Autumn 2016 will mark the start of the interdisciplinary degree program Sustainable Management of Resources, which was developed in partnership with companies and government agencies. Given the global social challenges of climate change, scarcity of resources, waste management and avoidance and the increasingly stringent environmental legislation associated with all this, the primary focus of the degree program is on designing and optimizing sustainable inter-organizational value chains in companies, from product development to disposal and recycling. Therefore the degree program combines engineering, natural sciences, methods of resource management, business administration and environmental law.
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Application period for the academic year 2020/21
1st November 2019 to 31st May 2020
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
You wish to apply technical, scientific and business expertise to develop environmentally friendly solutions and products that are also profitable. You enjoy conceptual thinking, are open to innovative approaches and have a practical approach to tasks. You see identifying potential for improvement as a central challenge for your future career.
The degree program was developed on a needs-oriented basis together with production and waste management companies and government agencies. These companies and agencies will provide high-caliber experts as lecturers, support extensive internships and grant deep insights into their facilities and infrastructure through excursions. This network of companies and agencies will provide opportunities for research and development projects and will enable you to make valuable contacts for your future career already during your studies. The Vienna Biocenter, the top life sciences address in Austria, also provides the perfect learning atmosphere with its well-equipped lecture halls and laboratories for chemistry and microbiology. The degree program shares this FH-location with the bachelor's degree programs of Packaging Technology and the Biotechnology Department. In many occasions you will benefit from FH Campus Wien as a multidisciplinary university with interdisciplinary activities for example in the area of research and development, as well as events such as the Campus Lectures, public lecture evenings with prominent experts, that FH Campus Wien regularly invites you to join.
Given the global social challenges of climate change, scarcity of resources, waste management and avoidance and the increasingly stringent environmental legislation associated with all this, the need for practically trained experts for resource management and waste management who can go straight to work for companies continues to grow. A primary goal is to design sustainable products and processes and to coordinate them with one another such that resources in the entire value chain are used carefully and waste is avoided as much as possible or is used productively as recyclable materials. In addition, the degree program focuses on the needs of public institutions such as municipalities.
The ability to think outside the box and pursue innovative approaches is crucial for sustainable results. This may even mean changing the existing business model and further developing everything from manufacturing to services. For example, a manufacturer of cleaning products containing non-biodegradable substances may additionally offer their use as a service and thus make the reduction an economic goal of their company. This increases the added value and is sustainable at the same time.
In this degree program you will acquire technical and scientific fundamentals as well as the methods of resource management, a robust business administration education as well as know-how in environmental law.
Lector: FH-Prof.in DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter, Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Wohner, BEd
First steps into the study (E.g.: finding of groups, self-organization, mutual expectations, organization of attendance and distance phases, development of the degree course culture)Terminology of resource management and waste managementGlobal ecological problem areas- Water- Air- Climate- Resources- BiodiversityPrinciples of sustainability (3-columns model)Resource management within the company – an overviewPlayers in the economy and societyBasics in presentation techniquesBasics in scientific working (citation, research)
Integrated course with immanent examinations100 P, 60 P to pass
Blended learning consisting of lectures, workshops, student presentations and E-learning-units.
Lector: FH-Hon.Prof. Dr. Dr. Herwig W. Schneider
At the beginning you will get a general introduction into the main aspects of the economy an how it interacts with other subjects. Selected micro- and macroeconomic relationships are explained. You learn to work independently with it. This gives you an insight into the fundamentals of corporate management (incl. organizational theory, investment and financing, strategic planning etc.) as well as a basic understanding of the consumption, production and cost theory.
Lector: Mag. Jacqueline Dyadio
The course Cost accounting and Controlling (ILV) will give you thorough insights into the following topics:•technical terms in the area of cost accounting and controlling•costs, which occur in a company and how they are passed on•calculation production costs, prime costs and sales Prices (focus packaging)•advantages and applications of the breakeven analysis.
Lector: DI Mag.(FH) Reinhard Zeilinger
• Potencies, roots, logarithms• Trigonometry• Rational functions• Transcendental functions (exp, log)•Complex numbers• Elementary differential calculus with application in resource management• Elementary integral calculation with applications in resource management• StatisticsO ProbabilitiesO Probability distributionsO Descriptive statistics- Estimation theory- Confidence intervalsO Assessing statistics- parameter estimate- hypothesis testsO Error propagation
Lector: DI Markus Meissner
Survey regarding most imporant mehtods used in resource management:- life cycle analysis- Ecodesign- Environmental management systems- Wasts management concepts- logistics
Measuring and measuring unitsMechanics:• Laws of motion• Work, energy, impulse, power• Friction• Translation and rotation• Statics• Mechanical characteristics of materials• Tensile testHeat Theory:• Heat energy and temperature• Principles of thermodynamics• Heat capacity• Heat transport• Carnot process• Heat pumps• Efficiency• Entropy• Kinetic GastheoriePhysical statesPhase diagrams
Lector: Dr. Hutan Rahmani, LL.M.
