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Skills Lab 3


Admission requirements

Mandatory 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, 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.

Various assignments will be used to monitor and assess the students’ skills development and study progress. Students will regularly discuss and reflect on their progress with each other and their tutor.

Course objectives

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

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

  • Students will practice public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Students will become acquainted with analytical techniques from safety science.

  • Students will evaluation and apply leadership skills needed in crisis management and communication.

  • Students will identify and analyse decision making processes at both individual and organizational levels.

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


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. 40% written assignment I
  3. 25% 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 the 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 3” in academic year 2017-2018 but did not manage to pass the course should fully participate in all elements of Skills Lab 3 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

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


To be announced by OSC staff.


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