Final qualification IEM (Word)

APPENDIX 4 Final Qualifications of the IEM programmes

In the following table the final qualifications of the BSc and MSc programmes are specified. They involve the same competence/domain/performance but the level and the situation in which they have to be applied are different. In the domain of the track chosen, the level and scope of the competencies of the MSc graduate is substantially higher.

The concrete differences between the BSc and the MSc version are highlighted as grey.

The first group of qualifications (A) is related to the professional academic activities of an IEM graduate; the second group (B) reflects the general academic level.

 

A. Professional academic qualifications

 

Generally:

The graduates of both the BSc and the MSc programme are able to analyze problems and define required improvements for the design and control of operational processes (the IEM domain) at an academic level. Moreover, they are able to implement such improvements. The difference between BSc and MSc is, that BSc graduates are able to perform these activities in relatively simple cases, whereas MSc graduates are able to act adequately in more complex situations.

This involves defining problems and research questions; describing intended results, scope of research and design efforts, available resources; determining the constraints for feasible solutions, from different perspectives (such as: organizational, legal, financial, ethical, professional norms) and for different stakeholders (such as: employees, shareholders, suppliers, local community, regulators); defining criteria for evaluating alternative solutions.

 

BSc final qualifications

MSc final qualifications

 

So, the graduate is able to identify, comprehend, assess, correctly apply, and integrate existing scientific knowledge that can be used for analyzing problems and designing solutions, in the domains of:

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production and logistics;

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information systems;

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finance and accounting;

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other fields in business administration (law; marketing; human resources);

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mathematics, statistics, empirical research methods.

This implies the following competencies

So, the graduate is able to quickly identify, thoroughly comprehend, critically assess, correctly apply, and creatively integrate existing scientific knowledge that can be used for analyzing problems and designing solutions, in one of the domains of:

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production and logistics;

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information systems;

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finance and accounting;

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health care.

This implies the following competencies in the domain chosen

A1

Has a global overview of the structure of research and design processes and is able to

- identify the various steps in performed research and design

- properly break up own research and design activities into sub- processes

These processes are intertwined: Research is needed for producing knowledge that is used for designing solutions in a specific context. Such knowledge is produced in a purposeful and methodical way (using scientific research methods). It may or may not be generalizable knowledge

Has a thorough overview of the structure of research and design processes and is able to

- identify the various steps in performed research and design

- properly break up own research and design activities into sub- processes

These processes are intertwined: Research is needed for producing knowledge that is used for designing solutions in a specific context. Such knowledge is produced in a purposeful and methodical way (using scientific research methods). It may or may not be generalizable knowledge

A.2

Has an overview of quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods and is able to

- analyze performed research as to the methodological aspects

- select an appropriate method and explain this choice for research to be performed

- apply this method in relatively simple cases

Has a thorough overview of quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods and is able to

- critically analyze performed research as to the methodological aspects

- select an appropriate method and justify this choice for research to be performed

- apply this method in relatively complex cases

A3

Has an overview of quantitative modeling techniques for operational processes, specifically in the domains of

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Operations research models

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Information systems models

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Finance and accounting models

and is able to

- analyze the results of modeling activities

- select an appropriate modeling technique and explain this choice

- apply this technique in relatively simple cases.

Has a thorough overview of quantitative modeling techniques for operational processes in this domain,

and is able to

- critically analyze the results of modeling activities

- select appropriate modeling techniques and justify this choice

- apply these techniques in relatively complex cases.

A4

Is able to integrate existing knowledge, modeling techniques, and research results for designing, validating, and selecting solutions in relatively simple cases

This is challenging, because existing knowledge may not fully apply to a specific situation, models are always stylized, empirical research always has limitations, and some aspects have been left out of scope from the beginning anyway

Is able to integrate existing knowledge, modeling techniques, and research results for designing, validating, and selecting solutions in relatively complex cases

This is challenging, because existing knowledge may not fully apply to a specific situation, models are always stylized, empirical research always has limitations, and some aspects have been left out of scope from the beginning anyway

A5

Has an overview of implementation methods and processes and is able to

- (critically) analyze ongoing or finished implementation processes

- plan globally an implementation process in a relatively simple case

Has an overview of implementation methods and processes and is able to

- critically analyze ongoing or finished implementation processes

- plan globally an implementation process in a relatively complex case

A6

Has an overview of evaluation methods and techniques and is able to

- analyze the results of performed evaluations

- select appropriate evaluation methods and explain this choice

- carry out an evaluation in relatively simple cases

Has an overview of evaluation methods and techniques and is able to

- critically analyze the results of performed evaluations

- select appropriate evaluation methods and justify this choice

- carry out an evaluation in relatively complex cases

A7

In order to be able to meet these competencies, the graduate must have mastered the following disciplines:

- mathematics and statistics level 2

- finance and accounting level 2

- production and logistics level 2

- information systems level 2

- law, organization theory, marketing level 1

In order to be able to meet these competencies, the graduate must have mastered level 3 of a set of core disciplines in the specialization domain.

A8

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Is able to contribute to the development of the academic profession by identifying generic consequences and implications from professional cases (for example, general presentations, write papers about design solutions).

 

B. General academic qualifications

 

BSc final qualifications

MSc final qualifications

B1

Is able to work autonomously and self-reliant

Is able to work autonomously and self-reliant

B2

Is able to work in teams.

Is able to work in multidisciplinary teams.

B3

Is able to communicate properly (in oral and written form) with various stakeholders

Is able to communicate properly (in oral and written form) with various stakeholders

B4

Is able to conduct a bibliographic search and knows how to reference correctly

Is able to conduct a bibliographic search and knows how to reference correctly

B5

Is able to reflect on professional behaviour and ethical and societal aspects of work

Is able to reflect on professional behaviour and ethical and societal aspects of work

B6

Is able to reflect on and direct personal and professional development

Is able to reflect on and direct personal and professional development

B7

Is able to manage and concretize effectively his own learning process in the context of a MSc programme.

Is able to manage and concretize effectively his own learning process in the context of “life long learning”

B8

Has enough basic knowledge and competencies to follow a broad range of MSc programmes which are adjacent to the IEM domain.

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