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Course module: 202000451
Academic skills for pre-master IEM
Course info
Course module202000451
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. I. Seyran Topan
Contactperson for the course
dr. I. Seyran Topan
dr. I. Seyran Topan
Academic year2023
Starting block
RemarksThis course is stretched over blocks 1A & 1B
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  1. After the first quartile, the student understands and practices the concepts and skills of business research methods. The student writes an essay to proof academic skills.
  2. After the second quartile, the student has applied the managerial problem solving method and business research methods to a real-life case, thereby learning how to:- derive a clear research question from a complex business situation- relate IEM-related theory to actual business practice- translate theoretical and fuzzy concepts into measurable variables- develop evaluation and performance criteria for alternative solutions- apply multi-criteria analysis to determine the best solution(s)- assess conditions and actions to ensure successful implementation of solutions in business- write a concise and clear research report for business
The aim of the pre-master course Academic skills is to learn students how problems in Industrial Engineering and Management are solved. For this we use the management problem solving method (MPSM) and academic business research methods.  The course is stretched over two quartiles:
  • Quartile 1 (1 EC) covers the main principles and skills to apply academic business research
  • Quartile 2 (4 EC) aims to apply the research and problem solving methods to a complex business case. The course relies mainly on self-directed learning skills of the students.

In the first quartile, during several sessions, students work at an essay assignment which reflects the business research cycle. This way the theory is applied to a self-chosen research methodological topic. During the second quartile, students will in groups apply the acquired knowledge to a complex business case. By making assignments and through feedback sessions, students can improve their case analysis. The examination is based on a group report and company grade.

Assumed previous knowledge
Admission only on individual basis by coordinator master program IEM.
Participating study
Bachelor Industrial Engineering and Management
Required materials
Business Research Methods Donald R. Cooper & Pamela S. Schindler, McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-007-126333-7
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
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