Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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BGZ2241  - Narrative Review BGZ

Period 4: from 19-2-2024 to 5-7-2024
Coordinator: Langie, S.
ECTS credits: 3
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 19-1-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 26-7-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

In the bachelor Health Sciences, the students study a broad variety of topics to reach a general understanding on many aspects of health. This way, they discover which topics they find interesting, and that should help in making the right choices in the rest of their career. The downside of offering a broad selection of topics is that it is impossible to reach deep understanding on all these topics. Deep understanding means that the student can understand state-of-the-art studies on a specific topic, and can see the implications of that research. This information cannot be found in regular textbooks, since the research presented in these books is often already more than 5 years old. Therefore, we designed a parallel module, which aims to give students the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth. To investigate a topic thoroughly, the student needs time and expert guidance, because in-depth guidance is only possible if the instructor is a specialist in the field. So, we designed journal clubs and a writing assignment, covering a whole semester, where you are guided by fellow students and an expert in the field.

During the second semester of the ‘Biology and Health’ track, the students meet in tutorial groups every two weeks, under supervision of an expert tutor. During period 4 the students can first acquire a deeper understanding in the topic of their choice by means of journal clubs. During period 5 and 6, each student individually writes a narrative review. All students within a tutorial group write on the same topic and that topic fits to the expertise of the expert. Likewise, the students can best reflect on their own work if the other students in the group work on the same topic. However, although everybody writes on the same topic, each student should write his or her own review. All members of the group should become experts on the topic. They should be able to judge their own work and that of others and lift the knowledge of the whole group to a higher level. Experience has taught us that we should not be afraid that the produced work is too similar. If ten students start investigating and writing, each will end up with a unique product.

Additionally, an English Writing Course is incorporated in the Narrative Review Training. In one lecture and two tutorial meetings experts from the Language Centre will help the students to improve their English writing skills. They will also provide feedback on the draft versions of the narrative review. 


Goals: EN:

To investigate the scientific literature to such an extent that gaps in our knowledge can be identified and new hypotheses can be formulated, and to describe this in a manuscript that adequately summarizes the literature.

    1. Getting familiar with biomedical publications and literature searches

    2. Understanding and analyzing biomedical publications

    3. Learn to write a scientific literature review

    4. To improve writing in (scientific) English language

Key words: EN:
Narrative review Expert guidance state-of-the-art critical reading
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Presentation(s)
  • Research
  • Training(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Final paper
  • Participaion

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