Professional Development

Professional Development

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.

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

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Semester 1, Semester 2 

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.

Sessions to be held on Wednesday - 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, Semester 2

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 Course 1 to be held on Saturdays 30th October 2021, 6th, 13th November 2021 from 9am till 4pm.

Sessions Course 2  to be held on Saturdays 20th, 27th November 2021, 4th December 2021 from 9am till 4pm.

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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 on Wednesday 27th October, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th November, 1st December 2021 from 12pm till 2pm.

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Semester 1

Ever wondered how to produce publication quality documents, or how to prepare project reports in the style of journal articles? This study-unit will cover the entire process that goes from writing documents using advanced programs to producing high-quality project reports through the LaTeX writing system

We will start from the basics of LaTeX 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. LaTeX is completely free for use and has become a community standard for many disciplines.

This unit is a must for science, engineering and ICT students.

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.

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.

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**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