FQD-23306 Research Topics on Food and Society, a Gamma-Beta Approach


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work12
Excursion (one day)4
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. LPA Steenbekkers
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. M Dekker
dr. ir. LPA Steenbekkers
ir. CAA Butijn
dr. ing. R Verkerk
MSc DMA Roodhuyzen
dr. ir. JK Heising
Examiner(s)dr. ir. LPA Steenbekkers

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Introduction to the Life Sciences FQD-10306 (for BBC students).


This course is a follow up of the course Introduction to the Life Sciences. In this PO-course students will gain experience in setting up and executing a research in which social and natural sources are integrated (y-B). Led by themes related to the food-production chain, differences in the beta and gamma approach will be explained. Organisations from within the society will deliver the relevant research questions. These organisations will also provide background information related to the research question and will be informant if necessary. This course is compulsory for BBC students and is optional for BLT and other students. The students will develop together a scientific question, which will be answered with coherent beta and gamma methods. The concepts in the research question need to be operationalized. The next step is to (partly) execute the gamma and beta research. In the data analyses, the gamma and beta research results will be aggregated. The end result could be a programme of wishes and demands for a new product, addressing both technical and socio-economical aspects. The students will work in groups of maximum six persons together and will deliver a written report.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to:
- indicate differences between different disciplinary approaches of food topics;
- analyse a food topic in terms of beta and gamma items;
- draw up a research that includes both beta and gamma research methods;
- integrate gamma and beta research results of food topics;
- communicate the research in terms of both beta and gamma sciences to professionals;
- show the surplus value of a beta-gamma interactive approach;
- formulate a programme of wishes and demands for a product or service with both gamma and beta conditions.


- follow lectures;
- exercise the setting up and execution of a gamma or beta-scientific research;
- formulate a programme of wishes and demands for a product or service from both a gamma and a beta point of view;
- report and present the results.


Written report of PO assignment (100%).


A reader will be available at the secretariat of FQD.

Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc6AF