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Minor RI

Introduction to LDE Minor Responsible Innovation 2017-2018

The minor Responsible Innovation is a unique collaboration between the Leiden University, the Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam.  This minor offers in-depth insight into how responsible innovation can be accomplished and promoted. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company, and of an entire economic system; and how responsible innovation can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided. 

In this minor we combine the unique knowledge and skills of the three universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. Each university contributes its own specific focus and expertise on Responsible Innovation. The students and teachers come from the different universities, and bring with them specific knowledge and perspectives from their universities.


What will you learn in this minor?

During this minor you will be introduced to the technical, managerial and socio-economic principles that govern innovation, and discuss the ethical and other conditions for innovating responsibly. You will learn how responsible innovation can be defined and analysed; how it can be done and managed at the level of a project team, of a company, and of an entire economic system; and how it can be promoted and irresponsible innovation avoided. You will learn to work on these issues in a multidisciplinary team.


For whom?

Are you interested in working together with students from various disciplines from Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam and do you think that people, planet and profit should be taken into account during innovation? If so, this English-Language minor could be right for you! 

The minor is open to all third-year bachelor student of the three universities. Students from Rotterdam take only the first part in Q1 (15 ECTS). Students from Delft and Leiden can take both quarters making up a 30 ECTS minor. 

We aim at students who are passionate about understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation. The course encourages students to think about the people, planet and profit aspects of potential innovations. The following common features describe our target group: – Societal conscious: you have a vision to understanding dilemmas in responsible innovation; – Entrepreneurial spirit: you are open minded with a flexible and proactive attitude; – Value-driven: you have a wish to contribute to financial, ecological and social sustainability. We are looking for a high diversity of interests and backgrounds, in order to have strong cross-disciplinary teams with higher and more effective innovation capacity!


How does the minor work?

The minor consists of 1 quarter (for Erasmus students) or 2 quarters (=1 semester, for TU Delft and Leiden University students). Each quarter consists of:

  1. Three thematic modules, and each university participating the minor will be responsible for one module per quarter;
  2. Skill Labs as part of the thematic modules that support your learning experience;
  3. and an innovative research assignment in Student Project Groups.


Thematic Modules: Courses and Skill Labs

In the LDE Minor Responsible Innovation, there are six Thematic Modules. Topics dealt with in the Thematic Modules are: responsible innovation & value sensitive design; corporate social responsibility; responsible systems innovations & interface management; responsible management of risk & safety; ethical, legal & innovation aspects of intellectual property; responsible bioscience & biotechnology; management of the innovation process.

You can find the descriptions of each module here. The Thematic Modules will have their own specific passing requirements and schedules. These are managed by the respective module managers. Note: changes and updates from the module managers should be considered final.

First quarter

  1. Introduction to Responsible Innovation // TU Delft: J. B. (Janna) van Grunsven
  2. Innovation and Interface Management // Erasmus: Dr. ir. H. J. (Henk) de Vries
  3. Data for Peace and Justice // Leiden: T. J. (Thomas) Baar

Second quarter

  1. Introduction to Safety Security // TU Delft: Dr. F. W. (Frank) Guldenmund
  2. Responsible Innovation Management // Erasmus: T.H. (Timo) van Balen
  3. Ethics, Culture and Biotechnology // Leiden: Prof. dr. R. (Rob) Zwijnenberg

Skill Labs

First quarter

  1. On the Intervention Cycle (Erasmus: Dr. ir. H. J. (Henk) de Vries)
  2. Interviewing Techniques (TU Delft: S. L. (Shannon) Spruit)
  3. Research Methods and Literature Review (Erasmus: T. H. (Timo) van Balen)
  4. Identifying Ethical and Social Concerns (TU Delft: Dr. ir. B (Behnam) Taebi)
  5. Critical Thinking and Writing (Erasmus: Dr. ir. H. J. (Henk) de Vries)
  6. Design Thinking & Rapid Prototyping (Leiden: T. J. (Thomas) Baar)

Second quarter

  1. Critical Reflection from a Responsible Innovation Perspective (Prof. dr. R. (Rob) Zwijnenberg)
  2. Result Monitoring and Evaluation (Leiden: S. P. (Sjoerd) Louwaars)
  3. Intervision (TU Delft: F. W. (Frank) Guldenmund)

 
Student Project Groups

Minor RI Intervention Cycle Image

The integrative focal point of this minor is the Student Project Groups (SPGs) which are mixed groups of 4-6 students coming from the three universities, tutored by academic coaches. Most projects are done in cooperation with a company or societal organisation, and during the process each SPG is in touch with this target stakeholder. In the SPG, the student will apply the Intervention Cycle to a real-life case of innovation. At the end of each quarter, there will be a plenary seminar where the groups will present their results to fellow students and coaches and, if feasible, also the target stakeholders. The SPGs are formed during the first integration seminar, also known as the Kick-off day of the minor.

