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2016/2017 Universiteitsdienst MOOCs for Credits
Building with Nature (MOOC)
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. J.H. Slinger    J.H.Slinger@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Required study period February 27 –March 31, 2017 (week 9-13)
Education Period
Different, to be announced
Start Education
Exam Period
Different, to be announced
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
Analytical ability and basic physics, an affinity for coastal and water systems and an interest in ecosystem-based engineering. This course targets students who are in the last phase of or have completed a bachelor in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Ecology, Geosciences or related subjects.
Course Contents
Week 1: Introduction to Building with Nature.
Introduction to the Building with Nature concept and its importance through a number of dramatic examples. Identifying hydraulic engineering infrastructures, and exploring the diversity of standpoints on their ecological effects.

Week 2: Engineering design principles
The engineering design process is explained and the underlying principles are distilled. Students familiarize themselves with the material through classification exercises.

Week 3: Ecological design principles
The concept of designing in accordance with ecological principles is explained. Students identify different types of aquatic ecosystems and distill principles on the basis of ecosystem character and functioning.

Week 4: Integrated design
Students apply their new knowledge in assessing the potential for Building with Nature solutions in case studies, or in their locality. Trade-offs in applying engineering and ecological principles are explicated, and the opportunities for nature are clarified.

Week 5: Integrated design review
Critical evaluation of whether hydraulic infrastructure is fit for purpose in meeting engineering, ecological and societal goals by peer reviewing case studies from week 4. In particular, students assess the coherence between the infrastructure design and the ecosystem character and function.
Study Goals
• Basic engineering design principles, and basic ecological principles, relevant to the Building with Nature approach
• How to assess which principles are applied in several case studies and so form your own opinion on whether the hydraulic infrastructure is meeting engineering, ecosystem and societal goals
• How to apply your new knowledge in assessing the potential for Building with Nature solutions where you live.
Education Method
MOOC, [starting date: February 27]. We expect active participation in the MOOC.
Note: 1 ECTS equals 28 hours
Literature and Study Materials
All study material is available through the EdX site.
Intermediate assignments (60%)
Final assignment +final presentation via Skype (40%)
All assignment requirements will be detailed on edX.
Enrolment / Application
This course is open for a limited number of students from TU Delft and partner universities who are participating in the Credits for MOOCs project.
TU Delft students: For more information and the application procedure see: http://www.tudelft.nl/creditsformoocs
Other interested students: Please contact your home university for more information. TU Delft will not accept applications from individual students.
Special Information
To enrich the portfolio of students the TU Delft and other leading universities started the Credits for MOOCs project. Students should be able to benefit from the available MOOCs offered by experts in the field by incorporating these MOOCs in their study programme.
TU Delft now offers ca 10 MOOCS in this project.
This course is offered completely online. TU Delft students in the Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management masters tracks are referred to the CIE4301 Building with Nature in Hydraulic Engineering (5 EC). CIE4301 is a campus course which uses material from the MOOC but comprises guest lectures from experts and an extensive case-project as well.