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Posted in March 2014

published a new course: Integrated Water Management

Last week a new course from Water Management has been published in OpenCourseWare: Integrated Water Management


The lectures introduce a number of topics that are important for IWRM and the modeling exercise. The lectures introduce water management issues in the Netherlands, Rhine Basin, and Volta Basin. The role-play is meant to experience some of the social processes that, together with technical knowledge, determine water management
For the modeling exercise, the class will be divided in several groups of 5 to 6 persons. Each group will model a set of integrated water resources management issues and simulate possible development scenario’s. Two of the problem sets are:
1. Heating up of the Rhine due to climate change;
2. The effects of small reservoirs for irrigation in the Volta basin.
In addition, there is room for different cases, to be discussed during the first lecture.
The simulation exercise and the reporting should incorporate the concerns of the groups that are mostly affected by the issue and the groups that can contribute most to its resolution. The report on the modeling exercise should contain concrete recommendations.

The main modeling software to be used is WEAP, which has been developed by SEI-Boston. Students of CT4450 can use this software for the duration of one year.
Study Goals Definitions of Water Resources Management (WRM) tend to be rather broad and vague. This is how it should be, but in practice, the context and the problems at hand constrain
the engineer to such an extent that any particular case quickly becomes clear. WRM is always context dependent and should always be problem-driven. This explains why, just
as in Business Management, case studies play such an important role in teaching. The general framework or theory of WRM will receive less attention in this introductory

Open Education Week 2014


As you might have noticed, last week the Open Education Week took place. Worldwide numerous institutions organized uncountable activities to celebrate open education. So did TU Delft.

Recently TU Delft launched an innovation programme for Open & Online Education, which should ultimately result in the establishment of the Delft Extension School. In the Open Education Week we organized three activities to raise awareness for these developments among colleagues and students. With 136 participants in total and many enthusiastic reactions, the activities proved to be quite a success. below you’ll find an overview of the activities we organised:

  • Delft Extension School, Wednesday, March 12th
    The newly appointed E-Dean, Prof. Rob Fastenau, layed out the current developments in Open & Online Education and explained how TU Delft can play a leading role through the Delft Extension School.
    Visit the webpage to watch and download the presentation
  • MOOC Workshop, Thursday March 13th
    Dr. Arno Smets, one of our first MOOC teachers, shared his experience on the development of his MOOC and inspired many fellow teachers to think about Open and Online Education.
    Visit the webpage to watch and download the presentation
  • edX Hackathon, Friday, March 14th
    Finally, Friday March 14th, we organised an edX Hackathon, at which students thought up and started programming new functionalities for the edX platform.
  • During the entire week, the campus was decorated with Campus grafiti and  banners, to raise awareness for the Open Education Week.

Next to the activities we organised at TU Delft, we also attended the national Open Education Event, organised by the Dutch Ministry of Education, SURF, VSNU and the Vereniging Hogescholen, where the Dutch Trend Report was launched.

Last, but certainly not least, TU Delft has been awarded with this years Orange Carpet Award for DelftX MOOCs at the NUFFIC annual conference.

All in all, we are very content about the Open Education Week 2014 and we’re looking forward to the coming years in which we will further shape TU Delft Open & Online Education. To keep you informed about these developments, starting next month, we will organise a traveling Open Education Café: every month members of the Open Education Team will be available to ask questions, drink coffee and discuss Open & Online Education.

Open Education Café

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a new course of Industrial Design Engineering in OpenCourseWare

a new course of Industrial Design Engineering is published in OpenCourseWare: Modelling



Modelling is about understanding the nature: our world, ourselves and our work. Everything that we observe has a cause (typically several) and has the effect thereof. The heart of modelling lies in identifying, understanding and quantifying these cause-and-effect relationships.

A model can be treated as a (selective) representation of a system. We create the model by defining a mapping from the system space to the model space, thus we can map system state and behaviour to model state and behaviour. By defining the inverse mapping, we may map results from the study of the model back to the system. In this course, using an overarching modelling paradigm, students will become familiar with several instances of modelling, e.g., mechanics, thermal dynamics, fluid mechanics, etc.

Study Goals

This course will educate and train students with the skills necessary to:

  • Acquaint with the modelling procedure;
  • Identify and qualify components & their relations within systems;
  • Familiarise with evaluation and optimization methods;
  • Use the modeling procedure to analyse and design practical products.
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