10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module will introduce students in the Faculty of Science to the application of science for economic and social benefit. Online background materials will introduce specific examples of successful and unsuccessful commercial applications, for example how new drugs have been discovered or have failed. Suitable examples will be available to suit students from different departments, and will be discussed in facilitated discussion group sessions. Students will also be introduced to the structure of a business plan. Working in groups of six, students will develop an idea for a business that they might set up in an area of their choice, and each group will present their proposal in the form of a poster.

Restrictions on availability: Normally available only to students within the Faculty of Science

Staff Contact: Prof Roger Anderson
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Group Project
WebCT resources are available for this module

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology):

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