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B34RTS Research Skills & Stem Cell Technology Exploitation
(Last Updated:06 September 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Targeted to M.Sc. Stem Cell Technology students , but can be available to others  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  In addition to providing the presentation and analytical skills required to assess and pursue further stem cell opportunities, students will undertake a group-based Business Plan project, within which they will gain experience in business development, intellectual property exploitation and the ethical and legal frameworks that govern stem cell developments. Contact time: 44 hours (4.5h lectures, 39.5 hours tutorials) Private study time: 133.5 hours

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 21 weeks1 per week1 hour
Tutorial 21 weeks2 per week1 hour 30 mins
Lecture 21 weeks1 per week6 hours
Lecture 21 weeks1 per week1 hour

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

Method of Assessment: 

Presentation 1 20 Oral Presentation of Group Business Plan - 30 minutes total with each student to present their role in company 
Coursework 4 60 Individual presentation of business plan - 3000 word report 
Coursework 5 20 Journal Club - 15 minute oral PowerPoint presentation, plus 10 minutes discussion, summarising and critically evaluating a scientific paper 

Dr N Hannan

Education Aims:  The purpose of this module is to equip students with the key research skills to fulfill the course aim of training excellent quality research students for further postgraduate study and to develop the key presentation skills to facilitate this aim. In addition, the focus is on developing an awareness of issues relevant to commercialization and funding of stem cell technology, with an associated awareness of the national and international legislative and ethical frameworks In this module 14% of the course content (25 /180 Credits) is entirely focussed on the development of research skills, employability skills and knowledge of research commercialisation. Many of these skills are further developed in the tutorials of other Course Modules, as outlined by the Programme Specification Curriculum Map and within the Business Plan competition. Much of the skills development programme builds on the highly successful Graduate School (GS) comprehensive generic research training programme for postgraduate research students. Working with the Graduate School professional training team to ensure that courses are mapped against the Research Councils’ requirements as defined in the Joint Skills Statement, the course Faculty have developed innovative, bespoke training courses adapted from the PhD training programmes to address the specific needs of the STEM Cell Technology Masters students.

Learning Outcomes:  This module will contribute to the following M.Sc. in Stem Cell Technology course learning outcomes: Knowledge and understanding A student who completes this course successfully will know and understand: • The current role of stem cells in clinical applications, tissue engineering, commerce and basic research • The current international legislative, social, ethical, legal and commercial frameworks relevant to stem cell technologies The curriculum will provide purpose-designed lectures to ensure appropriate coverage of the topic, with many features reinforced and further explored in the tutorial classes and Graduate School courses. The assessed Business Plan competition will require students to research the topic independently and in small groups. Intellectual skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to each course module. • Collate and critically analyse scientific data / arguments to enable clear and correct oral or written presentation to both lay and specialist audiences. • Apply an entrepreneurial mindset to both research and industrial applications. The Business Plan competition assessments will enable the students to express research evaluation and business proposals in different formats. Practical Skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: • Apply numeracy and calculative skills to enable experimental design and data analysis / interpretation. • Prepare a grant proposal and business plan to develop / exploit stem cell technologies Understanding of this theory is likely to be tested by the multiple choice and short answer exam questions, as well as in the assessed Business Plan. Transferable (key) skills A student who completes this course successfully will be able to: • Communicate effectively both with scientific professionals and the public using a variety of formats, including technical writing oral and poster presentations, and discussions. • Effectively time-manage, as evidenced by the ability to plan, self motivate and implement efficient modes of working. • Exploit a range of information sources to enable effective problem solving, research implementation and coherent debating. • Show an ethical attitude to research and commerce • Demonstrate information technology skills, including word processing, bibliography management and internet communication. • Demonstrate interpersonal and team-working skills, including effective listening, leadership, team building, influencing and project management skills. • Display evidence-based critical learning Research for the Business Plan will encourage the use of a wide range of available resources and the feedback during progress tutorials will ensure continued development. Students will be encouraged to practice the presentation skills learned in the Graduate School courses within the Business Plan assessments.

Offering School:  Medicine

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