Course Content / Curriculum

Ecosystem Management
The aim of the subject “Ecosystem Management” is to provide a better understanding about the functioning of ecological systems and the basic principles of eco-system management. Students will gain comprehension of the international environmental problems and know-how about basic methods of resolution.


Technology Management

This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge about environmental technology and technology management. The interdependencies between technical systems, social development and environmental protection will be addressed and the role of technology within sustainable development processes outlined.


Risk Management and Technology
Technical risk analysis and the risk assessment of new technology are the backbone to develop suitable risk avoidance strategies. Within this course, students learn to assess the risk of new technology strategies and evaluate the environmental impacts of technology re-design strategies.


Technical Aspects of Factor 10 Efficiency Strategies
An important task of a sustainable development process is to decouple the economic growth from resource consumption. Despite sufficiency strategies, an increasing efficiency in material and energy utilization will become one of the global essentials. Students will acquire detailed knowledge on tools to measure a factor productivity and efficiency and learn in case studies on Factor-10-Strategies (increasing the resource efficiency by a factor of 10) how to implement these resource efficiency strategies in industry and politics.


Renewable Energy Systems

Renewable energies (RE) play a major role in restructuring the carbon intensive societies. Basic knowledge about chances and risks of RE and the competence to evaluate RE scenarios [e.g. evaluation on energy costs (Genesis)] are core competences for material flow managers. Case studies on planning and calculation of regional sustainable mixed power and heat supply will deepen the understanding and help to gain practical experiences.


Clean Technologies

New sustainable development strategies require new clean technologies instead of "End-of-the-Pipe Technologies”, which just limit the environmental pressure or shift it in time or towards another environmental medium. Within MFM process integrated environmental protection and the introduction of clean technology alongside the production processes are essential. Students will gain a deeper understanding of environmental technologies and recognise the differences between "Clean Technologies" and "End-of the-Pipe Technologies”.


Sustainable Waste Management
Circular Economy or Zero-Emission societies are mainly characterised by their effectiveness in the field of material recycling and recovery. In Material Flow Management terms, the term “waste” is not any longer used. New management strategies could help to increase the material and energy recovery and create added value within a system boundary. The course is designed to transport basic knowledge on management and technology strategy to turn waste into a resource.  New financing schemes and greenhouse gas abatement aspects are enhancing the course content.


Sustainable Water Management

Water is a scarce resource. The sustainable water management including the wastewater treatment will become more and more a crucial issue for industrialised and developing countries. In this course student learn the basic principles of sustainable water management and wastewater treatment technologies.


Industrial Material Flow Management
Material Flow Management is a well-known tool in the industry and applied in business process re-engineering or environmental management processes. Aim of the Subject/Class: Basic Knowledge on Sustainable Business Management; Best-Practise in Industrial Material Flow Management.


Regional Material Flow Management

Aim of the Subject/Class: Understanding Regions as Systems; Network Development and Maintenance; Regional Appendages in Marketing and Fundraising; Regional Added Value.


Information Technology and Material Flow Management
To model the regional (or industrial) material flow analysis and the prediction on environmental impacts of different project alternatives rely on the use of new information technologies and modelling software. Within this course the student will apply in case studies different environmental balancing and modelling tools.


System Change Management

Introducing new management concepts always demands a change of the present system. Students learn to observe the present systems within a defined system boundary and develop comprehensive system change strategies on the basis of material flow management.


Networking and Knowledge Management

Creating win-win-solutions for various actors is one of the most important pre-requisite to change a system towards more sustainability. Besides new technology approaches the management of stakeholder network become more and more important. This course is designed to provide the students with the basic ability to identify, analyse and manage networks and develop strategies for organizational learning.


Corporate Communication and Presentation
Material Flow Managers need strong communication and presentation skills to convince stakeholder, investors and the public to follow their new ideas and management approaches. In this seminar students get the opportunity to develop these soft skills and learn to support their future speeches with new media applications.


Business Environment and Business Culture in Germany (Japan)
IMAT students are encouraged to work closely with German and Japanese companies. Therefore this course will provide the basic insights in doing business and business etiquette in Germany and Japan. Besides this, students will gain competence in business presentations and communications. Parts of the courses will be used to teach students basic German and Japanese.

German/Japanese History and Society
The seminar is designed to provide the student basic insights in the German and Japanese history and society and give an introduction in the environmental policy of both countries. The sustainable development process and the different perceptions will be discussed. Parts of the courses will be used to teach the students basic German and Japanese.


Project Seminar/Research Project:
Project and Business Development - Part I & II
The courses will organize students into working groups: normally five groups with three to six students will work on one Material Flow Management Case Study. 
The course objectives are to impart knowledge in analysing complex situations and to develop Material Flow Management strategies as well as developing business plans for regional Public Private Partnership (e.g. energy or waste management utilities) companies. These MFM seminars deepen the support skills in collaboration and the impact of corporate neighbourhoods. Making decisions in teamworking groups the students will [missing]


Kyoto Protocol and Technology System Re-Engineering
The course will organize students into working groups. The course objective is to teach to students about the institutional roots of the Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Abatement process.

The implications and flexible mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol (i.e. Joint Implementation, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Emission Trading) will be the core of this elective course. Using practical case studies about technology system re-engineering students learn to create GHG abatement projects and design Project Idea Notes (PIN).  Business Game Seminar "Biomass Technologies" [missing]

Business Seminar Classes will cover the following topics:

  • Biomass to Energy Technologies: Wood Chip Cogeneration, Biogas, Grass Refinery, Gasification etc.,
  • Competences in Biomass Utilization for Regional Heat and Power Supply,
  • New Materials from Biomass,
  • Strategies and Resolutions for Regional Biomass Utilization/Technologies,
  • Biomass Potential Analysis.