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BB40078: Entrepreneurial biotechnology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10003 and take BB10004 and take BB10006 and take BB10007
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce a multidisciplinary course in biotechnology and business, designed for students with enthusiasm for enterprise and who intend to pursue a career at the interface of technology and commerce.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the students should be able to
* Write a broad-based review of exploitable biotechnology including nanobiotechnology, biofuels, biosensors, protein production, extremophile biopharmaceutical production, microbial natural products, viral products and computer aided drug design
* Produce a business plan based on research knowledge on one specific product. This will be based on the management of technology and innovation, IPR, patenting and professional codes of practice within appropriate economic frameworks.
* Demonstrate transferable skills (ability to recognise and exploit innovation, motivation and team building, managing risk, acquisition of venture capital, technology transfer etc).

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Data acquisition, handling & analysis T/F/A, Problem solving T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Interpersonal & teamwork skills T/F/A, Working independently T/F/A, Career preparation T/F/A.

It will provide an understanding of the principles and practice of advanced biotechnology and its exploitation in commercial practice as described by speakers from industry. It will provide the knowledge base required to understand, create and manage biotech business, focusing on business strategies and management principles.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB40078 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • RSBB-AFM07 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Biosciences Route) (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM03 : MRes Biosciences (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM06 : MSc Biosciences (Full-time) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.