Dual Work Period


Course Objective

During the dual work period the student gains experience and skills. The
dual period allows the student to bring learning into practice. In
addition, the student receives relevant work experience while studying
and can already develop (soft) skills which are of great value after
graduation. As a result, the student is easier to deploy in the labor
market after graduation. At the end of the dual work period the student:
- has gained experience and skills regarding a Business Analytics
- has been able to apply his/her theoretical knowledge into practice;
- has brought practical work experience back to the university;
- has developed (soft) skills.
In particular, the student furthermore:
- shows interest in dual workplace;
- is committed to the organization/department;
- takes initiatives for the dual workplace;
- makes agreements and respects those;
- is aware of his/her duties, rights and obligations;
- takes his/her responsibilities;
- can communicate appropriately;
- is open to questions and suggestions;
- is able to cooperate;
- has professional knowledge;
- makes positive contribution to cooperation processes;
- is capable of problem solving;
- is able to develop;
- uses reflection and evaluation;
- is capable to organize and plan his/her tasks, and to implement;
- is capable to perform under time pressure.

Course Content

Over a period of sixteen months, the student is required to divide
his/her time equally between work and study. Study and work are fully
integrated. The student is an employee and a student at the same time.
The student is on the payroll of the host organization for 20 (at most
24) hours a week during these 16 months. The student will conduct work
which is of direct relevance to the master program Business Analytics.

Teaching Methods

During the dual masters Business Analytics:
- the student is employed by the host company on a fixed-term contract
and is therefore officially on that company's payroll;
- the student's working activities will be closely involved with the
host organization's primary business processes;
- the student will often be required to work with others in a team
setting, whereby it may not be possible to identify clearly the
student’s own contribution or the products for which the student
is(individually) responsible; a final report written by the students
thus serves an important role in assessing the student’s clear
understanding of the teamwork and products;
- the student's work period is of fixed duration: 20 hours a week (at
most 24 hours a week) for 16 months.

Method of Assessment

The student needs to submit a digital version of the interim report
before 1 May on Canvas. The student will receive feedback on this
interim report in a face-to-face meeting with one of the VU departmental
staff members, so the student is able to adjust his/her activities to a
higher level in consultation with the external supervisor.
Furthermore, the student is required to produce a written report of
his/her activities during throughout the entire work period, and to give
a presentation at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam at the end of his/her
dual work period (December or January). The report and presentation
should clearly demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the
organization, and will describe the activities the student has
undertaken and the project(s) in which the student took part, as well as
the relationship between these activities and the Business Analytics
program. If the student is involved in more than one project, each
should be described separately briefly, and importantly, one project
should be described in depth demonstrating the student’s mastery of the
Business Analytics technique(s) that the student used, as well as the
student’s ability to communicate this knowledge to others. The staff
member gives feedback on the presentation, so that the student is able
to use this feedback for the final report.

A staff member, a member of the Business Analytics Internship Board
will, in consultation with the internship coordinator, and the external
supervisor, give an overall assessment of the work period. This
assessment will take into account:
- the level of the required activities: based on the final report and
the presentation (55% of the final grade);
- the level and the manner in which the required activities were
performed: the assessment forms to be completed by the external
supervisor and the meeting halfway through the dual work period (45% of
the final grade).
Both components of the assessment need to be minimally satisfactory: one
component cannot compensate the other.

The supervisor of the company can give his / her opinion on the proposed

There is no re-sit opportunity for the course "Dual Workperiod”.

Target Audience

Student dual master program Business Analytics

Additional Information

If you do not have a VU-account, you can find the course manual, the
dual workperiod template and the assessment form on

Custom Course Registration

Admission to the dual master program is granted to those who have a Business Analytics Bachelor degree. For those with another university Bachelor degree, such as Mathematics, Econometrics, Computer Science, or a Bachelor degree from a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), admission may be granted on an individual basis. Those seeking admission to the dual master program should realize that admission also depends on obtaining suitable employment. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has contacts with a number of companies that are interested in participating in this program. Be aware you cannot work full-time during your dual master Business Analytics. The formal approval of the Business Analytics Internship Board is required before the student can actually take up employment.

Explanation Canvas

More information about the dual program, e.g. the course manual, can be
found on the Canvas page. A VUnet registration for this course
automatically gives access to the corresponding Canvas site. If you want
to apply for a dual workplace, but you do not have access to the Canvas
page for more information, please ask the dual coordinator
(h.j.m.van.goor-balk@vu.nl) to enroll you for the Dual Workperiod Canvas
page. There are dual vacancies available on Canvas. Ask the dual
coordinator about these vacancies.

General Information

Course Code XM_41010
Credits 12 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator drs. H.J.M. van Goor-Balk
Examiner dr. E.R. Dugundji
Teaching Staff dr. E.R. Dugundji

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture