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Integrated project 1

Course
2017-2018

Admission requirements

Core course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies

Description

In Integrated project 1 students will be challenged to integrate the knowledge and understanding they have gathered in the first year courses and apply these to a security and/or safety case in a group project. In this course, students will gain consulting skills by designing policies and making policy recommendations.

After an introduction into design science students will apply its principles to the security and/or safety case they have been assigned as a group. Students will design a set of strategies, recommendations, a change campaign or another set of artefacts that can be used to address the security and/or safety challenge at hand.

Course objectives

  • Students will acquire basic knowledge and understanding of the principles of design science.

  • Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of a contemporary security and/or safety case.

  • Students will be able to identify and contextualize a (real-life) security and/or safety threat, and understand which actors, approaches, consequences, and possible impacts are involved in this case study and how they are interrelated or how they relate to a broader societal context.

  • Students will be able to translate a specific (real-life) security and/or safety case into a research project suited for academic research and will be able to translate findings relating to the analysis of this incident into recommendations for future prevention or risk reduction.

  • Students will be able to analyse a specific (real-life) complex security and/or safety incident and to identify various strategies derived from relevant disciplines.

  • Students will be able to find relevant (research-based) information, and to organise, analyse and value their findings with clarity and precision.

  • Students will be able to identify and evaluate different (research) methods and strategies and value their applicability for a given security and/or security incident.

  • Students will be able to construct and articulate arguments (in oral and written form) about security theories and contemporary security challenges in relation to (real-life) contemporary security and/or safety case in an academic setting.

  • Students will learn to respect and practise intellectual integrity and ethical scholarship.

  • Students will be able to translate the findings and results from the group project into an academic report and to make them accessible to a broader audience by means of a form of visualisation.

  • Students will be able to participate effectively in a group when doing research, carrying out analysis and formulating recommendations that are to be developed as part of the project.

  • Students will be able to show awareness for the ethical and social dilemmas involved in the case study.

Timetable

The complete schedule, as well as links to uSis and Blackbopard can be found on the right side of the introductory page of the Bachelor Security Studies.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, labs, project / field work, and an excursion.

This course is mandatory.

Course Load

Total study load of 280 hours

  • Contact hours: 89

  • Self-study hours: 191

Assessment method

  • Academic paper: 50%

  • Presentation: 50%

More information will be available on the Blackboard page.

Resit
Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have a grade lower than 5,5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resits will take the same form.

Blackboard

Course page will be available one week in advance.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.

Registration

To be announced by OSC staff.

Contact

Dr. K.M. Kirk