SLM-11303 Exploring Professional Practices


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work30
Course coordinator(s)S van der Kooij
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
ir. B Bruins
CH Blok
S van der Kooij
Examiner(s)S van der Kooij
ir. B Bruins

Language of instruction:



In the course students get a first overview of the scope of International Land & Water Management by exploring the professional practices of its graduates. Groups of 4-5 students contact recent MSc graduates who can explain with what kind of organization they work, what their job entails and how their studies prepared them for these tasks. Moreover, they have prepared a question for the students’ group to work on, an international land and water management-related question that they currently encounter in their profession.  By answering the question in the form of a report and poster, students dive into the ‘real world’ of International Land & Water Management. By reflecting on the scope of the professional field, students are encouraged to think about their preferred future job, what knowledge and skills this would require, and write an application letter.

Learning outcomes:

After succcesful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
carry out a simple job analysis (responsibilities, tasks, required competences);
analyze current land and water management and climate adaptation issues, as perceived by different stakeholders;
compose a concise scientific report and an attractive poster;
articulate preference for future jobs;
writing a qualifying application letter.


Group work, individual assignment, tutorial.


Report and the poster on the professional practice of the graduate (65%) and application letter (35%). Both marks need to be >5.5.

Compulsory for: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc1AF