Literature Survey Neurosciences


Course Objective

The students writes a review paper that meets the author guidelines of a
pre-selected neuroscientific journal, and gives an oral presentation on
this topic.

The student is able to
[this applies to both review paper and oral presentation]
- plan and complete tasks involved in writing the review paper in an
efficient and independent manner
- select relevant literature
- generate ideas and concepts on own
- provide a well-structured overview of the literature (including:
concise summary; coherent theoretical framework; clear hypothesis;
fully, systematically and accurately presented findings)
- analyse and evaluate findings in a critical manner
- draw appropriate conclusions and formulate implications of the
findings for further theoretical development

[this applies to the review paper only]
- write a review paper with virtually no language or spelling errors
- use a clear writing style

[this applies to the oral presentation only]
- present in an enthusiastic and convincing manner
- use clear and effective visual aids
- listen to questions, answer questions in a respectful manner
- devote enough time to each key point
- respect the time allotted for the presentation

Course Content

- Writing of a neuroscientific review paper in English, thereby
providing an overview of the literature
- Oral presentation of this review paper, including discussion

Teaching Methods

The VU supervisor / on-site supervisor provides feedback on the writing
process and on drafts of the review paper.

Method of Assessment

Assessor 1, i.e. VU supervisor: 50% (writing process + review paper +
oral presentation),
assessor 2: 50% (review paper)
The review paper is independently assessed by the 2 assessors.

Entry Requirements

The student has to have succesfully completed Internship Neurosciences I
before the Literature survey can commence.


The student is responsible for collecting scientific articles. The VU /
supervisor can aid the student in this process, if necessary.

Target Audience

Second year Master's Neurosciences students

Custom Course Registration

Enrolment via vu-net. NB the programme coordinator has to provide prior approval of the project . The student uploads a signed Application and Agreement form incl. a short description of the literature survey on Canvas, at least four weeks before the start of actual writing process. The course can commence as soon as the programme coordinator has approved the proposal and the agreements.

General Information

Course Code AM_471110
Credits 8 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. L. Diergaarde
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.