By means of a group proposal, group report and a group presentations, students will demonstrate that they are able to:
- Examine a multidisciplinary and complex research challenge of their own definition by applying knowledge and insights acquired in the study programme.
- Design or create a potential solution or solutions to the research challenge.
- Report on and present the outcomes of their group work activities according to academic standards.
In terms of the group work process, students will demonstrate that they are in small groups able to:
- Focus upon a relevant challenge in society, scope the topic into a research project, conduct the research, report and present findings (students select and describe the challenge themselves, consent needed from supervisors).
- Lead the research process from proposal to completed report within time constraints, while working in a multi-disciplinary, multicultural team.
- Apply the acquired social, communication and research skills in a complex research project.
- Work in a research team according to a (diversity of) team role(s).
The subject of the case study project is within the broad field of Water Management.
The case study period takes the students topic-wise into the field of challenges related to water management, climate, sustainability and resilience. Students thus select a challenge of their interest to work upon in small groups within the broad field of Water Management (under supervision).
The module applies a Challenge based learning approach (CBL). In small groups students develop a research strategy to tackle a challenge and thus scope this challenge into a research project within the constraints of the module. Connecting to a ‘client’ like a municipality/city, regional authority (waterboard, province), association, NGO, cooperation or company/economic sector is an option, open for consideration.
There will be direct and strong relations with several of the topics of preceding courses. Research activities include data gathering through various means like literature search and review, document study and interviews, data analysis and developing prospective solutions/design.