03 Supervising BSc and MSc thesis students

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations  
February 22.* and 23. 2016 * with evening programme 9.00-19.30 first day 9.00-17.00 second day 00:00 Hof van Wageningen Oppen, Marijke van 17 Course is fully booked
28 and 29 Sep 2017
(optional bite after first day)
09:00 17:00 Wageningen, tba. Oppen, Marijke van 12 / 12 Add to waiting list
23 and 24 Oct 2017
(optional bite after first day)
09:00 17:00 Wageningen, tba. Vreekamp, Marloes 12 / 5 Apply
19 and 20 Dec 2017
(optional bite after first day)
09:00 17:00 Wageningen, tba. Vreekamp, Marloes 12 / 2 Apply
12 and 13 Feb 2018
(optional bite after first day)
09:00 17:00 Wageningen, tba. Vreekamp, Marloes 12 / 0 Apply
19 and 20 Feb 2018
(optional bite after first day)
09:00 17:00 Wageningen, tba. Oppen, Marijke van 12 / 1 Apply
19 and 20 Jun 2018
(optional bite after first day)
09:00 17:00 Wageningen, tba. Vreekamp, Marloes 12 / 0 Apply

Course description

The thesis is the final subject of the BSc and MSc programme; it is most of the time the  most important individual project of the student. Due to the importance and size of the project, the meetings between supervisors and students are more intense and personal compared to those contacts in courses. The relationship between the supervisor and student is therefore very important. Students expect some behaviour from their supervisor, but the supervisor has also expectations from their student. Questions about responsibilities for supervisor and student arise. Therefore, as supervisor it is very important to be aware of the Wageningen requirements, your own vision about effective supervising, your expectations of your student and the different phases in a thesis project. On the other hand, you should be able to adapt your supervision to the needs of the student, to ask questions and to give effective feedback. In this course we will on the one hand exchange experiences and theory/models about effective supervising thesis students, to develop a vision on supervision that fits to Wageningen University, and an awareness of your own expectations and preferred supervision style. On the other hand we will practice a lot. You will discuss or play different situations and you will practice  several skills, like asking questions, giving feedback and switching communication levels. All these elements come together in the last afternoon of the course; then you will apply the learned topics and practice a real situation with an actor.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you are able to:

  • formulate your own perspective about the thesis’ function and the supervisor’s role
  • distinguish possible phases of a thesis
  • explain different supervision styles and argue how you can use different styles to adapt your supervision to the needs of the student.
  • apply the basic communication skills like giving feedback, listening, summarizing and asking questions and switching between communication levels
  • observe difficulties (e.g. writing problems, procrastination, culture shock, fair of failure) and respond pro-active by helping your student or refer to  other persons.

Practical information

The course is meant for teachers and PhD ‘s who are supervising thesis-students in Wageningen Unviersity. Four weeks before the start of the course you receive more information about the course, background material and some preparation assignments. The course is two days, at the end of the first day there will be drinks and bites.

Literature

You will receive course notes a few weeks before the start of the course.

Certificate

You will be awarded your certificate at the end of day 2.

Costs

Participation is free for Wageningen University teaching staff.