As the follow up of the workshop on curriculum, the Department of Management integrates Soft Skills Program (PSS), as an extra-curricular activity, into the curriculum of Management Department of Undergraduate Study Program of FEB-UGM. The decision has been valid since 26 June 2013. The Odd Semester of Academic Year 2014/2015 is the starting point for PSS, with three credits of semester, to be an obligatory activity for students to take and to be a precondition for them to graduate. The materials attached to this Soft Skills Program cover up three packages (1) Leadership, (2) Creativity, and (3) Communication Skill. New students of batch 2014 of both Regular Undergraduate Program and International Undergraduate Program (IUP) are the first liners obliged to take the three PSS packages.
1. Registration for Course Taking and Activities Schedule
Students are free to choose in which semester they want to take the PSS packages within a cycle of 4-year-normal curriculum (8 semesters). The registration for PSS via Sintesis FEB-UGM opens every even semester of an academic year. PSS Leadership consists of two Workshops and Organization Mandatory Period.
- Early Phase Leadership Workshop (WK) is conducted in the beginning of odd semester, the second week after the lecturing period starts.
- Final Phase Leadership Workshop (WK) is conducted in the end of even semester, the last week before the lecturing period ends.
- Leadership Actions Project (PAK) is an obligation for students to join an organization for a year of stewardship. This project runs between the two workshops.
PSS Creativity and PSS Communication Skill are conducted annually for three effective weeks taking the last two weeks of July and the first week of August. Both programs have similar schedule consisting of 5 (five) meetings with 2.5 hours each for two weeks and the last week is for final assignment.
Attendance is mandatory for both PSS Creativity and PSS Communication Skill. Only when students are hospitalized or the core member of family dies, they can be absent from the program for no more than twice. Leaving the program more than two times will make students fail; hence, they have to recur another time from the start.
Considering the tight schedule, students are not permitted to take PSS Creativity and PSS Communication Skill in the same year.
2. Program Description
2.1. Leadership Soft Skill Program (1 credit)
Leadership Training is conducted in three steps:
(1) Early Phase Leadership Workshop (WK)
Students are briefed about the materials of the workshop and are assigned to compose:
- Leadership Autobiography (OK).
The document of the Leadership Autobiography must be turned in to the Department Joint Secretariat no later than 2 weeks after the completion of the Early Phase Leadership Workshop.
- Leadership Action Plan (RAK).
The documents of the Leadership Action Plan must be turned in to the Department Joint Secretariat no later than 4 weeks after the completion of the Early Phase Leadership Workshop.
(2) Leadership Actions Project (PAK).
Students are assigned to improve the weaknesses of the leadership characters, written in the document from Early Phase Leadership Workshop and Leadership Action Plan, through Leadership Actions Project in which students join one of the official student organizations in FEB UGM for one year of stewardship. Students are free to choose which organization to join. Students fully participate in all the activities of the organization they join without having additional materials from the Leadership Program.
In the end of the PAK, each student gets Performance Assessment Report (LKP) from the division chief of the organization. The report forms are provided by Department Office. Aspects assessed by student organizations are:
- Tasks performance
During the period of Leadership Actions Project, the Department Office assigns some junior lecturers to be mentors for the students running the project to give them guidance on the process of developing their leadership in organizations.
(3) Final Phase Leadership Workshop
Students are briefed about studying and evaluating their experiences on leadership process they have already run through and are assigned to compose a Final Phase Leadership Autobiography. The document must be turned in to the Department Joint Secretariat no later than 2 weeks after the completion of Final Phase Leadership Workshop.
The final grade for this program is an average score of the scores attained from:
- Early Phase Leadership Workshop (OK)
- Final Phase Leadership Workshop (OK)
- Performance Assessment Report given by the chairman of student organization
2.2. Creativity Soft Skill Program (1 credit)
Creativity is developed through activities related to hobbies and business as well. These hobby activities activate the right side brain as the main source of creativity. Every hobby activity is under supervision of a professional lecturer from corresponding scientific field. There are four options for hobby activities (1) music, (2) commercial photography, (3) Javanese music, and (4) batik.
All the four options offer 5 (five) classical-class-styled meetings with 2.5 hours long for each meeting in the first two weeks. In the third week, students are given a final assignment done either in-group or individually. The assignment is in the form of (1) a new work or (2) an arranged work.
To get the final grade, the assignment must be submitted to the supervising lecturer through the academic office of FEB UGM. The submission is due on 31 August or earlier adjusting the last Friday of August. The detail materials are contained in the class syllabus. The aspects for grading students’ activities are commercial aspect (customer value) and innovation aspect.
2.3. Communication Soft Skill Program (1 credit)
Skill of communication is developed through a theater training methodology under the supervision of a professional lecturer from a corresponding scientific field. Students are trained for (1) vocal technique, (2) gesture and facial language, (3) communication blocking, (4) role play, (5) communication framing technique. The lecturer for theater training is one from the scientific field of theater.
All the trainings are given in five classical-class-styled meetings with 2.5 hours long for each meeting in the first two weeks. In the third week, students are given a final assignment done either in-group or individually. The assignment is in the form of (1) a short play related to certain lesson, or (2) commercial advertisement clips.
To get the final grade, the assignment must be submitted to the supervising lecturer through the academic office of FEB UGM. The submission is due on 31 August or earlier adjusting the last Friday of August. The detail materials are contained in the class syllabus. The aspect for grading students’ activities is communication skill in given roles.
3. Grading Scale
The scale corresponds to that of curricular program. The detail can be seen in Academic Regulation in the website address of Management Undergraduate Program, www.manajemen.feb.ugm.ac.id.
To assure the success of Soft Skills Program (PSS), the Department has formed a team of mentoring lecturers:
- PSS Leadership: Dr. Hani Handoko, MBA and Dr. Budi Santoso, M.Bus.
- PSS Creativity: Prof. Dr. Basu Swastha Dharmmesta, MBA and Dr. Sahid Susilo Nugroho, M.Sc.
- PSS Communication Skill: Dr. Rangga Almahendra, ST., MM and Dr. Rika Fatimah Sp., ST., M.Sc.