Credit points: 15
In this subject students will be required to apply for a job within a virtual biotechnology company and work in groups to produce and market a virtual product. Students will be guided by career development staff and academic staff on a weekly basis, with input from industry professionals. Students will cover aspects of bio-business such as organizational structure, IP, scientific reasoning, market research, and ethics.
SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS
Subject Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Must be enrolled in SGBB, SMBB, SMBM, SMBT or SMNT. All other students require coordinator approval.
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Discuss and explain key elements of finding employment in the biotechnology sector
- Each student will produce a cover letter, resume and will interview for a position within a virtual biotechnology company. Students will identify transferrable skills relevant to the biotechnology sector.
02. Effectively collaborate with a group of unfamiliar colleagues to achieve desired outcomes
- Students must work as a group to generate a poster that accurately reflects the work of their group during a 6 week project. All students must be present at the poster presentation and be capable of answering questions. Each member of the group must also contribute approx. 1-minutes to a 5-minute group video introducing themselves and outlining their role in the group task. A critical analysis of group processes and outcomes will also be included in the project report.
03. Demonstrate effective time management while working towards group deadlines
- During a 6 week group project students will organise, and keep a record of, meetings in which they will work towards a group poster presentation and a group oral (video) presentation.
04. Present a report/poster to disseminate a complex body of work to a peer audience
- Students must work as a group to generate a poster that accurately reflects the work of their group during the project. All students must be present at the poster presentation and be capable of answering questions.
05. Critically evaluate and present an argument to support newly generated or existing data
- Via LMS, students will submit reflections on their research and weekly responses to questions from lecture notes and workshop activities. This will form their weekly journal for the subject. A critical analysis of group processes and outcomes will also be included in the project report.
06. Analyse and evaluate the value of scientific data
- Students will research and collate data throughout the group assignment. A comprehensive report outlining the individual student contribution will accompany a group poster presentation with evidence of what pieces of research were deemed important for the poster.
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Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeff Yeoman
Two 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|One 500 word resume and cover letter||Each student will produce a cover letter and resume in order to apply for a position within a virtual biotechnology company. Students will identify transferrable skills relevant to the biotechnology sector.||15||01|
|One 3,000 word (or equivalent) group assignment (750 words equivalent per student)||Students will work in groups of 4 or 5 to investigate the production and commercialisation of an importaqnt biomolecule. The results of their research will be presented to staff and peers during a mini-conference in the form of a poster. Part of this assessment includes a peer review component.||20||02, 03, 04, 06|
|One 5-minute group presentation (500 word equivalent)||Group-wise, students will present a 5 minute oral presentation (via video) describing the goal of their project and each student's individual role.||10||02, 03|
|One 1,500 word individual project report||Students will submit an individual project report that contains evidence and evaluation of their contribution to the group assignment.||20||02, 03, 05, 06|
|One 1,000 word journal||Via LMS, students will submit reflections on their research and weekly responses to questions from lecture notes and workshop activities.||10||05, 06|
|Team participation (500 word equivalent)||Students are expected to participate in the timetabled workshop activities as well as keeping a record of group meetings (both in-class and online) throughout the group assignment.||10||02|
|One 10 minute presentation (interview, 500 word equivalent)||Students will perform an interview to apply for a job within a virtual bitechnology company. Guided by career development experts, students will be expected to identify and present their transferrable skills relevant to work within the sector. Part of this assessment includes a peer review component.||15||01, 05|