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Course module: BMB539019
Bio-Tech-Med interdisciplinary team training (BITT project)
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB539019
ECTS Credits5
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
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): 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 5 EC course is an extension to the 3 EC (BITT course, BMB529019). The extension consists of an individual assignment that focuses on the inclusion of additional disciplines in the proposed solution.
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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