ADP-30806 Adaptation Physiology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work15
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. JE Bolhuis
dr. I Reimert
Lecturer(s)dr. I Reimert
dr. ir. JE Bolhuis
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JE Bolhuis

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Immunology and Thermoregulation, Reproduction and Fertility, Behavioural Endocrinology, or Health Welfare and Management.

Continuation courses:

MSc Thesis Adaptaton Physiology.


In this course, students will learn how to write and present a literature review and develop a research proposal, related to the disciplines and main topics of adaptation physiology.
At the start of the course the subject is defined by the tutor in consultation with the student (based on interests).
The student works in small groups (3-4) on the subject.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
- unravel a given problem or topic to come to relevant questions for a literature study (Phase 1);
- develop a plan for a literature study based on these relevant questions (Phase 1);
- collect, compare, judge and evaluate relevant literature to come to a coherent literature review (Phase 2);
- formulate gaps in knowledge and consequently formulate new research questions (Phase 2);
- develop a research proposal for a series of experiments to answer (some of ) these research questions and describe one animal experiment in detail (Phase 3).


- define relevant questions for a literature review;
- write a literature review and present this;
- develop a scientific research proposal and work plan.


Student will be graded based on individual oral exam (35%), written group report (55%), for both a minimum grade of 5.5 is required to pass, and oral group presentations (10%).


Handouts will be provided during the course.

Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScD: Adaptation, Health and Welfare5AF
MASAnimal SciencesMScB: Nutrition and Metabolism5AF