In the fifth semester of your Bachelor’s studies you are supposed to take Personal Profile Courses.
These are courses of your own choice. The total study load must be 30EC.
The courses you choose should strengthen your profile as a creative technologist. This profile, and the choices you make to strengthen it, are subject of discussion with your tutor. The tutor must sign the applicable approval form.
The form distinguishes between four types of Personal Profile Courses
- courses of a minor programme (mi),
- courses of a pre-master programme (MA),
- foreign exchange courses (X), and
- personal pursuit courses.
For more information about each type, follow their links.
You and your tutor have to stick to the provisions of the Teaching and Examination Regulations regarding the Personal Profile Courses (“profileringsruimte”).
The applicable rules are:
- A student has permission to take Personal Profile Courses only if study units of the first and second years have been completed with a total study load of at least 90 credits.
- A student has permission to take Personal Profile Courses only if the tutor has given permission (on behalf of the Examination Board); the tutor has the authority to refuse permission even if a proposed choice of courses meets the requirements 3, 4 and 5.
- The units of study in the profileringsruimte must be courses offered by an institution or programme which has an accreditation proving its university level, or comparable.
- The units of study of an introductory nature among the courses in the profileringsruimte have a total study load of at most 20 EC; the amount of practical work in the profileringsruimte does not exceed a study load of 15 EC.
- The units of study devoted to foreign culture and language among the courses in the profileringsruimte have a total study load of at most 10 EC
In addition, there is a general rule for examination that always must be observed:
- Every unit of study must be graded by an authorized examiner, and the result must be registered in Osiris. So, to have practical work, work on committees, work in student associations, participation in a study trip, and similar efforts, in the Personal Profile Courses there must be explicit learning goals for the effort, there must be an examiner who assesses the outcome, and there must be a course code to register the mark.
The student (or student and tutor together) can go to the Examination Board if a problem with the contents of the (proposed) Personal Profile Courses arises. Typical examples of situations where student (and tutor) could ask for a decision by the Examination Board are
- The tutor refuses permission (for whatever reason), and the student disagrees.
- There is doubt about provision 4 above: how many of the courses in a proposal must be counted as introductory
- The nature of the institution which offers the proposed courses is not clear, or worse, it is clearly not at university level (the Examination Board may grant exemptions of provision 3 in some cases, but the tutor doesn’t have the authority to do so).