How to choose from the IDE offering of elective courses
In addition to the opportunities outside the IDE faculty, the faculty also offers around 40 – 50 IDE elective courses each semester which students can choose from. This wide offering and the number of available days in the week means it is not possible to create a timetable that makes every combination of electives possible.
As the timetable is an important factor when planning your options for the third semester, the range of electives is presented in a way that shows on which day they will be taught.
To give you an idea of the content of the courses when looking at the overview, a number of tags are shown next to each course.
These tags give an indication of:
- The focus of the content (see below for more detailed information)
- Whether the course entails individual or group work
- Whether the course involves contact with the professional practice
- Whether the contact moments are scheduled in the morning or the afternoon
Students can use all this information to get an idea of the type of course and whether it would be possible to take two courses on one day.
- Example 1
Imagine that two courses are offered on Monday, both entailing individual work. The contact hours do not overlap. A student can opt for both these courses, keeping Tuesday free for self-study for the two courses on Monday.
- Example 2
A project course requires two days of work per week. The timetable shows that the contact moments are in the afternoon. It would be possible to take an individual course scheduled for the morning alongside the project course. Here too, another day in the week should be left free to allow enough time to work on the course. It is therefore important to plan no more than 15 EC per week if you don't intend to spend more than 42 hours per week studying.
Focus of the content
Some 50 elective courses are offered, each focusing on different subject matter. Some courses explore people as a user of products, while others examine a specific technically oriented subject. Others teach you research skills or specific visualisation techniques.
To give students an impression of the type of courses available, they have been classified according to the focus of the content. The faculty used its own research portfolio to classify the electives. The IDE research portfolio comprises three research programmes (these programmes are more disciplinary oriented) and five research themes (the themes are more interdisciplinary and focus on a societal theme). We have supplemented these eight research-based themes with a number of other clusters.
The adjacent diagram represents the research portfolio. Clicking the relevant label will take you to more detailed information about these research programmes/themes.
The full list with associated tags is shown below:
Focus of content
The possibilities of technology are very large and new ones are added every day. The usability and acceptability for people however often still needs improvement if we are to get the best benefits out of the new technologies. We want to turn emerging technologies into technology that is widely accepted and used; into applications that deliver a meaningful interaction for people.
How can we unlock the power of people themselves by changing our behaviour? A lot of the problems that we have are because we do the things we do the way we do them. When we find other ways to do things, we can take better care of ourselves and of others.
How can we make better use of the resources on earth, concerning consumer products, services, beliefs and behaviours?
Care for our health/Medisign
Looking for better ways to care for the aging population, the rise of healthcare costs and the quality of care in the whole chain.
People in transit
How can we provide people in transit a seamless experience across all underlying, interlocking systems fit for different types of travellers?
Projects with clients/in professional practice
Within the faculty:
MSc elective courses offered by the IDE faculty,
- including the specialisation Medisign
- including Internship
- including Study Abroad
- Courses from IDE MSc programmes other than your own (except for MSc specific projects)
- A whole semester of one of the other IDE MSc programmes, including the MSc-specific projects. (full IPD-semester, full DfI-semester or full SPD-semester)
Within TU Delft:
- Courses from other TU Delft faculties (see Course Base to find interesting courses)
- Annotations of TU Delft: Entrepreneurship or Technology in Sustainable Design
Outside TU Delft:
- Courses at other universities in the Netherlands (go to the websites of the concerning universities);
- Courses at foreign universities at a MSc level comparable to that of TU Delft (Study Abroad)
- MOOC’s offered within the agreement of TU Delft with some other universities see the Virtual Exchange website.