- Introduction to law (an overview)- Public law- Private law- Criminal law- Sources of law and legal capacity- Austrian law and European/International law- Boundaries- Implementation of European law into national law- Introduction and overview of chosen legal matter with relevance in resource management- Contract law- Law of obligation and impairment of performance- Commercial law- Tort and liability- Environmental law
Lector: Katharina Isepp, LL.M. (WU) MSc, Dr. Julia Kager
- General Environmental Law•Basics and definitions•Principle of sustainability•Hierarchy of norms•Distinction of international, federal and national law•Regulation and legislation- Principles and instruments of environmental law- Compatibility testing of environmental law- Waste law- Water law- Species protection and natural law- Forest rights- Air pollution control law- Environmental information
Blended learning consisting of lectures and student presentations.
Lector: Mag. Reka Krasznai, Mag. Ulrich Kremser
Basics of waste management law in Austria and in the European Union.Austrian waste legislation:•Waste Management Act (WMA 2002)•Regulations on waste management law 2002•Federal Waste Management Plan•Registration, electronic data management, waste accountingClassification of waste:•Non-hazardous waste•Hazardous waste•Types of waste, waste catalogue, list of wasteCollection and recycling systems:•Packaging•End-of-life vehicles•Waste of electric and electronical equipmentSelected areas of EU-waste legislation
Immanent lecture with final exam.Overall 100 points can be achieved. Students need to achieve at least 60 points to be positive.
Blended learning, consisting of teacher lecture, practical exercises and student presentations.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Sailer
Basics of organization designOrganization in an industrial enterpriseProduct planning and constructionTechnical drawings and bills of materialProduction preparation and shop floor papersProduction planning and control
Integrated course with immanent examinations. 100 points, 60 points to pass.
LecturingAssignmentsExamples from the industrySimulation
Lector: Dipl.-Ing.in Elisabeth Pinter, BSc, Bernhard Rainer, MSc
General and inorganic chemistry:•Structure and models of atoms•Periodic table of elements •chemical bonds•Acid-base-reactions•physical states •chemical balanceOrganic chemistry:•Types of bonds•Substance classes (saturated and unsaturated carbohydrates, aromatic compounds, alcohols, phenolic substances, ether, sulfuric compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acid und derivates, amines); •Organic acids/bases•Mechanisms of reactions Environmental chemistry:•Pollutants•Analytics•CasesToxicologyPractical course in chemistry•Safety aspects•Lab protocols•Handling of main chemical equipment•inorganic chemistry: semi-quantitative analytics•pH-value•Precipitation reactions•Thin layer chromatography•Calculation and preparation of solutions
This is an integrated course with immanent examinations. In total, 100 points are achievable, 60 points are needed for positive evaluation.
Lector: Dipl.-Kfm. Daniel Walkiewicz
In this course an overview is given concerning business IT in the context of the packaging industry: + trends, products and typical software + tools to support processes with software + successful implementation of software
100 points, positive > 60 points
Lector: DI Thomas Maier
>Legal Basis-Packaging Directive-WEEE Directive-Batteries Directive-ROHS Directive-REACH Directive-Eco-Design Directive>Manufacturer responsibility-Obligations of the producers-Steering effects>Implementation of EU directives in national law-Overview of implementation in Austria and the most important European markets-Strategies and action alternatives for affected producers including best practice examples >Achievement of product compliance in Austria and on the most important markets
Lector: Mag. Ernst Ternon, MSc, MSc, MBA
> Definition and principles of sustainability> Integration of the environment, social and economic action> Sustainability strategies> Sustainable economic ethics> Sustainability in resource management• Life cycle assessment across the entire supply chain• Sustainability in design• Reuse and recycling• Sustainable business strategies
A total of 100 points can be achieved.From 60 points the ILV is positively completed.
