Course ObjectiveAt the end of the course:
• The student has gained insight in the formulation of scientific
research questions and how these are answered in biomedical science;
• The student can efficiently find, read, understand and critically
judge biomedical literature;
• The student can paraphrase scientific findings and make the
references to used literature;
• The student has learned how scientific data can be presented in
• The student has insight in the concepts of scientific integrity,
plagiarism and fraud;
• The student has a good understanding of elementary probability
as well as statistical concepts of diagnostics;
• The student can explain the relationship between populations and
• The student recognizes different kinds of variables and some
frequently used experimental set-ups in which these measurements are
• The student recognizes information bias and selection bias in the
results caused by the way of measuring or the used methodology;
• The student is able to manage bibliographies, create a reference-
using software (Endnote);
• The student is able to conduct a literature review;
• The student can give, receive and process (peer) feedback;
• The student is able to reflect on their own work and actions, the
student can draw conclusions on his/her academic development and act
• The student is able to write a (short) scientific report in
English, with regard to text structure, linguistic accuracy and clarity
Course ContentFrom history to future
The goal of the course is to familiarize students with science,
specifically with biomedical sciences.
By offering small-scale, intensive education, this course will
strengthen the social and academic integration between students.
This course consists of three main topics:
(1) getting to know the university
• Getting to know fellow students (social integration);
• Getting to know the structure and procedures of a university;
• Students work in groups, supported by a mentor (junior lecturer).
(2) getting to know science (academic integration)
• Composing a biomedical hypothesis including a small literature
thereby learning how to gather information from scientific databases and
how to report this in a scientific report;
• An introduction to methodology and probability rules;
• An introduction to scientific ethics, integrity and plagiarism;
• Learning academic writing in English.
(3) getting to know biomedical science
• Getting to know the major research questions in biomedical
the past, present and future;
• First acquaintance with the job market.
Teaching MethodsLectures: average 2h per week
Work groups, computer practical: average 6h per week
• Lecture and discussions in work groups allow students to get to
the major research questions and paradigms in biomedical science in
• Work groups, during which students formulate their own research
question, write a literature review and reflect on the writing process;
• During the computer practical the student learns information
processing skills and how to use Endnote;
• Academic writing in English, supported by a series of work groups
feedback on written work;
• Lectures on methodology and probability rules, supplemented by
hands-on exercises about methodology and probability rules in work
Method of AssessmentIn order to pass the course, the student needs to have met the following
1. presence at all compulsory parts (all work groups and computer
2. finished all compulsory assignments, before the due date, via
The student will be tested on:
• Exam methodology (50%)
• Report (50%): literature review including reflection report,
for academic writing.
A minimum score of 5.5 for both the written exam and the report is
required in order to pass.
In case of a resit for the report, a maximum score of 6.0 can be
Entry RequirementsNo prior knowledge is needed.
LiteratureThe syllabus can be found on the Canvas-page of Introduction to
For methodology the following book will be used: "The Practice of
Statistics in the Life Sciences" by Brigitte Baldi & David S. Moore
(Fourth -or Third- edition). ISBN-13: 978-1-319-18760-6.
Other essential literature will be provided in Canvas.
Target AudienceCompulsory course for first year Biomedical Sciences’ students.
Custom Course RegistrationFor this course, you need to register yourself for the course via VUnet, including lectures and exam. The faculty will register you for all remain teaching methods.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. R.J. van Belle-van den Berg|
|Examiner||dr. R.J. van Belle-van den Berg|
dr. H.K.E. Vervaeke
dr. T.C. Messemaker
R.K. Blankevoort MSc
dr. J.F.H. Kupper
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Study Group*, Lecture, Other*, Computer lab*, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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