Biology Essay
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BB099
Credits (ECTS)3
Category01 (Introduction)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
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dr. R.C. Bartfai
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prof. dr. H.J.M. op den Camp
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dr. B. Englitz
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dr. M.H.A.G. Gorissen
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dr. S.J. van Heeringen
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Academic year2023
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
In this course, the student will acquire the academic skills necessary to independently write a clear, logically structured and analytical scientific essay on a biological subject.

Additional learning outcomes include:
- interpret scientific literature
- critically evaluate scientific articles
- derive and formulate a central question
- structure text based on argumentation
- process and/or refute feedback

Efficient, correct and critical use of literature is extremely important for a successful scientific career. In this course you will write a scientific essay on a biological subject of your choice. You will be prepared for this process in lectures and tutorials, to train you the academic skills required to read and critically evaluate scientific articles. You will write the essay yourself, but will receive supervision from a staff member, following a step-by-step plan and with a number of fixed feedback moments. The final version of the essay will be evaluated according to clearly formulated quality requirements.

Instructional Modes
Lectures and tutorials, self study, one-on-one discussion with your supervisor.



Presumed foreknowledge
A broad knowledge of biology, as taught during the first year and a half of your degree programme, is necessary to write your essay. You must be able to integrate the knowledge acquired during the different courses with specific knowledge that you will gain in your literature study. From all students it is expected to be aware of the standards of integrity in all aspects, and to adhere to those.
Test information
The final grade is based on the written essay, for which predefined criteria will be communicated to the student. The student must register for the administrative examination.
Please note that this is separate from the course registration. So make sure to enrol so you can get your grade. 
Required materials
Handouts will be provided during the course.

Instructional modes
Course occurrence

Test weight1
Test typeEssay
OpportunitiesBlock JAAR