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Course module: BMB505320
Logical Argumentation in Science: Publishing, Proposals and Pitching
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB505320
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 persondr. E. Kalkhoven
dr. C.M. Fox, PhD
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Course contact
dr. E. Kalkhoven
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (14/11/2022 to 05/02/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark17 Nov 22 - 3 Feb 23. Priority for Research Profile participants. Apply via Osiris student. max 60 students
Enrolment periodfrom 19/09/2022 up to and including 02/10/2022
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Additional informationYou will be enrolled for this course by administration of the programme of this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 24/10/2022 up to and including 25/10/2022
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Motivate their future career in academic or non-academic research based on profound insights
  • Write a research proposal incorporating the newly learned tools and guidelines, linked to the logic of scientific argument
  • Review a manuscript
  • Reply convincingly and succinctly to criticism in a response to reviewers
  • Incorporate multidisciplinary collaboration and impact (e.g., for patients, society) in a research proposal 
  • Participate actively in a scientific debate
  • Formulate an appealing and concise story, in writing (abstract) and verbally (pitch)
Period (from-till):  18 November 2022 - 3 February 2023.

Eric Kalkhoven, UMCU, CMM (50%), course coordinator
Christine Fox, UMCU, BMS (25%), course coordinator
Kim van Ommering, UU, beta (25%), course coordinator

Anna Akhmanova, Beta UU
Rachel Boddy, UU
Bianca Kramer, Jeroen Bosman, UU
Marte Otter, UMCU, Career Services
Kristan van der Vos, Cell Press
Klaartje Spijkers, Patienten Federatie Nederland, Kees Recourt, Mibiton & InnovationQuarter
Devin van den Berg, Debatexpert
Jonathan Talbott, Talbott International Presentations
Tessa Gaarenstroom, UU
Arjan Stoppelenburg, UU

Course description
This course aims to highlight an essential but underappreciated aspect of being a successful researcher, the logic of scientific argument. The logic of scientific argument is a key aspect of various scientific activities such as publishing and writing project proposals-including the revies-rebuttal process, but also when defending your data or pitching your work. For this, workshops on for example (abstract) writing, on the review and rebuttal process, and debating and pitching will be given. In addition, various aspects of the current scientific landscape, including societal impact and publishing as well as different research careers, will be covered. The overall goal is to provide tools that enrich your skillset as a researcher and complement the ones gained by hands-on experience in the lab or in an internship.
These tools will set the foundation upon which you can continue building on later in your career as a researcher.

Literature/study material used
Materials will be distributed before/during the sessions.

You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. Maximun 40 participants.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes. Students enrolled in the General Research Profile will have priority. 

10 sessions
November 18 till February 3 Meetings on Friday morning from 09-13.00

Active participation pass/fail
Assignment: grant proposal 50%
Debate 10%
Presentations: rebuttal 15%
Presentations: pitch 15%
Abstracts for 10%

Examinations (dates tba)
Peer review 
Research proposal
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats



Peer supervision meeting


Review session

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Debate 10%
Active participation 10%
Assignment 50%
Presentation 30%

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