Professional Development

Professional Development

Semester 1

Entrepreneurship, which involves the creation of value through the identification and exploitation of opportunities, is widely considered to be the engine of economic growth; an entrepreneurial mind-set is nowadays regarded as essential for SMEs and large organisations alike.  

Within a fast-growing economy you need to be able to identify opportunities. You need to be competitive and ahead of the rest. Let us inspire you with motivational success stories from young leaders, fresh entrepreneurs and experienced executives.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.   

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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.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.   

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Semester 1

Etiquette skills are not an option – they are an essential requirement. Image and etiquette will make the difference when applying for employment and in overall life options.

Through this unit, students will be given the opportunity to acquire a set of skills which will help them develop and maintain professional and business relationships with a ‘cutting edge’ difference.

It will also strengthen one’s presence, project a positive, confident, professional image and reputation, and thrive in any situation with finesse and ‘polish’.

All categories of etiquette training will be covered in this study-unit: business, social, international protocol, telephone and dining etiquette.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.   

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Semester 1

Easy and constant access to information is causing end-user overload and leading to difficulties in identifying, evaluating, selecting, locating and accessing relevant and reliable information sources that can address specific information needs.

In this study-unit, students of all backgrounds will be taught different information literacy skills that will aid them in doing research. This course will allow students to master essential tools for pursuing a university level course or doing research in general. Each session will be followed by practical exercises.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.   

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Semester 1, Semester 2

The First Aid course is accredited by all local Occupational Health & Safety Regulations/EU regulations and is delivered OFF Campus.

Location: St John Ambulance Malta, 5 Independence Square Valletta Malta.

Sessions to be held on three Saturdays as follows: Course A: Saturdays - 14th, 21st and 28th November 2020, Course B: Saturdays - 5th, 12th, 19th December 2020. Time: 9.00am till 3.00pm.

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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.

Session to be held on a Saturday.

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Semester 1, Semester 2

This training will help participants to Identify the prevalent symptoms of a mental health problem or crisis. Approach, assess and assist a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Be able to listen to a person who is suffering from a mental health problem or crisis in a non-judgmental and confidential manner and to provide support and information to a person who is suffering from a mental health problem or crisis.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.

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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.

Student Review: "Introduction to LaTeX is a unit which helps one to write documents in a way that allows focus on the substance rather than on the design of the content since LaTeX handles the design of the document. I highly recommend this degree plus unit for all those who would like to have their assignments or documents look more professional.

LaTeX software is free and is compatible with any device. The degree plus unit is structured in such a way that it will allow the student to progress from the basics such as creating a document to more advanced features including creating mathematical equations." Brandon Abela - B.Sc. (Hons) Computing Science.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.   

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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.

Student Review: "I have always been fascinated by the universe and its contents so when I saw that this course was available I knew I had to grab the opportunity to expand my knowledge about this topic. We learnt about planets, black holes, galaxies and telescopes. I also love photography and this course has helped me to aim at becoming an Astro photographer!" Nathalie Gatt – B.Sc. (Hons) Midwifery 1st Yr - Basic Astronomy.

Sessions to be held Wednesdays - 12pm till 2pm.   

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DGP0110 - Semester 1, DGP0120 - Semester 2 

The JAYE StartUp Programme is the opportunity for any tertiary level student (aged 18-30) with an idea, to turn it into reality through guided and mentored stages resulting into a viable product and/or service. The programme includes a series of hands-on practical workshops, guided strategy discusses and dedicated mentors, who are business professionals.

Modelled on actual business start up processes, the JAYE Malta StartUp Programme guides participants to identify a business concept, create and research a business plan and learn how to secure investments that could launch the business.By the end of the programme you will find yourself leading your own start up, building an entrepreneurial network, connecting with different business and industry experts, and becoming a leading entrepreneur yourself. The National ‘StartUp of the Year’ will then participate in the JA Europe Enterprise Challenge in Norway, to showcase its potential internationally. 

The JAYE StartUp Programme is an essential networking opportunity for young individuals who think about establishing themselves as entrepreneurial achievers in an increasingly competitive labour market. It gives the opportunity to bounce off innovative ideas and get first hand expertise from people in the know about business and the world of work.

Detailed study-unit description DGP0110, Detailed study unit description DGP0120

Sessions to be held Fridays and Saturdays off campus.  

**Important: The University of Malta shall not be held responsible for the content and/or delivery of extra-curricular activities which are offered and administered by third parties. The University shall not be held liable for any claims, demands or actions that may arise out of the content and/or delivery of these units.

https://www.um.edu.mt/study/degreeplus/professionaldevelopment