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Unit information: Ideas and Enterprise in 2019/20

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Unit name Ideas and Enterprise
Unit code PHPHM0015
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Zoe Palmer
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit will explore the creative process of generating potential solutions to specific scientific problems, evaluating these solutions and developing the most successful of them into a full proposal that could be implemented. Students will research a real-world problem in groups to develop a range of potential solutions. They will critically evaluate the solutions and select the best for further development, ultimately selecting a single solution to pitch. The unit will develop students ability to work in groups and their creative and analytical abilities.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Contribute effectively to group working
  2. Generate potential solutions to a problem
  3. Analyse strengths and weaknesses of potential solutions to a problem
  4. Develop potential solutions to a problem
  5. Identify the requirements of different stakeholders
  6. Communicate potential solutions to a problem

Teaching details

The unit will be based around facilitated group work and will involve formal taught components in personality styles, leadership and how to work effectively in groups. There will also be taught sessions about how to achieve and assess the wider impact of ideas on society. Students will maintain an individual portfolio of their group work throughout the year. They will initially come up with 5-10 potential solutions to a problem, which will be researched and evaluated for strengths, weaknesses and risks etc…, as part of the first stage of the portfolio. As a result, students will cut down the initial list of potential solutions to 3-4 that can be taken through to the next phase of further research and development. At the end of the second stage, students will re-evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and risks of their solutions and evaluate the potential solutions of other groups. Using this feedback, groups will decide on one proposal to submit as a final proposal and pitch as a group oral presentation suitable for an appropriate stakeholder.

Assessment Details

Assessment of strengths and weaknesses of initial solutions (formative)
First audit of individual contribution to group work (formative)
Assessment of strengths and weaknesses of refined solutions (formative)
Second audit of individual contribution to group work (formative)
Individual Enterprise Portfolio (tests ILOs 1, 2, 3, 5) 60%
Group enterprise report on chosen solution (3000 words) (tests ILOs 1-5) 10%
Peer assessment of group enterprise report (tests ILO 2) 10%
Group pitch of chosen solution (test ILOs 4 and 5) 10%
Peer-assessed contribution to group work (test ILO 4) 10%

Reading and References

Student sourced original research papers and reviews