After completion of Academic Skills-B students:
- Are able to delimit their research: the precise and explicit formulation of purpose, aim and research questions.
- Are able to search and collect relevant scientific papers with bibliographic search engines
- Are able to give an oral presentation.
- Are able to write a scientific report (introduction, method, results, discussion, conclusion and abstract).
- Are able to apply an academic writing style: clear, concise, objective, and formal.
The assessment consists of seven parts:
- Active participation during the small-scale instruction seminars (fulfilled / not fulfilled)
- Active participation during the computer practicals (fulfilled / not fulfilled)
- Handing in the compulsory home assignments in before the deadline (fulfilled / not fulfilled)
- Assessment of your oral presentation (fail / pass)
- Assessment of the portfolio, consisting of the home assignments (fail / pass)
- Assessment of the literature report, in the form of a grade. After a fail grade you will receive personal feedback from your supervisor, after which you are allowed to revise your report.
- Compulsory participation in psychological research in order to get the 3 ECTS credits awarded (see ESH below).
Experimental Subject Hours (ESH):
During the course of the first year each student has to participate in psychological research of the faculty as an experimental participant, for at least 20 hours. The 3 ECTS credits of Academic Skills-B will only be awarded after compliance with this ESH condition. Completed hours will automatically be preserved and transferred to the next academic years, independently of your Academic Skills grade.
- OSIRIS enrollment is mandatory.
- As soon as a student is enrolled in OSIRIS, students will automatically be enrolled into the Canvas course in which they can find all course information.
- Second and third year students who have NOT completed the Academic Skills-B course, need to enroll by sending an email to the Educational Office at email@example.com before January 15th 2020. Please state your name, ANR, name of the course and course code, and which seminar group numbers interfere with your lecture schedule. Send a copy of this message CC to the course coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once passed, the grade for Academic Skills-B will be preserved during future academic years, independent whether you comply with the PPU condition or not.
- You need to pass Academic Skills-A in order to start Academic Skills-B.
- In case you passed Academic Skill-A but not for Academic Skills-B, your result for Academic Skills-A will be preserved and you can enroll in Academic Skills-B in block 3 in the next academic year.
Important general skills of an academic scholar are critical and independent thinking, logical reasoning, and clear communication to colleagues and the general public. In this course you will learn to develop these skills. In addition, you will need to acquire the following more specific skills:
How to search and critically evaluate sources of information, responsible crediting and citing of sources, critical reading and interpreting scientific papers, and the basics of scientific writing. These skills are essential for the rest of your study program, and for a future professional career. You will also be introduced to the university library. Part A of the course lays a strong foundation for Academic Skills-B that follows in blocks 3 and 4. In Academic Skills B you will design and perform your own literature study and will learn how to report on your findings according to scientific standards and in clear writing style. An exploration and critical evaluation of the existing scientific literature is a prerequisite for designing scientific research, but also an essential skill for the more practically oriented psychologist. A literature study can also be a scientific goal in itself. By studying the recent scientific literature, the psychologist can form a clear picture of what is already known about a certain topic, such that evidence-based policy decisions and research questions can be made. At the end of the course you will be able to independently perform a literature study and write a clear scientific report. As such you will have mastered the essential basic skills needed for writing a bachelor thesis.
Type of instructions
- Self-tuition: The student will need to acquire important theoretical concepts through self-tuition, make home-assignments and prepare for the seminars.
- In the small-scale instruction seminars the different skills will be instructed and trained through exercise and assignments. Students will work and interact in pairs or small groups, and will provide each other feedback on their assignments. The whole process will be guided and supervised by a lecturer.
- A compulsory university library instruction
- In the computer practical you will search for literature.
Academic Skills-B: 6 x 2 hour small-scale instruction seminar, 1 x 2 hour computer practical
Type of exams
Portfolio with various assignments and a literature report
- American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 9781433805615.
- Assignment descriptions, example material and other course material via Canvas.
- Course Manual (see Canvas).
- Buis, J. W., Post, G., & Visser, V. R. (2016). Academic skills for interdisciplinary studies. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press. ISBN 9789462983595.