Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for the Master of Bioscience Engineering: Sustainable Urban Bioscience Engineering are centred around six professional roles: expert, engineer, researcher, communicator, member of a multidisciplinary team, and citizen.

The Master as an expert

1. The Master has advanced knowledge of and insight in the city as a micro- and macro-ecosystem and of urban sustainability challenges related to ecological, (micro)biological, chemical, physical and physiological processes. The Master monitors actual environmental developments of the urban system and related processes and of their evolutions on medium and long term, such as the effects of climate change on the urban environment.

2. The Master has basic knowledge and understanding of urban planning, urban economics, urban sociology and the relevant legal framework.

3. The Master has advanced and application-oriented insight in technology for sustainable production, process, management and use of ecological, (micro)biological, chemical, physical and physiological components in an urban environment.

4. The Master can independently integrate, deepen and critically reflect upon multidisciplinary knowledge, insight and skills concerning sustainable urban bioscience engineering, to develop innovative and creative concepts and possible applications.

The Master as an engineer

5. The Master can independently, accurately and result-oriented conceive, plan and execute an engineering project at the level of a starting investigating professional. The Master formulates goals, keeps focus on specific objectives and development routes and reports effectively.

6. The Master controls system complexity with regard to sustainable urban bioscience engineering using quantitative methods. The Master has advanced and application-oriented insight in leading theories and methods for schematically representing and modelling of processes and systems, to develop and/or implement innovative and sustainable concepts in an urban environment.

7. The Master formulates and analyses complex problems within the urban context, and reduces them to manageable sub-problems, designs concepts and effective (eco)technological solutions for the specific cases with attention to sustainability and the broader conceptual implications.

8. In interaction with stakeholders, the Master designs groundbreaking, high-quality, innovative and application-oriented systems, products, services, and processes. The Master assesses the risks and feasibility of the proposed solutions, weighs specifications and technical, economical, legal, and societal boundary conditions, with attention to the business context.

The Master as a researcher

9. Through sufficient knowledge and with attention to the conceptual framework, the Master can conduct and critically interpret a literature search and critically evaluate the research results. The Master can extract new research questions from design problems and useful information from incomplete, conflicting, or redundant data.

10. The Master can select, adapt and eventually develop advanced research, design and solution methods, and adequately apply these and scientifically process the obtained results. The Master can scientifically motivate the choices made based on the foundations of the discipline.

The Master as a communicator

11. The Master can communicate and present both written and verbally about the own discipline to colleagues and third parties (such as citizens).

12. Through integral thinking the Master can formulate policy proposals for a sustainable urban environment.

The Master as a member of a multidisciplinary team

13. The Master takes his/her role and responsibility in a multidisciplinary team and can integrate different disciplines through his/her position. The Master can develop leadership.

The Master as a citizen

14. The Master acts professionally, ethically, and socially responsible with attention to technological, (business)economic and social sustainable arguments, both in a local as in a global and intercultural context.