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Communication variant (C-variant)


This variant is intended for students with a BSc degree in any of the beta-studies who want to specialize in communication. The programme focuses on science communication theory and research as well as on science communication in practice. This includes science journalism as well as museology, the use of internet for science communication and health communication.

The variant is coordinated by prof.dr. Jaap Willems. Address: Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Dept. of Science Communication, De Boelelaan 1087, room S-552, e-mail jaap.willems@falw.vu.nl.


Teaching in this variant is mainly in Dutch.


Communication part: compulsory courses

Also compulsory is a individual internship/research project (21 cp) and a individual thesis (9 cp).

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

471006

Communicatiewetenschappen

6

04.09.2006-29.09.2006

470577

Research Methods

6

04.09.2006-29.09.2006

471014

Wetenschapsjournalistiek (science journalism)

6

30.10.2006-24.11.2006




Communication part: optional courses

At least 12 cp are required.

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

470562

Interactive Communication

3

16.10.2006-27.10.2006

471007

Interpersoonlijke communicatie

3

02.10.2006-15.10.2006

470087

Gezondheidscommunicatie

6

04.06.2007 - 29.06.2007

471033

Wetenschapscommunicatie via internet

6

27.11.2006-22.12.2006

471026

Museologie en buitenschoolse educatie

6

27.11.2006-22.12.2006



    1. Education variant (E-variant)


The teaching in this variant is mainly in Dutch. Therefore we also give the requirements in Dutch.
De opleiding voor het behalen van de eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid start twee keer per jaar, in september en in februari. De opleiding wordt aangeboden in twee semesters. Uitgaande van de start in september duurt semester 1 tot en met januari en semester 2 tot juli. De opleiding is sterk praktijkgericht. De helft van de opleiding bestaat uit praktijk door werkervaring of stage (ook wel schoolpracticum genoemd) op een school voor voortgezet onderwijs. Daarnaast kent de opleiding vier componenten: vakdidactiek, algemene didactiek/pedagogiek, praktijkonderzoek en keuzemodulen. Studenten die bij de Communicatie variant de vakken 'interpersoonlijke communicatie' en 'museologie en buitenschoolse educatie' volgen, krijgen bij de lerarenopleiding een vrijstelling voor keuzemodulen, een deel van het praktijkonderzoek en een deel van algemene didactiek.
De lerarenopleiding wordt verzorgd door het Onderwijscentrum VU. Bij het Onderwijssecretariaat kan meer informatie worden gevraagd, tel.: (020) 59 89222, e-mail: onderwijssecretariaat@ond.vu.nl.


Educatie variant (natuurkunde)

Tevens 4 sp aan keuzemodulen

Vakcode

Vaknaam

Stp.

Periode

990002

Praktijk

30

Het vak beslaat 2 semesters, en loopt daarbij parallel aan de vakdidactiek en de algemene didactiek / pedagogiek. Zo is ook een goede wisselwerking mogelijk tussen theorie (colleges) en praktijk.

990123

Vakdidactiek natuurkunde

9

Het vak beslaat 2 semesters (een heel studiejaar). Startmomenten zijn aan het begin van de semesters: in september en in februari.

990003

Praktijkonderzoek

8

Het praktijkonderzoek vindt plaats in de tweede helft van de lerarenopleiding.

990001

Algemene didactiek / pedagogiek

9

Het vak beslaat 2 semesters (een heel studiejaar). Startmomenten zijn aan het begin van de semesters: in september en in februari.



    1. Society oriented variant for natural and life sciences


Due to the growing complexity of technological and medical issues and the interaction with society, organisations working in this sector have a growing and urgent need for academic professionals in the natural and life sciences, who have knowledge of policy management and entrepreneurship. The variant offers students with a bachelor degree in the natural and life sciences the chance to combine a specialization in this field with a specialization in research, communication or education.
This variant is coördinated by dr. M.B.M. Zweekhorst. Address: Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Dept. Biology and Society, De Boelelaan 1087, room A-062, phone: +31 (0) 20 598 7033, e-mail marjolein.zweekhorst@falw.vu.nl.
The course language is English, unless all students participating in the course speak Dutch, the course language will be Dutch.


M-variant compulsory courses

Also compulsory is an internship (30 cp).