Lector: Mag. Erik Pauer, Bernhard Rainer, MSc
Ecology•Environment and Resources•Habitats•Populations and communities•BiodiversityMicrobiology and Hygiene•Prokaryonts – properties•Eukaryonts - properties•Systematics•Principles of hygieneHuman EcologyPractical course in microbiology•Principles of working under sterile conditions•Isolation and cultivation of microorganisms•microbial count •Microscopy
> Clarification of terms> Overview of the topics of economic ethics> Fundamentals of the philosophy of responsibility * 2> Dimensions of Corporate Social Responsibility> Standards and guidelines for CSR - IS0 2600 - ONR 192500et SR 10 - IQ-Net SR 10 - Global Reporting Initiative AA1000
A total of 100 points can be achieved.From 60 points the ILV is positively completed
- Introduction into ecodesign- Sustainablity and ecodesign- extended producer responsibility- legal framework for ecodesign- principles of ecodesign- integration fo ecodesign in product design and the value chain- obsolescence- case studies
Lector: Mag. Erik Pauer
Basics of Life cycle assessment
Zwischenprüfungen & Benotung der Gruppenarbeit
Lecture & Group works
Lector: Mag. Barbara Hofleitner
> Innovation: definition, types, trigger> Innovation and sustainability> Innovation management and product/service development> Interplay of innovation strategy, organisation and culture> Traditional vs. agile process models> Introduction to DESIGN THINKING agile product development> Methods and tools
Lector: FH-Prof.in DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter
• Technical process and technical system• Basic principles of production engineering• thermodynamics• Heat and material transport, balancing•Mechanical process Engineering•Thermal process Engineering•Chemical process engineering• The basis for the processing of raw and secondary raw materials• Excursion to a production company
Lector: Lukas Weiss, MSc
Quality management systems•Structure •Definition of quality•Requirements•Customer satisfaction•Process management•Monitoring and measurement of process•Quality assurance tools•Standards and regulations•Audits, certification and accreditation•Total quality management and six sigma•Mathematical basics of quality management•Safety at work
Immanent lecture with final exam.Overall 100 points can be achieved. Students need to achieve at least 60 points to pass.
Lector: Mag. Josef Ruh
General principles of quality assurance systems in manufacturing companiesCase Studies• QM in the food industry• QM in the pharmaceutical sector• QM in the packaging industry• QM in the hazardous goods area• QM in waste management• QM in the automotive industry• QM in constructionproduct liability
Immanent lecture with final exam.Overall, 100 points can be achieved. Students need to achieve at least 60 points to be positive.
• Construction of the materials• Material properties• Material groupsO Metallic materialsO Ceramic materialsO Mineral materialsO polymer materials (including paper)O Composite materials and their structure• Material technology and manufacturing process• Materials cycle and recycling• Material testing
Case studies LCA- Guided exercises on the individual stages of the LCA
Immanent examination with final exam.In total 100 points can be achieved. With over 60 points the seminar is completed successfully.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Peter Hodecek, MBA
- Overview of the waste economy and its main players- economic and regulatory framework- classification and division of waste Non-harmful waste Harmful waste Waste types, waste catalogue, waste list- registration of wastes (collection, temporary storage and transport)-methods and procedures of waste treatment Removal of waste Recovery of waste Recycling Energetic use- treatment of waste Mechanical treatment Physical and chemical processes Biological treatment-management of waste in practice Review and reporting system Registration Electronic database management- collecting and recycling system Packaging End-of-life vehicles Electrical and old electrical devices- Field trip to waste managing businesses
Blended learning consisting of teacher’s presentation, practical tasks, presentations of the students and e-learning modules.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Christian Pladerer
Frameworks of the production industry and commerce in Austria and Europe-economic frameworks-structure of the production industry/commerce-ecological key figures (energy consumption, carbon dioxide emission,…)Resource management in the production industry- overview and problem areasResource management in commerce – overview and problem areas
Blended learning consisting of teacher’s presentation, practical tasks, presentations of the students and e-learning modules
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Werner Frühwirth, MSc
• Selected case studies from material flow managing and process optimising companies• Case studies for system boundaries • Application of a software for material flow analysis (STAN)
In total 100 points can be achieved. With over 60 points the seminar is completed successfully.
- framework conditions of the European circular economy- Introduction and methods for material flow management- Introduction for material flow analysis and balancing - temporal and spatial system boundaries- use of different tools for material flow analysis- review and reporting system- electronic data management system- transfer of waste to foreign countries
Lector: DI Dr. Lukas Kranzinger
Recycling technologies for selective separation of recyclable materials from waste: o Metals o Plastics o Glass o Paper and cardboard o Other- Recycling of electrical and electronic equipment- Recycling of end-of-life vehicles- Recycling of construction waste- Recycling of waste wood- Recycling of ash and slag- Treatment and recycling of special industrial wastes- Preparation and recycling of substitute fuels- material flow management- Internal waste management- life cycle assessments- System boundaries of recycling- Cost analysis of waste recycling processes - Future developments, "new" types of waste (e.g. carbon fibre waste, photovoltaic modules, etc.)- Excursions to waste management companies (focus on technology)
IntroductionFundamental connections and positions of the environment and resource economicsEnvironment/resource economics – kahoot (basic knowledge)Environmental economic overall accountEfficient marketsNegative external effects and public goodsCorrection of market failureFramework of environmental taxesEnvironmental protection specification sheet and master plan in practiceThe Austrian environmental technology economy
29% of the grade are determined through active participation during attendance phase and through working on preparation and work assignments A to F.The Kahoot-basic knowledge quiz takes up 1 %.The interim test is 20 % of the grade.Finally at the end of the course the written exam is taken, which makes up 50 % of the overall grade and has to be positive.In total 100 points can be achieved. With over 60 points the seminar is completed successfully.
