YSS-10906 Analysis of a Problem Situation


Studiepunten 6.00

One day excursion28
Practical intensively supervised42
Problem-based learning10
Course coordinator(s)ir. GWJ Giesen
Lecturer(s)ir. GWJ Giesen
dr. SJ Stiller
dr. PGM Hebinck
dr. JF Warner
dr. HM van der Horst
ir. CAA Butijn
drs. LFP Pijnenburg
dr. ir. MM van den Berg
dr. WWME Schoenmakers
ir. GS Cruz Garcia
dr. H van den Belt
prof. dr. MJJAA Korthals
dr. ir. CPG Driessen
Examiner(s)ir. GWJ Giesen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

All courses taught in periods 1 through 5 of BBC, BEB, BIN and BTC


This course follows the so-called 'problem-oriented' method which means that students are required to apply the knowledge they have acquired previously on a complex societal problem. To this end, students first make a choice between six themes. Once a theme is chosen students (in a group) write a proposal to analyse the problem at hand, emphasising ethical aspects. On the basis of this proposal students carry out a (desk) study and present a final report (both orally and written) of their findings. An important characteristic of the groups is that these are composed of students coming from various disciplines so as to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
-jointly recognise a complex societal problem through the precise phrasing of a problem statement;
-jointly demonstrate - through the drafting of a research proposal - the relation between a complex societal problem and the applicability of scientific knowledge, as well as the ethical aspects entailed;
-demonstrate, both jointly and individually, that they are proficient in obtaining scientific data according to a pre-established work plan;
-prove, both jointly and individually, that they can systematically apply disciplinary and thematic knowledge and skills to the analysis of scientific data;
Make evident, as a group, that they can provide an account of the analysis of scientific data by means of a report of 7,500 words (and presentation thereof) that aims to propose a solution to a concrete societal problem.


Introductory lectures to the theme, working lectures, practicals of individual self-activation, one-day excursion, writing of a research proposal and a scientific report.


A set of different criteria will be utilised for marking. These include: individual assignments, writing of a research proposal, final report, and individual performance in the group.


Start-up literature is available at the beginning of the course, final literature depends on the theme and the research proposal.

Verplicht voor: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc6AF
BINInternational Development StudiesBSc6AF
BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc6AF
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc6AF