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Course module: 193810010
Biological Control Systems
Course infoSchedule
Course module193810010
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. H.J. Zwart
Lecturer P.H. Veltink
prof.dr. H.J. Zwart
prof.dr. H.J. Zwart
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. H.J. Zwart
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  1. The student masters the main concepts from linear control theory and non-linear dynamics that are relevant for the mathematical description of biological control systems.
  2. The student can effectively and critically derive the essence from relevant scientific articles, describing dynamical models of human body functions and their validation.
  3. The student can derive a dynamical model of a relevant feedback controlled body function, related to a clinical question.
  4. The student can analyse the dynamical properties of the above dynamical model.
  5. The student can simulate this dynamical model with and without a feedback controller.
  6. The student can answer the underlying clinical questions on basis of analysis and simulations.
  7. The student can report on the obtained results in writing and in an oral presentation.
  8. The student can reflect critically on the results by other students in this course.
  9. The student can work effectively in a group.
The course “Biological Control Systems” concerns the analysis of body functions from a dynamic systems point of view. The course involves theory regarding linear and nonlinear dynamics and control and the analysis of dynamic systems with computational tools like Matlab. The students will apply theory and tools in the dynamic analysis of physiological functions during a project.

All goals, except goal 8, are evaluated by grading the 3 reports that students groups of approximately 3 persons deliver. The reports concern:
•           Model description report (grading weight 1)
•           Dynamic analysis report (grading weight 1)
•           Final report (grading weight 3)
The last four goals are evaluated (in addition) by grading the end presentation of the group and participation in the discussion concerning the presentations by other groups (grading weight 1).
Assumed previous knowledge
Prior Knowledge: Bachelor TG or equivalent. Students who don't have this (yet) need permission of the HKC committee / Examination committee TM.
Participating study
Master Technical Medicine
Required materials
Biological Control Systems
Recommended materials
Willem van Meurs, Modeling and simulation in Biomedical Engineering, McGraw Hill, ISBN: 978-0-07171445-7
Instructional modes



Self study

Assignments and presentation

Toetsing bestaat uit de beoordeling van 3 verslagen en een presentatie.

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