Professional development and entrepreneurship

Professional development and entrepreneurship

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.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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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.

Student Review: "The degree plus study unit, Presentation Skills and Public Speaking gave me the opportunity to become more confident when speaking in front of an audience, especially during presentations. The great thing about this unit is that the individual is assisted into learning on how to go about preparing a presentation as well as voicing his/her opinion to others. Furthermore, I also enjoyed the informal style of the sessions which were not rigidly structured like a typical lecture. In my opinion, this study unit would be ideal for all those students who are hesitant in public speaking besides the fact that it would add more value to a CV." Leanne Marie Vassallo – B.Sc. (Hons) Business and IT 2nd Yr - Presentation Skills and Public Speaking. 

Lectures will be held on Fridays.
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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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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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Semester 1

This unit will attempt to help you understand mental illness and allow you to develop skills in problem solving and communication strategies that help the person affected recover a better quality of life. This unit is intended for family members of people with mental health problems and all those working in the mental health sector. *This unit is offered by third parties – Mental Health Association – and will be delivered in Maltese 

Lectures will be held on Fridays starting 5 October until 7 December 2018 at Project House, Belt is-Sebħ, Floriana between 18:00 and 20:00.
Topics covered: Psychosis, Depression, Anxiety in Children and Youths, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Freedom, Old Age Mental Illness, Legal Aspects and Benefits, Medicines, Family Members - Carers.

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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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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.


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Semester 1 - STUDY UNIT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

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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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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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 2nd Yr - Introduction to LaTeX for Scientific Writing.  

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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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.

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays.
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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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https://www.um.edu.mt/study/degreeplus/professionaldevelopment