Bachelor Thesis Biology: Part 1


Course Objective

The aim of this course is to assist bachelor students in preparing for
their research internship. Students will be guided in developing their
research idea into a well-structured scientific research proposal
written in stylistically appropriate and grammatically correct English.
At the end of the course students will be able to:
- Formulate a clear research question, hypothesis and prediction for
their research internship
- Write an introduction based on recent scientific literature on the
subject of their research project
- Describe the methods and approach they are going to apply
- Write a clear, well-structured and effective research plan
- Adopt the right style and English grammar for scientific writing
- Present their research idea to fellow students in a clear and concise
- Give effective peer feedback
- Directly start with their research project during the internship that
immediately follows this course
- Use the learned skills, knowledge and text of the research proposal to
effectively and efficiently write their internship report (bachelor
thesis) after the completion of the internship research

Course Content

How do you get the most out of your research internship? How do you
elaborate your research idea into a clear, well-structured and effective
research proposal?
This course is designed to help you prepare most effectively for your
research internship. During this course you will write and present a
research proposal describing your future project. This is not only
useful for your future internship – learning how to write a successful
research proposal is an integral part of your academic career.

In this course you will take an active part in planning and structuring
your internship, supported by your internship supervisor(s) and course
lecturers. In the beginning of the course you will make a number of
appointments with your supervisor and will start working on your
research proposal at the same time as learning the necessary practical
skills for the internship. We have designed a number of assignments to
help you build your proposal step-by-step. By getting effective feedback
from your supervisor at each step you will make sure your proposal can
be later used for your experiments during your internship.
Parallel to working on the proposal you will receive an introductory
training in scientific writing in English. Here you will learn the basic
principles of reading and writing scientific literature: what is the
structure of a scientific article, how to write well-structured and
coherent paragraphs and sentences and what is appropriate punctuation,
grammar and vocabulary. You will apply these skills when writing your
own proposal.
At the end of the course you will give a short oral presentation of 5
minutes of your proposal.

Teaching Methods

The course starts with an introductory lecture. For the most part of the
course you will work together with your internship supervisor on
building the practical skills for the internship and working on the
research proposal. To support you in the writing of the proposal you
will have 5 work groups with a trainer in scientific writing in English
who will assess your assignments. Finally, we will close the course with
a presentation session where you will present your research proposal.

Method of Assessment

After completion of the course you will receive a “go/no go” assessment.
A “go” will allow you to proceed to your internship. This assessment
will be based on the following components of your performance:
1 Assessment of the written research proposal by the trainer in
scientific writing in English (pass/fail)
2 Assessment of the attitude, practical skills and the scientific
quality of the research proposal by the internship supervisor
3 Presentation (pass/fail)

Entry Requirements

In order to start this course the students are required to already have
found an internship placement which has been approved and completely
administered by the BSc Internship Coordinator. Deadlines for approval
and online admission are January 6 and January 13 2017, respectively.
The actual internship (Bachelor thesis: Research Internship) will start
directly after completing this course.

In addition, students must have passed the first and second year part of
the course "studievaardigheden en carriereorientatie" (AB_1214 and AB_
1220) before starting this course.


Together with your internship supervisor you will select reviews and
primary research articles relevant for your future internship project.
Additionally, the course will assume that you have read and used the
bachelor programme’s guidelines for writing (and presenting).

Target Audience

All 3d year bachelor students who have registered their internship

General Information

Course Code AB_1209
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. R.M. Meredith
Examiner dr. R.M. Meredith
Teaching Staff dr. R.M. Meredith
dr. M.P. Bergman

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group*, Other*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.