Full course description
You choose one of three projects that each cover one of three concentrations: Circular Chemical Engineering, Sustainable Biotechnology and Engineering Physics for Sustainable Manufacturing. After the end of the second year, you have performed one project related to each of the three concentrations, in your own preferred sequence. The aim of these three projects is to facilitate the integration of acquired knowledge and skills by addressing real-life circular engineering problems in collaboration with one of the Brightlands Campuses. By working in a team to execute the project, you also train your (inter)personal skills. You are introduced to a real-life case and provided with relevant background information in instructional sessions. The case consists of an existing product or process control system that needs to be modified to meet requirements of sustainability and circularity. The teams follow the engineering design cycle to solve the case at a conceptual level using basic calculations, scientific information and a solid line of reasoning. Considering the scope of the assignment, the completion and success depend on working, thinking, acting and learning as a team, sharing tasks and responsibilities among peers. This way of organising projects means that you not only execute the project, but also own and design it. The results are orally presented, documented in a report and individual reflections are written on (inter)personal skills development.
At the end of this course, you are able to: - Apply the design engineering cycle, circular economy concepts and design aspects (such as scarcity of materials, reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycle, reduction of waste, water and energy consumption, life-cycle assessment), and emerging technologies to solve a simple problem in the circular engineering domain - Demonstrate understanding of societal and environmental implications of the project topic and feasible engineering solutions by searching and studying additional literature - Adapt to the professional, cultural and societal merits of the working environment of the representatives that offer the real-life design projects - Communicate on the project process and results by written text, illustrations and oral presentation - Reflect on your share and that of peers in team performance, your personal development including leadership, and the results of the project