Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Bioinspired approaches to engineering

BIO-460

Lecturer(s) :

Dubravcic Darja

Language:

English

Summary

Bioinspired engineering is an approach that looks at how other organisms have solved the same engineering problems we are facing today and then applies these solutions to create new materials, processes and products. Like, cement produced by bacteria or solar panels that work like leaves.

Content

THEORY (35%)' lectures that introduce student to a subject and give it basics to pursue the approach on its own over individual exercises and group project

EXERCISES  (15%)' short individual exercises that put theory into practice. Often held in the field in order to reinforce learning through real examples (Botanical Garden, Lac Leman, Natural History Museum, and new Aquarium).

PROJECT (50%) 'group projects. Each group is given an engineering problem and needs to present their biomimicry solution

Keywords

Bioinspired, nature inspired engineering, biomimicry, systems thinking, sustainable design

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

no courses

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra lectures, exercises, field trips (Natural History Museum, Aquarium Botanical Garden), one to one consulting over the project phase

Expected student activities

Assessment methods

Resources

Bibliography

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

Reference week

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