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Course module: BMB503717
Co-create: Life’s Professional Challenges
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB503717
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personM.C. Gerbrands
Course contact
M.C. Gerbrands
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark16-27 October 2017 & 16-26 April 2018. Apply via E-mail to the Course Coordinator or via the study guide.
Course application processCourse coordinator
Additional informationCourse coordinator
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processdocent
Course goals
Learning goals:
  • The student will deliver in co-operation with a team, a conceptual design based on the demands of the client.
  • The student is able to select and use entrepreneurial techniques and skills
  • The student is able to develop and realize a presentation based on their own personal and professional skills.
  • The student reflects on his or her academic skills, personal skills, and overall growth during the course.
Period (from – till): 16th October - 27th October 2017 and 16th April -26th April 2018

Course Coordinator: Ing. Michèle Gerbrands (

Facluty and Lecturer(s):
Heleen van Ravenswaaij Msc, Biomedical Sciences.
Heleen and Michele developed this elective course in co-operation with Career Services.
A diverse groups of lecturers and professionals from the educational and corporate world will share their knowledge and skills during this elective course

Course description:
As a bachelor year 3 / master student of the University Utrecht (UU) you are not far away from graduating, taking your first steps into the professional world. You will be challenged to work with a diverse group of colleagues, co-operate, and solve complex problems that fit users and society’s needs. This implicates that you need insights in how to grow as a professional in a fast changing world, be able to attain the right knowledge and skills.
Gaining new skills implicates the ability to actively plan, reflect, learn and experience your way into these skills to keep on track in a world where ‘life-long learning’ has become the standard.
This two-week elective course offers you a challenge to create a concept for a client in co-operation and co-creation with peers from several bachelor (year 3) and master programmes and professionals from the educational and corporate world. You are offered short inspirational sessions and workshops to discover which team- and individual based (soft)skills, techniques and tools are needed to deliver a concept. At a networking event you will pitch the concept and receive feedback. Several coaches are available if you need help (on-demand coaching). You will present your final concept to the client and a jury using a pitch and a report.
You will create an elevator pitch. Being able to pitch your own unique set of skills can assist you in your future employability. Therefore, a coach will guide you through the process of making this pitch, and you will hand in a video of the pitch
This course is inspired on a co-creation event EduChallenge. A video of this challenge can be watched on:
For more detailed information visit the website

Literature/study material used:
You can apply for this course by sending an email to Michèle Gerbrands (
Please include the following information:
First name
Master/beachelor programme:
Student number
Phone number
Mail address
Available full time (9:00- 16:30)  during the course: O yes/ O No
Short motivation (1 A4 page) why you want to participate, addressing the following topics:
  •  What is, according to you, entrepreneurship?
  •  What do you think you can learn from this course and what do you expect in general?
  • What do you think you can offer your peers in this course (in terms of knowledge, skills, personality etc.)?
 Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:

There is a limit of 25 students. Registration is on first come, first served basis (max. 6 students per bachelor/master) if the applicant will meet the following criteria:
  • You are available (full time) during the course (9:00-16:30).
  • Short motivational letter why you want to attend this elective course.
Every master student and bachelor year 3 from the UU can participate in this elective course. The theme of this real-world problem you will be solving is Healthy Urban living. You will be developing a concept for the City of Utrecht. A detailed description of the assignment will be presented online before the start of the course and face-to-face on day 1 of the course.
The course will be offered in English.

A detailed schedule will be online before the start of the course and handed at the first meeting. We will start every day at 09:00 a.m. with an informal activity and end around 16:30 p.m. On day 4 the day ends at 18:30 p.m. due to the networking event.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
There is no assumed prior knowledge. It is however a requirement that the student is enrolled in the bachelor year 3 or a master at Utrecht University at the start of the course.
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work

Guest lecture



Small-group session


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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