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Course module: BMB501917
Societal Challenges for Life Science Scientists: Exploring Interdisciplinarity
Course info
Course codeBMB501917
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
Telephone+31 30 2539447
Contactperson for the course
dr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (12/11/2018 to 01/02/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Remark3-14 dec 2018. Please register via Osiris student.
Enrolment periodfrom 17/09/2018 18:00 up to and including 30/09/2018 23:59
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 01/11/2018 18:00 up to and including 02/11/2018 23:59
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
After this course the student is able to:
  1. address the limitations of current knowledge of their discipline,
  2. be aware of one's own biases and assumptions, and to value different perspectives,
  3. weigh disciplinary insights, and find common ground between the disciplinary insights,
  4. create new insights by integrating disciplinary perspectives,
  5. design, plan, and execute an interdisciplinary research project.
Period (from - till): 3-14 December 2018

Course coordinators:
Dr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
Dr. G.M.J. Ramakers

Course description:
One overarching interdisciplinary theme will be chosen each year. This year the theme is Food and health. In the first few days, lecture/discussion will be organized with experts in the field to help students familiarize with the topic, get an overview of the current debate, and the problems to solve. In the meantime, students will be instructed on the principles of interdisciplinary research.
Students form interdisciplinary groups of 3/4 and develop a research question within the theme that captured their interest. After presenting their plans and receiving (peer) feedback on the feasibility of their plans, students make a concrete plan for the rest of the course period and divide tasks.  Each team has a supervisor.

Assessment Description Weight
ONDERZ Research proposal 40%
OPDRACHT Assignment 30%
PRESENT Presentation 30%

Literature/study material used:

RegistrationYou can apply for this course through Osiris Student.
The course registrations of the course will be open at specific intervals based on the starting date.
See the information on the Study Guide.​ Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:

Prerequisite knowledge
Students should be enrolled in a master's programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work

Guest lecture



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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