YAS-21303 Personal Development and Academic Skills


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. EAM Graat
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. EAM Graat
ir. DE Lont

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Courses of BAS B1, B2, B3.


The course consists of (a) a self-assessment for BSc-students in their 2nd year (1.5 credit) and (b) a training exercise on scientific reading and writing in their 3rd year (1.5 credit). Students should follow this 3rd year part in linkage with the BSc-thesis (YAS-80312).
a. In the self-assessment, students perform activities and assignments to find out what motivates them and what their abilities and ambitions are. This will stimulate them 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 will be trained in thoroughly reading and interpreting a scientific research paper.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- interpret his own competences, motives and personal challenges;
- describe what their strengths are;
- design and plan their 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;
- show their skills in scientific writing, interpreting results and judgment of (parts of) scientific publications;
- design a scientific poster based on a scientific research paper.


In the self-assessment students perform assignments and activities (both individually and in small groups) to discover what satisfies and motivates them. The outcome are discussed in small groups of students with trainers and study advisers.
For the training in scientific reading and writing, students take part in classroom lectures and small groups where they discuss a scientific research paper, formulate answers to questions about this paper and design a scientific poster based on this paper.


- go/no go for the self-assessment part;
- the final grade is based on the content of the portfolio (several assignments) of the academic skills part.


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

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBSc1MO, 5MO