Science popularisation
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMED-BMS06
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Biomedische wetenschappen;
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. G.J. van der Wilt
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. G.J. van der Wilt
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
5  (08/01/2018 to 26/08/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPeriod 5a, Monday and Tuesday
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registration openfrom 01/04/2017 up to and including 17/12/2017
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureDone manually by Back Office
ExplanationDone manually by Back Office
The main objectives of this module are:

After completion of the course, students are able to
  1. define (knowledge)  the basic rules of effective writing , presentation and constructing an interesting story about a scientific subject.
  2. explain (comprehension) a variety of scientific subjects to an audience of laymen.
  3. apply / perform (application) the laws of effective writing and presentation, to produce an attractive and accessible text and presentation.
  4. distinguish (analysis) differences in communication, whether the communication product is directed to an audience of peer scientist, or to a public of laymen.
  5. design (synthesis) an accessible, interesting, and well constructed story, based on self gathered information about a scientific topic.
  6. evaluate (evaluation) their own texts and performances in a process of constant analysis and criticism, including live performances to the laymen public.
The module 

This course focuses on making educational and informative products for a public of laymen. Professionals from outside Radboudumc teach the students techniques to write a clear text and give a convincing lecture on a scientific subject. The module 'Science Popularisation' thus deals with conveying knowledge to non-insiders. In each edition of this module a central theme is used. Each student looks within this general theme for a subject of his/her own, directed to a specific focus group. Examples of central themes are 'Hygiene and Infections', ‘Brains and Behaviour’, or ‘Medical Breakthroughs. Target  groups  vary  from  young  children  to  residents  of  a  home  for  elderly. In the first half of the module students learn about the basic rules of writing and presentation, and practice these in exercises. In the second part the students apply the acquired skills to their own subject. Based on the collected biomedical information they make a first and second, improved, version of their final text and presentation. Directed by the presentation teachers, in the final stage the students develop a program for their focus group, based on their final individual products. The program is presented on location the last day of the module. These live-presentations offer the students an instructive experience, direct feedback of the target group, and a special form of science communication.

Instructional modes
Working group

Period 5a, Monday and Tuesday

Course examination
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock 5, Block 5