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Unit information: Research and Enterprise Skills in 2020/21

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Unit name Research and Enterprise Skills
Unit code PANMM0023
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Darryl Hill
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The Research and Enterprise Skills unit is composed of three components

  1. Literature review specific for project.
  2. Research skills and Project planning.
  3. Impact, Translation and Commercialisation.

The individual components will build upon teaching in year three (Level H/6) and thus require an application of not only core academic knowledge, but programme level transferrable skills including communication and library training. The aims of the unit are to develop critical literature review, teach the student to use software to manage a research project and raise awareness of how research is translated into medical application, and commercialised.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit students should be able to:

Critically review and summarise research literature.

Use software to manage a research project.

Prepare a data management plan.

Describe the project to a lay member.

Justify resources to be used in research project

Understand the requirement to translate and commercialise research.

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars, one-to-one discussion with supervisor(s), peer review, facilitated discussion groups and self-study. Enterprise and Commercialisation teaching will be delivered by staff with relevant experience

Assessment Details

1) Literature review. This section will be assessed by group peer review (formative) and a final summative assessment by the project supervisor. The final output will take the form of a Nature Publishing Group style mini review (3000 words; summative; 30%). 2) Research skills and Project planning. Engagement and use of project management software will form an ongoing formative assessment with the project supervisor. Students will be expected to attend School research seminars and facilitated discussion groups will enable further formative programme level assessment. Students will prepare a detailed data management plan (1 page; 10%), a lay summary of the project (500 words; 10%), a “justification of resources” document (1 page; 10%) all of which will be summative assessments. Formative discussion groups will also be held relating to key transferable skills. 3) Impact translation and commercialisation. Students will be trained in skills and considerations for disseminating research, commercialising research and measuring impact. Assessment will be in the form of a “pathways to impact” document (formative peer assessed). In addition, students will be provided with a research topic and work as a team establish a mock company, business plan and deliver an “elevator pitch” to a dragons den style investor panel comprising individuals with business experience. The elevator pitch will be a summative assessment (40%).

Reading and References

Walliman N (2011). Your research project: designing and planning your work (third edition). Sage Publications.