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The Book

Skill Sheets is a practical resource for understanding and developing core skills that all university students need to obtain. In a very concise manner, this book shows how these skills are related and how one can develop and work with many skills simultaneously. With these skills to hand, students are able to maintain a better focus on the content of their course. Developed and at RSM Erasmus University, it has been thoroughly tested over many years by both students and professors, and improved accordingly.


Rob van Tulder, Professor of International Business-Society Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Published in particular on the following topics: European Business, Multinationals, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, the global car industry, issues of standardisation, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies.

How to purchase

The book – Skill Sheets – An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management - (2018, ISBN 9789043033503) can be ordered directly online by clicking one of the following links depending your country of origin:

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Presentation skill levels

In the introduction to every series of Skill Sheets four levels of skill proficiency will be specified:

  • Level 1: Entry level Bachelors
  • Level 2: Exit level Bachelors
  • Level 3: Exit level Masters
  • Level 4: Postgraduate level

You should develop your research skills in every phase of your academic career (and thereafter!). The levels of skills proficiency below provide an indication of the skill proficiency you should minimally aim for.

Level 1 

  • Based on personal experience
  • Aimed at developing your own presentation skills
  • Understand the (contextual) advantages and disadvantages of oral presentations
  • Physical appearance (body language and intonation) form prime aim of feedback; use of simple audiovisual means
  • Feedback by teacher or tutor
  • Limited ability to receive and use feedback

Level 2 

  • Based on your group’s research
  • Aimed at effective knowledge transfer
  • Understand the (contextual and content) preconditions for effective presentations
  • Effective transfer of knowledge forms prime aim of feedback; increasingly sophisticated use of audio-visual means
  • Feedback on presentation provided by the own group

Level 3 

  • Based on your own research
  • Aimed at co-producing knowledge
  • Ability to organise the preconditions for co-production of knowledge and interaction
  • Balance between appropriate body language, content and the use of audio-visual means on the basis of a good understanding of the audience
  • Self-organisation of feedback. Good ability to receive and use feedback
  • Understand the criticality of preparation of the presentation, room and support equipment

Level 4 

  • Based on research and experience
  • Aimed at constructive communication and co-producing knowledge
  • Action-oriented • Flexibility in addressing various audiences
  • Bargaining over the duration and content before the actual presentation to ensure that the presentation and the research is done justice

It is now time to test yourself!

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'