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Seminar ICT in life sciences innovations

Website:website containing additional information
Course code:INFOMILSI
Credits:7.5 ECTS
Period:period 4 (week 17 through 27, i.e., 22-4-2013 through 5-7-2013; retake week 34)
Timeslot:B
Participants:up till now 19 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in Osiris
Teachers:Dit is een oud rooster!
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seminar          Marco Spruit
 
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Contents:By now you will have already written a substantial amount of research papers as part of various courses. This course, however, is quite different as you will enter the world of preparing grant proposals to apply for research funding of ICT-related innovations within the Life Sciences domain.

In 2011 we worked from ad-hoc team projects towards grant submission to just-in-time-decided agencies. To help increase the research depth, usability and general focus of the seminar, the course has now been centered around one predefined research topic per course edition from 2012 onward.

TOPIC 2012: This year's INFOMILSI will have as its starting point Michiel Meulendijk's PhD research on a decision support system for polypharmacy optimisation in the Dutch primary care sector, which we aim to extend both functionally as internationally. How, that's largely up to you...

Together we will prepare one ERC Starting Grant. Specifically for me, Marco, as this level of focus is required as will become clear soon enough. Among others, the following aspects will be covered:

Lectures and workshops will be intermingled throughout the course, taking place when necessary. You will have 4 contact hours per week in timeslot B, for which attendance is required as we work on one team project. The lectures will be presented by both guest speakers and course lecturers.

One notable and experimental part of the course is your required participation in Coursera's MOOC Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an interdisciplinary course focusing on sustainable innovation by introducing entrepreneurial students to the realities of problem identification and solution design within the complex world of healthcare. You will need to complete this online course in order to complete this course! It starts on Apr 15th 2013, is only 6 weeks long and has a workload of 5-7 hours/week. Make sure you are enrolled in time!

NOTE: Depending on the number of enrolled students we may decide to also prepare a small business proposal on the same topic for potential submission in the EuroStars programme.

Literature:See Tasks page with weekly student assignments for required literature.
Course form:A seminar as a course form implies that, as a group, students closely cooperate and actively participate in all activities. Whereas a regular course is aimed at knowledge consumption, a seminar aims to exchange knowledge among all participants.

You will mostly work in small teams of 3-4 students, but document your activities on an individual basis in an online course diary. You will prepare meetings based on weekly assignments such as focused literature studies, and foreign market studies.

You will help shape the research topic through brainstorm sessions, present reviews of papers, peer review each other's text fragments in great detail, and proactively exchange and discuss your thoughts and concerns regarding the project.

You will document your experiences and activities weekly in an online diary which you will complete as the End Report at the end of the course.

In parallel, you will also participate in the Coursera MOOC: HIE.

Exam form:
  • Presence at all meetings is a precondition for delivering your part of the complete grant proposal at the end of the course, and passing this course.
  • Your workshop participation and grant proposal contributions will be judged and graded by the lecturers throughout the entire course.
  • You will also write down all your weekly contributions in an individual End Report which you will develop throughout the life time of the course online (as in a project diary), and which you will complete in full before the End Report deadline.
  • Finally, you are required to show a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the MOOC's instructors.
Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:To qualify for the second chance exam, you need to have attended 80% or more of the weekly meetings. Also, you are required to show a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the MOOC's instructors. Finally, you need to have submitted the End Report before the specified deadline.

The second chance exam itself consists of the opportunity to re-submit an individual revision of either the B1 or B2 report, improving upon your group's original version.

Description:

Positioning

As this course is somewhat related to the MBI courses Seminar Medical Informatics (INFOMSMI) and ICT Entrepreneurship (INFOIE), the table below may help clarify their mutual relationships through several key aspects.

 

Legend for Course focus table below

+

yes, this focus is included in this course

o

maybe, this focus could be part of this course

-

no, this focus is not covered in this course


Course focus:

INFOMILSI

ict.lifesc.

INFOMSMI

med.inf.

INFOIE

ict-entr.

Writing a grant proposal

+

-

-

Contributing to innovation

+

o

-

ICT innovation

+

-

+

Life sciences domain

+

+

o

Designing a software product

+

-

+

Entrepreneurship

o

-

+

Developing a software product

-

-

+

Writing a scientific paper

-

+

-

Starting a business and making money

-

-

+

Intended audience

Graduation profile:

INFOMILSI

ict.lifesc.

INFOMSMI

med.inf.

INFOIE

ict-entr.

Researcher of ICT

+

+

-

Product software entrepreneur

o

-

+

Business consultant

o

+

+

ICT-consultant

o

o

+

As a scientific or industrial researcher you will be required to regularly acquire project funding from governmental agencies (e.g. NWO, ZonMW). As a business/ICT consultant you may get involved in national or international tenders (e.g. Aanbestedingskalender). And last but not least, as an aspiring product software entrepreneur you can attempt to obtain R&D funding specifically for SMEs to develop innovations (e.g. STW, SBIR, Eurostars) or enter your innovative product into one of the many award competitions (e.g. Herman Wijffels innovatieprijs, Website of the year).

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