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From Lab to Life (SCIE90011)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCIE90011
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

What does it take to develop something innovative and then move it from the laboratory out into the real world? Scientists must negotiate a labyrinth of hurdles, ranging from conducting bullet-proof data analysis, designing clinical trials, developing and managing intellectual property, assessing contracts, and setting up Total Quality Management systems in a biotech setting. Students will learn how to navigate these hurdles as applied to a range of possible inventions, such as therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, GMOs and other bio-science-related creations.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the subject, students will have:

  • an understanding of the approaches and techniques relevant to the discovery and subsequent development of biotechnologies;
  • an appreciation of the need for input from a range of disciplines from basic science to intellectual property management;
  • an insight into the roles of various regulatory bodies around the world and the complexity of idea scale up to product development, whether it be a drug, medical device or food .

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain skills in:

  • applying advanced analysis, scientific communication and critical analytical skills in an industry based practice;
  • demonstrating the breadth of knowledge gained in an inter-disciplinary approach;
  • analysing projects holistically and to identify and integrate multiple disciplines in order to solve problems;
  • developing the ability to exercise critical judgement, be capable of rigorous and independent;
  • thinking, be able to account for their decisions;
  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge pertaining to biotechnology;
  • high level written report presentation skills;
  • oral communication and presentation skills;
  • time management and self-management skills.

Last updated: 11 January 2018