YWU-51803 Student Challenge 1


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. C Oonk
dr. ir. KBM Peters
Examiner(s)prof. dr. PJ den Brok

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Continuation courses:

YWU-52309 Student Challenge 2


In a student challenge students work in a multi-disciplinary student team on a real-life challenge for which finding a solution requires the creative co-creation of new knowledge across the boundaries of existing practices. The YWU-51803 Student Challenge 1 course enables students to capitalize on the learning experiences they encounter during their participation in the preparatory stage of a student challenge.

The student challenge can be put forward by a university, company and/or other societal stakeholder. Student challenges are typically organized toward the development of a product, design, and/or service in a competition like setting. The challenges are characterized by their semi-structured character: students are required to design and apply their own working processes for both a preparatory stage and, if selected for continuation, a main stage. Challenges are typically closed with an event during which the product is presented and/or put to a test. During this closure event one or more teams are then selected as ‘winning contributors’.

The course Student Challenge 1 parallels the first developing stage of a student challenge. With the help of a personal coach and your peers, you challenge yourself to get the most out of your student challenge. You describe your own personal and professional learning outcomes that could and should typically be achieved in a challenge like setting, and reflect on your development. Part of your working hours spent on the challenge itself will be capitalized by hands on ‘internship’ time.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- set challenging though SMART personal learning goals for their personal and professional development during the preparatory stage of a student challenge;
- describe their role and tasks in a co-creative project team in relation to the roles and tasks of the other team members and in relation to their personal learning goals;
- identify the position of their disciplinary background and domain-specific knowledge in the challenge topic, related to the domains of the other team members and to what is needed to act in the respective challenge;
- show an opportunity-seeking and co-creative attitude that supports effective challenge team-work; and reflect on their performance in this respect;
- describe their expectations and (adapted) personal learning goals for the remaining part of the challenge (in case they would be selected for the main stage).


- interactive tutorials on typical learning characteristics of a challenge; project management in competitive and ‘pressure cooker’ like settings; group dynamics; reflection; describing SMART learning goals; giving and receiving (peer) feedback;

- personal coaching sessions to design and discuss personal learning outcomes and related experiences;
- hands on team work
- compiling a personal multi-media reflection portfolio that reflects the learning outcomes of the course.


Individual reflection portfolio graded on the basis of a rubric. Minimal grade to pass the course is 5.5.


Literature will be provided in Brightspace.