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Course module: B-MBIGDC
Global Design Challenge
Course infoSchedule
Course codeB-MBIGDC
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact persondr. J.H. Appelman
Course contact
dr. J.H. Appelman
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dr. J.H. Appelman
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M. Roobeek
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Teaching period
2-3  (09/11/2020 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
2/  SEM2
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkStart in blok 2 en loopt door in SEM2
Enrolment periodfrom 14/09/2020 up to and including 27/09/2020
Course application processOsiris Student
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Post-registration openfrom 26/10/2020 up to and including 27/10/2020
Waiting listNo
Course placement processdocent
Course goals
At the end of the course students should be able to:
-       jointly design an innovation (product, process or system) using the ‘Challenge to Biology Design’ cycle.
-       Collaborate in a team with different roles and responsibilities
-       give and receive feedback on role performance, responsibilities, and output.
-       persuasively communicate a bio inspired innovation to an expert jury in both a video as well as a pitch
-       comprehensively report the innovation (product, process or system) using the guidelines of the biomimicry global design challenge.
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge (BGDC) is a challenge, hosted in partnership by the Biomimicry institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. It is an annual competition that invites university students and professionals to address critical sustainability issues with nature-inspired solutions and is open to students and professionals anywhere in the world.
During the course, you will design an innovation (product, process, or system) as part of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. You will work in a group with 4-5 students to produce a scientifically substantiated report (Design brief) and a short video-report on the innovation. Moreover, you will practice how to persuasively present the innovation in a 3-minute pitch
If you make it to the Finals of the BGDC you can use the electives or your Minor Research Project to go from a conceptual design to a proof of concept or even a demonstrator(TRL 2 and 3).
Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: No, but we strongly recommend BII students to participate
Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GSLS: No
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Science
  • Assigned study entrance permit for the master
Prerequisite knowledge
Bio inspired value creation (B-MBIVA)
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

Requirements for passing the course
• All deliverables should be submitted to the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge website
• Report, Video, Pitch and Process of collaboration should all be graded ≥ 5.5.

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