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Skills lab 2

Course
2017-2018

Admission requirements

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

Description

Lab 2 aims to train academic and professional skills. The skills that will be addressed in lab 2 are: critical thinking, academic writing, general research skills (data collection, results, conclusions and reflection), interdisciplinary skills, intercultural skills and reflection and learning skills.

Lab 2 also aims to bring about a deeper understanding of the corresponding course ‘Case study Syria and Iraq’ by explaining, discussing and practicing the course contents. Some meetings will have more social elements; they are focused on getting acquainted with the professional and academic field of security.

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 evaluate internet resources and differentiate scientific literature of popular scientific publications.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and usefulness of the literature.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to interpret data, appropriate for the case or study at hand, correctly.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop informed conclusions and solutions to research puzzles.

  • Students will be able to write a clearly structured and well-argued text, including correct use of a designated style of source citation.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to critique their own and others' works.

  • 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 find, analyse and summarise academic literature.

  • Students will be able to recognise different disciplinary outlooks, methods, and lenses.

  • Students will be able to assess which disciplinary perspectives are needed to solve complex security challenges.

  • Students will be able to provide a comprehensive argument from one (or more) disciplinary perspective(s).

  • Students will be able to show understanding and appreciation of social and cultural differences and the ethical dilemmas that can arise from these differences.

  • Students will know and understand and reflect on his/her preferred learning methods and will be able to reflect on the effectiveness of his/her study skills.

  • Students will be able to use and to 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 will contribute to an active learning and working community.

  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of the content of the corresponding course ‘Case study Syria and Iraq’.

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

Timetable

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

  • Excursion hours: 5

  • Self-study hours: 93

Assessment method

Portfolio consisting of various assignments: 100%

More information will be available on the Blackboard page.

Resit
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.

Blackboard

Course page will be available one week in advance.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.

Registration

To be announced by OSC staff.

Contact

Dr. K.M. Kirk