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Course module: 202100082
Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ)
Course infoSchedule
Course module202100082
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact T.H.J. Vaneker
Examiner T.H.J. Vaneker
Contactperson for the course T.H.J. Vaneker
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After passing the course, the student can:       
  1. Give a basic explanation of the TRIZ way of thinking
  2. Has a working knowledge on TRIZ tools and methods
  3. Apply TRIZ tools on everyday engineering problems
  4. Generate innovative solutions using TRIZ
  5. Evaluate the solutions that were generated and select the best solution to the problem

TRIZ is a Russian acronym for, but is translated in English as "The theory of inventive problem solving". The theory is based on the research of the Russian patent officer Genrich Alshuller. As a start os his study 400.000 patents were investigated and recurring laws and trends in these patents were transformed into a theory that uses these findings to support systematic innovation. One of the main goals of TRIZ is to overcome ‘mential inertia’. Mential inertia describes the phenomena that humans tend to look for solutions to problems locally; car engineering problems are solved by car engineers using their car engineering expertise. By analyzing the problem and abstracting it to a level it is not car specific anymore, it can become clear that methods used in for example process engineering could be applied also. The TRIZ Fundamentals course educates students on problem analysis, abstraction and methods to find the right innovative standards for an abstract problem.

The goal of the course is to introduce the basic tools and concepts of TRIZ and have students work with TRIZ on a range of engineering problems. After the course the students should be able to use the basic TRIZ tools on (engineering) problems to help him/her in finding innovative solutions.
  • Within the course among others the following topics will be introduced
  • Ideality and Ideal Final Result
  • 40 inventive principles
  • System thinking
  • Root conflict analysis
  • Catalogues of effects
  • Functional Analysis Processes
  • Functional idealization (trimming)
  • ….

The first part of the course is organized during the first two weeks of the summer break. These days contains of presentations by the lecturers and students, new theory and assignments (group) on individual tools of TRIZ. All lecture material will be made available during the classes (3EC)
After the completion of the first part the student has to individually tackle a larger and more complex problem or research, using a range of TRIZ tools. This second assignment can be started during the year (but after successfully completing the first part of the course) (2EC)

Test Description Weighting EC Period
1 Partial group Assignments 60 3 Summer
2 Individual Assignment 40 2 All year

Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Participating study
Master Industrial Design Engineering
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