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Personal and Professional Impact for CA-DS


Admission requirements
Third year CA-DS bachelor students.

This CA-DS course aims to prepare students for their personal and professional future. You will be offered the opportunity to gain experience in a real life consultancy case as a backdrop to train 21st century skills. You will collaborate with fellow students in a concrete, question-driven project. Students are encouraged to explore and work on their personal and professional purpose. This will allow you to develop skills and competences applicable in various fields.

The course consists of two interconnected parts:

  • Practicing personal skills: students assess their own competences and reflect on their role in the project team, their progress during the course and their personal and professional goals for the future. They do so individually but will be given professional support from experienced coaches.

  • Practicing professional skills: students apply (social) scientific knowledge and academic skills to a real-life consultancy case.
    The public service organizations are looking forward to cooperate with you and to tackle the challenge they are facing. Your team will translate the challenge into research questions and will write a proposal that makes use of the anthropological strengths. Based on a clear division of tasks and responsibilities, you will conduct research, write a report and present your findings to your client.

The interactive seminars will address the topics of personal and professional purpose: collaboration, applied research, project management, self-reflection, communication and presentation skills. You will use your previously accumulated academic skills and select literature that scientifically supports the content of your project.

Course objectives

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Combine and align application of academic skills with personal and professional objectives.

  • Apply scientific knowledge to solve societal challenges.

  • Adequately perform the steps of a real-life consultancy case, namely:

  1. Critical assessment of a current societal challenge;
  2. Formulating a project proposal;
  3. Conducting an applied research project;
  4. Presenting research findings;
  5. Formulating applicable recommendations to your client.

Dates and room numbers can be found on our website

Mode of instruction
Lectures, workshops and assessments.
Attendance is mandatory. Advance commitment is required to all scheduled times and dates. Absence will result in a lower participation grade or possible exclusion from the course.

Course load

Total 5 ECTS = 140 study hours (sbu):

  • Lectures, workshops and final meeting

  • Research and preparation for workshops

  • Writing an individual reflection report

  • Writing the final group report and preparing the presentation
    Please note (!), as this course entails an applied research project, serious dedication and time management are a prerequisite to successfully complete this course.

Assessment method
The assessment of Personal and Professional Impact will be a combination of your collective and individual achievements. Professional Impact Reports are graded collectively (40%), the Personal Impact Report individually (40%). The remaining 20% of your grade consists of a grade for the quality of your participation (10%) and presentation (10%).

Final grade
To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:
The final grade of the course is established through a weighted average of the four different parts mentioned under ‘Assessment method’.
The weighted average should be 5.5 or higher with both Impact Reports not lower than a 5.5.



  • Registration in Usis is obligatory for the lectures (H) for all participants. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

  • Registration for the exam is NOT necessary because this course does not have one final (classical) exam.

  • Registration on Blackboard is obligatory for all participants.


All participants must register for this course on Blackboard. Please make sure to register for the CADS version of the course.

Blackboard will be used to communicate with students and to provide the necessary course documents. Final Impact Reports must be submitted through Turnitin via Blackboard as well.

Reading list

The course guide and readings will be made available through Blackboard.

Contact information Simone de Boer, MA