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Skills lab 1


Admission requirements

Core course for students enrolled in the bachelor’s programme Security Studies


Lab 1 aims to train both academic and professional skills. Students will develop an understanding of the social and learning processes necessary for academic studies.

The skills that will be addressed in Lab 1 are: academic reading, argumentation, academic writing, general research skills (formulating a research question and literature search) and reflection and learning skills. In addition, an important goal of Lab 1 is to develop an open, critical and academic attitude.

By learning these skills from the beginning of the first year, students will gain an important basis for the rest of their time in the programme. Lab 1 also aims to bring about a deeper understanding of the lectures being given in the corresponding course ‘Introduction to Security and Safety’ by explaining, discussing and practicing the contents.

Some lab meetings will be more social. They will focus on getting acquainted and forming an active and collaborative student cohort. Moreover, there will be attention for reflection on individual talents and areas for improvement.

A portfolio will be used to monitor and assess the students’ skills development and study progress. Students will collect their academic and professional skills assignments, assessments and (self-)reflection reports in this portfolio. Students will regularly discuss and reflect on their progress with each other and their tutor.

Course objectives

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to identify the research question, hypotheses and core argument in an academic article.

  • Students will be able to evaluate whether the argument made in a given article is adequately supported by empirical data and/or theoretical foundations.

  • Students will develop the ability to make clearly articulated arguments supported by sound theoretical foundations and/or empirical evidence.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding that writing is a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analysing, and synthesising primary and secondary sources.

  • Students will be able to use correct and academic language and will learn to follow instructions on the content, structure, writing style and references when writing a report.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to trace the steps of the research process in a given sample project.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to find, analyse and summarise academic literature.

  • Students will be able to use and reflect on effective learning strategies and to dedicate time to learning, autonomy, discipline, perseverance, and information management in the learning process.

  • Students will be able to show a positive attitude towards learning as an ongoing and life-enriching activity and contributes to an active learning and working community.

  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of the content provided in the corresponding course ‘Introduction into Security and Safety’.

  • Students will become familiar with the entire programme, the department staff and his/her fellow students and will be able to find his/her way well within the university.

  • Students will be able to design, maintain and use a portfolio.


The complete schedule, as well as links to uSis and Blackbopard can be found on the right side of the introductory page of the Bachelor Security Studies.

Mode of instruction

Labs, including various active teaching methods.

This course is mandatory.

Course Load

Total study load of 140 hours

  • Lab hours: 42

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  • Self-study hours: 93

Assessment method

Portfolio consisting of various assignments: 100%

More information will be available on the Blackboard page.

Students will be permitted a resit if they have a grade lower than 5,5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit will consist of alternative assignments.


Course will be available one week in advance.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard


To be announced by OSC staff.


Dr. K.M. Kirk