Designing a Technical System - Deliverables of a Process

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    Many students of the science and engineering faculties of the University of Twente finish their bachelor’s programme with an individual research assignment of typically 1 to 3 months. These assignments are often evaluated on skills that are implicitly taught during the assignment itself. In order to improve this improper situation, it was decided to explicitly include the topic ‘designing a technical system’ in one of the courses preceding the research assignment. The complexity of the many steps the student has to take hold of during the assignment should not be underestimated. Therefore a step-bystep approach is presented in this paper for any typical process of designing a technical system. The different processes to come to the final design are discussed and the deliverable per process is mentioned. The design process is based on partitioning the main function of the system to be designed in smaller functions that can be implemented by subsystems. The whole design process is guided by clearly stated deliverables, being the hold on for the students to finalize successfully their research assignment. The design process proposed in this paper is illustrated with the design of a sensor system for water quality monitoring.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 International Conference on Education, Informatics and Cybernetics (icEIC)
    EditorsN. Callaos, H-W Chu, J. Horne, F. Welsch
    Place of PublicationOrlando, FL
    PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS)
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)978-1-936338-44-3
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2011
    EventInternational Conference on Education, Informatics and Cybernetics, icEIC 2011 - Winter Garden, United States
    Duration: 29 Nov 20112 Dec 2011


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Education, Informatics and Cybernetics, icEIC 2011
    Abbreviated titleicEIC
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityWinter Garden


    • IR-78936
    • METIS-281624
    • EWI-20952
    • sensor system
    • System design
    • process deliverables


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