BI3LM16-Law and Management

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr John Bowen

Email: j.bowen@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module provides an introduction to the basics of law and management appropriate for the formation of a professional engineer. It will give you the basic practical knowledge to run your own business and commercialise your own project ideas. You will learn how to understand and analyse business models, how to conduct market research and how to write the technical section of a business plan aimed towards commercialising your own project ideas. The module is entirely assessed by coursework.



 


Aims:
To give the student an introduction to the basics of law and management appropriate for the formation of a professional engineer. To give the student the basic practical knowledge necessary to run their own business and to commercialise their own project ideas.

Assessable learning outcomes:
An ability to understand and analyse business models, and to conduct market research and write the technical section of a business plan with a view to commercialising the student's own project ideas.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Law and Business Management:
Organisations as systems; types of business structure; statutory requirements; business models; brands; marketing communications; leadership; project management; setting up your own business; market research; writing a business plan; financial aspects; patenting and protecting intellectual property.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 1 lecture per week plus independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Guided independent study 90
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework:
Business model analysis of a high tech company: 20%
Market research aimed at commercialising Part 3 project: 40%
Writing the technical section of a business plan aimed at commercialising Part 3 project: 40%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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