Academic year 2015/2016 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title COMPETENCY LAB
Course code AM0003 (AF:219162 AR:129440)
ECTS credits 1
Subdivision Class 2
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code NN
Period Annual
Course objectives
Competency Lab is a set of three interactive class meetings that aim to guide participants in a process of understanding of the soft skills that are needed to achieve their professional goals and to enhance their competitiveness in the labor market.

The soft skills are a set of individual characteristics requested to achieve an effective work performance. These skills can be activated in any job that requires them, and can be of achievement, relational or cognitive nature, such as: achievement orientation, initiative, adaptability, empathy, leadership, conflict management, persuasion, group management, self-awareness, self-control, pattern recognition, system thinking, oral communication, etc.

Each Competency Lab is structured in 3 classroom meetings, from 2 to 3 hours each (7.5 classroom hours overall, corresponding to 10 academic hours) and in some activities to be carried out online between one meeting and the other. The entire Lab is organized over a period of 4 weeks.

Enrollment and attendance are mandatory. The class participation and the completion of the proposed activities through the online platform will provide 1 extracurricular credit (1 CFU), which will be inserted in the student's academic career and in the final extract of exams.
Competency Lab is addressed to students enrolled in all Master's Degree Programmes (second cycle degree) at Ca' Foscari.
The Competency Lab allows the students to undertake a process aimed at:

- Increasing their awareness of their aspirations and targets of personal and professional growth;
- Measuring the possession of their social and emotional competencies needed to achieve their targets;
- Understanding their own strengths and weaknesses, necessary to define an individual learning plan.

During the Competency Lab each student is driven through three stages. The first step is the identification of his/her future goals. This phase wants to orient the student to a mature and clear vision of his/her professional goals (ideal self). The second phase makes it possible to understand the level of possession of a set of emotional and social competencies (real self). The third phase involves the awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses, and helps the student to understand which competencies he/she has to develop, by implementing new behaviors, to achieve his/her ideal self.
Referral texts
Teaching methods
The activities of the Competency Lab will be offered through classroom meetings and online activities.

The online activities will be supported by a digital learning platform developed by the Competency Centre for Ca' Foscari students. Through this platform, each student will have access to a set of additional activities required for the course: i.e., watching a short movie, filling in some questionnaires, completing some exercises.
Teaching language
Each edition of the Competency Lab is activated with a maximum number of 30 and a minimum number of 10 participants and requires compulsory ENROLLMENT and ATTENDANCE.

In the academic year 2015/2016 four editions of Competency Labs will be provided, in September, November, February and March.

The dates of the next edition will be published on this page: (section "Modalità di partecipazione e iscrizione").

The enrollment procedure is available on page: .

The attendance at all 3 class meetings and the completion of the proposed activities on the online platform are required for the provision of 1 extracurricular credit (1 CFU), which will be included among supernumerary credits.
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • E-learning, moodle platforms