Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Tutoraat Academische Vaardigheden
In the ‘Academic Skills Tutorial’ course students embark on their academic education. Three important skills are addressed: writing an article, giving a presentation, and setting up an experiment. During the precticing of these skills considerable attention is paid to argumentation, correct use of language, library use, correct referencing and compiling a bibliography. The ethical aspects of conducting research are also addressed in various contexts.
The Academic Skills Tutorial has a second objective: to offer support to students in making sufficient progress during their psychology study. This goal is closely connected to the ‘binding study advice’ (BSA). The BSA is a recommendation given to students, at the end of the first and second year, with regard to the continuation of their study. For more information on the BSA, and the steps taken to support students, see the psychology website.
In order to obtain course credits for the Academic Skills Tutorial students are also required to take part in psychological experiments. This provides hands-on experience as a participant in psychological research.
The aim of the Academic Skills Tutorial is to train students in three academic skills: writing a scientific literature review, giving a scientific presentation, and writing a research proposal. Practical skills which will be developed are:
- use of ICT for scientific study purposes (Web of Science, library facilities);
- studying and interpreting scientific texts and articles;
- paraphrasing and summarising relevant insights from these texts;
- constructing an argument (logical reasoning);
- formulating a viable research question;
- conducting a literature review (article) using recent scientific publications to answer the research question;
- referencing publications in the correct manner (APA guidelines);
- giving an oral presentation about the literature review in the article;
- setting up a design for experimental research, and a proposal for data analysis (the latter only for full-time students);
- application of ethical guidelines in designing psychological research;
- correct use of language;
- providing and dealing with constructive feedback.
At the start of the degree programme students will be assigned to a tutorial group.
Mode of instruction
The Academic Skills Tutorial comprises of an introductory interview at the start of the academic year, thirteen group meetings and eight hours of participation in psychological experiments. Tutorial groups will consist of twelve students, with the instructor acting as both tutor and mentor. When skills are practised the instructors’ role is that of a tutor: they provide explanation, give feedback on assignments, check, assess, and sanction. In their mentoring role the instructors guide, advise, counsel, and help with encountered problems.
In the first semester – Block 1 – seven group sessions will be held in order to train students in the skills required for ‘writing a short article’ (course objectives 1 – 7, 10-12). In the second semester three meetings will be devoted to ‘giving a presentation’ (Block 2, course objectives 4, 8, 11 & 12), and another three meetings concern ‘setting up an experiment’ (Block 3, course objectives 2-5, 7, 9-12).
Individual meetings are also scheduled between tutor and student, one example is the introductory interview at the start of the academic year. All students may request a meeting with the tutor during the course of the academic year, for example to talk about matters that hinder their study. Tutors may also take the initiative to set up additional meetings with a student.
Before each group session students are required to work on an assignment and hand this in to the tutor. The tutor will correct the work before the group session in question, so that it can be discussed during the meeting.
Attendance of all meetings is mandatory. Absences due to exceptional personal circumstances must always be communicated (in advance) to the tutor, and absence can be compensated for by additional assignments, to be included in the calculation of the final grade.
All assignments and partial assignments must be completed and handed in. The tutor will correct the work and give an individual assessment. Students will receive a grade for each block. Passing grades are required for all three course blocks. This means that a fail grade for one block cannot be compensated for by the grades for the other blocks.
The final grade for the Tutorial is the average of the grades for the three blocks.
In addition, each student will be required to spend 8 hours (= 16 participant-credits) as a participant in the current research programmes of the Institute of Psychology. Enrolment and registration will take place via Sona.
A passing grade for the Academic Skills Tutorial results in five ECs. These ECs will be awarded together at the end of the year, after students have finished the third course block and has met the requirements for participation in psychological experiments.
The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud
Additional information about the course is available on Blackboard.
Reader Academic Skills Tutorial 2014-2015. It contains the assignments students will be required to do, along with the necessary background information. Students may order the syllabus via Readeronline.
For course content:
- Dr. C. E. Stevenson
Tel: 071-527 37 89
For organisational matters
- P. Ruygrok
Tel: 071-527 37 37