After this course in Academic skills:
- you have a plan for the next step in your education or career and you can motivate how this matches your personal development
- you have a broader insight in the career opportunities of people with a scientific education
- you can analyse and steer your skills and options at a level that matches your personality
- you have proven experience with communication of practical and research results, according to the rules of scientific integrity
The concept of Academic skills may be a little vague, but most people with a university education will be able to name a few elements that are a part of being ‘an academic’. It entails both real skills such as being able to communicate, but also the ability to critically reflect on scientific issues.
The course ‘Academic skills’ is a mandatory part of all Bachelor's programmes in the Faculty of Science. It begins with the start of the programme in the first year and is completed at the end of the programme in the third year. In the meantime students fulfill assignments and follow a number of lectures (e.g. on scientific integrity).
Examples of assignments are: writing a motivation statement, reflecting on a past year and planning the next, exploring the professional field of a molecular scientist.
Exploring career options
This exploration of the professional field is done throughout the Bachelors programme with two activities:
- At the end of the first year, students look up and invite people from different professions to present their work during the final symposium.
- During the second and third year students follow a series of at least 12 seminars. The educational institute organizes the “MW-Colloquium” (see elsewhere in this prospectus), but also study associatons, the BBB and the Faculty regularly invite speakers from other institutes or outside academia.
These seminars not only serve to see possible career options, but also train the students in following seminars and in scientific discussion.
Each student is assigned to a mentor who is member of the academic staff. Students can talk with their mentor as often as they wish, but at the end of every year a meeting must take place. The final assignment is the drawing up of a ‘master plan’ that is the subject of a final meeting with the mentor.
Study and communication skills
Starting the academic year 2016-2017 we will pay attention to study and communication skills right at the beginning of the year. The chemistry tutors will be involved in the first two quarters with respect to study skills as well. Communication through oral and written presentations is part of the lab courses.