FTE-12303 Introduction Biosystems Engineering part 1


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)12
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)drs. APHM Janssen
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
drs. AMP Kersten
ir. I Vermeij
K van Boheemen
prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp
ir. MA Zijp
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp

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Continuation courses:

FTE-12803 Introduction biosystems engineering Part 2


This course is the introduction to the field of Biosystems Engineering (Agrotechnologie in Dutch). The course is split in two parts. The focus of part 1 is on getting to know the most commonly used technology in the main primary production sectors:
- arable farming of field crops;
- greenhouse plant production;
- livestock farming.
The focus of part 2 is on familiarizing yourself with different approaches taught in the biosystems engineering program to work on challenges in the domain. 
Each week will focus on one specific production sector. Every week is built up the same, starting with an introductory lecture on Monday, in which the most important technologies used are presented. Then, you study literature with theoretical background provided on Brightspace by yourself. There is an excursion to illustrate the theory on Wednesday. On Thursday, there is a discussion hour supported by the lecturer, to identify and clarify aspects that were not clear yet . At the end of the week there is a short test on the content of that week.

The course also incorporates two skills modules. The module CCI trains you in applying the more advanced functions of office applications (Word, PowerPoint and especially Excel). The module Information literacy teaches you to retrieve information from different sources.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
-understand the most important technologies used in the main primary production sectors in the domain of biosystems engineering;
- apply advanced ICT functions in office applications; - retrieve information from different sources.


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- practicals;
- excursions.


- short test each week (total 3), average determines for 20% the final mark;
- written exam (70%; minimum mark 5.0 for each of the three parts arable farming of field crops,
greenhouse plant production and livestock farming). If the mark for one of the parts is <5.0 you have to redo the whole written exam);
- CCI (10%, minimum mark 5.50).
Information literacy is assessed in part 2 (FTE-12803 Introduction Biosystems Engineering part 2).


All course information and relevant literature is available on the Learning Environment@WUR. 

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc1AF