NEM-10806 Orientation Plant Sciences


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work3
Excursion (multiple days)48
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
Lecturer(s)HD Halm
dr. SM Driever
dr. ir. WJM Lommen
dr. MTW Vervoort
dr. ir. A Schots
ing. HCA Rijk
prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
dr. ing. A van Ast
drs. CA Langeveld
Examiner(s)dr. ir. A Schots
prof. dr. ir. J Bakker

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BSc1-courses Plant Sciences (BPW).


During two internships of two days students will individually experience the work of a plant scientist as a professional. The student will visit companies and/or institutions. A report will be written and a presentation will be prepared. To further develop insight and skills in the scientific, technological and societal aspects of plant sciences a self-defined project will be carried out. Students will choose research subjects close to their own interests. Upon studying the appropriate literature, a detailed work plan will be designed and carried out. The students will write a scientific report in a format that is used for research articles in professional journals. The students are expected in this last course of the study year to demonstrate their knowledge and skills developed in the previous BSc1 courses. An additional, major aspect of this course is to obtain knowledge of crops, recognize the most important crop species and their raw products.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the students will be able to:
- to appraise the work as a plant scientist;
- to search and read relevant literature;
- to design and plan a research experiment in a laboratory or in a field;
- to write a report and prepare a presentation to communicate the obtained experiences;
- to self-reflect on these experiences as a preparation to choose a specialization in the second year of the study;
- to develop a critical attitude with regard to data analysis and interpretation;
- to further develop practical skills in different plant sciences disciplines;
- recognise the most important crop and grassland species, their products and their qualities by using vegetative, generative and other characteristics, and have insight in their purpose and value for use.


- lectures;
- excursions;
- practicals;
- internship;
- writing a report and prepare a presentation.


- written report (50%);
- self-reflection report (20%);
- written test with open questions (30%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Study guide, reader and practical manual.

Compulsory for: BPWPlant SciencesBSc6WD
Restricted Optional for: BLSBachelor Orientation year Life SciencesBSc6WD