Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Industrial Placement
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 2 x 6 hours, 3 x 2 hours, 2 x 4 hours of lectures/seminars (26 hours)
Lecture 1 x 8 hour lecture - full day (8 hours)
Other 2-4 weeks industrial placement


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report incorporating the industrial portfolio.  70%
Semester Assessment 30 minute oral presentation.  30%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to fulfill a working role within a Biotechnology organisation, Critically evaluate the challenges of applying biotechnology in an industrial environment

Demonstrate an ability to contribute to project teams and respond to informational demands from other areas of the organisation, Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different technologies

Assess the context, risks and opportunities that exist in the biotechnology industry

Communicate appropriately within a company context, e.g. to, technologists, sales and marketing, CEO and shareholders.


A series of 8h lectures, a 2-4 week industrial placement, and innovative group exercises.

The aims of the module are:

To provide students with a genuine experience of an industrial biotechnology environment and so provide them with a deeper understanding of applied biotechnology from the industry perspective.

It will achieve this by considering, for example, the following areas:

Introduction to :

  • Different business models, e.g. IP vs technology
  • Existing and emerging applied biotechnology technologies
  • Biotechnology within a business environment (R&D, production, batch testing etc)
  • Making biotechnology profitable

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Profitability study (theoretical) as part of the report and preparation of other quantitative data as required by the placement organisation.
Communication Oral presentation and group work, as well as the development of in-company forms of communication (eg. project briefs, in-house presentations)
Improving own Learning and Performance Targeted self-learning
Information Technology Use of computational resources for research and the preparation of any reports or documentation as part of the placement experience
Personal Development and Career planning Personal development, networking, and career insight.
Problem solving Students will be expected to undertake tasks assigned by their placement company and otherwise participate in the firm’s normal operations. Dealing with and solving problems will be a normal part of this process. Formal feedback will be provided.
Research skills Research within the company and for the assessed report and any other research work generated by the placement organisation.
Subject Specific Skills Application of the knowledge acquired in the taught part of the course to an industrial environment.
Team work Group work. Students will, of course, be in a corporate setting for their placement, where teamwork and projects will be a routine element of the organisation.


This module is at CQFW Level 7