At the end of the module a student has insight in Belbin roles, in intercultural differences in studying and its influnce on group work, in his/her (dys)functional behavior and in his/her English proficiency and has a plan how to use his/her strong points in an effective way and how to work on his/her weak points in subsequent modules/group work.
1. Know and experience that design, research and decision-making can be done systematically, as opposed to with merely ‘common sense’.
2. Understand the pros and cons of a systematic versus a common sense approach
3. Are acquainted with key elements of design (action problems), research (knowledge problems) and decision-making (attractiveness of options, scores, weights). Just the ‘what’, not the ‘why’ and ‘how’.
4. Are able to derive action and knowledge problems and decision points from a problem context
5. Are able to identify the phases and cycles to which basic problem-solving, research and decision activities belong
6. Are able to establish relationships between problem-solving, research and decision activities
7. Are acquainted with and can apply the Lean management method.
The first step towards becoming a self-dircted learner is awareness: to what extent do I master a certain skill? If you know where you stand and where you want to go, you then can develop a plan to improve yourself. In order to raise awareness on certain topics you have to do some self-tests and take some workshops during this module.
During this module you do the following self-tests:
1) Belbin roles;
2) English proficiency test.
You take the following mandatory (!) workshops:
1) Working in intercultural groups;
2) Teamwork ((Dys)functional behavior, giving and receiving feedback);
After each self-test or workshop (except the third workshop) you write a short note on what the outcomes mean or what you learned or want to learn and hand this note in on Canvas. Moreover, in the ninth week you write a more extensive reflection report (Assignment 5) on what you have learned about yourself during this quartile and on how you want to develop yourself further. In the last week of the module you have an oral exam of about 15 minutes about the reflection report you wrote.
As an academic, it is not enough if you merely can reproduce and apply existing knowledge in a certain subject like logistics or ICT. You have to be able to devise original solutions for problems for which no ready-made solutions exist. You also have to understand the ‘why’ behind the knowledge that you acquire, and be able to produce new knowledge by doing research. Above all, you must be able to reflect on your own work; how did you approach problems, how can you do it better next time, if you made a wrong (or right) decision, why did you work as you did, if you lack certain knowledge needed to solve a problem, how can you acquire this knowledge? In the course of the methodology Line you will learn:
How to solve problems in a systematic way.
How to conduct research that yields valid knowledge.