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DGP0107: Presentation Skills and Public Speaking

Semester 1

This DGP unit is designed for students wishing to become more proficient at speaking in public, whether to enhance their self-confidence or to improve performance in academic presentations, professional meetings and interviews.

Lectures will be held on Fridays.

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DGP0108: CV & Interviewing Skills

Semester 2

This DGP Unit aims to provide students with the confidence and practical skills to be able to prepare for the recruitment process through enhancing their interview skills and CV preparation. The unit will be highly interactive and participative. It will include trainer led sections, group discussion, large and smaller group exercises and personal learning activities. Each student will be asked to prepare a personal CV and will have the opportunity for a one to one with the trainer for discussion and feedback.

Lectures will be held on Fridays

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DGP0109: Financial Literacy

Semester 2

Surveys on financial literacy constantly show that a large part of the population do not grasp basic financial concepts. This leads them to at best not be able to take correct decisions in terms of financial matters and at worse to make bad decisions which will impact their financial future. In extreme cases, this might even lead them to lose money. Therefore it is important to start educating people about basic financial concepts. Furthermore, one of the recommendations of the Maltese Pension Reform working group was to develop a financial literacy strategy. This is in line with this goal. The unit is aimed at all students with no prior knowledge about finance, accounting, economics, etc. The unit aims to educate students with basic concepts such as inflation, interest rates, pension, investments, budgeting, etc.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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DGP0112: Journalism in the Digital Age

Semester 1

With the fast changing technologies, multimedia channels, and online platforms offering constant float of overwhelming content, the role of the journalist has extended beyond the storywriter to encompass the artful skills of the photographer, the videographer, the editor, the multimedia director, the marketer, and the public relations manager.  The modern journalist is a Jack-of-all-trades without forgetting that capturing the story is what the profession has always stood. Because news is all around us it has become ever more a challenge to be able to get heard, to make a point, to grab the attention to the news that matters, to make a change. This course will train you to do exactly that – become a modern-day journalist who can grab a camera, get the story, edit it himself, publish it, spread it, and demand for feedback, for attention and for human action. The Degree + in Journalism will help you to understand that the modern-day journalist must be the harbinger of stories but also the person who takes the story at heart and fights to get people to act upon it.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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DGP0113: Corporate and Social Etiquette

Semester 1

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.  Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.  This course will help you polish your manners and guide you through the protocol that should be followed in various corporate setups 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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DGP0904: First Aid**

Semester 1

This First Aid unit, delivered by leading first aid providers, will be conducted at the University Campus. It is accredited by all local Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and EU regulations.

Group A - Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

Group B - Lectures will be held on Fridays. 

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DGP0905: Fire Safety**

Semester 1

This training unit provides participants with greater awareness and understanding of the dangers of fire and helps them to identify and reduce the risk that fire presents in the workplace. Participants will understand the actions to take in the event of discovering a fire or hearing the fire alarm sound in the workplace. This DGP unit is delivered by qualified and experienced trainers. Follow this link for further information click here: http://www.sjrcmalta.org/training/basic-fire-awareness/

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DGP0942: Creative and Critical Thinking

Semester 1

This unit shall enable students to become better thinkers, with a focus on creative and critical thinking.  Creative thinking involves coming up with new ideas that can lead to creative projects and innovation, while critical thinking involves analyzing information rather than accepting it at face value.  This unit is of value because students who learn how to think creatively and critically often produce work of better quality and go on to enhance their employment prospects, as the demand for individuals who are able to generate ideas and have a critical outlook on life is growing, both locally and overseas. 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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DGP0980: Lets Talk Science

Semester 1

Would you like to improve your public speaking skills? This course will help you improve through some great advice, practicing short talks and communicating ideas through fun experiments. While the course focuses on science (from medicine to engineering) it is open to all backgrounds. The skills learnt in this course will be used throughout your career. From giving talks to your colleagues to talking to family and friends, this short course will help you communicate with academics and the public. At the end of this course a special one-off science podcast will be produced for Campus FM. 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays. 

