During the first year you will lay a broad foundation in disciplines such as mathematics & modelling, mechanics & materials, design & manufacturing and thermodynamics & life-cycle assessment. In addition to that, about 40 percent of your time will be dedicated to application-oriented team projects and workshops.
In the project belonging to Module 1, you will work together with your team on designing an original object, for example a solution for reducing the volume of plastic waste, or a volleyball cannon. You will invent and design the product, manufacture the different components and then assemble them. You will learn everything you need to know for this in the mathematics, statics, production and technical drawing lectures.
In the Module 2 project, the focus is on energy and materials. Together with your project team you will analyse an existing energy system from a material and thermodynamic perspective. The second module begins with a strong emphasis on thermodynamics and materials, so that you can use the acquired knowledge to start on your project. On top of that you will have mathematics and, just like in the other first-year modules, modelling and programming.
In the third module you will go deeper into the theory you were introduced to in the second module. An added theme is sustainability, while you will also learn about life-cycle analysis. For the team project you will re-design the energy system you built in the second module, taking into account technological and environmental aspects of the system. As in the other modules during the first and second years, we will also work on your overall academic training.
In the project belonging to Module 4, you will be challenged to design a building, finding the right balance between geometry, materials and strength. Again, throughout this module the lectures will be closely related to the project, so you will have subjects like mathematics, strength of materials, engineering parts and modelling and programming. By the end of the fourth module you will have completed your first year of the Bachelor's programme and you will be capable of analysing and (re)designing a mechanical engineering system and explaining the choices you made.