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Skills Lab 2


Admission requirements

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


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’ 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 academic debating skills

  • Students will be able to give effective academic presentations together in a team

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

  • Students will be able to construct and effectively utilize professional quality visual aids during a presentation.

  • Students will be able to interpret data, appropriate for a given case study

  • Students will be able to reach informed conclusions to research puzzles.

  • Students will be able to write a clearly structured and well-argued text using citation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 design, maintain and use a portfolio.


On the right side of programme front page of the E-guide Bachelor Security Studies you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

14 labs, including various active teaching methods
Attendance is mandatory. Missing more than 3 sessions will lead to a fail.

Course Load

Total study load of 140 hours

  • Lab hours: 42

  • Excursion hours: 5

  • Self-study hours: 93

Assessment method

  1. 10% Overall participation in the Skills Labs including preparation and contribution to discussion
  2. 25% written assignment I
  3. 40% written assignment II
  4. 25 % Group Presentation

All assignments will be collected in a portfolio which makes up for 100% of the grade. The calculated grade of all portfolio assignments has to be at least 5,50 in order to pass the course.
Attendance is mandatory. Missing more than 3 sessions will lead to a fail.
In case of a fail, no grades will be given, only a fail. This implies that a resit will not lead to a pass.

Students will be permitted a resit if they have a grade lower than 5,50 for the portfolio or with permission of the Board of Examiners. Resit will consist of an alternative assignment to compensate for one or maximal two failed assignments of the portfolio. Due to its nature it is impossible to resit the 10% participation grade. Only this sub grade should be compensated.

Transitional Arrangement
Students who participated in the course “Skills Lab 2” in academic year 2017-2018 but did not manage to pass the course should fully participate in all elements of Skills Lab 2 in year 2018-2019. It is not possible to transfer grades between labs and years. This means that all the 2017-2018 constituent grades (both passed and failed) for students who did not successfully pass the course, are no longer valid for the academic year 2018-2019. These students will have to participate in all elements of the course, including those that were previously a pass.


Course page will be available one week in advance.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.


To be announced by OSC staff.


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