FTE-12803 Introduction Biosystems Engineering part 2


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)drs. APHM Janssen
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. EJ van Henten
prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp
prof. dr. JH Bitter
drs. AMP Kersten
A Pachuau MSc
dr LW Kiewidt
drs. MR Kramer
dr. KGJ Pauls-Worm
dr. ir. L Kooistra
dr. ir. LG van Willigenburg
dr. PPJ van der Tol
dr. CMM Goriot
dr. M Derks
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

FTE-12303 Introduction Biosystems Engineering part 1. 


The course is the second part of the introduction to the field of Biosystems Engineering (Agrotechnologie in Dutch). 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. All chair groups that provide input in the study program will briefly introduce what challenges they are working on, and how they are doing this. Each chair group provides an introduction lecture, in some cases followed by a tutorial or practical in which the theory is applied. The course forms an opportunity for students to evaluate if the BSc Biosystems Engineering program is suitable for their future interests and capabilities.
In the first week the focus is on challenges related to sensing, modelling, actuation and design of biosystems, illustrated by practical examples from research and practice. Main concepts and examples on the use of Geo Information Technology and remote sensing in biosystems analysis will be presented, and also you have to interpret remote sensing data as input for precision agriculture practices during a practical.  Also in week 1, you will become acquainted with the most important aspects of systems analysis and learn to apply this to any type of biosystem in a practical.
In the second week the focus lies on the potential of using resource streams available at the farm level in the biobased economy. There will be introductory lectures on biobased chemistry and conversion processes. Connected to this is a computer practical to get insights into the fundamentals of chemical conversion processes and how they are influenced by various parameters. During the practical you will complete an essay assignment to show that you understand chemical conversion processes to enable a sustainable biobased economy in the future. Also, there will be introductory lectures on optimization, optimal control and system identification. Real world examples like the optimal control of greenhouse climate, the identification of model structure and parameters in crop growth models, the optimal control of robots and the optimal guidance of autonomous vehicles will be addressed. Some problems will be very much simplified and used to illustrate and discuss the choice of design and optimal control objectives and how these objectives are realized.
In the last week the focus is on the use of information technology and operations research and logistics in optimizing chain management. There are some lectures connected to this and practicals in which the theory is applied.
You will make a presentation about a specific technology that you think can help solve a societal challenge in a biosystem that is interesting to you. During the module presentation skills you get the basic skills for giving a good oral presentation and have to practice this by preparing and giving two oral presentations. The content of the final presentation about a specific technology of your interest will be graded separately.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- apply commonly used concepts and approaches to solve typical problems in the domain;
- give a proper oral presentation to a layman’s audience and reflect on it;
- retrieve good information on a technology in the domain from different sources.


- lectures:
- tutorials;
- practicals;


The course will be assessed in the following way:
- written exam (minimum mark 5.50; 70%);
- oral presenting (presentation and reflection report; minimum mark 5.50; 10%);
- information literacy (minimum mark 5.50; 10%);
- presentation content technical topic (powerpoint; 10%).
Attendance, active participation and pass is required for the assignments/practicals (1) systems analysis, 2) biobased chemistry and conversion processes, 3) information technology and 4) operations research and logistics); Your presence will be registered. Being absent without a valid reason will lead to that you cannot complete the course this academic year.
In the written exam you will get questions on 5 out of 7 parts of the course (challenges in biosystems, systems analysis, biobased chemistry and technology, systems and control, information engineering, geo information science and remote sensing and operation research and logistics).
All part marks will be valid until the end of the next academic year.


Course information and relevant literature is available on Brightspace. 

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc2AF