Ca' Foscari Competency Centre

Emotional Competencies and Individual Development

PerFORMARE EmotivaMENTE (that encompasses “Competency lab” and the course “Emotional competencies and individual development”) has been included in the short list of the best didactic projects in the session “Nurturing Employability” at the international competition “Reimagine Education” organized by  Wharton – University of Pennsylvania, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, QS Stars.

“The rules for work are changing. We’re being judged by a new yardstick: not just by how smart we are, or by our training and expertise, but also by how well we handle ourselves and each other. This yardstick is increasingly applied in choosing who will be hired and who will not, who will be let go and who retained, who passed over and who promoted. (...)These rules have little to do with what we were told was important in school; academic abilities are largely irrelevant to this standard. The new measure takes for granted having enough intellectual ability and technical know-how to do our jobs; it focuses instead on personal qualities, such as initiative and empathy, adaptability and persuasiveness (...)”.

Daniel Goleman, Working with Emotional Intelligence, Bantam Books, 1998.


What Emotional Competencies and Individual Development is

Emotional Competencies and Individual Development is a 6 CFU course for all students enrolled in a Master’s Degree Programme that can be chosen as elective (or for supernumerary credits).

The objective of the course is to promote the development of behavioural competencies, that are individual characteristics that lead to or cause effective or superior performance. Behavioral competencies are not related to a specific job, but they can be activated in any professional position which requires them.

They can be goal and action management abilities, relational abilities or cognitive abilities. Some examples of behavioral competencies are: achievement orientation, initiative, adaptability, empathy, leadership, conflict management, influence, teamwork, self-awareness, self-control, positive outlook, pattern recognition, systems thinking, oral communication, etc.

The course aims to lead the participants in an exciting process addressed to the deep understanding of their strengths and areas of improvement, to the definition of their career goals and identification of the ways to achieve them, defining an individual development plan, which is useful to enter in the labor market.

This course has been developed by the Ca’ Foscari Competency Centre, the Centre whose aim is to improve people’s employability and performance through the development of their behavioral competencies, in collaboration with the Department of Management.


Contents and didactic methods

  • The social and emotional competencies and their impact on working performance
  • Positive emotional attractors and Negative emotional attractors
  • The self-directed learning process
  • Defining our ideal working life
  • Assessing our competencies
  • Understanding the feedback addressed to us: our strenghts and weaknesses
  • Coaching sessions and Learning teams
  • Defining a personal development plan and our learning style
  • How to develop competencies
  • Competency-based human resources management: selection, training and performance appraisal
  • Detecting competencies: the behavioral event interview

The course is characterized by a highly interactive teaching and the use of an online platform that provides advanced tools for individual assessment, feedback report and study materials.


How to participate

The course has a limited number of participants (maximum 52 students).
The call for participation in the 2019/20 edition will be published on this page in October 2019.
Participation in the Competency Lab is incompatible with the admission to the course "Emotional Competencies and Individual Development".


Earn Open Badge with CFCC

What is an Open Badge?

Open Badge (OBI - Open Badges Infrastructure) is an open technical standard, developed by Mozilla Foundation, and adopted by more than fourteen thousand organizations around the world in order to identify, recognize, gather and narrate the competencies of people.

Each Open Badge is associated with an image which embeds metadata about the skill that the badge represents, the recipient to whom the badge has been issued, how the skill has been assessed, the institutions that assessed it (in this specific case Ca’ Foscari University of Venice for the open badge earnt by the participants of the learning activities offered by the Ca’ Foscary Competency Centre).

In Italy, Open Badges that comply with the standard defined by Mozilla are issued by BERST.

How can they be displayed?

Open Badges can be included in the digital curriculum vitae to recognize your competencies and can be shared across the web, for instance through Linkedin, in order to display your own competency portfolio.

How can they be earnt?

Attend the course Emotional Competencies and Individual Development and pass the exam and you will earn the Open Badge “Soft Skills: Personal Development

Last update: 13/06/2019