Information Bachelor project Biology - Including assessment models

 
Information Bachelor project Biology - Including assessment models
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Information Bachelor project Biology - Including assessment models
Information!Bachelor!project!Biology!2017,!including!assessment!models!
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Coordinator!Bachelor!project:!!
Peter!Roessingh!(roessingh@uva.nl)!
Science!Park!904,!room!C3.209!
1090!XH!Amsterdam!!
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English!translation:!Erwin!van!Vliet/Hanneke!de!Leeuw!!
Front!page:!LSatmosphère,!from!Umétéorologie!populaireU!!
by!Camille!Flammarion!(1888)!

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Table!of!contents!!
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General!information!and!time!schedule!       !    !     !        !      !          3!
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Project!choice!!!     !       !       !      !    !     !        !      !          6!
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Assignment!of!the!project!    !       !      !    !     !        !      !!!!!!!!   7!
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Roles!of!Daily!supervisor,!assessor!and!examiner! !     !        !      !          7!
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Feedback!and!self!evaluation!reports!!       !    !     !        !      !          8!
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Research!report!and!oral!presentations!      !    !     !        !      !          8!
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Problems!       !     !       !       !      !    !     !        !      !          9!
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Submission!research!report! !         !      !    !     !        !      !          10!
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Grading!        !     !       !       !      !    !     !        !      !          11!
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Appendix!1:!Self!evaluation!report! !        !    !     !        !      !          16!
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Appendix!2:!Project!report!evaluation!details!    !     !        !      !          17!
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Appendix!3:!Background!information,!empirical!cycle,!hours!glass!model! !          18!
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Appendix!4:!Feedback!guidelines!for!teachers!     !     !        !      !          20!     !
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General!information!and!time!schedule!
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At!the!end!of!their!bachelor!training,!students!finish!their!education!with!a!3]month!bachelor!
project!starting!in!April.!The!project!may!be!started!at!an!earlier!date,!extending!the!duration!to!
4!of!5!months!(respectively!18,!24!or!30!EC)!after!permission!from!the!Examinations!Board.!The!
knowledge!and!skills!gained!during!the!bachelor!study!will!be!used!in!a!largely!independently!
conducted!research!project.!The!project!starts!with!the!writing!of!a!research!proposal!and!ends!
with!the!writing!of!a!report!in!the!form!of!an!academic!publication!and!an!oral!presentation.!A!
daily!supervisor!of!the!involved!department!is!responsible!for!the!conducted!research!and!the!
assessment!of!the!whole!project.!If!the!daily!supervisor!is!not!a!member!!of!UvA!staff!(i.e.!a!PhD!
student!somebody!from!outside!the!UvA,!!a!second!assessor!will!assess!the!same!aspects!as!the!!
daily!supervisor.!!Finally!an!FNWI!appointed!examiner!will!assess!the!written!report.!!"

Planning)
The!bachelor!project!is!scheduled!between!the!beginning!of!April!and!the!beginning!of!July.!the!
Student!are!expected!to!work!full]time!on!the!project.!Extended!projects!will!start!in!February!or!
March.!The!general!outline!of!the!entire!bachelor!project!is!shown!in!table!1!and!includes!
regular!moments!for!feedback!on!student!progress.!Ultimately,!the)student)is)responsible)for)the)
time)management)and)must)make)appointments)with)the)daily)supervisor)to)receive)feedback.!During!the!
internship,!the!student!will!be!trained!to!design!and!perform!a!research!project.!The!student!is!
expected!to!take!the!initiative!when!needed,!and!shows!a!proactive!attitude!throughout!the!
project.!
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The!first!three!weeks!are!spend!reading!literature,!possibly!doing!pilot!experiments,!and!
writing!a!research!proposal.!Oral!presentations!of!the!proposal!will!take!place!in!the!fourth!
week.!Following!the!presentation!the!student!plans!a!feedback!moment!with!the!daily!
supervisor!to!discusses!the!outline!and!further!planning!of!the!project!and!the!grade!for!the!
presentation!given!by!the!jury.!The!daily!supervisor!will!also!grade!the!research!proposal!and!
provide!feedback!to!the!student.!For!projects!outside!of!the!FNWI,!the!second!assessor!is!
preferably!present!at!this!feedback!session.!If!this!is!not!possible,!there!should!be!some!other!
form!of!exchange!between!the!second!assessor,!the!student!and!the!daily!supervisor!to!discuss!
the!progress!the!student!has!made!so!far.!The!assessment!model!will!be!used!as!guideline!for!
(general)!feedback!and!assessment!of!the!proposal!(Table!2!and!3).!The!student!writes!a!
summary!of!the!given!feedback!and!submits!it!to!Blackboard!(Self!evaluation!report;!see!
appendix!1).!!The!hardcopies!of!these!forms!are!signed!!by!the!daily!supervisor!and!kept!by!the!
student.!
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In!week!7,!the!student!submits!a!first!draft!of!the!research!report!to!the!daily!supervisor.!This!
will!be!directly!followed!(week!8)!by!a!second!round!of!feedback,!again!organised!by!the!
student.!As!in!the!previous!feedback!session,!tables!2!and!3!can!be!used!to!discuss!the!practical!
work!and!the!use!of!a!lab!journal.!This!feedback!session!provides!the!student!with!a!status!
update!on!his/her!work!and!points!out!aspects!of!the!work!that!could!still!be!improved.!
Following!the!discussion!with!the!supervisor!(and!for!external!supervised!projects!preferably!!
also!the!second!assessor),!the!student!again!writes!a!self!evaluation!report!which!is!also!
submitted!to!Blackboard,!following!the!same!procedure!as!for!the!first!feedback!moment.!The!
student!keeps!the!signed!hardcopy.!
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After!week!8!the!practical!work!should!be!!concluded!(in!case!of!extended!projects,!the!
experimental!phase!concludes!after!week!12!or!16).!The!remaining!time!allows!the!student!to!
analyse!the!data,!finish!writing!the!research!report!and!prepare!for!the!oral!presentation!at!the!
University!of!Amsterdam.!Research!report!and!presentation!are!written/given!in!English.!!
The!First!version!of!the!final!report!is!send!to!the!supervisor!for!feedback!in!week!12.!Normally!
this!is!the!last!round!of!feedback,!and!it!is!used!to!complete!the!final!version!of!the!report.!
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The!deadline!for!submission!of!the!final!version!of!the!research!report!is!July!1st!.!This!version!
(still!ungraded)!must!also!be!uploaded!to!blackboard.!The!final!(graded)!version!of!the!research!
report!has!to!be!uploaded!to!the!FNWI!thesis!submit!wizard!(the!submission!procedure!can!be!
found!in!this!manual).!The!oral!presentation!will!be!held!at!the!University!of!Amsterdam!in!the!
last!week!of!June.!!
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!Table!1.!General!overview!of!the!bachelor!project!
!                                                                              3!months!        4!months!    5!months!
                                                                               (18!EC)!         (24!EC)!     (30!EC)!

