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Course module: 35B208-B-6
Improving Society Lab for EOR
Course info
Course module35B208-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Econometrics and OR; Econometrics & Operations;
Is part of
B Econometrics and Operations Research
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dr. A.G. Balter
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dr. M. Balvert
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dr. R.C.M. Brekelmans
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Lecturer G.W.P. Charlier
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Lecturer E.R. van Dam
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Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 25/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021

In this course students learn how to apply the techniques and theory from Econometrics and Operations Research to real-life applications. In the workshops, they discover that the theory they just learned can be applied to a variety of real-life applications. They are motivated by observing that with Econometrics and Operations Research one can really improve society in an essential way. Moreover, the students learn how to present. Finally, this course gives students more insight into their future career possibilities.

During the final project the students learn:

  • to work on cases that call upon several courses at the same time;
  • to work in and as a team;
  • to independently conduct the analysis of a problem;
  • to train their skills in presenting and writing;
  • to train their discussion skills and social skills, by discussing the findings in their own and other projects in a variety of roles;
  • to creatively use quantitative modeling for the solution of problems;
  • to make use of their intuition.


In order to start with the final project in the second semester of year 2 a minimum of 66 ECTS will have to be passed.
In order to start a BSc Thesis EOR (300TET), the course 'Improving Society Lab EOR’ is required.

Recommended Prerequisites

For participation in the final project: Communication and Information Skills, Probability and Statistics, Statistics for Econometrics, Mathematical Analysis 2, Advanced Linear Algebra.

In each of the workshops, a real-life application will be treated in which the student applies the theory and techniques just learned in other courses. After a short introduction, the students will work in small groups on the real-life case and apply Econometrics and Operations Research techniques to solve the real-life problem. At the end, the students present their solutions, and finally the teacher/ company discusses how this case was solved in reality.

The topics may vary each year, but they are all related to “Improving Society”. Examples:

  • Optimizing food supply to fight hunger in the world (in cooperation with World Food Program);
  • Improving cancer treatment by optimization (in cooperation with MAASTRO Clinic);
  • Determine the value and risks of mortgages from the bank's perspective (in cooperation with company Zanders). 

In the final project, groups of 3 or 4 students conduct a case study in the area of Business Analytics and Operations Research, Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science, or Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. Two compulsory meetings are planned to present and discuss the progress; one of the supervising lecturers presides the meeting. The compulsory parts of the final project include the writing of an essay, the presentation of the findings, and the active participation to all discussions. Participation to the final project is only possible after registration on time (early February); details will be announced on Blackboard Course info.

Type of instructions

Workshops and project for triples or foursomes.

Type of exams

Participation in the workshops is compulsory. For the final project, an essay has to be written (in English) and participation in two planned meetings in the spring of the second year is compulsory. The grade will be determined by the (team) result of the final project and only becomes available if the student participated in all ISL-sessions/workshops and collected enough points in the PASS program.

The Program for Academic Study Success (aka PASS) is about social skills and personal development. The program takes place in year 1 only and consists of a number of lectures, online assignments, class meetings with the PASS-supervisor, campuswide events and, last but not least, individual guidance by your PASS-mentor (a senior student who has received special training to be a mentor). He or she will organize several social activities within the PASS-program, together with other mentors. These activities will enhance group cohesion. You will learn, amongst other things:
A.      How to study efficiently by a thorough orientation with respect to the subject matter and by making a detailed planning, both for the short and the long term.
B.      How to reflect on your own cultural identity and those of others, to be open to and be able to deal with different communication styles, determined by culture.
C.     Where you stand with respect to the ideas of fellow students and guest lecturers from within and outside TiSEM.
Various PASS-activities yield in total 25 'PASS-points'. You will need a minimum of 10 'PASS-points', to be gained in semester 1 of year 1, to complete this part of Improving Society Lab. In addition, you will write a portfolio in which you reflect on the activities you have participated in.
Contact person M.J.P. Peeters
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