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Course module: BMB520220
Food for Health and Safety
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB520220
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personM.C. Gerbrands
Contactperson for the course
M.C. Gerbrands
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P3_A  (08/02/2021 to 25/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkFebruary 2021. Please pay close attention to the extra specifics for the enrollment procedure!
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 25/01/2021 up to and including 22/02/2021
Waiting listYes
Course placement processdocent
1. From a context of multitude to a manageable assignment description of the problem and goal
  • Able to deal with uncertainty
  • Able to position their work in relation to relevant disciplines
  • Teamworking
  • System thinking
  • The use of effective communication tools and techniques to set a clear description of the assignment. 
2. Compose and carry out a Design Thinking process that leads to a proof of concept that will lead to solving the problem for the client and stakeholders
  • Selecting validated techniques to collect data and information
  • (creatively?) combine knowledge and technologies to come towards a working concept
  • Assessment of opportunities offered by the existing, state-of-the-art technologies and solutions and identify areas for innovation, relevant for solving the problem         
3. Communicate and report the foundation of process, knowledge and attitude.
  • Verification and validation of the proof of concept (relevance, scalability, creativeness and innovativeness, reflection on pitfalls
  • Presenting a final concept in an effective, inspirational, sustainable and convincing way to the client and other stakeholders.
4. Set and reflect on personal learning goals in a cyclic manner that will lead to future actions.
  • Awareness of skills, talents, knowledge and critical reflection on added value for oneself, the team (process) and proof of concept.
  • Give and receive constructive (peer)feedback.
  • Based on (peer)feedback, reflect on thoughts, actions and emotions and formulate new learning activities for personal growth
Period (from – till): 1 February 2021 - 1 July 2021. 
Please be aware of selecting the correct course code based on your current studies: 
this course is taught at Master level, but also open for 3rd year Bachelor students.
Master students should register for this course (BMB520220).
Bachelor students should register for the Bachelor variant of this course (BMB620220).

Course Coordinator: ing. Michèle Gerbrands MA (

Lecturers, insprational speakers, workshop moderators, domain experts, coaches and others involved will be recruited from the participating universities, the ministries of Defence, Economic Affairs and Climate and from the governmental and corporate world. 

Description of content
This course is built on the principles of challenge-based learning and is a collaboration of the alliance (UU, WUR, UMCU and TUe) and the Ministries of Defence and Economic Affairs and Climate.
Students from the UU, WUR and TUe will collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to solve a real-world problem while working on their personal and professional skills.
Each student team will develop a new food concept for the army.
The course consists of inspiring masterclasses and inspirational sessions given by professionals from the educational, governmental and corporate world, exciting team-building activities and individual coaching on the project and personal development. Students can broaden their network, collaborate with peers from different universities and get acquainted with the work field!
The course is given in a blended form and consists of 4 face to face events which are mandatory. Between these events, student teams can use an online learning environment, arrange meetings with their (team)peers, coach and experts.

The challenge consists of 4 events, that take place over the course of 11 weeks. Each event will take place at a different location throughout the Netherlands. Next to these events online learning activities and meetings with the teamcoach and tutor take place.
Note that the duration of every event is the whole day, meaning 09:00 - 21:00 (including sleepover during the first event)! Sleepover is not mandatory.

Literature/study material used

Students from WUR and TUe can apply for the course on the website They will be registered as guest students in the UU Osiris system.
Students from the UU must enroll in Osiris.
Twenty students from each university can register for this challenge.
Every bachelor year 3 and master student can apply. Please select the correct course code to register in Osiris! BMB520220 for Master students and BMB620220 for 3rd year Bachelor students.
Students will be registered based on a first come, first serve base.
The student is registered at the UU, WUR or TUe.
Is a bachelor year 3 or master student.
The student delivers a motivational letter. More information can be found on
After registration the student receives a questionnaire for a Belbin test. This will give the student more insight in team roles.
The results of all the participating students will be used to form complementairy teams.
You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme
Yes, open for students registered at the UU, WUR or TUe.

Prerequisite knowledge
No prerequisite knowledge is needed or required. Motivation is a key factor in participating in this challenge.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Coaching group

Communication skills


Field trip

Field work

Group work

Guest lecture


Instructional lecture

Peer supervision meeting




Problem-based learning



Small-group session

Themed session


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Portfolio/ Reflection (30%)
Report (50%)
Structure and Style (10%)
Flexible form based on concept (10%)

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