TEACHING THEORY AND PRACTICE IN MECHATRONICAL ENGINEERING
The today's engineer needs consolidated technical and methodological knowledge as well as a multitude of "metadisciplinary" or soft skills. The shift to team work and crossfunctional and multidisciplinary projects actually requires an appropriate consideration and response in education. The objective of the paper is to describe an education model developed and implemented at the Institute of Engineering Design at the Ruhr-University Bochum which is fitted on the specific field of mechatronics and the product and processes complexity involved. Insights and experiences with the model employed are presented and illustrated by referring to representative case studies. Two different forms of projects are described and discussed respectively.