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Course module: B-MIBID
Integrative bio-inspired design: the systems level
Course infoSchedule
Course codeB-MIBID
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (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
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.H. Appelman
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dr. J.H. Appelman
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dr. P. Krijgsheld
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Teaching period
1  (04/09/2017 to 10/11/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotD: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 29/05/2017 up to and including 25/06/2017
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course goals
Leerdoelen voor de cursus
At the end of the course, you will have a profound understanding of:
  • bio-inspired system design 
    At the end of the course you are able to:
    - understand the core concept of bio-inspired design at system level
    - have a basic understanding of the bio-inspired design process
    - develop a design brief
    - apply specific nature-inspired design techniques to a system design assignment, and use the results to develop a system solution
    - critically reflect on the method and techniques used.
    Furthermore, you will practice to:
- connect disciplines and supersede these through integration
In this course, you will learn how to design a system using bio-inspired design methods & techniques.
You will receive workshops to practice the use of bio-inspired techniques and apply these to a specific design case.
The design can address different system-levels:
-  A macro-system, like a new ‘foodforest’ embedded in a network, and supported by suggestions for new business models.
- A meso system, where the focus is on the production of goods and services, or
- A micro-system of, for instance, interacting bacteria that regenerate soils.
We will offer a case for each level to which you can subscribe in the first meeting.
You will work together in groups of about 4 people with different educational backgrounds.
Over the course we will pay attention to:
- Applying a Biomimicry design Cycle, from design brief to concept design.
- Nature-insipired techniques for design and evaluation of design, including design principles, roadmapping, circular BMC and surroundings scan.
- Ecological performance indicators
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Final result
Test weight100
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