Full course description
The Academic Skills course is closely connected to the research proposal and the mentor program for the 1y masters and prepares students for their internship and thesis. This module offers students an opportunity to practice and apply academic writing and research skills, and prepares students for their research internship (including the writing of their research proposal and thesis). To achieve this, a series of assignments, workshops, and lectures is offered in the 3rd period (four weeks). In addition, students will be encouraged to consider their future career (inc. what their interests are/what career(s) they would like to pursue).
This module is not applicable for the Master in Work & Organizational Psychology, and (the subsample of) students of the Master Neuropsychology that complete a clinical internship.
The Academic Skills course has to be completed within 6 weeks after the start of a students’ research internship (so no need to have this finished at the end of period 3). To make sure that students can pass this course when delaying (the start of) their internship this course is open during the entire academic year. For most students, however, the academic skills course is focused on period 3 (January).
Intended learning outcomes (ILO’s) are tailored to the individual student and depend on the individual motivations and needs for their research internship. ILO’s are related to:
- The (general) mandatory skills that students followed as part of the assessment in PSY4075.
- The additional academic skills deemed necessary by internship supervisor.
- Additional (online) skills courses and/or experiences that students may have followed or obtained additionally to point 1 and 2 out of interest/personal growth.
Mandatory ILO’s are:
- students know what the criteria/guidelines are for writing a research proposal;
- students know what transparency in science is (including data management and research ethics);
- students recognize ethical aspects of conducting research and are able to complete an ethics application.
Additional ILO’s (if skills are not yet mastered) are:
- students are able to execute a literature review;
- students are able to use a reference manager;
- students are able to select a research design and corresponding methods for a research project;
- students understand basic statistical techniques;
- students can explain characteristics of academic writing and are able to implement and apply that knowledge to the writing of a research proposal.
(this list is just an example, and will be updated each year, based on student and supervisor needs)