- 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.
- 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.