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Course module: BMB508512
Academic Writing
Course info
Course codeBMB508512
ECTS Credits1
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
MASTER  (21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkThis course is (in first instance) open to all second year Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course goals
Students can:
  1. identify strengths and weaknesses in their own writing strategies;
  2. organise the research and writing process;
  3. structure scientific/academic texts; 
  4. apply techniques for pre-writing, drafting and revision.
Period (from – till): This course will be given three times a year. See dates below for specification of the 4 sessions per course.
Course coordinator: Eva Herold, MSc, programme advisor BMS, UMC Utrecht, - If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, please contact the lecturer.
Lecturer: Frans van Dam, Lecturer science communication, Faculty of Science

Course description
This mini-course will focus on the demands of ‘academic’ writing in English, and will include topics such as writing strategies, text plans, revision and structure. It is particularly helpful for students embarking on a research thesis or an internship report.

This course is (in first instance) open to all second year Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. It is important that you are already experienced or starting with writing an internship report or Master's thesis. You can apply for this course starting from June 1st 2016 and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before June 1st will not be taken into account. You can register via the Study Guide.
The maximum number of participants is 15, the minimum 6.

Course dates

Group 1 Dates Sept/Oct 2017
Meeting 1: Thursday 14 September 2017 10:00 to 13:00 h.
Meeting 2: Thursday 28 September 2017 9:30 to 12:30 h.
Meeting 3: Thursday 12 October 2017 9:30 to 12:30 h.
Meeting 4: Thursday 26 October 2017 9:30 to 12:30 h.

Group 2 Dates January/Febuary 2018
Meeting 1: Wednesday 17 January 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​.
Meeting 2:  Wednesday 31 January 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​
Meeting 3: Wednesday 14 February 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​.
Meeting 4: Wednesday 28 Febuary 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​

Group 3 Dates March/April 2018
Meeting 1: Wednesday 7 maart 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​
Meeting 2:  Wednesday 21 maart 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​
Meeting 3: Wednesday 4 April 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​
Meeting 4: Wednesday 18 April 2018 9:30 to 12:30 h.​

Literature/study material used
Will be handed out during the meetings.

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

"This short course is very useful and instructive"
"The teacher is very enthusiastic"
"You work on your own report"
"Useful advise about the writing process and common pitfalls"
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Student at the graduate School of Life Sciences.
Required materials
Instructional formats


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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