YWU-52309 Student Challenge 2


Credits 9.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper4
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

Assumed knowledge on:

YWU5183 Student Challenge 1


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. Challenges are typically closed with an event during which the product is put to a test. During this closure event one or more teams are then selected as ‘winning contributors’.

The YWU52309 Student Challenge 2 course enables students to capitalize on the learning experiences they encounter during their participation in the main stage of a student challenge.

N.B. Only students who participate in a challenge project team that has been selected by a jury to be a promising team, and is allowed to enter the main stage of a student challenge, can follow this course. Next, having followed YWU-51803 is prerequisite for participation in YWU52309.

Being selected for the main stage of a student challenge immediately exposes you to new challenges: how to win this competition by co-creating an innovative product across the boundaries of existing practices through an open, undefined interdisciplinary team process? Being aware of, and able to adjust, your own performance during the process is key to your personal effectiveness and the team’s chance to win the competition. Moreover, your challenging learning experiences may influence your future professional performance, and should be translated into learning goals for your further academic and professional career.

This course Student Challenge 2 is meant to parallel the main stage of a challenge in order to monitor and intensify your learning experiences, reflect on those and describe future professional and personal learning outcomes for live after the challenge. With the help of a personal coach and your peers, you challenge yourself to get the most out of your student challenge. 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 main stage of a student challenge;
- describe and, during the process, flexibly adapt their roles and tasks in a co-creative, willing-to-win project team in relation to the roles and tasks of the other team members and in relation to their personal learning goals;
- contribute to the challenge content wise by bringing in their own disciplinary background/domain-specific knowledge and skills, and bridge this knowledge and skills with other relevant domains in the challenge topic;
- show an opportunity-seeking, co-creative and adaptive attitude that supports effective, willing-to-win challenge team-work; and reflect on their performance in this respect;
- describe personal learning goals for continuous personal, academic, and professional development after finalising the challenge.


- interactive tutorials on typical learning characteristics of a challenge and competencies needed to work in co-creative, competitive settings (e.g. opportunity identification, dealing with uncertainty, boundary crossing, creativity);

- personal coaching sessions and peer feedback to discuss personal learning outcomes, personal behaviour and related experiences;
- hands on team work;
- composing a personal development plan (multi-media format) for personal and professional development based on reflective insights from the challenge process, and a video pitch showing the highlights of your ambitions and capabilities.


- personal development Plan (max 3 A4) graded by a rubric (75%);
- video-pitch (1-2 minu

Both parts require a minimum grade of 5.5 to pass the course. 


Literature will be provided in Brightspace.