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Course module: BMB508512
Academic Writing (online course)
Course info
Course codeBMB508512
ECTS Credits1
Category / LevelM (M (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
Course contact
drs. F.W. van Dam
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P2_A  (14/11/2022 to 05/02/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS_P2_A/  BMS_P3_A/  BMS_P4_A
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
RemarkThis course is given once each perion. Registration via Osiris Student. Max 20 participants
Enrolment periodfrom 19/09/2022 up to and including 02/10/2022
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 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 three times a year. P2_A - 14 November 2022 - 23 January 2023, P3_A - 6 February - 7 April 2023, P4_A - 24 April - 19 June 2023
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 first week of the period. In 4 online sessions during the course students and the lecturer will meet via MS Teams (45’ sessions). Exact dates and times will be communicated at a later time. 

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)

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