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

470572

Communication, Organization and Management

6

02.10.2006-27.10.2006

470571

Analysis of Governmental Policy

6

04.09.2006-29.09.2006




M-variant optional courses

At least 18 cp are required. Recommended courses:

Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

470582

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

6

08.01.2007-02.02.2007

470584

Business Management in Health and Life Sciences

6

27.11.2006-22.12.2006

470578

Interactive Health Technology Assessment

3

12.11.2006-24.11.2006

470574

Clinical Development and Clinical Trials

3

13.11.2006-24.11.2006

470575

Entrepreneurship in Health and Life sciences

6

27.11.2006-22.12.2006

470569

Caput Knowledge Integration and (patient) Participation

3

In consultation

470567

Caput Institutionalising Participatory Approaches in the South

3

In consultation

470565

Caput Dilemmas in the Implementation of Public Health Programmes

3

In consultation

470564

Caput Criteria for Corporate Social Responsibility

3

In consultation

470581

Caput Success factors in sustainable innovations by SME's

3

In consultation





  1. Stochastics and Financial Mathematics (MSc)


The information presented here concerns the detailed course information of the MSc programme in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics.

More detailed and general information about the master programme - for instance the master coordinator, schedules, etcetera - can be found at the faculty's website.


    1. Courses


Course code

Course name

Cr.

Period

400421

Caput Financial Stochastics

8

1 and 2

400244

Measure Theoretic Probability

8

1 and 2

400425

Random Networks for Communications

6

1 and 2

400352

Stochastic Processes for Finance

6

1 and 2

400337

Control of Stochastic Systems in Continuous-Time

6

1 and 2

400336

Stochastic Optimization

6

1 and 2

400323

Asymptotic Statistics

8

1 and 2

400296

Statistical Genetics

6

1 and 2

400393

Critical Percolation, Conformal Invariance and SLE

6

4 and 5

400455

Nonparametric Statistics

8

4 and 5

400339

Stochastic Processes

8

4 and 5

400347

Missing Data in Genetics and Survival Analysis

6

4, 5 and 6

400469

Financial Time Series

6

Semester 2

400258

Simulation Methods in Statistics

6

Semester 1

400402

Combinatorial Stochastic Processes

6

Semester 1

400408

Industrial Statistics

6

Semester 1

400263

Ergodic Theory

6

Semester 1

400468

Bayesian Statistics

6

Semester 2

400297

Stochastic Integration

6

Semester 2






  1. Course Descriptions


subject

(Bio)Analytical Luminescence Spectroscopy

code

435061

lecturers

dr. F. Ariese; prof.dr. C. Gooijer

credits

6

period

4

aim

Acquiring a deeper insight into the basic principles and modern developments of molecular emission spectroscopy (luminescence) in (bio)analytical chemistry.

content

The topics discussed comprise the basic principles of fluorescence, phosphorescence, long-lived luminescence and chemiluminescence. Attention will be given to energy transfer mechanisms and other processes that influence the luminescence behavior of organic molecules, and the use of fluorescent probes. We will also discuss high-resolution techniques at cryogenic temperatures and single-molecule spectroscopy. Instrumental aspects, such as laser excitation, time-resolved detection, polarization will also be covered.

form of tuition

Lectures and tuorials.

literature

Book chapters and handouts will be provided by the lecturers.

mode of assessment

Written examination.

entry requirements

Basic knowledge of electronic spectroscopy, e.g. master course (Bio)Molecular Spectroscopy or master course Molecular Photochemistry and Photophysics.

target audience

mCh

remarks

Registration for this course via https://tisvu.vu.nl/HTM/TISVULogin.htm, one week prior to the start. For the course schedules please refer to http://www.few.vu.nl/onderwijs/roosters.




naam

(Bio)Molecular Spectroscopy

code

435062

lecturers

dr. F. Ariese; prof.dr. C. Gooijer

studiepunten

6

periode

4

aim

Acquiring a deeper knowledge of various frequently applied spectroscopic techniques in (bio)analytical chemistry, viz. UV/Vis, fluorescence, IR- and Raman spectroscopy. Becoming acquainted with other important techniques, such as atomic spectroscopy, surface techniques, phosphorescence, LC-NMR and circular dichroism.

content

The physico-chemical principles of the methods and the interactions between light and atoms/molecules will be discussed. The applicability of the techniques will be demonstrated and important instrumental developments, such as laser excitation and modern detection schemes will also be covered.

form of tuition

Lectures and tutorials.

literature

Book chapters and recent summarizing articles will be provided by the lecturer.

mode of assessment

Written examination.

entry requirements

Knowledge of the basic principles of molecular orbitals, molecular vibraions, and of absorption, fuorescence, and infrared spectroscopy.

target audience

mCh, mPhar

remarks

Registration for this course via https://tisvu.vu.nl/HTM/TISVULogin.htm, one week prior to the start. For the course schedules please refer to http://www.few.vu.nl/onderwijs/roosters.




subject

Advanced Biophysics

code

420144

coördinator

dr. J.P. Dekker

co-ordinators

prof.dr. R. van Grondelle; prof.dr. K.J. Hellingwerf; dr.ir. G.J.L. Wuite; dr.ir. E.J.G. Peterman

credits

6

period

Not in 2006/2007

aim

An overview will be given of current topics in the Biophysics. Part one will highlight the basic reactions that play a role in photobiology, with respect to: (i) the underlying photochemistry, (ii) the structure and dynamics of the components that catalyze these processes and (iii) their biological function. Part two will focus on current topics in the field of single molecule biophysics.

content

Kinetics of complex chemical reactions, molecular reaction dynamics, femtochemistry, reaction mechanisms of biological enzymes, electron and proton transport, energy transfer, exciton interactions, functioning of photoactive proteins, single molecule experiments (discussion of a few recent papers), movement of organisms (chemotaxis and Brownian motion), protein folding and self-assembly.

literature

Various review papers, to be combined into a syllabus.

mode of assessment

Oral presentation of a research paper on one the topics.

target audience

mPhys, mCh, mMNS




subject

Advanced Course on Drug Disposition & Safety Assessment (Molecular Toxicology)

code

435681

lecturer

prof.dr. N.P.E. Vermeulen

credits

6

period

4, 5 and 6

aim

Obtaining an in-depth overview and knowledge of drug disposition and safety assessment, with emphasis on molecular and biochemical mechanisms.

content

After a general introduction in toxicology, drug absorption, drug distribution, drug elimination, drug metabolism and toxickinetics will be treated. More general mechanisms of toxicity, such as e.g. mutagenesis, carcinogenesis, developmental toxicity and idiosyncratic drug reactions, will then be treated. Subsequently, organ-selective toxicities of drugs and other chemicals will be treated, with special emphasis on molecular and biochemical mechanism and structure dependencies. Methods to test toxicities as well as the evaluation of toxicities in terms of safety- and health risks will also be treated. Special attention will be given to biotransformation enzymes and their role in drug toxication and detoxication and to the most recent developments in molecular toxicology.

form of tuition

Lectures, tutorials, cases and self-study.

literature

Casarett and Doull's Toxicology, The Basic Science of Poisons, 6th edition, (ISBN 0-07-134721-6). Pergamon Press, New York, and selected research papers

mode of assessment

Written examination.

entry requirements

Courses "Molecular pharmacology & toxicology of drugs and Drug toxicity: concepts and experimentele approaches" or equivalent courses are advised.

target audience

mPhar and other interested students.

remarks

Please contact the secretary four weeks prior to the start of the course (e-mail: moltox@few.vu.nl).




subject

Advanced Linear Programming

code

400326

credits

6

period

4 and 5

target audience

mMath and others

remarks

This course is part of the joint national master programme in mathematics.
For schedules, course locations and course descriptions see http://www.mastermath.nl.
Registration required via http://www.mastermath.nl.




subject

Advanced Methods for Applied Economic Research

code

60422070

credits

6

contact

36 hours (36 lecture)

period

1

lecturers

dr. B. van der Klaauw; dr. A.P. van Vuuren

content

The focus is on research methods used in micro economic policy analyses. We discuss methods for the analyses of cross-sectional and panel data and illustrate regression techniques and techniques for the analyses of qualitative data (the decision of mode of transportation, the decision whether or not to invest, the decision of whether or not to work etc). The methods are demonstrated by applications in labour economics, public economics, transport economics and health care analyses. This course also deals with the evaluation of programmes or interventions by large bodies like governments, hospitals or firm. The government, for instance, spends a substantive amount of money on a number of social programs targeted at bringing the unemployed back to work. Evaluation of the effectiveness of these programs is essential, yet not trivial because of selective application, self- selection by the unemployed and heterogeneous responses. We discuss the relevant methods and illustrate these with practical examples of recently implemented governmental programmes.

