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BS944 - Fundamental Principles of Drug Discovery

  • Module code: BS944
  • Module name: Fundamental Principles of Drug Discovery
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will allow students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles of molecular biology and their exploitation in biotechnology. The primary aim is to present these fundamental principles in a way that is accessible to students from relatively diverse backgrounds. This will be achieved by detailed consideration of selected industrial/commercial case studies; The module aims to give students a detailed knowledge of the potential for exploitation of biotechnology/bioprocessing and how this might be/has been realised; The student will acquire an integrated understanding of the breadth and depth of molecular biology necessary for implementation of a successful biotechnological process.

Principal learning outcomes

(a) Subject knowledge and understanding: By the end of the module the student will have a broad, integrated knowledge of microbiology and molecular biology with respect to biotechnology and bioprocessing and the scientific principles on which they are based. (b)Subject Specific and Key Skills: By the end of the module the student will be familiar with research resources and data bases for relevant technical and business information for biologically based industries. They will be able to write succinct proposals or status reports that demonstrate analytical skills and problem solving abilities. (c) Cognitive skills: The key challenge for this module is for students to identify, analyse and resolve perceived issues with respect to the industrial and commercial exploitation of biological proceses; The student should be able to present both oral and written report a well argued critique of selected parts of the subject matter."

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures per week 10 x 1 hour; Seminar sessions 8 x 1 hour

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: BS944-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 40%
Assessed Course Work 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Medical Biotechnology and Business Management (J7N2) - Year 1