BPE-13303 Introduction to Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)ir. B Lubbes
Lecturer(s)dr. CW Hoogendam
dr. ir. WKP van Loon
dr. ZH Robaey
MJ van Harmelen
SM Zijlstra MSc
dr. ir. S Isken
DGA Buijs
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JE Wellink
dr. ir. S Isken
prof. dr. ir. RH Wijffels

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This course is an introduction in the field of molecular life sciences and biotechnology as well as an introduction to studying at Wageningen University. The course consists of several elements:
- information on the study program; 
- a profession oriented part with cases supervised by mentors;
- ethics and societal aspects of biotechnology and molecular life sciences.
- information literacy;
- oral presentations; 
Part of the course is given as a tutorial under supervision of teachers of Educational Studies. In the profession oriented part you will work in groups of 3 students under supervision of mentors (senior students biotechnology and molecular life sciences). This part consists of a number of exercises on relevant topics for your study programme. A report has to be written for every exercise. During the BSc students will develop a portfolio of 5 cases where they have to discuss ethical issues around biotechnology and molecular life sciences. Within this course the portfolio is introduced and used for the first case.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- give a presentation using media and supportive non-verbal behaviour;
- prepare and show structure in a presentation;
- reflect on his/her own learning process with help of a reflection model;
- cite correctly and make reference lists;
- critically evaluate found information and avoid plagiarism;
- write a small report;
- know their study programme and the professions that belong to the programme of choice;
- find study related information in the study handbook and schedule;
- mention the tasks of the study advisors and know how to contact these advisors in case of any questions and problems;
- understand that there are ethical issues associated with activities in biotechnology and molecular life sciences and the significance of them for society;


- case studies;
- library game;
- group discussions;
- observation and evaluation;
- oral presentations;
- writing reports.


Mark is based on:
- presentation skills (performance and reflection) (33%);
- case studies (participation, reports) (67%);
The marks for all individual parts should at least 5.5.


All material will be provided in Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc1AF
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc1AF