Various academic skills
Next to acquiring academic knowledge, you will also work within the curriculum on obtaining several academic skills. Towards the end of your study you will not only be able to understand economic issues, you will also be able to conduct academic research, analyse and present, as well as being capable to work together with your colleagues.
In the Economics and Business Economics programme the focus is on the following academic skills (pdf):
- Academic reasoning and working
- Problem solving
- Academic research
- Effective teamwork
- Oral presentation
- Writing skills
- Purposeful management of own development
During the entire course of your study, you will work on your academic skills. Initially, the evaluation and signing of the first six academic skills are done in the required courses (pdf).
If you're not able to have the skills signed in the required courses, it is also possible to have them signed in the economic electives (pdf). It is your own responsibility to report this to the course coordinator at the start of the course.
The last academic skill, purposeful management of own development, is the responsibility of the tutorship/mentorship, and will be signed when you enrol for the Applied Economics Research Course
The skills, which are addressed in the course, are also mentioned in the Course Catalogue.
Entry requirement Applied Economics Research Course and graduation requirement
If you wish to enroll for the course Applied Economics Research Course, all academic skills must be evaluated and signed beforehand. In Osiris you can find which of the skills have been signed already. When you are enrolled for this Research Course, the skill ‘Purposeful management of own development’ will be signed automatically.
In order to graduate, you must meet certain requirements and have passed certain courses. One of the graduation requirements is that all academic skills are signed.
The following graduation requirements are applicable when you started before 2007-2008 (pdf) - between 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 (pdf) - as of 2011-2012 (pdf)
You can find additional, practical information about working on academic skills in the reader Academic Skills (pdf).
Forms and signing
You can find out which criteria must be met, in order to sign the academic skill on the following signing forms. When a skill is signed, it is registered in Osiris.
The Institute of Education (COL-UU, the former IVLOS) provides several courses and workshops on academic skills. At the website of COL-UU you will find an overview of these courses and workshops (only available in Dutch).
Please note! Taking part in a course or workshop at COL-UU does not count towards your academic skills.