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Course Information

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BA indicates that the course is meant for students who are about to start a Bachelor’s programme at Maastricht University.
MA shows the courses targeted at students about to start a Master’s programme at Maastricht University.

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Advanced Study Skills (MA)

This course will focus on the skills that enable you to study and learn efficiently. You will develop your own personal approach to study and learning in a way that meets your own individual needs and as you progress with your study skills you will discover what works for you, and what doesn’t. You will gain knowledge about methods to achieve personal study results and put them in practice, setting up personal study goals, planning and executing your personal study plan as well as evaluating and improving it. The lectures and the learning labs where you will actively contribute with content and presentations will help you get from levels of awareness to educational excellence and personal success by developing skills related to communication, collaboration and confidence. The course is developed on the pillars of literature and know-how provided by students in a dynamic and interactive atmosphere.

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Dutch Writing Skills

Students must have B2 (or higher) Dutch language skills in order to take part in this course.

In deze module besteden we aandacht aan academisch schrijven voor kleine schrijfopdrachten en voor grote opdrachten, met name de masterthesis.
Je krijgt handreikingen voor het hele traject dat je doorloopt voor een schrijfopdracht, van idee tot eindproduct. We besteden daarbij aandacht aan het proces en aan de inhoud.

De module is zeer praktisch van opzet. Je zult veel schrijven en feedback krijgen en geven. We werken zowel in groepjes als individueel. Je kan werken aan eigen schrijfopdrachten of kiezen voor een schrijfopdracht die wordt aangeboden over een actueel en maatschappelijk relevant onderwerp.

Deze module is zeer geschikt voor studenten die al een bachelor scriptie hebben geschreven (in het Nederlands of Engels) en nu een master in het Nederlands gaan doen of voor studenten die een bachelor hebben behaald in het HBO en in september gaan starten met een masteropleiding in het Nederlands.

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English Skills (BA)

The course will focus on communication via group work, debates, and presentations while engaging with digital technologies via, among others, an online English for Academic Purposes resource, which can be accessed in your free time. Further, it will reflect on how technology effects our lives both as a student and personally. Additionally, it links in with academic studies by delving into ways and means of providing high quality and unbiased feedback as well as providing you with the essential terminology to deliver this feedback.

This engaging course will assist you in becoming more confident and competent in communicating with your peers and academic staff and will ensure that you hit the ground running at the beginning of the first semester of your Bachelor’s programme.

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English Skills – Academic Writing and Oral Presentations (MA)

This engaging course will assist you in becoming more confident and competent in communicating with your peers and academic staff and will ensure that you hit the ground running at the beginning of the first semester of your Master’s programme.

More information to follow.

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Introduction to Academia (BA)

The course will focus on the academic skills needed to discuss European oriented themes. You will practice PBL across academic disciplines by studying relevant literature, giving short presentations and discussing problems with your fellow students. This will enable you to enhance your presentation, time management, and group discussion skills. You will also be challenged to produce a final group assignment within a limited time span and take a critical look at the information provided throughout this course.

This course is meant for (international) students who want to start their Bachelor’s programme with a solid foundation of group work, discussions of academic topics, and PBL-focused academic skills.

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Introduction to Maastricht (BA & MA)

Everyone participating in PAT will get, on top of the practical and social components of the programme, an introduction lecture to Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Dutch culture.

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Mathematics (BA)

In this course we will refresh your knowledge of mathematics to increase your chances of succeeding in your studies at UM. We will use an online tool that provides exercises that you will complete individually and we will have daily group meetings to go over the results and discuss difficulties. In addition, this course is taught in English giving you the opportunity to “translate” your existing mathematics knowledge if necessary. The online tool will remain available to you after the PAT programme allowing further opportunities to practice.

This preparatory course is recommended for enrolling students who completed an ‘intermediate maths’ programme in high school (Grundkurs, Wiskunde A, ASO 4 hours, IB Math SL, etc.). These students could, depending on their chosen UM programme, experience more difficulties in successfully completing the first year of their Bachelor’s programme than students who have already completed an ‘advanced maths’ programme.

This course is not primarily intended for students enrolling in Bachelor’s programmes without any mathematics requirements nor for students signed up for sciences programmes with higher-level maths requirements.

Please note that this short preparatory mathematics course does NOT play any role in the admission process; it cannot be used as a replacement of entry requirements.

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Statistics (MA)

This course will offer enrolling Master’s students the opportunity to refresh their statistics knowledge to ensure they have all the skills required to perform empirical research during their upcoming studies. We will use a textbook and the accompanying online tool for exercises that you will complete individually. In addition, you will attend daily meetings to discuss results and remaining questions in small groups. This course is taught in English giving you the opportunity to “translate” your existing mathematics knowledge if needed.

This course is not intended for students enrolling in Master’s programmes focusing on qualitative research methods (humanities) nor for students signed-up for programmes using mathematical statistics (sciences).

Please note that this short preparatory statistics course does NOT play any role in the admission process; it cannot be used as a replacement of entry requirements.

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