Minor Literature Essay

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Doel vak

The Minor Literature Essay is a short systematic literature review (or
research report for research minor students).

Inhoud vak

The Minor Literature Essay is a short systematic literature review (or
research report for research minor students).
During this course you will design and perform your own literature study
on a specific (bio)medical subject of your own choice, and report the
results in a written scientific report in English of about 3000-5000

In the first week of the course, you will design your literature study
and write a proposal for your Minor Literature Essay.
In week 2-4 of the course, you will perform your literature study and
write a scientific report on the results; the actual Minor Literature
Essay Supervision will consist of guidance by an individual supervisor
and working groups.

Before the start of the course (preferably during the minor) you decide
on a subject and find and contact an individual essay supervisor (this
is your own responsibility; for criteria supervisors see CANVAS). The
individual essay supervisor will guide you during the course regarding
the specific subject of your choice. You will have to plan an
appointment with your personal supervisor once a week during the course.

In addition, you will be able to attend 4 working group meetings
focusing on scientific writing.
The aims of these working group meetings are:
• To learn how to write (writing skills; knowledge)
• To offer structure in the writing process (intermediate
deadlines for each working group)
• A peer-review process of each others work (assignments will be
discussed in small groups)
• Presenting (short presentations)
Working groups consist of 6-12 students, who collaborate within the
course. The four working group meetings will focus on the following
distinct subjects:
Week 1 - Research objective and search strategy
Week 2 - Methods and results
Week 3 - Title, introduction, first draft abstract and outline
Week 4 - Discussion and conclusion

Note: research minor students only will write a scientific report on
their own scientific study instead of a literature study. They will be
supervised by the supervisor of their research minor project.

Course objective
The student is able to design and perform a literature review on a
specific (bio)medical subject.
The student can write a scientific report of the results in correct
scientific English.
The student has shown to have sufficient insight in the scientific
literature and reporting thereof to be able to start the scientific
internship in the master programme.
Note: Research minor students only will write a scientific report on the
topic of their own research minor project.


Lectures, working groups.


Minor Literature Essay: written assignment consisting of a scientific
report on a (bio)medical subject of 3000-5000 words in English.


An overview of the study material is placed on Canvas.


External (international) minor students.

Overige informatie

Vice-cursuscoördinator: Dr. L.M.C. Nauta-Jansen

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

All students are automatically enrolled for the working groups. If you have previously written a bachelorthesis or comparable assignment, or if you are abroad for your minor during the bachelorthesis course, and do not wish to attend the working groups, you are requested to send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl within two weeks before the starting date.

Toelichting Canvas

This course is supported by a corresponding CANVAS course, which
contains all of the required information of this course including
overview of approved supervisors, the required articles and assignments.
The Canvas course will also be used to post announcements relevant.
to the course. You will automatically have access to the Canvas

Algemene informatie

Vakcode M_BMITS16
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode Semester 1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit VUmc
Vakcoördinator dr. T. Pattij

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