The thematic module focuses on visual accessibility in games and VR experiences.

Information Technology and Communication Sciences


Haptics and gestures (gesture-based interfaces)

1 ECTS 

Technology overall, provides a safe, controlled, predictable environment for individuals with developmental disabilities, and using gestures and haptic interaction allows input mechanisms that do not rely on traditional keyboards and mouse interfaces. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

 

Rehabilitation and assistive augmentation

1 ECTS 

In this module, we will look at different technologies for physical and motor rehabilitation, including exergames, virtual reality, gestures, robots, etc. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

 

Audio description of art

1 ECTS 

The thematic module familiarizes the student with the audiodesciption (AD) of artistic products and venues of different kinds: art galleries, museums and theatre plays.  

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

 

Entertainment and accessibility

1 ECTS 

The module will introduce the requirements and considerations for accessible entertainment, including going to a theater or museum, and watching a movie.  

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

 

Linguistic accessibility and machine translation

1 ECTS 

The module introduces the ways MT is being used today, specifically when it is used for 'gisting', or achieving an understanding of a text that is in a language a person does not speak themselves. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences


Accessible AI

1 ECTS 

The thematic module briefly introduces the student to artificial intelligence (AI) and some of the ways in which AI is used to empower people with disabilities. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences 

 

Trends in accessibility research

1 ECTS 

From designing for disability, to designing for abilities and for augmenting human capabilities, this thematic module takes a broader look at the trends in research on accessibility with a focus on ideas, designs, prototypes, and products for the 21st century. 

Information Technology and Communication Sciences


Transport transformation - TLO-25057

5 ECTS 

The course aims to recognise the most important issues which affect the future transport system and their implications.

Information Technology and Communication Sciences

  

Finnish Start Online – KIE-10126

1-5 ECTS 

Target level of the course is A1.2, developing elementary proficiency (CEFR application by Finnish National Agency for Education). 

Language studies 

 

CBI/tampere (Challenge Based Innovation Tampere) - BMT-62556, LTT-33006, TRT-25506, TST-01706, TTI-60006

10 ECTS

Project course, in which a concrete technological solution is created for a societal problem using different innovation methods, while participating in multidisciplinary teamwork actively and responsibly. 

 

C-LAB (Commercialization LAB) - NN00FA81-3003

5 ECTS 

C-LAB is an 8-week sprint where ideas are developed from experiment to a concreate and sustainable launching plan – to create value and impact. Students co-operate and work in a multidisciplinary team together with the idea creator/owner.

Business and Innovation 

 

Innovation challenges

3-5 ECTS 

Business and Innovation


Sustainable Logistics and Global Distribution - TLO-25468

5 ECTS

The course introduces the key aspects of managing sustainable logistics and multimodal distribution internationally and the methods to assess and reduce the environmental impacts of logistics.


Dutch A1 - Dutch is fun!

0.5 ECTS

In this short course, students will acquire a practical introduction in the Dutch language, A1-.


Dutch A1 - Dutch for beginners 1

2.5 ECTS

In this beginners course participants will acquire a basic knowledge of Dutch, approximately CEF-level A1