Lector: Dipl.-Ing. Jürgen Schulik
The management systems ISO 14001 and EMAS,environmental aspectsImplementation in organizations and the managementsystem-audit
100 points, 60% to fulfill the target
Lector: Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Manfred Tacker
The students receive guidance and support while developing the appropriate research design, drafting the concept and during writing of their bachelor thesis.The bachelor thesis 2 is an additional work protocol of their work experience, which should be documented and scientifically reflected. The research questions chosen during the work experience result in the topic of the bachelor thesis 2. The bachelor examination will be completed in accordance with the requirements of the examination rules (see supplement A3).
Students are working on a specific assignment with the guidance of a discipline-specific person. During the work experience the technical knowledge, methodical expertise and social competences are applied and strengthened in the aspired field of work.
In the form of individual discussions and group discussions, experiences and procedures are discussed and reflected upon during the internship.
Lector: FH-Prof.in DIin DIin Dr.in Victoria Krauter, Bernhard Rainer, MSc
Contents:• Economic and legal framework• Technologies• Value chain• Case Studies: Resource ManagementFor the following industries:• Food manufacturers• Pharmaceutical Industry• Chemical industry,• Packaging industryExcursions to selected companies
Contents:• Economic and legal framework• Technologies• Value chain• Case Studies: Resource ManagementFor the following industries:• Metal industry• Vehicle manufacturer• Electrical and electronics industry• Construction• Wood processorsExcursions to selected companies
Number of teaching weeks16 per semester
ElectivesSelection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.
Language of instructionGerman
Sustainable management of resources is the core task of waste management companies and today is increasingly important in production and service companies. Until now this educational profile has been lacking on the market, meaning that with this degree you will be prepared to take on a wide variety of positions such as junior manager for resource management and waste management, expert for waste management and disposal concepts, life cycle analysis, sustainability reports, material flow management and resource optimization projects. Your potential professional portfolio will include the function of waste manager as well as the implementation and monitoring of operational waste management systems.
In the manufacturing industry your interdisciplinary know-how will qualify you for challenges in product development, product management, production as well as an office for resource optimization and waste management. With your expertise, you will be able to assume project responsibility for resource efficiency and sustainability for product developments and for supervising company environmental management systems. Important fields of activity for your future are as an expert in purchasing and sales as well as logistics.
Equivalence is determined by international agreements, validation or in individual cases a decision by the head of the academic section.
For more information about which university entrance qualification examinations are recognized, please visit the secretary's office.
Further information about the auxiliary examinations is available at the Secretary's office.
There are 20 places available in the bachelor's degree program each year.
To apply you will require the following documents:
Please note:It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session. Your application will be valid as soon as you upload all of the required documents and certificates. In the event that some documents (e.g. references) are not available at the time you apply, you may submit these later via email, mail or in person by no later than the start of the degree program.
The admission procedure consists of a written test and an interview with the admission committee.
The admission committee (which comprises, among others, the head of the academic section and representatives of the teaching staff) awards places to the applicants who score highest in the tests. The process as a whole and all test and assessment results from the admission procedure are documented in a transparent and verifiable manner.
You want to apply for the course and require support due to a disability, chronic illness or restriction?Please contact:Mag.a Ursula WeilenmannGender & Diversity Management email@example.com
Head of Section Packaging and Resource Management, Head of Sustainable Management of Resources T: +43 1 606 68 77-3561 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours during semesterMon to Wed, 9.00 a.m.-12.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m.
Head of Industrial Packaging Technology, Packaging Technology and Sustainability
Head of Competence Center for Sustainable and Future Oriented Packaging Solutions, Endowed Professor for Sustainable and Future-Oriented Packaging Solutions
We work closely with numerous biotech companies, universities, such as the University of Vienna, and research institutes and have a strong international network. This guarantees you strong contacts for your internship, a semester abroad, participation in research and development activities and your future employment. You can find information about our cooperation activities and much more at Campusnetzwerk. It’s well worth visiting the site as it may direct you to a new job or interesting event held by our cooperation partners!
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