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Unit information: Introduction to Industrial study in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Industrial study
Unit code PHPH30024
Credit points 60
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Helyer
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit comprises the induction to the Year in Industry. The aim of the unit is to provide an induction to the industrial research setting that will prepare students for the research project to be undertaken during the industrial placement. Generic skills will be developed within the industrial context, including: laboratory skills commensurate with those expected by industry; Health and Safety awareness; IT and scientific communication skills. A written literature review pertinent to the proposed project will introduce the student to the background of the project and a project plan will familiarise the student with the aims of the research to be carried out.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The student will have developed an understanding of the background to the proposed industrial project and an understanding of its aims.

Teaching Information

Company training programs (safety, animal handling, IT, language courses, etc.); research seminars and research group meetings. The student will, in parallel, write an introductory research literature review and project plan as an introduction to the proposed project.

Assessment Information

A 2000-word Literature Review Essay (70%) reviewing the scientific background to the proposed research. It assesses the student's understanding of the background literature. A Project Plan (30%) consisting of a bullet point summary of the main aims of the project and how they will be achieved.


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