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Course module: 202000150
Academic Research & Skills
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000150
Credits (ECTS)3.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personM.J.B. Moester
dr. K.E. Konrad
Contactperson for the course
M.J.B. Moester
M.J.B. Moester
Academic year2023
Starting block
RemarksPart of module 11 B-ME
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
This course consists of two parts:

Preparation bachelor assignment
After this course, the student is able to …
  • Explain what research is, what types and phases can distinguished and how the quality of research can be assured;
  • Formulate a research question based on a specific problem;
  • Perform literature research and use the results to further specify the research question;
  • Write a research proposal in good Academic English based on the research question that was formulated;
  • Reflect on the technological and societal impact of the research;
  • Reflect on ethical issues relevant to the research;
  • Critically reflect on the research proposals of fellow students.

Societal embedding
After this course, the student is able to …
  • Identify and describe the socio-technical context of a particular innovation necessary for it to work in practice;
  • Identify relevant stakeholders which may affect or be affected by an innovation and reflect on their role, relations, perceptions, interests ;
  • Identify and reflect on the relevant sources and forms of knowledge production in engineering work and innovation;
  • Explore possible application areas for a technology.;

This is a part of module 11, ME 11 Production Systems Engineering of the Bachelor Mechanical Engineering. See here for the compete description of the module.

Academic Research & Skills 1
This course consists of two parts:

Preparation bachelor assignment
The course Academic Research & Skills offers a thorough acquaintance with the ‘world of scientific research’ to prepare students for the bachelor thesis.
During the lectures, you will learn what scientific research implies, why it is important and what aspects you have to take in to account when preparing and doing research. Topics such as plagiarism, research ethics and societal impact will be part of the course.
Besides this, you will prepare for your bachelor thesis by writing a research proposal addressing an existing research problem offered by one of the research chairs.
After choosing an assignment, you will perform a literature study to find out what research has been performed on this topic and where so called ‘white spots’ can be found. Based on this literature study, you will specify your own research question and write a research proposal to answer this question.
During the writing of your proposal, supervision from staff member of the research chair you chose will be available. During the lectures you will receive information, tools and practice assignments to help you find the necessary literature, write your proposal and report in a scientific way. Peer review is used for feedback and critical reflection.
The course will be completed with a written report.

Societal embedding
This part of the course is aimed at understanding and reflecting on the broader socio-technical context of innovations and engineering work. This includes questions such as: What is the societal relevance of a particular technology, for whom is it relevant, why and how? How is the technology perceived by different social actors and how may these actors affect the further development and societal embedding of the technology? What is necessary to make a particular technology work in practice, not only technically, but as something which is actually used, produced, conforms to regulations etc.? What forms of knowledge are needed to develop a technology that works in practice?
In this module you will learn about a set of approaches and mapping tools which help to address these questions, read and discuss academic literature, consider what are relevant questions for a technology linked to your bachelor assignment and propose a topic to study further in a paper to be written in module 12.

This course can only be taken by ME students.
Assumed previous knowledge
You can only start the ME Bachelor Assignment in module 12 if you have passed all study units of module 1-7 and have to resit no more than one study unit from module 8. If you will not be able to meet these requirements, you should not start writing the research and societal embedding proposals of module 11.
Module 11
Participating study
Bachelor Mechanical Engineering
Required materials
Handouts on Canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Research Proposal

Societal Embedding Proposal

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