Start!project!          Introduction!and!planning!                             week!1!!         week!1!      week!1!

Research!proposal!      Literature!research,!preparing!research!               week!2!t/m!! week!2!t/m!! week!2!t/m!!
                        proposal!and!parts!of!Introduction!and!M&M!            week!3!      week!4!      week!4!
                        for!the!final!report.!Peer!review!of!first!draft!of!
                        proposal.!

Presentation!of!        Oral!presentation!of!the!proposal!and!                 Week!4!          Together!    Together!
Research!proposal!      discussion!                                                             with!3!      with!3!
                                                                                                months!      months!
                                                                                                project!     project!

1st!Feedback!round!     Feedback!on!practical!work!and!lab!journal!by!         week!4/5!        week!4/5!    week!4/5!
                        daily!supervisor!organised!by!student!
                        Students!sends!!Self!evaluation!report!
                        (appendix!1)!to!supervisor!for!signing,!and!
                        submit!unsigned!!copy!to!Blackboard.!

Outline!of!research!    Send!outline!of!research!report!to!daily!              Beginning!       Beginning!   Beginning!
report!                 supervisor!                                            week!7!          week!11!     week!15!

2nd!Feedback!round!     Feedback!on!practical!work!and!draft!of!the!           week!8!          week!12!     week!16!
                        research!report!by!daily!supervisor!
                        Send!Self!evaluation!report!(appendix!1)!to!
                        supervisor!and!submit!signed!copy!to!
                        Blackboard.!

End!of!practical!       Finish!experiments!by!the!end!of!week!8!               End!!            End!         End!
work!                   Continue!data!analysis,!and!writing!of!                week!8!          week!12!     week!16!
                        research!report!and!prepare!for!the!oral!
                        presentation!

First!draft!research!   Send!first!version!of!research!report!to!daily!        week!12!         Week!16!     Week!20!
report!                 supervisor!

3rd!feedback!round!     Feedback!on!first!version!of!research!report!          Week!13!         Week!17!     Week!21!
                        based!on!assessment!model!filled!out!by!daily!
                        supervisor!(appendix!2)!

Final!version!          Send!final!version!research!report!to!                 Deadline!July!1st!2015!
research!report!        supervisor!and!upload!to!blackboard!

Oral!presentation!!     Oral!presentation!and!discussion!at!the!UvA!!          Last!week!of!June!

