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Course development: What is Biosystems Engineering?

The working group comprises Dr Mary Leigh Wolfe, Dr Tess Wynn Thompson and Christan Whysong (VT), Prof Colm O'Donnell (UCD),  Dr Francesco Gentile (UniBa), Dr Panos Panagakis (AUA), Dr Álvaro Ramírez-Gómez (UPM) and Dr Grace Dano (UIUC).

They have defined a course / module Introduction to Biosystems Engineering.

This is an introductory level course (1st or 2nd year of programme) to introduce the concepts within Biosystems Engineering including: mass balance, ecodesign, systems analysis, ethics, energy balance, design process, statistics and others. Each concept is defined and then its applications are presented. For example the concept of mass balance is presented in terms of animal housing, watershed water balance, flow measurement and food processing (juice concentration, dairy processing).

Resources for the instructor, learning objects for the student and example assessment have been collated based on a set of learnng outcomes defined by the working group.

The work was presented at the ASABE International Meeting in 2012, Dallas TX, USA. Currently the working group are planning to imlpement the material and will evaluate the outcomes achieved.

Current activity:Preparation for deployment of course material at partner universities in 2013/14
Last updated:21-05-2013


N. M. Holden UCD
M. L. Wolfe VT
R. S. Gates UIUC
D. Briassoulis AUA
F. Ayuga UPM
G. Scarascia-Mugnozza UniBa

EU Coordinator:

Prof Nicholas M Holden
UCD School of Biosystems Engineering
Room 3.03, Agriculture and Food Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

US Coordinator:

Dr Mary Leigh Wolfe
Biological Systems Engineering
305 Seitz Hall
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

This project is funded by:

Details of the programme can be found here
Details of the programme can be found here
© N. M Holden 2009
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland