You're probably wondering what the details and characteristics of such a final assignment are. To clear things up, here are the answers to frequently asked questions. The text below has been provided by the University of Twente. More information and details can be requested.
The programme Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) focuses on product development and combines expertises from mechanical engineering, marketing, aesthetics, and ergonomics. Since the development of good products is essential for companies and the welfare of their users, students are trained in developing innovative solutions that fit the market. The different aspects are integrated in several projects in which students participate during their Bachelor’s (BSc) programme. The student finishes this programme with a final assignment. The assignment compasses a practical project of 3 months resulting in a (product)design and a project report. After finishing the Bachelor programme, our students are able to function as designers in rather complicated product development projects.
The assignment’s goal is to show competence as an Industrial Designer at Bachelor’s level. Therefore the student should -by fulfilling the assignment- show the following abilities:
To ensure that an assignment offers the appropriate opportunities for a student to prove these competences, the contents of an assignment need to be approved beforehand by the coordinator of the assignment.
It is important that the subject of the assignment is useful for the initiating organisation. Therefore, it is common that the content is provided by your organisation. However, it is also possible for a student to propose a subject. In both cases, the university coordinator helps to define and structure the proposal where necessary. To be certain that the assignment provides the desired goals, the following requirements on the assignment’s contents are set:
It is desirable to introduce the student to your organisation (or company) as if he or she would be a new colleague. It is also desirable to provide a personal workplace. The university expects the supervisor to meet at least once in a week with the student to review the project’s progress and to give feedback. The student is required to deliver a draft report after 3 months. The supervisor from your organisation is asked to provide the student with feedback on this draft report before the student hands in his final thesis. The student finishes his assignment with an examination.
During the assignment, a university tutor will guide the student. This guidance focuses on the approach and progress. The tutor will also monitor if the assignment succeeds in providing the appropriate opportunities for a student to prove their competences. Furthermore, the tutor, and if necessary also other university professors, will be available to provide course related counsel and information. Preferably (and if possible), the university tutor visits your company at least once during the project.
At the end of the assignment, the supervisor from your organisation is asked to attend the student’s examination to help assessment of the results. The student will contact the different parties to arrange an examination date. The exam consists of a final presentation and an oral examination. The grade will reflect the quality of the report, the final project results, the quality of the presentation and the oral examination. A professor participates in the exam and represents the examining board.
Gymnasium, profile 'Natuur en Techniek' with ancient Greek language and culture, and Cambridge Advanced English (graduated European level C2-proficient). Part of prom-committee, 'vooropleiding conservatorium', and 'Bio-based Building Blocks' at Chemelot.
Industrial Design Engineering. Teaching assistant at 'Mechanics of materials', and treasurer at 'Big Band Eighty-Nine'.
Half-year exchange plan in Melbourne, Australia. Studied 'Service Design' and 'Designing for Sustainability'.
Here, I've listed my skills and current levels at various important aspects of industrial design engineering. The levels are judged by marks received for university courses operating in these aspects.
Delivering news papers.
Summer holiday job washing cars.
Member of greengrocer's staff.
Teaching assistant at 'Mechanics of Materials', a freshman's course in Industrial Design Engineering, helping professor to answer pupils' questions and correcting exams.
Treasurer at Big Band '89, administration of bank account and creating financial year reviews. Also built an Excel sheet to monitor expenses and income.