Final!assessment!       ]!Assessment!final!report!by!daily!supervisor,!        1st!]!15th!of!July!
                        assessor!if!applicable,!and!examiner.!Students!
                        gets!mark!from!daily!supervisor.!
                        ]!Daily!supervisor!submits!(unsigned)!excel!
                        assessment!form!to!the!bachelor!project!
                        coordinator!by!email(roessingh@uva.nl)!and!!
                        gives!the!signed!hard!copy!to!the!coordinator.!
                        ]!Student!submits!the!graded!version!of!the!
                        research!report!to!the!UvA!thesis!wizard!!
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Start!of!the!project!
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Brief!descriptions!of!all!research!projects!are!available!at!the!‘UvA!stage!site’:!
https://esc.fnwi.uva.nl/stages/!!Students!indicate!their!preference!for!four!of!these!projects,!
including!a!brief!motivation!for!each!choice.!Teachers!can!also!indicate!there!preferences!for!the!
applying!students!based!on!this!motivation.!The!coordinator!matches!students!to!the!most!
suitable!topic,!taking!student!and!teacher!preference!into!account!whenever!possible.!!
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Personal)projects)within)the)UvA)
Personal!projects!(formulated!by!the!student)!are!possible!if!the!following!steps!are!taken:!
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1)! Formulate!your!project!in!a!few!hundred!words.!This!project!must!be!new,!it!can!not!be!one!
    of!the!projects!already!present!in!the!database.!
2)! Find!an!UvA!staff!member!willing!to!supervise!you.!It!is!your!responsibility!to!find!and!
    convince!a!staff!member!to!be!your!supervisor!(on)top!and!not)instead)of!the!regular!bachelor!
    projects!this!staff!member!might!already!be!supervising).!
3)! Discuss!your!project!description!with!this!staff!member!and!modify!it!until!the!staff!member!
    thinks!it!is!acceptable.!Submit!the!final!result!to!the!database!under!“own!project”!
    https://www.science.uva.nl/onderwijs/database/stages/!
4)! The!coordinator!will!now!approve!the!project!description!and!appoint!an!examiner.!!
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Personal)external)projects)at)Dutch)universities)or)research)institutions)
If!a!personal!project!is!proposed!that!runs!at!another!Dutch!university!and!the!daily!supervisor!
is!not!a!member!of!staff!at!the!UvA,!you!also!have!to!find!an!UvA!staff!member!that!is!willing!to!
act!as!an!“internal”!UvA!supervisor.!You!have!to!convince!this!staff!member!to!do!the!extra!
supervision.!It!is!your!responsibility!to!find!and!convince!a!staff!member!to!be!your!internal!
supervisor!(on!top!of!the!regular!bachelorprojects!this!staff!member!might!be!supervising)!
Discuss!your!project!description!with!both!internal!and!external!supervisor!and!submit!the!final!
result!as!a!personal!project!to!the!database!https://esc.fnwi.uva.nl/stages/!
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The!coordinator!will!appoint!an!examiner.!This!will!normally!be!the!UvA]internal!supervisor.!
Before!the!project!is!approved!by!the!coordinator,!the!student!and!both!supervisors!discuss!the!
time!schedule!of!the!project.!In!particular!they!should!make!sure!that:!
]!the!mandatory!experimental!nature!of!the!project!is!safeguarded!
]!the!presence!of!the!student!at!the!presentations!and!workshops!at!the!UvA!is!maximised,!and!
where!presence!is!not!possible!replacement!activities!are!described!and!added!to!the!project!
description.!If!all!documentation!is!present!in!the!database,!the!coordinator!will!approve!the!
project.!
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External)projects)abroad)
External!project!conducted!at!universities!or!research!institutions!abroad!are!strongly)discouraged!
and!will!need!additional!approval!of!the!Examinations!Board.!If!approval!of!the!project!by!the!
coordinator!is!given,!the!student!submits!an!additional!approval!request!to!examlaw]
science@uva.nl.!Only!after!this!second!approval!is!given!the!project!can!start.!
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Assignment!of!the!project!
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When!a!!project!has!been!assigned!to!a!student!both!supervisor!and!student!are!informed!by!
email.!!As!soon!as!possible!the!!student!now!takes!the!initiative!for!a!first!meeting!with!the!
supervisor!to!confirm!the!assignment.!This!contact!is!important,!and!if!it!does!not!take!place!the!
availability!of!the!project!!can!not!be!guaranteed.!
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Role!of!the!daily!supervisor!
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The!daily!supervisor!regularly!meets!with!the!student!about!the!content!and!planning!of!the!
project.!The!daily!supervisor!is!expected!to!supervise!the!student!and!participate!in!the!
following!ways:!!
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    1) The!daily!supervisor!is!frequently!available!and!is!responsible!for!the!guidance!of!the!
        student.!
    2) The!daily!supervisor!provides!the!student!with!formal!feedback!at!three!different!stages!
        of!the!research!process:!after!4!weeks!from!the!start!of!the!project,!!and!in!weeks!8!and!12!
        (16!or!20!in!the!case!of!extended!projects).!The!daily!supervisor!receives!two!self!
        evaluation!reports!written!by!the!student!after!the!first!and!the!second!feedback!
        moment,!signs!those!forms,!!and!returns!them!to!the!student.!!
    3) The!daily!supervisor!assesses!the!practical!work,!the!research!proposal!and!the!final!
        report!submitted,!and!collects!the!signatures!of!second!assessor!(if!applicable)!and!the!
        marks!of!the!examiner!for!the!final!report.!
    4) !The!daily!supervisor!informs!the!student!of!the!final!mark.!!The!unsigned!(excel)!form!!
        is!submitted!to!the!coordinator!by!email!(roessingh@uva.nl)!and!the!signed!hardcopy!is!
        send!by!surface!mail!to!the!coordinator.!
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Role!of!the!second!assessor!
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    1) For!projects!that!are!conducted!at!external!institutions!(e.g.!NIOZ,!Naturalis,!NIOO),!the!
        second!assessor!functions!as!an!intermediary!between!student!and!UvA!for!any!
        questions!and/or!problems!that!may!arise.!This!UvA!supervisor!will!in!most!cases!also!
        be!the!examiner.!
    2) The!second!assessor!(if!applicable)!evaluates!the!marks!given!by!the!daily!supervisor!
        and!signs!the!form!to!show!agreement!with!the!assessment.!!
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Role!of!the!examiner!!
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An!examiner!will!be!appointed!by!the!bachelor!project!coordinator.!This!examiner!has!to!be!a!
on!the!list!of!FNWI!appointed!examiners.!

   1) The!examiner!receives!the!final!version!of!the!research!project!from!the!daily!supervisor!
      and!assesses!the!research!report!according!to!the!assessment!model!(as!does!the!daily!
      supervisor).!Examiner!and!daily!supervisor!consult!one!another!in!determining!the!final!
      grade!for!the!project,!but!both!give!their!own!marks.!
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2) For!external!projects,!the!examiner!and/or!UvA!supervisor!participates!in!the!feedback!
      sessions!with!student!and!daily!supervisor!whenever!possible.!If!not!present!in!person,!
      the!UvA!supervisor!checks!in!by!phone!or!email!with!both!student!and!daily!supervisor.!
   3) The!examiner!performs!!on!Ephorus!check!for!plagiarism!on!the!final!report,!and!
      confirms!in!the!UvA!thesis!wizard!that!this!check!has!been!done.!The!examiners!get!an!
      email!containing!!this!request.!
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Feedback!and!self!evaluation!reports!!
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During!the!course!of!the!project,!there!are!three!formal!feedback!sessions!(scheduled!by!the!
student)!where!the!student!receives!feedback.!All!times!given!below!are!for!a!3!month!project,!
see!table!1!for!the!equivalent!weeks!in!extended!projects).!
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Research!proposal!
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The!research!proposal!is!written!in!English!on!a!(simplified)!NWO!Rubicon!grant!proposal!
form.!Details!of!the!requirements!are!given!in!the!form.!The!proposal!will!be!graded!by!the!
daily!supervisor!(table!3).!In!week!4!the!research!proposal!will!be!presented!in!a!short!oral!
presentation.!
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Feedback)moment)1)
After!week!four!the!daily!supervisor!provides!oral!feedback!on!the!research!proposal!and!on!
the!structure!of!the!oral!presentation,!and!uses!the!assessment!model!(table!2!&!3)!as!a!
guideline.!The!student!writes!a!self!!evaluation!report!(appendix!1)!that!is!signed!by!daily!
supervisor!(and!for!external!projects!also!by!the!UvA!supervisor).!The!student!keeps!the!signed!
form!and!submits!!the!original!text!(unsigned)!!to!blackboard.!
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Feedback)moment)2)
After!7]8!weeks,!the!daily!supervisor!provides!oral!feedback!on!the!experiments!performed,!the!
lab!journal!/data!management!skills!of!the!student,!and!both!oral!and!written!feedback!on!the!
outline!of!the!research!report!.!The!student!writes!a!self!evaluation!report!(appendix!1)!that!is!
signed!by!daily!supervisor.!The!student!keeps!the!signed!form!and!submits!!the!original!text!
(unsigned)!!to!blackboard.!
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Feedback)moment)3)
In!week!12!of!the!project!the!daily!supervisor!provides!oral!and!written!feedback!on!the!first!
draft!of!the!research!report.!Feedback!will!be!aimed!at!giving!the!student!insight!in!the!his/her!
learning!process!in!the!past!months!and!will!also!address!any!aspects!of!the!report!that!can!be!
improved!in!the!final!version.!
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Research!report!
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The!final!research!report!is!written!in!English!and!consists!of!a!title!page!with!student!name!and!
number,!the!supervisors!and!the!examiner.!!

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It!contains!a!!summary,!material!and!method,!results,!discussion!and!references.!There!is!no!
minimum!or!maximum!to!the!number!of!words,!pages!or!references!used,!since!this!may!vary!
per!project.!In!general,!the!length!of!the!report!should!be!comparable!to!a!journal!article!
reporting!the!same!research.!The!basic!principles!can!be!found!in!the!manual!
“Wetenschappelijke!verslaglegging”!(Scientific!Writing)!of!the!course!“Academische!
Basisvaardigheden”!(Academic!Skills,!year!one!bachelor!Biology).!A!pdf]version!of!this!manual,!
as!well!as!additional!reference!material!will!be!provided!through!Blackboard.!The!research!
report!will!be!graded!by!both!the!daily!supervisor!and!the!examiner!(see!table!4!and!appendix!3!
and!4).!
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Final!oral!presentation!
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The!final!oral!presentations!will!take!place!during!the!last!week!of!June!at!the!University!of!
Amsterdam.!The!schedule!will!be!announced!in!June.!Students!will!organise!the!symposium,!
act!as!!session!chairs!and!guide!the!discussion.!The!assessment!by!a!panel!of!examiners!
(appointed!by!the!coordinator)!is!made!according!to!the!assessment!model.!The!grade!for!the!
oral!presentation!is!the!average!grade!of!the!panel!members.!Parents/guardians!of!the!students!
are!also!welcome!during!the!presentations!!
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In!case!of!external!projects,!students!may!also!be!asked!to!give!an!oral!presentation!at!the!
department/institute!where!the!project!was!performed.!Such!presentations!may!be!used!to!
prepare!for!the!oral!presentation!and!discussion!at!the!University!of!Amsterdam,!but!can!not!
replace!a!presentation!at!the!UvA.!!
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(Unexpected)!problems!
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At!the!first!signs!of!problems!or!other!unforeseen!circumstances,!please!immediately!contact!
the!bachelor!project!coordinator!(Peter!Roessingh,!roessingh@uva.nl).!!The!coordinator!will!
consult!with!both!supervisor!and!student!and!try!to!find!the!best!possible!solution.!Previous!
evaluation!reports!written!by!the!student!will!be!taken!into!account!and!all!parties!should!agree!
on!any!deadlines!and/or!other!relevant!issues.!
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Quality)issues)
If!the!student!does!not!perform!according!to!expectations!and/or!previous!agreements!and!the!
evaluation!reports!are!not!satisfactory,!the!bachelor!project!coordinator!can!(after!hearing!all!
involved!parties)!decide!to!discontinue!!the!bachelor!project.!In!this!case,!the!student!will!not!
receive!any!credits!for!work!already!completed.!The!program!director!consults!with!the!
bachelor!project!coordinator!and!the!study!advisor!and!determines!if!and!when,!and!under!
which!terms!and!conditions!the!student!can!be!permitted!to!start!a!new!project.!                     )

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Submission!of!research!report!
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The!final!version!of!the!research!report!has!to!be!send!before!1st!of!July!to!the!supervisor(s)!!
The!title!page!of!the!report!contains:!a!title!of!the!report,!name!of!the!student,!student!number,!
name!of!the!daily!supervisor,!examiner!and!the!date!of!submission.!The!document!(still!
ungraded)!must!be!submitted!to!blackboard.!All!documents!will!be!scanned!with!Ephorus!for!
plagiarism.!
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The!final!graded!version!of!the!report!has!to!be!uploaded!to!the!FNWI!thesis!submit!wizard!:!
    1.      Go!to!https://esc.fnwi.uva.nl/thesis/centraal/auth/login.php.!!
    2.      Log!in!using!the!student!ID!number!and!password!
    3.      Indicate!that!this!is!a!“Graduation!thesis”!!
    4.      The!student!needs!to!complete!the!following!fields:!study!program,!thesis!date,!title,!
            institute!and!name!and!email!address!of!the!internal!supervisor!(staff!member!of!the!
            UvA).!Then!the!research!report!can!be!attached!as!a!single!file.!
    5.      The!digital!version!should!be!one!file!(Word!or!PDF).!Separate!files!(images,!tables,!
            table!of!content,!appendix)!are!not!allowed.!
    6.      The!system!will!generate!an!e]mail!to!the!Servicedesk!ESC,!to!notify!the!Education!
            Service!Center!that!the!research!report!was!submitted.!!
    7.      The!system!also!generates!an!e]mail!to!the!supervisor.!The!e]mail!includes!a!link!that!
            can!be!used!to!check!whether!this!is!the!correct!version.!The!supervisor!will!be!asked!
            to!confirm!this.!!
    8.      The!system!will!send!an!e]mail!to!the!Servicedesk!ESC,!after!confirmation!of!the!
            supervisor,!to!notify!that!the!correct!version!of!the!project!is!added!to!the!database.!!
!
Bachelor!theses!are!added!to!the!thesis!database!but!are!never!accessible!by!anyone!outside!the!
UvA.!Submitting)a)digital)version)of)the)final)research)report)is)a)requirement)for)graduation.!Please!
check!the!student!website!for!graduation!procedures!and!deadlines.!A!hard!copy!of!your!thesis!
is!not!required.!
!
!                                !

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GRADING!
!
Assessment!criteria!bachelor!project!Biology!(summary)!
!
Grading!of!the!project!is!done!using!the!grading!models!presented!below.!The!models!contain!
assessment!criteria!for!expected!skills!and!the!accompanying!weight!factors.!
(tables!2!to!4).!The!daily!supervisor/assessor!grade!the!research!proposal!and!the!experimental!
work.!Both!the!daily!supervisor/assessor!and!a!FNWI!appointed!examiner!grade!the!final!
report.!The!examiner!receives!only!the!final)version!of!the!report!and!grades!it!according!to!table!
4.!A!digital!version!of!the!form!(including!all!formulae)!is!available!on!Blackboard!to!simplify!
the!grading!process.!

