FTE-14303 Engineering problem solving


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)8
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. RJC van Ooteghem
dr. PPJ van der Tol
dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A van 't Ooster
dr. PPJ van der Tol
prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp
dr. M Derks
dr. ir. JW Hofstee
dr. RJC van Ooteghem
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BIP-10306 Physics

Continuation courses:

FTE-14806 CAD and Mechanics, FTE-15301 Orientation on Biosystems Engineering Profession


In this course you learn to solve and document a wide range of engineering problems using the Engineering Method. This method consist of six steps:
1 Recognize and understand the problem;
2 Accumulate data and verify accuracy;
3 Select the appropriate theory or principle;
4 Make necessary assumptions;
5 Solve the problem;
6 Verify and check results.
The presentation parallels the steps of the engineering method and provides reasonable documentation of the solution.
Part of the course is also a brief introduction on the engineering profession where the (professional) requirements for an engineer will be discussed. Your own capabilities will be related to these requirements in an assignment. You will also start with some preparations for the course FTE-15301 Orientation on Biosystems Engineering Profession in period 6. There are two excursions in the course to organisations relevant for biosystems engineers.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- correctly solve engineering problems;
- present solutions of engineering problems in a proper way.


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- assignments;
- excursions.


The examination consists of a written exam and mandatory assignments as specified in the course guide. Weighing factors to be published in the course guide.


An electronic reader will become available at start of the course. Additional literature to be announced.

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc5MO