YAS-20303 Skills Development and Professional Outlook


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (multiple days)42
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. E Kanis
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. E Kanis
dr. ir. EAM Graat
Examiner(s)dr. ir. E Kanis
dr. ir. EAM Graat

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

Courses of BDW B1, B2, B3.


The course consists of (a) a self-assessment for BSc-students (1 credit), (b) a small training exercise on scientific reading and writing (0.5 credit), and (c) an excursion abroad (1.5 credits). Students should follow this course in linkage with the BSc-thesis (YAS-80312).
a. In the self-assessment, students perform aptitude tests to reflect on their competences, abilities and ambitions; this will strengthen their ability to think about their future career and help them to make proper choices in their follow-up education.
b. The training on scientific reading and writing prepares students for individual thesis work (such as the BSc-thesis) in order to get acquainted with current procedures in scientific writing. They are trained in quickly scanning a scientific paper.
c. The excursion abroad of one week helps students to reflect on novel animal husbandry practices in nearby but foreign countries within EU.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course a student is expected to be able to:
- interpret his own competences and motives;
- design and plan his own study learning process based on a critical self-reflection upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes and character;
- recognize the importance of scientific research, the writing and publishing of results of research, and the need to demonstrate a critical working attitude in real life situations;
- prove the skills of scientific writing, interpreting results and judgment of (parts of) scientific publications;
- present a poster of a scientific paper and to present organized tables and figures from unorganized scientific data;
- identify and explain the current situation of and developments in animal husbandry of a guest country.


In the self-assessment students perform aptitude tests on an individual basis to reflect on their competences, abilities and ambitions; the outcome of these tests is discussed in meetings with trainers and the study adviser, individually or in small classroom settings.
For the training in scientific reading and writing, students take part in classroom lectures and small groups, discussing scientific papers and posters. During the excursion abroad, students visit universities, institutes and agro-business organizations in countries around the Netherlands.


- go/no go for the Self-Assessment part and the Excursion Abroad.
- the final grade is only based on the content of the portfolio (several assignments) of the Scientific Skills Development part.


A study guide and hand-outs are available at the start of the different course parts.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBSc1MO, 5MO