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Course module: BMB529019
Bio-Tech-Med interdisciplinary team training (BITT project)
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB529019
ECTS Credits3
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 personS. de Jong
Contactperson for the course
S. de Jong
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
Remark24 Feb - 17 June 2021, registration via Osiris Student.
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 processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Primary learning objectives
At the end of the course, the student is able to:
  • Translate an existing disease-related problem into a well formulated problem definition;
  • Formulate, pitch, and defend a proposal that is scientifically sound, feasible, innovative, and interdisciplinary, which answers the formulated problem definition;
  • Reflect on his/her personal interdisciplinary communication and collaboration, and on the added value of an interdisciplinary approach to solve a disease-related challenge.
Secondary learning objectives
At the end of the course, the student is able to:
  • Take into account the patient perspective in the disease-related challenge;
  • To identify stakeholders and describe how they are involved in the proposed solution for the disease-related challenge;
  • Provide a professional contribution to the group dynamics;
  • Collaborate effectively while working in geographically distant settings and within a limited time frame;
  • pitch his/her idea to a public of laymen.
Period (from – till): 24 Febuary - 17 June 2021
S. de Jong, PhD, UMCU, DH&L, Med. Physiology, course coordinator.
Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to think about solutions to a disease-related problem and to obtain skills such as working in an interdisciplinary team with master students from the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Medicine Master ‘SUMMA’, and master students from the Technical University Eindhoven.

The overarching aim is, that - based on a real-life patient-oriented problem (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease) - future doctors, engineers, and biomedical scientists will collaborate to come up with a potential solution.

You will work in small interdisciplinary groups guided by experts in the fields of biomed/-tech. The course consists of three plenary meeting days (January 16th – March 5th – May 14th 2020). In between these plenary meeting days, you will work at a distance to keep things going.

Within this elective course you will learn among others about interdisciplinary collaborative skills, design thinking, brainstorming, pitching potential solutions, entrepreneurship, and patient perspectives.

Literature/study material used:
Primary literature

You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
Additionally, you are required to send an e-mail to the course coordinator, specifying the course code, the masterprogramme you participate in and  your background (biomedical/medical/technical).

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, for all GSLS students

Prerequisite knowledge

Other remarks
This 3 EC course can be extended to 5 EC. The extension consists of an individual assignment that focuses on the inclusion of additional disciplines in the proposed solution.
Be aware that in that case you should register for the 5 EC variant of this course with course code BMB539019.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Instructional formats
Communication skills

Group work

Guest lecture





Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Active Participation (fail/pass)
Presentation (20%)
Reflection essay (40%)
Written Project (40%)

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