ECTS - Biomimetic and Bioinspired Engineering Design

Biomimetic and Bioinspired Engineering Design (MDES641) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Biomimetic and Bioinspired Engineering Design MDES641 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Consent of the instructor
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course intends to give a sound background and advanced practice about biomimetic design with an extensive study on a biological systems and a capstone design practice on a similar topic in engineering domain. The course aims to develop fundamental design phenomena of the design in nature. The course aims to bridge biological systems domain and engineering systems domain on several case studies. Students will gain the ability of designing robot-like machines mimicking biological systems.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • This course is an advanced application course of the background knowledge on engineering for biomimetic design of machines, systems, and robots.
Course Content definitions, terminology and concepts in biomimetics; review of biological systems for kinematic and dynamic analysis, for structural analysis, and for behavioral modeling; reverse engineering as applied to biological systems; mapping concepts of biological systems on the engineering systems; theories and application principles of modeling and scal

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 What is biomimetics, Historical development and trends. Biomimetic success stories Case studies. -
2 Modeling of systems in biology domain; Kinematic and dynamic analysis. -
3 Modeling of systems in biology domain; Materials, Force, and stress analysis. -
4 Modeling of systems in biology domain; Behavioral analysis, cognitive systems. -
5 Case Studies -
6 Case Studies. -
7 Modeling of systems in engineering domain; Concepts and conceptual design. -
8 Modeling of systems in engineering domain; Models and scaling theories. -
9 Case Studies -
10 Mapping of systems in biology and engineering domains; Concepts and theories. -
11 Mapping of systems in biology and engineering domains; Concepts and theories. -
12 Case Studies. -
13 Case Studies -
14 Case Studies. -
15 Overall review -
16 Final exam -


Course Book 1. Notlar / Lecture notes

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 4 10
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project 2 40
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 20
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 30
Toplam 9 100
Percentage of Semester Work 70
Percentage of Final Work 30
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Ability to expand and get in-depth information with scientific researches in the field of mechanical engineering, evaluate information, review and implement.
2 Have comprehensive knowledge about current techniques and methods and their limitations in Mechanical engineering.
3 To complete and apply knowledge by using scientific methods using uncertain, limited or incomplete data; use information from different disciplines.
4 Being aware of the new and developing practices of Mechanical Engineering and being able to examine and learn when needed.
5 Ability to define and formulate problems related to Mechanical Engineering and develop methods for solving and apply innovative methods in solutions.
6 Ability to develop new and/or original ideas and methods; design complex systems or processes and develop innovative/alternative solutions in the designs.
7 Ability to design and apply theoretical, experimental and modeling based researches; analyze and solve complex problems encountered in this process.
8 Work effectively in disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams, lead leadership in such teams and develop solution approaches in complex situations; work independently and take responsibility.
9 To establish oral and written communication by using a foreign language at least at the level of European Language Portfolio B2 General Level.
10 Ability to convey the process and results of their studies systematically and clearly in written and oral form in national and international environments.
11 To know the social, environmental, health, security, law dimensions, project management and business life applications of engineering applications and to be aware of the constraints of their engineering applications.
12 Ability to observe social, scientific and ethical values in the stages of data collection, interpretation and announcement and in all professional activities.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Laboratory 2 20 40
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 2 10 20
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 8 16
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 134