literature

Wooldridge, J.M., Introductory Econometrics. South Western

examination format

written interim examination




subject

Advanced Modeling

code

400451

credits

6

period

4 and 5

target audience

mMath

remarks

This course is part of the joint national master programme in mathematics.
For schedules, course locations and course descriptions see http://www.mastermath.nl.
Registration required via http://www.mastermath.nl.




subject

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

code

420003

lecturer

dr. D. Boer

credits

6

period

4

aim

To further develop skills in performing quantum mechanical calculations.

content

  • Angular momentum: review of general theory, intrinsic and orbital angular momentum, state space, addition of angular momenta, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, 3j-symbols, vector operators, Wigner-Eckart theorem and applications, such as the Zeeman effect and hyperfine structure. The role of the rotation group is exemplified.

  • Systems of identical particles: spin and statistics, exchange degeneracy, permutation operator, symmetric and anti-symmetric states, construction rules, two-electron atoms, excited states of Helium, many-electron atoms, Hartree and Hartree-Fock methods.

  • Time dependent problems: evolution operator, interaction picture, time-dependent perturbation theory, periodic perturbations, Rabi flopping frequency, magnetic resonance, adiabatic approximation, sudden approximation, interactions of quantum systems with radiation, spontaneous emission, line width, forced harmonic oscillator, coherent states, quantization of the electromagnetic field, photon distributions.

  • Relativistic quantum physics: Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, charge and current densities, continuity equations, negative-energy solutions, coupling to an electromagnetic field, Pauli equation, application to the hydrogen atom.

form of tuition

Lectures and tutorials.

mode of assessment

Oral or written (depending on the number of participants)

target audience

3N, mPhys, mCh




subject

Advanced Requirements Engineering

code

400423

lecturer

dr.ing. J. Gordijn

credits

3

period

3

aim

To understand ongoing research in the field of Requirements Engineering.

content

The specific content will be determined on a yearly basis. Topics may include goal-oriented RE, multi-viewpoint approaches, scenarios, problem frames, and creativity in RE.

form of tuition

Lectures, workshops, and practical assignments.

literature

Articles on Requirements Engineering. The specific articles will be selected each year.

mode of assessment

Practical assignments plus written exam.

entry requirements

Required is Business Modelling & Requirements Engineering and Software Engineering. Admission will be restricted to 20 students.

target audience

3IK, mIS



subject

Advanced Selforganisation

code

400434

lecturers

dr. M.C. Schut; prof.dr. A.E. Eiben

credits

6

period

3

aim

To understand, simulate and analyse the behaviour and self-organization of complex systems. The student is able to explain, implement and recognize basic principles and properties of such systems.

content

This course is about the understanding of the behavior and self-organization of complex systems: systems in which the interaction of the components is not simply reducible to the properties of the components. The general question the we address is: how should systems of very many independent computational (e.g., robotic or software) agents cooperate in order to process information and achieve their goals, in a way that is efficient, self-optimizing, adaptive, and robust in the face of damage or attack? We will look at natural systems that solve some of the same problems that we want to solve, e.g., adaptive path minimization by ants, wasp and termite nest building, army ant raiding, fish schooling and bird flocking, coordinated cooperation in slime molds, synchronized firefly flashing, evolution by natural selection, game theory and the evolution of cooperation. The course includes a practical part in which students implement a simulation of a self-organizing complex system and conduct structured experimental analysis with this simulation.

form of tuition

Theory in lectures and practice in labs.

literature

Reader.

mode of assessment

Report including description of simulation and experimental analysis.

target audience

mAI (organisational dynamics and self organisation), mBMI, mIS, mCS

remarks

More information available on BlackBoard. This is a project-oriented course and therefore students will be expected to have basic programming skills.




subject

Advanced Solid State Physics

code

420004

lecturers

prof.dr. K.H.J. Buschow (UvA); dr. R.J. Wijngaarden; dr. A. de Visser (UvA, phone: +31 (0) 20 525 5732)

credits

6

period

2

aim

Introduce students to advanced concepts in condensed matter physics. Develop their intuition by means of interactive simulations. Stimulate awareness of current research topics in solid state physics.

