How to choose from the IDE offering of elective courses

In addition to the opportunities outside the IDE faculty, the faculty also offers many 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. Keep in mind that you should not plan more than 15 EC per week if you don't intend to spend more than 42 hours per week studying.
  • 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. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to plan sufficient time with your groups if you have multiple courses on a day.

Focus of the content
Multiple 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

Technology Transformation

User experience

Strategic Design

Meaningful Interaction
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.

Unlocking 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?

Looking for better ways to care for the aging population, the rise of healthcare costs and the quality of care in the whole chain.

How can we provide people in transit a seamless experience across all underlying, interlocking systems fit for different types of travellers?


Design Doing

Research skills

See also:

International perspective

Visualisation skills

Communication skills

Projects with clients/in professional practice

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