Specific learning goals are:
- The student shows English communication skills in order to deliver a pitch (e.g. on project results) for a group of peers and lecturers. The pitch shows basic presenting skills in delivering a clear and convincing message in 2 minutes.
- The student is able to identify an own identified learning need, take action on it and to reflect on this learning activity.
- The student is able to apply and vary the research and design cycle for different research challenges
- The student is able to apply and combine different research methods for different research challenges
- The student is able to design research frameworks, and is able to reflect on the suitability of the research methods applied
NOTE: This text is also about Modules 6 and 7, because some of te assignments are started in M5 and finished in M7. Whereas IEM Professional Skills in Modules 1 to 4 were mainly focused on awareness, the Skills program in Modules 5, 6, and 7 are more directed towards skills development. It means that:
- You will have more responsibility and flexibility in executing the assignments. For instance, the assignments of ‘pitching’ and the ‘elective skill’ need to be finished ultimately by the end of Module 7. This offers flexibility in your own study schedule, yet also gives you the responsibility to plan these activities effectively to meet the study requirements. In this way it shows some of your personal project management skills.
- You need to work on an elective skill. This elective skill can be related to acquisition, mentoring, academic writing, presenting, creativity, motivating or any other professional skill you want to develop further. Student tutors (“Gezellen”) can use their supervision of first year students to acquire a new skill (e.g. motivating). This relates to the skill of self-directed learning. You need to determine your own learning need, find a learning opportunity (e.g. a course or practice opportunity), and execute it.
Besides the elective skill and the pitch (that do not have to be finished in Module 5) you learn about thinking in concepts during two lectures and two workshops. At the end of Module 7 you have to reflect on working in quite different project groups (IEM groups in M5, groups consisting of IEM, IDE, and ME students in M6, and BIT and IEM students in M7. To collect information for the evaluation report in M7, but also as an independent assignment, you have to reflect on the group work in this module. This reflection is part of the reflection assignment in this module.
During this module students will experience hands on (with assignments and lectures) what it entails to design and layout an effective research plan to systematically go from "a problem / or challenge to a solution". In this journey students will experience difference research setups and learn about the consequences methodological decisions will have throughout the research.