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Course module: BMB427006
English for Academic Purposes
Course info
Course codeBMB427006
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeElective
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personE. Herold, MSc
Contactperson for the course
E. Herold, MSc
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS P1 A  (03/09/2018 to 09/11/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS P1 A/  BMS P1 B/  BMS P2 A/  BMS P2 B/  BMS P3 A/  BMS P3 B/  BMS P4 A
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkCourse may only be performed as part of the elective component.
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
At the end of the course students
  1. have enlarged their academic vocabulary;
  2. have more insight into important grammatical structures;
  3. know what collocations are and how to use them appropriately;
  4. know the structure of an effective presentation;
  5. know what their own strengths and weaknesses are in writing and presenting;
  6. know what the information elements are in parts of their academic paper;
  7. are better able to write academic papers in English, e.g.:
    • formal style;
    • concise style;
    • cohesive style;
    • proper use of academic vocabulary;
  8. are more able to give an effective presentation in English:
    • opening and closing a presentation;
    • signposting the organisation;
    • referring to visuals;
    • handling questions; 
    • adopting the right posture and using gestures;
    •  involving the audience;
  9. have acquired self-study strategies for independent learning;
  10. have learnt how to give feedback both orally and in writing.
Period (from – till): Seven times a year. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.
Teachers from Babel Talen, Utrecht

Course description
The Babel Language Institute organises an 'English for academic purposes' course specifically for Life Sciences students. You can take this course as part of your elective component, if your programme coordinator agrees.

This English for Academic Purposes course focuses on giving academic presentations and writing an academic paper. The students’ own subjects will be used as a basis for language work. We will consider some essential elements of a presentation: opening, closing, signposting the organisation, referring to visuals, handling questions, adopting the right body language, and involving the audien­ce. Students will learn how to give feedback and will improve their oral fluency and their vocabulary throughout the course.
Furthermore, we will focus on language aspects relating to writing an academic paper. We will analyse its information and look at language conventions. Moreover, we will discuss some issues involving punctuation, formal and informal English, wordiness and the use of linking words. 
This course aims to develop and improve the writing and presenting skills students need in their master programme. In addition, students will activate and expand their vocabulary and improve their fluency in English.

The course length is 10 meetings of 2 hours. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. Students will pass the course if they attend at least nine meetings, have given a presentation, and have handed in a paper.

Literature/study material used
Textbook (writing and presenting scientific papers) and loose-leaf material will be handed out during the meetings.

Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. You can register for the course through the Study Guide for courses in period 1 (groups 1 and 2 with starting date before November 12th 2018). Registration for the remaining courses in period 2-4 (groups 3-7 with starting dates after November 12th 2018) will be through OSIRIS. In the table below the corresponding registration periods for each edition have been added under the group number, to indicate which one you should use when registering via Osiris Student in Period 2-4.
The maximum number of participants  per group is 10, the minimum 6.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:

Prerequisite knowledge
The English proficiency is of an upperintermediate to advanced level.

Teaching Schedule:
The course is taught from 19:15-21:15 in the Hijmans van den Bergh building.
group 1
group 2
group 3
group 4
group 5
group 6
group 7
  monday tuesday monday tuesday tuesday wednesday tuesday
1 3-9-2018 4-9-2018 12-11-2018 13-11-2018 5-2-2019 6-2-2019 23-4-2019
2 10-9-2018 11-9-2018 19-11-2018 20-11-2018 12-2-2019 13-2-2019 30-4-2019
3 17-9-2018 18-9-2018 26-11-2018 27-11-2018 19-2-2019 20-2-2019 7-5-2019
4 24-9-2018 25-9-2018 3-12-2018 4-12-2018 26-2-2019 27-2-2019 14-5-2019
5 1-10-2018 2-10-2018 10-12-2018 11-12-2018 5-3-2019 6-3-2019 21-5-2019
6 8-10-2018 9-10-2018 17-12-2018 18-12-2018 12-3-2019 13-3-2019 28-5-2019
7 15-10-2018 16-10-2018 7-1-2019 8-1-2019 19-3-2019 20-3-2019 4-6-2019
8 22-10-2018 23-10-2018 14-1-2019 15-1-2019 26-3-2019 27-3-2019 11-6-2019
9 29-10-2018 30-10-2018 21-1-2019 22-1-2019 2-4-2019 3-4-2019 18-6-2019
10 5-11-2018 6-11-2018 28-1-2019 29-1-2019 9-4-2019 10-4-2019 25-6-2019
reserve 12-11-2018 13-11-2018 4-2-2019 5-2-2019 16-4-2019 17-4-2019 2-7-2019
reserve 19-11-2018 20-11-2018 11-2-2019 12-2-2019 23-4-2019 24-4-2019 9-7-2019
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Sufficient knowledge of the English language
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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