Living Labs (30 EC)
The difference with the Living Labs 15EC minor is that you completing a more ambitious assignment with more own responsibility for project work and learning processes.
In an authentic or realistic project environment, the student works full time for ten weeks in a multidisciplinary and multinational team on concrete results. They can fulfil a roll corresponding with their field of training, or outside of their field.
The projects run throughout the year whilst being multidisciplinary and multinational in nature. The methodologies of Prince2 and Systems Engineering are applied at an advanced level. The positioning of the project or the social interest is not forgotten. Outside the regular lectures concerning these principles, additional lectures and workshops will be offered when the students encounter project specific needs for additional knowledge.
In the Living Lab Environment, learning objectives are pursued at three levels, namely:
- Learning to realize one or more subject-specific assignments in the domain of one's own study program or outside of it. The assignment always depends on that of other team members. (You must add value to the project)
- Project-based collaboration is of the utmost importance. The student learns to take responsibility for his own task whilst looking at the project as a whole.
- In the above-mentioned project space, the student enters into a dialogue between the project and themself, the reflection on their own actions and performance is the competence to be developed. Their own talents and motives play an important role in this.
This minor can be performed at various Living Labs, for example at the following:
1) "The Formula Cruisers", location Delft
2) "The Handbike Battle", location Delft
3) "The Green Village", location Delft
4) " Med2go”, location Delft and The Hague (not the THUAS campus in The Hague)
5) “Re/Manufacturing lab”, location Delft
6) “The Light Challenge”, location Delft
7) “Tomatoworld”, location Honselersdijk and Delft
8) “The meaningful Robot”, location Delft
9) "Social Robot" (under construction)
10) Partner Living Lab Environments within The Hague University of Applied Sciences
In this Living Lab, an electric racing car is being built. This will be used in the competitions in the context of the Formula Student competition in the Netherlands (TT Assen) or abroad. Further explanation on request. (www.Theformulacruisers.com)
The Handbike Battle
Within this living lab environment, students design and build a hand bike that suits the needs of a disabled person and that can collect various amounts of data from the driver. This lab is associated with reasearchers from the VU University and THUAS. The Handbike Battle is an annual competition for charity which supports research and the acceptance of people with disabilities.
The Green Village
The Green Village is a field lab for sustainable innovation in the built environment on the TU Delft campus. This long-term project is experimenting in the real world with circularity in terms of energy, water and other resources and scaling up to campus Delft and other cities. Students are invited to find new innovative solutions for sustainable housing, urban farming and so on. Promising concepts can be build as a full scale proof of concept on the campus of the TU Delft.
You will be part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment where students, teachers, researchers a entrepreneurs work together to develop new ways of safely storing temperature sensitive medication. This lab is situated partly at our campus in Delft, and partly at a start-up office in The Hague.
In our RE/ManufacturingLab we combine education and research on the topic of industry 4.0. The projects are cross-educational and connect connect students from a multitude of programs. This lab is led by the research group Smart Sustainable Manufacturing and seeks answers to real-world questions inspired by our manufacturing compagnies in our region. The projects involve so-called “key enabling technologies” and are on the cutting edge of industrial automation.
The Light Challenge
You are involved in developing a new a innovative way of lighting a park in Delft (Delftse Hout). This new light experience is being developed in collaboration with the Delftse Hout business association, Education Center De Papaver, the municipality of Delft and the Hague University.
Light can influence the perception of safety, the ecology in the park, the use as an part of the infrastructure, energy consumption and countless other (hard to quantify) values.
Our region is second to none in the world of horticultural (greenhouse) innovation. Tomatoworld is an showcase and research facility right in the hard of our agritech region.
When joining this lab, you will be part of the Green Team. This is a new project, so how the team is structured and how it will operate should be discovered by you - meaning that this is one of the tasks that you can take on. Possible project you could work on are: the Online Platform of Tomatoworld, urban farming, or greenhouse automation.
Working in Tomatoworld means that you will be part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment, where students, researchers, and farmers (entrepreneurs) work and learn together.
The meningful Robot
A robot to use in the healthsector. You can build a robot, but you can also investigate how this works in practice. You will investigate the applicability with various stakeholders.
New projects are constantly being initiated. The current state of affairs and number of living labs represented in this minor, can be requested from the contact person of this minor. Further explanation on request.
Students develop self-formulated subject-specific and personal learning objectives. The latter are approved by the minor coordinator.
With regard to project-based collaboration, a critical success factor is being able to cope with the high degree of personal freedom and the associated responsibility. The aim is that the student will grow in this area.
The ultimate goal on a personal level is being able to deal with the tussle between self-interest and the importance of the project. This requires that the student (a) be aware of his or her own talents and can use them in a functional way and (b) have insight into their own motives.
- The student has passed his / her propaedeutic exam. In other words, the student has the basic knowledge and skills of their own discipline.
- The student has the basic knowledge and skills of project-based (collaboration) work.
- Both the subject-related and personal learning objectives of the student are in line with the objectives of the project and can be realized in the context of the project.
- Letter of application with motivation including curriculum vitae, uploaded at the same time as your learning agreement
- An intake interview with the project leader of the relevant project is part of the admission process. After receiving the letter of application, the student is invited for an intake interview.
- Handouts, readers, project archive.
- Books related to own assignment and personal learning goals.
- Students are stimulated to consult academic libraries as well as visiting conferences/symposia/exhibitions etc.
Ten days before the start of the minor, an email with information about scheduling will be sent to you. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't heard anything by then.
If you want to know more about other minors at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, view our Minorbrochure.
The assessment is done on the basis of the following deliverables of the personal assignments
- Professional report and observations by the guiding lecturer on performance as member of the project team.
- Oral reflection on the basis of personal process report on mutual cooperation and own performance.
Minimum requirements for adequate performance:
- Professional report in readable English, meeting the requirements of methodology and knowledge that the own education imposes on an internship report or otherwise a generally accepted way of reasoning in problem analysis, quantitative research including conclusion and recommendations or otherwise reflection from a preselected professional perspective on one or more processes within the project. Partial grade is expressed as a number C1 between 0 and 10.
- Additional courses on project management and/or systems engineering and/or cultural differences and/or English language. Partial grade C2 is expressed as a number between 0 and 10.
- Process report in readable English with at least five fully elaborated incidents. Partial grade is expressed in ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
The overall assessment is expressed in the final grade is a weighted averaging of the above figures: Final grade (C): C= 0,7 x C1 + 0,3 x C2. In order to be awarded this grade, the process report should have been graded with ‘pass’.
The final grade is transformed to the standards of the own education.
In case of minor omissions a second chance is given in terms of a complement of the assignment. If a student shows severe malpractice and/or misbehaviour he/she is removed from the course and a second chance is given in another project if available and suitable.
You are required to be available for 40 hours a week to work with your team. You will receive one hour of personal coaching a week.
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