content

  • Structure of condensed matter and scattering of various particles

  • Electronic band structure of solids

  • Motion of band electrons in external fields

  • Superconductivity

  • Magnetism

  • Dielectric properties of materials

  • website http://www.nat.vu.nl/CondMat/rw/assp/index.html

form of tuition

Courses, simulations, homework.

literature

H. Ibach and H. Lüth: Solid State Physics, Springer Verlag 2003, ISBN 3-540-58573-7. R.H. Silsbee and J. Dräger: Simulations for Solid, State Physics, Cambridge University Press 1997, ISBN 0-51-59911-3.

mode of assessment

Homework and written or oral examination (depending on the number of students). Scores for homework remain valid for 12 months only. Re-examinations are written or oral (depending on the number of students).

target audience

mPhys, mChem

remarks

Via: http://studieweb.student.uva.nl four weeks prior to the start of the course. Course registration includes registration for the examination. Registration is also possible at the Education Office, phone: 525 7100, e-mail: ondwns@science.uva.nl For the course schedule consult the separate schedule guide, or http://www.student.uva.nl or contact the coordinating lecturer.




subject

Advanced Statistics for Experimentation

code

815097

credits

6

period

4

lecturer

dr. N. Smits

aim

To acquire knowledge of and insight into multivariate statistics in order to be able to apply these techniques and read associated literature at a level relevant for research in cognitive neuropsychology

content

Multivariate Statistics: the General Linear Model.

form of tuition

Lectures and practicals

literature

To be determined later

mode of assessment

Assignments and final examination

remarks

Admission conditions: Statistics and Researchmethods II (or a similar course).




subject

Advanced Topics in Computer and Network Security

code

400361

lecturer

dr. B. Crispo

credits

4

period

1 and 2

aim

Discuss advanced topics relevant for network and computer security. Develop the ability to critically read and analyse scientific literature.

content

The course takes the form of seminars given by the students and that are based on a selection of papers that either have had a strong impact on security today, or explore novel ideas that may be important in the future. Subjects will cover important aspects of network and computer security such as e-cash, e-voting, key distribution, digital right management, etc. Also, security of more recent systems such as wireless sensor networks, grid and peer to peer will be covered.

At the beginning of the course each student can choose a paper, from the list of available papers, on which to base his/her presentation. Each student has to choose a different paper.

For this seminar we expect the students to actively participate by means of presentations and discussions, thus presence at all the classes is mandatory. Papers for discussions will be selected at the beginning of the course.


form of tuition

Seminar

literature

A list of papers, that will be decided and published on the web page of the course before its beginning

mode of assessment

Presentations, active participation at seminar, and a 4-page position paper.

entry requirements

Computer and Network Security (400127)

target audience

mPDCS

remarks

  • Registration for this course is compulsory via TIS (https://tisvu.vu.nl/tis/menu), two weeks prior to the start.

  • This course commences in the spring of 2006 and will be given as a seminar.

  • www.cs.vu.nl/~crispo/teaching/advancedtopics




subject

Advanced Topics in Distributed Systems

code

400360

lecturer

dr.ir. H.J. Bos

credits

4

period

1 and 2

aim

Discuss advanced topics relevant for traditional and modern distributed systems.

content

The course takes the form of a seminar that is based on a selection of papers that either have had a strong impact on distributed systems today, or explore novel ideas that may be important in the future. Subjects will cover important aspects of distributed systems such as communication, data consistency, replication, fault tolerance, performance, scalability, etc. Also, modern distributed systems such as next-generation Web-based systems and wireless sensor networks will have their place.

For this seminar we expect the students to actively participate by means of presentations and discussions. Papers for discussions will be selected from the base set, with possibly 1 or 2 added where appropriate.



form of tuition

Seminar.

literature

 A (selection of a) list of papers, yet to be decided.

mode of assessment

Presentations, participation at seminar, and a 4-page position paper.

entry requirements

Distributed Systems (400130).

target audience

mPDCS

remarks

This course is only accessible for mPDCS students.