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DGP0981: Science, the Media and Academia

Semester 2

There has been a revolution. The news are filled with stories about science. But how would you go about turning an academic article into a blog post or news article? Where do science journalists find their stories from? And, how would you go about writing up your own research for an academic publication? This course is perfect for anyone interested in writing stories for the media or writing for the academic journals such as Xjenza. 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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DGP0982: Introduction to LaTeX for Professional and Scientific Writing

Semester 1

Tired of the dry look traditional Word processor and presentation programs have? Looking for something better? This DGP unit will introduce you to the widely used LaTeX editing program. We will start from the basics of the mark-up language to advanced topics focused at the particular disciplines of the participants. LaTeX is used widely by publishers; in fact most journal papers are submitted in LaTeX. On the other hand if you are working on a final year dissertation or are preparing for one then you may want to consider writing it in LaTeX. Oh and before I forget LaTeX is completely free. This unit is a must for science and engineering students. 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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DGP0985: Unleashing the Secrets of Google Innovation (New)

Semester 1

How does Google and other tech-companies manage to come up with so many innovative and successful products?  In this module, we have collected industry best practices that allow teams to run design sprints such as rapid prototyping and testing sessions.  The best practices have been collated from innovative methodologies such as Agile, Design Thinking and Gamestorming.  This unit is aimed at getting students to understand the process which big companies like Google use in order to create innovative products in all aspects of their work and get then to apply it towards a particular context. 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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DGP0986: Basic Astronomy (New)

Semester 1

Basic Astronomy shall be aimed at an audience with very little to no knowledge of astronomy and cosmology. Attendees shall embark on a journey through the fabric of the cosmos, exploring the myriad of observations and discoveries that has led to our current knowledge of the universe. From discussing the processes that result in star and black hole formation to looking at observations that have given us knowledge of the rate of expansion of the universe, this course shall give all those attending a basic understanding of the underlying concepts of astronomy. Additionally, attendees shall have the opportunity to learn how to use an optical telescope and obtain knowledge of how telescopes of different designs are used to capture images of cosmic objects. 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.

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Entrepreneurship

JAYE Start-Up Programme 1 and 2 (Junior Achievement Young Enterprise)**

DGP0110 - Semester 1 

DGP0120 - Semester 2

The JAYE Malta Start Up Programme is gives tertiary education students (aged 18 to 30) the opportunity to transform their dreams into reality. In the Programme, participants will take charge of a real-life situation and develop a solution to address this through a commercially viable product or service. Modelled on actual business Start Up processes, the JAYE Malta Start Up Programme will guide participants to identify a business concept, create and research a business plan and learn how to secure investment that could launch their business. The Programme is delivered in typical JAYE fashion; through hands-on practical weekend workshops and one-to-one strategy meetings led by experienced business mentors.

These form the core of JAYE Malta’s learning by doing motto, putting into practice what is learnt through experiential interactions at various stages throughout the academic year. The Start Up Programme kicks-off in October and culminates in May at the JAYE Malta National Start Up Finals where teams would be pitching for start-up seed funding, free advisory services and essential networking opportunities that are key to launching their business. The National Start Up Programme Winners will then progress to the JA Europe Enterprise Challenge to be held in a major European Capital City in July 2018. In 2017 JAYE Malta won the overall European title for the first time in its short 3-year history of implementation, proving our Island’s capability to compete at international levels, claiming bragging rights over countries like Finland and Denmark, whilst banking further Start Up funding and meetings with international venture capitalists!

Semester 1 

October 20/10/2017 17:00 - 20:30 Startup Weekend 1 - Opening ceremony / lunch: Students are paired with mentors. Idea generation and team building activities.
October 21/10/2017 09:00 - 16:00 Startup Weekend 1 - Opening ceremony / lunch: Students are paired with mentors. Idea generation and team building activities.
November 17/11/2017 17:00 - 20:30 Startup Weekend 2 - HSBC Business Plan Challenge: Business concept refinement and feasibility testing.
November 18/11/2017 09:00 - 16:00 Startup Weekend 2 - HSBC Business Plan Challenge: Business concept refinement and feasibility testing.
January 14/01/2018 20:00 Deadline for Concept Validation Plan and minutes of meetings with mentors.
January 21/01/2018 20:00 Deadline for visual aids for CVP Presentation.
January 27/01/2017 By Slot Concept Validation: Judging Phase 1. Minimum Contact hours for Semester 1: 34 hrs.

 

Semester 2

February 16/02/2018 17:00 - 20:30 Startup Weekend 3: Pitching workshop, Mock Up Exhibition and Preparation for the Investment Proposal.
February 17/02/2017 09:00 - 16:00 Startup Weekend 3: Pitching workshop, Mock Up Exhibition and Preparation for the Investment Proposal.
March 23/03/2017 19:30 - 22:00 Start Up Exhibition @ JAYE Malta National Youth Fair: Judging Phase 2.
April 12/04/2017 20:00 Deadline for the investment proposal and minutes of meetings with mentors.
April 21/04/2017 By Slot Investors Pitch & Conversation:  Judging Phase 3.
May 05/05/2018 TBC National  Start Up Competition Final & Awards Night: Judging Phase 4.
July TBC ** JAYE Malta takes on EUROPE @ JA European Enterprise Challenge 2018 !
** ** ** Minimum Contact hours for Semester 2: 41 hrs.
 

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