A short description of the Medisign Electives can be found here. For more information, please refer to the Study Guide.

Compulsory: minimum of three courses from the following electives, at least two IDE electives. Other combinations of electives are in consult with the Medisign coordinator.

Medisign electives

ID5301 Biomechanics - 3 ects

Here, the skeleton is studied as a mechanical system, the form and function of points discussed, and the mechanical properties and functions of biological materials such as bone and skin are analysed.

ID5331 Cognitive Ergonomics for Complex Systems - 3 ects

Cognitive ergonomics is concerned with mental processes, such as perception, memory, reasoning, and motor response, as they affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system.

ID5721 Capita Selecta Medisign - 3 ects

These are weekly meetings at which design challenges and research topics in the medical field are presented and discussed.

ID5732 Health Psychology: Tools and Methods - 3 ects

When doing design research designers often come across psychological topics. Especially in healthcare related projects, designers can touch upon psychological topics such as motivation during rehabilitation, coping with stressful situations (decision for surgery), and medication adherence. Yet validated psychological methods (including questionnaires, patient-reported outcome measures, and experience measures) and models are not commonly embedded in the design process. Using validated questionnaires will help designers to execute high quality research and improve the reliability of their outcomes. Furthermore, knowledge of psychological models will help designers understand which psychological factors influence behavior and will inspire and guide them in their design process.

ID5741 eHealth - 3 ects

This master elective course focuses on the developments within the eHealth sector and enables students to gain more knowledge about this upcoming healthcare design field. Lectures will be provided by the members of the eHealth consortium within the IDE faculty and in collaboration with the Medical Delta (Leiden University Medical Centre and Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam). Topics include the range of eHealth research at our faculty (e.g. from patient apps to decision support systems to (physical) objects with intent to persuasive game design to designing digital applications for the elderly). 

ID5752 Rules & Regulations for Designing Medical Devices - 3 ects

This master elective course provides insights into the medical design directives regarding safety of healthcare products by focusing on the CE marking process (including ISO norms and risk management). The course includes several lectures of TU Delft researchers and external professionals working in the healthcare field. Next to the lectures, students will do several duo-assignments in which they apply insights into practice with the use of a case-study. The course builds upon the ‘eHealth’ elective course that argues the large number of healthcare products that tend to be ‘healthcare products’ for consumers but are not certified as safe healthcare products. The course shows students the importance of risk analysis of healthcare products and helps them to integrate this in their design process.

ID5212 Experiencing Persuasive Environments* - 3 ects

* When doing a project with a medical focus

ID5383 Inclusive Design* - 3 ects

The main course goal is to understand the current state of the phenomenon of Inclusive Design, which had alternative names like Design for All or Universal Design. Inclusive Design means to aim for the widest possible audience during and with the design process. It does not mean however to design for all 7 billion people on earth! It means considering any specified population to include in designing. For example: left-handed people, wheelchair users, tall people, small people, obese people, colour blind people, people with dyslexia or RSI, people with age-related specifics etc. The list continues, which means that we realise that hardly anyone is ‘normal’. People aged over 65 for example, currently count 15% in the Netherlands but this will grow to 25% in 2050. They are more diverse than younger people. Risks for them also rise: lethal home accidents rise 5-fold compared to younger people.

The effect of design should be that stigmatisation and risk is avoided, and participation and quality of life is enhanced. Take the example of eye glasses: they were an orthesis in the middle ages and are now aesthetic lifestyle enhancements.

To design inclusively, the designer needs to be able to collaborate with people, understand understand their usage of their everyday things, and respond creatively.
Please note: in spring 2017 this course is given in combination with course id5613. This means, they are merged this time. When you follow one you automatically follow the other. You can choose for which course you want the credits.

ID5455 Human Thermal Environments* - 3 ects

The course will consist of four lectures where the following topics will be discussed:

  • Introduction to the basic principles of human thermoregulation where heat exchange mechanisms between human body and the surrounding environment, thermal perception, body temperature also with relation to age and gender, thermophysiological responses and thermal comfort will be addressed.
  • Introduction to environments and health conditions where human thermoregulation is challenged. Followed by various examples of designing products that support human thermoregulation under such challenging conditions. For example clothing and personal cooling systems used to increase exercise performance in athletes, to relieve neurological symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis or to relieve heat strain in professionals such as fire-fighters will be discussed.
  • Introduction to the basics of various mathematical models of human thermoregulation and thermal comfort such as Gagge, Stolwijk and Fiala model.
  • Exploring the use of the mathematical models of human thermoregulation to improve the well-being and performance for office occupants and application of personal cooling systems.
ID5663 Context Mapping Skills* - 3 ects

Participation in ‘Contextmapping Skills’ is open to all MSc students who believe that end-users are important sources of information for leading new product development.

Contextmapping is a design (research) method for including users and other stakeholders in a design process as ‘expert of their experience’. By applying generative techniques in the research process, underlying needs, motivations and dreams can be discovered. Over the past decade, the method and its underlying principles and theories have been developed at TU Delft in close collaboration with Dutch and international researchers and practitioners. This development has been done in about a dozen PhD projects, hundreds of MSc projects, and two (online) masterclasses, most of these in close collaboration with industry (see http://studiolab.ide.tudelft.nl/studiolab/contextmapping/resources/).

Recommended courses from other faculties

BM1107 Anatomy and Physiology (4 ects)

BM1108 Physiology and Engineering (3 ects)

BM1109 Medical Technology I (Diagnostic Devices) & Health Care Systems (5 ects)

BM1220-13 Medical Instruments B: Quality Assurance in Design (3 ects)

BM1240 Human Movement Control A: Musculoskeletal Mechanics (3 ects)

WB2308  Biomedical Engineering Design  -  4 ects
The course introduces the field of prostheses and orthoses.

WB2436-12 Bio-Inspired Design  -  4 ects
The course looks at ‘non-conventional mechanical approaches in nature’ and examples of bio-inspired instruments and machines.