FTE-24806 Engineering Design


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work2
Excursion (one day)4
Course coordinator(s)drs. APHM Janssen
Lecturer(s)dr. M Derks
drs. APHM Janssen
RA Möwes
ing. SK Blaauw
H van Essen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PWG Groot Koerkamp

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Continuation courses:

FTE-33806 Biosystems Design


In this course the students learn six consecutive steps of the structured design methodology according to Cross. They practice application of these steps and their related tools in groups of two or three students in a case study. Each group chooses a pre-defined simple (agro)technological design problem. They start analysing the problem and in the end of the course they present their solution and hand in a report.
Each step of the methodology starts with a lecture on the theory, an example, and a small exercise. After this the groups apply the theory to their case, after which they have to hand in discussion points. Two groups are selected to present their result for the design tasks at the end of the week, followed by a general discussion. In step five each group selects systematically a solution for their problem. During the sixth step they model the selected solution in CAD, apply motion, and check for collisions. From the CAD model, drawings, pictures and videos are produced to be used in the final presentation and the final report.
The course includes an excursion to a manufacturing industry to show the students the practice of engineering design and manufacturing in industry. 

The course also includes a personal assessment. The students reflect on who they are and what motivates them. They will link the outcomes of that assessment to study and career goals.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- outline the different steps of an engineering design approach;
- define objectives for a given simple design problem;
- identify and represent stakeholders:
- develop a function analysis for a simple design problem;
- define a brief of requirements for the design solution;
- relate customer wishes to technical characteristics;
- create a morphologic chart;
- generate and evaluate solutions for the design problem;
- model, apply motion and test an object in a CAD system;
- produce drawings, pictures and videos from a CAD model;
- exchange information within a group and employ version management;
- gain insight into their values and motivations and present their values and motives in a pitch;
- link their values and motives to choices for their future study program and career options.


- lectures;
- practicals;
- tutorials;
- group work;
- excursion.


- written exam, closed book with open questions (50% of final grade, with a minimum of 5.5);
- group assignment, report (30% of final grade, with a minimum of 5.5);
- individual and group assignment CAD (20% of final grade, with a minimum of 5.5).
The grade for each individual part (exam, group assignment, CAD) will be valid until the end of the next academic year.


Cross, N. (2008). Engineering Design Methods: Strategies for Product Design. 4th ed. John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Chichester. ISBN: 978 0 470 51926 4.

Verplicht voor: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc5MO