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Course module: BMB529019
Bio-Tech-Med interdisciplinary team training (BITT project)
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB529019
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (M (Master))
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact persondrs. R.R. de Jonge
Course contact
drs. R.R. de Jonge
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P3_A  (06/02/2023 to 23/04/2023)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Timeslot not applicable
Study mode
Remark6 Feb - 30 June 2023, registration via OSIRIS Student. Max 20 students.
Enrolment periodfrom 31/10/2022 up to and including 25/11/2022
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Additional informationYou will be enrolled for this course by administration of the programme of this course.
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 23/01/2023 up to and including 24/01/2023
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
  • Translate a real-life disease-related problem into a well-formulated problem definition;
  • Reflect on his/her personal interdisciplinary collaboration experience, and on the added value of an interdisciplinary approach to solve a disease-related challenge;
  • Acquire efficient communication skills to engage the challenge stakeholders;
  • Engage all stakeholders’ perspectives in the formulation of the solution to the disease-related challenge;
  • Contribute actively in the interdisciplinary collaboration and to enhance group dynamics;
  • Collaborate effectively while working in geographically distant settings and within a limited time frame;
  • Formulate, pitch, and defend a proposal that is scientifically sound, feasible, innovative, and interdisciplinary, which answers the problem definition.
Period (from – till): 6 Febuary - 30 June 2022
drs. R.R. de Jonge, course coordinator.
S. de Jong, UMCU and GSLS.
B. Arets, SUMMA,
A. Berendts, Nutrition and health, WUR
J. Paredes, Biotechnology, TU/e
Course description
Challenged based learning! In this course you create solutions to a disease-related problem. Together with Master's students from the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Medicine Master ‘SUMMA’, Health and Nutrition, WUR, and Bio-engineering, Technical University Eindhoven, you obtain the skills to work in an interdisciplinary team and work towards a solution for a current health problem.
The overarching aim is, that future doctors, health scientists, bio-engineers, and biomedical scientists will collaborate and obtain interdisciplinary skills.
You will work in small interdisciplinary groups guided by experts in the fields of biomed/-tech/nutrtion. The course consists of three plenary meeting days (mid-February – April – June). In between these plenary meeting days, you will continue working together at a distance to keep the project going. Several Q&A and tutor sessions or pitch training will support you.
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

Participate in interdisciplinary (boundary crossing) teamwork.
Attend three plenary days (lectures, interactive sessions, workshops).
Pitch your final solution by using a poster.
Work on your boundary crossing learning objective and write a reflection paper on this.

During the entire course you will perform group work alongside self-study for about 40 hours.

Pitch & poster of solution (graded)
Active participation (fail/pass)
Reflection paper (fail/pass)
Contact email address

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 Master's programme 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 programmes
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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