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Unit information: Entrepreneurship and Professional Development in 2020/21

Unit name Entrepreneurship and Professional Development
Unit code BIOLM0036
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Ford
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit will introduce students to the professional and entrepreneurial aspects of bioinformatics. These include presenting results (oral presentations, written reports, grants and applications, etc.), planning and execution of entrepreneurial initiatives, and ethical and deontological issues with bioinformatic data. The students will have opportunity to plan, develop and implement their own personal initiatives in the context of the private sector, as well as the skills required to disseminate the outcomes of bioinformatic analyses.

The aim of this unit will be to:

  1. Provide students with a detailed understanding of the concepts behind presenting bioinformatic analyses, writing different types of documents (scientific papers, grant applications, results reports), ethics associated with bioinformatic analyses, and the aspects of entrepreneurial initiatives.
  2. Provide students with the skills required to communicate bioinformatic outcomes, and design and execute entrepreneurial plans.

Intended learning outcomes

The Learning Outcomes (LOs) for this unit are:

A: Knowledge and Understanding:

  1. to understand the aspects required to effectively present the results of bioinformatic analyses.
  2. to develop knowledge on the different aspects of entrepreneurial activities, grant applications, etc.
  3. to acquire the concepts behind the ethics of the use bioinformatic data and applications.

B: Intellectual Skills/Attributes:

  1. to devise the best approach to communicate the results of bioinformatic analyses.
  2. to design and execute entrepreneurial plans to promote the development of personal initiatives.
  3. to plan the best use of different resources (reports, applications, etc.) to confront different professional scenarios.

Teaching details

The unit will be delivered through a mixture of short lectures followed by individual exercises with computers. Blackboard will be used engage students with the unit content.

Assessment Details

Summative assessment will be provided on tasks, each of them designed around learning objectives. 50% of the marks will come from an entrepreneurial component of the unit, and the other 50% of the marks will be equally split between the tasks belonging to the professional component of the unit.

Reading and References

Gabrys and Langdale, How to Succeed as a Scientist: From Postdoc to Professor