Dit vak is in principe bedoeld voor mPDCS studenten. Studenten van andere opleidingen kunnen alleen worden toegelaten als er voldoende plaats is. Melden bij de docent.






subject

Advanced Topics in Software Design

code

400378

credits

6

period

1 and 2

lecturer

dr. P. Lago

aim

Learn advanced design techniques applicable to large software systems. Be able to select among them and apply them for a specific system. Be able to document and compare the design decisions.

content

The lectures explain the most innovative design techniques. Examples are: aspect-oriented design, domain design and product line/family engineering, pattern-oriented design, web design, global development.
The students work in small groups to discuss the different design techniques and how to use them for an assigned software system. They have to develop different representations of the system. Each representation has to emphasize how a certain design technique has been applied, and the pros and cons it brings in the developed solution. Each representation constitutes a design documentation for the software system.

form of tuition

Lectures and group work.

literature

Material handed out by the lecturer and on Blackboard.

mode of assessment

Written reports of the assignment.

entry requirements

Software Engineering (400071) and Project Software Engineering (400067).

target audience

3I, mCS, 3IK, mIS, mBMI, mAI

remarks

Registration for this course is compulsory in Blackboard via http://www.bb.vu.nl and TIS via https://tisvu.vu.nl/tis/menu, two weeks prior to the start.

For details, see the Blackboard system http://bb.vu.nl.






subject

Algebraic Geometry

code

400456

credits

8

period

4 and 5

target audience

mMath

remarks

This course is part of the joint national master programme in mathematics.
For schedules, course locations and course descriptions see http://www.mastermath.nl.
Registration required via http://www.mastermath.nl.




subject

Algebraic Number Theory

code

400324

credits

8

period

1 and 2

target audience

mMath

remarks

This course is part of the joint national master programme in mathematics.
For schedules, course locations and course descriptions see http://www.mastermath.nl.
Registration required via http://www.mastermath.nl.




naam

Algemene didactiek / pedagogiek

code

990001

studiepunten

9

periode

Het vak beslaat 2 semesters (een heel studiejaar). Startmomenten zijn aan het begin van de semesters: in september en in februari.

inhoud

Bij algemene didactiek / pedagogiek spelen de leservaringen op school een belangrijke rol. Daarmee in samenhang komen algemene onderwijskundige en pedagogische inzichten aan de orde, onder andere via literatuurstudie. Er wordt geoefend met en gereflecteerd op het begeleiden van leerprocessen. Het gaat daarbij om onderwerpen als orde houden, verschillen tussen leerlingen en leerstijlen. We onderscheiden 5 rollen die een leraar goed moet kunnen vervullen:

  • de professional

  • de ontwerper van onderwijs

  • de uitvoerder van onderwijs

  • de pedagoog

  • het teamlid / de collega

Met welke rol gestart wordt hangt af van de persoonlijke startcompetenties van de student, studenten maken een persoonlijk ontwikkelingsplan en houden hun eigen leerproces bij in het digitaal portfolio. Reflectie op het eigen leerproces en dat van medestudenten neemt een belangrijke plaats in.

werkwijze

werkcolleges op maandag

literatuur

Een reader wordt uitgereikt bij aanvang van de colleges.

toetsing

Er zijn twee deeltoetsmomenten: aan het eind van elk semester een mondeling naar aanleiding van het samengestelde portfolio.

entreevoorwaarden

Dit vak is alleen te volgen als onderdeel van de universitaire lerarenopleiding.




subject

Analysis of Governmental Policy

code

470571

lecturers

prof.dr. J.T. de Cock Buning (co-ordinator); various lecturers

credits

6

period

04.09.2006-29.09.2006

aim

  • To acquire critical knowledge regarding different policy models and theories

  • To master the correct use of central concepts in political and policy discourses.

  • To further deepen your analytic skills with respect to the critical assessment of a complex societal question or dilemma in the health and life science;

  • To learn to integrate science-specific knowledge with the knowledge and skills of other disciplines of the social sciences

  • To practice skills in data collection and analysis

  • To learn to set up valid lines of argumentation;

  • To learn to translate research findings into policy recommendations;

  • To get experienced in writing a policy advisory report;

  • To improve your communication skills;

  • To improve your skills in working effectively in a project team, through team building, team analysis and feedback.

