As a part of the studytour, students have to participate in an education programme too. This programme starts 5 weeks before the start of the trip on August 29 and lasts till a couple of months after the trip (half of February). Within these weeks the students have to do a macro-, meso- and micro study. Students will get insight how the United States works on a national level and they will further zoom in towards a case study. On the trip itself students will make a visit reports of the excursions.
The studies will be supported by several lectures:
- (Fun) introduction to the United States by Rick Hogeboom
- Introduction to macro and meso study: Why do a macro and/or meso study and which tools to use? by René Torenvlied and Veronica Junjan
- Workshop international communications by Jelle Ferwerda and Annet de Kiewit
- Several guest lecturers: people who have worked in the United States
- Alex Roos: Technisch Manager Markermeerdijken at Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier
- Mathijs van Ledden: Director Business Development Flood Risk Reduction at Royal Haskoning-DHV
- Ellen Linnenkamp: Managing Director North America at Strukton Rail
- Two business cases by APPM and PHBM/MTénV
The participants start with a macro study on the United States. The macro study will be done with the help of the PESTLE-analysis. This method is one of several methods to perform a macro study. PESTLE stands for Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Enviromental. 6 groups containing 4 students will each analyse one of the letters (see group assigment document above). The final result will be a report and a presentation. The conclusions of each group will be combined to make a total conclusion.
Parallel to the macro study, students will perform a meso study. This will be done using Porter’s Diamond. 6 industries will be analyzed using the five forces within the Diamond. So 6 groups containing 4 students will do this and these groups are the same ones from the macro study (see group assigment document above). The final result will be a report and a presentation.
Lastly, all students will conduct an in-depth micro research to a topic related to the central theme of the study tour, “Modern Methods in Today’s Challenges”. Within the central theme, there are 7 subthemes with their respective supervisor:
- Construction projects in complex situations (Robin de Graaf)
- Dealing with unstable soils (Vanessa Magnanimo & Robert Hack)
- Integrating transport in urban developments (Tom Thomas)
- Ensuring satisfactory flood safety (Marjolein Dohmen-Janssen)
- Urban water management (Rick Hogeboom)
- (Fresh) water shortages (Rick Hogeboom)
- Estuary and delta management (Pim Willemsen & Bas Borsje)
The micro study is based on preliminary findings and data gathered during the study tour (mostly excursions). The participants will write a preliminary paper, a visit report and a final paper about their research. There will also be several presentations.
Each study will be assessed. The following distribution will be applied:
- Macro- and meso study report/paper – 30% (group)
- Preliminary paper micro study – 30% (group)
- Visit report(s) – 10% (individual)
- Final paper micro study – 20% (group)
- Presentation final result micro study – 10% (group)