BPE-10806 Introduction Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Learning supported by IT
Practical extensively supervised18
Practical intensively supervised18
Project learning9
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. DE Martens
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JE Wellink
ing. C Oomen
drs. MA Maclaine Pont
ir. M Wink
dr. ir. DE Martens
Examiner(s)dr. ir. JE Wellink
dr. ir. DE Martens

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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:
- a profession oriented part with cases and exercises;
- computer skills (Email, Internet, Word, Excel, Powerpoint);
- oral presentations;
- introduction to problem oriented education;
- introduction classes at various fields of molecular life sciences and biotechnology.;
- ethics and societal aspects of biotechnology and molecular life sciences.
Part of the course is given as a practical course under supervision of teachers of Information Technology and Educational Studies. In the profession oriented part you will work in groups of 3 students under supervision of mentors. This part consists of a number of exercises on relevant topics for your study. A report has to be written for every exercise. At the end of the course an oral presentation will be given on one of the exercises.
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:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
- be able to use the common software for text writing and editing, spreadsheets, presentations, and searching literature and information;
- be able to give a clear presentation in front of an audience;
- know how to use media to support an oral presentation;
- be able to determine learning objectives in case studies;
- be familiar with the study program and the profession that belongs to the study of choice;
- be able to use the study guide and student charter of Wageningen University;
- be familiar with the tasks of the study advisors and knows how to contact these persons in case of any questions and problems;
- be aware of ethical issues associated with activities in biotechnology and molecular life sciences and understand the significance of that for society.


Lectures; case studies; ICT modules; group discussions; observation and evaluation; oral presentations; writing reports.


Based on participation (attendance of the plenary session is compulsory), oral presentations, the reports and electronic exams.


A reader with the study guide and practical exercises is available at the start of the course.

Compulsory for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc1MO
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc1MO