content

The course starts with a focus on the various theoretical concepts and models concerning policy analysis, both on governmental as institional level. Furthermore you will learn, under supervision, to apply and practice these concepts and models in a project assignment In a project team of about ten students you are confronted with a relevant policy problem from an external commissioning institution (e.g. a non-governmental organisation, a Ministry, an advisory council). You conduct an interdisciplinary analysis on the basis of which you provide advice. Specific attention is paid to working in a project team and team building. For this purpose evaluation exercises are organised. Other practical training sessions during the course comprise setting up a research plan, interviewing techniques, labelling and analysis of information, and effectively writing. At the end of the course, you prepare an advice report. On the last day of the course you present the report to the representative of the external institute. In a presentation your team will highlight the main results of your analysis and defend the recommendations you propose.

form of tuition

Lectures, Training; Project assignment

literature

Reader

mode of assessment

Written exam and Individual evaluation based on personal performance in the project group, and assessment of various group products (report and presentation).

target audience

Compulsary course for Master students Management, Policy Analysis and entrepreneurship in health and life sciences (MPA), M-differentiation of the Health, Life & Natural Sciences. Optional course for Master students Biology, Health sciences, Biomedical Sciences.

remarks

Basic knowledge in policy processes is required. If deficient, students can obtain the relevant knowledge through a self study package. Attendance is compulsory. For information and application: ciska.heuvelman@falw.vu.nl




subject

Analytical Raman Spectroscopy

code

435063

lecturers

dr. F. Ariese; prof.dr. C. Gooijer; dr. G. van der Zwan

credits

6

period

5

aim

Acquiring a deeper insight into the basic principles and modern developments of Raman spectroscopy in (bio)analytical chemistry.

content

The topics discussed comprise the basic principles of Raman spectroscopy, including conventional Raman, resonance Raman, surface-enhanced Raman. Relationships with molecular vibrations and comparisons with IR spectroscopy will be discussed. Special attention will be given to excitation in the UV region, coupling to separation methods and time-resolved Raman spectroscopies. Problems related to fluorescence background rejection and photochemical degradation will be covered. Instrumental aspects, such as laser excitation, microscopes, filters, liquid-core waveguide cells, will also be covered. Examples from recent applications from the fields of life sciences, industrial analysis, forensics and arts will be discussed.

form of tuition

Lectures and tutorials.

literature

Book chapters and handouts will be provided by the lecturers.

mode of assessment

Written examination.

entry requirements

Basic knowledge of vibrational spectroscopy, e.g. master course (Bio) Molecular Spectroscopy.

target audience

mCh

remarks

Registration for this course via https://tisvu.vu.nl/HTM/TISVULogin.htm, one week prior to the start. For the course schedules please refer to http://www.few.vu.nl/onderwijs/roosters.




subject

Anthropological Linguistics: an overview, MA

code

539615

co-ordinator

prof.dr. L.J. de Vries

lecturers

prof.dr. L.J. de Vries; prof.dr. W.L.M. Wetzels

credits

5

contact

14 hours (14 seminar)

period

5

aim

Using Anthropological Linguistics. An introduction by W.A. Foley (Blackwell 1997) basic concepts and methods of anthropological linguistics will be introduced. In addition, by reading selected articles and writing a short paper master students learn how these basic concepts and methods can be applied in research in the field of anthropological linguistics.

content

The following topics are discussed. Methods and basic notions of anthropological linguistics, orality and literacy, kinship terminology, counting and numeral systems, language and taboo, taxonomies and partonomies, the linguistic construction of personhood, language and gender.

form of tuition

Interactive lectures

literature

  • W.A. Foley. Anthropological Linguistics. An introduction (Blackwell 1997)

  • Gerrit J. van Enk & Lourens de Vries. 1997. The Korowai of Irian Jaya. Their language in its cultural context. Oxford University Press.

  • Lourens de Vries. 2003. New Guinea communities without writing and views of primary orality. Anthropos 98 2003:397-405

  • Lourens de Vries. 1995. 'Numeral systems of the Awyu language family of Irian Jaya'. In: Journal of the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology, BKI 150-III, 540-567

mode of assessment

Short paper

target audience

Master's students of Linguistics (Bible Translation) and MPhil-students of Linguistics

blackboard

Yes

remarks

  • Language English

  • Registration via TIS obligatory




subject

Applied Analysis: Financial Mathematics

code

400076

lecturer

prof.dr. A.C.M. Ran

credits

6

period

1 and 2

content

This course gives an introduction to financial mathematics.
The following subjects will be treated:

  • introduction in the theory of options;

