Skillslab - Professional and personal development

Vakbeschrijving Skillslab - Professional and personal development
Collegejaar: 2015-2016
Studiegidsnummer: 6450ES11
  • Drs. I. van de Berg
  • R. Gardner PhD (NBS)
  • M.J. Stadhouders MA
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5.0
Niveau: 300
Periode: Semester 1, Blok II
  • Geen Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Admission requirements

Admission is conditional on submission for the minor Entrepreneurship for Society
A knowledge of Dutch is not necessary. You should have obtained your propedeuse before starting this minor.


The course Skillslab teaches you how to (1) consciously work on your professional and personal development, and (2) execute a pilot experiment.

This course will help you to become more confident and effective in executing your work. In class you assess your own values, assumptions and habits. This builds a consciousness that helps you to get things done. This program strengthens the empathetic, ethical and expressive qualities of students. The first part of each class focuses on critical, analytical, ethical, and empathetic reflection, while the second part builds professional and personal skills. This course trains you how to become more effective in making decisions and getting things done. To be effective in school, work and private life, students must be able to exhibit a range of functional skills such as (1) project planning, (2) financial management, (3) legal skills and personal skills such as (1) presenting, (2) listening and (3) negotiating. These skills will help you to navigate the complex situations in life.

Course objectives

After this course you will be able to:

… assess, reflect and report on your professional development
… train and apply planning, budgeting and legal techniques
… assess, reflect and report on your personal development
… train and apply negotiation, listening and presentation techniques
… manage your target audience
… plan and budget a pilot experiment
… execute a pilot experiment
… test your startup on the target audience


Nov 5/ 10h-13h: Introduction Skillslab
Nov 12/ 15h-18h: Pace, information & unpredictability
Nov 19/ 15h-18h: Talking about money
Nov 26/ 15h-18h: What do you think?
Dec 1/ 10h-13h: Relations & negotiations
Dec 10/ 10h-13h: Empathy & listening
Dec 17/ 10h-13h: Present yourself

Mode of instruction

Interactive lectures and workshops

Course Load

This is a rough breakdown of the course load
• 21 hours are spent on attending lectures and workshops;
• 21 hours are spent on preparing for the seminars;
• 8 hours to write an individual essay;
• 16 hours to write a group report.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method:
• Individual essay assignment 60% of final grade
• Group report 40% of final grade – Rounding off grades to 0,5 decimales is subject to peer review
• Obligatory attendance of the lectures and workshops (Pass or Fail)



Reading list

Scott, S. (2012). Creating Powerful Online Videos, The Crowdfunding Bible: How to Raise Money for Any Startup, Video Game or Project.
Monarth, H. (2015) The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool. Harvard Business Review (available online).
Coleman, J. (2015) Create a Conversation, Not a Presentation. Harvard Business Review (available online).

Articles assigned for specific lectures are to be announced. The order of the literature varies and is subject to change, please check Blackboard for the latest update.


You have to register for both the minor and the course in Usis. Registration for this course only is not possible.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs



Sjoerd Louwaars


This course is part of the minor in Entrepreneurship for Society. You can only take the course as part of this minor.