Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 201200148
Study Tour Course
Course info
Course module201200148
Credits (ECTS)10
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. L. Ferreira Pires
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dr. R.B.N. Aly
dr. J.J. Cardoso de Santanna
Contactperson for the course
dr. L. Ferreira Pires
dr. L. Ferreira Pires
Lecturer G.J. Heijenk
Academic year2016
Starting block
RemarksIs part of the Study Tour USB 14.0
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
This module consists of three phases, which have the following learning goals:

1. Preparation phase. By the end of this part, students should be able to:
  • Explore and analyse country-specific or region-specific environments for business for the countries selected for the study tour (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia)
  • Explore and analyse industry contexts in other countries
  • Prepare an environment analysis (PESTLE framework)
  • Prepare an industry analysis using Porter’s diamond
  • Discuss the challenges of globalization and internationalization
2. Theme research phase. By the end of this part, students should be able to:
  • Have a discussion within the research tracks of the study tour theme (Intelligent and secure cities)
  • Perform a scientific research in English that falls within the topics of the study tour theme
  • Translate a scientific research into a well-established presentation, which can be used as a start of a discussion with the other students on this topic
  • Review a scientific paper based on correctness and usefulness
  • Ask critical questions on the different topics to the other students
  • Obtain information from different scientific databases
  • Able to present his/her own research in a professional way
3. Project phase. By the end of this part, students should be able to:
  • Research what a company is doing based on literature
  • Present to the other students what the company’s main business goals are
  • Ask critical questions during company visits
  • Write a report that verifies previous research and contains retrieved information from the company visits
  • Compare researched topics with methods that the companies are using in terms of effectiveness and possible improvements
This module consists of three phases, which have the following contents:

1. Preparation phase.
Students will explore the macro and meso contexts of southeast Asian countries and compare it to their home country.

2. Theme research phase.
All students will do research on the six research tracks that are related to the course theme Intelligent and Secure Cities:
  • Security & Verification (FMT): e.g., security in intelligent cities, how all the data is protected.
  • Smart Grids & Dynamic Systems (DACS, DMMP): e.g., energy efficiency in big cities, dynamic system and how they are used in these cities (taxi services for example).
  • Big Data (DB): e.g., storage of large amounts of data, analysis of this data, efficiency of these systems.
  • Networking (DACS): e.g., transfer of data, efficiency of networks.
  • Sensoring & Robotics (HMI): e.g., usage of robots in every day processes, how data is retrieved in cities.
Each participant will carry out a scientific study that meets one of the above five tracks. Each participant is linked to the relevant supervisor on the basis of the selected track.
The purpose of this part is to write a scientific paper. First, a proposal will be written containing a research question. After approval of the research question by the supervisor, participants will write a paper. When the paper is assessed, the participants will each give a presentation to the rest of the participants about their research.

At the end of the course all students have a sound understanding of the six research tracks. After completing this part, students are able to ask critical questions on each of the topics.

3.  Project phase.
All students will perform a research project. This project deems as a preparation so that every student knows what each visited company does. The students are supposed to prepare critical questions for the company hosts to complete their research upfront, but are also expected to listen and ask critical questions based on what the hosts say during the visits. The steps for this are as follow:
a. The student prepares a report for two of the companies to be visited
b. The student presents the company to the other participants before the actual visit
c. The company hosts present themselves and afterwards the student asks questions to the hosts
d. The student updates the reports in-between company visits with the information received during the visit
e. The teachers check the updated report during the tour and give feedback to the students
f.  After the tour the students finalize the reports and these reports are graded for the final assessment of this part

This course is the counterpart of the Bachelor module ‘Intelligent and Secure Cities’ (201600107).
Assumed previous knowledge
Required materials
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Course material
The material will be provided by NIKOS and by the study tour committee.
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