311.066 Fundamentals of appropriate technology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • Understand the basic concept and principles of Appropriate Technology (AT) and find access to living examples in the field of sustainable building, ecological product development and alternative energy concepts;
  • Apply the principles in developing sustainable technologies and technical solutions in order to meet diverse human needs, such as clean water, nutritious food, safe and comfortable home, energy and information;
  • Comprehend and reflect an own perspective on the meaning of independent development of technologies that are applicable in a giving environment and resilient to the changing conditions;
  • Make a presentation over the acquired knowledge on the basis of a seminar work and avail it to a wider audience.

Subject of course

The lectures provide basic knowledge about the concepts of Appropriate Technology and development technology, as well as chances and challenges of sustainable development and social-ecological transformation. Concepts of Appropriate Technology not only apply in developing countries, North-South-Dialogue and technology transfer, but also in industrialised countries. At the same time, experts from the field of Appropriate Technology, industrial design, technology and civil society share practical experiences and challenges in international development projects, in order to illustrate the importance of the development philosophy and strategies.


Teaching methods

Open lecture style with room for technical discussions and practical experiments; Interactive, so that students are engaged with their own (pre-) concepts of AT and experiences; demonstration of exemplary AT solutions.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Tue14:00 - 18:0009.05.2023 Zoom adress/ID will follow after your registration (LIVE)Preliminary Discussion via Zoom
Tue10:00 - 17:0016.05.2023 S-House, Böheimkirchen, Lower AustriaLectures on basics of Appropriate Technology & cases; Students workshop (case study/development)
Wed14:00 - 18:0017.05.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Lectures on AT for developing and developed countries; Students workshop & mentoring
Thu10:00 - 17:0025.05.2023 To be decidedExcursion Demonstration Solarcooker
Wed14:00 - 18:0031.05.2023 TU WienFinal presentation; Demonstration of solar cooking
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

50%: Individual report/essays depicting and proofing students’ understanding of the theory of appropriate technology in a real situation (either in German or English)

50%: Group presentation of case studies

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.02.2023 06:00 15.05.2023 12:00


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