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All students at the Faculty of Science are required to develop a personal portfolio during their studies. The portfolio will contain products created and graded during regular courses, such as scientific reports, presentations and essays. On top of that the portfolio will contain your personal reflection on your study process and study planning through special portfolio exercises. The portfolio will help you become more aware of the choices that you can and have to make throughout the bachelor’s programme. To sum up, the portfolio will help you define, aim and steer towards a future (academic) career that fits you best.

What is a portfolio?

Originally, a portfolio is a big folder in which artists take samples of their work to potential clients or sponsors. At the basis the portfolio that many study programmes across the globe ask their students to make is highly similar to those artist portfolio’s. The main difference being the often used digital form of student portfolios.

As an integral part of the Biology programme, students keep a so-called development portfolio. The bachelor portfolio is embedded in the course Bachelor Portfolio Biosciences, which runs throughout the bachelor period and is compulsory for all students. Your portfolio progress will be monitored during so called ”portfolio meetings”. In the first year, portfolio exercises are at the base of the two portfolio meetings you will have with your student advisor. In the second and third year you will be assigned a portfolio supervisor who will have the B2 and B3 portfolio meetings with you and give you a final result at the end of the B3 meeting.

Why a portfolio?

The study programme asks a lot of you, just like society at large will after you graduate. The academic skills you are supposed to have under your belt after graduation will be developed during your studies. Also, it is important to have an idea of what you want to do after you graduate, and work towards this during your studies. Research shows that students without any indication of what they want to pursue after they graduate, are more likely to drop out, or have study delays, due to lack of motivation. The portfolio is an instrument to help you find information and help you think about these plans, and by putting them into words, make them explicit. At the same time, the portfolio is a source of information for your student advisor and portfolio supervisor. In your portfolio, you can show how far along you are in your studies, which learning trajectory you have chosen and how you would like to proceed. The portfolio gives you as a student a good overview of your knowledge and skills, and what you add in these fields during your education. It will show in what areas you excel and where any deficiencies may be. It will also give the lecturers, and later, a future employer, a good idea of your competences.


You keep a personal, digital portfolio throughout your Bachelor's programme. Your portfolio will be filled with the exercises as defined in the Bachelor Portfolio Biosciences course. After three years, your portfolio will be completed.


At the end of each sub-part of the portfolio, B1_S1, B1_S2, B2 and B3, you will have a portfolio meeting. B1_S1, B1_S2 and B2 meetings are evaluations whereas the B3 meeting will be an assessment and after successful completion will lead to a result for the entire course. The signed B3 assessment form needs to be e-mailed to the portfolio coordinator (Drs. Jeroen Kassenberg; jeroen.kassenberg@ru.nl). At the same time you send the B3 form, make sure to enroll via Osiris in the exam of the course Bachelor Portfolio Biosciences (NWI-BB076B). The portfolio coordinator will register your result in Osiris.

The assessment forms for B2 and B3 assignments can be found here; this is the link to Bachelor Portfolio Biosciences (NWI-BB076B).