The!presentation!of!the!research!proposal!and!the!final!symposium!presentation!of!the!research!
takes!place!at!the!University!of!Amsterdam!and!are!graded!by!a!panel!of!examiners!appointed!
by!the!coordinator.!The!grade!for!the!oral!presentations!is!the!mean!of!the!marks!given!by!the!
individual!members!of!the!panel.!!

All!partial!grades!must!be!≥!5!!to!pass.!The!final!grade!is!rounded!to!the!nearest!half,!but!5.5!is!
not!given!(see!“Examenregeling!(OER)!Bacheloropleidingen!FNWI”).!!

An!(unsigned)!electronic!!version!of!the!filled!in!grading!form!(table!5)!is!mailed!the!coordinator!
(roessingh@uva.nl).!A!hardcopy!is!signed!by!the!supervisor(s)!and!examiner!and!submitted!to!
the!coordinator,!Peter!Roessingh,!Sciencepark!904,!1098!XH!Amsterdam.!

!
!                              !

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Table!2.!Grading!practical!work!bachelorproject!Biology.!Automatic!calculation!is!possible!with!
the!digital!version!of!table!5.!Grades!given!are!between!1!and!10!
!
Assessment!criteria!                                                   Weight!

                         The!student!worked!accurately!and!in!an!
                         efficient!and!organised!way.!
Experimental!work!!                                                        6!
                         The!student!has!proper!experimental!skills.!!
                         The!results!are!analyzed!correctly.!

Lab!journal!!            All!experimental!procedures!and!results!are!       !
                         conveniently!organized!and!described!in!          2!
                         detail!

Presentations!           Proposal)presentation)(2!pts):!The!student!        !
(marked!by!jury)!        gives!a!short!well]structured!overview!of!         !
!                        the!research!field!and!the!larger!questions!       !
                         asked!in!this!field.!Subsequently!a!smaller!       !
                         research!question!is!derived!and!a!(testable)!     !
                         hypothesis!is!presented.!Data!collection!          !
                         methods!and!the!way!in!which!the!results!          !
                         will!be!used!to!test!the!hypothesis!is!           5!
                         discussed.!The!student!has!a!correct!and!
                         critical!scientific!attitude!during!the!final!
                         discussion,!and!the!presentation!style!is!
                         convincing!and!confident.!!

                         Final)presentation!(3!pts):!In!addition!to!the!
                         above,!the!results!are!described,!
                         (statistically)!analysed,!and!interpreted!in!
                         the!context!of!the!existing!knowledge.!The!
                         original!question!is!answered.!!

Attitude!                The!student’s!attitude!is!result!driven!and!       !
                         the!student!was!interested,!motivated!and!         !
                         able!to!take!initiative.!!                         !
                         The!student!was!able!to!contribute!                !
                         independently!to!the!project.!                    2!
                         The!student!was!actively!involved!in!lab!
                         meetings,!collaborated!with!other!group!
                         members!and!had!proper!communicative!
                         skills.!

!!

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Table!3.!Grading!Research!Proposal.!Automatic!calculation!is!possible!with!the!digital!
version!of!table!5.!
!
!    Assessment!criteria!                                                              Weight!
     Title!&!Summary!               The!title!and!summary!are!concise,!informative!
                                                                                         1!
                                    and!cover!the!complete!topic.!
     Aims!and!                      The!current!state!of!knowledge!in!the!field!is!
     innovative!aspects!            described!and!open!questions!are!identified.!A!
                                    specific!research!questions!(including!testable!     3!
                                    prediction)!is!formulated.!It!is!explained!how!
                                    the!planned!research!will!advance!the!field.!
     Plan!&!Methods!                A!plan!of!activities!in!included.!The!proposed!
                                    procedures!and!methods!(including!statistical!
                                                                                         1!
                                    analysis!where!applicable)!are!correctly!
                                    described.!!
!

     Clear!structure!!        !!!!!!The!research!proposal!has!a!clear!structure!
                                    (starting!general,!focusing!on!the!actual!
                                    research!questions,!description!of!experimental!     1!
                                    set!up!&!proposed!analysis!of!the!results).!
!

     Language!!                  The!proposal!is!written!in!correct!English.!!
                                                                                         1!
                                 The!correct!scientific!terminology!is!used.!!
     Literature!references!      Literature!references!in!the!text!are!given!at!the!
                                 appropriate!places.!
                                 The!literature!references!in!the!text!and!in!the!       1!
                                 reference!list!are!in!a!consistent!style!(e.g.!
                                 Harvard’s).!
!!

!
!

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Table!4.!Grading!project!report!(see!appendix!2!for!details).!Automatic!calculation!is!possible!
                 with!the!digital!version!of!table!5.!
                 !
!                Assessment!criteria!                                                        Weight!      !
                                                                                                           !
                 Title!&!        The!title!and!summary!are!concise,!informative.!The!best!
                                                                                                  1!       !
                 Summary!        titles!often!contain!both!the!problem!and!the!result.!
                                                                                                           !
                 Introduction! The!research!is!put!in!the!correct!scientific!context!and!
                                                                                                  3!       !
                               the!research!question!is!clearly!described.!
                                                                                                           !
                 Material!and! The!procedures!are!correctly!described!and!can!be!
                                                                                                  2!
                 Methods!      replicated.!
                 Results!        The!results!are!correctly!interpreted!and!properly!
1.!Content!!

                                 described!in!the!text,!including!references!to!figures.!!
                                                                                                  3!
                                 The!figures!and/or!tables,!including!headings!and!
                                 legends,!are!complete!and!the!content!is!correct.!
                 Discussion!     The!student!draws!appropriate!conclusions!and!(tries!to)!
                                 answer!the!research!question.!
                                 The!student!has!a!critical!research!attitude!in!relation!to!
                                 the!accomplished!work!and!provides!suggestions!for!              2!
                                 future!research.!
                                 The!discussion!is!solid!and!based!on!proper!literature!
                                 references.!
                 Empirical!      The!different!parts!of!the!empirical!cycle!(observation,!
                 cycle!          induction,!deduction,!testing,!evaluation)!are!present!and!      1!
 2.!Structure!

                                 described!in!the!correct!order.!
                 Hour!           The!research!project!is!written!according!to!the!hour!
                 glass/IMRD!     glass!model!(starting!general,!narrowing!to!the!actual!
                                 research!questions,!and!discussing!the!results!in!a!wider!       1!
                                 context)!and!has!the!Introduction!/!Material!&!Methods!/!
                                 Results/!Discussion!structure.!!
                 Scientific!     The!research!report!is!written!in!correct!English.!!
                                                                                                  2!
                 language!!      The!correct!scientific!language!is!used.!!
3.!!Form!

                 Literature!     Citation!of!literature!references!in!the!text!is!given!at!the!
                 references!     appropriate!places.!The!literature!references!in!the!text!
                                                                                                  1!
                                 and!in!the!reference!list!are!in!a!consistent!style!
                                 (Harvard).!

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Table!5.!!
A!digital!copy!(with!formulae)!is!available!on!the!site!on!the!Bachelorproject!information!site!
!

                                                                                      !
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Appendix!1.!
Self!Evaluation!report!form!(written!by!student!after!feedback!moments!1!and!2)!The!student!submit!this!form!
(unsigned,!electronic!version,!not!a!scan)!to!blackboard.!The!students!gets!the!signatures!on!a!hardcopy!and!keeps!
that!in!a!safe!place.!
EVALUATION!REPORT!BACHELOR!PROJECT!BIOLOGY!
Report!number!:!
Date!:!
Name!student!:!!
College!ID!:!
Email!:!
Name!daily!supervisor!:!
!
Work!finished!

!

!

!

Strong!points!/!things!to!improve!

!

!

!

Agreed!new!plans!/!planning!

!

!

!

Provisional!grade!(given!by!supervisor)!
(Insufficient/!Sufficient/!Good/!Very!good)!
!

Signature!student:!

!

Signature!daily!supervisor:!

!

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Appendix!2.!!
PROJECT!REPORT!EVALUATION!DETAILS!                 !       !
!
1. Content:!Correct!content!of!the!research!report.!The)aim)is)to)properly)inform)the)reader.!!
Did!the!student!understand!the!research?!Is!the!research!clearly!and!correctly!described?!
Are!all!statements!justified?!When!the!coherence!of!the!content!is!judged,!one!should!pay!
attention!to!internal!consistency!and!correct!alignment!between!the!different!parts!of!the!
empirical!cycle.!E.g.!does!the!conclusion!contain!an!answer!to!the!research!question,!is!there!
a!correct!feedback!in!the!discussion!about!research!that!has!been!mentioned!in!the!
introduction?!!
    2. Structure:!Empirical!cycle!and!hour!glass!structure.!A)research)report)should)contain)and)
       complete)empirical)cycle,)such)that)the)reader)can)follow)and)verify)the)thoughts)of)the)
       researcher.)A)research)report)has)a)hour)glass)structure,)with)a)specific)order,)which)structures)
       the)report)from)broad)(general),)to)small)(specific),)to)broad)(general).!
A!proper!structure!includes!the!IMRD]structure!(Introduction,!Materials!&!Methods,!
Results,!Discussion),!the!correct!order!of!all!elements!of!the!empirical!cycle,!the!coherence!
between!questions!and!answers!at!the!correct!level!(general/specific),!structure!of!the!
paragraphs!and!indents.!The!report!should!be!logical,!consistent!and!coherent.!
Refer!to!the!reader!when!giving!feedback:!writing!is!guiding!the!reading!process!
    3. Scientific!language.!The)aim)is)to)transfer)information)objectively,)clearly)and)in)a)concise)
       way.!
Is!the!report!written!in!a!formal,!clear!and!concise!way?!Is!the!language!appropriate!and!
aimed!at!the!target!group?!Are!the!correct!technical!terms!used?!Are!statistical!techniques!
explained!clearly.!Are!the!grammar!and!spelling!correct?!
    4. Literature,!figures,!tables.!The)reader)should)be)able)to)quickly)gain)information.!
References!should!be!in!the!Harvard!style.!Figures!and!tables!should!be!readable!on!their!
own,!citations!present!were!needed!in!the!text.!
!

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Appendix!3.!

BACKGROUND!INFORMATION,!EMPIRICAL!CYCLE,!HOUR!GLASS!MODEL!!

Taken!from!the!manual!Scientific!Writing,!which!was!a!part!of!the!first!year!bachelor!course!
Scientific!Skills.!!

!

Part!of!chapter!2:!THE!EMPIRICAL!CYCLE!
!
Relationship!between!empirical!cycle!and!scientific!writing.!
"

                                             Induction!phase"
                                   Introduction":!logical!and!coherent!reasoning!of!observations!"
                                                 !theorization!and!exploration!of!research!hypothesis"

                  Observation"                                                    Research!hypothesis"
              Introduction":!a" rea!of!interest/!"                           Introduction":!provisional!explanation/!"
                            research!question!"                                            !answer!to!research!question!"
                  "                      "
    Evaluation!phase"                                                                         Deduction!phase"
             :" "Evaluation!results,!"
    Discussion:                                                                            Introduction:"!from!research!hypothesis!"
    Conclusion!and!feedback!to "                                                                          to!study!objectives!and!predications!!!!!!
    research!question!and!"
    hypothesis"

                   Results"                                                  Predictions"
                   Results"                                                 Introduction:""Which!results!are!expected?"
                   Description!of!results"
                   figures!and!t"ables"
                   statististical!analysis"

                                              Testing!phase"
                                              Materials)a" nd)Methods:" !study!design,!"
                                                                       techniques!and!"reproducibility"

                                                                                                                                                       !
!
!                                                   !

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Part!of!chapter!3:!STRUCTURE!OF!A!SCIENTIFIC!REPORT!
!
The!hour!glass!model!represents!the!level!of!discussed!information:!from!general!to!specific!to!
general.!The!information!is!structured!throughout!the!entire!scientific!report!from!broad!to!
small!and!then!to!broad!again!(see!figure).!
!
Structure!of!introduction:!upper!part!of!a!hour!glass.!

                          General!context!and!social!relevance"

                           Previous!results"
                           Scientific!relevance"
                           Research!question"
                          Hypothesis"
                          Research!draft"
                           Predictions"

                                                                                              "
Structure!of!middle!part:!the!small!part!of!the!hour!glass.!

                        Material!&!Methods"

                       Results"

                                                       !!                                              !
Structure!of!the!discussion:!lower!part!of!the!hour!glass.!

                           Discussion!results!on!the!level!of!the!hypothesis"

                           Evaluation!and!explanation!of!the!conducted!research"

                           Feedback!to!previous!studies"

                           Feedback!to!general!context!and!social!relevance"

                           Suggestions!for!future!research"
                           Conclusions"
                                                                                                  !!
!

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Appendix!4!

FEEDBACK!GUIDELINES!FOR!TEACHERS!.!
!
In!order!to!motivate!the!student!and!to!stimulate!active!learning,!it!is!important!to!provide!
feedback!frequently.!During!the!feedback!moments!the!student!gets!to!know!which!skills!are!
mastered!and!which!skills!needs!to!be!optimized!or!improved.!The!feedback!should!be!
balanced.!In!theory,!all!shortcomings!could!be!discussed,!but!the!focus!should!be!on!the!main!
line/topic.!It!is!important!to!realize!that!the!student!should!be!able!to!understand!the!main!point!
that!deserves!further!attention!and!be!able!to!improve!this!during!the!present!or!a!next!task.!
Provide!positive!as!well!as!negative!feedback!for!each!individual!feedback!point.!Start!with!
positive!feedback,!followed!by!negative!feedback.!In!this!way!the!student!will!be!more!
motivated!to!improve!skills!that!need!further!attention.!Positive!and!negative!feedback!should!
not!be!necessarily!separated,!it!could!also!be!integrated!into!a!more!ambivalent!general!picture.!
Pay!attention!that!positive!feedback!remains!positive!in!this!case,!and!is!not!abolished!by!
“but”and!“if”.!Provide!the!feedback!in!a!consistent!and!concise!way,!so!that!the!student!can!
embark!on!this.!It!is!important!to!indicate!in!the!report!(e.g.!using!arrows!or!lines)!which!part!is!
representative!of!the!problem.!It!is!not!necessary!to!points!out!all!the!parts!in!the!text!for!the!
same!problem.!This!is!something!the!student!should!do!after!the!feedback.!If!necessary,!offer!a!
few!suggestions!for!improvement.!
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