Integrative Biology

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBBY056-05
Vaknaam Integrative Biology
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Integrative Biology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Analyse a biological trait as the result of both a proximate and an ultimate causation
2) Integrate information from different disciplines to address a biological problems
3) Describe that biological traits are the result of complex interaction between genotype and the environment
4) Analyse scientific publications and determine whether a functional, evolutionary or an integrated approach has been
taken by the authors
5) Formulate a biological problem in terms of a functional, evolutionary or integrative approach
Omschrijving In the course Integrative Biology the integration of different organisational levels (molecule, cell, organism and community) and the
coupling of function (proximate) and evolution (ultimate) in biological traits will be illustrated by presenting several casusses. These
casusses will be taken from very different biological disciplines, i.e. botany, zoology, behaviour, developmental biology. The casusses
will also illustrate the interaction between the genotype and the environment and the benefits of taking an interdisciplinary
approach in tackling complex biological questions. Most of the introduced casusses will be developed in small groups using Problem
Based Instruction.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Traditional lecture 2 hrs, tutorials 3 hrs, Individual assignments 10 hrs, Group assignments 122 hrs)
Toetsvorm Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(A final exam with essay type questions 50%, report of the individual tutorial assignments 10%, presentation of the second group project 40%. The overall score should be above 5.5; all the scores for exam, individual assignment and the second assignment have to have a grade higher than 5.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. J.T.M. Elzenga
Docent(en) prof. dr. J.T.M. Elzenga ,prof. dr. M.E. Maan
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
Biology and Life Science & Technology (old curriculum) course units are only accessible for students of those degree programmes. Students from other degree programmes who would like to participate in Biology course units are obliged to contact one of the academic advisors before registration. After this contact, students have to request admission from the Board of Examiners Biology/Life Science & Technology. Failing to follow this procedure results in immediate unenrollment without prior notification.
Opmerkingen Presence is mandatory, for missing a tutorial an alternative assignment (literature review) will be given. Missing more than one group assignment will
result in a ‘fail’

The course is mandatory for students in the major Integrative Biology and an optional course for other majors (it is anticipated that
these will mainly be from the Ecology and Evolution major)

The skills of incorporating interdisciplinarity into problem solving is and essential skill for students that follow the major Integrative
Biology, but for other majors aswell. During the Problem Based Instruction projects the students will have to work in small groups
and collaborate on solving the problems posed in the topics. Effectively collaborating is also one of the course objectives.

Max. capacity: 60 students.

Dit vak had vorig jaar vakcode WBLS19039
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Biology: major Behaviour and Neurosciences 2 semester II b keuze
BSc Biology: major Ecology and Evolution 2 semester II b keuze
BSc Biology: major Integrative Biology 2 semester II b verplicht
BSc LS&T: major Behaviour and Neurosciences (cohort 2018 and 2019) 2 semester II b keuze