YPS-82318 BSc Thesis Plant Sciences


Credits 18.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. AGJ Kuipers
Examiner(s)dr. AGJ Kuipers

Language of instruction:

English and/or Dutch

Assumed knowledge on:

Courses of the BSc Programme Plant Sciences. This element can only be taken with permission of the study adviser, based on sufficient study progress.


The BSc thesis Plant Sciences is the concluding course of the BSc programme Plant Sciences, and focuses on the planning, preparation and performance of a research project in the field of plant sciences. A database is available to choose a suitable project (http://tip.wur.nl). Students learn how to design a research project by orientation on the problem through literature study, defining the research question and preparation of a project proposal including a planning of the research work. In this process they are supervised by a scientific staff member. Based on their project proposal students perform experiments to collect scientific data. In this phase they participate in meetings of their research group. Data processing, analysis and discussion will be the basis of the final thesis report. The BSc thesis will be presented written and orally in BSc thesis sessions for fellow BSc-students. During this course the students write a reflection report on their personal learning goals and study progress during the BSc and prepare a future study plan.

Learning outcomes:

The BSc thesis is the concluding element of the BSc Plant Sciences. After completion of this course the student is expected to be able to:
- reflect on personal knowledge, skills, attitude and functioning;
- formulate individual learning goals based on self-reflection, and incorporate these learning goals in a research proposal and a future study plan;
- perform literature search and literature study;
- design a project proposal (including theoretical background, problem definition, design of research plan, project planning) based on an existing research question at BSc-level;
- perform independent research work under supervision (including experimental methods, data processing, trouble shooting, active participation in research group meetings) at BSc-level;
- survey, apply and integrate relevant academic knowledge regarding a current topic in the field of Plant Sciences under supervision and with the use of feedback;
- write and present an academic report at BSc-level in a clear and understandable way.


- analysis of individual learning goals and preferences with respect to BSc thesis work and further study;
- independent literature search;
- preparation of a detailed project proposal and project plan on a topic in the field of Plant Sciences;
- performing the research project according to proposal and planning;
- analysis and discussion of research data;
- oral and written presentation and discussion of research data.


The BSc thesis Plant Sciences is evaluated and graded by the supervisor and the examiner according to an evaluation protocol and Rubric that are described in the course guide and the reader. The final mark is based on sub-marks for:
- research competencies (35%);
- experimental skills (10%);
- self-reflection report (5%);
- report (40%);
- presentation (5%) and final discussion (5%).


Available in the course guide and the reader.

Compulsory for: BPWPlant SciencesBSc1,2,3,4,5,6