Academic Skills for Psychologists
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB1AS05E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
PreviousNext 5
dr. J. Baranova
Other course modules lecturer
dr. L.M. Boer
Other course modules lecturer
A.E.N. ten Cate, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
drs. H.J.F. Courtens
Other course modules lecturer
A.L. Gerrits, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
JAAR  (03/09/2018 to 31/08/2019)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Upon completion of the Academic Skills Training, you will be able to reason and communicate on a basic academic level concerning simple psychological questions, both verbally and in writing.
  1. You will be able to search for and locate relevant psychological literature using digital databases such as RUQuest, PsycINFO and Web of Science (FQ 5).
  2. You will be able to properly analyse and summarise a simple psychological research article (FQ 4).
  3. You will be able to write an introduction of a paper concerning a simple psychological question, while correctly using psychological literature (FQ 4).
  4. You will be able to follow the publication guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) correctly in written reporting (FQ 5).
  5. You will be able to provide constructive written feedback on the written products of fellow students (FQ 5)
  6. You will be able to evaluate your learning strategies and skills, and to adjust these in order to be succesful in your academic degree programme (FQ 5, 6).
The Academic Skills Training (AS) is an intensive training and results not so much in knowing more as being capable of more. Academic skills include verbal and written communication skills and research skills. In this context, feedback and reasoning skills play a major role. This training lays the foundation for successful completion of the Psychology programme and for adequate functioning as a beginning psychologist in practice or research.
In the first semester you will receive thorough training in verbal and written communication skills. Research skills are dealt with beginning in January as part of Research Project 1 (RP1; PSB1RS15N/E). During the entire first year, you will take AS and RP1 with the same group and from the same work group teacher, using a psychological theme of your own choice.
You will learn to perform some skills, such as information skills, on the level of a competent starting psychologist. You will learn other skills, such as writing skills, on a basic level and continue to develop these during the course of your studies.
You can take part in various optional training courses for study skills, such as Study planning and Learning strategies. These are offered in January and April and are specifically designed for first-year Psychology students.

Information on assessment
  • Mentoring assignments: passing grade for these assignments is a prerequisite for successful completion of this course.
  • Final assignment Information skills: passing grade for this assignmens is a prerequisite for successful completion of this course. 
  • Examination: Text Analysis and Text Summary (30% of the final grade).
  • Final assignment Introduction of paper (70% of the final grade).
Additional comments
PLEASE NOTE! Enrol for the AS work group first, before choosing work groups time slots for the other B1 courses. Why? During the AS and the ensuing Research Project 1, you will be assigned to a permanent study group for the entire year, with a fixed theme and time slot. Therefore, it is vital that you choose your theme and time slot carefully. As soon as the group and time slot for AS and RP 1 have been established, it is no longer possible to change to another group or theme! In order to avoid that work groups of your preference coincide, make sure to choose the time slot for your AS work group first, before choosing work group time slots for the other B1 courses.

Only Psychology students Radboud University will be admitted.

Required materials
American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington: American Psychological Association.
Course guide
Ven, E. In 't, Rabeling, I., Mulder, N., & Hofstede, B. (2018). Course Manual Academic Skills for psychologists. Nijmegen: Radboud University, Institute of Psychology & Artificial Intelligence. Available in due course via

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes


Working group
Attendance MandatoryYes

Mandatory assignments

Assignment Information Skills
Test weight0
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR, Block JAAR

Exam Text Analysis & Summary
Test weight30
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR, Block JAAR

Introduction Research Report
Test weight70
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR, Block JAAR

Test weight0
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR