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BIOTECHNOLOGY

> Level 1
BT 1502
INTRODUCTION TO BIOBUSINESS
CREDIT POINTS 10

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Heather M Wallace

Pre-requisite(s): None

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Normally only available to level 1 or 2 students studying MSci/BSc degree programme disciplines taught within the School of Medical Sciences.

This course will be additional to the 120 level 1 or 2 credits required for the chosen degree programme.

The course will comprise a series of lectures and tutorials which will cover the "language" of biobusiness using a number of real case studies from companies in the medical sciences (e.g. What is a company? What is management? How do markets work? Decision making process).

One lecture/tutorial/Group work session per week.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%). Group presentations and essay.

Resit: 1 two-hour written exam.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

N/A

Written feedback provided on continuous assessment elements.

 

> Level 3
BT 3006
WORKING OUT: PLACEMENT & CAREER SKILLS
CREDIT POINTS 5

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Carrington

Pre-requisite(s): Only available to Programme Year 3 students taking one of the School of Medical Sciences' Degree Programmes

Lectures and workshops delivered weekly by coordinator and Careers Service staff covering all aspects of career planning and job applications. Talks from external sources from a broad range of employer backgrounds.

Prerequisite for and recommended only for those interested in undertaking a one-year industrial placement.

1 one hour lecture per week and tutorials as required.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%) - 1 application form (60%); 1 covering letter (40%).

Resit: Resubmission of continuous assessment.

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

Students must prepare an up-to-date CV and are given feedback on all applications submitted as required.

All written work is marked with written comments. Oral feedback is given on all work when required or deemed necessary.

BT 3502
BIO-BUSINESS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr H M Wallace

Pre-requisite(s): BT 1502

This course will challenge students to think about the nature of research when driven by commercial outcomes. Many of the future recruitment opportunities for students with medical science skills may involve roles in bio-business development rather than exclusively research at the bench. This course hopes to enable our students to be at a competitive advantage when seeking such career opportunities when compared to those students that only have a traditional scientific background.

A series of lectures and tutorials, together with guest lectures from industry professionals, which will cover the key aspects of different business models in the bio-business sector.

10 one-hour lectures, 10 one-hour tutorials during the course.

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%).

  • Assessment 1: One 1,500 word essay relating to intellectual property portfolio management.

  • Assessment 2: Following appropriate guidance through tutorials the students will prepare a presentation that describes a medical sciences company of their choice. The emphasis within the presentation will be to sell the commercial entity concentrating on explaining the business model of the chosen business.

  • Assessment 3: One 2,000 word essay. Title will be in the area of competitor analysis of a particular clinical area e.g. cancer therapy.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (100%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Mock presentation to give instant feedback on presentation skills.

- Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.
- Written comments will be provided on essays under examination conditions.

 

> Level 4

PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

BT 4005
BIOTECHNOLOGY A
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B Muller

Pre-requisite(s): MB 3006, BC 3503 and GN 3502 or MC 3504 and 30 other credit points at level 3.

Co-requisite(s): BT 4505, MB 4050.

The formal teaching comprises two options each 15h contact time. Each option will cover seperate areas of either Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology or Immunology.

Two essays will be written and examined. All students are required to prepare for, and to attend, a reading party in the week prior to term. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

1st Attempt: 2 elements (33.3%), in-course assessment in the form of two essays, 4 elements (66.7%) in the form of a single three hour exam paper.

BT 4506
ADVANCED BIO-BUSINESS
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr HM Wallace / Professor A Porter

Pre-requisite(s): Passes in all subjects up to level 3.

A series of lectures and tutorials that will challenge the students to apply what they know (on their own or as part of a business team) to a "real" company.

Assessment 1: Essay on company governance, structure and the roles of the director.

Assessment 2: Following appropriate guidance through lectures and tutorials the students will prepare, together, a presentation that describes a "virtual" medical sciences company of which they are the founders and directors (each student will take on the role of a different director). The emphasis within the presentation will be to "sell" the commercial concern to a panel of potential investors.

Assessment 3: Prepare a 2,000 word executive summary of their virtual business.

10 one-hour lectures, 20 one-hour tutorials during the course.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%); two essays (35% each) and one presentation (30%).

BT 4507
HONOURS BIOTECHNOLOGY B
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor K Docherty

Pre-requisite(s): MB 3006, BC 3503 and GN 3502 or MC 3504 and 30 other credit points from level 3.

Co-requisite(s): BT 4005, MB4050

The core element of the course is a research project that involves 10 weeks, laboratory work and production of a thesis. Assessment is on the basis of the performance in the laboratory, the thesis, and the project seminar. Two research tutorials will be organised by academic staff and will be assessed by examination at the end of the Semester. Tutorials will be held at regular intervals with the tutor appointed by the Head of School.

1st Attempt: 2 two-hour examinations (2 elements each) and 1 four-hour examination (3 elements) (63.6%); in-course assessment (36.4%).

 

> Level 5
BT 5007
INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Carrington

Pre-requisite(s): Students may only undertake an Industrial Placement once they have obtained the necessary passes at levels 1, 2 and 3 to allow them entry into the Honours year for their particular degree, and they have obtained a median of CAS 15 at levels 1, 2 and 3, in addition to successfully completing BT 3006. Placements are not guaranteed and are at the discretion of the Head of School of Medical Sciences.

Note(s): This course is a pre-requisite prescription for part of any degree programme within the School of Medical Sciences incorporating an industrial placement and comprises one year’s practical experience in industry (usually laboratory based, approx 40 hours laboratory work per week). The industrial placement must be relevant to the aims of the degree programme.

One year’s practical (usually laboratory) experience in industry. The industrial placement must be relevant to the aims of the degree programme.

39-40 hours laboratory work per week.

In-course assessment:- Interim Reports (10%), Essay (20%). Placement Thesis (40%), Viva (15%), Presentation (5%), assessment by industrial supervisor (10%).