The structure of the SPG’s is based on the six steps of the Intervention Cycle: Problem Identification, Problem Analysis, Problem Definition, Solution (Re)Design, Solution Implementation and Solution Evaluation.  Students will cover the entire cycle during each of the two quarters. The results will be presented during the plenary sessions at the end of the first and second quarter (week 9 and week 18).

At the end of the learning experience you can demonstrate understanding of the intervention cycle by applying the framework to a specific case of responsible innovation by working in an interdisciplinary team. This includes:

  1. Applying practical and theoretical knowledge to papers and presentations; and
  2. Reflecting on teamwork and team decision making processes.

Please follow this link for more information on the SPG's, Coaches and Target Stakeholders, Interdisciplinary Group Work, The Intervention Cycle, and The Schedule Overview and Assessments of SPG's, or click on each area which will lead you to the information in a new tab.


Minor Schedule

Find the full minor schedule here.

Below you can find the simplified minor schedule. The classrooms of the courses will be communicated together with the schedule before the minor begins. For now, the schedule presents in which university the courses will take place.

Note: Blank weeks or lecture free weeks are normally scheduled as self-study or preparation week for the exams. However, the six thematic modules can still have specific timeslots and the SPG feedback meetings can still be scheduled in these blank weeks. The reason for this is that the minor as a whole has few exams and mostly (group) assignments. The students conclude their work with quarterly end presentation to defend their past quarterly work.

Overview Calendar Minor RI1718

Rules and Regulations

Attendance
Modules attendance: All students have to be present in all modules, including the Skill Labs. The teachers and the minor coordinator have to be notified in advance for the absences.
For each absence, students have to do an assignment. The students who are absent more than twice will not pass the module.        

Assessment
The minor is a full-time programme for a full quarter (15EC) or semester (30EC). Students must thus attend all sessions, including the plenary seminars. To pass the minor, it is required to pass all thematic modules and the SPGs.

Each thematic module has its own grading system, which is rewarded with 4 ECTS each. Skill Labs are integrated within the thematic modules. The SPGs are rewarded with 3 ECTS each quarter.

Thematic Modules exam dates

Q1 Introduction to Responsible Innovation:
                  Policy Brief: 12 October 2017
                  Presentations: 23 & 30 October 2017
Q1 Innovation and Interface Management:
                  Assignment 1: 31 October 2017 | 09:00
                  Assignment 2: 25 September 2017 | 23:00
                  Assignment 3: 16 October 2017 | 23:00
                  Written Exam: 17 October 2017 | 09:00-11:45
Q1 Data for Peace and Justice:
                  Essay: 2 November 2017, 09:00
Q2 Safety and Risk:
                  Multiple Choice Exam: 15 January 2018 | 09:45
Q2 Innovation Management:
                  Assignment: 16 January 201 | 09:00
Q2 Ethics, Culture and Biotechnology:
                  Assignment: 18 January 2018 | 09:00

SPG Project exam dates
Q1: Final Presentation on 10 November 2017 | 09:00-17:00
Q2: Final Presentation on 26 January 2018 | 09:00-17:00


Grading
The final grade is based on 80% Thematic Modules + 20% SPGs

In order to pass the minor, you need to obtain a minimum grade of 6,0 or higher for all courses: this means a 6,0 or higher for all the Thematic Modules and a 6,0 or higher for the Student Project Group.

There are no course grades given between 5,0 and 6,0: a 5,50 and higher will be rounded up to 6,0 and a 5,49 and lower will be rounded down to 5,0. Outside this range (5,0 - 6,0) all end results will be expressed in a round number or a number with one decimal.


