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Posted in November 2010

New course added: Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics

TU Delft OpenCourseWare published a new course in the field of Sustainable processes and Energy Technologies, called Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics.

About Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics:

The course describes in a simple and practical way what non-equilibrium thermodynamics is and how it can contribute to engineering fields. It explains how to derive proper equations of transport from the second law of thermodynamics or the entropy production. The obtained equations are frequently more precise than used so far, and can be used to understand the waste of energy resources in central process units in the industry. The entropy balance is used to define the energy efficiency in energy conversion and create consistent thermodynamic models. It also provides a systematic method for minimizing energy losses that are connected with transport of heat, mass, charge and momentum. The entropy balance examines operation at the state of minimum entropy production and is used to propose some rules of design for energy efficient operation.

For this course some knowledge of engineering thermodynamics is a prerequisite. The first and second law of thermodynamics and terms as entropy should be known before starting this course.

A little information about the mastertrack of Sustainable processes and Energy Technologies:

Sustainable process and energy engineering is one of the most important engineering developments in the 21st century. But what precisely do we mean by it?

Industrial processes and energy systems are sustainable if they promote development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own demands’. But achieving sustainability in the industrial realm will not be easy and can only be accomplished by overcoming formidable technical challenges.

Industrial sustainability
Sustainable industrial production is only possible if processes can be developed that use energy and resources more efficiently and drastically reduce waste streams – or even reuse waste as new primary material resources. We need to get more while using less; that requires the re-invention of many industrial processes.

What you will learn
In this track, students acquire the theoretical knowledge, the numerical and experimental skills, and practical hands-on experience they will need to work on conventional processes and energy systems and to develop next‑generation energy and process technologies.

New Course added: Empirical Research Methods

TU Delft OpenCourseWare published a new course in Media and Knowledge Engineering, called Empirical Research Methods.

"In this course you will achieve understanding of empirical research methods and obtain practical experience with quantitative data analysis methods.

In providing the opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate understanding, knowledge and competence, the learning outcomes for the module are that students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and begin to utilise appropriate strategies for carrying out empirical research for answering research questions
  2. Appreciate how empirical research is conducted and findings can be evaluated
  3. Understand key principles underlying statistical data analysis
  4. Develop and apply appropriate research strategy and measure instruments
  5. Successfully use statistical software tools to analyse data 

The main topics of study considered in light of the above learning outcomes are:

  • Research philosophy (e.g. positivism, empiricism, naturalism)
  • Formulating empirical research questions and conceptual research models
  • Causality effects and relationships
  • Validity and Reliability
  • Scales of measurement (e.g. nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio)
  • Sampling methods (e.g. experiment, survey, observations) and measure instruments (e.g. Likert scales, semantic differential, event versus time sampling)
  • Experimental design (e.g. within and between-subjects, factorial design, counter-balancing, Latin square)
  • Biases in empirical research approaches (e.g. confounding variables, statistical power)
  • Data preparation (e.g. standardization of data, reliability analysis, Inter-rater reliability)
  • Hypothesis testing, t-test, (M)ANOVA, correlation, regression analysis
  • Non-parametric approaches to data analysis


Surf Onderwijsdagen

Op dinsdag 9 en woensdag 10 november hebben de SURF Onderwijsdagen plaatsgevonden. Op beide dagen heeft het TU Delft OpenER team presentaties verzorgd over TU Delft OpenCourseWare.

"Wat kan OpenCourseWare u opleveren?!"
Op dinsdag 9 november hebben Sofia Dopper (projectleider OpenCourseWare Tu Delft) en Martijn Ouwehand (TU Delft Bureau OpenER) gepresenteerd wat OpenCourseWare docenten kan opleveren, gesteund door praktijkervaringen van onze eigen docenten. 

"Open leermiddelen: Waarom geeft een universiteit onderwijsmateriaal weg?"
Op woensdag 10 november heeft Anka Mulder (Directeur Onderwijs & Studentenzaken) gepresenteerd wat OpenCourseWare de TU Delft als instelling heeft opgeleverd – en wat voor andere instellingen dus ook motieven kunnen zijn om onderwijsmateriaal als OpenCourseWare en andere open leermiddelen te publiceren.

In beide presentaties werd enthousiast gereageerd door het aanwezige publiek. We hoepn dan ook  dat andere instellingen snel zullen volgen met de publicatie van open leermiddelen!

Call for Papers for OCW Consortium Global Conference 2011

The OpenCourseWare Consortium invites session proposals for its 2011 global conference, Celebrating 10 Years of OpenCourseWare. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of universities and organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education. The OpenCourseWare movement has grown significantly over the last decade; today there are 13,000 courses published by 150 universities.

We encourage submissions for sessions that highlight the impact of OpenCourseWare, summarize research, showcase best practices, discuss issues facing the community, and encourage thinking about the future of “open” learning. In keeping with the theme of the conference, we particularly welcome proposals that integrate accounts of OpenCourseWare’s evolution with next steps for the movement.

More information about the conference and the call for papers can be found at conference.ocwconsortium.org.

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