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Course module: 202000230
Science to Society: From Idea to Prototype
Course info
Course module202000230
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact K. Nizamis
dr. M. Goethner
Examiner K. Nizamis
Contactperson for the course K. Nizamis
dr. M.E. Pieterse
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISNo
Number of insufficient tests0
After the module, the students are able to:

1. Collaborate & communicate with multi-disciplinary team members and stakeholders.
2. Address a given design challenge by:
a. Analyzing and breaking it down to several specific research questions.
b. Applying design-based research and other appropriate research methods.
c. Composing requirements that integrate the needs of different stakeholders and different domains.
d. Designing several concepts, and compare them based on the composed requirements.
e. Using resource management to construct a prototype that considers the trade-off between various requirements in multiple domains (time, costs, personnel, facilities, marketing, etc.)
3. Justify and demonstrate the designed solution and elaborate on the design rationale.

4. Evaluate and critically reflect on:
a. The impact of the chosen prototype solution on its target group and society.
b. Their own contribution to the team, based on their disciplinary knowledge and academic skills.

Our society is confronted with both challenges and opportunities in diverse fields like Energy, Health, Learning and Robotics. We are in the middle of an energy transition; technology enables us to monitor and act on our health status in real time; learning is not bounded to location or time anymore; and robotics is entering our daily lives.

These challenges require us to learn how to design solutions, and utilize knowledge and research methods from not a single, but multiple scientific domains. To be successful, robotic solutions in healthcare for example have to be approached from a technical, psychological but also an ethical, business and philosophical standpoint.

During the module, you have to be creative and work in a multidisciplinary team to integrate knowledge from different domains in a product you are going to design. In this module you will make a prototype and in the following module (from prototype to society) the prototype will be developed further.

Note: you can follow both module, but also choose just one.
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes






Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance

From Idea to Prototype: Report


From Idea to Prototype:Individual Essay


From Idea to Prototype: Presentation

From Idea to Prototype: Peer Assessment

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