Re-sits
The students are allowed one re-sit per examination. It is not allowed to re-sit an examination or assignment for which they have received a pass (6,0 or higher). It is allowed to re-sit an examination or assignment which they haven't done during the first occasion. The re-sit format needs to be discussed with the teacher of the course in line with examination regulations. 

In case the student is granted an extra re-sit by the Board of Examiners, this re-sit has to take place within study year 2017-2018. This means the students have to complete the minor within one study year. 


Registration 

In order to do a minor at a LDE university other than your home university, you must have an active or a definitive enrolment for a Bachelor’s programme at your home university before 1 September.

Beside an active enrolment at your home university you also need an active registration as a guest-/minor-student at the other participating LDE universities.

Erasmus University, Leiden University and TU Delft will exchange the necessary registration information (your name, address, contact details, etc.), but you also need to take action. 

 

Please register as follows for the active enrolment at your home university:

TU Delft students

  • Register your minor preferences via Osiris from 1 May up to 31 May.
  • Make sure you have an active registration as a bachelor student for 2017-2018 at your home university TU Delft before 1 September 2017!

 EUR students:

  • Register your minor preferences via Osiris from 1 May up to 31 May.
  • Make sure you have an active registration as a bachelor student for 2017-2018 at your home university EUR before 1 September 2017!

 Leiden University students:

  • Register for the minor in uSis from 1 May up to 1 August 2017.
  • Make sure you have an active registration as a bachelor student for 2017-2018 at your home university Leiden University before 1 September 2017!!

Please register as follows for the active registration as a guest-/minor-student at the other participating universities:

TU Delft Students:

For enrolling as a minor-student at Leiden:

  1. You receive an email regarding your registration as contract student and an email with the request to activate your new UCLN account. After activating this, you can access Blackboard Leiden that will function as the electronic learning environment.

For enrolling as a guest student at Erasmus University:

  1. You receive an email requesting you to upload a passport photo. Make sure that you upload your passport photo before 1 September. Without a passport photo, you cannot be enrolled as a guest student at Erasmus University.

Leiden University Students:

For enrolling as a minor-student at TU Delft:

  1. Register yourself as a minor-student via studielink.nl (see factsheet). In Studielink, select the minor at ‘Technische Bestuurskunde’ (NL) or ‘Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management’ (EN).
  2. Immediately after registration in Studielink, you must upload a passport photo for your TU Delft campus card via e-service.tudelft.nl. You can log in with your NetID, which is sent to you automatically after your registration in Studielink.

For enrolling as a guest student at Erasmus University:

  1. You receive an email requesting you to upload a passport photo. Make sure that you upload your passport photo before 1 September. Without a passport photo, you cannot be enrolled as a guest student at Erasmus University.

Erasmus University Students:

For enrolling as a minor-student at Leiden University:

  1. You receive an email regarding your registration as contract student and an email with the request to activate your new UCLN account. After activating this, you can access Blackboard Leiden that will function as the electronic learning environment.

For enrolling as a minor-student at TU Delft:

  1. Register yourself as a minor-student via studielink.nl (see factsheet). In Studielink, select the minor at ‘Technische Bestuurskunde’ (NL) or ‘Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management’ (EN).
  2. Immediately after registration in Studielink, you must upload a passport photo for your TU Delft campus card via e-service.tudelft.nl. You can log in with your NetID, which is sent to you automatically after your registration in Studielink.

 

Contact

For general questions regarding the minor Responsible Innovation you can contact the organisational minor coordinator Lotte Pet (l.pet@hum.leidenuniv.nl).

For questions regarding the Thematic Modules, you can contact the module managers:

Thematic Module

Contact

E-mail address

Innovation and Interface Management

Dr. ir. H. J. (Henk) de Vries

hvries@rsm.nl

Introduction to Responsible Innovation

J. B. (Janna) van Grunsven

j.b.van.grunsven@umail.leidenuniv.nl

Data for Peace and Justice

T. J. (Thomas) Baar

t.j.baar@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Innovation Management

T.H. (Timo) van Balen

vanbalen@rsm.nl

Ethics, Culture and Biotechnology

Prof. Dr. R. (Rob) Zwijnenberg

r.zwijnenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Introduction to Safety Security

F. W. (Frank) Guldenmund

F.W.Guldenmund@tudelft.nl

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