Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
AM0006 (AF:247349 AR:153620)
ECTS credits
Class 4
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
4th Term
Course year
Competency Lab is a set of four interactive class meetings that aim to lead the participants in a process of development of their awareness about 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 needed to achieve 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 4 classroom meetings, lating about 3 hours each (corresponding to 15 academic hours) and in activities to be carried out online between one meeting and another. The entire Lab is organized over a period of 5 weeks.

Enrollment and attendance are mandatory. The class participation and the completion of the proposed activities through the online platform will provide 3 extracurricular credits (3 CFU), which will be inserted in the student's academic career and in the final extract of exams.

Competency Lab has been developed by the Ca' Foscari Competency Centre, the research centre whose aim is to improve people's employability through the development of their soft skills.
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;
- understanding the expectations coming from the labor market, in terms of soft skills that are needed, and understand how to effectively offer themselves on the labor market leveraging on their own Personal Vision and on their competency portfolio.

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.
Individual assignments through the Competency Platform.
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.
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 2017/2018 four editions of Competency Labs are provided, in September 2017, November 2017, February 2018 and March 2018.

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 4 class meetings and the completion of the proposed activities on the online platform are required for the provision of 3 extracurricular credits (3 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