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Skills lab 3


Admission requirements

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


Lab 3 aims to train academic and professional skills. The skills that will be addressed in lab 3 are: communication, interdisciplinary skills, teamwork, project management and leadership, and reflection and learning skills.

Lab 3 also aims to bring about a deeper understanding of the content of the corresponding course ‘Case study Fukushima’ by explaining, discussing and practicing the course contents. Some meetings will be more social; they are focused on becoming acquainted with the (professional and academic) field of safety.

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 construct and effectively utilise professional quality visual aids during a presentation.

  • Students will be able to communicate appropriately and effectively within groups.

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

  • Students will be able to assess what disciplines are crucial in solving complex safety challenges and to provide a comprehensive argument from one (or more) disciplinary perspectives.

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and effective teamwork.

  • Students will be able to apply effective working methods to achieve results, including managerial and strategical skills, such as project management and time management.

  • 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 of the corresponding course ‘Case study Fukushima’.


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.

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 page will be available one week in advance.

Reading list

A selection of articles or other relevant reading material, to be announced on Blackboard.


To be announced by OSC staff.


Dr. K.M. Kirk