ELS-67300 Management Skills in Theory & Practice


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)S Nortier
Lecturer(s)S Nortier
M Hupkes
Examiner(s)S Nortier

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Note: This course has a maximum number of participants for P6.
The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year: https://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm->Registration for Courses

This course focuses on enhancing students understanding and application of management skills plus studying various management theories both individually and with peers. The course starts with presenting and interactively discussing various roles and competencies relevant nowadays when being a manager, taking into account different management contexts. Then students are trained in a number of management skills. Those include: self-presentation skills, meeting skills, bringing bad news, time management, leading a job interview and conflict management. Through theatre acts and role-plays the practice of management roles and skills is further deepened, taking into account personal strengths and challenges. Students are engaged with the development of an action plan to develop their management skills in a final report. Furthermore group discussion on management theories and an individual written management theory review are deepening activities in both practice and theory.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- be able to understand and analyse a range of management roles and competencies needed in different management contexts;
- have trained various management skills such as bringing bad news, self-presentation, meeting skills, time management, leading a job interview, conflict management;
- have gained insights and are able to reflect on own management competencies, strengths and challenges;
- be able to design an action plan for becoming a manager;
- be able to lead a group discussion on a management theory, review management theories.


Lectures; awareness building exercises; training of skills; theatre role plays; writing an action plan; group discussions; individual written management theory review.


- final assignment including the results of home-assignments and an action plan for becoming a manager (50%);
- written management theory review (50%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Will be provided in Brightspace.