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CI4SB2 Scientific writing and business development module
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Compulsory for all MSc Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology students

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  A series of lectures, workshops and tutorials, looking at the Biotech industry and the commercialisation of research. There will be lectures on patent applications and technology transfer with individuals from the biotech and pharm industry giving overviews. Students in groups will form virtual companies with each student having a separate role. They will then have to come up with an original concept related to cancer immunology. Students will learn how to write a business plan and will assessed on their business plan.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week1 hour
Workshop 1 weeks1 per week4 hours
Tutorial 2 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
5 x 1 hour lectures and 1x 4 hour workshop and 2 x 2 hour tutorial

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 70 3000-5000 word business plan 
Presentation 1 30 Group presentation with an individual focus for each group member 

Professor L Durrant

Education Aims:  To learn the practical skills of scientific writing necessary for both academia and industry and learn the skill necessary for the development of a business plan.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding: understand the principals behind the development of a business concept. Intellectual skills: the ability to apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry; evaluate scientific research and evidence critically; synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain understanding of current scientific literature; develop skills necessary for independent research; a creative approach to the generation of a business concept. Professional / practical skills: articulate knowledge and understanding of molecular basis of cancer and/ or tumour immunology; develop writing skills necessary for industry and academia. Transferable/ key skills: structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing; manage time and work to deadlines; work independently; participate constructively in groups; find information and use information technology; be self reliant; critically analyse scientific literature.

Offering School:  Medicine

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