|Credit load: 15 ECTS
||Course code: BMW30105
|Coordinator: Dr. J.A. Post
||Period: 1, 2, 3 or 4
|E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The final product is an essay, with the outline of a scientific article. The essay needs to have a theoretical introduction which gives an overview of current relevant literature.
Performing a research cycle: study literature, formulate a hypothesis, design and conduct an experiment, analyze results, draw conclusions, report in writing;
The student will choose a laboratory or research group, where he/she will perform the research and write a report. This may be done together with a fellow student; if so, this part of the Research Project and the essay will be the same.
Please note: The student is responsible for finding a lab or research group! You can find possible groups via www.uu.nl/lifesciences or www.umcutrecht.nl/research.
The report has to be in English and has to give a literature overview of 15-25 primary articles, in approximately 15-25 pages. The introduction (literature overview) is similar to a Bachelor thesis or review. The literature overview is unique, and therefore cannot be similar to the review of a fellow student.
The final product is usually a scientific article, with an adjustment for this course: the introduction is extended to a literature overview, which places the research in a context. The last part of the end product describes the research that is conducted and analyzed. This may be as a separate chapter, or integrated in the literature overview.
Requirements for admission:
Considering the nature of the course, this course should be taken as late as possible during the Bachelor’s programme of a student. The student should have 150 ECTS and have attended two courses, for which the results are not yet known at the start of the Research Project.
The student is able to:
- argue at an academic level;
- analyze information, formulate a hypothesis and design a research plan;
- carry out medical-biological techniques, analyze and process research data;
- clearly summarize research results;
- produce a written report in English;
- deal with the gained knowledge in a scientific context.
Teaching forms and contact time:
There is an introductory lecture in December and one in February/March about the aims and approach of the Research Project. In period 4 a tutorial and lecture will be given, which deal with how to make a working plan and writing tips. Handouts of these lectures are on the BMW/Research project site. A computer module (RefWorks) will be offered to students who want to manage their references electronically. Supervision time is approximately 20%. During the practical phase this is 50% for two weeks; during the preparatory and writing phases the contact time will be less.
A few weeks before the start of the course, the student needs to find a supervisor and laboratory.
Week 1: Read necessary literature. Make a working plan, including agreements with your supervisor and a well-defined aim of your literature study;
Weeks 2-3: Practical phase. In consultation with your supervisor, this may be done at a later stage;
Weeks 4-5: Read and make a plan for the writing phase; write first draft;
Weeks 6-8: Writing phase;
Weeks 8-9: Supervisor reads and corrects draft;
Week 10: Make final version; discuss final version with your supervisor.
Student and supervisor are allowed to decide on a different time schedule. The aim of the Research Project is that the assignment is executed correctly, rather than that the student writes a long article or reads many scientific articles.
The final grade is determined by the direct supervisor ánd one other lecturer. The final grade consist of two grades: 20% of the final grade is assessment of the practical work, and 80% is assessment of the writing of an article. The final product has to be uploaded by the student in Ephorus via the Blackboard-site of the Research Project, in order to be able to exclude plagiarism.