YBI-37806 Frontiers in Biology

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Lecture38
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
dr. ir. J Helder
prof. dr. M Dicke
prof. dr. MAM Groenen
prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
prof. dr. ME Visser
prof. dr. ir. FPM Govers
dr. ir. FT Muijres
prof. dr. ET Kiers
prof. dr. J van der Oost
prof. dr. ir. MGM Aarts
dr. M Boxem
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
prof. dr. ir. J Bakker
dr. ir. J Helder

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

BSc Biology or comparable knowledge.

Contents:

This course deals with the latest developments in Biology and covers a wide range of themes, including molecular, organismal and ecological subjects. Highlights in modern biology will be addressed by studying recent articles and inviting keynote speakers active in various biological disciplines. The course will be organized as a regular congress with plenary discussions with invited speakers. Students write a summary about the articles and have discussions with the keynote speakers.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the latest developments in modern biology;
- the reasoning and argumentation behind experiments to unravel biological processes;
- discuss complex matters at an academic level with scientists and students from other biological disciplines;
- critically analyse a scientific article, write a concise summary of this article, including its potential gaps and suggestions how to solve these.

Activities:

- attendance presentations;
- group discussions;
- reading and analysing scientific articles and presentations;
- writing a summary of articles and discussions with keynote speakers.

Examination:

- written test with open questions (60%);
- three individual summaries (40%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.

Literature:

A reader with scientific articles will be published on blackboard. The reader is also for sale in the studystore.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: MBIBiologyMSc3WD