Design-Based Learning (DBL)

You will apply the theory provided in the courses during Design-Based Learning (DBL) to solve a biomedical problem. 

During DBL you will form a project group with fellow students. To solve a biomedical problem you use information from courses, from the library, internet, lab experiments and computer simulations.

The subjects for the DBLs can be:

The human engine

During this DBL case you and your project group will research the human metabolism, by answering the following questions (among others): Which nutrients are burnt in rest and which during exercise? How can you measure that?

Entering the lab

During this DBL case you and your project group will broaden your knowledge about research. You will apply laboratory, experimental and analytical work in one of the laboratories of the department. You formulate and work out a simple research assignment and hypothesis and critically reviewing these components and results. 


During the meetings you discuss the case with your DCL group. Together you define the problem and decide which strategy you are going to follow to solve the problem. Collaboration is very important. These meetings are compulsory and a tutor will be present to guide the group when needed.


Another compulsory component of DCL are the workshops. During these workshops you learn how to handle certain equipment (e.g. microscopes). You learn how to work with specific software and you gain laboratory skills. In the first year you will also be trained in skills like presenting and meeting techniques.

Experimenting and simulating

To fully understand a case, you will need to do measurements or observations directly on the human body, however most of the time this is impossible. Therefore, you need to gain knowledge by using mathematical and physical models of subsystems of the body. Using these (often complex) models, you will mimic the reality. To build these models you will use computers that can process endless data sets very rapidly, but to validate the models, the performance of experiments is essential. Sometimes in an experiment, small (animal) tissues are used with similar characteristics. 


Usually the project is finalized with your DCL group with a report, poster, presentation or a combination of these elements.