HAP-11303 Academic skills for Biologists


Studiepunten 3.00

Individual Paper
Course coordinator(s)dr. KJ Teerds
Lecturer(s)dr. KJ Teerds
SM Zijlstra MSc
MSc. L Huijgen
dr. ir. MJ Ketelaar
drs. FL Roschar
ir. M Wink
Examiner(s)dr. KJ Teerds

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English.


Students practice with giving an oral presentation about a biological subject. Students get familiar with the information resources of the field of ecology, both university library network resources of the field of ecology and specific internet sites and portals. Finally, students are instructed how to report scientific content in a structured logical way. Finally, students learn how to give constructive peer-feedback.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- give a presentation (5-10) minutes) using supportive non-verbal behaviour;
- prepare and show structure in a presentation and report;
- give feedback to and receive feedback from fellow students according to feedback guidelines;
- show responsibility for his/her own learning process by working on individually formulated learning goals;
- reflect on his/her own learning process with help of a reflection model;
- use information sources that can be accessed via the library network and to find, judge and manage information and knowledge efficiently and effectively;
- develop skills to formulate a coherent research question and an introduction to this research question, summarize a the content of a scientific paper, write a discussion based on (provided) scientific results;
- write the different elements of a scientific report (in English) in a structured way;
- keep up a lab journal


- students get a theoretical introduction about giving a presentation;
- in addition, they give several short oral presentations in order to improve their presentation skills;
- after these presentations they should reflect on their own performance, but also critically observe the presentation of their fellow students;
- lectures and tutorials on scientific writing;
- students get several assignments on scientific writing;
- during the course PEN-20503, which is followed in the first period in their first year, students get a lecture and ICT modules about the information resources;
- write an abstract, write a discussion about (given) results, write an introduction to a research question.
Keep up a lab journal using a practical of another course.


The course is evaluated based on:
- 3 written assignments and exam information literacy (total 40%);
- 1 lab journal (of a practical of another course) (20%);
- 1 oral presentation and 1 reflection report (total 40%);
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


To be announce.

Verplicht voor: BBIBiologyBSc1AF