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.
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
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.
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|