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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
BMS P1 A  (03/09/2018 to 09/11/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS P1 A/  BMS P2 A/  BMS P4 A
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 OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listYes
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 start and end dates of the course editions. 
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 July 1st 2018 and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before Julu 1st will not be taken into account.
For the editions of this course that start before 12 November 2018, you can apply via Study Guide.
For editions of this course that start after 12 November, you can apply via Osiris Student (see below for starting blocks corresponding with the different groups/course dates).
You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student at specific intervals based, on the starting date of the course. See the information on the Study Guide. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.​
The maximum number of participants is 15, the minimum 6.

Course dates
Group 1 Dates 13 Sept 2018 – 1 Nov 2018:
Meeting 1: Thursday 13 September 2018 - 10:00 – 13:00h
Meeting 2: Thursday 27 September 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Thursday 11 October 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Thursday 1 November 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Group 2 dates 5 Dec 2018 – 23 Jan 2019 (Osiris Student starting block: BMS P2 A)
Meeting 1: Wednesday 5 December 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 2: Wednesday 19 December 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Wednesday 9 January 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Wednesday 23 January 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Group 3 dates 8 May 2019 – 26 June 2019 (Osiris Student starting block: BMS P4 A)
Meeting 1: Wednesday 8 May 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 2: Wednesday 22 May 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Wednesday 12 June 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Wednesday 26 June 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
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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