FTE-13807 Engineering 2


Credits 7.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion16
Practical extensively supervised24
Practical intensively supervised42
Practical time
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JW Hofstee
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JW Hofstee
ing. SK Blaauw
ing. CJ van Asselt
dr. RJC van Ooteghem
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JW Hofstee

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

FTE-13303 Introduction to Engineering 1


This course is the second part of introduction to engineering. In this part there is a module on CAD (Computer Aided Design), electronics, and lectures and tutorials on mechanics. There are also some excursions to relevant industries or organizations and students have to fulfil a brief internship. At the end they have to prepare and present a poster on their experience and inform the other students on their experience.
In the CAD module the students learn the basic principles of CAD. It starts with making hand sketches of simple technical objects and continues with the learning of a 3D modelling programme (AutoCAD Inventor). In this programme parts of technical systems are modelled and technical drawings documented. Finally, calculations on mechanical stress will be done.
The module electronics gives an introduction to the basics of modern electronics. From the basic elements (resistors, capacitors and coils) circuits will be built and analyzed with a focus on the frequency response. The theory of diodes and transistors will be explained and tested in practice. All this being the start of more advanced elements like the operational amplifier in both feedback and non-feedback applications. Furthermore the production process (steps and techniques) of integrated circuits (chips) will be presented. In the course students will also learn about basic digital circuits (gates, flip-flops) forming the fundamental base of modern digital computers.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the students are expected to be:
- able to describe a stress strain diagram, compute the deformation of a structural member given size, forces and moments, compute the size of a structural member given limiting stress or limiting deformation;
- able to visualize (simple) engineering objects by (hand)sketches, technical drawing, and electronic drawings; - read and interpret technical drawings;
- able to use state-of-the-art techniques for CAD, i.e. 3D modelling of parts and deriving 2D representations of maps, views and cross-sections;
- familiar with the fundamentals of modern electronics;
- able to design simple electronic circuits;
- able to solder circuits and test them;
- have a good view on what the profession of a biosystems engineer is.


Lectures, tutorials, practicals, excursions, internship.


Written exam, practical assignments, internship report.


Eide AR, Jenison RD, Northup LL, Mickelson SK (2008) Engineering fundamentals and problem solving (5th edition) ISBN 978-0-07319158-4
Reader for CAD
Lectures notes 'Elektronica' by C.J. van Asselt and R.J.C. van Ooteghem (in Dutch; available at the beginning of the course).

Compulsory for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc6WD