Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: BMB508512
Academic Writing (online course)
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 persondrs. F.W. van Dam
Contactperson for the course
drs. F.W. van Dam
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P1_A  (06/09/2021 to 12/11/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS_P1_A/  BMS_P2_A/  BMS_P3_A/  BMS_P4_A
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkThis course is (in first instance) open to all 2nd year Master students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. Online.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/05/2021 up to and including 27/06/2021
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 23/08/2021 up to and including 20/09/2021
Waiting listYes
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 online course will be given four times a year, once in each period. P1_A - 14 September - 02 November 2021, P2_A - 23 November 2021 - 18 January 2022, P3_A - 15 February - 05 April 2022, P4_A - 10 May - 28 June 2022
Course coordinator: Frans (F.W.) van Dam, Lecturer science communication, Faculty of Science (
Lecturers: Mark (M.J.W.) Bos, Lecturer science communication, Faculty of Science ( and Frans (F.W.) van Dam

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

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, during the course, you are writing your internship report, Master's thesis or article. 

You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide and placement of students is done by lottery in case of capacity limitations.
The maximum number of participants is 20, the minimum 10.
Course dates
Each course starts in the second week of the period. In 4 online sessions during the course students and the lecturer will meet via MS Teams (45’ sessions). Here you can find the list with all the exact dates per period for the online meetings during the whole year. All online meetings are scheduled between 9:00-12:00h. Allocated timeslots per group are communicated on the Lifelong Learning platform.




Meeting 1 14 Sept 2021 23 Nov 2021 15 Feb 2022 10 May 2022
Meeting 2 24 Sept 2021 07 Dec 2021 01 Mar 2022 24 May 2022
Meeting 3 12 Oct 2021 21 Dec 2021 15 Mar 2022 07 Jun 2022
Meeting 4 26 Oct 2021 11 Jan 2022 29 Mar 2022 21 Jun 2022

Literature/study material used
All materials and exercises are available through the online Lifelong Learning Platform. Participating students will be enrolled in advance of the course.
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

Online Education


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Active participation (presence required 3 out of 4 sessions)
Paper (brief fragment)

Kies de Nederlandse taal