  • the binomial method;

  • introduction to differential equations;

  • the heat equation;

  • the Black-Scholes formula and applications;

  • introduction to numerical methods, approximating the price of an (american) option.

form of tuition

Lectures (2 hours per week) and practical work (2 hours per week). The students have to turn in homework.

literature

Wilmott, P., Howison, S., Dewynne, J., The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives, A student introduction. Cambridge Unversity Press, 1995.

mode of assessment

Homework exercises.

entry requirements

For participation to the exam: Calculus I (400300) and Calculus II (400301).

target audience

3W, mBMI, 3Ect

remarks

It is possible to do some additional work by elaborating on a specific subject from the theory of partial differential equations or financial mathematics.




subject

Applied Cognitive Psychology

code

813001

credits

6

contact

168 hours (3 interim examination, 42 presentation, 5 practical, 100 self-study, 18 lecture)

period

5

lecturer

prof.dr. J.L. Theeuwes

aim

The goal is to learn how the principles of cognitive psychology can be applied to solve every-day like problems

content

Subjects relevant for applied cognitive psychology will be discussed. The focus will be on human factors research. On the basis of several case studies students will learn how they can design experiments that can solve applied every-day problems. There will be 4 subjects; traffic behaviour, signing, stress and workload and human decision making and law.

form of tuition

Combination of lectures and practical assignments. Students have to give two presentations and have to write a short paper.

literature

Reader

examination format

interim examination
presentation

mode of assessment

Open end questions




subject

Applied Finite Elements

code

400453

credits

6

period

4 and 5

target audience

mMath

remarks

This course is part of the joint national master programme in mathematics.
For schedules, course locations and course descriptions see http://www.mastermath.nl.
Registration required via http://www.mastermath.nl.




subject

Applied Statistics

code

400452

credits

6

period

4 and 5

target audience

mMath

remarks

This course is part of the joint national master programme in mathematics.
For schedules, course locations and course descriptions see http://www.mastermath.nl.
Registration required via http://www.mastermath.nl.




subject

Applied Stochastic Modeling

code

400392

lecturer

prof.dr. G.M. Koole

credits

6

period

1 and 2

content

This course deals with a number of stochastic modeling techniques that are often used in practice. They are motivated by showing the business context in which they are used. Topics we deal with are: birth-death processes, basic queueing models, inventory models, renewal theory and simulation. We also repeat and extend certain parts of probability theory. We end with an overview of mathematical modeling, including aspects such as the economic context, the choice of solution method, decision support systems, etc.

mode of assessment

Written examination.

target audience

mBMI




subject

Astroparticle Physics

code

420005

 

at Nikhef location.

lecturers

prof.dr. P.M. Kooijman (UvA, phone: +31 (0) 20 592 5043, e-mail: h84@nikhef.nl); dr. H.J. Bulten

credits

6

period

4 and 5

content

The physics and origin of charged cosmic rays are discussed. Fermi shockwave acceleration is presented as a possible explanation of the energy spectrum. Propagation of ultra high energy cosmic rays and the GZK cutoff for protons and gamma rays, predictions of fluxes for neutrinos such as the Waxman-Bahcal limit are discussed.  The candidate sources for ultra high energy cosmic ray are reviewed. Evidence for dark matter in the universe is covered together with possible candidates, especially from the super symmetric extension of the Standard Model of particle physics.  Implications for ultra high energy cosmic radiation are summarised.  The neutrino spectrum from the sun as predicted by the solar model is presented. The measurements of this flux and the flux of atmospheric neutrinos (SuperKamiokande, Homestake, SAGE and Gallex) are reviewed in the context of neutrino oscillations. Implications of oscillations for the cosmic neutrino flux are given. Finally, a review of the present and future cosmic ray experiments, especially the high energy neutrino and TeV photon telescopes, is given.

form of tuition

Lectures.

literature

Lecture notes, recent publications.

mode of assessment

Oral presentations discussing recent results and recent publications on different astroparticle subjects and written exercises.

target audience

mPhys.

remarks

Registration via http://studieweb.student.uva.nl three weeks prior to the start of the course. Course registration includes registration for the examination. Registration is also possible at the Education Office, phone: 525 7100, e-mail: ondwns@science.uva.nl. For the course schedules consult the separate schedule guide or see http://www.student.uva.nl/


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