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Advanced Academic & Professional Skills - Fall 2014



Objective 1. The aims of this course are to improve students’ ability to develop thoughtful, interesting, and well-designed research projects, and
Objective 2. to improve students’ skills in persuasively presenting the ideas behind, as well as the findings resulting from, their research.

Content: The course is divided into three parts, all brought together by students’ work on the core course assignment—a brief policy paper.

Research Design
In this component of the course, students will work with their instructors and classmates to develop compelling research questions, devise sound schemes for conducting the research necessary to answer those questions, and, ultimately, follow through with the research itself.

Research Presentation – Writing
In the writing component of the course, participants will be given tools for effectively editing their own text on the basis of structural readers’ expectations. They are required to apply these tools one by one to their own text, and will receive individual feedback from the instructor on a weekly basis. In addition, participants will be provided with self-study tools to deepen their understanding of academic and professional writing conventions.

Finally, in the presentation component of the course, participants will acquire the skills required to give a talk in front of a critical audience. Each participant will give a presentation, followed by a group discussion on the contents of that presentation. The participant will then receive individual feedback on the basis of a video recording of his or her presentation.


Registration in uSis is possible from Wednesday 15 October 12.00 hrs until Wednesday 22 October 12.00 hrs.


Tuesday 28 October, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 1A20
Monday 1 December, 17.00-19.00 hrs in 1A20

Workgroup 1*: Monday 3 until 15 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 1A33 (except 17 Nov in 5A29, 24 Nov in 1A24, 8 Dec in SA29, 15 Dec in SA23 (no workgroup 1 December)
Workgroup 2: Monday 3 November until 15 December, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SA29 (no workgroup 1 December)
Workgroup 3: Monday 3 November until 15 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 1A37 (no workgroup 1 December)
Workgroup 4: Monday 3 November until 15 December, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5B14 (no workgroup 1 December)

*Research Master students and students interested in transferring to the reasearch master only.
TBA = To be announced