Core Module Information
Module title: Business and Bioethics

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC11104
Module leader: Fiona Stainsby
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This course covers various topics that are essential for understanding the development of biotechnology and its impact. Through the development of your own business venture concept, you will explore key concepts including innovation and invention, intellectual property rights (IPR), patents, and licensing, as well as business models and commercialisation strategies. We will delve into the national and global context of biotechnology, examining sectors, markets, trends, and emerging technologies. You will also learn about the regulatory framework governing risk management and explore bioethics and the history of ethical regulation in biotechnology. We will also discuss the legal implications of unethical behaviour, corporate responsibility, and society's perception of biotechnology. Sustainability, including environmental, social, and economic aspects, will be explored, and you will have opportunities to discuss current topics like personalised medicine, stem cell research, genetics and the use of animals or human subjects in research.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Evaluate the key components required to develop and launch a new biotechnology business venture.

LO2: Critically appraise markets and trends in a national and global context.

LO3: Develop and critically assess a biotechnology business concept and produce a corresponding business plan.

LO4: Debate the impact of bioethics and ethical regulation in biotechnology, using specific examples.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, In Person,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona Stainsby
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Online Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 60 1~2~3~4 13 , WORDS= 3000 words
Oral Presentation 40 1~4 9 HOURS= 25 minutes
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MIC11104 Business & Bioethics