Dutch Dairy Student Challenge


About this course

To participate in the Dutch Dairy Student Challenge (DDSC), the student must have (disciplinary) knowledge in his/her field of study and should have successfully completed (at least!) the first wo years of their BSc program. Furthermore, the student should master information literacy, computer literacy and presentation skills; English verbal and writing skills should be on a level which allows full contribution to the project development, and full independent functioning in a student team.

In this specific course we are posing the following question:
How can dairy farms still exist in the future, in a healthy, sustainable and economically feasible way, from the perspective of the animals, the environment, as well as the farmers?”.

In working on this challenge, students are stimulated to employ a trans-disciplinary approach. Projects could combine technical, political, economic, social and sustainability disciplines. The proposed projects could take the form of a prototype (e.g. of a device, a platform, a tool), a system or a policy, depending on the expertise of the students and their chosen direction. In a period of 100 days students will be challenged to redefine this broad challenge to a more specific problem definition, and propose a project plan.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • identify a relevant challenge related to sustainable dairy farming and describe its context from a scientific perspective
  • gather and analyze information from academic and non-academic resources, and use that information to build a logical narrative towards a clearly-defined objective
  • design, plan, and describe an approach that is scientifically sound and achievable within the societal, economical, and environmental constraints
  • evaluate the risks, feasibility, and expected societal impact of the proposed research in a critical, realistic and convincing way
  • reflect on personal learning goals, based on their own expertise and that of other members and stakeholders

Teaching method and examination

The final assessment is based on a number of deliverables and divided into two different tracks.

  • the group track deliverables (project proposal, final presentation), will be reviewed and assessed by the assessment panel and will form 70% of the grade.
  • the individual track deliverables (learning goals, action plan and reflection report) are reviewed by the coach and validated by the assessment panel and count for 30%.

Both parts have to be graded with at least a 5.5. In case of an insufficient mark, there will be a re-sit opportunity based on specific criteria formulated by the assessment panel.

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