Study overview BSc Advanced Technology

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Modules Advanced Technology

During the first year, you will become familiar with the basics of technical and scientific disciplines. In the projects and practical assignments – which together make up around 20% of your programme – you can immediately apply the knowledge you gain. The second year is about broadening and deepening your knowledge and you can start to pursue your own interests by getting familiar with popular master’s programmes. The third year is made up of elective modules in which you will prepare yourself for the master’s of your choice and for your graduation assignment – the final step you must take before you can call yourself a Bachelor of Science.

During this three-year Bachelor's in Advanced Technology, you will follow twelve modules: four modules per year. Each module covers a theme and brings together all the main aspects of your studies: theory and practice, research and solution design, self-study and teamwork.

  • Year 1EC
    • Module 1 | Mechanics15

      In the first module you get to step into the world of technology. You will be introduced to various disciplines, such as statics and dynamics. You will soon discover the importance of knowing and being able to apply mathematical methods. Using so-called ‘lumped element models’, you will learn to render the more striking details of dynamic systems in your surroundings in simple models. For this module’s team project, you will apply your knowledge of mechanics by tackling a research question: your team’s task will be to produce a solid model description and to validate it with an experiment.

    • Module 2 | Thermodynamics15

      You will learn all about thermodynamics and thermodynamic cycles such as engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. In the lab, you will get to work with various methods of heat transport. The mathematics you need to solve thermodynamic problems is another part of this module. You and your project team will design, build and test a thermodynamic system: a cooling installation you power yourselves.

    • Module 3 | Fundamentals of materials15

      In order to predict how materials and their properties will behave, you need to know more about the material's atoms and atom structures. The central theme in this module is the relationship between a material's properties and its structure at atomic level. You will be learning about quantum mechanics and materials at a molecular level. In your team project, we will challenge you and your fellow students to come up with a possibility for using a certain material for a new energy application. You will do this by looking at what others have found and drawing conclusions, as a consultancy firm would do. The influence of technological developments on society will also come into view here.

    • Module 4 | Dynamics15

      The project consists of designing and applying an accelerometer. In the design of your accelerometer you will start by specifying the application range of your device, which will require a certain time and frequency response. This response is characteristic of a certain system and in the subject Dynamic Systems you will gain the necessary theory to mathematically model such a system. You can use such models to analyse the behaviour of systems – such as your accelerometer. The practical assignment in Instrumentation is designed to familiarize you with analogue electronics and signal processing. You will apply this knowledge in the project to develop the electronic readout of the accelerometer system.

  • Year 2EC
    • Module 5 | Signals, models & systems15

      You will learn more about the principles of modelling and analysing dynamic systems. Using basic principles, such as conservation laws and continuity relations, you will learn how to make a fairly realistic description of a system, or part of a system, in a mathematical model. You will learn to predict the behaviour of these systems using advanced mathematics and simulation techniques. You will also analyse signals and models in the field of frequency and discover how signal response is used to research system dynamics. In the team project, you will design, build and test a measuring device, applying your knowledge of modelling and signal processing.

    • Module 6 | Electives module15

      In module 6 you have four options to choose from:

      Materials Science and Engineering
      This module is all about the relations between the basic properties of materials and their functional application. After all, every device – from an electronic transistor to a pair of sunglasses – combines the properties of different materials to achieve a certain purpose. 

      Transport Phenomena
      You will learn how the fundamental aspects and the basic equations for describing transport of impulse, mass and energy can be applied to engineering as well as everyday situations. In the modelling project, your job will be to verify the models using experiments and determine the unknown parameters within the model.

      Systems and Control
      You will immerse yourself in the world of engineering systems design. You will learn about design strategies and work on modelling mechatronic systems, which are closely linked to simulation software. You get to apply the knowledge you’ve acquired in a mechatronics project, such as building your own small Segway.

      Software Systems
      You will learn how to design and build software, from analysing the requirements to delivering a working programme. In the final team project, you and your team members will programme a multi-player game according to a fixed structure.

    • Module 7 | Fields & waves15

      Complex engineering problems – like describing the airflow profile of an airplane wing, or the magnetic field of an electrical spool – require a mathematical description. During this module you will work with vectors in the field of electromagnetics. You will learn more about fields (for example, vector and scalar fields), waves, electrostatics, magneto statics and electrodynamics. The project will challenge your knowledge and skills, as you set about designing and producing an antenna that works as well as possible in the 100 MHz range.

    • Module 8 | Business & society15

      This module centres on the development and commercialisation of a complex technological system. You will obtain hands-on project experience of the entire innovation process, from working on an initial technological idea to delivering a commercially viable product and/or service. You will get familiar with key theories, tools and methods in entrepreneurship, innovation management, statistics and probability, and the impact of innovation on society. Group work is a key element in this module, as you stretch your capacities for effective collaboration, reflection and presentation.

  • Year 3EC
    • Modules 9,10&11 | Electives45

      In your elective space, you have several options. You can take subjects from other programmes that match the master’s you want to enter. For example, Mechanical EngineeringChemical Science & EngineeringRobotics or Nanotechnology. You could spend half a year studying at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. You could also sign up with one of our multidisciplinary student teams.

    • Module 12 | Bachelor’s assignment15

      For your final bachelor’s assignment, you will work independently on one of our research projects or within one of our research groups, under the supervision of one of our staff members. Our students’ graduation projects are highly varied. Recent final assignments include: making an electronic nose that can detect illness, designing an inspection robot that can walk through a pipeline, robird: a robotic bird of prey that acts as a scarecrow and can scare birds away from airports and crops, and modelling a neurological population using a scientific model, so that simulations can be created.

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First time at university

When you are a first-year student, you experience many new things. Here we start explaining at least a few of them. 

  • You complete modules

    Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. You need to acquire 60 credits each year.

    Your programme assigns fixed numbers of hours to each assignment, project report or exam. In the first year, you need to get at least 45 out of 60 points to be able to continue to the second year.

  • Study points - how do they work?

    Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. You need to acquire 60 credits each year.

    Your programme assigns fixed numbers of hours to each assignment, project report or exam. In the first year, you need to get at least 45 out of 60 points to be able to continue to the second year.

  • Did you obtain 45 or more credit points? Then you can continue to the 2nd year

    Our aim is to get you in the right place as soon as possible, which is why we use the principle of a binding recommendation. You will receive a positive recommendation if you have obtained 45 or more of the 60 EC in the first year. A negative recommendation is binding and means you have to leave the programme. Under certain circumstances, we may give you a positive recommendation despite a low score. For example, if we are confident that you are in the right place.

    Do personal circumstances such as illness or problems interfere with your study performance? Student Affairs Coaching & Counselling (SACC) is there to support you. 

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