Academic Skills

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Academic Skills

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business, Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – Student can conduct a basic international research project from start to finish ACADEMIC SKILLS (THREE AS)
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • can analyze and demonstrate an understanding of problems from different perspectives (Analysis)
    • is able to recognize fundamental structures and to leave out irrelevant information (Abstraction)
    • is able to put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view, both in spoken and written format (Argumentation)

    RESEARCH SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • is able to critically reflect on (the quality of) academic research
    • is able to translate practically relevant problems into academically relevant research questions
    • can apply basic research skills needed to complete a part of a research process, both quantitative as well as qualitative

    BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning the relevant areas in international business administration
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • can explain the basic theories, models and concepts related research philosophy and business research
    • is able to make connections between those theories, models, and concepts

    SOCIAL SKILLS – STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE DIFFERENT PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN A CROSS-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • is able to communicate in academic English in writing

    BROADENING YOUR HORIZON - STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO REFLECT ON THE ETHICAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL DECISIONS
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • has a basic understanding of business research from a philosophical perspective
    • can identify a number of current developments in business research
    • can explain basic ethical concerns and dilemma’s in business research

    COURSE CONTENT
    In order to develop yourself as an academic in an international landscape you need to be able to critically reflect on, write about, and eventually also conduct research. In this course you will develop a fundamental skills set that enables you to thrive as an academic throughout your further studies and career. Understanding the academic world and developing related skills starts with understanding the academic community. Fundamental aspects of this community are related to different perspectives on research, the art of critical reasoning, and the language of science. In this course you will reflect on different perspectives on research, start applying academic skills through critical reasoning and writing, and work on doing this in fluent academic English.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures
    Tutorials

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written Assignment - individual assessment
    Written Assignment – group assessment
    Mandatory attendance tutorials

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    1.1 People in Business and Society
    1.2 Economics for the Global Era
    1.2 Organization Theory

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