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Learning outcomes

General

1. The bachelor is able to describe, critically analyze, evaluate and solve a question or problem. To do this he/she is capable of formal thinking, logical deductive reasoning and making hypotheses. He/she has a critical mind, is creative and has developed problem solving skills.

2. The bachelor has the knowledge and ability to find more knowledge in literature, and to evaluate, summarize and spread it, individually and as part of a team. This implies a basis of scientific communication, of co-ordination and structuring of work and of the use of the English language. He/she has been taught the attitudes of lifelong learning and reflection. He/she has the learning abilities to start an advanced study programme and this to a large extent autonomously.

3. The bachelor has the required methodological and experimental skills and the critical attitude to be able to safely carry out scientific observations by him/herself, to process these using simple data-analysis and statistical methods and to interpret the findings the background of the existing scientific paradigms. He/she has the necessary computer skills to do so.

4. The bachelor is able to select the information he/she wants to pass on at a specific or a general (vulgarising) level, to correctly present data, and to express him/herself skilfully, both orally and in writing. He/she is able to explain or defend an argument.

Biology-specific

5. The bachelor has a well-founded basic knowledge of the living world and of the relation between living matter and the abiotic environment. For this he/she should have a basic knowledge of the other natural sciences (chemistry, physics and mathematics).

6. The bachelor has a solid insight into the different life forms, the evolution of life, the genetic basis of life, the structure and functioning of living systems, cohabitation of different life forms and the relation between biota and abiota.

7. The bachelor reflects upon the concepts of knowledge and life as well as upon the place of man in the world, including the ethical dimension of biological-scientific problems. If necessary he/she takes a well-reasoned stand.

8. The bachelor can answer society’s general questions about living matter and the relation between man and the biosphere.

9. The bachelor is aware of the function areas in which biologists are professionally active and which contribution the biologist can make. He/she is aware of the international context in which scientific research is situated.