Enterprise and Employability for the Biosciences

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
05 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C700 Biochemistry,
BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C703 Biochemistry (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C410 Genetics and Genomics,
BSC C411 Genetics and Genomics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C412 Genetics and Genomics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C200 Human Biology,
BSC C201 Human Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C202 Human Biology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module will introduce you to enterprise and entrepreneurship skills and how these can help shape your future careers. These may not be in the conventional career pathways envisaged by those undertaking a bioscience degree but they are expected to cover competencies representing a growing trend in new business creation. The module will draw on expertise from academics, career development experts, employers and entrepreneurs. Throughout the module, a strong emphasis will be placed on key skills such as communication, collaboration, networking, developing self-confidence and creativity, problem-solving and being pro-active and decisive.

Module aims

1. Be able to engage in a science topic that can be disseminated to the public in various ways
2. Be able to research the background for a job application from an advertisement.
3. Be able to prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for a job application.
4. Be able to prepare an application for a summer placement.
5. Be able to prepare a letter of application for a job application.
6. Be able to apply for a job.
7. Be able to recognise impact in scientific research and present this as an Impact Flyer
8. Be able to prepare a short scientific presentation using powerpoint.
9. Be able to effectively delivery a short scientific talk to a group.

Module learning outcomes

In order to pass this module students will have needed to demonstrate:
1. To be aware of career options for bioscience students and how science can be applied to a range of work environments and sectors;
2. To develop enterprise and entrepreneurial skills which can be applied by bioscience students;
3. To develop reflective employability criteria;
4. Competence in oral as well as written communication skills and group work:

Part A - i) Summer workshop on Employability for Bioscience graduates
ii) Communication and Public Engagement exercise
Part B - 'Hot Topics' essay and Employability exercise
Part C - Oral Presentation

Module information

Part A: Summer school and entrepreneurship (45%)

Part B: A 'hot topics' essay and employability exercise (40%)
CV (5%)
Career Action plan (10%)
Summer Placement application (5%)
Essay (20%)

Part C: Powerpoint presentation (15%)
Quality of slides (5%)
Clarity of presentation (5%)
Evidence of understanding (5%)

Learning and teaching methods

Part A: Summer school and entrepreneurship i) A workshop comprising of external career speakers, breakout sessions and introduction to networking. (Total 10h) ii) Public Engagement session. (Total 1h) Student managed learning (sml): 36h Part B 3h careers "practical" 1 h tutorial with personal tutors for C.V., careers feedback 3 x 1h seminars by external speakers Part C Scientific oral presentation


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Summer Placement Application    5% 
Coursework   Hot Topics Case Study    20% 
Coursework   Public Engagement and Science Communication     20% 
Coursework   Career Action Plan & Placement Application  15/11/2019  10% 
Coursework   CV & Reflective Statement    5% 
Practical   Powerpoint Presentation    15% 
Practical   Presentation    25% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jonathan Worrall, email:
Teaching will include delivery from employability and careers centre staff, members of EBS and external speakers
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Clive Butler
The University of Exeter
Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry
Available via Moodle
Of 83 hours, 56 (67.5%) hours available to students:
27 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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